“Measles saved our life”

Marie Townsend and Stella Kyarsgaard should have been at the school one day in August 1944 when an American Air Force bomber crashed into their classroom killing their reception classmates. But the sisters were kept home that day due to being ill with measles. AASMA DAY talks to the Lancashire twins about their miraculous escape.

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Bellringers from St Michael's Church, Kirkham with one of the 170-year-old bells recently dismantled ahead of being replaced. From left: Keith Cookson, Terry Williams, Geoff Speight and Ken Jagger.

Time to ring out the old

It was the opportunity of a lifetime for the bellringers and parishioners of a rural Fylde church - a close-up look at the original bells which have rung out across town for 170 years.

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Customers’ dismay at bid to shut down banks

Customers’ dismay at bid to shut down banks

A bank’s plans to shut four branches will have a severe effect on customers and businesses, it has been claimed.

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Bank closes 14 branches in shock announcement

Bank closes 14 branches in shock announcement

A raft of local Natwest branches are set to close after a shock announcement from the bank.

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Kirkham Christmas lights switch on in the market square.
A festive window display and lit tree on Poulton Street.  PIC BY ROB LOCK

Festive spirit lights up Kirkham for the first time

Festive spirit was in the air when hundreds turned out to a Lancashire town’s first Christmas lights switch on.

The blessing of the crib at Town End, Kirkham from a previous year

Town set for festive sparkle

Kirkham residents and business owners are eagerly looking forward to festive sparkle galore – thanks to a Christmas lights switch-on tomorrow evening which is the result of a concerted community effort.


Ten weekends of rail line closures ahead as vision revealed

The railway between Preston and Blackpool will be closed for 10 weekends starting in January
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CCTV from Escape Cafe in Kirkham

Own up plea to night-time plant vandal

Cafe bosses are calling on a woman behind a seemingly random night time attack to own up.

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Dog walkers on Lytham Green

Have your say on new dog rules

Major changes to dog control in Fylde are on the cards – and residents are being invited to have their say.

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Eddie Bowkett, former Lytham St Annes town crier

Pallbearers’ tribute to town crier Eddie

Tribute has been paid to former Lytham St Annes and Kirkham town crier Eddie Bowkett, who has died at the age of 83.

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Police appeal as two prisoners flee HMP Kirkham in 24 hours

Police are appealing for information after two prisoners absconded from Kirkham prison in just one day.

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Carl Tanner

Robber absconds from Kirkham prison

Police are appealing for help to find a prisoner who absconded from Kirkham prison.

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German firm moves to buy Fylde nutrition specialists

A Fylde coast nutrition company has been sold to a German firm.

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Esther Rantzen

Lancashire is ‘loneliness hotspot’

More calls to a helpline for isolated older people come from Lancashire than any other part of the country.

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A previous Remembrance Day at St Annes war memorial

Services to honour Fylde’s heroic fallen

Fylde folk are being urged to turn out in numbers to pay their respects to those who lost their lives in conflict at remembrance services being held across the borough on Sunday.

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Alexander Wesley, 17, who has been missing for a month

Fears over missing teenager

Police are growing ‘increasingly concerned’ about a 17-year-old boy who disappeared from his Kirkham home more than a month ago.

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Big re-opening for flooded hall

A hall which was flooded in the rains of Storm Desmond is set to hold a re-opening event.

Travis Perkins has announced store closures

Stores set to close at Travis

Builders’ merchant Travis Perkins is to close more than 30 branches in a move affecting 600 jobs.

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