£20m sea defence project go-ahead

Here is a look at how south Fylde sea defences will look following the completion of a £20m Government project which is set to get under way later this year.

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Caravan park

Where are the best caravan parks in Lancashire?

With the Bank Holiday weekend around the corner, thoughts turn to a quick and local get-away.

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Peter Hook

Hooky to visit some of his old Fylde haunts

Legendary Joy Division and New Order bass player Peter Hook says he is looking forward to re-visiting some teenage haunts during the Lytham Festival.

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Lytham St Annes Technology and Performing Arts College headteacher Phil Wood

Head’s letter claims jobs and books blow

The headteacher of Fylde’s biggest school has spelled out the extent of the economies the school is facing in a strong letter to all parents.

Lytham Festival directors Daniel Cuffe and Peter Taylor with charity representatives (from left):  Michelle White (Teenage Cancer Trust), Liz Dee (Meningitis Now), Jane Hugo (Streetlife), Michelle Lonican (Brian House) and Sian Howarth (Blackpool Carers)

Five charities tie in with Festival

Lytham Festival is to have five charity partners this year - including a cause in memory of a Fylde youngster.

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The Mersey Beatles live on stage

Festival set for a Pepper tribute

Lytham Festival will celebrate the music of The Beatles this summer with a special tribute to the Fab Four.

Fylde Ukelele Network perform at a dementia singalong held at Lowther Pavilion

Dementia patients enjoy a sing-a-long

People suffering from dementia got a chance to sing-a-long with some of their favourite songs at an event hosted by a doctor’s surgery.

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Merely Theatres Romeo and Juliet is a gender-blind production

Actors Merely bend stage gender rules

Turn up to Lowther Pavilion next week, and you could see a man uttering the immortal line ‘O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?’ or see the twins from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Viola and Sebastian, as two women.

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Why not head to The Continental's 17th Beer and Cider Festival this weekend?

Things to do this weekend (May 13 and 14)

As the weather gets warmer, there's lots of things to do on Saturday and Sunday.
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Ex-cop snares ‘beach pervert’

A dog walker got more than he bargained for when a leisurely walk on the beach ended with him catching a man allegedly performing an obscene act.

Marshall is on a strict diet to shed his porky pug image

Portly pug Marshall ditching chicken nugget diet

Meet roly-poly Marshall whose penchant for chicken nuggets might just have made him the Fylde coast’s most portly pug.

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American crime writer David Baldacci at the literary lunch with Alison Plackitt of Plackitt and Booth booksellers

Thriller writer David a charming guest as he meets fans at literary lunch

Best-selling thriller writer David Baldacci captivated his audience as he made his Lytham debut at a literary lunch organised by local bookseller Plackitt and Both.

Lytham St Annes Technology and Performing Arts College headteacher Phil Wood

Headteacher to retire after 15 years

The headteacher of Fylde’s biggest school has announced his retirement.

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Wood you believe it?

Hundreds of families flocked to Lytham’s Park View 4U Queen Elizabeth II playing fields to celebrate ‘all that’s good about wood’ at the annual Wood Fest.

A previous Leg It For the Lifeboats run at Lytham

Annual Leg It will be boost to RNLI appeal

Lytham St Annes RNLI officials are hoping for a major boost to their cash appeal towards a new lifeboat when hundreds of runners take to the seafront this weekend.

Helen Clitheroe

Shannon run to boost fund for new lifeboat

Officials of Lytham St Annes RNLI are hoping for a major boost to their cash appeal towards a new lifeboat when hundreds of runners take to the seafront next week.

Trevor Loftus of Lytham St Annes Art Society with his artwork being sold for the Lytham St Annes RNLI Shannon Appeal

Life-saver’s painting will help put fund-raising in the picture

A Fylde man who spent his working years saving lives is now using his artistic skills to help those in trouble at sea.

Hoghton Tower is the venue for a Motorcycle Sprint on Sunday, May 7

Things to do this weekend

Here's just a taste of events happening in Lancashire...
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Singer songwriter James Edgar

James hopes stage set for chart breakthrough

A Fylde singer-songwriter hopes the stage is set for his big breakthrough after releasing his debut single – recorded close to home in Blackpool.

Preston Crown Court

Boots Barred Sports Bar passed off cheap booze as real thing

A bar supervisor from Lytham has been fined after passing off a cheap knock-off herbal liqueur as Jagermeister.

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