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Hugely successful dance festival will be extended next year

Thousands of dancers have whirled round the Empress Ballroom’s floor at biggest ever Blackpool Dance Festival.

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Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood is directing and choreograph ing Son Of A Preacher Man

New musical has the look of love for Dusty

A new musical celebrating the hits of Sixties songstress Dusty Springfield is coming to Blackpool.

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Nateby Primary School's 'Rio Carnival Band' from the Garstang Children Festival in 2016

Festival time in Garstang

The flags are out in Garstang which means only one thing it’s Festival season.

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Dunstan by Conn Iggulden

Book review: Dunstan by Conn Iggulden

One of the most influential figures of 10th century England, Dunstan is perhaps best remembered for his connections to Glastonbury Abbey and as the patron saint of goldsmiths, locksmiths and jewellers.

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Llama dramas, pirate pranks and a battle royal

Book reviews: Llama dramas, pirate pranks and a battle royal

There’s animal magic and exciting adventure in a sparkling new selection of children’s books timed perfectly for the half term holidays.

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The Affair of Lady Westcotts Lost Ruby and The Case of the Unseen Assassin by Gary Lovisi

Book review: The Affair of Lady Westcott’s Lost Ruby and The Case of the Unseen Assassin by Gary Lovisi

In a pair of intriguing novellas set in London in the 1890s, the deductive skills of Sherlock Holmes and his protégé, Inspector Alec MacDonald of Scotland Yard, are severely tested by a string of random killings of ‘gentlemen of consequence,’ and a plot to bring down the monarchy and plunge the British Empire into chaos.

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The Last Piece of My Heart by Paige Toon

Book review: The Last Piece of My Heart by Paige Toon

If frothy, lightweight chick-lit leaves you cold, then cuddle up with one of the warmest, cleverest romances on the shelves this summer.

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The Shadow Queen by Anne OBrien

Book review: The Shadow Queen by Anne O’Brien

One medieval historian described her as ‘the most beautiful lady in the whole realm of England, and by far the most amorous,’ while another made tantalising reference to her ‘slippery ways.’

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Take That Wonderland tour

REVIEW: Take That supported by All Saints at Manchester Arena

Along with tens of thousands of my closest friends, I popped out to see the Mancunian boys made good who have arrived for a barn-storming return to the city they call home.

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The Fix by David Baldacci

Book review: The Fix by David Baldacci

FBI special agent Amos Decker is no James Bond… he’s overweight, socially inept, needs a haircut and his stained clothes could do with a good wash.

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Tentacle Tribe at Breakin' Convention which comes to Blackpool Grand Theatre

Dance day will be Grand

Street dancers will give a taster of what’s to come with this year’s Breakin’ Convention festival on Saturday.

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Julie Bell, Lancashire County Councils head of the libraries, museums, culture and registration service

Pupils reveal their favourite books of 2017

The winners of the twelfth annual Fantastic Book Awards have been chosen by young readers throughout Lancashire.

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King Coo by Adam Stower

Book reviews: Treetop antics, doodle dogs and a hard-boiled superhero

There’s plenty of mayhem, madness and mischief in an exciting new selection of reading, activity and picture books for adventure-seeking youngsters this spring.

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Built for Speed by John McGuinness

Book review: Built for Speed by John McGuinness

The name John McGuinness might leave some people puzzled… but in Morecambe and the world of TT, his name is legend!

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Stranded by Matthew P. Mayo

Book review: Stranded by Matthew P. Mayo

Lost, alone, and trapped in a little valley in the Northern Rocky Mountains in 1849, a desperate 14-year-old girl must find a way to survive the savage winter weather and frequent attacks by hungry wolves, grizzly bears and mountain lions in the historical fiction novel Stranded.

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Stunning steampunk, an inventive village and fairy unicorns with Usborne

Book reviews: Stunning steampunk, an inventive village and fairy unicorns with Usborne

The sun is shining on a sparkling new selection of books from favourite children’s publisher Usborne.

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Natalie Lowe, Louis Smith and Jay McGuinness to star in Rip It Up

Strictly stars celebrate music of the 50s

A trio of Strictly stars will be heading to Blackpool in a new show celebrating the music and moves of the 50s.

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The Shadow Sister by Lucinda Riley

Book review: The Shadow Sister by Lucinda Riley

From the majestic Lake District of Beatrix Potter to high society Edwardian London and the lush countryside of Kent, brilliant storyteller Lucinda Riley returns with another book in her stunning Seven Sister series.

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Shirley Ballas will head up the judging panel on Strictly Come Dancing after Len Goodman's departure

Dancing queen will be Strictly new boss for show

Strictly Come Dancing’s new head judge is a Blackpool record holder.

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Les Williams

Author helps unravel curse of the Kennedys

A new book on America’s political dynasty the Kennedys is proving a major success - and the author is a former Fleetwood man.
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