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VIDEO: Watch as Blackpool's second tower is demolished

The Blackpool skyline has changed forever with the demolition of the eight-storey tower at the National Savings site.

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The Elephant Thief by Jane Kerr

Book review: An epic journey, dark fantasy and comedy capers

The real-life story of an extraordinary elephant, a battle to save the Earth and an ingenious pop-up book take starring roles in a new collection of children’s books.

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Before the Rains by Dinah Jefferies

Book review: Before the Rains by Dinah Jefferies

Dinah Jefferies’ early years in British-controlled Malaya has been the inspiration behind a raft of rich and thrilling historical novels set amidst the heat and turmoil of faraway countries in the throes of major change.

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A scene from Coal, which is coming to Blackpool Grand Theatre

New production is a mine of dancing talent

Following a critically acclaimed, sold-out, debut tour last year, Gary Clarke’s Coal is coming to the Blackpool Grand Theatre.

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REVIEW: La Cage Aux Folles
Blackpool Opera House

REVIEW: La Cage Aux Folles Blackpool Opera House

The Best Of Times Is Now - brilliant, joyous, a real foot-tapper - and it brought the audience to its feet after almost three hours of camp fun that has found its perfect backdrop in Blackpool.

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Marriages Are Made in Bond Street: True Stories from a 1940s Marriage Bureau by Penrose Halson

Book review: Marriages Are Made in Bond Street: True Stories from a 1940s Marriage Bureau by Penrose Halson

During the dark days of the Second World War, many London marriages weren’t made in heaven… they were forged at a marriage bureau in fashionable Bond Street.

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Brendan Cole

Class, passion and excitement all night long

Brendan Cole All Night Long, Guild Hall, Preston

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The New Adventures of Mr Toad: The Race to Toad Hall by Tom Moorhouse and Holly Swain

Book reviews: On the road with a new-look Mr Toad

The star of Kenneth Grahame’s classic novel makes a comeback in a new season of fabulous reading with Oxford University Press children’s books.

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The Kennel Clubs Illustrated Breed Standards by The Kennel Club

Book review: The Kennel Club’s Illustrated Breed Standards by The Kennel Club

As the dog world gets hot under the collar for the start of this year’s annual Crufts extravaganza at the NEC in Birmingham from March 9-12, here’s the chance to brush up on your essential canine knowledge.

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Tell Me A Lie by CJ Carver

Book review: Tell Me A Lie by CJ Carver

A ruthless Russian oligarch, a doggedly determined policewoman and a British spy with memory block on a deadly mission…

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Sir Matthew Bourne at the Grand Theatre

Dancing royalty to pay first visit

Blackpool is well known among dancers as the place to go.

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Linda, 57, underwent a series of procedures in January while Coleen, 51, was in the Celebrity Big Brother house, having kept her choice to have surgery - and the results - a secret

New look for Linda Nolan after facelift

She may be a well-known face on Loose Women – but the skin on her face is looking tighter than ever.

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North of Forsaken by Matthew P. Mayo

Book review: North of Forsaken by Matthew P. Mayo

Old family wounds are reopened during a treacherous, blood-splattered journey through Wyoming to track down a valuable deeded property in a gritty Western from Spur Award-winning author Matthew P. Mayo.

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Dear Zoo

Book reviews: A special birthday and animal magic with Macmillan

One of the best-loved and most ingenious picture books celebrates its 35th birthday as Macmillan roll out a new season of reading for early years children and their parents.

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Rupture by Ragnar Jnasson

Book review: Rupture by Ragnar Jónasson

It’s not only the frozen landscape that sends shivers down the spine as one of Iceland’s most talented crime writers returns in a stunning story brimming with the best of Nordic Noir.

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New York, Actually by Sarah Morgan

Book review: New York, Actually by Sarah Morgan

If the cold winter nights are making you blue, get ready to be tickled pink by Sarah Morgan’s warm and cuddly new rom-com.

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Head behind the scenes at Blackpool's famous fun park

Blackpool Pleasure Beach will be offering visitors a chance to see behind the scenes as part of the half term Showzam! festival.

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A competitor at last year's North West Puddle Jumping Competition

10 things to do next weekend... (February 11 to 12)

Looking to plan your weekend? We have 10 great things to do for you and your family...
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The first Showzam! in Blackpool, 10 years ago. Pics by Barry McCann

10 years of magic, mayhem, music... and all that jazz!

This year marks the 10th year of Blackpool’s annual festival celebrating magic, variety and live performance – Showzam!

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The Bertie Project by Alexander McCall Smith

Book review: The Bertie Project by Alexander McCall Smith

Love and marriage, freedom and loneliness, and risk and misadventure are some of the themes in the latest instalment of prolific, bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith’s delightfully witty 44 Scotland Street series.

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