In ancient footsteps: Exploring Lancashire’s old north-south route

Gordon Heald looks at an ancient path linking the ends of the old county of Lancashire.

Prunella Scales and Timothy West at the re-opening of the Blackpool Grand Theatre''(Picture sent in by Roy Payne)

Barry Band: Just the ticket for some Grand old Blackpool theatre memories

Today’s topic may be new to the under-40s and nostalgic to others. There was a time when the only way you could book to see a favourite star was to join a queue.

Enuff Z'Enuff

REVIEW: Bullet Boys, Enuff Z’Enuff and Budderside, The Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool

From the moment the first chord powered out we knew we were in for something a little bit special.

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Barry Morris

Barry Band: Sandgrown’ Un’s years as top resort boss

The top job in resort tourism went to the right man.

Residents have until Wednesday to subscribe

Fylde green bin deadline looming

Fylde residents have until Wednesday to subscribe to the council green waste collection service to ensure no collections are missed.
Marion Nash said it was a sorry situation as emergency services are struggling to cope with demand

Mum who broke her back waited in agony for two hours for ambulance and five to see a doctor

Health chiefs have said sorry after a Fleetwood mum was left waiting hours for help when she fell and broke her back.

Bob Battersby Blackpool tourism director 1970 to 1985 with some of his souvenirs and mementoes

Barry Band: The men who put Blackpool on the map

Blackpool’s former Director of Tourism, Barry Morris, has been looking back on the careers of his predecessors.


UPDATE: 12 stuck at top of Blackpool Tower amid fire alert

Blackpool Tower was evacuated earlier today following a fire alert at the iconic venue.

Simon Marx

Trial planned for pair accused of murdering Simon Marx

Two men accused of murdering Blackpool dad Simon Marx have made their first appearance in crown court.
South Shore Primary Care centre

Bispham man threatened to 'slit the throats' of surgery staff at Blackpool health centre

A man made a series of chilling phone calls to a health centre threatening to slit the throats of staff and patients and decapitate them.
Barry Morris, former director of tourism, pictured in Blackpool in 1992

Barry Band: How Blackpool kicked off commercial tourism

In Blackpool’s history, two pence enabled it to become the country’s leading resort.

Court news

Blackpool: From the courts 26-02-18

Here is the latest round-up of some of the cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court.

The cast of Windmill Players' Joking Apart

REVIEW: Joking Apart, Thornton Little Theatre

Much-loved writer Alan Ayckbourn has been quoted as saying that this is one of his favourite plays and that the ones he likes most are those that are done the least or don’t do as well as they should.
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Bobby Bennett, entertainer'Historical, 1994

Barry Band: Pop and rock tour stories struck a familiar note for Bobby

Last week’s piece about the expansion of rock and pop tours in the 1960s brought a response from former Blackpool based singer-comedian Bobby Bennett.

Fylde and Wyre saw the overall crime rate increase by 12.1 and 9.6 per cent respectively

Crime rate in Blackpool soars and police resources dwindle

Crime has soared by more than 16 per cent in Blackpool in the last year, the latest figures reveal.

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Sister Act, by Sound Of Musicals Theatre Company

REVIEW: Sister Act, Lowther Pavilion

This 70s-themed musical is quite different from the well-known film, but from the first sequin-filled number, the Sound of Musical Theatre Company set the standard for the rest of the show.

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Nile Rodgers

Nile Rodgers to headline Lytham Festival's Saturday night extravaganza

Nile Rodgers is the latest headline act to be announced for Lytham Festival.
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Some of the cast of AKS's production of High School Musical

REVIEW: High School Musical, AKS, Lowther Pavilion

This show is the familiar American high school story of students breaking free of their own cliques, whether ‘brainiacs’ or ‘Jocks’ - through the medium of the school musical.

Theatre and Comedy
Lawrence Wright

Barry Band: Blackpool’s morale-boosting shows distracted a war-weary public

One Hundred Years Ago is the starting point of “flashback” columns in newspapers and magazines.

The Morrisons in Cleveleys where a McDonald's restaurant is planned

YOUR SAY: Plan for new Cleveleys McDonalds sparks debate

Residents in Cleveleys are set to oppose plans by burger chain McDonalds to open a new takeaway on Morrisons car park.

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