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Black-tie do celebrated the top in tourism

Guests enjoyed a four-course meal including Lancashire-sourced produce at the annual Lancashire Tourism Awards.

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1. Most people see her face every day, on items in their pocket

Whose waxwork is it anyway...?

It’s probably fair to say technology has moved on in the waxworks world over the years.

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Fleetwood Trawlers, June 1980

Jump on board to ride the waves of Fleetwood shipping nostalgia

We are sailing back through the years this week with ship-themed nostalgia in Fleetwood.

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Church Road, Lytham looking towards the square near the junction with Agnew Street, in 1970

Lytham street where the past and present look strikingly similar

Taken nearly 50 years apart, these two shots of Church Road, in Lytham, show how little some things have changed over the last half a century.

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Zoe, a three-year-old Chihuahua enjoying the 80th  birthday party at the PDSA Veterinary Centre , Hawes Side Lane, Blackpool, in 1997. Holding the cake is trainee nurse Anna Thompson.

Marking 100 years of helping pets

Pet well-being charity PDSA, which runs the Pet Hospital in Hawes Side Lane, Blackpool, turns 100 today.

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Carla Lett with son George Lett, pictured at the launch of her website last year

Help for parents – they can keep in their pockets

What started out as blog to help other parents has now developed into the launch of a new app for St Annes mum Carla Lett.

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Lorraine McCartney, Linda Davies, Elaine Midgley and Lillian Towler

Raising a cup and funds for the hospice

Fundraisers put the kettle on and sat down for a brew to help a good cause.

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Tom Blasson, secretary of the Ribble Cruising Club, was the first person to shake Lieut Commander Eric Sumner by the hand, as he stepped ashore from Francette at Lytham Creek on his return from the 7,000 mile journey, in 1972

When the boat came in

What about this for a warm welcome? More than 40 years ago, crowds lined the Lytham foreshore to salute the courage of Lt-Cdr Eric Sumner, whose 7,000-mile sailing feat to America and back in his boat Francette had captured the imagination of Fylde folk.

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The Strawberry Gardens Hotel in Poulton Road Fleetwood still shows a mark at the front door where the flood water reached in 1927

Town was port of two storms

Twice, 50 years apart, Fleetwood was ravaged by fierce storms which caused the worst flooding in its history. KENNETH SHENTON looks back at the 1927 floods.

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Tom Blasson, secretary of the Ribble Cruising Club, was the first person to shake Lieut Commander Eric Sumner by the hand, as he stepped ashore from Francette at Lytham Creek on his return from the journey to the United States

When the boat comes in...

What about this for a warm welcome? More than 40 years ago, crowds lined the Lytham foreshore to salute the courage of Lt-Cdr Eric Sumner, whose 7,000-mile sailing feat to America and back in his boat Francette had captured the imagination of Fylde folk.

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Tom Blasson, secretary of the Ribble Cruising Club, was the first person to shake Lieut Commander Eric Sumner by the hand, as he stepped ashore from Francette at Lytham Creek on his return from his  journey to the United States

A historical Fylde homecoming

What about this for a warm welcome? More than 40 years ago, crowds lined the Lytham foreshore to salute the courage of Lt-Cdr Eric Sumner, whose 7,000-mile sailing feat to America and back in his boat Francette had captured the imagination of Fylde folk.

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Anne Nolan at the Charity Ball for the Alzheimer's Society at the Village Hotel

In the mood for dancing – and fundraising

There was music and dancing for a good cause at a glittering ball organised by Blackpool songbird Anne Nolan.

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When children from the Victory Playgroup, Lytham, visited Blackpool Zoo, Catherine Drake had to get a helping hand to feed one of the giraffes, in July 1973

Tall tales from zoo history

Blackpool Zoo will no doubt have been busy over the past two weeks, as children on their half-term holidays packed in to see the weird and wonderful creatures.

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Fleetwood open air baths in the 1950s

Splashing good fun at port’s pools across the decades

These archive photographs show some splashing good times in Fleetwood over the years.

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Pupils from St Wulstan's and St Edmund's primary school, Fleetwood,presenting food they have collected for the Fleetwood Foodbank.

Food for thought as youngsters give generously

A lively harvest festival gave pupils at a Fylde coast school the chance to think about the food they eat – while supporting Fleetwood Food Bank.

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A large crowd watched the Lancashire Hydroplane Racing Club at Fairhaven Lake , in 1955.

Splashing good fun in times gone-by at Fylde lake

In its heyday, these were the sort of scenes you could expect at Fylde’s Fairhaven Lake.

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Floods in 1929

Flooded Fylde: The aftermath of wild weather

The Fylde coast has had more than its fair share of wet and wild weather over the years.

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Frank Randle, at home in Blackpool, with his pets

Frank Randle: A star who burned too brightly

This year marks 60 years since the death of a notorious but much-loved comedian, whose influence can still be seen today. KENNETH SHENTON looks at the life of Frank Randle.

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Cinderella Ball at the Clifton Arms Hotel in Lytham for Young Carers and Blackpool Carers Centre.  From left: Michelle Smith, Tara Bragg, Gill Booth and Joan Blackburn

Yes, they did go to the ball...

There was no going home by midnight or pumpkins at this Cinderella ball.

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A 1920s  picture postcard view of the part of Central Promenade which became the site for the subway

Wish you were there? Postcards from the past

The first commercial postcards appeared on mainland Europe in 1869. These cards were the idea of Dr Emanuel Herrman – the Hungarians were the first to embrace this new, cheap way of sending messages.

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