A lightning moment of clarity for two Garstang businesswomen

Two women whose fathers suffered the life changing events of being struck by lightning and having a mental breakdown say their experiences have been influential in their lives and career choices.

Santa's grotto in Preston

Lancashire recommends... festive experiences

Here is a list of fun things to do to get in the Christmas spirit.

Captain John Beatson

Former Second World War sea captain from Garstang and Blackpool dies

Tributes have been paid to a former Second World War sea captain who has died aged 91.
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Garstang Victorian Evening takes place on Monday and Tuesday December 11 and 12

Families can enjoy a taste of the old and new and a little festive magic at the Garstang Victorian Festival

The countdown is on to one of the district’s biggest events events in the festive calendar with people from all over the region joining locals for the GarstangVictorian evening.

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.

Preston and Leyland branch of the Guide Dogs volunteer group and Blackpool Fylde Guide Dogs events team are grateful for the fund-raising efforts of the Italian Orchard in Preston, which has raised 1,300

Italian Orchard in Broughton supports Guide Dogs charity

Members of the The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association charity dined out on celebrating the support of an Italian restaurant in Preston.
Alyssa Davies, with sister Lauren Davies and Kimberley Walsh

Wrea Green girl joins Kimberley Walsh as the face of Cancer Research UK and TK Maxx campaign - with VIDEO

A Lancashire youngster who has battled cancer has become the face of a national charity campaign.
Paul and Maureen Mallon

Garstang Market's cheese stallholders retire after 25 years

Garstang’s best-loved cheese and biscuit traders have said a final goodbye to their customers after serving from behind the counter of their indoor market stall for 25 years.
Caroline Wareing

Kirkham mum with paralysis nominated for Just Giving Award

A Kirkham woman, who has raised more than £22,000 for Cancer Research UK by cycling 900 miles on a hand-cycle after being paralysed, is in the running for a prestigious national award.

Ellis Quinn, Hannah Lawrenson, Niamh Kerr, Harriet Kelsall and Katie Morton from Garstang

Garstang Guides show support at Manchester Pride

Girlguiding members from Garstang supported Girlguiding North West England at Manchester’s Pride festival.
Jorgie Rae-Griffiths with dad Barry Griffiths and mum Lauren McCabe at the charity fun day at The Queen's Arms, in Kirkham

Kirkham community raises thousands for Wesham cancer tot Jorgie

Members of the community have raised more than £20,000 during a weekend of events to help a cancer-stricken tot get life-saving treatment.
Rory Simpson

The mystical fun of larping across the North West

Can the orks and goblins complete their challenge in defeating the brave warriors in the mythical land?
The current pricing structure of long-haul holidays is usually based on two adults sharing one room

Virgin Holidays become first to abolish extra charges for single parents

Virgin Holidays has become the first to abolish stealth hotel charges for single parent families to a string of long-haul destinations.

Jorgie Rae in hospital

Bradley Lowery fund helping brave Jorgie, two, in fight with rare cancer

The love of her parents, the fund-raising efforts of friends and help from the family of tragic tot Bradley Lowery are all helping a little girl in her cancer battle.

Jorgie Rae Griffiths

Fund-raiser events for Wesham girl Jorgie Rae Griffiths

Members of the community have joined forces to hold a variety of fund-raising events to help a cancer-stricken tot get life-saving treatment.
The X Factor 2016 winner Matt Terry will be coming to Slimefest in Blackpool

More stars on Slimefest line-up

The X Factor winner Matt Terry is the latest act to be added to the line-up for Slimefest this October.
Blackpool beach

Lancashire recommends... Beaches

Time to get your bucket and spade out.

The cast of Cinderella at the Grand Theatre, from left Olivia Birchenough, JJ Hamblett, Steve Royle and Melanie Walters

All-star cast shall go to the ball

A boy band idol, kids' TV host and Gavin And Stacey star will join Grand panto favourite Steve Royle in this year's seasonal extravaganza.
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Gavin Howard and Pippa's mum Michelle Cole

Ribbleton man completes peak challenge in memory of his Scorton niece

A devoted uncle has taken on the Peak to Peak Challenge - with a twist - in memory of his niece.

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