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Lancashire's most unusual football league

Grassroots football is the lifeblood of the game, John Grimbaldeston looks back at one of Lancashire’s more unusual league set-ups

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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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Laurence Binyon

Lancashire war poet celebrated

Lancashire's most famous war poet is celebrated in a special film created for Remembrance Day.
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Bertha Wood pictured back in 1944 and celebrating her 100th birthday

Life begins at 100

More and more people are living to be 100. A new book reveals some of the great British characters to hit the century mark and here author John Withington recalls three of Lancashire’s notable centenarians.
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Harry Houdini inside a water can contraption. Image courtesy of Library of Congress

When Houdini came to Lancashire

Victorian magician, escapologist and stunt artist extraordinaire, Harry Houdini captured the headlines wherever he performed, including here in Lancashire, a new book reveals

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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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Harry Houdini inside the water can contraption. (image courtesy of Library of Congress https://www.loc.gov) from The Great Houdini: His British Tours by Derek Tait

When chief constable witnessed a great escape

Between 1900 and 1920 Harry Houdini toured Great Britain, extensively visiting many of its major towns and cities.

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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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Lancashire-based Unfolded Tale will write and publish your autobiography

Putting your life story in print

Increasing numbers of people want to leave their life story as a legacy for feature generations of their family. Mike Hill reports
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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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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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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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