Wish you were there? Collection of Blackpool boarding house postcards provides a picture of the past

Memory Lane reader Steve Gomersall brought in these delightful postcards to share with readers.

The historic St Michael's Church

Picturesque and historic Wyre village throughout the years

Take a trip back to a bygone era and relive some historic moments with our black-and-white archive photographs of St Michael’s On Wyre over the last century.

Blackpool police took delivery of eight scooters for patrol work in September 1959

The thin blue line of Fylde over the ages

They’re a well-known sight on Fylde coast streets and have been for close to 200 years.

Gazette advert for R Waring Ltd, Cleveleys, in 1953

Barry Band: The growth of the small screen on the Fylde coast

‘The Television Pioneers of the Fylde’ was how the firm of R. Waring Ltd, of 105 Victoria Road, Cleveleys, advertised themselves in the 1950s.

REV RON GREENALL: Pictures capture a real revolution

REV RON GREENALL: Pictures capture a real revolution

In my recent post came my first picture from a Burnley reader following on some of my comments about the Industrial Revolution in Lancashire .

Rev refs April 2 2018

REV RON GREENALL: Iron theme to my latest memories

Firstly a couple of new points for a new month. It was in this week in 1721 that Sir Robert Walpole became the first Prime Minister of Britain.


The blaze which destroyed a Blackpool landmark

Our Looking Back picture from the Gazette archives remembers the 1967 fire which destroyed one of the famous names on Blackpool's high street.


IN PICTURES: 17 cars from British Leyland’s 50 year history

British Leyland dominated the domestic motoring scene making some of the most famous names on the nation’s roads during the 1970s and 1980s.

Blackpool actress Jenna Coleman

How relative of TV star Jenna Coleman got into trouble with the law

We pick up the story of Blackpool actress Jenna Coleman’s family history, by Michael Rochford, where we left off last week. In this second part, Peter Bassett, a distant relative, finds himself on the wrong side of the law.

Throughout the German attacks in March and April 1918, many British units continued to resist as far as was possible.

How brave soldiers paid the price for a most brutal victory

In October 1917 the Russian revolution forced Russia out of the First World War and Germany was free to bring all her forces to bear on the Western Front.
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Detail from notes written by 18th century Lancashire joiner Thomas Noblet

Lost secrets of a Lancashire craftsman

A chance discovery has led to a fascinating new book revealing the life and times of a Lancashire craftsman from the 18th century


100 years of the RAF and Lancashire

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force, here Mike Hill looks at the long relationship between Lancashire’s plane makers and the nation’s armed forces

Duke Ellington

Barry Band: Gazette editor was out of sync with new ‘puerile’ jazz

New music has always been contentious. Even 
Mozart had his critics. Today, older readers may wonder what’s happening to “the popular song.”

A young Jenna Coleman, in 1999. Dress rehearsal picture from the Sue Turner Fylde Theatre Group production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, (at the Opera House Blackpool). Wicked Queen Samantha Linacre with Jenna Coleman as the young Snow White.

Fascinating family history of Blackpool star Jenna Coleman

Jenna-Louise Coleman was born in Blackpool in 1986 to parents Keith Coleman and Karen Morris, who were born and married in this popular Lancashire seaside resort.

The Just Jane bomber that stood at Squires Gate

How Blackpool's RAF links played key role in war - and kept theatres in business

One hundred years ago tomorrow, a new branch of the armed forces was formed – the RAF – and although there are no operational airfields in this part of the country, Lancashire will always be closely associated with the service, thanks to the aircraft it has built.

Two locomotives parked up at Kirkham, in March 1968

Getting Lancashire and the Fylde coast on track for a new life on the railways

It is 180 years since the first railway lines started to arrive in Lancashire and a fascinating new book celebrates the history of train links between Preston and Blackpool. Author John Matthews explains.

As the Mayor of Blackpool (Ald Joseph S Richardson, JP) speaks at the opening of the RAF exhibition on Princess Parade, a formation of RAF Hunters fly past, in 1962

On the wings of time: 100 years of the RAF on the Fylde coast

As the Royal Air Force celebrates its centenary on Sunday, we take a look back at the RAF’s long and close association with the Fylde coast.

Mike and Bernie Winters in Blackpool, in 1965

Barry Band: Blackpool’s Easter early birds won the prize 50 years ago

At 10 o’clock on Good Friday 50 years ago, the first Easter holiday-makers filed into Blackpool theatre foyers.

Church Street, Kirkham, shown here in December 1982

Take a trip through historic Kirkham

It has been described as probably the earliest inhabited locality in the Fylde district. And our archive photographs show Kirkham over the years.

Rev Ron March 26 elephants crossing the tram lines in Blackpool, Rivington Pike, Scorton Station, Kendal and Preston Canal, toy projector

REV RON GREENALL: Getting ready for Easter

My first picture today is not a trick leading up to April Fool’s day on April 1.

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