Saddle up as the horse traders ride into town

Every year for almost a century traders from far and wide converged on Preston for the town’s annual horse fair. For one week the town centre was packed with horses and their owners striking deals with large sums of money changing hands. Local historian Keith Johnson looks back on a long lost tradition

Fulwood Barracks

Spectral army of Roman Soldiers

In the final part of his series on the ghosts which haunt Fulwood Barracks Roger Goodwin reveals the legion Roman soldiers which still march through Preston

Garrison Chapel at Fulwood Barracks

The Presence in the Chapel

In the second of a three part series on the ghosts of Fulwood Barrack's Roger Goodwin lifts the lid on the mysterious spirit in the barracks chapel.

Officers' Mess, at Fulwood Barracks, in Preston

Ghostly spirit in the officers' mess

In the first of a three part series Roger Goodwin reveals the ghosts which haunt Fulwood Barracks, in Preston
Councillor Liz Scott, Armed Forces Champion at Lancaster City Council, Amy Robinson, Northern Area Director of the Royal Air Forces Association, Jane Latin, secretary of the Morecambe branch of the Royal Air Forces Association, and Bob Latin, chairman and treasurer of the Morecambe branch of the Royal Air Forces Association, at the opening of a new RAF drop-in centre at the Gingham Kitchen cafe in Morecambe. Photo by David Hodgson.

Morecambe cafe’s nostalgia for Air Force days

A West End cafe has brought memories flooding back of the time when Morecambe was a base for the Royal Air Force.

Geoffrey Shryhane

What happens to the unwanted Christmas gifts?

Our columnist Geoffrey Shryhane with his latest memories and musings...

Giant Haystacks feels the wrath of Big Daddy in January 1984

Seconds away... for return of the golden days of televised wrestling

For generations of ‘World of Sport’ fans Saturday afternoon meant wrestling. Stars like Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks were loved by millions. ITV has commissioned a wrestling special to air on New Year’s Eve. Wrestling commentator Greg Lambert looks back at a golden age for sports entertainment
Santa Claus at a Christmas Party, in London Road Labour Club, in Preston, in 1946

Did Santa Claus visit Lancashire first?

The first recorded mention of Santa Claus in England is believed to have been in a Lancashire newspaper, Mike Hill reports

First World War  soldiers in a trench on the Western Front in France wearing paper hats from Christmas crackers

Christmas Day on the frontline of the First World War

Roland Shawcross worked as a reporter for the Lancashire Daily Post before signing up to serve in the First World War aged 19. Here is a letter written on New Year’s Eve in 1915 describing how the Preston Pals spent Christmas Day on the front in France

The Quarrymen's display at The Beatles Story attraction in Liverpool

Day I cut John Lennon's first record

Sam Wright looks back at the Lancashire music maker who turned down The Beatles

Leo Hall

Arnhem hero Leo was one of the last men on the bridge

A true hero will be laid to rest this week.

John and Isobel Dowling celebrate their 72nd wedding anniversary

In sickness and in health - 72 years on

A Second World War soldier who fell in love with his nurse is celebrating 72 glorious years of marriage.
Longridge Air Cadet William Newman carried the mens standard and Preston Army Cadet Jake Molloy carried that of the womens section, accompanied by standard escorts Nathan Homer, of Longridge Air Cadets, Oliver Kerrigan, of Longridge Army Cadets, Samuel Eidsforth, of Longridge Air Cadets and Joshua Barber, of Preston Army Cadets; all pupils at the high school or St Cecilias.

Longridge Legions’ last legacy is laid up on display for young people

The two standards of Longridge Royal British Legion and Women’s Section have been laid-up, marking an historical moment in the history of the town.

The Singleton Cloggers at Garstang Victorian Festival

A fine feast of festive fun for the Garstang Victorian evening

Father Christmas dashed through Garstang High Street greeting the hundreds of families who came to town to capture a little Christmas magic for the Garstang Victorian Festival.

These bears are on sale for just �5 each

Collectable craze perfect for Christmas

Our antiques expert Allan Blackburn takes a look at a popular brand of teddies...

The victim bought the two women pies on Friargate

Seven years of hard labour for pickpocketing

Our historian Keith Johnson takes a look back at a game of blame over a street theft...

Dave Robinson with his illustrations

The Avenham to Zara of Preston

Ever wondered what would make the A-Z of Preston? One Preston illustrator has brought iconic city sights to life through the alphabet for a new series.

Garstang Christmas and Victorian Festival.
Pictured are Jo and Lee Birtwistle and their wood baked pizza's.
7th December 2015


Garstang High Street will be all dressed up for the festive season and many of the community too with just five days until the Victorian Christmas Festival.

Fulwood Barracks

Don't let this important historic site go

A petition to save an historic barracks still needs your support.

Kathryn, Charlotte and Emily Naylor

‘In so many ways I was lucky to have my mum around at school’

Whether or not school is very appealing, at least there are a few hours in the day where you can escape your parents.

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