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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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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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David Chandler in the City of London, with the commemorative Penfold box installed in September 2016, to mark 500 years of the postal service

David's passion for postboxes

For most people they are what you put your letters into when you want to mail them. But for David Chandler, postboxes are a source of endless fascination. And he has 11,000 photographs of them...

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View from the base of St Walburges church steeple, looking down on Fylde Junction and the northern exit from Preston station in July 2009. This area was the site of the old Preston steam loco shed which was destroyed by fire in 1961

Lancashire's railways through the lens

Train lover Martyn Hilbert has been capturing life on Lancashire’s railways on camera since the 1970s.

Transport
Officer of 2/4th East Lancashires observes the enemy through a trench periscope

Superhuman bravery of Lancashire's men

The commemorations to mark the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele have come and gone, but it should be remembered that 100 years ago the men of Lancashire were still fighting and dying as the battle dragged on. Roger Goodwin delves into the archives of the Lancashire Infantry Museum to tell the story of a Fulwood Barracks -based regiment in another phase in the battle – one which required powers of endurance even before they met the enemy
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Jason Byrne is at Southport Comedy Festival

Why funnyman Jason Byrne loves comedy festival

Irish comedian’s Jason Byrne's Man With Three Brains show is set to rock Southport Comedy Festival and he tells MALCOLM WYATT he can’t wait to be back in the north west

Comedy
One of the oldest known photos of Preston taken circa 1862 which shows the sod cutting ceremony on Preston Moor signalling the start of work on Moor Park

How acres of Moorland was transformed into heart of Preston

On this day in 1867 Preston’s Moor Park was officially thrown open to the public. Local historian Keith Johnson recalls a landmark day in the history of the city and charts the life and times of the much loved green space

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