Day a Hollywood star put Preston on the silver screen

Jessica Hay looks back at the star-studded day when Preston threw open its doors to the what was heralded the most technically advanced cinema in the country
Catforth FC circa 1957

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

Wayne Foster slides in to have an attempt on goal

Retro game - when PNE played in front of a record low crowd

The win which Preston North End achieved against Bury in the Freight Rover Trophy in January 1986 formed only part of the story of the Deepdale clash.

Preston North End
Chorley FC 1954-55 season: Roy Hatsell is on front row second on left. On his right is Harry McShane player manager whose son is Lovejoy actor Ian McShane

Roy recalls playing for Chorley against Fleetwood – and winning

In the wake of last week’s dramatic FA Cup clash between Chorley and Fleetwood, Guardian reader Roy Hatsell can recall the last time they played against each other – 62 years earlier!

Laurence Binyon

Lancashire war poet celebrated

Lancashire's most famous war poet is celebrated in a special film created for Remembrance Day.
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.
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

Statue honouring the Chorley Pals

Tale of Chorley Pal's wartime bible

Soldier who joined the Chorley Pals had his Army pocket testament returned thanks to the efforts of German carer

St Johns Place where the attack took place

Teenage robbery victim lured by temptress in Preston

Local historian Keith Johnson takes a look at the brutal robbery of a teenage soldier in war-time Preston...

The lady in red is an oil painting on canvas and on sale for 80

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder when it comes to paintings

Our antiques expert Allan Blackburn gives some top tips on how to judge the value of a painting...
Severe winters in Wray: Footballers on ice. J Armfield and A Waiters of Blackpool FC skate cross their frozen pitch at Bloomfield Road. January 8 1963.

Lancaster nostalgia: Harsh winters in Wray and district

Following on from earlier this month, historian David Kenyon researches the severe winters which hit Wray village and nearby. This week he looks at the comparison between the 1940s and 60s.

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
Sylvia Suttie (n�e Bretherton) and Desmond Grant, of St Michael's High School, Chorley, who presented a tray to the Archbishop and Princess Margaret

NOSTALGIA: Presenting a gift to Princess Margaret at opening of Chorley high school

When the Guardian posted a photograph of Princess Margaret opening St Michael’s C E School, in Chorley, reader Sylvia Suttie dug out a picture she had of the royal visit in 1965.

Market Place, Preston, in 1860 with the old Town Hall behind the timber framed properties

Terrible night flames ripped through much loved shop

Local historian Keith Johnson recalls the night a terrible blaze in the heart of Preston shocked townsfolk more than 150 years ago

Terry Ainsworth shaking hands with HRH The Duke of Gloucester at Craven Cottage, London.

The man behind our Lancaster nostalgia features

Historian Terry Ainsworth is a regular contributor to our nostalgia section, reporter Gemma Sherlock speaks to the man who uses his footballing passion to tell a story.

Pendle Witches executions from a contemporary woodcut

Strange tale of Pendle Witches survivor

Local historian Barry McCann investigates the untold story of the sole survivor from the infamous family of Pendle witches

The so-called Samlesbury Witches were found not guilty

Witchcraft accused go free after Lancashire baby death

Local historian Keith Johnson looks back at a tale of alleged witchcraft that came to the courts...
These skull ornaments are all priced below a tenner

It's time to dust off the Halloween antiques

Our antiques expert Allan Blackburn takes a look at Halloween toys and memorabilia...

Meg Shelton's Grave, Woodplumpton.
Sepia Postcard No.3

Spirits and spooks behind the bars of Lancashire’s haunted pubs

Down the generations tales have emerged of haunting spirits within the boundaries of the old county of Lancashire.

Chingle Hall, Goosnargh

Inside Lancashire’s most haunted hall

Chingle Hall is one of the oldest houses in Lancashire and reputed to be one of the most haunted.

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