Nostalgia: Memories of Royal-tea remain special for former Chorley St Peter’s Rose Queen Jean

Jean Kitchen felt like royalty as she was invited to have tea with the vicar. Back then, the 77-year-old was the Rose Queen for the Chorley St Peter’s School in 1954, aged 11.

The Express Inn

Model boats stir up poignant childhood memories...

Our antiques expert, Allan Blackburn, takes a look at some marine collectables
Chorley soldiers killed at the Battle of Festubert, clockwise from top left, Philip O'Neill, Lancelot Morris, Tom Victor Hall, Austen Naylor, Charles Bolton and John Kerfoot

Chorley's darkest day of First World War

June 15 marks the anniversary of what was labelled ‘Chorley’s darkest day’ as a result of the loss of life of 28 men from the town in the First World War.

Wardleys on the river Wyre

Hunt for legendary Lancashire port

In the second of a two-part series, local historian Gordon Heald examines the clues as he attempts to unravel the mystery of just where on the Lancashire coast the semi-mythical Roman port known as Portus Setantiorum was located
Kings Scar off the coast of Fleetwood pictured in 1995

Mystery of Lancashire's long lost port

It is one of Lancashire's great mysteries and has puzzled historians and locals alike for centuries. The possible location of the semi-mythical Roman port known as Portus Setantiorum is a saga of ancient maps, forgery, larger than life characters and fruitless expeditions.
The Express Inn on Park Road

‘Drunken’ police officer breaks leg of man in street attack

Local historian Keith Johnson takes a look at a shocking case of police brutality from the 19th century...
This pond yacht is on sale at GB Antiques Centre for 75 pounds

Model boats stir up poignant childhood memories...

Our antiques expert, Allan Blackburn, takes a look at some marine collectables.

Jelly Babies were first made in Lancashire

Sweet shop favourite born in Lancashire

For more than a century, a factory in Lancashire exported some of the nation’s most popular treats to sweet shops all over the world. Charlie Smith investigates the life and times of the humble Jelly Baby
John Crook jr pictured with his sons Ernest, left, and Thomas, centre, carried on the family tradition of life-saving on the Ribble

Hero who saved scores of lives

Local historian Keith Johnson recalls a remarkable everyday hero who saved the lives of scores of people from the treacherous waters of the Ribble

The Brazil team in the Panini World Cup sticker album of 1970

World Cup sticker album from 1970 sells for £1,500

Our antiques expert Allan Blackburn reveals how Panini sticker albums can be worth a fortune...
Mother and daughter drowned in the mill lodge of Swainson & Birley

Coroner blames parents for tragic death of mum and baby

Local historian Keith Johnson uncovers a case of family troubles leading to a double death...


IN PICTURES: Golden days of the Preston’s famous beauty queens

Preston’s Elizabeth Grant had a fabulous 2016 and featured frequently in the Lancashire Post’s pages: Miss Preston, Miss England, and a contestant in the Miss World competition in Washington DC, writes John Grimbaldeston.


IN PICTURES: Preston's Fishergate over the years

Preston's Fishergate has had many looks over the years.

Picture by Julian Brown 26/05/18''Chairman Peter Houghton puts some finishing touches to the exhibition''Leyland Heritage Centre temporary exhibition to commemorate Leyland Historical Society�"s 50th Anniversary

Evoking memories at society’s exhibition

An exhibition officially launched at the weekend is rolling back the years in Leyland and Farington.


IN PICTURES: Preston's lost swimming baths

With the recent hot weather, many of us in Preston looked to find comfort in our local swimming pools.

Chorley Sea Cadets in 1964

NOSTALGIA: Chorley Sea Cadet Geoff scored well on the high seas

Spotting a photograph of Chorley Sea Cadets in a recent Guardian filled reader Geoff Bolton with many memories.


PICTURES: Restoring Blackpool's Empress Ballroom to all its glory

Ornamental experts are continuing the painstaking work to fix the damage to one of the jewels in Blackpool’s vast crown.

The Chorley Pals formingup on the Flat Iron in Chorley

Lancashire to honour sacrifices of a generation 100 years on

The sacrifices of a whole generation of Lancashire people are to be honoured with a weekend of events.

This watering can is French and on sale for 20 pounds

Bring out your gardening antiques and get digging for a profit

Antiques expert Allan Blackburn goes green-fingered in his search for gardening gems...

Body snatchers at work

Grave robbers jailed for taking bodies of old man and boy, 10

Local historian Keith Johnson looks back at a shocking and macabre tale from yesteryear...

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