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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

Party night for Great Gatsby

A party night celebrating The Great Gatsby is to go ahead at Preston’s Masonic Hall in November.

The 18-plus night, with music from The Lazy River Jazz Band, vintage cocktails, old movie screenings, roulette and more, alongside Charleston, Lindy Hop and jive dancing, is at the Saul Street venue on Friday November 23. Tickets are £5 from or £7 on the door.

Laughing Cow star is Shazia

Muslim comedienne Shazia Mirza tops the bill at the Frog and Bucket’s new all-female comedy night, Laughing Cows, on Sunday.

The ladies’ comedy night, which was first established in Manchester, began at the Frog last month.

This Sunday’s event sees Mirza, who began her career performing in a burka, starring with Tanya Lee Davis, Katie Mulgrew and MC Kerry Leigh. Doors open at 7pm and entry is £7 or £5 advance.

Takeaway to attend hearing

A city centre takeaway which has been ordered to fit a new system to combat “rancid” odours or face possible closure is due to attend a licence review hearing next week.

The owners of Dixi Plus in Church Street, Preston, are set for a meeting with Preston Council bosses at Preston Town Hall on Friday, November 2.

Sign up in time for police vote

The deadline to register for a postal vote in the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner election is next Wednesday.

The election takes place on November 15 and the deadline includes residents who want to vote by post, or to cancel a postal vote and attend a polling station.

Panoramas of Preston show

Photographer Jan Chlebik will be discussing his work at the Museum of Lancashire on Saturday.

The artist and teacher will be talking about his panoramic pictures of Preston at the museum in Stanley Street from 2pm to 3.30pm.

Tea and cake will be served at the show.

Mayor set for twitching talk

The Mayor of South Ribble will be attending an evening with Roy Dennis on Friday.

Coun Colin Clark has been invited to the event at St Mary’s Church Hall in Penwortham, which starts at 7.30pm and has been organised by the Preston Birdwatching and Natural History Society.

Blood donors are needed

Blood donors are needed for two sessions at Garstang Country Hotel and Golf Club on Monday.

You can give blood at the venue off Bowgreave Drive in Garstang between 2pm and 4pm or 5pm and 7.30pm.

The sessions are run by NHS Blood and Transplant.

Call 0300 123 23 23 to book an appointment.

Reminder over Guild closures

A number of road closures will occur throughout the city centre to accommodate the Guild Marathon on Sunday.

Between 8am and 5pm a number of the roads will be temporarily closed.

A document is available to view on the Preston Council website at

Ensure you are able to vote

Time is running out to register to vote in the first Police and Crime Commissioner Election.

Residents who want to vote by post must do so by 5pm on 31 October before the election on November 15. For info call 01772 906908.