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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

Beer festival to take place

The Continental’s ninth beer festival starts at 6pm on Thursday. The event, at the pub on South Meadow Lane, Preston, will run for three days. There will also be live music throughout the weekend. The festival will feature a new beer in honour of and named by PNE legend Graham Alexander, dubbed ‘Local Hero’.

Ladies get on board

Contrary to the stereotype more and more northern women want to be train drivers. According to Northern Rail, the UK’s largest train operator, a record number of women have been applying for its train driver vacancies. Since 2009, Northern has seen an increase in the number of female applicants across the business, growing from 11% to 15.5%. Adrian Thompson, HR director, said: “We are delighted to see more women applying to become train drivers.”

Dancing fun for Guild planned

Lancashire Folk Society’s Folk Spectacular in honour the Preston Guild 2012 celebrations will take place on Saturday. The all day event at the Guild Hall, Lancaster Road, includes a Schools Festival from 10am and free afternoon workshops at 1.30pm. The evening dance will start at 6.30pm with tickets priced just £8.00. For tickets or information call 0845 344 2012 or visit:

Reminder over roadworks

Drivers are being reminded of possible delays in Fulwood, Preston, around the M6 Junction 31a as two extra lanes are added to the motorway slip road, which takes traffic from the motorway onto Bluebell Way. It is being carried out by the council for the Homes and Communities Agency.

£1m investment to improve rivers

A major conservation initiative has been awarded more than a million pounds to improve the rivers around Morecambe Bay. The successful £1.1m bid to the Environment Agency means the Source to Sea programme can now tackle the causes of water pollution in the rivers and tributaries flowing into Morecambe Bay. It will also fund improvements to surrounding land and raise awareness of water quality issues among local communities. Source to Sea will run for two and a half years.