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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

New look to ‘revitalise’ historic city centre pub

A Preston city centre pub is to get a facelift in a bid to “secure” its future. Brewery giant Heineken UK has said its proposals for changes to the Stanley Arms on Lancaster Road would “revitalise” the outside of the pub. It has submitted a planning application to the city’s council to overhaul the outside of the pub. It said: “The re-branding, the new signage and re-painting will help to secure the future of the pub in a very competitive and insecure market. “The works should enhance the exterior of the building with sympathetic treatment and still retain the character of the building.”

County author at shop event

Best-selling author Joan Woodcock will be talking to fans at an event organised by a Lancashire bookshop. The Blackburn-born author, who has recently published novel ‘Matron on Call’, will attend the event at the Lindum Hotel in St Annes on Tuesday, March 15. For further details contact Silverdell Books, on 01772 683444.

Pamper time at fire station

Firefighters will raise money for charity with a craft fair at Leyland fire station. The event will feature handmade cards, jewellery and cakes for sale, while visitors in need of pampering can enjoy mini beauty treatments from therapists. The fair will raise money for Operation Florian, which provides equipment and training for fire safety in needy countries. It takes place between 6.30pm and 10pm on Thursday at the station, on Broadfield Drive.

Electrical fault sparks blaze

Firefighters from Bamber Bridge tackled a burning lamp post after it caught fire in the early hours of Saturday morning. The blazing street lamp at the junction of Stanifield Lane and Centurion Way in Leyland was spotted by a passing motorist. An electrical fault was to blame.

Shed damaged in garden fire

A shed was badly damaged by fire. Firefighters used two hose reels and a main jet to quell the burning timber building in the garden of a house in Glebe Lane, Banks.

Stage invite for choristers

Young songbirds from St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School in Walton-le-Dale will join opera singer Sean Ruane on stage at in the Manchester Irish Festival on March 9.