Chart-toppers set to Vamp it up at Slimefest

Album chart-toppers The Vamps are the latest act announced for Blackpool’s Slimefest in the autumn.

Primark have claimed that the bras are moulded, not padded. Picture; Lisa Ferguson

Primark slammed over ‘padded bra’ range for children

A horrified mother has spoken out against Primark for selling padded bras to children as young as 7-years-old.
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BAE Systems �2.3M Training and Simulation Integration Facility (TSIF) at Warton

Lancashire leading way in the air

Lancashire aerospace leaders travelled to Paris to highlight the county’s leading role in the industry.

County Coun Michael Green

Lancashire rural funding pot up for grabs

Rural companies in Lancashire are being encouraged to apply for a share of more than £2m to grow their business.

Thousands flock to Blackpools Pride festival every year

Pride at attitude change - but it has taken time

As the country marks 50 years since the sexual Offences Act, MICHAEL HOLMES talks to two prominent Fylde coast men on how times have changed for the better

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A fracking protester climbs aboard a tanker on Preston New Road

Angry elderly man ‘petrified’ protester

A protester who stood on top of a tanker for 10 hours has been convicted under rarely used labour laws.

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Northern Rail

Rail passenger satisfaction on the rise

Passengers are more satisfied with the rail service on routes to and from Blackpool and the Fylde coast.

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Lawrence and Juliana Chard of Chard  Coin and Bullion Dealers

Credit card fee move ‘a rip off’

Lancashire-based Chard Coin and Bullion Dealers is making a stand against the EU directive banning fees on credit cards that will come into force in 2018.

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Brexit. Photo credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Stable trading top of wishlist

Business leaders believe trade arrangements with the EU are more important than access to workers or the stability of sterling, a study shows.

The sheep were huddled together on a high spot on the farm, standing in about three inches of water

On the lamb! Rabbits play woolly jumpers for sheep thrills

Three wild rabbits have managed to escape rising floodwaters in New Zealand by clambering aboard a flock of sheep and surfing to safety on their woolly backs.

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More than 100,000 over-90's still hold driving licences

More than 100,000 people aged 90 or over still hold driving licences, figures from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) show.
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A 255 million fund is expected to be unveiled to help councils speed up local measures to deal with pollution

New petrol and diesel vehicles to be banned from 2040

New diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned from 2040 as part of efforts to tackle air pollution, the Government is expected to announce.

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The group receives its award at the North West Construction Industry event

Blackpool’s Create Construction take top company prize

Blackpool-based Create Construction is celebrating after scooping the sought-after SME of the Year Award, at this year’s North West Construction Industry Awards.

B&M in Cleveleys

B&M speculation boosts shares

Shares in B&M rose sharply yesterday following weekend reports that supermarket giant Asda is mulling over a £4.4 billion takeover of the discount retailer.

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Former Blackpool player Barry Ferguson has been made bankrupt with debts of more than 1.4 million.

Ex-Blackpool captain Barry Ferguson declared bankrupt

Former Blackpool player Barry Ferguson has been made bankrupt with debts of more than £1.4 million.
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The surge in ticketing comes after clamping on private land was banned in 2012

Code of conduct urged as number of parking tickets from private companies rises

The number of parking tickets handed out by private companies has soared, leading to support for proposed new laws to end the industry's self-regulation.

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Many parents face juggling work with finding childcare.

‘There needs to be a change to help families’

As school summer holidays start, many parents are facing the challenge of finding suitable childcare at an affordable cost. STEF HALL looks at the issue.

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The team pick up their award from TV star Stephen Mulhearn and Lucy Huxley, right

River specialist cruises to award

Blackpool-based specialist river cruise agency has scooped a top industry accolade at this year’s Agency Achievement Awards ceremony in London.

Sheffield Council is to get 24m over three years to help with adult social care

Two-in-five OAPs targeted in scams

More than two-fifths of older people believe they have been targeted by scammers, with single people more likely to be tricked than their married counterparts, according to a new study.

Tristan Hall with his popular card game Gloom of Kilforth

St Annes game maker shows card games are big deal

Success is on the cards for a St Annes game maker after his first card strategy game sold out in days.

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