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Wealth of delights in store at Lake festivities day

Free activities and food galore will offer a tasty combination at an open day at Fairhaven Lake on Sunday, May 27.

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Richard Ryan

Richard Ryan: I think the Illuminations has a really strong future

He may be stepping out of the spotlight, but Illuminations boss Richard Ryan will never completely switch off from Blackpool as he heads for pastures new.

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'Not safe, not effective, not well led': Mental health services told to improve after damning inspection

Not safe, not effective and not well led. That is the damming conclusion of a report into the county’s mental health services, which have been ordered to improve by inspectors.

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Icon proof that Blackpool is the ‘Mecca’ for rollercoaster enthusiasts

Rollercoaster enthusiasts have hailed the birth of an Icon, as Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s new ride opens to the public for the first time today.

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People walk amongst the debris at the crash site of the passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine.

Another step closer to justice for Blackpool's Glenn Thomas

The nephew of a Blackpool man killed when his plane was blown out of the sky said he is “inching closer to justice” following news the missile came from a Russia-based military unit.

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Callum Mann plays the lead role.

'We can't wait to bring Joseph to Lowther stage'

The cast of Sound of Musical Theatre Company are putting the finishing touches to next week’s show - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

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Karen Morris and Rae Brooke of the Lancashire Community Foundation

Putting Lancashire’s charity money in the right place

There are plenty of philanthropists out there in Lancashire.

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VIDEO: A masterclass in the art of the summer barbecue

When the sun appears, you can guarantee many a barbecue will be dusted down from the shed and the fridge will stocked up with sausages and burgers.
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Members of Lytham In Bloom with Sue Cornah of the Civic Society at the former mussel beds site

In Bloom’s muscle boosts mussel beds

Lytham In Bloom volunteers have been busy giving the town’s newly-converted mussel beds an unprecedented splash of colour.

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Ray Gelato and his band

Jazz and Gospel for Beyond the Sea

Lowther’s Beyond the Sea Festival bring two musical favourites to the stage at the weekend.
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Bev Sykes is presented with her award from PM Theresa May by Fylde MP Mark Menzies

Super Bev’s praise from Prime Minister

She’s long been a Just Good Friend, but Bev Sykes is now a Point of Light – by Prime Ministerial decree.

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Comedian Simon Brodkin is back on tour as Lee Nelson

Simon may go it alone for stunts but he’s on our side

If you’re the person who swiped Simon Brodkins’ trainers during his stage diving antics, when he last played in Blackpool - he’d like them back.

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In full swing, How Sweet It Is

Get Ready to go dancing on the ceiling with Viva

Promising an ‘upbeat, feel good night like no other from the UK’s Number One Motown Experience’, music fans are sure to be tempted by tomorrow night’s offering at Viva in Church Street.

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Jodie Prenger and Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff in Fat Friends

She's back home - Blackpool's Jodie heads cast of Fat Friends musical

Blackpool’s very own stage favourite Jodie Prenger will be among friends next week as she heads to the Opera House in her latest musical role.

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BANK HOLIDAY HEATWAVE: Blackpool set to be hotter than Lisbon

The current spell of warm, settled weather is set to get even better this weekend, forecasters predict.
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Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone

New face to aid Fylde Coast enterprise zone

A new marketing officer has been appointed to help drive forward the two Enterprise Zones on the Fylde Coast.

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Karl Townsend

Former Fylde coast student now director at stockbrokers

A former Fylde coast student now living in Manchester has become a director of Arnold Stansby and Co Stockbrokers.

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One of the new festival pals at Blackpool Zoo

Merry Christmas - check out this sleigh full of precious gifts at Blackpool Zoo

Blackpool Zoo has welcomed a full crew of eight reindeer to its herd - naming them after Father Christmas's famous crew.
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Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Patient diaries are a hit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

A former patient at Blackpool Vic has backed a diary scheme which records patients’ experiences while they are intensive care.

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From left, Mica Paris, Keith Jack and Jorgie Porter, will appear in Fame The Musical at the Opera House in August

Fame-ous trio get set to live forever!

Get ready to dance on a taxi cab, the star casting for musical Fame's 30th anniversary tour has been announced.
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