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Steve’s our comic king of panto... Oh yes he is!

As party tricks go, cramming ping pong balls into your cheeks is certainly an unusual one.

Theatre and Comedy
Betsy Hindle from St Annes, who has qualified as a barrister at just 22

Lawyer Betsy called to the bar at just 22

Betsy Hindle has been called to the bar – and that’s not a reference to her work Christmas ‘do’.

News
Fruit machines were completely destroyed by raiders at Ansdell Institute.

Burglars smash club’s machines

Raiders smashed their way into a private members’ club on the Fylde coast and went on the rampage causing more than £500 of damage.
 The burglars struck at Ansdell Institute, on Woodlands Road in Ansdell, where they forced their way through five doors, destroying locks and damaging woodwork.

Crime
Cast of Aladdin at Preston Charter Theatre to January 3

REVIEW: Aladdin Preston Charter Theatre

With a puff of smoke, a boo, a cheer, sparkle and glitz, a technical glitch and some musical magic, mix it altogether in a rusty old lamp and oh yes, it could only be opening night of Preston’s 2017 pantomime Aladdin.

News
"ATM deserts" could be created

Link says it is 'committed to maintaining geographical coverage of free ATMs'

ATM network Link has moved to offer assurances following concerns over the future availability of free-to-use cash machines.

Business
Some 1,727 motorists were questioned by the RAC.

Drivers admit getting behind wheel when they may have been over drink limit

Around five million drivers believe they have got behind the wheel while over the drink-drive limit at least once in the past year, according to new research.

Crime
The Dreamboys play Marine Hall, Fleetwood

Dreamboys set to warm up a chilly night at Marine Hall

The Dreamboys are back and hotter than ever with a brand new show for 2017.

Whats on
Be prepared for those questions

How to answer 9 of the most challenging questions kids love to ask

From 'Is Father Christmas real' to 'Why is the sky blue?', youngsters know how to put parents on the spot.

Health
Coun Peter Britcliffe, Chairman of the county council's Health Scrutiny Committee

Council to monitor progress on reducing county's high suicide rate

Experts have been asked to report back within a year on the progress being made to reduce the number of suicides in Lancashire.

News
Many Britons  are still nervous about clearing snow for fear of getting punished

Can you get sued for clearing snow and ice from your driveway? And what you should NEVER use

With the first snows of winter arriving in many parts of the country, the cold snap has meant there’s plenty of the white stuff on the streets, and on people's driveways.
Environment
Vets warn over salt and grit dangers to pets

Vets warn over salt and grit dangers to pets

With temperatures dropping as low as -15C in some parts of the country this week, vets are warning pet owners to take extra caution during the cold spell with salt, grit and antifreeze proving fatal to pets.

News
Plain dried pasta and noodles are still free

Popular Slimming World ‘free foods’ now counted as ‘syns’

Slimming World has made major changes to its diet plan with some popular ‘free foods’ now counted as ‘syns’.
Health
Councillors Ed Nash and Peter Buckley take a look around St Annes Library which has been closed since August

Pledge over closed library

St Annes Library will open as soon as practically possible, a leading county councillor has pledged.

News
Royal Mail recommends that people post early

Royal Mail workers flat-out before posting deadlines

Royal Mail staff are working to ensure millions of Christmas cards arrive on time in what is their busiest week of the year.

Business
County Coun Gina Dowding

Councils must take action to prevent future flooding in Lancashire says Green councillor

Lancashire’s only Green county councillor has devised a five point plan to help reduce future flooding risks across the county.

News
Here are all the dates for when your benefits will be paid.

Christmas benefits 2017 to be paid EARLY - these are the dates you can expect them

Christmas can usually be a difficult time financially but it's especially tough if you're relying on benefits.
Business
Roadworks at Cliftton Drive South, St Annes

Fears of impact on shops as roadworks continue

Traffic delays following a sewer collapse at the heart of St Annes town centre are set to last into next week – to the frustration of traders as well as drivers.

News
County Coun Geoff Driver, leader of Lancashire County Council

County Council leader Geoff Driver calls for auditors to investigate payments of £.5m council health and wellbeing grants

The Tory leader of Lancashire County Council wants auditors to investigate how £500,000 of grants were distributed in the dying days of the previous Labour administration at County Hall.

News
The busiest days are predicted to be December 20, 21 and 22

Fears of four hour delays on roads over Christmas

More than 20 million vehicles are expected on UK roads over the festive period resulting in delays of up to four hours, according to new analysis.
Transport
Court news

REGIONAL NEWS: Woman who has faced 'unimaginable trauma' to have daughter taken from her care

A woman who suffered the "unimaginable trauma" of seeing two children die when they were babies must have an 18-month-old daughter taken from her care and placed for adoption even though she has caused the youngster no harm, a family court judge has ruled.
Crime
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