When will our train services be reinstated?

Dozens of the suspended train services between Preston and Blackpool will not be coming back until September.


New BBC TV show shines the spotlight on the Lake District, one of the jewels of the north west

A new TV series aims to introduce one of the north west's most popular beauty spots to a new generation.


In pictures - The retro summer treats we used to love

We're in the middle of a heatwave, and with the mercury set to stay in the mid-20s for at least the next week, we take a look at some of the icy treats we used to love.


It's hot in Lancashire but it's not quite the Summer of '76... yet

The heatwave of 1976 was one of longest and hottest summers of the 20th century.

'Ave it!

Holland's Pies have come up with the snack of the summer

What do you do if it's a little to hot for your favourite pie tea?
Whats on

Manchester Airport is 80 years old

It is 80 years since Manchester Airport opened, Suzannah Rogerson looks at the early days of a place visited by thousands of Lancastrians every day
Haighton Manor

Restaurant review: To the manor born for a juicy steak at Brunning and Price's Haighton Manor, Lancashire

Once upon a time the settlement of Haighton or Halctun as it was originally known, was  a farming community in the ownership of a Preston Earl.
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Keeley Atkinson's phone

This Leyland phone is among the worst in the country

With two fifths of people admitting to have cracked their phone screen in the past, it’s no secret that us Brits are clumsy.

No aircraft allowed

Could you travel to The Far East without stepping on a single plane?

Studio Lambert, the award-winning television company behind Gogglebox, are seeking people with a keen sense of adventure to take part in a trans-global race for a cash prize.

IN PICTURES: Lionel Richie at Leigh Sports Village

Thousands of people descended on Leigh Sports Village at the weekend to watch a sensational gig by Lionel Richie.

The Wild Boar Inn

Travel: Wild Boar Inn, Windermere

When choosing a wild weekend away, you can’t go wrong with beer, smoking and guns.

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.
National Garden Scheme

Beautiful Lancashire gardens available to view via National Garden Scheme

People love a good nosey around someone else’s garden to see how they form their perennials and now is the perfect chance to snoop.
The Calendar Girls as they are now

Calendar Girls photographer: We’re going to need bigger buns

Our top columnist Geoffrey Shryhane reminisces with the original Calendar Girls...

Bickershaw Festival was so muddy it was more reminiscent of the Somme

When snazzy clothing and big haircuts were all the rage in Leigh

Local historian Alf Ridyard in his column Tash Tales has a cringe when he takes a look back at fashion from yesteryear...


REVIEW: Blackpool - something for everyone, come rain or shine!

For this single mum and teenage daughter, the opportunity to spend some quality time together is few and far between, so when we were offered the chance of a weekend break to Blackpool we jumped at it, and it was non-stop laughter and fun from start to finish.

Are you old enough to have had a basin cut during your youth?

When basin cuts were all the rage in Leigh

Local historian Alf Ridyard looks at the history of haircuts in Leigh in his weekly column, Tash Tales...

Firefighters from Atherton Community Fire Station along with colleagues at Hindley station

Fun in the sun at charity car wash

Firefighters made the most of the sunny weather by holding a charity car wash.

Vianden Castle in the Ardennes region of Luxembourg

Travel: Rich history of nation the size of Lancashire

Grand Duchy of Luxembourg may be a little country but it has a lot to offer visitors as Mike Hill discovered
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