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Drastic career change for Karen and Rob who are now fulfilling their coffee shop dreams

A cafe-loving-couple have fulfilled a long-running dream of theirs by giving up their day jobs to open a state-of-the-art independent cafe.
Midnite Johnny are playing at Mad Hatters

Things to do (March 23 to 25)

As spring has finally arrived, why not get out and enjoy these events?
Whats on
Flight to Darkness and 77 Rue Paradis by Gil Brewer

Book review: Flight to Darkness and 77 Rue Paradis by Gil Brewer

In two turbulent, mesmerising tales from the 1950s, a Korean War veteran gets involved with a troublesome beauty and finds himself caught up in family strife and murder, and a disgraced former aircraft manufacturer is blackmailed into treason.

Funnyman Billy Pearce

Billy Pearce date to boost Lytham Hall’s big revamp

Tickets are still available for a fund-raising evening at Lytham Hall this Friday headlined by funnyman Billy Pearce.

Grimsargh Players were due to perform at The Playhouse Theatre in Preston

Performances by Grimsargh Players cancelled

The Grimsargh Players, who are due to present the comedy The Female of the Species, have had to cancel a string of performances.

Theatre and Comedy
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke

Thom Yorke heading to Manchester after announcing new solo tour

The Radiohead frontman has included the north west as part of only three UK appearances this year.

James singer Tim Booth

Indie pop band James set for county date with tour of UK

Indie pop band James have announced a seven-date UK tour that will see them come to Lancashire in May.

Blackpool DJ Danny Howard will headline this summers festival

Blackpool DJ Danny Howard to star at new dance festival S2S in the Park

Blackpool DJ Danny Howard has been announced as one of the headliners for a major new dance festival for Lancashire.

The Shadow Queen by Anne OBrien

Book review: The Shadow Queen by Anne O’Brien

One medieval historian described her as ‘the most beautiful lady in the whole realm of England, and by far the most amorous,’ while another made tantalising reference to her ‘slippery ways.’

Follow the Dead by Lin Anderson

Book review: Follow the Dead by Lin Anderson

A romantic Hogmanay escape to the Cairngorms becomes a disturbing investigation into a human trafficking ring for dedicated forensic scientist Dr Rhona MacLeod.
The Lost by Mari Hannah

Book review: The Lost by Mari Hannah

Northumberland crime queen Mari Hannah is back on the beat… and she has a new top team to thrill her army of fans.

Templar Silks by Elizabeth Chadwick

Book review: Templar Silks by Elizabeth Chadwick

A legendary soldier and perhaps the most influential statesman of the 12th century, William Marshal was eulogised as ‘the best knight that ever lived.’


12 words and phrases you'll know if you are from Lancashire

Lancashire is not only the greatest county in England, but we also talk reet good as well.

Eight-year-old Lily Harrison, who survived the bomb attack at the Manchester Arena in May last year

Four Days That Shook Britain - Amazing stories of kindness, bravery and humanity

The world seems to be heading towards apocalypse these days. At the very least, a new Cold War is just around the corner, as countries around the world posture from their opposite corners.

Lesley Manville and Peter Mullan in the brilliant Mum

Mum - BBC's jewel of a sitcom is an affectionate portrait of an everymum

It was Mother’s Day last week, as I’m sure you were aware. I’m also sure you honoured the mothers in your lives. And no, a few wilted carnations and box of Roses from Tesco Express is not an honour.

Gerald Dickens

Gerald Dickens talks about his famous great great grandad's legacy as he performs in Preston

Growing up, the great great grandson of Charles Dickens didn’t think much of his works.

Shane Zaza as Victor Frankenstein

Monster of a play marred by sound

Frankenstein Royal Exchange, Manchester

Blackpool Ghost Walks: Stephen Mercer

Take a ghostly summer tram ride

Visitors to Blackpool will have the chance to ride the Ghost Tram.

Greens Bistro, At Annes

The best bistros in Lancashire

Here is a list of the five best bistros in Lancashire, as voted by readers.
The Monochrome Set are (from left to right): Mike Urban, Bid, Andy Warren and John Paul Moran

The Monochrome Set's colourful history to continue on their return to Preston's Continental

Celebrating an incredible 40 years since the band's formation, The Monochrome Set return to Preston's The Continental on Saturday, March 24 to promote their forthcoming album Maisieworld, which is due for release in the spring.

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