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National gin festival will be quite the tonic

Gin lovers of Blackpool rejoice, the UK’s original Gin Festival is visiting the town for the first time ever.

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Back to the Old Pool

Back to the Old Pool announces stage hosts

Dance music festival Back to the Old Pool have announced their arena hosts for this year’s event, which will take place at the Blackpool Tower Headlands.

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Scooters

Scooter fundraiser at acoustic lounge bar

Acoustic music lounge Ben & Johnny’s are hosting a charity ‘Scooter Meet’ to help raise funds for Donna’s Dream house.

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Helen Bailey

BREAKING: Helen Bailey murder - Ian Stewart guilty of killing author as police to re-examine death of first wife

The predatory partner of Helen Bailey has been found guilty of drugging and killing the children's author in a long-planned plot to acquire her riches.

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Seven most controversial BRIT Awards moments

Seven most controversial BRIT Awards moments

From the KLF firing blanks at the crowd to Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker’s lampooning of Michael Jackson’s Jesus complex to Robbie Williams challenging Liam Gallagher to a “square-go”, the BRIT Awards have always displayed a knack for controversy.

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Matt Jansen

Chorley boss Jansen 100 per cent committed to Magpies after Blackburn hot-seat speculation

Chorley manager Matt Jansen was ‘flattered’ by speculation linking him to the Blackburn Rovers job but stressed he is 100 per cent committed to the Magpies.

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The Met Office have upgraded their warning for Lancashire to 'Amber' as storm Doris heads to the UK.

AMBER WARNING: Storm Doris set to batter Lancashire with winds of up to 80mph

The Met Office have upgraded their warning for Lancashire to 'Amber' as storm Doris heads to the UK.

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Girls from Wheelton Country Dancing Club maypole dancing in the 1970's in front of Wheelton Clock tower.

Fun dancing around the Maypole

Guardian reader Ian Grundy has kindly sent in this delightful photograph of youngsters Maypole dancing in 
Wheelton.

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President Donald Trump at his first major news conference in the White House

Fake news: How do you know what to believe online?

The trouble with news websites is that they all look more or less alike - and spotting the real ones from the fakes is not always easy.

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Jo Cox: The Duchess of Cornwall will join Jamie Oliver to launch what could be the biggest community event since the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, The Great Get Together, in the wake of the murder of MP Jo Cox.

Jo Cox’s husband calls for ‘massive party to show our unity’

The husband of murdered MP Jo Cox is calling on the UK to throw a “massive party to show our unity and to celebrate what we have in common”.

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Tell me about your childhood.

“What am I thinking right now?” - and 19 more of the hardest interview questions

Mind reading, psychology and social justice - just three subjects you might not expect to crop up in an interview for a job in accountancy or computing.

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Shaun Colin Walmsley, 28, fled from outside Aintree University Hospital

MANHUNT: Murderer escapes prison officers during hospital visit

A murderer who was serving a minimum of 30 years in prison is on the run after two armed men helped him escape during an escorted hospital visit.
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Even if you feel your child may not be cooperative the dentist can give advice - it is important that your child is comfortable in the surgery from a young age.

Everything you need to know to protect your kids' teeth

Most mums and dads want to help protect their kids' teeth but some parents can find oral health advice confusing. With this in mind we had a chat with a dental expert who can help you to stop your children's teeth from decaying.
Health
Lancashires beautiful countryside and many other attractions bring in millions of visitors

US visitors lead rise in North West tourism figures

More overseas visitors are visiting Lancashire and the North West than ever before, new figures show.

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UPDATE: Police arrest teen, 15, after man suffers ‘significant’ injuries in city centre stabbing

UPDATE: Police arrest teen, 15, after man suffers ‘significant’ injuries in city centre stabbing

Police have arrested a 15-year-old boy from Preston after a man received a “stab type” wound outside a city centre fast food restaurant yesterday evening.

Crime
The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay, south Wales

10,000 sign petition to save Doctor Who Experience from closure

An interactive experience that allows Doctor Who fans to follow the Doctor on an adventure through time and space is set to close after nearly five years.

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Tina Kimberley and her husband Steven are taking part in the St Catherines Hospice Moonlight and Memories Walk in tribute to her dad, Keith

Tina doubles up her fundraising efforts for hospice

A Fulwood woman will tackle back-to-back charity challenges in a bid to raise vital funds for dedicated hospice staff who have cared for her dad and grandmother.

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Rachel Baines

Lancashire Police failing stress test

Around half of police officers in Lancashire have suffered health issues as a result of on the job stress

Crime
The brand new Legend of Zelda game is the big launch title

Nintendo Switch: 8 things to know

With Nintendo’s brand new console the Switch due out at the beginning of March, a host of games have already been confirmed for the intriguing machine.
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The research looked at boozing habits over a 25-year period

Men who sup more than seven pints of beer a week for several years ‘raise heart disease risk’

Men who drink more than a pint of beer a day over several years may increase their risk of heart disease by prematurely ageing their arteries, new research suggests.
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