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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.

Music
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.

Music
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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Marriages Are Made in Bond Street: True Stories from a 1940s Marriage Bureau by Penrose Halson

Book review: Marriages Are Made in Bond Street: True Stories from a 1940s Marriage Bureau by Penrose Halson

During the dark days of the Second World War, many London marriages weren’t made in heaven… they were forged at a marriage bureau in fashionable Bond Street.

Arts
Steve Royle

Comedian returns for a right Royle laugh

Blackpool pantomime favourite Steve Royle is headlining the next Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club.

Theatre and Comedy
Brendan Cole

Class, passion and excitement all night long

Brendan Cole All Night Long, Guild Hall, Preston

Arts
Blackpool Grand theatre

English Touring Opera back in town

The English Touring Opera will be returning to Blackpool Grand Theatre for a new production of Tosca.

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Johnny Vegas is back for the ninth series of Benidorm

Five minutes with... Johnny Vegas

Johnny Vegas is back for the ninth series of Benidorm. The dad-of-one reveals whether his character, the Oracle, has finally grown up, how he deals with fans at desperate times and why he wound up singing songs from The Sound Of Music

Offbeat
The New Adventures of Mr Toad: The Race to Toad Hall by Tom Moorhouse and Holly Swain

Book reviews: On the road with a new-look Mr Toad

The star of Kenneth Grahame’s classic novel makes a comeback in a new season of fabulous reading with Oxford University Press children’s books.

Arts
Red Admiral Academy junior band after their winning performance at the Junior Brass Band Entertainment Festival of Great Britain held at Blackpool Winter Gardens.

Red Admiral Band are flying high after big band win

Talented youngsters proved top trumps after being crowned champion junior band in a national competition.

News
The Kennel Clubs Illustrated Breed Standards by The Kennel Club

Book review: The Kennel Club’s Illustrated Breed Standards by The Kennel Club

As the dog world gets hot under the collar for the start of this year’s annual Crufts extravaganza at the NEC in Birmingham from March 9-12, here’s the chance to brush up on your essential canine knowledge.

Arts
Tell Me A Lie by CJ Carver

Book review: Tell Me A Lie by CJ Carver

A ruthless Russian oligarch, a doggedly determined policewoman and a British spy with memory block on a deadly mission…

Arts
Picture by Julian Brown 11/02/17

Local Historians, Richard and Linda Langford, Adam Cree and Tinker the dog who have been working together to connect Chorley's Pubs to its casualties of World War One pictured at their pop up exhibition at Astley Hall Farm House, Astley Park, Chorley,

War tales and real ales

‘What do you get if you cross three historians a highly intelligent boarder collie and the love of real ale together?’

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Broadway star Adrian Zmed, who plays Georges in La Cage Aux Folles, which is coming to Blackpool Grand Theatre

First time lucky for Zmed and La Cage

The current UK tour of La Cage Aux Folles, which opens at Blackpool Opera House tomorrow night, presents two firsts.

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Barry Steele

Orbison tribute has real Steele

The Roy Orbison Story, Grand Theatre

Music
The heartbreaking photo of Julie and Mike Bennet which went viral

X Factor singer to host a Leyland fund-raiser for the Bennet family

A Leyland singer is holding a fund-raiser for her best friend who lost both her parents to cancer.

News
Darlia

Darlia return after a long absence

Blackpool band Darlia have announced their long awaited return to the live music circuit.

Music
Try your hand at setting a campfire, then toasting something over it in Brinscall Woods at a Survival Skills event.

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The English Heritage blue plaque to Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury, at his former home at 22 Gladstone Avenue in Feltham, west London

Who deserves a blue plaque?

Lancashire has a host of influential musical connections going back over the ages from the likes of George Formby to classical star Kathleen Ferrier.

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