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Sir Ian’s pride at his family roots

Sir Ian McKellen’s next big appearance is as himself, tracing his roots in BBC One’s Who Do You Think You Are?

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The magic of the five-star chippy

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What happens to the unwanted Christmas gifts?

Our columnist Geoffrey Shryhane with his latest memories and musings...

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Giant Haystacks feels the wrath of Big Daddy in January 1984

Seconds away... for return of the golden days of televised wrestling

For generations of ‘World of Sport’ fans Saturday afternoon meant wrestling. Stars like Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks were loved by millions. ITV has commissioned a wrestling special to air on New Year’s Eve. Wrestling commentator Greg Lambert looks back at a golden age for sports entertainment
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Santa Claus at a Christmas Party, in London Road Labour Club, in Preston, in 1946

Did Santa Claus visit Lancashire first?

The first recorded mention of Santa Claus in England is believed to have been in a Lancashire newspaper, Mike Hill reports

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First World War  soldiers in a trench on the Western Front in France wearing paper hats from Christmas crackers

Christmas Day on the frontline of the First World War

Roland Shawcross worked as a reporter for the Lancashire Daily Post before signing up to serve in the First World War aged 19. Here is a letter written on New Year’s Eve in 1915 describing how the Preston Pals spent Christmas Day on the front in France

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These bears are on sale for just �5 each

Collectable craze perfect for Christmas

Our antiques expert Allan Blackburn takes a look at a popular brand of teddies...

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Market Place, Wigan, in the early 1950s

Ten pictures from the archives

Old pictures are like a time machine.

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British World War Two veteran Bernard Sharrock, 92, is awarded with the Legion d'Honneur, presented by the Mayor of Wigan coun Ron Conway, surrounded by family, friends, members of the armed forces and pupils from Worsley Mesnes Community Primary School

War veteran given French hero’s medal 72 years later

A veteran who cheated death serving in World War Two has been given a top military honour from the French government for his service.

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These brooches are just �5 each and there are lots to choose from

Brooches that won’t break the bank

A look at antiques with our expert Allan Blackburn...

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Wigan World Formby inpersonator Anthony Mason has a CD out in time for Christmas

Geoffrey Shryhane’s My World

Let’s face it, it’s not Christmas without being wooed by the everlasting songs of our own George Formby.

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The demolition of Central Park in September 1999

Ten pictures from the archives

Everybody likes looking at old pictures, right?

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The Beatles in Blackpool ahead of their appearance at the Opera House on August 16, 1964

Day The Beatles played in a front room in Lancashire

Lancashire author Richard Houghton's new book captures the memories of Beatles fans who saw the Fab Four play live. Here he shares memories of concerts in the Red Rose county.

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Rockets The Who pictured in their early days

Searching for fans of The Who

Legendary rockers The Who played gigs right across Lancashire on their rise to global stardom in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Now author Richard Houghton is looking for fans who saw the band play in the early days to share their memories for a new book.
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The grieving mother who refuses to give up

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When George Orwell sold his scarf for two bob

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The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and Prince of Wales (hidden right) on the Leeds and Liverpool canal in Burnley, 2012

Two hundred years of the Leeds and Liverpool canal

Celebrations are taking place this week to mark 200 years of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Jade Taylorson looks back at the origins on an engineering project which changed the face of the north of England forever
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I say I have but I haven’t really. I haven’t really got my head around the intricacies of computers.

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Geoffrey Shryhane’s My World

The scales here in the bathroom at No 5 have a cruel streak. I stand on them, watch the wheel whizz round and then read my weight.

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Gentleman Jim Leytham

Tragic death of Wigan's first sporting superstar

August 20 marks the 100th anniversary of the tragic death of a man dubbed Lancashire’s first sporting superstar. Jessica Hay reports
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