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The Great Pottery Throwdown - The natural successor to Bake-Off's crown

It may have escaped your notice, but the BBC recently lost the jewel in its primetime crown – The Great British Bake-Off. The Beeb has been running auditions for “the next Bake-Off” for some time now – many with some arrangement of the words ‘Great’, ‘British’, ‘Challenge’ and ‘Off’ in the title.

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The Museum of Lancashire, Stanley Street, Preston

Pledge over future of council’s museum collections

The future of Lancashire’s treasured museum collections is safe despite uncertainty around the service, County Hall bosses have said.

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The Little Teashop of Lost and Found by Trisha Ashley

Book review: The Little Teashop of Lost and Found by Trisha Ashley

Reading a tasty Trisha Ashley novel always makes you greedy for her next… and not just because each story delivers a feast of delicious recipes.

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Bruce Crowther at St John's Church in Lancaster where he is setting up the Fig Tree, formally situated in Garstang

Lancaster events to mark the slave trade’s abolishment

The FIG Tree is the world’s first International Fair Trade Centre, founded in the world’s first Fair Trade Town, Garstang.

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Paul Pritchard and Steve Monks attempt to climb the Totem Pole on Tasmania's Tasman Peninsula. Eighteen years after an acident at the same place that nearly killed Paul. The aftermath of the accident left him with hemiplegia, which means he has little feeling
or movement in the right side of this body. Picture by Matthew Netwon.

Brave new heights in Lancaster adventure films

Eighteen years after a catastrophic accident left him partially paralysed, British climber Paul Pritchard returns to the Totem Pole, in Tasmania, to find out if he has recovered enough to finish the climb.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

14 films to look forward to in 2017

We have already been treated to some big releases this year - but there's plenty more to come!
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Hest Bank gym instructor to dance in London show

Hest Bank gym instructor to dance in London show

A local dance teacher and fitness instructor is returning to her roots by taking part in a star-studded show in London.

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Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) is on the warpath in The Last Kingdom

The Last Kingdom - political plotting amid the Brian Blessed bellowing

At a time when the United Kingdom seems intent on ripping itself apart, it’s a good time for a drama which shows how the kingdoms became united in the first place.

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Sandi Toksvig (left) and Noel Fielding who have been confirmed as presenters on Channel 4's The Great British Bake Off

Lunacy or genius? Great British Bake Off fans split on new hosts

The Great British Bake Off viewers are split over Channel 4's choice of hosts for the new series, questioning whether it is "lunacy or genius".

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Staff and volunteers at St John's Hospice preparing the wedding dress (l-r)  Karen Charlesworth, Pam Tomlinson, Dot Watt and Elaine Handy.

Coronation Street’s wedding dress gift to Lancaster hospice

A bride always wants her wedding day to be unique.

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The 10th series of the relaunched Doctor Who will be the last starring Capaldi as the Time Lord

Daleks to return alongside new enemies in latest series of Doctor Who

Emoji monsters, a giant sea creature and old enemies like Daleks and the Cybermen are among the hazards Doctor Who has in store in the new series of the hit show.
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Celine by Peter Heller

Book review: Celine by Peter Heller

In the suspenseful new detective novel Celine, bestselling American author Peter Heller creates a most unexpected heroine.

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Ant Middleton leads the crew in Channel 4s Mutiny

Mutiny - Captain Haddock versus Captain Wazzock

I blame Bear Grylls. Ever since he burst on to our TV screens around 10 years ago, eating locusts and drinking his own bodily fluids, there have been a whole raft of TV shows featuring man’s (and it usually is men) battle against the elements, nature and his own ego.
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The Witchfinders Sister by Beth Underdown

Book review: The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown

Thirty years after the notorious Pendle witch trials in Lancashire, a new and even more vicious witch hunt spread like a stain across a quiet corner of England.

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Fierce Mercy by Colin Hay

Book review: Fierce Mercy by Colin Hay

Men at Work frontman Colin Hay releases a solo album next month which is full of gentle and beautiful songs.

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Will You Be My Friend by Molly Potter

Book review: Will You Be My Friend by Molly Potter

Friendships are important in life and children need to learn from an early age what they are all about.

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Four Mums in a Boat by Helen Butters, Niki Doeg, Frances Davies and Janette Benaddi

Book review: Four Mums in a Boat by Helen Butters, Niki Doeg, Frances Davies and Janette Benaddi

Being a mum can see you in an endless rut of trying to run around the family while you cram in work commitments at the same time.

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The Coast to Coast Walk by Terry Marsh

Book review: The Coast to Coast Walk by Terry Marsh

Time to get those walking boots on and enjoy some long distance treks.

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Mediterranean: A year around a charmed and trouble sea by Huw Kingston

Book review: Mediterranean: A year around a charmed and trouble sea by Huw Kingston

Well if this book doesn’t get the travelling juices going, then nothing will!

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The Circus of Horrors.

TV circus stars get ready to shock Lancaster

There is no clowning around when it comes to this circus group – in fact quite the opposite.

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