Lancashire's weird and wonderful Pancake Day traditions

Pancake Day is upon us and local historian Keith Johnson reveals the strange Lancastrian rituals once celebrated at this time of year
Timber props used to hold up the mine roof are still in existence today at Littledale coal mine 170 years after they were first put to use. Picture by Archie Meadowcroft.

Final days of mining on the Victorian coal face

Local historian David Kenyon looks at the history of north Lancashire’s last coal mines

These weighing scales are a great example of kitchenalia

Kitchen items can be antique treasures

Antiques expert Allan Blackburn looks at the world of kitchenalia...

Early coal mine, Littledale. The timber props, which were used to hold up the mine roof, are still in existence today, approximately 170 years after they were first put to use. This Littledale mine differs from the coal mines situated in Wrays vicinity in that waste has been removed to make the tunnel higher. In Wrays coal mines only coal was removed. The thickness of the seams could account for this difference; Wrays coal seams were 16 to 19 inches thick, however the coal seams in the Littledale mine were much narrower at approximately nine inches.
Photography by Archie Meadowcroft.

Nostalgic look back at Wray’s coal mines

In the first of a series, local historian David Kenyon looks at the history of Wray’s last coal mine.

Angela Norris.

Looking back on a Lancashire coast

A former Lancaster journalist and health worker has written about her childhood and teenage years growing up in a sleepy seaside town at the dawn of the disco era.

Journalist and author Alan Roby at the grave of Mary Weeton at Thomas the Martyr Church, Upholland, Wigan

Long lost diary of life in Georgian Lancashire

A chance purchase in a second hand shop sent journalist Alan Roby on a decades long odyssey piecing together the fascinating tale of life in Lancashire during the early1800s.

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Textile artist Michael Brennand-Wood with his work which appears at the exhibition. Picture by Darren Andrews.

Exhibition goes behind scenes of Lancaster factory

An exhibition revealing the hidden history of an award-winning Lancaster fabric printing factory opens in the city this March.

The Flying Scotsman at platform one at Carnforth Station, May 1987. Picture by Robert Swain.

Nostalgia: a look back at Carnforth Station

We take a look at Carnforth Station and its famous clock which featured in the film Brief Encounter.

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Valentines Day card published in 1907. Image courtesy of

St Valentine's Day through the ages

Local historian Keith Johnson looks at how Lancastrian lovebirds celebrated St Valentine's Day in years gone by

A goods train going through Garstang station in the 1950s

All aboard Lancashire's long lost railway

Author Dave Richardson is researching a new book about life on tracks of one of Lancashire’s smallest railway lines
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The Who live on stage

Who fans talkin’ bout their generation

Fans of rockers The Who have been sharing memories of the legendary band’s Lancashire concerts with author Richard Houghton
Playing for Morecambe in 1955 Ray Charnley leaps for a high cross watched by Ron.

Tribute to footballer Ron Mitchell

Ron Mitchell, the life in pictures of a sporting gentleman who passed away last week after a ten-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

The Who at a performance in 1964, Shepherds Bush Bingo Hall.

Morecambe nostalgia: Music writer shares Who fans memories

A music writer researching performances of The Who in Morecambe tells all on his overwhelming response from readers

A Matilda and a Crusader tank on show in Dalton Square raising money for The National Savings Committee during World War Two.

Appeal to find out more on historic tank visit in Lancaster

Local history fan Andrew Reilly is appealing for more information on a photograph taken in the Second World War.

Goal machine Jack Bentley scores after two minutes against Tividale for Telford United in the 2 nd qualifying round of the FA Cup

Nostalgia: A look back on Morecambe FC manager Jim Bentley’s father

Historian Terry Ainsworth takes a look at Morecambe FC manager Jim Bentley’s father, who was an icon at Telford United.

Anne Holmes, right (80-years-old), her daughter Elizabeth Moss (35-years-old) and granddaughter Mary A. Moss (seven-years-old) at Walnut Cottage, no.51 The Row, Silverdale in 1907. Ann was a widow but made a living as a laundress with her daughter. Ann is wearing clothes typical of the older working women of the time. Caps, shawls and wraparound pinafores were the order of the day

Lancaster nostalgia: glimpse of old Silverdale

In the next few weeks we will take a look at the book ‘Old Silverdale, the loveliest spot on Morecambe Bay’ written by Rod J. Ireland.

Wray 1951: The date on the football says simply 1951 so I can only guess if it was 1950-51 or 1951-52 when Wray were champions of division three of the North Lancs League. Only three names are known, the Titterington brothers from Caton: back row, third from the left is Cecil Titterington. Front row third from left is Alan Titterington and third from the right is twin brother Lionel Titterington.

Lancaster nostalgia: Holroyd brothers

Local historian Terry Ainsworth takes a looks back at the triumph for Wray Football Club.

Richard Thorton visiting his mother's grave in Torrisholme.

Family in appeal to trace Torrisholme grave deed

A family are appealing for information to trace the deed of a Torrisholme grave.

Councillor Liz Scott, Armed Forces Champion at Lancaster City Council, Amy Robinson, Northern Area Director of the Royal Air Forces Association, Jane Latin, secretary of the Morecambe branch of the Royal Air Forces Association, and Bob Latin, chairman and treasurer of the Morecambe branch of the Royal Air Forces Association, at the opening of a new RAF drop-in centre at the Gingham Kitchen cafe in Morecambe. Photo by David Hodgson.

Morecambe cafe’s nostalgia for Air Force days

A West End cafe has brought memories flooding back of the time when Morecambe was a base for the Royal Air Force.

Storeys 1975-76.

Lancaster nostalgia: referee’s swift action saved player’s life

Historian Terry Ainsworth looks back on the life of referee Norman “Butch” Palmer.

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