VIDEO: A masterclass in the art of the summer barbecue

When the sun appears, you can guarantee many a barbecue will be dusted down from the shed and the fridge will stocked up with sausages and burgers.
Oscar Harrison, Simon Fowler and Steve Craddock of Ocean Colour Scene

Ocean Colour Scene back together and the north west is calling

After headlining Lancaster’s Highest Point festival, Britpop icons Ocean Colour Scene are set to return later this summer for Kendal Calling, giving MALCOLM WYATT an excuse to quiz singer Simon Fowler

Avoid queues like this

Motorists urged to avoid peak journey times over the Bank Holiday Weekend

Lancashire is set to bake once again this Spring Bank Holiday, with county temperatures set to rocket to 23C.
Artist Lubaina Himid

Witness city's best artists at work at Harris Museum's 'Art Zoo' project

Turner Prize-winning artist Lubaina Himid will be one of many artists taking part at the Harris Museum’s ‘Art Zoo’.

Take a trip on a bus like this at Morecambe Vintage Bus Day

Things to do (May 25 - 29)

Take your pick of these great events happening over the Bank Holiday weekend:

Whats on
St Annes heavy metal band Slander

Metal heads ready to rock at home gig

After more than 20 years away, St Annes metal band Slander will play a homecoming gig next month.

The Guardian Concert Band

Concert band and choir add to appeal

Local musicians have joined the bill to add an extra special touch to open air theatre at Lytham Hall this summer.

The Jazz Club 3

Jazzy trio will be all at sea for festival

A jazz trio will be the only Fylde musicians on the bill at the Beyond The Sea boutique festival this weekend.

Regional winner of the Macmillan Fundraising Group / Committee Award: Preston and South Ribble Macmillan Cancer Support Fundraising Group

Preston and South Ribble Macmillan Cancer Support Fund-raising Group wins regional award

A team of charity champions have been honoured with a regional award for their mammoth fund-raising efforts.
Chorley Mayor, Coun Mark Perkins looks at Derian Houses Legacy Tree  with details of charitable donations

Derian House in Chorley hosting a free seminar about charitable donations in wills to avoid inheritance tax

A children’s hospice is inviting people to consider using charitable donations in their will to avoid large inheritance tax bills.
Joanne Wilson, her partner Gareth Etherington and son Matthew have turned Pulcinella's in Chorley from its old one star food hygiene rating to a five. Photo: Neil Cross.

Five star frenzy as new owners revamp Pulcinella's

A much-loved Chorley Italian restaurant is being restored to its former glory thanks to new ownership.

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WATCH: Higher Wheelton girl honoured with national Macmillan award in memory of her Hambleton great uncle

A young girl who cooked up a storm in the kitchen was delighted to be given a national award for her charitable work in support of her great uncle.

Biker tribute to Saffie sets off for Manchester

Dozens of bikers gathered to pay tribute to the memory of Manchester bomb victim Saffie Roussos before setting off from Preston to Manchester.
All the fun of the Whit Fair on the Flag Market in 2015

The show goes on - but not so much fun

Fairground families are warning they will turn their backs on Preston’s annual Whit Fair this weekend after it was controversially booted out of the city centre.

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Photo Neil Cross'Croston Acorns Nursery and Pre-School celebrate the Royal Wedding'Effie Beck as Meghan and Oliver Waring as Harry on the red carpet

Jam butties for dinner at the royal wedding ‘do’

Nursery youngsters got into the spirit of a truly special occasion with a right royal wedding ‘do’.

Skool of Street Dance Company Arti - Dodgers Twist

Urban arts group puts twist on Oliver tale

Street dancers are reviewing the situation with a fresh take of a theatre favourite.

Tesco Leyland staff to take on Race for Life in Wigan

Team from Tesco in Leyland ready to take a Race for Life hike to honour colleague

A team of ladies are getting ready for their fifteenth Cancer Research UK Race for Life event to honour one of their colleagues who lost her battle with the illness three years ago.

Pier owner Peter Sedgwick

Swing band to a-pier as part of landmark’s celebration day

A special day to celebrate the place of a Blackpool pier within the resort community will take place next month.

Emma Wright as Amy Winehouse tribute Lioness

Roar-some tribute to Amy Winehouse comes to Fleetwood

The full stage show from Lioness will be recreating the emotional rollercoaster of Amy Winehouse’s career.

Alfie Boe

Welsh choir supports Alfie’s Homecoming show

Welsh choir Only Boys Aloud will support Alfie Boe when he returns to his hometown for a special one-off concert next week.
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