South Ribble Ikea site: What now?

Bosses behind the Lancashire Central site face a daunting task to find a replacement anchor firm after Ikea’s shock withdrawal, experts have said.

WATCH: Biker training facility marks 100 years of female suffrage with pink breast cancer awareness campaign

Traditionally seen as a macho industry and sport, motorcycling is getting a feminine makeover at one Lancashire training centre, which has changed its training gear to pink to celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage. TOM EARNSHAW finds out more...

Willow's Force Free Grooming, in Blackpool

The best dog grooming salons in Lancashire

Dogs and their owners have been voting.

Preston has 24 betting shops and 87 FOBTs.

REACTION: Maximum stake for fixed odds betting terminals reduced to £2

The maximum stake on the controversial fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) will be cut from £100 to £2, the government has announced.
Simon Rigby outside Premier House

Tycoon extends Guild Hall offer with plans for new studio space

Entrepreneur Simon Rigby is moving his office staff out of Preston’s Guild Hall - to make way for more entertainment events.

Ryanair has just made it harder for passengers to check in - unless you pay for your seat

Customers flying with Ryanair will find it harder to check-in for their flights this summer - unless they pay for their seat.
Recycling of plastics could soon return in Lancashire

Plastic pick-up tips balance for landfill

Lancashire could soon begin recycling hard plastic again, instead of dumping it in landfill.

Best Western Plus Samlesbury Hotel

Four-star hotel up for £2.25m

A landmark hotel near Preston has been put up for sale for more than £2m.

Nigel Dunnington.

‘No nut scare in our McDonald’s restaurants’

McDonald’s fans in Lancashire can breathe a sigh of relief after a major franchisee revealed sites had not been affected by the temporary change which has affected diners with nut allergies across the country.


A Golden Milestone for Preston's Gujarat Hindu Society

Preston’s Gujarat Hindu Society marked its 50th anniversary on Sunday with an afternoon of joy filled celebrations, reflection and special displays of Indian classical, Bollywood and fusion dancing.

Pope John Paul II in his Leyland-built Popemobile during his 1982 visit to the town and the UK.

Popemobile not taking to the roads for Leyland Festival 2018

Leyland Festival is praying for divine intervention after it was revealed that the famous Popemobile will be out of use for this year’s jamboree.

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Fresh Perspective staff  celebrate two years

Fresh Perspective staff in Chorley raise funds for charities

Two employees are prepared to jump out of a plane to support their company’s fund-raising efforts.
Members of Utiligroup in Chorley are doing three sporting challenges for Macmillan Cancer Care and Maggie's Centres

Utiligroup in Chorley embark on three sporting tasks in memory of colleague

A group of employees are in the middle of a gruelling three-week sporting challenge to raise money for cancer charities in memory of their colleague.


£4.4m pothole repair programme to be launched

There are thousands of potholes in Lancashire -  last month alone some 4,700 were found by council inspectors or reported by members of the public.

REVEALED: The restaurants, cafés, pubs and bars with the lowest food hygiene ratings in Chorley and South Ribble

Every business which deals with food has their hygiene standards inspected by safety officers from the local authority.


Rail industry consultation to make ticket system fairer and simpler

Rail ticketing could be overhauled to make it fairer and easier to use.


Train company Northern apologises for cancellations on Preston to Blackpool route

Train operator Northern has apologised for the reduced service and cancellations on the Preston to Blackpool route.

The city centre's longest-serving retailer Margaret Mason

Margaret is still in full bloom after a lifetime as the queen of flowers

At 81, perennial florist Margaret Mason is still blooming brightly.

Preston creative group 'They Eat Culture' are looking to make Preston the central and best place in Lancs and NW for art and cultural experiences. Photos: Neil Cross.

City creative group aiming to make Preston the central cultural hub in Lancashire

Preston is set to turn into a cultural hub as part of a major programme set over 100 days in the city.

JF Interiors Design and Build Ltd, Harrison Road, Chorley : Jenny Salvin

Jenny shows off her talents at JF Interiors Design and Build in Chorley

It was with great irony that on the day Jenny Salvin bought her new shop unit in Chorley, there was a piece of ‘growing’ family history waiting to be unveiled.

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