Flashback to some young talent of the 1970s on the eve of the World Cup

They may not be World Cup standard but this beaming team of young football players looked like winners back in 1977.

Jelly Babies were first made in Lancashire

Sweet shop favourite born in Lancashire

For more than a century, a factory in Lancashire exported some of the nation’s most popular treats to sweet shops all over the world. Charlie Smith investigates the life and times of the humble Jelly Baby
Do you recognise anyone in this photograph taken in the children's ward at Burnley General Hospital in 1976?

Clarets visit to children's hospital ward sparks nostalgic appeal

Do to recognise any of the children on this photograph?
A stylish couple enjoying the dancing at the last Padiham on Parade

Get in step for 1940s weekend with dance lessons

Dance lessons will be held in the run up to the popular Padiham on Parade weekend.

Rev Refs May 14th Nylon stockings ad, comic, Charnock Richard Services, a Rubix cube and Frank Whittles' memorial at Cranfield.

REV RON GREENALL: A penny for your thoughts on this....

“Sleep tight”

How often did your mum and dad use these words to you as they put you to bed?

Burnleys Victoria Theatre

When a Lancashire town was home to the stars

When London was hit by the Blitz during the Second World War one of the most famous names in theatreland decamped to Lancashire to keep the nation entertained. Nicole Sherwood reports
Image submitted to Samuel Battersby, Chief Censor for the North West during Second World War to remove umbrella so enemy did not learn about weather

Lancashire's pioneers of photography

Keri Nicholson, archivist at Lancashire Archives, reveals some of the fascinating treasures held by the county ahead of a talk on the history of photography and the Red Rose pioneers of the printed image

Rev Refs May 8 Laurel and Hardy advertising poster, Beano reader, Captain Cook, Buffalo Bill, Chorley maypole dancers

REV RON GREENALL: A bygone age full of great entertainment

With this week being May Day and a Bank Holiday my main nostalgic themes are about entertainment in times past.

Jimmy Clitheroe

Remembering a Lancashire comedy legend

On the 60th anniversary of his major breakthrough, local historian Kenneth Shenton looks back at the career of funnyman Jimmy Clitheroe – a man who stayed loyal to his Lancashire roots
Rev refs May 2018 Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Trolleybus, Wyrebank Basin, Bilsborrow Children's Festival, former conductor of the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band Derek Broadbent and a plate of sandwiches

REV RON GREENALL: A piece of history rich in filling

My first act today is to give you a postcard impression of the Drury Lane’s Theatre in London, for the first production here took place during this week in 1663.

Rev refs April 23 2018 William Shakespeare, penny sweets, Saint George, the construction of the Suez Canal., victory celebration party in Sleddon Street Preston at the end of that war, local production of Guys and Dolls by Lancaster Amateur Dramatic & Operatic Society (LADOS)

REV RON GREENALL: World War II, plays and shipping routes

St George and William Shakespeare dominate my first two pictures and comments.

REV RON GREENALL: Pictures capture a real revolution

REV RON GREENALL: Pictures capture a real revolution

In my recent post came my first picture from a Burnley reader following on some of my comments about the Industrial Revolution in Lancashire .

Rev refs April 2 2018

REV RON GREENALL: Iron theme to my latest memories

Firstly a couple of new points for a new month. It was in this week in 1721 that Sir Robert Walpole became the first Prime Minister of Britain.


IN PICTURES: 17 cars from British Leyland’s 50 year history

British Leyland dominated the domestic motoring scene making some of the most famous names on the nation’s roads during the 1970s and 1980s.

Rev Ron March 26 elephants crossing the tram lines in Blackpool, Rivington Pike, Scorton Station, Kendal and Preston Canal, toy projector

REV RON GREENALL: Getting ready for Easter

My first picture today is not a trick leading up to April Fool’s day on April 1.

The magnificent Gawthorpe Hall in Padiham is the setting for a 50th anniversary art exhibition.

Artists celebrate golden jubilee with anniversary exhibition

A group of students, who got together while attending classes at college, are celebrating their 50th anniversary.

Rev Ron March 13 Garstang cubs and scouts in 1940 did their bit for the war effort in collecting salvage, old Kodak box camera with the caption on it, 13th Preston St. Thomas' Scout Whit camp to Wray Castle in the Lakes, true to life picture of Windy Street, people responding in 1941 to a WVS scrap metal for aircraft and general salvage campaign. 'L'plate

REV RON GREENALL: Lancashire weather, scouts, cubs and sayings

I never know what to expect from you when I ask for loan photographs in our wide readership area.

Wren Aircraft made at Dick Kerr Factory, Spitfire Blackpool Prom, Fulwood Scouts group, Billy Salesman, Blackpool, Lancashire mug and the moon

REV RON GREENALL: Taking a quick flight into Blackpool before an escape to the land of nod

When I was a child the word “spitfire” was so emotive.

Lamb Row, Whalley Road, Sabden

Changing face of village set to be showcased in pictures

The changing face of a closeknit community will be shown in a special exhibition later this month.

Rev reflections with Canon Ron Greenall February 27 2018 Goosnargh school taking part is 'Business is brilliant' Grand National at Aintree, old Robin Starch advert on a Hansom cab, one-strap clog,  iconic Leyland van and Bay Horse Station

REV RON GREENALL: Clattering clogs and days in the mill

I am horsing about in some of my first offerings to you today but first a picture for you from my old archive stable.

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