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The Border; Burnley Youth Theatre

A brand-new tale burning with division and struggle will ascend a Burnley stage tomorrow.

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Geoff will rock the cheery blues at Barlick gig

Geoff will rock the cheery blues at Barlick gig

Blues might be the nucleus of Geoff Achison’s music, but his writing ripples with a fusion of genres.
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Rossendales Valley Academy is presenting Hairspray in Burnley. (s)

Hairspray; The Burnley Mechanics

Exploding on to stage in waves of colour is the hit musical, Hairspray.

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The cast of Shakers, presented by Green Door Theatre. (s)

Review: Bouncers and Shakers

Bouncers and Shakers – kaleidoscopes of parodic colour and lurid characterisation – illuminated the darker sides of the party life.

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Spectacular turnout to motorist’s paradise

The sun was shining as people from all over the North West flocked to Pendle Powerfest’s Cars and Coffee event.

Watch the first trailer of Stephen King's IT

Watch the first trailer of Stephen King's IT

The first trailer of the highly anticipated Stephen King cult horror classic IT has got everyone talking.
Marsden Heights are building on parallels between Shakespearean literature and the Muslim faith.

Shakespeare & Islam: Marsden Heights' intercultural learning initiative

Spotting parallels between Shakespearean literature and the Muslim faith, a Nelson teacher has suggested an educational initiative to engage pupils in a more astute style.
Rodney Greenwood with his celebratory cake.

Earby organist bring up his half century

A church organist who has completed an impressive half century of service at All Saints Parish Church in Earby has been recognised in a commemorative presentation as a thank-you for his years of hard work.

Last year's duck race.

Kelbrook duck race kicks off Springtime

With Spring just around the corner and the weather beginning to brighten up once more, Kelbrook Village Hall is set to duck any lingering winter gloominess as it gears up to hold the annual duck race.

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Saratoga Payback by Stephen Dobyns

Book review: Saratoga Payback by Stephen Dobyns

After an absence of almost 20 years, Stephen Dobyns’ popular laconic hero, former police sergeant turned private eye Charlie Bradshaw, makes a welcome return to the sleuthing world in a lively tale of multiple murder, mutilation and horse-napping.

The Last of the Tsars: Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution by Robert Service

Book review: The Last of the Tsars: Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution by Robert Service

The last Tsar of Russia… to some he was a tragic hero who tried to hold back a tide of rampaging revolutionaries, and to others a brutal autocrat whose reactionary conservatism led to suffering and national instability.
Cinderbarrow Miniature Railway is perfect for all the family.

10 things to do this weekend (April 1 and 2)

Spring has arrived, so why not try something different this weekend.

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Kathryn Bland and Kevin Clarke star in California Suite

California Calling for the Players

Take a trip to California via Rossendale in a hilarious new stage production.
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The cast of You Say Tomatoes, presented by The Garrick. (s)

You Say Tomatoes; The Garrick

Cultures clash and trouble brews in the hilarious love story presented by The Garrick this week.
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Preston noise merchants Evil Blizzard play LiVe in Preston on Saturday, April 1

Blizzard to blanket city with noise and mayhem before joke

Evil Blizzard might be hitting the heady heights of fame, appearing alongside legendary headliners such as Rainbow, Sweet and Blue Oyster Cult at the Stone Free Festival at London’s O2 Arena in the summer, but before then they will be hitting their home turf in Preston once again for what promises to be a manic and messy April Fool’s night.

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Photo by Paul Olivant

Photo of the Day: March 30th

Paul Olivant has shared this gorgeous Clitheroe sunset that he captured from the castle.
Photo by Danielle Burrows

Photo of the Day: March 28th

Danielle Burrows has shared this stunning sunset over Burnley.
The cast of Bouncers and Shakers, presented by Green Door Theatre Group. (s)

Bouncers and Shakers; Green Door Theatre Group

Green Door Theatre Group will bounce audiences back to the 1980s with its delicious double bill of plays.
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Lucky Sanghera and Burnleys Chloe McLaughlin in Borderland. (s)

Review: Borderland; Public Burning Theatre

Borderland, coloured by realism, was a gauge for the anxieties of post-riot Burnley.

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The Throwdown finalists - Richard, Clover and Ryan

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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