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Morris holds Morecambe & Lunesdale against 9.7% Labour rise

David 'Empty Chair' Morris
9/6/17: 09.06.17 David Morris has held Morecambe & Lunesdale for the Conservatives with 21,773 votes; his majority reduced to 1,399, down from 4,590 in 2015. Vikki Singleton saw Labour's share of the vote increase by 9.7%.

Cat Smith holds Lancaster & Fleetwood for Labour with 6,661 majority

Cat Smith MP, Lancaster & Fleetwood Labour
9/6/17: 09.06.17 Congratulations to Cat Smith MP, who has held Lancaster & Fleetwood for Labour, with 25,342 votes (55.1% of the turnout) increasing her majority from 1,265 in 2015 to 6,661.

Grab a Kite and come to Morecambe!

Morecambe's Catch The Wind Kite Festival
8/6/17: More Music’s hugely popular annual free kite festival on the weekend of 24 & 25 June is one of the best family weekend events this summer, with fabulous kites and wind-borne creations and free live music and entertainment across the two days. So come along and bring your friends!

Lancs anti-fracking group granted leave to appeal State Secretary's decision

Preston New Road in Fylde, where Cuadrilla are building an industrial-scale 'test-fracking' site
8/6/17: Anti-fracking campaigners Preston New Road Action Group (PNRAG) have been granted permission to appeal against Secretary of State Sajid Javid's decision to allow fracking in Lancashire.

Art - a la Carte

Lydia Towsey, author of 'the venus papers'
7/6/17: A round-up of arts events and reviews in Lancaster and the surrounding region.

Roy of the Rovers artist David Sque visits Lancaster for rare UK appearance

Cartoon advertising the Lancaster Comics Day
7/6/17: This weekend David Sque, former Roy of the Rovers artist and illustrator of the Rise of the Invincibles graphic novel, arrives in Lancaster from his home in Spain for two events.

Anti-fracking legal appeal planned as Cuadrilla set first rig in Lancashire

Cuadrilla's fracking site at Preston New Road
1/6/17: Anti fracking campaigners plan new appeal against decision to re-open public inquiry into Cuadrilla's plans to frack at Roseacre Wood in Fylde.

Discover local food & crafts scene at Lancaster's Midsummer Market

Midsummer Market poster
1/6/17: Taste seasonally-inspired recipes, meet local food producers, and discover Lancaster’s bubbling local food and crafts scene at Lancaster’s Midsummer Market in Market Square on Friday 16 June.

Stolen jewellery was dumped in Lancaster canal

Jewellery stolen by Hunt, found in Lancaster Canal
1/6/17: Lancaster Police report that a cache of stolen jewellery dumped in the Lancaster canal has been reunited with its owners. Last Friday Lancaster man Gareth Hunt was sentenced to 6 years in prison in relation to a series of local burglaries.

Body of missing Lancaster man found in Lune Estuary off Sunderland Point

Ben Heron
1/6/17: The body of missing Lancastrian Ben Heron has sadly been found in the River Lune. Ben, 39, was reported missing on April 26th. His body was discovered at around 10.30am on May 25th in the water close to Sunderland Point.

Lancaster and Environs Arts Round-up

Photograph of one of the Dukes art shows
31/5/17: A round-up of arts events and reviews in Lancaster and the surrounding region.

Education, education, education. Smith opposes school budgets cuts

Lancaster's 'Save Our Schools' March on 13 May 2017Lancaster's 'Save Our Schools' March on 13 May 2017
30/5/17: Labour Parliamentary candidate for Lancaster & Fleetwood Cat Smith has promised to oppose cuts to local school budgets if re-elected. Planned Government changes to school budgets will result in a loss of £76m to Lancashire schools, with Lancaster's losses higher than the national average.

Dementia friendly? Local Police awarded, communities unite, but dementia tax looms

Clive Grunshaw and Insp Christina Shorrock (front) DS Andy Doran and Sgt Andy Willis (back)
26/5/17: Lancashire Constabulary praised for its commitment to supporting people living with dementia, with an action plan approved by Alzheimer’s Society. Labour's Cat Smith pledges support for a dementia-friendly community, but Tories promise a dementia tax and more cuts.

Sunset for Ryelands Park band stand as demolition date announced

Ryelands Park Bandstand
26/5/17: Work to remove the bandstand on Ryelands Park will begin on Thursday 1st June, its condition now in such a poor state that it is beyond saving.

Police investigation launched after Morecambe attack leaves man seriously injured

24/5/17: Detectives have launched an investigation after a man was found with serious head injuries in Morecambe.

Lancaster and Environs Arts Round-up

One of the entries in the Luneside Exhibition.
24/5/17: A round-up of arts events and reviews in Lancaster and the surrounding region.

Family pay tribute to woman killed in Carnforth collison

Accident victim Muriel Watson
19/5/17: The family of Muriel Watson from Morecambe, who died in a road traffic collision, have paid tribute to a loving wife, mum, sister, grandma and aunty.

Lancaster and Environs Arts Round-up

Poster advertising the two outdoor productions at Williamsons Park, Lancaster
17/5/17: A round-up of arts events and reviews in Lancaster and the surrounding region.

Woman dies following collision in Carnforth

17/5/17: Police are appealing for information after a woman has died following a collision in Carnforth.

Lancaster Pride this Saturday!

Lancaster Pride poster
16/5/17: It's Lancaster Pride this Saturday! With a Parade and Street fair in the afternoon from noon, and a Pride Carnival in the evening! And more. This year it's in aid of Out in the Bay, a local charity providing support to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people in the Lancaster area.

23-year-old cyclist killed in Quernmore accident

Postern Gate Road close to the junction with Stock-A-Bank Road. Image: Google
15/5/17: A 23-year-old man has died after a serious collision in Quernmore.

Opinion: Soul-searching as Greens field candidates for Lancaster & Morecambe

Chris Coates
13/5/17: After weeks of soul-searching the North Lancashire Green Party has nominated general election candidates for Lancaster & Fleetwood and Morecambe & Lunesdale. Previous Green candidate Chris Coates has written an open letter asking them to step down in favour of Labour.

Police investigate Lancaster swan killing

12/5/17: An investigation is underway after a swan was found with a suspected gunshot wound in Lancaster.

Headteachers call for protest on Saturday as Lancashire faces £76m Education Cut

Save Our Schools March & Rally poster
10/5/17: Schools in Lancashire face cuts averaging the loss of £496 per child (in some cases more than £700), equal to the loss of 2047 teachers.

Lancaster and Environs Arts Round-up

Part of the art installation A Squall in the Distance
10/5/17: A round-up of arts events and reviews in Lancaster and the surrounding region from 10rd May 2017

Conservatives take control of Lancashire County Council

5/5/17: Lancashire County Council's results have been announced for the election held on 4th May 2017.

Lancaster and Environs Arts Roundup. Posted 3rd May 2017

Poster advertising the Squall in the Distance exhibition
3/5/17: A round-up of arts events and reviews in Lancaster and the surrounding region from 3rd May 2017

Lancashire faces 'Perfect Storm' of Service Cuts, says Council Candidate

Matthew Whittaker, Labour County Council Candidate for Lancaster Rural East
30/4/17: Lancashire is facing a 'perfect storm of crises in our everyday lives' due to government budget and service cuts, according to Matthew Whittaker, who is standing as the Labour Party candidate for Lancaster Rural East in the Lancashire County Council elections this Thursday.

Four jailed following kidnap and assault incidents in Lancaster and Morecambe

John Edwards, David Lee, Danny Noon and Damian Yates
28/4/17: Four men who brutally assaulted one man and kidnapped another in Morecambe and Lancaster have been jailed for a total of more than 50 years.

Lancaster University research suggests natural flood management could have made a ‘significant difference’ during Storm Desmond

Flooding Image - Lancaster University
28/4/17: Extensive natural flood management such as tree planting could reduce flooding even in extreme events like Storm Desmond, according to a new modelling study by Lancaster University researchers and partner organisatons.