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Uni Gets Student Thumbs Up

16/1/09: Lancaster University has climbed 10 places in the Times Higher Education’s annual rankings of student satisfaction.

In Review: Billy Liar

16/1/09: Andrew James Buckley as Billy Fisher by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall directed by Simran Babra performed by University of Cumbria Final-Year Drama Students review by Jane Sunderland Based on Keith Waterhouse’s novel of 1959, Billy Liar is the story of one day in the life of Billy Fisher (Andrew

Canal Corridor Plans Go To Public Enquiry

14/1/09: The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Hazel Blears has decided that Lancaster City Council’s resolution to grant planning permission for the controversial Canal Corridor North planning application, which centres on a major shopping development, will be tested at a public inqu

£20m funding package for Northwest tourism industry

14/1/09: The Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) today announced a £20.6 million funding package for the region’s tourism industry, which will ensure that the region’s five sub-regional tourist boards are in a strong position to support tourism businesses during the current economic climate.

Spring Season At The Nuffield

13/1/09: Following up on our Free Theatre Tickets Story, the Spring Season at the Lancaster University's Nuffield Theatre features a number of Nuffield commissions and co-productions, including exciting new project from Sonia Hughes (Weeding Cane).

Free Theatre Tickets For Young People

13/1/09: The Nuffield Theatre at Lancaster University and The Dukes in Lancaster have been awarded £30,000 to fund 6000 free theatre tickets for young people. The tickets for a range of live shows will be available for young people under 26 over a two year period.

Platform hopes to pack 'em in!

12/1/09: The new Platform Spring and Summer 2009 brochure is now available and packed with details of the exciting and varied programme of concerts and events on offer at the popular Morecambe venue over the next few months.

Poetry, Pose and Paddy Garrigan at Spotlight

12/1/09: Music from top Lancaster performer Paddy Garrigan will round out this month's Spotlight Club performance event at the Yorkshire House on Friday (16th January), which kicks off with its usual opne mic session to which all comers are invited to particpate on a first come, first imelighted basis.

Local MEP in Gaza

12/1/09: North West MEP Chris Davies has become the first British politician to enter the Gaza Strip since Israel began its attacks and has called for action to be taken to stop Israel’s attack on the territory.

Phone Mast Upgrade for The Priory?

12/1/09: (with thanks to Max): Lancaster City Council has received a planning application to upgrade the controversial telephone mast on the Priory on Castle Hill. The phone mast (disguised as a flagpole) saw opposition when it was first put up a few years ago. Now they want to upgrade it.

Sabbat at The Dukes

12/1/09: A new play based on the story of the Lancashire Witches is set to open at Lancaster's The Dukes this month.

In Review: Candle Light Baroque with the Lancashire Sinfonietta

12/1/09: It has been a quarter of century since the CD was unleashed onto the world and what a difference it has made. No longer does the music lover need to stand up to change the record halfway through a symphony. No longer are delicate moments disrupted by crackling and hissing.

Cycle Path Closure Condemned

7/1/09: (Updated 8/1/09): The cycle path between Sylvester Street and Carr House Lane in Lancaster is to be closed for two months from 10th January to allow works to take place on the land between the path and railway.

Lancastrians Continue Pressure over Gaza

7/1/09: After 40 people gathered on Saturday to hold a silent vigil in solidarity with the people of Gaza (see news story), protestors are keeping up the pressure on MPs and government to take action over the conflict.

Wassailing Tradition Returns to Lancaster

7/1/09: The Fairfield Association will be hosting a traditional Wassailing event later this month, in the Fairfield Community Orchard at the end of Sunnyside Lane in Lancaster.

Be carbon monoxide aware and win a free alarm

5/1/09: Lancaster City Council is raising awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide with a simple-to-enter competition and a chance to win a free carbon monoxide alarm for your home. Carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer.

New Bill Worry for Lancaster City Council?

5/1/09: One of the firms contracted to collect local kerbside recycling, Lancaster-based Envirofirst, is considering billing local authorities to store 3,000-4,000 tons of waste. The charges would include local councils who use the company's services.

Lancaster Light Notes: 5 January 2009

5/1/09: • An investigation is underway after five people were forced to flee a Lancashire house fire. The blaze broke out at the property on Keswick Road in Lancaster just after 12.05am on Sunday.

Lancaster Protest over Gaza Terror

5/1/09: Lancastrians gathered in Market Square on Saturday (3rd January) in an impromptu protest opposing Israeli action in Gaza.

Credit Crunch Hits Local Pets

5/1/09: As owners count the cost of the day-to-day upkeep and see insurance premiums and vet's bills rise, thousands of families are saying goodbye to their four-legged family members.

Travels With A Camera back at The Platform

4/1/09: A new series of Travels with a Camera slide shows by photographer Peter Logan will start at the Platform on Monday, 12 January. All the shows are on Mondays and start at 7.00pm.

Fight the Christmas flab!

26/12/08: Did you overindulge this Christmas? Are you thinking of a way to shed those festive pounds?

West Coast Upgrade Claims Challenged

19/12/08: Lancaster's local Rail User Group has challenged the claims made in recent announcements about completion of the West Coast mainline, as line closures continue in the area at weekends and changes to local train services which are causing problems for local commuters.

Flu Warning issued

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Christmas Concert at Morecambe Parish Church

18/12/08: The Morecambe District Philharmonic Choir Christmas Concert takes place on Saturday 20th December at Morecambe Parish Church. The programme includes Schubert’s Mass in G and Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols, with traditional carols for choir and audience.

Christmas Classic at The Dukes

16/12/08: If you’re still trying to find the spirit of Christmas, head down to The Dukes this week and have your heart warmed by the greatest festive film of all time, It’s A Wonderful Life.

Citizen Binned

16/12/08: (Updated 17/12/08): The closure of the Lancaster Citizen office in November has sadly proved to be the first stage in a slow death for the City's once most read free newspaper.

Student Drama at the Dukes

15/12/08: University of Cumbria third year Drama students will be producing and performing two popular family based comedies at The Dukes, Lancaster in January. Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall's Billy Liar runs from 14 to 17 January and Laura Wade's Colder Than Here runs from 21 to 24 January.

Festive fun at West End children’s party

15/12/08: Winning Back Morecambe’s West End held a Christmas party for more than 150 local children last weekend. The party took place at The Carleton on Sunday and was free to children and their families living in Morecambe’s West End.

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