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125-years-old and still going strong: Blackpool Grand Theatre

April 18, 2019 No Comments

Set back from the Golden Mile, whose sand-blasted buildings break the winds that sweep in from the Irish Sea with the fury of banshees, the Grand Theatre has weathered much in its 125 years.

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“We haven’t met a single woman who didn’t want to have a go with the bolt cutters.” Northern Soul chats to Idle Women

March 23, 2019 Comments Off on “We haven’t met a single woman who didn’t want to have a go with the bolt cutters.” Northern Soul chats to Idle Women

I am a DIY avoider. The mere mention of an IKEA flat pack kit and I break into a cold sweat.

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Tea from The Manor: Northern Soul talks tea, teabags and tea-tasting with James Green

March 23, 2019 Comments Off on Tea from The Manor: Northern Soul talks tea, teabags and tea-tasting with James Green

Dapper. Not a word I often use but, English being an exact language, it’s the only word to describe the proprietor of Tea from The Manor.

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Doggy Day Care: “People see their dogs as family.”

March 10, 2019 Comments Off on Doggy Day Care: “People see their dogs as family.”

It’s a dog’s life, and a flaming well good one too.

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Trailblazing: the UK’s first LGBT retirement community will be in Manchester

February 16, 2019 Comments Off on Trailblazing: the UK’s first LGBT retirement community will be in Manchester

“I think there has been some nervousness from some as to how it will be received,” says Councillor Bev Craig about the LGBT retirement community due to open in Manchester in 2020.

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“It helps people find themselves again.” Look Good Feel Better, the charity changing the face of cancer treatment

January 26, 2019 Comments Off on “It helps people find themselves again.” Look Good Feel Better, the charity changing the face of cancer treatment

A cancer diagnosis is devastating. Lives are turned upside down and it can be hard to remember a time when the greyest of clouds weren’t hanging over everything.

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The Northern Soul End of Year Quiz: 2018

December 30, 2018 Comments Off on The Northern Soul End of Year Quiz: 2018

As it’s the season of goodwill, we have decided to give you the chance to test your Northern knowledge again with the annual Northern Soul End Of Year Quiz. There are no prizes, just the chance to appear brighter and more switched on than your family and friends (answers are at the bottom). Many thanks to Margaret Brecknell for setting this quiz. 

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A Little Bird says…our government is knowingly pursuing a policy of national impoverishment

December 7, 2018 Comments Off on A Little Bird says…our government is knowingly pursuing a policy of national impoverishment

In a new series of editorials where leading writers are free to say what they want under a pen name, Little Bird writes about that most thorniest of issues: Brexit.

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The Northern Soul Awards 2018: the video

December 4, 2018 Comments Off on The Northern Soul Awards 2018: the video

The Northern Soul Awards 2018 took place at the stunning Manchester Cathedral on November 15. It was a right good do.

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Relocation, relocation, relocation: why it’s all gone North for street foodies Slap & Pickle

November 28, 2018 Comments Off on Relocation, relocation, relocation: why it’s all gone North for street foodies Slap & Pickle

After spending three months up North while our street food business Slap & Pickle was trading at Leeds’ Trinity Kitchen, we were understandably devastated to be heading back down the A1.

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