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Picture gallery: Thousands flock to Accrington for Christmas lights

The 2011 winner performed to cheering crowds outside the Market Hall and was joined on stage by fellow musicians We Are Tiger Heart, Hannah Joy, Redd, Amy-Jo Clough and Matt Fitzgerald.

Traditional pies on offer to celebrate Lancashire Day

Holland's Pies provided shoppers in Accrington town centre with free pies to mark the annual event yesterday.

Hundreds attend Oswaldtwistle Christmas lights switch-on

Pupils from St Andrew's CE primary school entertained the crowd on Wednesday night by singing carols, and the lights were switched on by Carnival Queen Stephanie Moore.

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Picture gallery: Thousands flock to Accrington for Christmas lights

The 2011 winner performed to cheering crowds outside the Market Hall and was joined on stage by fellow musicians We Are Tiger Heart, Hannah Joy, Redd, Amy-Jo Clough and Matt Fitzgerald.

Traditional pies on offer to celebrate Lancashire Day

Holland's Pies provided shoppers in Accrington town centre with free pies to mark the annual event yesterday.

Hundreds attend Oswaldtwistle Christmas lights switch-on

Pupils from St Andrew's CE primary school entertained the crowd on Wednesday night by singing carols, and the lights were switched on by Carnival Queen Stephanie Moore.

Britain's Got Talent winner to perform at Accrington Christmas lights switch-on

The festive fun will kick off at 6pm with entertainment outside the Market Hall before Jai McDowall helps flick the Christmas lights switch.

Storage Hunter star Jesse to deliver Christmas card to young artist

Accrington Market Online is calling on children to get arty this Christmas by designing their very own Christmas card.

Swimmers take the plunge for charity

The Accrington Rotary Club event, organised in partnership with the Observer, was attended by more than 200 spectators and saw 15 teams complete 1,552 lengths for a charity or community group of their choice.

This year, you can be Santa Claus too

Dozens of toys and games have already been donated to Accrington Lions as part of the annual Christmas Toy Appeal, supported by the Accrington Observer.

Cheerleaders head over heels with contest success

The ‘Jungle Fever’ event was the first themed Cheer and Dance contest of the 2014-15 season and saw teams from across the North West dancing it out in a variety of categories.

Vicious thug set his dog on cabbie

Guy Wallace, of Manor Street, Accrington, goaded the ‘dangerous dog’ into attacking Sajid Hussain as he walked home from his taxi shift in the early hours of May 17 this year, Burnley Crown Court heard.

Convicted Accrington burglar wanted by police

Steven Hargreaves is wanted on recall to prison after absconding from an address in Accrington where he was living as part of his licence conditions.

Vandals target Oswaldtwistle Christmas tree

The offenders struck at the weekend at Jubilee Gardens and stole around a third of the festive lights from the tree.

Heartless thieves target 80-year-old Accrington man

The pair entered the back door of the victim’s home on Hyndburn Street, Accrington at around 11am on Wednesday, November 19 and made off with a safe containing cash.

Jail for sex attack takeaway boss

Guo Xun Li, of Blackburn Road, Accrington, forced entry into a room and attacked his victim before sexually assaulting her.

Log burner dismantled after fire

Firefighters from Hyndburn were called to a house on Queensway in Church and spent about an hour dismantling the fireplace and putting out the fire.

Watch: Specialists called in to rehome Accrington sharks

Aquascope, which has been operating for more than 50 years, is one of the largest aquatics store in the region and its collection includes three blacktip reef sharks.

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Picture gallery: Thousands flock to Accrington for Christmas lights

Hundreds attend Oswaldtwistle Christmas lights switch-on

Swimmers take the plunge for charity

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