You might not have known if you had not bought Lancashire life
1. Preston has been named Britain’s most improved city in a national survey.
2. It also has a 17th century pub where the restoration work revealed a 40 foot well and shelving where gin stills were kept.
3. While on the subject of gin, Goosnargh now has its own brand distilled in an 18th century house at Beacon Fell.
4. Ted Robbins became a well known face when a stranger on a train asked him to be in a TV series. He was Peter Kay and it was Phoenix Nights. 5. One of the oldest working cinemas in the UK is in Longridge and it has had a stunning restoration.
6. A man based in Whalley not only supplies thousands of Christmas trees each year - he also grows amazing palm trees.
7. Lancashire now has the north’s only curling rink plus an amazing crazy golf course.
8. The chap behind it travelled the world looking at the best crazy golf courses, of course!
9. The winner of our annual photography competition won the first prize after finding himself surrounded by hares.
10. One of the county’s most attractive allotments is on the site of an former rubbish tip. I found your November feature on Growing with Grace, the organic food co-operative near Kirkby Lonsdale, quite inspiring.
The owner said it was built on the Quaker principles of peace, integrity, simplicity, community and stewardship of the planet. If only big business would adopt the same approach.
Man on the train, Peter Kay