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Life in East Lancashire at the turn of the 20th century
Life in East Lancashire at the turn of the 20th century

You’ve seen the films, now see the pictures...

To coincide with its latest homegrown play – The Life And Times Of Mitchell & Kenyon – The Dukes in Lancaster is also hosting an exhibition of photographs of Lancaster and Morecambe from yesteryear.

The Life And Times Of Lancaster & Morecambe, which runs until May 11, is a fascinating collection of old photographs from The Dukes own archive, Lancaster Museum, the Library Service, Lancaster Civic Society and Lancaster-based photographer, Johnny Bean.

Some of the photographs on display date back to the time when Lancashire filmmakers Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon were plying their pioneering trade throughout the county.

They show Williamson Park when the Ashton Memorial was still being built, Morecambe Promenade, the old railway station at Green Ayre and even the stocks at Slyne.

Many of the other images were taken within living memory and show different areas of Lancaster and Morecambe in the 60s and 70s.

Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to write down any memories evoked by the photos in a book available in the gallery.

One section of the exhibition focuses on The Dukes building itself from the days when it was still St Anne’s Church in the 50s through the 70s when it was developed into a theatre and up to the present day.

The Life And Times Of Lancaster & Morecambe exhibition is open during normal Dukes opening hours.

The Life And Times Of Mitchell & Kenyon runs at The Dukes until May 10. For tickets, ring the Box Office on 01524 598500 or visit www.dukes-lancaster.org

Meanwhile, Edwardian elegance and entertainment comes to The Dukes tomorrow night, Friday, April 25.

The theatre will take on a music hall feel for a Charity Gala Performance of The Life And Times Of Mitchell & Kenyon when guests will be encouraged to dress to impress.

Edwardian host for the night is local actor Nick Camm and Blackpool entertainer Fran Lee will perform a variety of songs in the bar before guests are invited to see The Dukes’ latest homegrown production about the Blackburn film pioneers.

Box Office: 01524 598500 or www.dukes-lancaster.org.

The Life and Times of Mitchell & Kenyon play runs until Saturday, May 10.