Teenager hospitalised with ‘serious injuries’ after being hit by car in Blackpool hit-and-run

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A 16-year-old girl was hit by a black car as she was crossing Queen’s Promenade, close to the junction of Red Bank Road, at around 10.30pm on August 21.

The vehicle, which police said may have been a Mercedes, then fled the scene in the direction of Cleveleys.

The girl was rushed to hospital where it was confirmed she had suffered a “serious break to her ankle” which required surgery.

PC Mark Rees, of Fleetwood Police, said: “This was a nasty collision which left a teenager with serious injuries, and enquiries are ongoing to establish exactly what occurred and who was driving the car.

“An investigation has been underway since the incident but we are at a point where we need to ask the public for help.

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“Did you see all or part of this incident? Or were you in the area at around the same time and have CCTV or dashcam footage? If you do, please get in touch straight away.”

A teenager was hit by a black car as she was crossing Queen's Promenade, close to the junction of Red Bank Road. (Credit: Google)A teenager was hit by a black car as she was crossing Queen’s Promenade, close to the junction of Red Bank Road. (Credit: Google)

Anybody with information can contact police on 101, quoting log number 1647 of August 21.

You can also report it online at the Lancashire Police website by clicking HERE.

“We would also appeal to the driver, if he or she sees this appeal, to do the right thing and contact us,” PC Mark Rees added.

 

WonderHall’s £153,000 cash boost for Lytham Hall

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Lytham Hall will benefit from a cash boost of more than £150,000 thanks to the WonderHall Festival.

 

The new six-day event, presented by Lytham Festival bosses Cuffe and Taylor in the grounds of the Hall, and concluding today, has seen tens of thousands of people celebrate the return of live music to the Fylde coast.

A total of £153,184.78 has been raised by WonderHall, including included all ticket sales from the Sunday Picnic Proms concert headlined by Russell Watson.

The money will be used for the running of the Hall and estate as well as sums ringfenced for the continued restoration of the Grade 1 listed Georgian mansion.

The money was presented to the Hall by Cuffe and Taylor on stage at the Russell Watson concert

The money was presented to the Hall by Cuffe and Taylor on stage at the Russell Watson concert

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During the interval to his sellout WonderHall show, the people’s tenor Russell joined promoters Daniel Cuffe and Peter Taylor in presenting a cheque to Lytham Hall general manager Peter Anthony, assistant manager Paul Lomax and trustee Steve Williams.

Russell said: “It is very special to be part of something so important for this beautiful venue.

“Cuffe and Taylor have been incredibly generous with their donation to Lytham Hall and I feel honoured to be part of that.”

Russel Watson on stage at WonderHallRussel Watson on stage at WonderHall

Welcoming the cash injection Peter Anthony said: “The management team and trustees here at Lytham Hall are absolutely thrilled to receive this amazing donation from Cuffe and Taylor.

“WonderHall has been vital in bringing people back together. The entertainment industry has been hit so hard by the pandemic, so it has been great to see this parkland spring back into life.

“The feelgood factor and better mental wellbeing is what entertainment helps promote in abundance…which is the tonic everyone needs right now.

“Hats off to Cuffe and Taylor for bringing a collection of top artists together for this fabulous six-day event set in the stunning historic parkland of Lytham Hall.”

Crowds enjoy the Lytham Community Choir's performance at the WonderHall proms concert headlined by Russell WatsonCrowds enjoy the Lytham Community Choir’s performance at the WonderHall proms concert headlined by Russell Watson

The money is a major boost, helping with the continued restoration of the historic property and ensuring it can be enjoyed by future generations. Current projects on the priority list which the donation will help take a step closer include: the South prospect garden – there are plans to make this outstanding and return some of the plant collections that once existed as well as create an alfresco tea garden; the specialist interior decoration of some of the most significant rooms in the Georgian Hall; the introduction of a lily pond oxygenator; repairs of stones and brickwork to the listed buildings; redecoration and interpretation of John Talbot Clifton’s billiard room; supporting drainage improvement schemes; mprovements to the gardener’s cottage and gatehouses

Steve Williams said: “The management, staff and volunteers at Lytham Hall are a truly amazing team. This huge donation will make a significant difference to our ongoing efforts to turn Lytham Hall into one of the North West’s leading heritage attractions.

“Working alongside Cuffe and Taylor has been a pleasure and their input into our project has been remarkable, we cannot thank them enough.”

Peter Taylor added: “Everyone who knows Cuffe and Taylor knows just how much the town of Lytham and the whole of the Fylde coast means to us. Our business started here and enjoys so much support from the community so when you are given an opportunity to give something back to that community it is an absolute pleasure.

“Russell’s performance as part of WonderHall has been two years in the planning and to have finally got to the point where we can donate £153,000 to Lytham Hall is a moment our whole team is very proud of.

“Lytham Hall is a magnificent gemstone in the crown of the Fylde coast, it has been the most perfect setting for WonderHall and long may it continue to welcome visitors old and new.”

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Blackpool revellers face long walk home due to taxi driver shortage

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The issue has been blamed on drivers finding alternative jobs during the Covid pandemic

 

 

A general image of Blackpool by night

A general image of Blackpool by night (Image: Getty)

Blackpool party-goers are facing long walks home – after a shortage of taxi drivers has hit the resort’s famous night-time scene.

Reports say one operator which usually has 100 drivers on the roads after 8pm on a Saturday during the season, now only has 50.

Meanwhile long waits for cabs has led to outbreaks of public disorder in some of the town’s busiest late night areas.

Now council chiefs are introducing measures to make it easier for firms to recruit new drivers, while taxi marshalls have been employed to control queues in Queen Street.

The lack of cabbies has been blamed on drivers finding alternative jobs during the Covid pandemic and not returning to the industry.

Meanwhile potential new drivers faced costs of up to £800 to get their badge, which many cannot afford.

Dee Grant, a director of one of Blackpool’s biggest taxi firms C Cabs, said they had lost 200 out of the 500 drivers on their books before the pandemic.

She said: “All the companies have lost a lot of their night drivers during the pandemic.

“While there was still work for the day drivers, the night drivers have moved onto jobs with Amazon, Tesco and the like.

“On a Saturday night on Queen Street it’s like Beirut because people get angry if they can’t get a taxi and in Blackpool they’ve always been used to getting taxis easily.

“It’s also been difficult for out office staff getting abuse from people who are waiting.

“It’s a problem all over the country, not just in Blackpool.

“We’re now running a big recruitment drive to attract new drivers. and we’re offering a £300 bonus to new drivers who join us to drive evenings.”

Ian Wharmby, managing director of Black Tax, said their taxis had stopped going down Queen Street after one was attacked a few weeks ago and had a window smashed,

He said: “On Friday and Saturday nights if people are out late, they can’t get cabs and are having to walk home.

“A lot of drivers left last year because there was no work and they have other jobs and are not coming back.

“The drivers we have are working non-stop, so you can make some good money from it. ”

He added: “Some security has been put on Queen Street but we have stopped cabs going down there and are picking up at the library instead.”

Now all the taxi companies are calling on Blackpool Council to relax the rules for applying for a taxi licence so they can attract new drivers more easily.

John Cutler, managing director of Premier Cabs, said: “We need more consultation from the council with the trade on this.

“Recruitment is difficult at the moment, but it’s something affecting a lot of sectors including the hotels and clubs.”

The council has now agreed new drivers can apply for a one-year licence at a cost of £90, instead of needing a three year £250 licence.

It is also reviewing training requirements for new drivers which can cost up to £380.

A report by the licensing service says: “The pandemic situation has detrimentally impacted the taxi and private hire trade to the extent that trade is currently experiencing a significant reduction in the number of available licensed drivers.

“The two largest operators in the town are reporting difficulties in recruiting drivers and have also reported that evening driver resources are down 50 per cent on pre pandemic levels.

“One operator reported to the Licensing Services that typically weekend resources are significantly lower than pre pandemic levels.

“Of a fleet of 240 vehicles they were recently able to operate 120 vehicles during daytime operations (to 8pm) on a busy Saturday at the height of the summer holidays.

“The same operator reported that this number reduced to 50 drivers after 8pm. Their pre-pandemic expectation would have been to put at least 100 drivers on after 8pm on a Saturday night during the same period of the season.

“Another operator reported to Licensing that prior to the pandemic they operated 101 vehicles. Within the first three weeks of the pandemic this was reduced to 12. They are currently operating at a level of 67 vehicles.

“All representatives of the trade the Licensing Service has recently spoken to all state that they are struggling to recruit licensed drivers.

“In response to the current situation it is proposed that the council re-introduces a one year driver’s licence for new applicants at a cost of £90. ”

A council spokesperson said training requirements are also under review.

They added: “At the moment the requirement for the three day training course has been suspended while the wider policy review is under way.”

The council confirmed taxi marshalls are operating on Queen Street, Dickson Road and Market Street on Friday and Sat urday nights and would also be out this Sunday for the bank holiday weekend.

 

National Burger Day: These are the 10 best burger restaurants in and around Blackpool, according to Google reviews

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How better to celebrate National Burger Day with lunch or tea at one of Blackpool’s finest?

 

We had a search on Google to find the most highly rated establishments according to the search engine’s reviews.

Here’s 10 restaurants that managed to score 4.5 stars or more out of 5:

What’s your favourite burger bar in Blackpool? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Lancashire town named one of most popular places for second homes in UK

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Almost 7,000 people have searched for ‘Blackpool second homes’ since lockdown began

 

Searches for second homes has reached an all time high
Searches for second homes has reached an all time high (Image: PA Images)

Blackpool has been named amongst the most popular towns where people want to have a second-home in the UK.

According to research, carried out by Lakeshore Leisure Group, Blackpool is the thirteenth most desirable town for a second home in the country.

The study analysed the Google search history of over 100 UK cities since the beginning of the first national Covid lockdown, to find which coastal and rural locations were being searched for the most in relation to second-homes and holiday homes.

There was almost 6,790 Google searches made by the UK’s city dwellers for ‘Blackpool second homes’ since lockdown began

Overall, the research found that people are most interested in second home properties located in Salcombe, Falmouth and North Berwick.

Almost 20,000 searches were made on Google in relation to Salcombe properties.

A spokesperson for Lakeshore Leisure Group, said: “The combination of Brexit and the Covid pandemic has prompted city dwellers to find a way to regularly escape their urban homes and guarantee a much-needed holiday escape whilst international leisure travel remains so uncertain.

Firefighters free person from wreckage after collision in Blackpool today

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One casualty had to be freed by firefighters from a vehicle following a collision in Blackpool at lunchtime today.

Branstree Road, Blackpool.

Branstree Road, Blackpool.

A fire crew was called to the incident on Branstree Road in the resort at around 12;20pm.

The crash involved one vehicle and one person had to be released.

A fire brigade spokesman said: “One fire engine from Blackpool attended a road traffic collision on Branstree Road, Blackpool.

“The incident involved one vehicle. Firefighters used a hearth kit and stabilisation equipment at this incident.

“One casualty was conveyed to the hospital by North West Ambulance Service personnel. Crews were in attendance for one hour.”

It is not known at present how seriously injured the casualty is.

 

Iconic Blackpool hotel that’s under threat from the weather

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A section of the Grade II listed building’s ceiling collapsed earlier this year and repairs are needed

 

Imperial Hotel in Blackpool
Imperial Hotel in Blackpool

An iconic Blackpool hotel which suffered a ceiling collapse is set to be repaired after permission was granted to fix the listed building.

Structural engineers visited the Imperial Hotel in January after part of the ceiling at the Palm Court restaurant collapsed.

The hotel, which is Grade II listed, was built in 1866/1867 but the north extension which houses the restaurant was built later in 1904 when a ground floor, basement and three upper floors were added.

The ground floor and basement projects forward of the main façade, and currently contains the larger part of the hotel restaurant on the ground floor, with a swimming pool under, which forms part of the hotel leisure club.

Remedial works are now needed to be carried out at the hotel which has been “exposed to the full force of storms from the Irish Sea” resulting in damage to the reinforced joists.

The plans reveal that without the work the “integrity of the structure” is threatened by the strong winds and salt spray.

Documents submitted with the application state: “The Imperial Hotel has occupied its prominent but exposed position on the sea front for over 150 years, and during that time has weathered storms, gales, high winds, salt spray and other issues that have over time caused both specfic damage to roofs and the more exposed elements of the building, plus a general level of disruption and deterioration which has meant that maintenance is a constant and ongoing problem and necessity to maintain the standards and appearance expected in such a prominent hotel.

“These cracks then admit more water, and the process and the deterioration accelerate, to the extent that it threatens the integrity of the structure.”

The repairs will stabilise and seal the rusting steelwork by “pressure injecting and encapsulating the rusting filler joists with a chemical sealant”.

Blackpool Council has now approved the plans.

 

The Lancashire places doing afternoon tea that you absolutely must try

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This Afternoon Tea Week why not visit some of Lancashire best and quirkiest spots for afternoon tea.

 

Owd Barn at Bispham serving a tower of delicious treats
Owd Barn at Bispham serving a tower of delicious treats (Image: Joe Ferguson)

What says ‘Britain’ more than conversing with companions over cucumber sandwiches, jam and cream scones and of course, tea?

This week is Afternoon Tea Week, a celebration of the British tradition and the perfect excuse to catch up with loved ones and eat some cake.

Afternoon Tea Week runs from August 9 to 15 so now is the time to grab a friend or family member and find a local tea room – or steam train depending on your preference.

Lancashire is home to numerous tea rooms and cafes hidden amongst high streets and down cobbled roads, all serving up delicious afternoon teas.

Here are some of the places to enjoy afternoon tea in Lancashire.

Bon Bon’s Coffee Bar- Penwortham

Bon Bon's Penwortham serves delicious afternoon tea
Bon Bon’s Penwortham serves delicious afternoon tea

Rated five stars on TripAdvisor for their delicious food and service, Bon Bon’s Coffee Bar in Penwortham is very well regarded by customers.

A tower of sweet and savoury delights balance each other out for and a large pot of tea to boot.

Owd Barn at Bispham

Owd Barn at Bispham serving a tower of delicious treats
Owd Barn at Bispham serving a tower of delicious treats (Image: Joe Ferguson)

A rustic-themed afternoon tea within a rustic barn makes for a cosy afternoon spent eating cakes and drinking tea.

Served on beautiful cake stands filled with a range of scones, jams, creams, cakes, tarts and traybakes and a mixture of savoury treats to enjoy.

With a beautiful location to enjoy on top of the delicious treats, the Owd Barn is a great place to discover this Afternoon Tea Week.

Bread and Butter- Penwortham

Bread and Butter tea room in Penwortham
Bread and Butter tea room in Penwortham

As the name suggests, this little Penwortham cafe specialises in tasty bakes.

It offers a three-tier traditional afternoon tea with all the trimmings and more.

Each tier is filled with scones, tarts, profiteroles, sandwiches and soups all made to delight the taste buds.

You’ll be spoilt for choice on what to pick to eat first.

East Lancashire Railway

East Lancashire Railway Line
East Lancashire Railway Line (Image: The Press Association)

What better way to enjoy afternoon tea than while travelling through the scenic Lancashire countryside.

Aboard a steam train, passengers can enjoy a beautiful 90 minute steam train ride through the Irwell Valley whilst drinking fizz alongside a selection of sandwiches, savouries, scones and cakes with unlimited tea and coffee.

An afternoon of refinery and sophistication is definitely on the cards aboard the Pullman-style carriages.

Beautiful Bake and Fabulous Cakes- Blackpool

A spectacular view of the Pleasure Beach
A spectacular view of the Pleasure Beach

Afternoon tea on the Promenade, there’s a treat.

Beautiful Bake and Fabulous Cakes makes scones, pavlova and cupcakes every morning and pairs them delicious sandwiches made with quality home roasted meat.

Sit on the outdoor decking and get a spectacular view of The Big One whilst enjoying some delicious afternoon tea at this unique location.

The Quirky Tea Room- Lytham

Afternoon tea served on mini picnic tables
Afternoon tea served on mini picnic tables

Quirky by name, quirky by nature. This afternoon tea is delivered on picnic benches, definitely quirky.

Delicious sweet and savoury picks to choose from including scones with cream, jam and fresh berries, mini cakes with delicious swirls of icing and scrumptious sandwiches to enjoy.

This tea room in Lytham is a brilliant little place to visit whilst visiting the coast and a great way to spend the afternoon with loved ones.

The Mill- Lostock Hall

The Mill at Lostock Hall serving a fantastic spread of sweet and savoury treats
The Mill at Lostock Hall serving a fantastic spread of sweet and savoury treats

For a tower of delectable delights served on beautiful stands, The Mill, within St Catherine’s Park provides a delicious afternoon tea.

Beautifully handmade cakes and traybakes each crafted to perfection so not only easy on the eyes but also the taste buds.

All profits raised here are given to St Catherine’s Hospice too.

 

Historic Blackpool pub’s £3.5m transformation is under way as Talbot Gateway steams ahead

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The Hop Inn in Blackpool is set for a new future costing millions of pounds

 

The former Hop Inn pub is being transformed in to a dentist
The former Hop Inn pub is being transformed in to a dentist

Work has started on converting part of the historic Hop Inn pub in Blackpool in to a dental surgery at a cost of £3.5m, with the historic frontage of the former watering hole retained.

The scheme is part of a bigger £100million investment to build a seven storey office block on land between East Topping Street, Cookson Street, King Street and Deansgate.

It is hoped to begin construction of the offices in March or April 2022 as part of the third phase of the Talbot Gateway masterplan.

The King Street dental practice is among buildings earmarked for demolition to make way for the redevelopment and will be relocated to what was the Hop Inn; and what was The Veevers Arms Hotel before it was known as that.

Blackpool Council chiefs have appointed the Blackpool Local Education Partnership, set up to handle real estate, as its strategic partnership contractor to undertake the detailed design and construction required to convert the Hop Inn.

Arrangements are also being made to provide a temporary relocation site for the dental practice if necessary while work is underway.

A council report says: “In order to secure the Talbot Gateway phase three development it is imperative that the council has vacant possession of the land as detailed in the planning application.”

The Hop Inn's external features will be retained as part of wider plans to transform it into a dental surgery
The Hop Inn’s external features will be retained as part of wider plans to transform it into a dental surgery (Image: Cassidy + Ashton)

It adds the dental surgery “must be relocated in the next eight months in order to deliver the new office building in sufficient time to meet the prospective tenant’s lease expiry deadlines”.

The report says it “is anticipated that the work on the new office block will start in March /April 2022”.

It adds: “The total estimated cost to undertake the enabling work, detailed design and construction work required to convert part of the old Hop Inn into a dental surgery is £3.5m.”

Planning permission was granted in March for the conversion of the locally listed Hop Inn.

The front facade of the building in its three storey form will be retained as a focal point for the public realm areas between it and the new offices.

A two to three storey extension will be built on the back of the building, with other parts of the back of the former pub demolished to make way for a surface-level car park.

New hope for half-built £50m Blackpool housing scheme but some work could be ‘condemned’

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Work stalled on the Foxhall Village housing development in Blackpool when contractor Hollinwood Homes went into administration

 

Foxhall Village housing development
Photo: David Hurst Stan Mortensen Avenue, Foxhall Village, Blackpool.

The £50m stalled Foxhall Village housing development has now formally been put into the ownership of Blackpool Council after a year of wrangling with the administrators.

Work stopped in October 2019 when contractor Hollinwood Homes went into administration with just 193 of the planned 410 homes built.

Now the council, which is the landlord of the site, has agreed to work exclusively with Great Places Housing Group to find a way to kickstart the development after securing it from administrators Price Waterhouse Cooper earlier in August.

The exclusivity agreement will be in place for a year while the complexities of the site are unravelled which includes checking the quality of the work done on partially finished properties.

A council report says: “The complexities have meant that the administrator has exhausted the options to dispose and has agreed to surrender the leases, thereby returning control back to the council.”

The report warns the administration “has left an information vacuum meaning it has not been possible to secure technical information in relation to the work undertaken”.

This means there is some uncertainty over the “proven quality for work to recommence. ”

It could mean some of the work already done “being condemned or require further undertakings to provide the necessary satisfaction to support the progression of the scheme.”

Foxhall Village is considered a flaship regeneration project by the council which assembled the site with the help of a £2.7m government grant, with work beginning in 2014.

Failed guesthouses were demolished to make way for the estate on two parcels of land between Central Drive, Rigby Road and Tyldesley Road where roads are named after Blackpool FC’s famous 1953 FA Cup winning team.

Great Places Housing Association already owns 79 homes on the site and is committed to a further 40 homes in the stalled phase three.

 

Person rescued from sea near Blackpool’s Central Pier

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Police, paramedics, coastguard and the RNLI were called to the incident

 

A rescue operation was launched near Blackpool's Central Pier
A rescue operation was launched near Blackpool’s Central Pier (Image: HM Coastguard Lytham)

A person has been pulled from the sea in a rescue operation at Blackpool.

Police, paramedics, a lifeboat crew, and coastguard officals were called to the incident near Central Pier at around 6.15am today.

It was reported that there was a person in the water.

RNLI Blackpool launched their D-Class lifeboat and managed to recover the person from the water and took them back to shore.

They were then passed into the care of awaiting paramedics from North West Ambulance Service.

HM Coastguard Lytham said: “We were called out at 06.17 to reports of a person in the water around the Central Pier area. We quickly arrived on scene and located the person, RNLI Blackpool launched one D-Class lifeboat and we conned them onto the person, the casualty was then recovered from the water and taken back to shore. They were then passed into the care of North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust. If you see a coastal emergency, dial and ask for the Coastguard!”

RNLI Blackpool added: “Our RNLI volunteers were called out at 6.15am this morning to a person in the sea at Central Pier. One D class lifeboat launched, found the person and brought them back to safety ashore. @NWAmbulance Blackpool Police & @HMCoastguard units also attended.”

Blackpool and Wyre councils prepare to welcome Afghan refugees as thousands flee country amid Taliban take over

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As the Taliban continues its takeover of Afghanistan, thousands of citizens have been forced to flee their homes, and Blackpool, Wyre, and Fylde are among the places called on to provide a safe haven to those in desperate need.

A young Afghan refugee in Kabul

A young Afghan refugee in Kabul

The Taliban seized power in the country two weeks before America was set to complete its withdrawal of troops following a war which spanned two decades.

Britain has opened its borders to Afghan people most at risk of persecution by the Taliban, and councils all over the country are being urged to provide shelter to such refugees.

Prime minister Boris Johnson promised around 20,000 Afghans who aided the British army are to be welcomed to the UK in coming years, with 5,000 of these expected to arrive in 2021.

He said: “We owe a debt of gratitude to all those who have worked with us to make Afghanistan a better place over the last 20 years.

“Many of them, particularly women, are now in urgent need of our help. I am proud that the UK has been able to put in place this route to help them and their families live safely in the UK.”

Armed fighters swept into Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital city, on Sunday. In a press conference two days later, the group looked forward to good relations with other countries, saying ‘animosities have come to an end and we would like to live peacefully’.

However, experts have warned that the country could again become a hotbed for terrorism.

Fears have also been raised about the future rights of Afghan women, as the Taliban promised to uphold such rights only ‘within the framework of Sharia’. Between 1996 and 2001, when the group controlled the country, strict rules were put in place in line with its interpretation of Sharia law, which included mandatory full-body burkas for women and a lack of education for girls over 10.

The new Afghan Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme will target women, children, and others under threat of persecution.

They will join other refugees from the Middle East and Northern Africa seeking sanctuary under the UK Resettlement Scheme, who could find new homes in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.

Both Blackpool and Wyre Councils welcomed the prospect of helping incoming Afghan people.

A Blackpool Council spokesman said: “We work in partnership with our neighbouring authority, Lancashire, to support the resettlement of refugees across the region and to ensure that they have the support they need on arrival and while they settle in to their new community. We are working with the refugee team to assist in any way we can the additional pressure that the recent call to action has highlighted.”

A Wyre Council spokesman said: “Over the last four years Wyre Council has been pleased to offer support to 11 Syrian refugee families who we’ve helped to resettle in the borough. We are currently looking to extend our support of the Government’s UK Resettlement scheme and provide support for up to five further Syrian households every two years. Additionally we are now looking to see how we can support Government Afghan relocation schemes as the situation develops.

“Our priority is to ensure that any relocated families are safe and settled and do what we can to help them become part of the local community.”

Fylde Council was approached but declined to comment.

In pictures: Red Arrows fly across Lancashire to Blackpool Airport

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The RAF Red Arrows display team used Blackpool Airport as a base yesterday

One of the Red Arrows pilots

One of the Red Arrows pilots (Image: SS Digital Images)

The spectacular Red Arrows flew over Lancashire today – to the delight of fans.

The RAF Red Arrows team were based at Blackpool Airport today as they jetted off for their display at the Isle of Man Airshow.

While the fantastic aerobatic team didn’t put on a display in Lancashire, people were invited to “make a day of it” and come to Blackpool Airport to get a glimpse of them.

The team arrived at 11.30am and left for the Isle of Man Airshow at 2.12pm.

They then flew back into Blackpool Airport at around 3pm, and they’re due to depart again at 5.30pm today.

LancsLive took a trip to Blackpool Airport to capture some images of the wonderful Red Arrows and their team including pilots, the Circus, engineers and support crews.

The Red Arrows in formation above Blackpool

The Red Arrows in formation above Blackpool

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The Red Arrows at Blackpool Airport

The Red Arrows at Blackpool Airport

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The Red Arrows leave trails in the sky above Blackpool

The Red Arrows leave trails in the sky above Blackpool

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The Red Arrows drop into Blackpool Airport in preparation for their upcoming airshow at the Isle of Man

The Red Arrows drop into Blackpool Airport in preparation for their upcoming airshow at the Isle of Man

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The support team of the Red Arrows have been hard at work

The support team of the Red Arrows have been hard at work

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A close-up view of a Red Arrow jet

A close-up view of a Red Arrow jet

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RAF workers get the Red Arrows ready for flight

RAF workers get the Red Arrows ready for flight

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The Red Arrows line up at Blackpool Airport
The Red Arrows line up at Blackpool Airport

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The Red Arrows at Hangar Three at Blackpool Airport
The Red Arrows at Hangar Three at Blackpool Airport

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A Red Arrows Circus member climbs out the plane
A Red Arrows Circus member climbs out the plane

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One of the Red Arrows pilots
One of the Red Arrows pilots

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Dozens turned out to get a glimpse of the Red Arrows at Blackpool Airport
Dozens turned out to get a glimpse of the Red Arrows at Blackpool Airport

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The Red Arrows over Blackpool Airport

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Red Arrows take off from Blackpool Airport
Red Arrows take off from Blackpool Airport

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Red Arrows prepare to leave Blackpool Airport
Red Arrows prepare to leave Blackpool Airport

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The Red Arrows on their way to the Isle of Man airshow
The Red Arrows on their way to the Isle of Man airshow

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A row of Red Arrows
A row of Red Arrows

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The Red Arrows delight crowds at Blackpool Airport as they leave the tarmac
The Red Arrows delight crowds at Blackpool Airport as they leave the tarmac

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The fantastic Red Arrows
The fantastic Red Arrows

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The Red Arrows fly in formation
The Red Arrows fly in formation

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Crowds waved as the Red Arrows flew in
Crowds waved as the Red Arrows flew in

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The amazing Red Arrows display team
The amazing Red Arrows display team

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Fantastic pictures show RAF Red Arrows at Blackpool

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The aerobatic display team flew over Lancashire as they headed for their base for the day at Blackpool Airport

 

The Red Arrows return to Blackpool
The Red Arrows return to Blackpool (Image: SS Digital Images)

The world famous Red Arrows flew over Lancashire today with fans describing the fly over as “fantastic”.

The RAF Red Arrows team have been using Blackpool Airport as a base, with the jets touching down at around 11.30am.

Dozens of people gathered at the airport to get a glimpse of the iconic planes, with the stunt team even giving fans a wave and stopping to have their photos taken.

The aerobatic display team weren’t putting on a display in Lancashire, but were using the airport as a base for their performance at the Isle of Man Airshow.

Aviation fans were invited to “make a day of it” and come to Blackpool Airport to get a glimpse of them however.

The team arrived at 11.30am and left for the Isle of Man Airshow at 2.12pm.

One of the Red Arrows pilots

The RAF Red Arrows photographer Corporal Adam Fletcher captured an incredible photo of the team arriving at Blackpool which can be seen below.

The Red Arrows arrive in Blackpool
The Red Arrows arrive in Blackpool (Image: RAF Red Arrows photographer Corporal Adam Fletcher)

Onlookers were grateful to catch the Red Arrows in Lancashire today and have taken to the RAF Red Arrows Facebook page to share their excitement.

Lindsay Anne said: “Just seen them for the second time today over Lytham near Blackpool, they are awesome”

Melanie Jane Fysh wrote: “Loved seeing the arrows today especially as they fly over the house”

Vanessa Brow added: “Great to see you back flying past us as you break and come in to land…one of lifes pleasures for me!!”

Lisa Hadfield said: “We was there this morning, thank you for the waves guys”

Temporary ambulance station to be built in Blackpool

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The temporary accommodation will contain office, refreshment facilities, training and meeting rooms and locker and changing facilities

 

The site where the ambulance station will be built
The site where the ambulance station will be built

NHS bosses have been given permission to build a temporary ambulance station in Blackpool while a new state-of-the-art hub is under construction.

Permission has already been granted for a new ambulance hub to be built on land in Wellington Road following the demolition of the existing station which is no longer fit for purpose.

While the new station is being built a temporary site will be required.
Documents submitted by the North West Ambulance Service with the planning application to Blackpool Council state: “The trust currently operates from five ambulance stations in the Blackpool area and provides both Paramedic Emergency Service and Patient Transport Services.

“This results in a number of challenges in the operational management of a dispersed workforce and provides significant duplication in stores, admin functions and estate provision.

“The trust’s property portfolio in the Blackpool area ages between the early 1950s to the mid 1980s and is currently in a poor state of repair.”

What the permanent new ambulance station will look like
What the permanent new ambulance station will look like

The North West Ambulance NHS trust is one of the largest ambulance trusts in England and provides services to a population of around seven million people across a geographical area of approximately 5,400 square miles.

The plans reveal that in order to achieve its objectives the trust wants to move from a traditional ambulance station model to the more modern concept of a hub and all the benefits that this brings with it.

The trust also wants improved modern facilities for its staff and believes that this model will deliver best value for money and maximum efficiency.

The proposed development of the new Ambulance Hub will require the existing building to be vacated to a temporary ‘decant village’ on the former hospital site at Devonshire Road.

The temporary accommodation will contain office, refreshment facilities, training and meeting rooms and locker and changing facilities. There will also be a store of consumables with the main building and a separate external cage for gas bottle storage.

Horror film with Blackpool Tower ‘Easter eggs’ to be released

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Make-up artist Shelby Hannigan Cross and daughter Lucy, from Fleetwood, both feature in the film

 

A new horror film featuring actors from Lancashire is set to be released in 2022.

The feature film ‘Wrong Side’ has been written and directed by Craig Quinn from Droylsden, Manchester and revolves around the murderous ‘Gas Mask Killer’.

When the wrong man is convicted of a string of murders, the real culprit returns to continue their work. The film is described as a “mix of blood and gore with action, a bit of humour, some quirky characters.”

It is set to “have you wondering, who is the gas mask killer?”

LancsLive spoke to the director Craig Quinn and Shelby Hannigan Cross from Fleetwood, who plays the role of the “quirky” news reporter.

‘Wrong Side’, set to be released next year, has been filmed predominantly in Manchester with upcoming films set to feature Blackpool in future projects.

Wrong Side features a brilliant collection of Lancashire actors; Ewan Baxter and David Charles-Cully, from Blackpool, and Shelby Hannigan Cross and daughter Lucy from Fleetwood. Mike and Olivia Story from Carlisle also star.

Film Set of 'Wrong Side'
Film Set of ‘Wrong Side’

‘Wrong Side’ is the first film to introduce viewers to the fictional world of Sounder City.

Director Craig told Lancs Live that there are “so many interesting things you can do” with the landscape in Blackpool, and warned viewers to keep an eye out for any Blackpool Tower related Easter eggs whilst watching the Gas Masked Killer go about causing chaos in Sounder City.

Shelby described herself as “Blackpool born and bred” but moved to Fleetwood around a year ago. Her move into acting came after working in make-up in the horror genre. She said: “They needed help with special effects and I ended up being the reporter.”

From behind the scenes of 'Wrong Side'
From behind the scenes of ‘Wrong Side’

Shelby had previously worked in nail art before being pushed by her tutor into make-up as she was “more interested in creating a design than I was in the actual nail.”

Starting a make-up course, Shelby said it was the special effects of a slit wrist that got her “hooked” even though she “didn’t like horror that much.”

For many of us, a deep-dive into YouTube might end up in binge-watching Labrador puppies or old Graham Norton interviews. But for Shelby, it was all about special effects – she even started practicing on family members. She said: “I was creating all sorts, I had the kids with their eyeballs popping out.”

Shelby went on to do special effects for scare-mazes and The Walking Dead, before meeting Jason who is also behind Craig’s new film ‘Wrong Side’.

Wrong Side will be Shelby’s first speaking role where she’s not running away from someone and “screaming for her life” or running from someone “with a weapon” which is absolutely a promotion into the world of screen time.

The trailer shows Shelby exclaim, in a brilliant Blackpool accent: “It must be the gas mask killer!”

Shelby Hannigan Cross in 'Wrong Side'
Shelby Hannigan Cross in ‘Wrong Side’

Shelby’s 12-year-old daughter, Lucy, also features in the film. Shelby said: “Craig said to her, Lucy, come here and we’ll kill you. She was a bit nervous but because she knew everyone, she was fine. She told me when she had to pretend to have died she just lay in the sun and pretended to have a nap for 20 minutes.”

Sounds ideal, but from the scenes in the trailer, viewers can expect everything but a nap in the sunshine.

Recalling their favourite moments on set, Craig and Shelby both mentioned the moment Olivia Story, a triple amputee, lay on the floor to be made-up in prosthetics for her role as Robyn Eastwood, a victim of the gas mask killer.

Craig said: “Shelby and Jason applied the prosthetics, she had to lie down for two hours.”

Olivia Story lay on the floor for around two hours
Olivia Story lay on the floor for around two hours

The film looks terrifying, and with the backdrop of the North West having already caused a stir on TikTok, viewers will definitely catch a familiar scene at some point.

Craig told LancsLive that upcoming films due to be set in the same fictional universe as ‘Wrong Side’ will see the Blackpool Tower become ‘Sounder City Tower’ in film.

The team hope to have the film distributed through Amazon Prime, but can promise viewers will be able to watch at upcoming screenings and film festivals.

Home of former Blackpool lecturer murdered with crossbow has been sold

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Gerald Corrigan, 74, was shot with a crossbow as he tried to repair a satellite dish outside his home in North Wales

 

The rural home Gerald Corrigan who died after being hit by a crossbow
The rural home Gerald Corrigan who died after being hit by a crossbow (Image: IAN COOPER/NORTH WALES LIVE)

The home of a former Lancashire lecturer who was shot with a crossbow in a “medieval style execution” has been sold for a six figure sum.

Gerald Corrigan, a former Blackpool College of Art lecturer, was 74 when he was shot and seriously injured with a crossbow at his home on Anglesey, North Wales, in 2019.

The pensioner had been attempting to repair a television satellite dish when he was attacked at the remote property at Penrhosfeilw near Holyhead during the early hours of April 19, 2019.

He managed to struggle indoors and his partner raised the alarm, but he died almost a month later in hospital.

Since then the property has been cleared out and emptied and offers were invited in the region of £695,000 for the three-bed property called Gof Du, by local estate agents Burnells, reports North Wales Live.

It included outbuildings and 35 and a half acres of land.

The home “occupies a spectacular prime headland position commanding lovely all round rural views and stunning coastal views towards Trearddur Bay and Rhoscolyn Point.”

Gerald Corrigan was fatally wounded when he was shot with a crossbow outside his rural home
Gerald Corrigan was fatally wounded when he was shot with a crossbow outside his rural home (Image: Ian Cooper (main)/North Wales Police (inest))

The description of the property added: “The property, which has been substantially renovated, offers scope for minor modernisation, or extending/re-developing subject to all necessary consents being obtained.

“The property benefits from a range of dilapidated outbuildings, offering scope for development subject to consents.”

However, it does warn: “Buyers are kindly asked to research the history of this property or enquire with the marketing agent prior to viewings.”

It has now been sold “subject to contract”, although the buyer has not been identified.

Police launched a huge manhunt to find Mr Corrigan’s killers and several weeks after the shooting sports therapist Terence Whall, then 39, was arrested and charged with his murder.

During a trial at Mold Crown Court in February last year the jury heard the satellite dish had been tampered with and Whall was hiding, armed with the weapon, waiting for Mr Corrigan.

The crossbow bolt passed completely through Mr Corrigan’s body.

A ballistics expert and pathologist concluded the shooter must have been only 10 metres away, probably in the field in front of the house and hiding behind a wall.

Terence Whall, leaving Mold Crown court in North Wales, after being found guilty of the murder of retired lecturer Gerald Corrigan, when he was shot in the chest with a crossbow, outside his home in Anglesey in April 2019.
Terence Whall, leaving Mold Crown court in North Wales, after being found guilty of the murder of retired lecturer Gerald Corrigan (Image: Julian Hamilton/Daily Mirror)

Whall denied being at the location but police were able to establish a Land Rover he used was near the victim’s home at the time of the shooting and on the previous night, when he scoped out the property.

Whall was jailed for life, with the judge, Mrs Justice Jefford, saying: “You have deprived Mr Corrigan’s family of any explanation for what was a horrific death in which Mr Corrigan was completely blameless.

“For your own reasons you clearly had a plan to kill. Your arrogant belief that you could get away with murder was misplaced.”

 

Man who ‘refused breathalyser test’ after driving on beach near Blackpool’s North Pier arrested

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A man who was caught driving on the beach near North Pier has been arrested “on suspicion of failing to provide a breath test”.

 

A black Volkswagen Golf was spotted driving on the beach near North Pier at around 6.45am today (August 27).

Officers attended and a 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of failing to provide a breath test.

“He is currently in custody,” a spokesman for Lancashire Police said.

A black Volkswagen Golf became stuck after it was spotted driving on the beach near North Pier. (Credit: Paul Starr)

A black Volkswagen Golf became stuck after it was spotted driving on the beach near North Pier. (Credit: Paul Starr)

Pictures taken by residents show the car’s front tyres had sunk into the sand, causing it to become stuck.

A recovery crew was called to the scene and the vehicle has since been recovered with the help of a tractor.

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Pictures taken by residents show the car's front tyres had sunk into the sand. (Photo by Paul Starr)
Pictures taken by residents show the car’s front tyres had sunk into the sand. (Photo by Paul Starr)
A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of failing to provide a breath test. (Credit: Matt Leslie Consadine)
A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of failing to provide a breath test. (Credit: Matt Leslie Consadine)

Blackpool Council response over ‘dire hotels’ letting the resort down claim

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‘We will continue to investigate and, where necessary, enforce against poor operators who do not conform to acceptable standards’

 

Blackpool beach in June 2021
Blackpool beach in June 2021

Blackpool Council has broken its silence following concerns from local hoteliers and the MP over the standard of accommodation in the resort.

A handful of hotels have been at the forefront of poor reviews over the summer, leading prominent figures in the resort to call for change.

Earlier this week, Scott Benton MP for Blackpool South, urged hotels to get behind an opt-in accreditation scheme put in place by VisitBlackpool.

He highlighted concerns that the resort was being ‘let down’ by a number of providers, calling for those with ‘poor standards’ to invest more in the properties they are letting out to tourists so as to save Blackpool’s reputation as a good staycation option.

Speaking to LancsLive, he said: “Unfortunately there are a number of providers which continue to let Blackpool down which doesn’t just reflect poorly on those hotels and chains but on the resort as a whole.”

“I would plead with them to take every step they possibly can to invest in these hotels.

“From my point of view it’s hurting the resort.

“The last thing we need when people are staying in the UK are some of these stories of holidaymakers having an awful time in Blackpool. That’s something we need to address.”

He also called on the council to ‘play its part’ in encouraging b&bs to sign up to the accreditation scheme.

The 5-star proprietor of FourRooms, Michael Elt, then also added his thoughts to the matter, telling LancsLive that the resort is becoming a “dumping ground” for the rest of the UK.

He has urged for a compulsory licence to help bolster the town’s reputation as a holiday destination.

Michael added: “Many of you booking out there see a room for £10, £15 per night and think ‘great, that will do me.’

“What you don’t realise is that the place is probably not clean, tidy or safe, especially if you have kids in tow.

“This price also attracts the people who really just want to come to Blackpool, get drunk and trash the place.

“But then, the provider of the accommodation can’t afford to replace anything that has been broken, stolen etc and so the place then stays exactly the same way for the next visitor, which is you and then we’ve got the start of the downwards spiral.”

Now Blackpool Council has added its voice to the many calling for change. The authority has urged accommodation to ‘aspire’ to nationally-recognised accreditation standards.

A Blackpool Council spokesperson said: “The Council works extremely hard to encourage accommodation businesses to aspire to nationally-recognised accreditation standards. Six years ago, through our VisitBlackpool tourism arm, we developed and launched the Blackpool Approved standard in association with VisitEngland.

“That entry level scheme provides hoteliers with the ability to obtain a nationally-recognised standard at an affordable price and gives an assurance to prospective guests that the accommodation they are considering is safe, clean and legally compliant. We will continue to work with the sector to promote quality standards.

“At the same time, we will continue to investigate and, where necessary, enforce against poor operators who do not conform to acceptable standards.”

The entrance to the Norbreck Hotel
The entrance to the Norbreck Hotel (Image: Submitted)

A whole host of incidents have led to the calls.

In June, the Metropole Hotel on Blackpool Promenade was slammed by a guest after he found “maggot on the carpet” during his stay.

Since then, the troubled Norbreck Castle Hotel has been dubbed the “HMP Norbreck Castle” with another guest claiming to have checked out within an hour of arrival.

Support groups have even been made online, with one specifically providing a space for guests who have had bad experiences at The New Royal Windsor Hotel.

Director of Stay Blackpool, Ian White, told LancsLive that the “never ending stream” of “hotel from hell” experiences is down to a number of things including misrepresentation online to having no compulsory accreditation scheme.

There is an opt-in accreditation scheme available to hoteliers provided by VisitBlackpool. Memberships into the scheme, accredited by VisitEngland, cost £49.95 for 1-20 bedrooms and up to £125 for 150+ bedrooms.

Those who opt-in to the scheme are then accredited through the national star-rating scheme or through the Blackpool Approved Visitor Accommodation Scheme.

Hilarious TikTok video of man spinning on Blackpool Pleasure Beach ride goes viral

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The 72ft high ride promises to take you on ‘a 360-degree tour of the skies’

 

A man has been filmed spinning continuously on a ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
A man has been filmed spinning continuously on a ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

A man has been filmed spinning continuously on a ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach – while everyone else stays still.

The video has been shared more than 4,000 times on TikTok and viewed more than 800,000 times on Instagram so far.

It shows a man taking a ride on Red Arrows SkyForce at the theme park.

The 72ft high ride promises to take you on ‘a 360-degree tour of the skies’ and sits in the shadow of the world famous Big One rollercoaster.

The man can be seen spinning around constantly for the duration of the ride, while all the other passengers are remaining still.

When going past the camera the first time, he can be heard shouting ‘I can’t see straight’ while continuing to spin.

According to the website: “Red Arrows Skyforce has you spinning, swirling and exciting the senses while your fellow pilots take control of their own flights before touching down and checking out a dedicated a Red Arrows shop, which features exclusive merchandise and souvenirs designed for Blackpool Pleasure Beach.”