Sister of St Annes teenager who jumped to his death from car park completes mountain climbing challenge in his memory

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The older sister of a St Annes teenager who jumped to his death from the roof of a Blackpool car park has scaled three of England’s most difficult peaks in his memory.

 

Holly during her Three Peaks challenge

Holly during her Three Peaks challenge

Holly Ireland, 25, completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge last month in memory of her 17-year-old brother Marshall Metcalfe, who died on May 7 last year, and her mum Jane, who also tragically took her own life a month later.

She said: “It was emotional, difficult and challenging, but so rewarding. On the summit we raised a flag with so many faces of people who lost their lives to suicide. I did it for my mum and brother, but for everyone else as well.”

Holly, who lives in Burnley, raised more than £1,000 for Get Fit 4 Mental Wellness, a charity which promotes mental and physical health.

Climbers raised a flag in memory of loved ones lost to suicideClimbers raised a flag in memory of loved ones lost to suicide

She was joined in her 24 mile journey along the slopes of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough by 11 other people whose lives have been affected by depression and suicide.

“I want people to know this is just the beginning,” she said. “This is just the first step of many. I want to make changes. The current mental health system is still failing so many people and families.”

Holly’s brother Marshall suffered catastrophic head injuries after falling from the top of Sainsburys on Talbot Road on May 7. He was taken to Royal Preston Hospital, but was pronounced dead when he arrived.

Just one month later, his mum Jane Ireland, 44, was also found dead at her Heeley Road home in St Annes.

Jane Ireland, second from left, with her children Holly, Macy and Marshall MetcalfeJane Ireland, second from left, with her children Holly, Macy and Marshall Metcalfe

Holly previously told The Gazette how she had struggled for years to get her mum and brother the help they desperately needed. Marshall, a former Lytham High School pupil, had been in and out of hospital several times since 2017 and was discharged from The Cove, a specialist inpatient unit for mentally ill teenagers, shortly before his death.

“I want to do what I can to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and get people talking about it, because it’s real and affects so many,” said Holly, who now hopes to complete the national Three Peaks Challenge comprising Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in memory of her brother and mum.

“I think Marshall would be proud of us. They both would be. ”

 

Blackpool to host World Fireworks Championships 2021

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The displays will take place over the beach in front of the iconic Blackpool Tower

 

The World Fireworks Championship in Blackpool (Image: Visit Blackpool)

The World Fireworks Championship 2021 is set to go ahead in Blackpool.

The event, which was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, will see countries battle it out in the skies to be crowned world champions.

This year, the displays will take place over the beach in front of the iconic Blackpool Tower.

Russia is set to compete on September 11, Ireland on September 25, Germany on October 9 and the winners ceremony will take place on October 23.

The event starts from 7.30pm, with the first fireworks firing from approximately 8:00pm-8.30pm.

However, all displays subject to suitable weather conditions.

Due to crowds gathering in the area, it may mean that traffic is delayed.

 

Blackpool hotel guests cut holiday ‘four days short’ while others make 2am dash

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The Norbreck Hotel has come under fire again from a guest who dubbed it ‘HMP Norbreck Castle’ and another who checked ‘in an out within an hour’

 

Norbreck Castle Hotel in Blackpool
Norbreck Castle Hotel in Blackpool (Image: Google)

Guests at a Blackpool hotel claim they left in the early hours of the morning after hearing strange noises coming from the corridor.

The Norbreck Castle Hotel has been slammed on TripAdvisor after a guest named ‘Harry S’ claimed it was the worst hotel they had ever stayed in.

Dubbing it ‘HMP Norbreck Castle’, Harry claimed that during a July trip to the Britannia-owned hotel, there were groups of children ‘smashing things, knocking on doors and screaming’ at 2am.

According to the disgruntled guest, the group was woken ‘every five minutes’, leading them to complain to staff only for nothing for be done.

Nobody from the hotel was available to comment on the issues.

The review says: “I’ve stayed in some horrific hotels abroad and this hotel beats the lot of them. Requested a refund at 2am and driving home, that’s how bad it was.

“We arrived to the hotel so (sic) find an ‘event’ on in the lobby, we had to queue an hour to check in.

“Save your money from visiting Blackpool Zoo as the characters you’ll see walking around this hotel top any animal.

“We was (sic) woken EVERY five minutes with groups of children smashing things, knocking on doors and screaming, this is at 2am.

“As the room itself was an absolute dive, we had enough, we was told security would sort it, as nothing was done, we requested to move rooms, as they was full the only option was a refund.”

Harry said that the group then faced a two-hour drive home at 2am, adding ‘this place makes HMP Belmarsh look like the ritz.”

This review follows another from the same month where the guests claim to have checked out ‘within an hour’ of checking in.

According to ‘Katy A’, a family holiday was cut four days short after the group left the Norbreck Castle, facing a four-hour drive home.

The TripAdvisor reviewer, who also stayed in July, claimed that her child found scissors in the room and that certain areas were ‘thick with dirt’.

They wrote: “Booked two hotel rooms they couldn’t have been further from each other so we went to the family room on the fifth floor. Passing dancers practicing in the hall ways stair way you name it they were there. Litter on windowsills class doors broken and indicated with tape.

“Arrived at the room I would say on first arrival the room furniture looked like it had been bought At a charity shop. Scratched bed wasn’t put together properly. Bunk beds made from wood but the cheapest you could think off. But we decided it’s our holiday we have just travelled three hours from Edinburgh it will be fine let’s have a brew.

“Picked up the first cup dirty second one dirty. Tray they were lying on dirty. That’s when we noticed more. Dirty round the radiator. The toilet bowl rim clearly hadn’t been cleaned the thick dirty on the windows.”

Katy claims that stains were found also found on the duvet and that there was ‘chewing gum embedded in the carpet’.

According to the review, there were also a pair of nail scissors found on the floor.

The group reportedly opted to take a refund and leave the hotel just an hour after originally checking in, resulting in their holiday being cut four days short.

“We couldn’t find a hotel and by this time my kids age 7 9 and 23 all agreed going home and driving the 4 hours there would be a better option” added Katy.

“So we got a refund packed up the car and drove home having to go back to Manchester first to drop my eldest back home. We were 4 hours away from home and got in at 2am cutting our holiday short by 4 days meaning our last hotel was a waste of money also.

“Yes the staff were nice but that didn’t make up for the state of the hotel and the room. The other room we booked we made a quick stop still dated but I didn’t inspect anything in that one I have never felt so dirty from being in a hotel for less than an hour.”

Britannia Hotels has been contacted for comment.

 

18th Century cottage that is ‘unique piece of Blackpool’s history’ up for auction

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Blowing Sands on Common Edge Road has been earmarked by historians as being one of the few remaining early dwellings from the agricultural past of Marton Moss

 

Unique cottage on Common Edge Road in Blackpool coated in historic features and accents
Unique cottage on Common Edge Road in Blackpool coated in historic features and accents

A “unique piece of Blackpool’s history” is now up for auction with a rustic finish and traditional touches detailing this antique property in Lancashire top seaside town.

The 18th century, grade II listed cottage has been earmarked by historians as being one of the few remaining early dwellings from the agricultural past of Blackpool’s Marton Moss area.

With a guide price of £55,000 the property’s historic features and accents make it a quaint place to reside but with only one bedroom, it may not be the right fit for a growing family.

Originally built as two adjoining cottages, Blowing Sands on Common Edge Road, now a single two-storey property, is built from traditional cobble and bricks with a low slate roof.

The property contains a host of historic features such as wooden mullioned windows, low ceilings and original roof timbers, as well partition walls built from cobbles.

Appearing on this month’s auction by auction house, Pugh, the unique-one bedroom cottage could be the perfect make-over project for a budding property owner.

Unique cottage on Common Edge Road in Blackpool coated in historic features and accents

Rare piece of Blackpool history for sale in form of ‘unique cottage’

Pugh associate director Eamonn Stones said: “This property is an utterly charming and unique relic of what this area of Blackpool was like more than two centuries ago when it was mainly farmland.

“Opportunities to buy a piece of living history such as this one do not come along very often and this is an extraordinary property – a real window on a bygone age.

“The house has been well cared for and little altered over the years and it is well known to passers by as a remarkable and very old cottage.

“Needless to say we have had lots of interest from potential buyers interested in owning a unique piece of the town’s history.”

A blue plaque on the front of the cottage marks it out as part of the Blackpool Civic Trust heritage trail and states that the house now stands as ‘the representative of several similar late-18th century dwellings in the area’.

Bidding on the historic property, and the other lots in Pugh’s online auction, opens on 18 August and closes the following day.

 

Plans to demolish St Annes synagogue for new apartment block

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A St Annes synagogue could be demolished to make way for new apartments.

 

Plans have been lodged with Fylde Council to raze the St Annes Hebrew Congregational Synagogue on Orchard Road and replace it with a smaller synagogue and a three storey block of ten apartments.

The religious site was built in the 1950s but a dwindling congregation has resulted in the proposals being made.

As part of the documents submitted with the application, it states: “The existing Synagogue has a capacity of 360 attendees however now the Synagogue only has 180 members where a typical attendance on a Saturday is 35.

St Annes Synagogue could be demolished to make way for a new apartment blockSt Annes Synagogue could be demolished to make way for a new apartment block

“The demographic of the community is mature and losing members at a rate of ten per year with few new members attracted each year.

“The current synagogue is far larger than required and with maintenance costs increasing and members reducing the smaller proposed facility will be more economically viable.”

If approved the new synagogue would be built next to the apartment block.

The block itself with have two storeys of two-bedroom apartments and a third storey with two larger three-bedroom apartments.

What the new building could look likeWhat the new building could look like

A car park will also be built however the statement states that the main use of the synagogue is on the Sabbath when the use of cars by worshippers is not permitted .

Only one or two car parking spaces are allocated to the Synagogue with the remainder for the residents who live in the apartment.

Planning officers at Fylde Council will now consider the application and proposals.

 

Jonathan Pie to bring “‘Fake News (The Corona Remix) Tour’ to Blackpool Grand Theatre in September

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Satirical News reporter Jonathan Pie, the broadcaster who has more than 1.7 million viewers tuning in to his brutally honest bulletins will bring his world views to Blackpool.

Jonathan Pie

Jonathan Pie

The frustrated viral newsreader – as created by Tom Walker – will bring his world politics to the Grand Theatre stage as part of critically acclaimed sell out 2019 live show ‘Fake News.’

After months stuck in lockdown, Pie returns to the road and comes to the resort on September 30 to discuss how coronavirus has changed the world… and his career prospects.

The show has been updated and re-written by Tom to include Pie’s unmissable takes on the government’s handling of COVID.

Jonathan Pie brings his "‘Fake News (The Corona Remix) Tour’ to Blackpool Grand Theatre in SeptemberJonathan Pie brings his “‘Fake News (The Corona Remix) Tour’ to Blackpool Grand Theatre in September

A spokesperson for the tour said: “‘Fake News (The Corona Remix) Tour’ will see Jonathan Pie returning to the road in a post-coronavirus world to berate the people in power – and the journalists apparently holding them to account.

“Black Lives Matter, the climate crisis, the NHS, austerity, social media, cancel culture and of course, now, COVID-19, nationwide lockdowns and the ensuing fallout – Jonathan Pie has thrown aside any red lines on subject matter covered in this explosive show; a ‘lecture-come-apology-tour’, where we hear how Pie’s career took a serious nose-dive, after an unfortunate on-air gaffe made by the irate news reporter.”

Tom first introduced the irate, fictitious British news reporter Jonathan Pie in September 2015. Described by Rory Bremner as ‘the most important satirical creation since Partridge’ his videos regularly achieve millions of views, going internationally viral.

One of Pie’s earliest videos – his response to the election of Donald Trump – was viewed more than 150 million times worldwide.

A more recent clip on the confusion surrounding wearing masks has been viewed over 10.4m times on Facebook.

Tickets are on general sale now, with all tickets for the originally scheduled dates remaining valid.

Remaining tickets are available at jonathanpie.com

 

A feast of food and drink awaits at Marine Hall Fleetwood for return of annual Fylde Coast Food & Drink Festival

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Food glorious food with wine, spirits and beer to wash it all down with.

 

Marine Hall will be the venue for the Fylde Food and Drink Festival

Marine Hall will be the venue for the Fylde Food and Drink Festival

Organisers behind the annual Fylde Coast Food & Drink Festival have announced its return at the Marine Hall and Gardens on Sunday August 15.

The free event promises to be a food-filled day out for all the family to enjoy with local suppliers showcasing a spread with chocolates, cakes and coffees, artisan sauces, spices and preserves, speciality cheese and chutney’s, pies and puddings.

Coun Lynne Bowen portfolio holder for leisure, health and community engagement at Wyre Council said: ““With live music and entertainment, children’s activities and of course the delicious local food and drink, the Fylde Coast Food and Drink Festival is the perfect event by the seaside for all the family to enjoy.

The event, taking place across the whole venue including the impressive main ballroom, the beautiful landscaped gardens, the brand new terrace bar on the colonnade and the Wyre beach bar will be open from 10am until 4pm.

Activities include live Owl displays, character meet and greets, free photo opportunities as well as lots of live music, exciting entertainment, dramatic aerial performances, walkabout theatre and a sporting activity area for everyone to enjoy this year too.

With free entry, free parking, entertainment and activities and bosses added it would be a ‘glorious day of indulgence by the seaside.’

 

They did Dan Suddaby proud with sponsored walk in his honour at Blackpool

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Nearly 50 local stage folk got together for a special seafront walk to an honour a young dad who died last month – and help raise funds for his son.

 

Members of Thornton Cleveleys Operatic Society and St Annes Amateur Operatic Society meet up on the Comedy Carpet to honour the memory of Dan Suddaby,
Photo: Jessica Isherwood Photography

Members of Thornton Cleveleys Operatic Society and St Annes Amateur Operatic Society meet up on the Comedy Carpet to honour the memory of Dan Suddaby, Photo: Jessica Isherwood Photography

And there was laughter and a few tears as they recalled larger than life character Dan Suddaby, who died in his sleep aged just 29,leaving behind his son Oliver, aged just two-and-a-half.

Thornton Cleveleys Operatic Society (TCOS) walked to Blackpool‘ s Comedy Carpet from Cleveleys, while members of St Annes Parish Amateur Operatic Society (SAPOS) met them there after walking from St Annes on Saturday.

Dan’s mum, Tracey Stringer, was also there and thanked them in a poignant speech.

The group fondly remembers Dan Suddaby. Photo: Jessica Isherwood PhotographyThe group fondly remembers Dan Suddaby. Photo: Jessica Isherwood Photography

Talented singer and actor Dan, who was described as having a rich tenor voice and a cheeky personality, was a member of both groups and played key roles in several productions.

Paula Curtis, a member of SAPOS, was one of the main organisers of the event and said: “We were determined to complete the walk, whether it was rainy or not, but the weather was lovely.

“Most of us knew each other so it was good just to be able to meet up like that.

“Dan was a big personality and a major figure at both societies, so we all knew him well

Dan Suddaby and little OlivetrDan Suddaby and little Olivetr

“When his mum gave her speech it was quite moving and there were a few tears.

“We wanted to pay our tribute to him but also highlight his mum’s fundraising campaign, in support of his little boy.”

Tracey, 55,of Singleton, set up the GoFund Me campaign to support her grandson and Dan’s partner Natalie McKenna, who is Oliver’s mother.

She said: “It is just lovely of everyone to this for Dan, it really means a lot.”

Dan Suddaby on stage

Dan Suddaby on stage

Dan, of Norkeed Court on Queens Promenade, Norbreck, died in unexpectedly on June 2.

He was born with craniosynostosis, a rare condition affecting the development of his skull which initially impacted on his mobility and speech.

Dan underwent several operations which proved successful but it is thought that scarring on the brain left him with epilepsy.

Although it is thought he may have suffered a seizure, this has not yet been confirmed.

Sadly little Oliver has the same condition as Dan and has already needed an operation on his skull.

So far the GoFund campaign has raised

Wonderhall Festival Presents – Fylde rising artists to perform special gigs at Blackpool HMV

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Up and coming Fylde singer songrwriters HOL and Emily Rhodes will bring their music to Blackpool’s HMV store for a special gig in a bid help put local talent on the map.

 

Kirkham singer songwriter Emily Rhodes

Kirkham singer songwriter Emily Rhodes

The record shop will turn music venue for two Saturdays in August, in a unique collaboration with Cuffe and Taylor’s new Wonderhall Festival.

Wonderhall Presents will see Kirkham-based singer Emily Rhodes, who has supported a number of artists at Blackpool’s Bootleg Social, play at the store in Bank Hey Street on August 14.

HOL, 18, – aka Hollie Findlay from Thornton, released new single Bones last month. She will play on Saturday August 21.

HMV Manager Neil Carpenter said: “Without local musicians and rising talent we would have no music scene. Blackpool and the Fylde coast has an abundance of talent so it is great to work with WonderHall to support them.

“All the artists scheduled for WonderHall Presents have their own very unique style and I’m looking forward to seeing them perform.”

The gigs will start at 1pm

The six-day WonderHall festival takes place in the grounds of Lytham Hall from August 25 to Monday August 30.
HOL aka Hollie Findlay from Thornton released her debut album The Chapters last yearHOL aka Hollie Findlay from Thornton released her debut album The Chapters last year

Director Peter Taylor said: “The entire entertainment industry has experienced the most horrendous 18 months and for those artists who rely on local gigs it has been devastating as they just haven’t been able to reach their audience in the same way.

“WonderHall Presents gives us the ideal opportunity to showcase those artists and help them reach an audience they wouldn’t ordinarily be exposed to.

“Live music is back and should be celebrated with every chance, so we are delighted to be partnering with HMV Blackpool to support these local performers.”

WonderHall will include headliners Tom Jones, Anne-Marie, Russell Watson, Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro and Marc Almond.

For more information go to www.wonderhall.co.uk Wonderhall Line Up

Weds 25 August – Anne-Marie, HRVY, Gracey, Samantha Harvey

Thurs 26 August – UB40 feat Ali Campbell & Astro, Radio Riddler, SKAFACE

Fri 27 August – Tom Jones, The Brand New Heavies, AJ Brown

Sat 28 August – Marc Almond, Heaven 17, The Fizz, The Real Thing, Sonia, Hugh Cornwell, Steve Norman & The Sleevz, The Coustics, Touch The Pearl, DJ Fubar

Sun 29 August – Last Night of the Proms – Russell Watson, Emily Haigh, Mark Kingswood, The Heart of England Philharmonic Orchestra, Lytham Community Choir

Mon 30 August – Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Featuring Gilson Lavis with special guest Eddi Reader, and guest vocalists Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall, Marisha Wallace and Lytham St Annes Shanty Crew

Fleetwood’s former Sea Cadets CO Derek Scrivener proudly receives his British Citizen Award

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One of Fleetwood’s best known characters has been presented with the British Citizen Award at a ceremony in the town.

Lt Cdr Derek Scrivener with his British Citizen Award medal. Photo: Robert Stead

Lt Cdr Derek Scrivener with his British Citizen Award medal. Photo: Robert Stead

Lt Cdr Derek Scrivener, the former Commanding Officer of Fleetwood Sea Cadets unit, was presented with the award at the North Euston Hotel, in front of family, some of his ex-Cadets and other invited guests.

It was a proud moment for Derek, 93, who attended the event with wife Jean.

He received his medal, which recognises exceptional work in the community, from the High Sheriff of Lancashire, Edwin Booth.

Derek and Jean Scrivener with some of the ex-Sea Cadets who nominated him for the awardDerek and Jean Scrivener with some of the ex-Sea Cadets who nominated him for the award

Derek, of Beach Road, was commanding officer of Fleetwood Sea Cadets for 28 years until 1986, during which time the unit excelled on several fronts and was acknowledged as the best unit in the country, winning the prestigious Canada Trophy four times.

Derek said: “It’s all been excellent and the people who arranged it have done a magnificent job, it was first class.

“The North Euston Hotel staff were wonderful.

“At the back of my mind I was thinking about the Cadets and their mums and dads, who really supported us all back then.

“I was particularly pleased for my wife and that our family was there with us.”

The BCA presentation would usually be carried out at the Palace of Westminster, but due to Covid, it was postponed.

It meant however, that the ceremony could be held with many of Lt Cdr Scrivener’s family and friends in attendance and 80 ex-Sea Cadets

Among those attending were members of Derek’s family – wife Jean, sons Dave and Charles and their own families.

Dave,of Broadway, said: “Our own children were born long after their granddad was involved in Fleetwood Sea Cadets, so they never really knew what he did.

“They have loved finding out about it, hearing all the stories and seeing the photos and articles on display in the North Euston.

“People often tell me that my dad changed their lives through his work with the Sea Cadets.

“Many of them went on to enjoy careers in the Royal Navy and other services.

“So to see him presented with this award was such a proud moment for all of us.”

The event was also attended by other dignitaries, including the Mayor of Wyre, Coun. Andrea Kay, the MP Lancaster and Fleetwood, Cat Smith and the chairman of the Fleetwood Civic Society, Margaret Daniels.

The BCA , also known as The People’s Honours, is held bi-annually in the United Kingdom for individuals doing extraordinary work in their local community.

Derek was selected from thousands of nominations and his was one of only 25 such awards bi-annually.

He was nominated for the award by seven ex-members of the Fleetwood Sea Cadets – Paul Reynolds, John Large, David Bentley, David Morris, Steve Carr, Tony Samson and Jim Taylor.

Paul Reynolds, said: “As many people in Fleetwood will be aware, Lt Cdr Scrivener was the driving force behind Fleetwood Sea Cadets for a long time.

“The unit achieved many awards and the band were the very best in the country.

“Derek dedicated his life to serving Queen and country in the Royal Navy, and then Fleetwood Sea Cadet Corps and others, so we’re all delighted to see him receive this much-deserved medal.”

And Cat Smith, who backed Derek’s nomination for the award with a supporting letter, said: “Derek has given many young people from this town the skills and confidence to enjoy fine careers in the maritime industry and this award really is a proud moment for the whole town.”

 

Blackpool Sixth teacher welcomes Department for Education’s Latin in schools plan

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A Blackpool teacher has welcomed the education secretary’s plans to reintroduce Latin into some secondary schools, and hoped resort pupils will be among those who will benefit from the scheme.

 

Blackpool Sixth teacher Peter Wright regularly works with charity Classics For All to deliver Latin in Fylde coast schools, including St John's Primary School in Poulton (pictured).

Blackpool Sixth teacher Peter Wright regularly works with charity Classics For All to deliver Latin in Fylde coast schools, including St John’s Primary School in Poulton (pictured).

Education secretary Gavin Williamson announced over the weekend that the £4 million Department for Education Latin Excellence scheme will be rolled out to 40 secondary schools across England.

The scheme will be rolled out to 11 to 16-year-old pupils from September 2022.

It was hoped, the Government said, that by introducing Latin back into state schools, the subject would shed its “elitist” stereotype.

Blackpool Sixth teacher Peter Wright said teaching youngsters Latin would also benefit their English and modern foreign language learning.Blackpool Sixth teacher Peter Wright said teaching youngsters Latin would also benefit their English and modern foreign language learning.

Currently, only around 3 per cent of state schools in England teach Latin on the curriculum, in comparison to just below half of all independent schools.

Mr Williamson said: “We know Latin has a reputation as an elitist subject which is only reserved for the privileged few. But the subject can bring so many benefits to young people, so I want to put an end to that divide.”

The Latin Excellence programme will also give pupils the opportunity to visit Roman Heritage sites to broaden classics knowledge further, the Department added.

National charity Classics For All, which already works with schools nationwide to provide Latin learning to youngsters, said the scheme was a “good start.”

Jimmy Mulville, chairman of the charity, said: “Any move by government to re-establish the teaching of any of the classical subjects in state schools is most welcome so this initiative focusing on Latin is a good start to that ultimate goal.”

Blackpool Sixth teacher Peter Wright, who teaches A-Level Ancient History and works with Classics For All to deliver classics subjects to Fylde coast pupils, also welcomed the announcement.

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However, Mr Wright said he was “cautiously excited” amid uncertainties of which areas in England would benefit, but hoped Blackpool would be chosen for funding to teach Latin.

He said: “It’s very good news, I’m cautiously excited though as there are only 40 schools being piloted and £4 million isn’t a huge amount of money in education.

“But it’s definitely a good start for education to finally realise there is value in it. It’s not a case of learning Latin for the sake of it, that’s a very outdated idea.

“If you look at any language and the academic languages used in the classroom, it contains a higher degree of Latin words. If we’re teaching kids even very basic Latin, we’re giving them the gift of etymology to further their understanding of those languages.”

Mr Wright has worked with Classics For All for the past four years, and regularly teams up with teachers across the Fylde coast to deliver lessons in classics to their pupils.

He said working with the charity gives schools the chance to introduce fully-funded classics subjects such as Latin and Greek with minimal training required for teachers.

He continued: “We conducted a research policy with two Year Six cohorts at Norbreck Academy, and the results were phenomenal, especially when it came to boys.

“Boys showed a 74 per cent significant improvement in their literacy skills after learning Latin, so it really is a game changer. There were such huge improvements, and particularly amongst pupil premium pupils.

“Introducing Latin has such a profound effect on language learning, not only for English but for modern foreign languages and oracy, the public speaking and debate side of things as well.”

Teachers who are interested in introducing Latin to their pupils before the Government scheme is launched can email Peter to discuss further.