Trinity Hospice fundraiser Dave’s Fleetwood to Lytham spacehopper bounce to bring in the cash

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A prolific Fylde charity supporter is about to embark on a record-breaking challenge, using a 1970s icon.

 

David Kay, 54 will attempt a world record for the longest distance travelled on a space hopper as he bounces the 20km between Fleetwood and Lytham later this month.

Only a few weeks ago David, from Singleton, jumped out of a plane to raise cash for Trinity Hospice after heset out on a campaign to raise £10,000 for Trinity Hospice in two years at the start of the pandemic. One week after jumping out of the plane, he reached his target nine months early.

David, who will attempt the record on August Bank Holiday Monday said: “Before I reached the target, I wanted to do something big. I’d wanted to end on a high after all these months of fundraising, and the parachute jump didn’t quite get me to the target. I’d already put the wheels in motion for the space hop when I hit the £10,000. But I’m absolutely committed to this challenge, as I am to the charity.

Trinity Hospice fundraiser Dave's Fleetwood to Lytham spacehopper bounce to bring in the cashTrinity Hospice fundraiser Dave’s Fleetwood to Lytham spacehopper bounce to bring in the cash

“I’ve already been able to secure some sponsorship from local businesses as well as help to get me fit for the big day, and I just want to raise as much as I can for Trinity – it’s an amazing place which is very close to a lot of people’s hearts.”

Trinity’s community fundraising manager, Michelle Lonican, said: “What David has already achieved is absolutely incredible – to have raised £10,000 in just 15 months is just amazing. That he has signed himself up to another challenge, and a record attempt at that, has blown us away.

“We know he has the determination to achieve whatever he sets out to, and he has such a fantastic amount of support behind him. There are times when the words thank you don’t seem to be enough. David is a true hospice hero.”

Ascent Trampoline Park Blackpool to bring secondary school starters together from this weekend with special event

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A Blackpool trampoline park is putting on special “open day” events for various Fylde coast secondary school starters after many schools cancelled open days during lockdown.

 

Many Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde secondary schools were unable to put on their annual open days for new year seven school starters amid Covid restrictions and social distancing guidance.

But Ascent Trampoline Park in Cornford Road, Marton, hopes to rectify that with a series of special events to bring youngsters starting school together.

It has planned a series of “open day” events for a variety of Fylde coast schools, which will include team-bonding games, food and the chance to bounce into year seven having already met new friends.

Ascent Trampoline Park is putting on special "open day" events for various Fylde coast secondary school starters after many schools cancelled open days during lockdown.Ascent Trampoline Park is putting on special “open day” events for various Fylde coast secondary school starters after many schools cancelled open days during lockdown.

A spokesman for Ascent said: “We understand how huge the transition from primary school to high school can be and understand it can be very daunting.

“That’s why each year we hold School Opening Day events that help soon-to-be Year Sevens from the same school meet up, make friends, take part in team bonding games and help ease that transition.”

The dates and times for each school are:

Sunday August 8

12pm – Lytham St Annes High School

4pm – AKS Independent School

Monday August 9

12pm – Hodgson Academy

4pm – Highfield Leadership Academy

Tuesday August 10

12pm – Montgomery Academy

4pm – Aspire Academy

Wednesday August 11

12pm – Armfield Academy

4pm – St George’s School

Thursday August 12

4pm – South Shore Academy

Friday August 13

4pm – Fleetwood High School

Saturday August 14

12pm – Millfield School

4pm – Carr Hill High School

Sunday August 15

12pm – Kirkham Grammar School

4pm – St Aidan’s High School

Monday August 16

12pm – Garstang Community Academy

4pm – Rossall School

Tuesday August 17

12pm – St Bedes High School

4pm – St Mary’s Catholic Academy

Wednesday August 18

12pm – Cardinal Allen High School

4pm – Baines School

Thursday August 19

12pm – St Annes Grammar School

4pm – Unity Academy

Each event lasts for 90 minutes and includes food, team-bonding exercises and entry to the trampolines for £13.95 per child.

Email Ascent or ring 01253 768868 to book a place.

Christmas extravaganza planned for Blackpool with weeks of events to welcome Santa to the seaside

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After last year’s Christmas season was marred by lockdown restrictions, Blackpool events organisers are already on the ball to bounce back with exciting preparations for 2021 festivities.

 

Last Christmas, the resort was much quieter as the lights went down during the Covid lockdown – but that’s all set to change this year with an expansive new festive programme.

On November 5, the second national lockdown was imposed in England, putting a stopper in the works for thousands of events around the country.

Even before this, myriad events and shows in Blackpool were either cancelled or postponed, as Covid guidance prevented mass gatherings and social distancing would have been near-impossible.

VisitBlackpool is busy organising a whole host of festive events for Blackpool residents and visitors this year.VisitBlackpool is busy organising a whole host of festive events for Blackpool residents and visitors this year.

Blackpool’s autumn and winter programme became a coronavirus casualty, with events including the World Fireworks Championships postponed and the Illuminations switch-on event reverting to a virtual audience.

But this year, organisers at VisitBlackpool are working behind the scenes to curate a showstopping seasonal spectacle with a brand new programme as the longer nights draw in.

Coun Lynn Williams, leader of Blackpool Council, said: “We announced earlier this year that we would make a significant investment in marketing and events to kick-start our tourism economy and help our businesses to recover from the losses they have incurred over the past two years.

“By extending the Illuminations season to four months and complementing that with the strongest resort-wide Christmas offer we have had in years, we are confident that our businesses will enjoy a strong finish to 2021

Last year, Hive in the town centre installed cosy Christmas log cabins on the high street, which is something VisitBlackpool plans to emulate on the Tower Festival Headland this year.Last year, Hive in the town centre installed cosy Christmas log cabins on the high street, which is something VisitBlackpool plans to emulate on the Tower Festival Headland this year.

“It is encouraging that many of our tourism operators including attractions and accommodation have responded to this investment by remaining open to the end of the year and adding events of their own.

“Our ambition to become a year-round resort remains as strong as ever and the four-month Illumination season running through to Christmas and New Year presents a real opportunity to demonstrate that Blackpool has something to offer no matter when people choose to come.”

The Illuminations will light the way for longer this year, shining bright until January 3 after Strictly Come Dancing star Shirley Ballas pulls the switch on September 3 in the Tower Ballroom.

The Tower Festival Headland will be transformed into a “breath-taking festive village” from November 19 until January 3, VisitBlackpool said.

The Winter Gardens is set to host another Christmas Market this year.The Winter Gardens is set to host another Christmas Market this year.

The festive village will showcase simulated snowfalls, cosy log cabins, and a magical forest, with festive light projection shows and special Santa tram rides.

The Headland will also house an outdoor winter skating rink, which will be free to use for both residents and visitors.

You won’t need to travel to a city to experience a traditional Christmas market this year either, as the Winter Gardens is set to transform into its own wonderland.

From December 9 to January 3, the Winter Gardens will host a Bavarian-style Christmas market with a wide selection of themed stalls, fairground rides, live entertainment and Santa’s grotto.

In November, fans of cult Us sitcom Friends can also enjoy celebrating every seasonal moment from the TV show at the venue.

Between November 5 and November 19, FriendsFest will be coming to the Winter Gardens to give fans the chance to recreate the titles in the snow with a digital snow globe photo op, check out Monica’s apartment and Central Perk in all their Christmas glory, and visit the Holiday Armadillo’s grotto.

The New Year’s Rockin’ Eve disco, made famous by siblings Monica and Ross, will be recreated along with themed food stalls and cocktails.

The resort comes alive at Christmas with echoes of “he’s behind you”, and this year fun-filled theatre shows will continue.

In 2020, organisers at The Grand Theatre were forced to pull the plug on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs after Government rulings meant it was “simply not viable to put on a full-scale show,” and they wanted audiences to be able to enjoy “the true beauty and tradition of pantomime.”

But Snow White will be back this year, showing between December 3 and January 2.

Aladdin and his genie is also set to grace the stage at Blackpool Pleasure Beach between November 25 and Christmas Eve.

In addition, the Pleasure Beach will host the glamorous Gatsby Christmas Dinner Show between December 3 and 19, and Santa will be in his grotto to welcome youngsters from November 20.

To top it all off, a Christmas Party Spectacular is planned at Viva between December 2 and Christmas Eve, and Hairspray the Musical will show at the Opera House between December 13 and January 2.

Stay Blackpool boss Claire Smith welcomed the planned events, and said it would provide a much-needed boost for businesses who lost out while Covid restrictions were in place.

She said: “I think everything planned so far sounds fabulous, and with events both indoors and outdoors if the weather is bad there will always be something to do.

“The council is really doing their best to help businesses, and we thank them for it.

“People are just so happy to be out and about after lockdown, and even in winter people will still have the appetite to come and support smaller businesses in Blackpool, especially while we aren’t going on foreign holidays.

“On a sunny winter’s day with an ice rink and lights outside, where else would you rather be than Blackpool?”

Bid to build apartments opposite Blackpool Winter Gardens is refused

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A bid to build a five storey apartment block adjacent to the Winter Gardens has been thrown out after the design was branded out of keeping with its historic neighbour.

 

Artist's impression of the proposed flats

Artist’s impression of the proposed flats

The application to redevelop the site in St John’s Square, which was recommended for approval, would have seen existing buildings demolished – including the site of the newly opened Vintro Lounge restaurant.

But the council’s planning committee refused the application, which had been deferred from its previous meeting.

Committee chairman Coun David Owen described the design as “jarring in scale and unsympathetic to the buildings in its vicinity.”

The application by Daniel Berko had been revised to reduce the number of flats from 19 to 18 including 13 two-bedroom flats in order to comply with the council’s housing mix policy.

Commercial units were proposed for the ground floor of the site on the corner of Church Street and Abingdon Street, with shops, a restaurant and a betting shop retained.

Coun Andrew Stansfield said the development was close to prominent buildings including St John’s Church, Abingdon Street Market and the former Post Office as well as the Winter Gardens.

He said: “We are going to have a big sandstone block in the corner which is not going to bring anything to the area.

“I don’t think the design fits – it certainly doesn’t enhance the area.”

Blackpool Civic Trust had also objected, saying the development would “impose too greatly on the St John’s Square conservation area by the height and density of building.”

But in recommending approval, town hall planning officers said the impact of the development on neighbouring buildings including the Winter Gardens “is considered to be positive and conserves and enhances the significance of these heritage assets.”

 

Plans submitted to demolish Blackpool vehicle graphics firm to replace with houses

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A planning application has been submitted to Blackpool Council to demolish a vehicle wrapping business and replace it with houses in South Shore.

 

Graphic design and vehicle wrapping firm Autolines Graphics in Boome Street would be demolished and replaced with four two-bed houses if plans are approved.

Bin storage is proposed to be placed at the back of the new properties, with car parking spaces to the front.

Each property would comprise one single and one double bedroom and a family bathroom upstairs, with a kitchen/dining area, living room and separate toilet downstairs.

Plans have been submitted to Blackpool Council to demolish Autolines Graphics and replace it with four two-bed houses.Plans have been submitted to Blackpool Council to demolish Autolines Graphics and replace it with four two-bed houses.

They would have smooth-faced brick exteriors with grey concrete tiles used on the roof, documents showed.

 

Blackpool Police urges motorists to secure vehicles after reports of car break-ins

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A spate of reports of overnight car break-ins across the resort has prompted police to remind residents to secure their vehicles overnight.

 

Increasing numbers of social media reports from angry residents about suspected car thieves have been posted from across the resort.

The posts are often accompanied by CCTV images from doorbell cameras.

In Bispham, doorbell camera footage of a man attempting to open cars on various streets around Ashfield Road was posted online this week.

A spate of reports of overnight car break-ins across the resort has prompted police to remind residents to secure their vehicles overnight.A spate of reports of overnight car break-ins across the resort has prompted police to remind residents to secure their vehicles overnight.

Footage posted by Courtney Egan showed a man on a bike trying to open her car door near Briarwood Drive, but upon realising it was locked he then cycled off to try a neighbour’s.

Another resident posted a CCTV image from a neighbouring street of the same man on the same night, making further efforts to get into cars.

However, despite complaints of break-ins, in July only 10 incidents were reported to police.

In May, eight incidents were reported directly to police, and in June 20 break-ins were reported, police said.

Sgt Gareth Tupman of Blackpool Police urged residents to keep reporting any vehicle break-ins, and to ensure their doors were locked to prevent thieves from successfully carrying out their crimes.

Sgt Tupman said: “It takes a few seconds to steal from a vehicle and many of these crimes are from unlocked vehicles so we would urge people to make sure their vehicle is locked at all times.

“We would also urge people to make sure items are not left on display and do not leave spare keys or sat navs in your vehicle, even in the glove box.

“Wherever possible it is also a good idea to park in will lit areas where vehicles can be well seen. Vehicle crime is an occupation for some people and we’d urge motorists to follow the crime prevention advice to make sure their vehicle is not an easy target.

“If you are the victim of vehicle crime, please call police immediately on 101 or report online. We would encourage people to tell us so we know where the offences take place and can target the offenders involved.”