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.”

Peter Kay returns to Blackpool Pleasure Beach five years after last visit

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The comedian was wearing a hat and a checked shirt – a reoccurring theme in his visits in 2015, 2016 and 2021

 

Peter Kay at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in 2021
Peter Kay at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in 2021

Peter Kay paid a visit to Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

The comedian was spotted at the theme park on Thursday (August 26) – five years after his last visit.

A spokesperson for Blackpool Pleasure Beach said: “It was great to have Peter Kay join us yesterday and true to style he wore one of his Blackpool Pleasure Beach shirts!”

This comes after Peter took to the stage earlier this month for two charity shows in aid of Lancashire woman Laura Nuttall.

The comedian, who has been largely absent from the public eye for the last three years, appeared at the O2 Apollo in Manchester for the Doing it for Laura gigs.

Peter Kay at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in 2016
Peter Kay at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in 2016

Laura Nuttall, 20, has an aggressive type of brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme.

Laura’s mum, Nicola Nuttall, told LancsLive that the entire experience had been somewhat “surreal.”

“We were lucky enough to go to both shows and it was amazing, it was fantastic,” said the 58-year-old.

Peter Kay at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in 2015
Peter Kay at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in 2015

“Peter is just so funny, he makes you laugh until your face aches, he’s a real gentleman too, he’s very generous with his time.

“It’s just so surreal, when we were driving back in the car it was like: ‘Did that just happen?’

“It was a Peter Kay comeback show done for Laura, it meant everything to us, it was so special.

“I can’t quite believe that it happened, that everyone was there and that everyone knew my daughter’s name.

“People wanted selfies with her and she was getting papped through the car door; that’s not something we expected.”

 

Pervert fears he ‘may die behind bars’ as sick images found on his computer

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Michael Eastwood, 65, tried to claim his computer had been hacked when the images were found

 

Preston Crown Court.
Preston Crown Court,Preston,Lancashire.(Pic Andrew Teebay).
Preston Crown Court. Preston Crown Court,Preston,Lancashire.(Pic Andrew Teebay). (Image: Liverpool Echo)

A pervert who downloaded hundreds of sick images of children and animals fears he may die behind bars after a judge jailed him for 29 months.

Serial sex offender Michael Eastwood, 65, tried to claim his computer had been hacked when the images were found – along with file cleaning software.

Preston Crown Court heard Eastwood, of Wasdale Road, Blackpool, was previously convicted of a string of indecent and extreme images offences and was sentenced to 28 months behind bars in 2014.

Following his release he was subject to strict supervision requirements under a 20-year-order to prevent him from causing sexual harm.

Officers visit him regularly at home and under the terms of the order, Eastwood must make any computer equipment available for examination.

He is banned from using or installing any software which could hide his browsing history.

On August 1 2018, officers visited him and found he had security software installed which could also wipe files.

In December 2018, officers were unable to inspect his computer as there was a message on the screen saying the equipment needed to be rebooted.

Eastwood said the device had been like that for ‘a few days’ but he did not want to reboot it before he had shown it to his offender manager.

When his smartphone was examined, “worrying” search terms relating to children were discovered and Eastwood’s equipment was seized.

Officers discovered he had been in email contact with a person called ‘Val’ who had sent indecent and extreme images to Eastwood.

40 images were the highest level category A, 40 were at category B, 20 were at category C and there were 226 extreme images and four prohibited images.

Some of the images depicted sexual acts with animals and some with children as young as one.

Eastwood maintained his denials until February 2021 when he pleaded guilty to breach of a sexual harm prevention order, and indecent and extreme images offences.

The court heard Eastwood, who uses a wheelchair, has a number of physical and mental health problems, including degenerative disk disease and a heart condition, which he is awaiting surgery for.

The Honorary Recorder of Preston, Judge Robert Altham, said: “He has fears if he goes into prison he may never come out but these offences are so serious that only a custodial sentence is justified.

“Making indecent images of children, particularly those at category A, is regarded rightly by the court to be a really serious matter.

“It is an offence which has real victims who are sexually abused in order to produce these images, which would not be made if there were not people like the defendant creating a demand for it.

“Of course the defendant has not abused any child in this case but he has encouraged the abuse of these children and that can not be overlooked.

Judge Altham jailed Eastwood for 12 months for the indecent and extreme images offences with a further 17 months to run consecutively for breaching his sexual harm prevention order (SHPO).

Fire breaks out in hallway of domestic property in Fleetwood

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An investigation has been launched after a fire started in the hallway of a home in Fleetwood.

 

Two fire engines from Fleetwood and Bispham attended the scene in Wingrove Road at around 12.35pm today (August 27).

The incident involved the hallway of a domestic property.

Firefighters used one hose reel to extinguish the flames.

Two fire engines from Fleetwood and Bispham attended the scene in Wingrove Road.Two fire engines from Fleetwood and Bispham attended the scene in Wingrove Road.

No injuries were reported, the fire service said.

An investigation into the cause of the fire has been launched, it added

Fire crews were at the scene for approximately 20 minutes.

 

This is where you can donate clothes for Afghanistan refugees – list of charities

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The UK is set to welcome 20,000 Afghanistan refugees over the next five years, following the conflict in the South Asian country.Taliban troops appear to have taken control of Afghanistan while president Ashraf Ghani has fled the country for the United Arab Emirates (UAE).Footage of hundreds of Afghans swarming the airport in Kabul and climbing planes earlier this week remains fresh in the memories of a world watching.Thousands of women, children and others most at risk of the Taliban will begin to resettle in the UK over the coming months.Here’s how you can help those seeking refuge in the UK – from donating clothes to other items.

Where can I donate clothes for refugees?

UK citizens can help Afghan refugees entering the country and looking to resettle in a number of ways – one of which is by donating clothes or other items.Baby equipment, food, shoes, trainers, underwear, bedding, mobile phones and chargers are among those items most in need to help the support efforts of refugees in the UK.People wishing to find out more about how they can help refugees through donating items or money to the cause in their area can do so through the government website.Alternatively there are numerous campaigns and charities looking for help or assistance at this time in supporting Afghan refugees in the UK. Please see the list below.

The charity Care4Calais is a volunteer-run organisation working with refugees in the UK, France and Belgium, delivering essential aid and support to refugees.A spokesperson said: “We are not politicians; we are ordinary people like you who believe that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity.”We are on the ground with the refugees every single day and are respectful of their common humanity and responsive to their needs.”We use our on-the-ground presence and relationship with the refugee community to provide the much-needed help that other organisations are not able to.”Operating all year round, the charity also provides social support, language lessons, activities and workshops in the volunteers’ support of refugees.Those wishing to donate to Care4Calais can do so through the charity’s website.

Unicef

Worldwide charity UNICEF is working in Afghanistan to offer emergency relief in Kabul, Kandahar and other vastly populated areas which have been overtaken by Taliban soldiers.The charity claims 14 million people are at risk of food poverty in the country, currently the charity can only reach 1.5 of those in need.Of those, 7.4 million are children and only 1.1 are being provided with aid.Unicef states on its website that it needs over £1 million to help all of those impacted by the ongoing conflict, drought and economic uncertainty in Afghanistan.The charity is currently trying to offer medical relief such as vaccinations, food packages and fresh drinking water to communities.You can support the charity by donating to its emergency fund.£7 each month could help provide life-saving rehydration salts to treat 20 children.£15 each month could help protect 100 children from polio.£27 each month could help provide over 600 children with clean water.

Save the Children – emergency appeal

Save the Children has been working in Afghanistan since 19786, providing charity to families affected by poverty, drought and conflict.At present, the charity is asking people to donate to its emergency relief appeal to support children displaced by the ongoing conflict.Save the Children provided health, education, child protection, nutrition and livelihoods services, reaching over 1.6 million Afghan’s in 2020.To support, you can donate online. The charity has outlined:£7 would help purchase 100 oral rehydration salts that help to treat diarrhoea.£24 could provide targeted support to a vulnerable or unaccompanied child.£111 could train a community volunteer on hygiene promotion techniques to pass on public health.

Afghanaid

Afghanaid has already supported nearly 1.25 million Afghan civilians this year.The charity provides emergency food parcels to people facing drought, homes for Afghan children displaced by conflict and helps communities rebuild in the aftermath of economic recession.Afghanaid has described the current situation in Afghanistan as ‘tremendously uncertain,’ as the Taliban reclaims Kabul.You can support Afghanaid by donating any amount of money.The charity highlights that £39 would pay for double layered blankets to keep a family warm, £58 would purchase a kitchen and hygiene kit for a family, so they can keep clean, healthy and safe.