JD Wetherspoon has put 99p pints back on the menu despite costs rising across the UK’s pub industry.
These are the Wetherspoon pubs near you that will be offering pints for 99p
The company said it will slash the prices on a range of drinks throughout November as it continues its efforts to attract more punters back to pubs following pandemic lockdowns.
It said its 671 pubs across England, including 17 in Lancashire, will sell three alcoholic drinks for 99p each: a pint of Ruddles Best, a bottle of Beck’s and a 25ml measure of Bell’s whisky with a mixer.
All hot drinks will also cost 99p, with free refills, as part of its price cuts.
Chairman Tim Martin said: “Our pubs are known for their excellent choice of drinks at value-for-money prices at all times.
“Throughout November our customers will be able to choose from a great choice of drinks and save themselves some money too.”
These are the Wetherspoon pubs near you that will be offering pints for 99p.
The Eric Bartholomew
The Eric Bartholomew / 10-18 Euston Rd, Morecambe LA4 5DD / 01524 405860
The Sir Richard Owen
The Sir Richard Owen / 4 Spring Garden St, Lancaster LA1 1RQ / 01524 541500
The Thomas Drummond
The Thomas Drummond / London St, Fleetwood FY7 6JE / 01253 775020
The Jolly Tars
The Jolly Tars / 154-158 Victoria Rd W, Cleveleys FY5 3NE / 01253 856042
Keshi Anderson’s superb solo effort secured a memorable away win against Sheffield United to move Blackpool up to SIXTH in the Championship.
The Seasiders had to survive large swathes of pressure from the home side, who rattled the Blackpool bar, had a goal ruled out for offside and were denied by a series of fine Dan Grimshaw stops.
But Neil Critchley’s men stayed in the game and got their reward late on when Anderson beat the offside trap before curling home into the top corner – sending Blackpool’s 2,000 visiting supporters into bedlam.
Blackpool’s third straight win and their seventh from their last 10 means the newly-promoted Seasiders now move into the play-off places.
Critchley surprised us all an hour before the game by naming an unchanged side for just the fifth time in the 66 league games he’s taken charge of.
It meant Kenny Dougall was fit to continue in midfield despite taking a knock to his ankle during last week’s derby win against Preston.
Gary Madine, meanwhile, led the line for the second game running having scored his first goal in nine months in his last outing.
Keshi Anderson celebrates his winning goal for Blackpool
It was a reunion with the Blades for the striker, who enjoyed a brief loan spell at Bramall Lane having previously made over 100 appearances for their rivals Sheffield Wednesday.
Elsewhere, Chris Maxwell (torn quad), Matty Virtue (ACL), Kevin Stewart (ankle), Grant Ward (achilles) and Shayne Lavery (hamstring) all remain sidelined.
Daniel Gretarsson (concussion), Reece James (foot) and CJ Hamilton (also foot) are all back available, but didn’t travel.
Sheffield United, who started the day three points adrift of the Seasiders, made one change from their 3-2 win against Barnsley last Sunday.
The referee for the game was Tony Harrington, who officiated Blackpool’s play-off final win at Wembley back in May.
Backed by over 2,000 Seasiders in the away end, the visitors made a confident start, getting hold of possession nice and early.
A weak back header from former Preston man Ben Davies was almost pounced upon by Madine in the second minute, but keeper Robin Olsen just nipped ahead of the striker to claim.
Jerry Yates was flagged offside a couple of minutes later after being slipped through by Jordan Gabriel, despite it looking like an incredibly tight call.
Sheffield United’s first foray forward ended with Oliver Norwood firing over from the edge of the box after the hosts had worked the ball well from the left-hand flank.
Iliman Ndiaye had the ball in the back of the net for the Blades, heading home from John Fleck’s right-wing cross following a short corner, only for the ‘goal’ to be ruled out for offside.
It took a while for the home fans to realise Ndiaye’s header had been chalked off, the celebrations finally dying down.
The Seasiders retaliated with a great chance of their own, as Jerry Yates – at full stretch – poked agonisingly wide of the upright from James Husband’s pullback.
While Critchley’s men were more than holding their own, they were struggling a little to get to grips with the home side’s one and two-touch interplay and clever movement.
This was the case on one such occasion, when full-back Enda Stevens combined well with Ben Osborn, who got behind Jordan Gabriel and into acres of space, only for his final ball to let him down.
Pool, meanwhile, threatened again when Josh Bowler’s inswinging free-kick almost beat everybody, only for Olsen to claw it off the goalline at the final second.
Slavisa Jokanovic’s men were still causing Pool plenty of problems though and the visitors were given another let-off on 25 minutes.
Ndiaye showed Richard Keogh a clean pair of heels to surge past him, pulling it back for strike partner Lys Mousset who could only shoot straight at Grimshaw from 10 yards out.
The Seasiders continued to live dangerously, as Mousset fired a low ball across the face of the six-yard box, but no teammate was there to take advantage.
The Blades continued to pile on the pressure towards the end of the half, Ndiaye somehow managing to fire wide from point-blank range seven minutes before the interval after latching onto Morgan Gibbs-White’s clever through-ball.
The second-half began in the same vein, the Blades almost scoring inside the first 10 seconds as Gibbs-White’s first-time effort from the edge of the box was well saved by Grimshaw.
Blackpool’s goal continued to live a charmed life, as Mousset rattled the bar after Grimshaw had made an exceptional stop to deny Gibbs-White.
Chris Maxwell’s understudy almost went from hero to zero a moment later when his clearance was charged down by Ndiaye, but thankfully the ball went behind for a goal kick.
On the hour mark, Critchley turned to the bench to make a double change, introducing Demetri Mitchell and Sonny Carey for Josh Bowler and Jerry Yates.
It was at this point in the game that Blackpool, albeit tentatively at first, began to grow in confidence.
Keshi Anderson went close, seeing his fierce left-footed drive – which took a slight deflection – tipped behind by Olsen.
Even with Pool’s nemesis Billy Sharp coming off the bench, you got the feeling Blackpool knew this game was there to be won, with the home side tiring after their dominant exploits up to this point.
With 14 minutes remaining, Keshi Anderson got the goal to put Pool’s noses in front.
What a goal it was too, the midfielder scoring for the second game running having beaten the offside trap to latch onto Grimshaw’s long ball forward.
Anderson showed poise and patience to pull the ball back onto his left foot, before picking out the top corner with aplomb.
It sparked wild scenes of celebrations among the Blackpool fans housed behind the goal, with limbs flying over. A small group of supporters even made their way onto the pitch as the excitement got the better of them.
With four minutes remaining, the Seasiders made their third and final change, replacing goalscorer Anderson with Luke Garbutt.
The Blades, who had already made all three changes, were forced to end the game with 10 men after Davies limped off with a knock.
It meant they had very little left to give in the dying stages, as the Seasiders held out for a memorable, special day in South Yorkshire.
There’s lots of fun things to do for families in Blackpool over the school break.
If you’re visiting the resort and are on the hunt for things to do with the kids, from mystery solving at Blackpool Zoo to magic shows and musical fun and comedy madness there’s no shortage of things to do.
We’ve pulled together a list of activities across the region for tomorrow for all ages to enjoy.
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Mystery at Blackpool Zoo
The award-winning Lightpool Festival returns for October half-term until October 30. A myriad of indoor and outdoor spaces will come alive with large-scale light installations, larger than life projections, music and performance. Visitors can look forward to 16 new artworks, nine world premieres and one UK premiere, showcasing an unforgettable experience.
It’s two weeks of pure magic, music and illuminated magnificence – and it’s all free.
DO NOT MISS Illuminated Tram Parade Featuring Spark!, on Central Promenade, from 5.30pm on Wednesday 27 October
Elf the Musical at Blackpool Opera House
Back by popular demand and for one night only, the illuminated tram parade features a battleship, trawler and Great Western train travelling in convoy, joined by the high-impact drumming and superb choreography of the Spark! LED drummers, Lumidogs and a cast of illuminated giant puppets.
Around the World in 80s Days
The hit musical comedy, an in-house production exclusive to The Grand Theatre and written by local writer Ian McFadden is back for a second run until November 5.
Around the World in 80s Days at Grand Theatre
A mash-up of 80s hits and a journey around the world based on Jules Verne’s acclaimed novel,
Tickets for the show, which start at 7.30pm throughout the week and 2pm and 7.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays, cost £18 or £15 for over-65s, under-18s, and 1894 Club members.
The show will run until Friday, November 5.
Evolution of Magic
Illuminated Tram Parade at Lightpool Festival on Wednesday
The Evolution Of Magic show at Blackpool Pleasure Beach Horseshoe is open to audiences until October 30.
The Evolution of Magic is a fast-paced, thrill riding and thoroughly entertaining show!
Starring Craig Christian Magician and Illusionist who has the dexterity of a true artist. He performs miracles with just a deck of cards. His urban and edgy style is changing the face of Magic and Entertainment. Whilst Elizabeth’s thought-provoking tales of the impossible delve into the world of the unknown.
You may recognise Elizabeth who has recently appeared and performed on the popular ITV show ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. Having got through to the semi-finals she shocked audiences with a terrifying audition that resulted in Amanda Holden swearing live on stage!
Craig and Elizabeth perform all over the world but enjoy coming back to the home of magic, that is Blackpool. This show is truly a performance not to be missed!
Elf the Musical
Showtime 7.30pm. Matinee show on Wednesday at 1pm.
Hit Christmas show and West End spectacular Elf The Musical – based on the Hollywood blockbuster movie featuring Will Ferrell – will bring some much-needed Christmas cheer to Blackpool Opera House next week.
With a sleigh full of laughs and a real spectacle of a production, the show brings to life some early magic to the festive season.
What dates will Elf the Musical be showing?
The production is opens at the Opera House, Winter Gardens until October 31.
Evening shows start at 7.30pm with matinees at 1pm on Saturday and Sunday dates.
Back by popular demand, Blackpool Zoo is staging Spookfest during half-term, challenging visitors to unravel the mystery of the missing pilot as parts of the park are eerily transformed, reflecting the days when the zoo was the site of an aerodrome.
The story goes that a newly built aircraft took off from Stanley Park Aerodrome on Thursday 31st October 1940 on its inaugural journey to Squires Gate Airport before tracking of the plane was lost….with the pilot and aircraft never seen or spoken about since…..
Wannabe super sleuths will arrive to find 1940s newspaper cuttings, signage from a bygone era and much more, with clues on hand to help solve the ghostly myth.
Youths showcase new lockdown skills at Blackpool Music School’s 15 year anniversary concert
Aspiring musicians will make their debut at a show attended by the deputy Mayor.
The variety concert marks 15 years since Blackpool Music School opened its doors, and will raise funds for the community-focused academy.
The Rock Star And Youth Project has helped disadvantaged youths to turn their lives around through music. The concert is a chance for them to show what they’ve learnt since sessions moved online during the pandemic.
Young musicians at the academy playing at variety show on 23 October 2018
John Shaw, owner of Blackpool Music School, said: “I’m so proud of these young artists giving up their time to raise money.”
The rock band project was set up with help from the Police & Crime Commissioner in 2017 to get kids off the street who were going down the wrong path. Mr Shaw, 72, said: “Music has really turned them around. One of them has played drums and guitar in the group since it started. He now has a job and has taken a real interest in music technology.”
Musician Caroline Cooper comes back to work at the music academy where she learn…
Other performances come from vocal/sax duo, Hip Hip Two Rays, and Chloe Hart and Caroline Cooper, both tutors at the school. Caroline, 26, was previously a student at BMS and went on to complete a degree at the Leeds College of Music. She composed film scores before returning to her home town of Blackpool.
The headline act is South Shore indie rock quartet, Alright, who released their debut single Lover’s Game earlier in 2021.
The variety show is at the Stanley Ward Conservative Club, Blackpool on Thursday November 4 from 7 – 10pm. Tickets are £5 from blackpoolmusicschool.org or call 01253 695398
A jury will rule on the death of a Blackpool man in police custody, his sister said as she continued to question the official version of events.
Dad-of-five Ronald Robinson, 56, was driving a hire car when he was pulled over in Knowle Avenue, North Shore, in March.
Officers claimed he put a “small, ball-shaped item into his mouth before he was arrested”, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said.
He collapsed in the street shortly after and died at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, with the IOPC, which oversees the police complaints system in England, investigating before clearing the arresting officers of any wrongdoing.
Ronald Robinson, 56, who died after being arrested by police in Blackpool in March (Picture: Robinson family hand-out)
Mr Robinson’s sister, Mandy Robinson, from Luton, said: “It does not add up. None of it – how he died, and how he got all those injuries from getting out of the car.
“My brother should still be here.”
Mr Robinson’s death was caught on cameras worn on the chest of officers at the scene, as well as one mounted to their vehicle.
Unlike in the States, where clips are routinely released to the public in the name of transparency, the video may only come out during the inquest into Mr Robinson’s death.
Mandy Robinson continues to dispute the official version of events and say they ‘don’t add up’
Mandy added: “It will be hard for me to see my brother in the footage.”
Mr Robinson’s sister-in-law, Judy Robinson, an ex-guns cop with the Met, described a number of injuries on his body.
She said: “He had cuts to his chin that needed stitches, skin missing off his forehead, cuts on his ears, and a large wound on the back of his head.
“He had gashes by his ears, his neck was black and blue, and skin was missing from his fingers.”
Those wounds, while still officially unexplained, did not play a part in Mr Robinson’s death and may have resulted from a struggle during the arrest, one source close to the investigation said.
Two officers arrested the former tram driver, who had been in rehab for a drug problem and lived on the Prom, with a third arriving to help give CPR.
All three were treated as witnesses and not suspects, with the IOPC probing the circumstances rather than their individual conduct.
“We obtained dash-cam [footage] from a police vehicle and body-worn video footage of the incident, as well as toxicology and forensic reports and statements from the officers involved in restraining Mr Robinson prior to him becoming unresponsive,” a spokesman for the IOPC, which sent specialist investigators to the street to quiz witnesses and gather evidence, said in a statement.
“The actions and decisions of the officers … were analysed in accordance with the relevant policies, procedures, and training.
“During the investigation there was no indication any police officer may have behaved in a manner that would justify the bringing of disciplinary proceedings or committed a criminal offence.
“Our findings have been shared with the coroner and will help to inform Mr Robinson’s inquest, which we hope will help his family get answers to their questions surrounding this tragic incident.”
Family lawyer Jade Brown said “conflicting accounts” had been given about Mr Robinson’s death.
She added: “The family are particularly concerned about the restraint used by the officers during the road traffic stop and the medical care that was rendered – or lack thereof.”
Christine Howarth, 69, of Knowle Avenue, said she saw a police car and presumed somebody was being “told off for breaking lockdown rules”.
“I didn’t realise someone had died,” she said.
And Geoff Forshaw, 59, of nearby Argyll Road, added: “At first it was just the police and then more sirens coming.
“All of a sudden it was like something off the TV.
“We found out a man had died when police came to make their enquiries.”
Lancashire Police was asked a number of questions, including whether the officers involved were back on duty and what the “small ball-shaped item” was, but did not answer them.
The force said: “First and foremost our sincere condolences and thoughts remain with Mr Robinson’s family.
“The IOPC has conducted its investigation and the coronial process needs to take place, which we will cooperate with fully.
“Due to these proceedings it would be inappropriate to comment any further at this time.”
Inquests are held to determine exactly how and why somebody died.
Most are concluded by a coroner but Mandy said a jury will be selected for her brother’s hearing, which has been scheduled for next June.
Blackpool Coroners’ Court said: “We can confirm the matter will be returned to court in January for a pre-inquest review on a date to be confirmed, and that the final inquest is expected to take place in the week of June 20, although this will be discussed at the hearing in January.”
A mum has revealed how she was left embarrassed and traumatised after falling through a wooden plank on Central Pier in Blackpool.
Cherelle Buckley, 26, from Newton-Le-Willows, was in the resort for the weekend but things took a bad turn on Sunday when she got stuck in part of the pier.
Cherelle said: “I couldn’t believe it at all. I was just in shock that it had actually happened but then it was the reaction as well.
“One woman apologised initially but then a worker tried to saw away part of the wood to free me even though the fire service had been called. He got quite rude about it as well.”
The gap in which Cherelle fell through on Central Pier
Cherelle said it was all the more worse because her seven-year-old daughter saw the whole incident.
She said: “A lot of people were walking past and looking at me stuck in the pier so it was really embarrassing. I think it was even more traumatic for my daughter to see everything happen and she was really upset.”
Passers by also came to the rescue after Cherelle’s daughter sounded the alarm.
Cherelle added: “It was thanks to others that the ambulance and fire service came out. It is really unsafe for this to happen.
“It is half term this week and children will be up and down the pier so it could be even worse if someone small would fall through the gap.
“What was also scary is that when I was freed by the firefighters, the pier staff just put another piece of wood over the hole. They just covered it up without investigating it by the looks of it.
“My leg is still in pain and my anxiety is through the rood and I’m still a little shaken but I’m going to listen to the doctor and rest as much as possible.”
A spokesman for Blackpool Council said that they have been informed about the incident.
They said: “However, we have received a report of an incident from a member of the public and our health and safety enforcement team will be looking into the matter.”
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that they a crew from South Shore were called out at 1.32pm to a report that someone had got their leg trapped in wooden decking.
A spokesman added: “The crew used small tools, such as a saw, to release the casualty and were at the scene for five to ten minutes.”
North West Ambulance Service also confirmed they were called out to an incident involving someone trapped at the pier.
A spokesman added: “A rapid response vehicle was sent out at 1.16pm and paramedics assessed the woman at the scene but they did not require taking to the hospital.”
The Blackpool Pier Company, which owns the resort’s three piers, was approached for comment.
Officers are appealing for any eye witnesses who were there at the time or anyone with access to CCTV footage and or dashcam footage.
Police are continuing their appeal for witnesses to a sexual assault on a woman as investigations remain active and increase patrols are introduced.
Officers were called to the Jean Stansfield Memorial Park in Vicarage Road, Poulton-le-Fylde, after reports of a woman being followed by a group of men before being attacked.
The call to police made around 10:40pm on Friday (October 22). The victim in her 20’s had been followed into the park by a group of four or five men , described as being in their 30’s, before one of the men attacked her.
No arrests have been made at this point but police enquiries are still ongoing as officers are appealing for eye witnesses. Anyone with CCTV cameras in the are and anyone with dashcam footage that could help with investigations.
Police patrols have increased in the area officers telling residents not to be alarmed.
A spokesperson for the force tonight (October 25) said: “The Police are continuing to actively pursue enquiries following a report of a woman being the victim of a serious sexual assault in Jean Stansfield Memorial Park, Vicarage Road, on Friday night.
“We were called at around 10:40pm to a report that the woman – aged in her 20s – had been followed into the park by a group of four or five men, before one of the men attacked her.
“The men are described as being aged in their 30s. At this time, no arrests have been made.
“We are taking this report extremely seriously and the Police presence in the area has been increased whilst investigations are ongoing. Don’t be concerned if you see officers patrolling – we’re out to keep you safe.
“Please work with us – if you have any information, report it to us on 101 (quoting incident number LC-20211022-1667). Alternatively, you can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. We would be very keen to hear from you if you have CCTV or dashcam footage from that area between 9pm-10:20pm (Friday, 22 October). Thank you.”
The massive trampoline park will keep you occupied this half-term
It’s half-term week, which means you’re probably looking for something to do which will occupy the kids before Halloween.
Ascent Trampoline Park in Blackpool has an all-in-one ticket that will help you and the kids fill the time while having tonnes of fun.
Ascent isn’t just about trampolines. In fact it hosts 10 different features – from a giant air bag where you can practice your flips and tricks, to a Ninja Assault Course that will surely make a Gladiator out of the little ones – here’s everything you need to know about the trampoline park that will keep you busy this half-term.
The trampoline park is open from 10am to 8pm from Monday to Thursdays during school holidays, on Friday and Saturday it is open until 9pm. Its Sunday opening hours are 10am – 6.30pm.
Ascent Trampoline Park has a soft play centre, caving, a climbing wall, an air bag, ninja assault course, dodgeball, a flip zone, pits, a slam dunk section and a café – as well as over 100 trampolines.
The Flip Zone is a three-lane space dedicated to flipping and tumbling like a gymnast. Similarly the pits, made up of soft foam cubes, give families the chance to experience the feeling of jumping ‘onto candy floss’.
The caving experience at Ascent Trampoline Park features multiple chambers, special effects, a squeeze chamber, fossil hunting, stalactites and a ball pit for just £6.95 per person for an hour session.
Participants must be over the age of 4 and will get a hardhat fitted with a torch to help them navigate through the tunnels. Adults accompanying toddlers through the experience are free of charge.
For those looking to take on the popular climbing wall, it is included in the all-in-one ticket, as well as the open jump sessions, meaning there’s no additional cost.
During the holidays, Ascent is also running a ‘Kids Holiday Camp’ for ages 5-12, priced at £19.95 per day or £80 per week.
For the little ones, aged 1 to 4, toddler sessions including access to the trampolines and soft play area, costs only £5.95 for one adult and one toddler.
An all-in-one ticket gives guests access to all park features, including the cave, meltdown and climbing wall. It costs £9.95 for an hour, and £12.95 for two hours.
If your youngsters are champing at the bit to don their best scary outfits and hit the streets of the Fylde coast this weekend – but you’re more worried about the weather – here’s everything you need to know.
The threat of rain will lift by lunchtime when cloud will begin to break and it will turn dry. Sunny spells for much of the afternoon with temperatures peaking at 12 degrees Celsius, 54 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you are doing your trick or treating a day early, then you will be glad to know that there is a dry evening in store with some cloud cover keeping things feeling fairly mild. Temperatures will dip no lower than ten degrees Celsius during the course of the evening, that’s 50 Fahrenheit.
The Hallowe’en weekend weather for Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre
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Rain will move in overnight making for a wet start to Hallowe’en across the Fylde coast, with the Met Office issuing a yellow warning for rain in the hours before dawn which could lead to localised flooding. Those heavy showers will begin to clear by mid-morning, allowing some sunshine to break through – but the threat of rain remains for much of the day, becoming highly likely once again by late afternoon.
Temperatures will be similar to Saturday, reaching 12 degrees Celsius, 54 degrees Fahrenheit.
Hallowe’en evening is not looking promising, with a good chance of heavy showers throughout, particularly around Blackpool. Lows, once again, of ten degrees Celsius during the course of the evening, that’s 50 Fahrenheit.
Blackpool’s bright and breezy sense of youthful fun and its bright future following millions of pounds worth of investment has proved the perfect blend for England’s newest distillery.
The Bankhall Distillery has officially opened at Burton Road bringing a taste of Kentucky to the sea side.
The company behind it says it is the first bourbon-style whiskey producer in England and with the drink’s profile appealing to a younger and fun loving customer base, rather than the mature connoisseurs of the single malt whisky drinking fraternity, Blackpool was the perfect place to build its stills.
The building has three stills which have already produces two distinct liquors – Rebellion, launched this summer and Sweet Mash, which has come out now for the official opening.
Distillery manager Vince Oleson with one of the US-made barrels which give the Bankhall spirits a distinct flavour
Strict rules don’t allow it to be called whiskey until it is three years and a day old, or bourbon unless it is made in the US itself, but the spirits are made by a noted US expert, Vince Oleson who hails from Arizona.
Vince worked at a top New York boutique distillery before crossing the Atlantic to set up the distilling operation in Blackpool.
The sweet mash style spirit is being aged exclusively in charred American oak casks that have been seasoned in Blackpool since being were made by US coopers in autumn 2020.
Halewood Artisanal Spirits, the company behind the distillery and which also has Crabbie’s Whisky, Dead Man’s Fingers rum and also Whitley Neill gin, said the sweet mash process allows the true flavour to come out as the spirit is aged in the oak barrels for eight months.
Inside the Bankhall Distillery
Andy Wallace, international marketing manager for whiskey at Halewood said it was a case of American spirit meeting Northern soul.
He said: “We are very excited indeed to be doing this in Blackpool.
“The original Bankhall distillery which closed down many years ago (between the wars) was in Liverpool, near the docks. It was huge. There were originally five English Whisky distilleries but for a lot of reasons they closed. We wanted to have our distillery in the North West for historical reasons and the perfect space became available in Blackpool.
“I think it is a great fit. Blackpool has a great sense of fun and is seeing a lot of impressive investment at the moment so it has a big future and here is a real feeling of positivity among many of the people we have met there and if we can contribute to that in some small way then that would be marvellous.
Vince rides to work on his motorbike
“We think that sense of fun is perfect for our spirits. When we were putting together the promotion packs for Bankhall we included a little stick of Blackpool rock with a dash of our 71 per cent new mix spirit in.
“Vince has had photographs done on his motorbike on the Prom and near the Tower and having fish and chips on a tram. He loves it.
“It has a youthful atmosphere and bourbon-style whiskey has a younger profile than Scotch.
“Younger people are more likely to drink bourbon and to mix it, whereas there is a reluctance to use single malts for mixing. So it is a fun drink.
Bankhall is a spirit which works well with mixers
“Blackpool is well positioned to benefit from the staycation boom. The lockdown have made us all reappraise and look closer at what there is on offer close to home.”
He said the distillery’s latest brew, called Sweet Mash, after the particular process of distillation, gave a spirit that had a “creamy custard, toasted coconut, baked apples and brown sugar on the palate, and is perfect sipped neat, over ice, or with a mixer”.
The distillery was founded in 2019 and the first production began in March 2020.
He said: “The sweet mash process means you have to clean out all the equipment thoroughly each time, unlike the sour mash process used by some US bourbons, It is time consuming but it lets the flavour of the oak casks come through giving it a distinct character.
“The recipe is a “high rye” recipe with more than 20 per cent rye grain. It has corn in it, over 51 per cent. We are following all the rules, even the tiny ones for producing it, Its a great juxtaposition of the English and the American, so it is quite ironic that our first spirit was called Rebellion! We launched on the fourth of July (American Independence day) here in the motherland. We all had a good giggle at that.
“We have a sense of humour about the place, in our marketing pack we called it Kentucky by the sea, but we are serious about the product.
Vince is from Arizona but worked in New York before coming to Blackpool
“Vince is a brilliant distiller in terms of vision of what he wants to do with a serious passion for his work.
“It’s very important to us to work with the local community, and with local businesses. We have met some fantastic people, such as Dirty Blondes who have great food and are into cocktails and whisky and they are excited that there is a new spirit made just around the corner.”
Distillery manager Vince Oleson said: “Blackpool is a perfect place to craft our Whiskey. Sea air, irreverent energy and raw spirit. The Northwest is a special part of England and I’ve found a warm welcome here.”
The distillery team celebrated the launch with a meal in town and a trip to Coral Island.
Andy added: “We had a great time. Blackpool is a fantastic place to have our distillery, It is very accessible and loads of fun.”
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Inside the distillery
The spirit will have to wait three years and a day before it can officially be called whiskey
Time almost seemed to stand still as the ball left Keshi Anderson’s left foot.
It was like one of those movie scenes, where the lighting dims and the audio lulls while the scene plays out in slow motion to build up the tension and enhance the drama, while those spectating impatiently held their breaths.
Only this wasn’t an action move, this was real life. And this is real life for Blackpool now, beating top sides on a regular basis.
Nevertheless, all that tension and drama reached a crushing crescendo as the ball flew into the top corner, sending 2,000 delirious Blackpool fans into raptures.
The away end was a mass of assorted limbs. Looking on from afar, it was difficult to pick out one body from another. Others, meanwhile, got a little over-excited and decided to scale the advertising hoardings and celebrate on the pitch with the players.
On this occasion, you can forgive them for getting a tad carried away, because you sense something special could be happening.
Even when they’re not quite at their free-flowing best, the Seasiders still manage to find a way.
Time stood still as Keshi Anderson let fly for the top corner
Let’s be frank here, Blackpool probably ought to have been beaten on Saturday. Ignore their lowly position of 17th, which has caused restlessness among the fanbase, Sheffield United are a very good side.
Blackpool’s goal lived a charmed life at times, especially in the first-half. The Blades had a goal ruled out for offside, they rattled the crossbar and were denied by the fabulous Dan Grimshaw on multiple occasions.
Grimshaw, only making his fourth league appearance of his career in England, let’s not forget, has been exemplary since replacing the injured Chris Maxwell.
The goalkeeper produced another solid display in South Yorkshire, dealing well with the barrage of pressure that came his way. One stop in particular, from the impressive Morgan Gibbs-White, was eye-catching.
In front of him, Richard Keogh and Marvin Ekpiteta were kept busy but remained rock solid, while the two full-backs James Husband and Jordan Gabriel were in colossal form.
It’s very rare I say this, but Blackpool struggled to get to grips with their opponents at times. They looked a little out of ideas while Critchley cut an animated figure on the sideline. It’s not like they were performing poorly, they were just finding it tough going against a top, top side.
Slavisa Jokanovic’s men, up until the final third, were probably the best side Blackpool have played this season. Their movement and interplay was a joy to behold at times. Even Critchley admitted he enjoyed watching some of their fine football.
They should be a good side though, let’s be honest. They’ve just dropped down from the Premier League and they have an embarrassment of riches in their squad.
Just take a look at their bench, you have former Seasider Chris Basham, Conor Hourihane, Oli McBurnie, David McGoldrick and Blackpool’s historical nemesis Billy Sharp. I dread to think what they take up in wages.
But reputations mean little to this Blackpool side, who showed character to stay in the game and put their bodies on the line to keep the Blades at bay.
Once we reached the hour-mark, with the game somehow still goalless, you could see the confidence sip out of the home side. Perhaps tiredness had set in, too.
Blackpool were finally able to put some moves together to force themselves up the pitch and exert some long-overdue pressure. It’s almost as if a switch turned on and, all of a sudden, they realised the game was there to be won.
They didn’t let the opportunity go amiss, either, Anderson curling home with aplomb with his second goal in as many games to secure yet another priceless three points for the Seasiders.
That’s now three straight wins for Blackpool but, more significantly, it’s seven wins in 10.
Any side in the Championship can enjoy a short-term upturn in form, but a run of 22 points from a possible 30 – with a draw also included – is a sign of consistency. It’s the sort of spell we saw Blackpool enjoy from February/March time onwards in League One last season.
Key to their latest win was their spirit and steel, which was somewhat fitting given they were playing in the Steel City.
Prior to Saturday’s encounter, Blackpool hadn’t won at Bramall Lane since 1977, but Critchley has proven again and again during his tenure that records like that mean absolutely nothing. They’re there to be broken, after all.
Indeed, it’s not just three games on the spin Blackpool have won, it’s also three consecutive games where they’ve made history.
The marvellous comeback win against Reading was the first time they had beaten the Royals away from home in 41 years. Last week’s derby triumph, meanwhile, was Blackpool’s first victory against PNE at Bloomfield Road since 1997.
It’s proof, as if we needed it, that this is a special team, led by a special boss. Enjoy this while you can, because Critchley is destined for the very top.
It didn’t go unnoticed that Pool’s head coach appeared to wipe away a tear after joining in with Blackpool’s post-match celebrations, which included his now trademark fist pumps.
That’s what impresses me most about Critchley, not his tactical acumen, not his man management, his attention to detail or the way he communicates. But the fact he ‘gets it’. He knows what it’s all about.
We’re barely a third of the way through the season but Critchley’s newly-promoted side already find themselves on 24 points from their 15 games, leaving them in sixth. Even the most optimistic of supporters couldn’t have seen this coming.
As for the doom and gloom, glass half full merchants, they’ll no doubt be thinking about how the Seasiders are nearly halfway there to reaching that magical 50-point mark.
We don’t need to be worrying about that though, do we?