Peel Road to reopen after completion of major work to repair gas leak

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Gas engineers have confirmed major work to repair a leak on a pipe under Peel Road, Westby, has been finished and the road will reopen later today.


Teams from Cadent have worked in difficult conditions to fix the pipe and ensure gas continued to flow to help heat 30,000 homes in the local area.

Facing extra challenges due to the close proximity of an electricity pylon and an electricity sub-station, as well as severe weather, the job is now almost complete.

Teams are reinstating the road surface now, which has included reinforcing the banks, and this well-used road between Lytham and Blackpool will be reopen to traffic by close of play today

Fylde MP Mark Menzies visits Peel Road, Westby to check work on a gas leak. He is pictured with Cadent personnel.

Fylde MP Mark Menzies visits Peel Road, Westby to check work on a gas leak. He is pictured with Cadent personnel.


Kevin Thompson, customer operations area manager for Cadent, said: “This has been a very difficult, challenging job.

“We’ve had to install over 100 metres of new pipes under the road – and that’s not an easy task under normal circumstances.

“But we’ve faced the extra challenge of the nearby electricity pylons, as well as severe weather.

“We know it’s been far from ideal to have closed this road.

“We just couldn’t keep a safe distance between our work and passing traffic.

“So, we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we got this work done.”

Fylde MP Mark Menzies visited the site during the works.

He said: “I appreciate how frustrating the road closure has been for local people but know how essential this work has been.

“I am grateful to the Cadent teams who have worked in challenging weather and difficult conditions to complete these repairs safely while maintaining supplies to thousands of homes in

Lytham and St Annes.”



Still no holiday flights despite new era at Blackpool Airport

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Opportunities to expand operations at Blackpool Airport are being sought – but will not include holiday flights.


That was the message from Blackpool Council leader Coun Lynn Williams in response to questions about the future of the Squires Gate hub, which is at the start of a new era in its development.

Earlier this month operating licences were transferred to the council , which owns the airport, by the Civil Aviation Authority enabling arm’s length company Blackpool Airport Operations Limited (BAOL) to take over its day to day running.

Coun Bradley Mitchell told a meeting of the full council this was “brilliant news”, and also welcomed moves by the government to halve air passenger duty on domestic flights “making regional airports competitive again.”

Blackpool Airport

Blackpool Airport

He added: “These developments provide brilliant opportunities for our airport, so with that in mind what conversations, if any, have you had with commercial airlines about bringing in commercial passenger flights to get Blackpool flying again?”

Council leader Coun Lynn Williams said investment was being made at the airport, including the appointment of a new managing director who is due to be unveiled in the new year.

But she said: “There is not going to be a reopening to commercial airlines.

“Luton Council was advised by their auditors to sell their airport because it was such a financial risk.

“Unless someone is going to come along and foot the bill of £2m a year losses, and that was pre-pandemic, it’s unworkable and we aren’t going to put the council at financial risk.”

In recent times the council has invested nearly £2m in the upgrade and maintenance of essential infrastructure at the airport, with further significant investment planned.

The airport, which was bought by the council from Balfour Beatty in September 2017 for £4.25m after it had been temporarily closed due to mounting debts, had been run most recently by Stratford-based Regional and City Airports, which owns four airports of its own and had the licences to run two others, including Blackpool.



Repairs needed to Blackpool Town Hall warns Tory leader

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Blackpool’s Grade II listed Town Hall is being neglected with “window frames hanging out” and “massive holes in the ceiling” , it has been claimed.


Tory group leader Coun Tony Williams accused the council of letting residents down by not taking more care of the historic building.

But a meeting of the full council was told £39,000 had been spent in the summer on repairing and refurbishing the exterior of the town hall.

However Coun Williams said it was a different story inside with “paint peeling off the walls and some of the window frames are hanging out.”

Scaffolding around Blackpool Town Hall

Scaffolding around Blackpool Town Hall

He added: “If you go on the top floor, just turn around the corner opposite the Conservative offices and you will see massive holes in the ceiling where the rain is coming in.

“I know it’s a cost issue but surely this must be some sort of listed building but we are really letting it down, and we’re letting the people of this town down.”

Coun Mark Smith, cabinet member for business, enterprise and job creation, said exterior work had recently been completed and there was now a maintenance programme in place.

Scaffolding was put up around the building in Talbot Square during the summer while improvements were carried out including cleaning of the facade and windows, repairs and painting of the windows, new pigeon protection, installation of new external lighting and new curtains and blinds internally.

The Grade II listed Town Hall was built between 1895 and 1900 in a Jacobean style.

Work was also carried out in 2019 to repair the decorative ceiling of the council chamber, at a cost of £13,000.



Bat Out of Hell the Musical at Blackpool Opera House for one week only: Here’s the dates, performance times and when tickets go on sale

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It was 40 years in the making and now the late composer Jim Steinman’s spectacular stage musical Bat Out of Hell is coming to Blackpool Opera House in 2022.


Featuring hit songs from the two legendary albums including I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad and You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth, the musical adventure is set to electrify audiences in the resort for just one week only from Tuesday July 5 to 9.

The tour is dedicated in the memory of the legendary songwriter, composer and producer Steinman, who died aged 73, on April 19, 2021.

Tickets for the Blackpool show dates are on sale now.

The roaring production wowed critics and public alike when it played limited seasons at Manchester Opera House, London Coliseum and London’s Dominion Theatre from 2017 to 2019.

Now the cast are excited to bring the show to the iconic Opera House.

Who is in the 2022 UK tour cast?

The tour sees the return of Glenn Adamson (American Idiot) as Strat, Martha Kirby (Grease, Rags the Musical) as Raven and original leading cast members Rob Fowler (Mamma Mia!, Bat Out of Hell) as Falco and Sharon Sexton (Mamma Mia!, Bat Out of Hell) as Sloane.
Bat out of Hell the Musical coming to Blackpool Opera House - Martha Kirby as Raven and Glenn Adamson as Strat

Bat out of Hell the Musical coming to Blackpool Opera House – Martha Kirby as Raven and Glenn Adamson as Strat

In addition Killian Thomas Lefevre as Tink, Joelle Moses as Zahara, James Chisholm as Jagwire, Kellie Gnauck as Valkyrie, and Danny Whelan as Ledoux.

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The musical won the Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical at the Evening Standard Awards and was nominated for eight WhatsOnStage Awards, including Best New Musical.

In Bat Out of Hell – The Musical, the electrifying rock songs of Mr Steinman propel an epic story of rebellious youth and passion as Strat, the immortal leader of The Lost, has fallen in love with Raven, the beautiful daughter of the tyrannical ruler Falco.

Bat out of Hell the Musical coming to Blackpool Opera House - Glenn Adamson as Strat and the Cast

Bat out of Hell the Musical coming to Blackpool Opera House – Glenn Adamson as Strat and the Cast

The UK & Ireland Tour of Bat Out of Hell – The Musical has book, music and lyrics by Jim Steinman, direction by Jay Scheib, choreography adapted by Xena Gusthart, with musical supervision and additional arrangements by Michael Reed, set and costume design by Jon Bausor, original costume designs by Meentje Nielsen, original wig designs by Linda McKnight, video design by Finn Ross, lighting design by Patrick Woodroffe, sound design by Gareth Owen, orchestration by Steve Sidwell, original casting by David Grindrod CDG and UK Tour casting by Anne Vosser.

The UK & Ireland Tour of Bat Out of Hell – The Musical is produced by David Sonenberg, Michael Cohl & Tony Smith, with executive producer Julian Stoneman.

The music

Bat Out of Hell became one of the best-selling albums in history, selling over 50 million copies worldwide. 16 years later, Steinman scored again with Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell, which contained the massive hit I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).

Glenn Adamson as Strat and the Cast

Glenn Adamson as Strat and the Cast

For the stage musical, the legendary and award-winning Jim Steinman incorporated iconic songs from the Bat Out of Hell albums, including You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth, Bat Out of Hell, I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) and Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad, as well as two previously unreleased songs, What Part of My Body Hurts the Most and Not Allowed to Love.

Where and when will tickets be available?

Tickets available now (Mon 29 Nov 2021 11am) at



Blackpool trams still cancelled ‘after workers checking crumbling building spot problems on Metropole hotel opposite’

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The Promenade reopened to road traffic yesterday after a crumbling building damaged by Storm Arwen on Friday night was declared safe.


But the tramway will remain closed after workers examining the wind-blasted building on the corner of Springfield Road spotted problems with the Victorian Metropole hotel opposite, a council spokeswoman said.

More information has been requested, but the problem is thought to involve the structure’s roof.

Buses will replace the trams between Pleasant Street and Fleetwood every 30 minutes.

Damage to the building on the corner of Springfield Road and the Prom in Blackpool on Friday night

Damage to the building on the corner of Springfield Road and the Prom in Blackpool on Friday night

Meanwhile, both the town centre’s Christmas trees, in Bickerstaffe Square and St John’s Square, will be replaced after being toppled and wrecked by 60mph winds.

Britannia, which runs the Metropole, home to hundreds of asylum seekers, has been approached for a comment.



Disappointment at Blackpool’s Levelling Up bid failure

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Blackpool must bid for money for projects outside the town centre when it next seeks support from the Government’s Levelling Up Fund, it has been proposed.


Conservative councillor Bradley Mitchell put forward the suggestion after the resort’s bid for £20m from the Levelling Up Fund failed.

The council had sought £7m towards the redevelopment of the former Abingdon Street Post Office into a Hotel Indigo and Indigo Suites, £9m for town centre road improvements and £4m to create new convention space within the Olympia area of the Winter Gardens.

Coun Mitchell told a meeting of the full council Blackpool had lost out despite being designated as a tier one priority area for money from the fund.

The Hotel Indigo scheme was part of the bid

The Hotel Indigo scheme was part of the bid

He said the bids were also measured against factors including deliverability and value for money.

Coun Mitchell said: “It seems to follow then that the reason the bid fell short in securing funding is down to the projects the council put forward being of inadequate quality.

“Thankfully Blackpool should get a second chance to bid for this funding.

“Instead of using this lifeline to put forward further projects for the town centre on top of the tens of millions of pounds of regneration funding that have been spent there already, quality regeneration bids should be prepared for areas outside the town centre that are in desperate need of regeneration and which Blackpool residents are crying out for.”

Members of the ruling Labour group said they were disappointed with the outcome of the funding applications, and would take on board feedback ahead of resubmitting bids next spring.

But council leader Coun Lynn Williams also criticised the process which she said “shouldn’t be a competition.”

She said: “We shouldn’t have these pointless competitions which take up resources. The money should be paid to the places that need it.”

A total of 305 bids were submitted from across the country with 105 approved. A second round of bids is due to open in spring 2022.



Roll our the barrels as Fleetwood Beer Festival is all set for return

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Glasses are being raised because the popular Fleetwood Beer and Cider Festival is all set to return after being cancelled last year because of the Covid pandemic.


This celebration of real ale and cider has been staged at the town’s Marine Hall by the Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) for almost 40 years

After last year’s blip, the organisers want to ensure the latest edition of the event, to be staged in February next year, will be a welcome return but say it will be a little smaller in scale.

Gary Levin, festival organising committee chairman, said “Having missed last year’s festival, it’s great to be able to announce that we’re back.

Roll out the barrels - Fleetwood Beer Festival is making a return

Roll out the barrels – Fleetwood Beer Festival is making a return

“The festival, our 39th, will be slightly scaled back from previous years, to mean that there is a little more space to circulate due to Covid.

“However, we’ll still have a range of well over 100 real ales, ciders and perries from our local favourites to some of the best, unsung producers in the UK.

“Our ordering team are already talking to suppliers about what they can get and we’re looking forward to offering our best range of drinks ever.

“Our team of volunteers are ready and raring to go.

“We know many of our regulars who come year after year can’t wait to return and it’s always one of the main purposes of the festival to introduce new visitors be the wonderful world of beer and cider.”

Rick Pickup, Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre branch chairman, said: “After the hard couple of years that many brewers, cider and perry makers have had, it is really important for us to provide them with whatever support we can.

“That’s why we are so happy to be able to announce that we’re restart the festival.

“We also hope that visitors to Fleetwood for the festival will also take time to support a local pubs or two.

“Pubs are the heart and soul of many British communities and it’s important that we don’t lose them.”

The 39th Fleetwood Beer & Cider Festival will run from Thursday February 10 to February to Saturday February 12 at the Marine Hall, Fleetwood.

Each day’s sessions will run between Noon and 11pm.

There will be a range of over 100 real ales, ciders and perries and there will also be a gin bar and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available.

A selection of hot and cold food will be available throughout the festival.

Thursday evening will be the traditional quiet evening, with live music on both Friday (New World Dawn) and Saturday (to be confirmed) evenings.

Tickets cost £10 and include entrance, a refundable glass and a starter pack of tokens.

Further details will be posted on the CAMRA branch website and social media pages.,, and on the Fleetwood Beer & Cider Festival 2022 social media pages.

Blackpool could take in asylum seeker children

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Blackpool Council is considering whether it can take in some of the unaccompanied asylum seeker children who have arrived in the UK from across the English Channel.


It is among 217 authorities nationwide, who all run social services departments, which have been written to by the Home Office which is asking councils to step in and find homes for the children.

The Government wants councils to care for children who are currently being looked after by Kent County Council and other councils on the south coast.

Blackpool, which already has one of the highest rates of looked after children in the country with around 600 currently living in care, has 14 days in which to respond to the letter.

Blackpool Council has been asked to take in asylum seeker children

Blackpool Council has been asked to take in asylum seeker children

A council spokesperson said: “Just like all upper tier local authorities, we have received a letter from the Home Office and will be responding in due course.”

According to reports, more than 100 asylum seeker children are living in hotels due to a shortage of places for them in children’s homes.

The Home Office has said it will consider factors when transferring children to a local authority including the current child population, the number of supported asylum seekers and pressures on children’s services, and the best interests of the child.

Any local authority receiving a child transferred under the scheme will receive a funding contribution at the higher rate of £143 per child per night.

In September the Home Office moved asylum seekers into the Metropole Hotel on Blackpool Promenade, despite concerns raised by the council about the suitability of the accommodation and the failure to carry out a full risk assessment.



Blackpool goalkeeper Chris Maxwell set to play this week

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Blackpool goalkeeper Chris Maxwell is closing in on a return to action and is set to play in a behind-closed-doors game this week.


The Seasiders skipper, out for almost two months with a torn quadricep, was able to join in the warm-up at Birmingham City ahead of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat.

Head coach Neil Critchley told the club website: “It was good to have him back in the squad and travelling with us.

Chirs Maxwell has been out of action for almost two months

Chirs Maxwell has been out of action for almost two months

“We’ve now got a midweek game and hopefully he’ll play in that.”

The 31-year-old Welshman sustained the injury in the 2-1 home victory over Blackburn Rovers at the start of October.

In his absence, summer signing Daniel Grimshaw has established himself as Pool’s regular keeper, starting nine Championship games.

Addressing the Maxwell situation during a press conference a week ago, Critchley said: “Maxi is starting to progress his team training and his game scenarios. He’s kicking as well.

“He obviously had a quad muscle injury, so you have to be careful of doing too many repetitive actions and kicking, as goalkeepers do. It takes a certain amount of exertion to do that.

“But he’s starting to step that up and kick further and kick more footballs. If he comes through that fine, then at some point we can look to include him back in the squad.”



Investigation launched after car bursts into flames in Blackpool

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Firefighters rushed to extinguish a car after it burst into flames in Blackpool.


One fire engine from Blackpool was called to extinguish the car in Brooklyn Avenue at around 4.30am on Monday (November 29).

Firefighters equipped with one breathing apparatus used two hose reels to douse the flames.

No injuries were reported, the fire service said.

An investigation into the cause was opened, it added.

Firefighters rushed to extinguish a car in Brooklyn Avenue, Blackpool (Credit: Google)

Firefighters rushed to extinguish a car in Brooklyn Avenue, Blackpool (Credit: Google)

Children to wear tangerine colours with pride thanks to huge hand-out from Blackpool FC and Community Trust

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Every six and seven-year-old in Blackpool will soon be able to wear their home team’s bright tangerine colours with pride as Blackpool FC hands out shirts in a new campaign to attract more young fans to Bloomfield Road.

The football club, along with the Blackpool FC Community Trust and the Blackpool Supporters Trust, will give free Blackpool shirts to every Year 2 child in every primary school in the resort from December 6.

Ben Mansford, chief executive officer of Blackpool FC, said: “We are delighted to be reconnecting with the younger generation through this initiative and hope to welcome even more young fans back to Bloomfield Road. We are working hard to re-establish the connection with our fans and look forward to engaging with supporters in new and exciting ways.”

Ashley Hackett, of the Blackpool Community Trust, said: “This is a fantastic initiative that we are very proud to assist with. For the fans and club to come together to make sure every child in Year 2 receives a shirt is a great gesture and we are really excited to use our contacts with every school across Blackpool to organise and deliver all the shirts to all the smiling faces.

Orange Blackpool FC shirts will be handed out to all Year 2 pupils as a way of attracting new young fans to the club

Orange Blackpool FC shirts will be handed out to all Year 2 pupils as a way of attracting new young fans to the club

“Collectively, we have a responsibility to build the next generation of fans and see more and more children in the town proudly wearing the shirt and supporting their hometown. This is the first of many plans we have to engage with the community, fans and local residents and is another key example that shows how far the club, community trust and supporters group have travelled.”

Supporters’ Trust chairman Andy Higgins said: “BST are proud to be helping to finance this initiative and to be working closely with Blackpool Football Club and the Community Trust. Hopefully it will encourage more Young Seasiders to attend Bloomfield Road and be introduced to a lifetime following Blackpool FC. We also hope this is something we can replicate in future years to ensure we never again experience what has sometimes been referred to as a lost generation of fans.”



Blackpool’s new £1 million venue revealed as children’s attraction based on Peter Rabbit TV series

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The new £1 million attraction set to bounce in Blackpool has been revealed – and it’s set to give youngsters a furry thrill.


Merlin, which already runs a number of key resort attractions including the Tower and Sea Life aquarium, this morning announced a tourist trap based around the Peter Rabbit TV series.

Kate Shane, who is in charge of Merlin’s interests on the Fylde coast, said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming such an icon to Blackpool.

“Peter Rabbit is a well-loved household name for young and old and is globally renowned.

The new attraction is based on the works of Beatrix Potter (Picture: Frederick Warne and Co Limited and Silvergate PPL Limited)

The new attraction is based on the works of Beatrix Potter (Picture: Frederick Warne and Co Limited and Silvergate PPL Limited)

“We are delighted that this new attraction concept will be created here in Blackpool first.

“We firmly support Blackpool’s overall ambition to be the UK’s number one family seaside resort and with such a family-favourite brand joining our Blackpool cluster of attractions we can’t wait to ‘hop’ to it and get the experience open next year.”

The attraction will open in the council-owned Golden Mile Centre, next door to the Madame Tussauds waxworks museum, which Merlin also runs, and will feature five ‘fluffy-tailed themed zones’.
The new attraction is based on the works of Beatrix Potter (Picture: Frederick Warne and Co Limited and Silvergate PPL Limited)

The new attraction is based on the works of Beatrix Potter (Picture: Frederick Warne and Co Limited and Silvergate PPL Limited)

Children will have to ‘think like a rabbit, move like a rabbit, and deploy rabbit-like senses with a whole burrow full of creativity in order to complete the challenges and earn badges – seeing if they have the skills to join the secret treehouse club’, bosses said.

The council’s leader, Lynn Williams, said: “This new attraction will be another fabulous addition to Blackpool’s growing portfolio of world-class attractions that are aimed at a family market.

“The creation of a standalone experience featuring one of the world’s best-known children’s characters will provide another compelling reason to visit what we believe is the UK’s ultimate family resort.”

The project will cost around £1 million and is separate to a Merlin venture announced last month.

That one will cost £2.3m and open in the council-owned Golden Mile Centre.

The finer details have yet to be released, though, with Merlin only promising ‘new experiences’ to be announced early next year.

The council has already approved the site’s redevelopment, with Graffiti Golf and an number of stalls currently at the front of the premises.

Their leases were due to expire at the beginning of this month and were not being renewed.

The authority is lending Merlin the money for the scheme and will claw the cash back through ticket sales.



Man banged his head and died on Clifton Hospital ward where staff were told to watch him

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“Had a member of staff remained on the bay with Barrie at all times he would probably not have been able to leave his bed and suffer a fall.”


Clifton Hospital
Clifton Hospital

A man who died in hospital after suffering a head injury could have lived if more staff were available to watch him, a coroner has found.

Barrie Keith Housby died in Clifton Hospital in July after falling to the floor, despite instructions that he must be watched by a member of staff at all times.

An inquest into the death of Mr Housby has resulted in senior coroner, Alan Wilson, issuing a report calling for change in order to prevent further instances of this kind.

Mr Housby’s medical history included frailty, Parkinson’s disease and macular degeneration as well as this, he was known to be prone to falling.

On July 1, Mr Housby was taken to the hospital for rehabilitation and during this time, he was known to be confused and agitated and known to make attempts to climb out of his hospital bed meaning he required one to one observation by a member of staff.

Over a week later, around July 10 and 11, he was improving and was even being considered for discharge from the hospital.

During a night shift on July 12, staff were reminded that he was to be nursed on a one to one basis and that they should not leave his bay unattended.

Shortly afterwards, Mr Housby wandered unobserved from his bed and had to be returned to his bed by health care assistants (HCA’s).

Just before 11pm, a member of staff allocated to monitor him thought Mr Housby was settled in bed and left his bay to attend to other duties that she had not completed earlier in the day, in part due to a shortage of staff.

Within this time, he left his bed and was heard to fall to the floor. Despite staff coming to his aid, he was found unresponsive.

A CT scan revealed he had received a catastrophic brain injury and Mr Housby died at 10.45am the next morning. The medical cause of Mr. Housby’s death was a traumatic subdural haemorrhage following a fall.

Senior Coroner for Blackpool & Fylde, Alan Anthony Wilson stated in the report: “Had a member of staff remained on the bay with Barrie at all times he would probably not have been able to leave his bed and suffer a fall.

“Staffing levels did contribute to this incident. The HCA’s decision to leave the bay was affected by the reduction in staff because she felt there were duties she ought by that point in the shift have completed but these remained outstanding because there had because she had been so busy during the shift up to that point as a direct result of the staff shortage.”

During the inquest hospital staff explained to the court that the reduction in staff numbers meant that they did not have enough time to carry out their expected tasks.

As one HCA told the court, it was “impossible” to provide one to one nursing care to Mr Housby with the number of staff working that shift at that time.

The court was told that since Mr Housby’s death, the problem of staffing shortages persists.

Following this, Mr Wilson laid out his concern’s for the hospital in the report which he has addressed to the Secrtary of State and the Department for Health and Social Care.

The concern’s in the report conclude: “Clifton hospital is a place to where patients – often elderly and vulnerable – are transferred for a period of rehabilitation, usually from an acute hospital setting.

“The aim usually is that following such rehabilitation they can hopefully return to their homes, or perhaps be discharged to a suitable care home. However, these patients are being put at risk due to a shortage of staff.”

The report continued on to add: “It seems to me that Blackpool Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is very much aware of the issue, and are trying to resolve it and that the ongoing efforts to recruit is very much part of this.

“However, the risk to patients persists, and I feel it would be remiss of me not to write this letter in order to further highlight the problem. Blackpool is an area that can face difficulties attracting and retaining staff.

“It seems to me that the hospital Trust needs more support as they try to remedy this problem.

“When a Coroner writes a report such as this one, it is not for the Coroner to be prescriptive about what ought to be done about the issue, but to raise the concern with the relevant individual and / or organisation who may be able to address this.”

Addressing the Department of Health and Social Care Mr Wilson added: “In my opinion action should be taken to prevent future deaths and I believe you have the power to take such action.”

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Barrie Keith Housby. We are committed to ensuring the NHS provides safe, high quality care.

“We will carefully consider the concerns raised and will respond directly to the coroner in due course.”

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Trust has been contacted for comment.



Blackpool, Lancashire and Lake District staycation demand surges

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The most sought after staycation spots in the UK for 2022 have been revealed


Blackpool looking stunning in the sunshine
Blackpool looking stunning in the sunshine

Lancashire is now one of the most sought after staycation hotspots in the UK for next year, according to new data.

The county, which is home to popular destinations like Blackpool and Morecambe, saw a 60% surge in searches for 2022 holidays while the Lake District also experienced a 56% increase.

During the coronavirus pandemic, many people have had their holiday plans scuppered by travel restrictions and the ‘red list’, opting for a UK getaway instead.

And according to Parkdean Resorts, people have fallen in love with local beauty spots, with more and more searches for a summer staycation right here in the UK.

Cornwall remains the most in-demand holiday destination, with searches up by two thirds for 2022 getaways.

Lancashire took the second spot on the podium as a popular choice in 2022, with searches up 60 per cent.

Gemma J never leaves Lancs without a visit to the West Lancs Railway – a charity run site open to the public on Sundays from Easter through summer until October.

West Lancs Railway makes for a fun family trip out
West Lancs Railway makes for a fun family trip out

She said in a 2Chill recommendation: “You can enjoy a steam train ride along the narrow-gauge track on a short run of about 400m from Becconsall station through woodland between the village and the Douglas river to Delph station.

“The journey is about five minutes each way and you get to see the engines up close. After your ride, there is a tearoom serving up cafeterias of coffee, homemade cakes and of course cream teas – a lovely pot of tea and fruit scones with jam and cream.”

The Lake District did make the top three destinations for British holidaymakers, thanks to the activities on offer at the picturesque national park.

Among the attractions in Cumbria is the Derwent Pencil Museum– arguably one of the most unusual museums in the country.

Gareth Butterfield described it as a ‘fascinating’ trip, writing: “Who’d have thought a collection of pencils – which includes the world’s oldest pencil and the world’s longest – would be an entertaining day out for a family.



NHS nurses brave the cold waters to raise money for Cancer Research UK

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Two nurses have endured a chilling November to help raise money to tackle cancer.


Anne and Pia taking on the cold water on a farm

Anne and Pia taking on the cold water on a farm

The NHS workers from Lytham have taken part in a 30 day ‘Cold Water Challenge’ in order to raise money for Cancer Research

Anne Antkin, 59 and Pia Ashton, 56, are currently into their fourth week of the challenge and took on the feat in honour of their friends who suffer from Cancer.

The pair travel to different bodies of water every morning before work, and endure the freezing temperatures.

Lancashire Fire Services even offered to help

Lancashire Fire Services even offered to help

They swam in the sea, had a dip in a a cow trough, and a scrubbing at a fire station car wash and much more to raise money for a good cause.

Anne currently works as a Practice Nurse at Adelaide Street Surgery and Pia works with the vaccine programme in the Lytham Community. They both live on Warton Street.

The duo have had a huge following on social media, earning over 120,000 views on YouTube, and post regular updates on their Facebook pages everyday.

They originally set a goal of £150, and have raised, as of the time of writing, £8074.53 plus £1493.14 from Gift Aid, over 5383 per cent over their initial target.
The pair are currently into their final week of the challenge

The pair are currently into their final week of the challenge

They said: “The reason we embarked on this challenge was for our friends in the Lytham community. As nurses, we see cancer patients all the time, but when it hits friends and family we felt we needed to do our bit.

“Our favourite part of the challenge is getting the whole of the community involved and obviously the health benefits of swimming in ice cold water.”



Kenny Dougall: Blackpool have come so far we’re disappointed to be mid-table

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The fact Blackpool are disappointed to be sitting mid-table in the Championship is a sign of how far they’ve come.


That’s the view of midfielder Kenny Dougall after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Birmingham City.

Despite having to settle for three draws and two defeats for their last five games in the second tier, Neil Critchley’s side remain 11th but now sit five points adrift of the play-off spots.

Kenny Dougall says the game at Birmingham was very 'stop-start'

Kenny Dougall says the game at Birmingham was very ‘stop-start’

Eleven points, meanwhile, separate Pool and the bottom three at the 20-game mark.

Speaking after the weekend setback at St Andrew’s, Dougall acknowledged there’s work to be done –but emphasised there’s still a great deal to be positive about for the newly-promoted Seasiders.

“We’re disappointed,” he said. “In the first half we were in complete control, but if you don’t take your chances you can always lose a game and that’s what happened.

“It was a very stop-start game. Whenever the ball went out of play they took their time to get going again, which was obviously part of their game plan and it disrupted us a little bit.

“In the second half, we went away from what we did in the first half, which was to pass the ball and get ourselves up the pitch.

“You know your game is not always going to be perfect, though, and we still should have walked away with a point, so we’re disappointed.

“It shows you how far we’ve come. We’re still a newly promoted side and we’re disappointed that we’re currently mid-table.

“There’s work to do but we’re still looking up and we’re ready to go.”

The Seasiders dominated large swathes of the game but were lacking a killer touch and composure in the final third.

Some good chances were squandered, the clearest falling to substitute Josh Bowler, who was denied by an impressive stop from goalkeeper Matija Sarkic, the brother of Blackpool’s Oliver.

But the hosts, who had previously only threatened from long throws and set-pieces, stole the points nine minutes from time through substitute Lukas Jutkiewicz.

There was some fortune involved in the winning goal too as the experienced striker, who appeared to be in an offside position, bundled home from close range with his thigh, despite knowing very little about it.

Dougall added: “It was one of those touch-and-go decisions for the goal. When they don’t go your way you’re frustrated.

“You can’t blame the linesman because it’s hard to see sometimes but I thought the referee was quite disappointing anyway.

“He didn’t get in the way of us winning the game, though. We had our chances and we should have come away with a point if not more.”




Changes to Blackpool tram services as roadworks begin on North Pier tracks

Some temporary changes to tram services will be put in place by Blackpool Transport today.


Part of the southbound route is expected to remain closed for up to six days

Part of the southbound route is expected to remain closed for up to six days

The southbound tracks between Cabin and North Pier will be closed until Saturday, December 5, while roadworks are carried out. People travelling south from The Cliffs, Gynn Square, Wilton Parade or Pleasant Street must board fro the northbound stop.

Trams will run every 20 minutes between 8am and 4pm to minimise disruption, after which time they will run every 15 minutes until closing.