Lancashire’s best places to shop local with gems across Preston, Blackpool, Blackburn, Lancaster and more

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If supporting your local butcher is one of your new years’ resolutions, here’s some hints of where to go

 

Kate Coop from Blackburn is the proud owner of Earth Evolution
Kate Coop from Blackburn is the proud owner of Earth Evolution (Image: Kate Coop)

There are endless things that could be on your list of New Years resolutions.

One such resolution could be to focus on shopping local. But figuring out where to go and how to support local traders can at first seem a bit overwhelming.

Lancashire is full of brilliant, highly-rated and much-appreciated local traders who will go above and beyond to fill your kitchen with meat, fruit and vegetables.

As well as these, there has been a rise of zero-waste stores throughout the county who aim to cut down on single-use plastics and provide a sustainable option for your groceries.

To make things a little bit easier, LancsLive has gone through some of the top local grocers and zero-waste stores by area to signpost where you might begin on your shop-local venture.

The three categories listed are butchers, fruit and veg stores and zero-waste shops which offer food and lifestyle options, like shower gel and washing up liquid.

Once you start, you’ll find shopping is far more rewarding when you’re supporting your locals.

Blackburn and Darwen

For eggs, Hens On The Hill Ltd of Elton Road in Blackburn offers a self-service egg vending machine.

Their website says the egg vending machine is ‘easy to use’ with instructions on it.

The vending machine takes both cash and contactless payment, and whilst it does give out change it won’t take £20 notes.

Noel Dunkerley said: “Congratulations to Hens on the Hill for getting it SO right! The eggs are gorgeous and beat the pants off anything you could buy in the shops. Well done HotH you passed the poach test with flying colors and finally, we the public can indulge in eggs as they should be fresh, healthy, and from happy hens”

In Darwen, Shelly’s Fresh Farm Produce on Market Street is ran by Shelly Brogan and sells a range of meat products and cheeses. It is rated as 5-stars by regular customers on Google with one writing: “The best butchers in Darwen.”

As well as Shelly’s, Blackburn with Darwen has plenty of opportunity to support your local butcher including Around Block Butchers shop of Chapel Street, Blackburn, and Tom Wood Artisan Butchers at The Mall in Blackburn.

When it comes to shopping zero-waste, Earth Evolution, a plastic free and zero waste shop based in Darwen town centre, opened this year with the mission to help Darwen residents shop more ethically.

Earth Evolution not only aims to cut down on single-use plastics, it also has dispensers with pasta, rice, lentils and seeds, and scoop tins for all kinds of sweets and all of the dry staples you can get. Just bring along your own container and get refilling.

Blackpool

Blackpool is spoilt for choice when it comes to buying local fruit and veg.

Brabins is a wholesale green grocer on Coronation Street. It is rated 4.5 stars by customers on Google with one writing: “Use this shop weekly, wouldn’t go anywhere else, friendly staff, and great prices!!”

Fresh & Fruity of Highfield Road is also there to meet your fruit and veg needs. One customer named Zoe Hall said: “I’m a new customer with nothing but praise for this local shop. Delivered a fab hamper of fresh produce last week and I visited the shop today for more of the same. Great quality and friendly service. Thankyou fresh n fruity.”

There are plenty of Butchers in Blackpool too, with the highest rated on Google being Choice Meats Catering Ltd. It first opened as a traditional butchers shop in 1989 and is rated five-star following 116 Google reviews.

Victoria Knowles said: “Beautiful meat.. fabulous customer care as always.. friendly and very attentive I also had a loyalty card and the butcher signed it all up so points make money off for future like a saving card for the year. I have shopped here for years always fabulous never go anywhere else.”

Blackpool Town Centre
Blackpool Town Centre (Image: GRAHAM YOUNG)

Spearmans Butchers on Central Drive is also worth raving about. One customer said the food sold at Spearmans ‘is in a class of its own’.

Marie Rooke said: “I found the ultimate shop to buy locally produced fresh pork pies the food this butchers sells is in a class of it’s own I would highly recommend them to anyone who has not been to try them you don’t only get amazing food but friendly staff too I will definitely be buying a lot more from them so a big thankyou from one happy customer.”

A new zero-waste shop has recently opened in Blackpool. Un-do can be found on Norbreck Road and offers eco-friendly alternatives to dried foods, herbs and spices, loose leaf tea, coffee, cleaning and laundry supplies, bathroom and kitchen supplies, hair and beauty products, sanitary care and pet supplies.

Burnley

A good spot for fruit and veg up the Turf Moor is The Big Fruit Shop on Colne Road. It is a second generation family-run greengrocers with a large range of fresh produce, as well as herbs, spices and other cooking essentials.

Kath Domun said: “Shop here regularly. A family run business. Selling a good selection of fresh front and vegetables. Also a good selection of Asian vegetables, chilli’s, several varieties. Herbs and of course spices.”

For your meat, Heys Family Butchers is highly thought of according to their 37 Google reviews. In the shadows of Turf Moor on Lyndhurst Road, it has been serving customers for over 30 years. Owners, George and Lynne, bought the business in 1983 and according to their website have ‘not looked back’ since.

Simon Dickinson said: “Great family run business. Been going there for years. Fantastic produce and really friendly staff. I’ve moved away from the area now but whenever I’m in Burnley I always pick up a load of their Towneley Tasters sausages…amazing.”

When it comes to shopping zero-waste, Turtlebee in Huntley’s Country Stores, Whalley Road is a local place to go. Alongside foods and household refills, Turtlebee also stocks items that will help you lead a more plastic-free lifestyle – including shampoo and metal straws.

Chorley

Shopping local for fruit and veg in Chorley can be found at Tyrers Fruit & Vegetables on New Market Street.

Karen Bennett said: “Excellent quality taste how fruit and veggies should taste reasonable prices love coming here for greengrocers items friendly staff.”

You can support your local butcher over at Browns the Butchers at Market Place. It has been serving Chorley with the finest meats since 1932.

Julie Knifton rated them five stars on Google and wrote: “Such a great local butcher. Award winning haggis and back pudding. A great variety of sausages. Always coming up with new products. Fantastic shop. Lovely staff”

Browns The Butchers, Chorley
Browns The Butchers, Chorley (Image: Browns The Butchers)

To shop zero-waste in Chorley, you’ll want to head to The Rail Weigh of Railway Road, Adlington.

The Rail Weigh describe themselves as ‘The Little Pink Shop With The Big Green Mission’ and is an eco-community shop for families with ‘a budget and busy lives’.

They stock plastic-free body care, cleaning and food refills, pet products, vegan foods, gifts, games, soaps and more inside.

Fylde

For your fruit and veg grocery needs, R Bees Farm Shop of Sunny Bank, Hambleton, offers in-store shopping with daily fresh free range eggs, home grown potatoes and a variety of fruit and vegetables.

Kenneth Caldecott rated it five-stars on Google and wrote: “Excellent value for money, quality vegetables & free range eggs.”

For meat, Fuylde Butchers is obviously the hot spot. The local family butchers shop supplies the ‘best quality meats to the local community’ and can be found on Woodlands Road, Lytham Saint Annes.

If you’re looking for zero-waste shops, the closest is currently Un-do on Norbreck Road, Blackpool.

Lancaster

Local fruit and veg in Lancaster can be found at the Dalton Square market held every Wednesday and Saturday from 9am to 4.30pm.

You can also head to George Speight and Sons on Queen Street who have been trading since 1889. Andrew Mackereth rated them five-stars on Google and wrote: “Great suppliers of fruit and vegetables. They have looked after us since lockdown. Their staff are real credit to them.”

For your Butchers needs, Gregory Williams Butchers in Marketgate Shopping Centre are a family business who have been trading in the city centre for three generations since 1942.

Simon Drake rated Gregory Williams Butchers five-stars on Google and wrote: “Absolutely top quality meat, pies and delicatessen. As a bacon lover, the home cured back bacon is super tasty and as for the home cured middle? Oh my words, it’s supplied rind on and takes me back to being a kid when mum would do a fry up on Saturday morning. Spot on.”

Inside Wild Not Waste on Chapel Street, Lancaster
Inside Wild Not Waste on Chapel Street, Lancaster

When it comes to zero-waste lifestyle products, Wild Not Waste on Chapel Street is a family-run business in a stunning Grade II listed Georgian house and sells a range of sustainable lifestyle products at your convenience.

For zero-waste food, Single Step Wholefoods is a wholefoods co-operative which originally opened as radical bookshop on King Street in Lancaster.

Now on Penny Street, Single Step, established in 1976, sells organic fruit and veg, cleaning and bodycare products, vegan groceries, loose wholefoods and gifts and cards.

Ribble Valley

For local fruit and veggies in the Ribble Valley, D Burney & Sons who have a fruit and veg stall on Clitheroe market.

One Yelp user left the business a five star review and wrote: “The most friendly guys on Clitheroe market. Great produce, if I still lived in Clitheroe I’d be down to the stall every week! Keep it up guys.”

For meat, Brendan Anderton Butchers of Higher College Farm, Lower Road, Hothersall was established in 1972 and serves high quality to meat to customers across the Ribble Valley.

For zero-waste shopping, Green Theory is a zero waste and ethical produce shop at Castle Gate, Clitheroe. Since opening their doors in 2019, Green Theory has expanded into a larger store and stocks refillable dried foods and cleaning products.

West Lancashire

Support your local fruit and veg traders over at Lancashire produce who can be found in the Market Hall at King Street, Southport.

West Lancs Butchers, of Witham Road, Skelmersdale are rated 4.7 stars on Google and pride themselves on ‘serving local, quality produce to a list of loyal restaurants and customers.’

Simon Evans rated them five-stars and wrote: “Great butchers, serving restaurants/trade and public – good cafe too. Prices good if you can buy in bulk – very good place for cheap, fresh bones for the dog.”

For your zero-waste fix, Bloom and Brew in Ormskirk opened this year serving independent coffee and stocking eco-friendly lifestyle products. They also have a food and liquids refillery and is single use plastic free.

Preston

Huntleys in Preston is the perfect place to find a load of local traders in one place. The Samlesbury farm shop has a traditional butchers, a delicatessen,a bakery, a fishmongers, Ice Cream Parlour and Coffee Shop all on site.

Shopping zero-waste in Preston can take you to UCLan’s campus, after a new Zero Waste Area opened in its Union shop in 2019.

Despite being in the university, the store is open to the public and sells plastic free foods, liquids and eco-friendly household items.

Reilley’s Butcher of Longridge Road, Ribbleton, Preston is highly-rated by previous customers on Google. Reilley’s describe themselves as ‘Quality Meat at it’s best. ..supplying quality locally sourced meat, from local farmers’.

Ronnie Goodson wrote: “Great people to deal with. Their meat is excellent. While we been in lockdown they have delivered my meat, no matter what I ordered. Support your local butcher, you won’t be disappointed.”

 

 

 

Lancaster and Fleetwood MP tells people to ‘get vaccinated’ as she recovers from Covid

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Lancaster and Fleetwood MP Cat Smith has urged people to get vaccinated against Covid after revealing she currently has the virus.

 

Ms Smith, who is fully vaccinated, said on social media that she had contracted Covid-19 over Christmas.

And she said she was “wiped out” by the “nasty” virus, which had left her feeling too tired to walk upstairs.

“Please get vaccinated and take up the booster. I’m young(ish), I eat healthy, I exercise and Covid has wiped me out,” Ms Smith said on Facebook.

Cat Smith MP.

Cat Smith MP.

“Without vaccinations I dread to think how sick I would be right now, so please take up a vaccine even if you feel superhuman because this virus is nasty.”

I’m managing at home but I’ve not got dressed in days & I can’t walk up stairs without having a nap. I dread to think how sick I might have been without 2 jabs & booster #GetVaccinated”

 

 

Second man arrested on suspicion of Blackpool murder

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Detectives have arrested a second man on suspicion of murder after the death of a pensioner in Blackpool on New Year’s Day.

 

The body of Malcolm Frary, 76, was found at his home in Eccleston Road after emergency services attended at around 4.35pm on Saturday (January 1).

Police have not revealed the cause of death at this stage, but a post mortem examination has taken place and his death is now being treated as murder.

On New Year’s Day, a 43-year-old man from Blackpool was arrested on suspicion of murder and taken into custody.

Detectives are appealing for any witnesses who saw any suspicious activity in the area between New Year’s Eve (Friday, December 31) and New Year’s Day (Saturday, January 1)

Detectives are appealing for any witnesses who saw any suspicious activity in the area between New Year’s Eve (Friday, December 31) and New Year’s Day (Saturday, January 1)

And last night (Sunday, January 2), a second man – aged 51 and also from Blackpool – was arrested on suspicion of murder.

The pair remain in custody this morning (Monday, January 3).

Detectives are appealing for any witnesses who saw any suspicious activity in the area between New Year’s Eve (Friday, December 31) and New Year’s Day (Saturday, January 1).

The body of Malcolm Frary, 76, was found at his home in Eccleston Road, Blackpool after emergency services attended at around 4.35pm on Saturday (January 1)

The body of Malcolm Frary, 76, was found at his home in Eccleston Road, Blackpool after emergency services attended at around 4.35pm on Saturday (January 1)

Det Ch Insp Lee Wilson, of Lancashire Police’s Force Major Investigation Team, said: “My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Mr Frary’s family at this sad and very difficult time.

“A murder investigation has been launched and we are keen to identify as many witnesses as possible.

“While we have made two arrests, we are particularly keen to speak to anyone who can assist our enquiries.

“Did you see anyone acting suspiciously in the Eccleston Road area between the afternoon of New Year’s Eve, overnight into New Year’s Day? If so, please come forward. Any information, no matter how seemingly insignificant, could be vital to our investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log 1276 of January 1.

 

 

Neighbours in shock after ‘quiet, unassuming’ widower found murdered in Blackpool home on New Year’s Day

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Neighbours of an elderly widower who was found ‘slumped in the doorway’ of his Blackpool home have spoken of their shock after two men were arrested on suspicion of his murder.

 

Police on Eccleston Road this morning January 3

Police on Eccleston Road this morning January 3

Malcolm Frary, 76, was found dead at his home on Eccleston Road, South Shore, at around 4.35pm on Saturday, January 1.

Police have not revealed his cause of death at this stage, though a neighbour who was questioned by officers said he was informed that he had suffered a serious head injury.

“The first police officer who came round asked me if I had seen anything suspicious, and they said the window had been kicked in, and they found him slumped on the floor with a head injury at the back of the door,” the neighbour, who did not want to be named, said.

Eccleston Road this morning, January 3

Eccleston Road this morning, January 3

On New Year’s Day, a 43-year-old man from Blackpool was arrested on suspicion of murder and taken into custody.

A second Blackpool man, was also arrested on suspicion of murder the following day.

Police remained at the scene this morning, with several houses and part of the footpath being taped off.

Police tape could also be seen covering a broken window in the front door panel of one of the homes.

Mr Frary’s neighbour said: “The police have been here day and night for three days now. On Saturday there must have been seven or eight police cars, and police walking up and down. There have been police in boiler suits going in and out.”

Mr Frary, a former engineer, was a father of four who had lived on Eccleston Road for at least 40 years, according to his neighbours.

One 67-year-old woman who lived on the street said: “He has lived down here for over 40 years. He was a very quiet, unassuming man. He kept himself to himself, especially after his wife died. He enjoyed his model boats.

“When we went out on New Year’s Day, we had seen his door open, and we saw some activity down the street. When we came back we saw the police and Malcolm’s house was taped off.

“We assumed it was a break-in. It was the next day we went to ask if Malcolm was all right, and that was how we were told.

“We’re still in shock. The fact that we were in our homes and he was in such frightening circumstances. What an awful way for his life to end.”

She added: “This was such a family-friendly street, and all our kids played together. One of his lads was particularly close with my own boys. I just can’t wrap my head around it.”

Detectives are appealing for any witnesses who saw any suspicious activity in the area between New Year’s Eve (Friday, December 31) and New Year’s Day (Saturday, January 1).

Det Ch Insp Lee Wilson, of Lancashire police’s major investigation team, said: “My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Mr Frary’s family at this sad and very difficult time.

“A murder investigation has been launched and we are keen to identify as many witnesses as possible.

“While we have made two arrests, we are particularly keen to speak to anyone who can assist our enquiries.

“Did you see anyone acting suspiciously in the Eccleston Road area between the afternoon of New Year’s Eve, overnight into New Year’s Day? If so, please come forward. Any information, no matter how seemingly insignificant, could be vital to our investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log 1276 of January 1.

 

 

Concerns mount for missing man Shannon Gath last seen more than two months ago

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A man from Clitheroe has been missing since October

 

Police are searching for missing Shannon Gath
Police are searching for missing Shannon Gath

A missing person’s search is under way for a Lancashire man last seen more than two months ago.

Shannon Gath has been missing since for months and concerns continue to grow for his safety.

The 52-year-old from Clitheroe was last seen in October 2021 but was only reported missing on Thursday, December 23.

Police say they are very concerned about Shannon’s disappearance and are now urging anyone who knows where he is to come forward.

Shannon is also believed to have links to Burnley, Blackpool and Blackburn.

He is described as white, 6ft 2in tall, of large build with dark, greying hair styled into a small ponytail. He was last seen wearing a blue sleeveless hoodie, a white t-shirt, dark blue jeans and was carrying a small black rucksack.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: “We are appealing for information to find Shannon Gath.

“Shannon, 52, from Clitheroe, was reported as missing on December 23. He was last seen in October.

Police are searching for missing Shannon Gath
Police are searching for missing Shannon Gath

“Shannon is described as white, 6ft 2in tall, of large build with dark, greying hair styled into a small ponytail. He was wearing a blue sleeveless hoodie, a white t-shirt, dark blue jeans and was carrying a small black rucksack when he was last seen.

“Shannon has links to Burnley, Blackburn and Blackpool. Police are very concerned following his disappearance and urging anyone who knows where he is to come forward.

“If you can help call police on 101 quoting log 0781 of December 23.”

 

 

Blackpool person saved from sea as emergency response launched

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Volunteers searched the waters to find the person

 

RNLI Blackpool sent out two boats to find the person
RNLI Blackpool sent out two boats to find the person

A person was found in the sea in Blackpool as the sky became pitch black.

RNLI lifeboats hurried down to where the calls for the person sent them as they searched to try and bring them back to safety.

Volunteers were called around 6.45pm on New Years Day (January 1).

Sending in two boats, the crews searched the dark waters from Central to South Pier where they were able to find the person.

A spokesperson for RNLI Blackpool said: “Our RNLI volunteers responded to their pagers for the first time in 2022 when they were called out at 6.45pm this evening.

“The Coastguard received reports of a person possibly in the sea near Central Pier.

“Both D class lifeboats launched and searched from Central to South Pier.

“Fortunately the person was found & helped to safety by Coastguard volunteers.”

 

 

Murder investigation launched in Blackpool following death of man, 76

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A murder investigation is under way following the death of a man in Blackpool.

 

Police were called around 4.35pm on New Year’s Day to a report of a sudden death at an address in Eccleston Road.

Police have launched a murder investigation in Blackpool

Malcolm Frary, 76, was pronounced dead at the scene with his death now being treated as murder following a post mortem.

A 43-year-old man from Blackpool has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is in custody.

Detectives are also appealing for witnesses and are keen to speak to anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Det Ch Insp Lee Wilson, of Lancashire Police’s Force Major Investigation Team, said: “My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Mr Frary’s family at this sad and very difficult time.

“A murder investigation has been launched and we are keen to identify as many witnesses as possible.

“While we have made an arrest, we are particularly keen to speak to anyone who can assist our enquiries.

“Did you see anyone acting suspiciously in the Eccleston Road area between the afternoon of New Year’s Eve, overnight into New Year’s Day? If so, please come forward. Any information, no matter how seemingly insignificant, could be vital to our investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log 1276 of January 1.

 

Blackpool, Coventry City and Stoke City linked with January swoop for Leeds United midfielder – reports

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Blackpool have been linked with a January loan move for Leeds United midfielder Stuart McKinstry.

 

The Seasiders are said to have made an approach for the 19-year-old, according to football rumour website Football Insider.

However, it’s claimed they face competition for McKinstry’s signature from Championship rivals Coventry City and Stoke City.

The Scottish youngster, who made the move to Elland Road from Motherwell in 2019, made his Premier League debut against Tottenham Hotspur in November.

It’s claimed Leeds would be happy to loan McKinstry out to further his development by getting regular games under his belt at a senior level.

But Leeds have been rocked by a number of injuries in central midfield and look set to be without star England international Kalvin Phillips for months rather than weeks.

A departure for McKinstry this month could well depend on Marcelo Bielsa’s side bringing in midfielders of their own during the window.
McKinstry is said to be a man in demand

McKinstry is said to be a man in demand

Blackpool will almost certainly be in the market for one central midfielder during this month’s window, if not two.

Neil Critchley is short on options in that area of the pitch due to injuries to Kevin Stewart, Matty Virtue and Grant Ward.

Ryan Wintle, who is on loan from Cardiff City, has just returned from Covid, meanwhile, having been missing over the festive period.

That meant Kenny Dougall was Blackpool’s only fit and available central midfielder for the games against Huddersfield Town and Middlesbrough.

Reece James and Callum Connolly, two defenders capable of playing further up the pitch, have also been missing in recent weeks, although Connolly is now back available.

The future of Wintle also remains up in the air, as his parent club Cardiff are able to recall him this month should they wish to do so.

Blackpool have recent history of doing business with Leeds, having signed defender Oliver Casey on a permanent deal during the summer.

In other transfer news, yesterday Neil Critchley responded to reports linking Nottingham Forest with a move for Blackpool winger Josh Bowler.

 

 

Gary Burgess: Record-breaking former Radio Wave journalist dies of cancer, aged 46

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A record-breaking former Radio Wave journalist has died of cancer at the age of 46, ITV have announced.

 

Gary Burgess set the world record for the longest radio show while at Radio Wave, staying on air for 76 hours and raising millions for charity.

The Manchester-born broadcaster began his career at the Fylde coast station in 1992, leaving nine years later having been a newsreader, breakfast show presenter and programme controller.

Burgess died on New Year’s Day at Jersey Hospice after inoperable tumours were found in his lungs.

Gary Burgess celebrates the end of his marathon Radio Wave broadcast

Gary Burgess celebrates the end of his marathon Radio Wave broadcast

In a final message, written for ITV to release after his death, the journalist wrote: “I’ve had the best life. I’ve had the luckiest life.

“I met my soul mate and the love of my life who went on to become my husband.

“I got to work with some of the most amazing people in newsrooms and studios doing the job I absolutely adore.

“I’ve been able to share my own relatively short time on this planet surrounded by friends and loved ones who have enriched my life in ways they may never truly understand.

“My greatest sadness is the prospect of leaving all of that and all of them behind.

“The thought of doing that to Alan is unfathomable to process, but I also know the very people who’ve shown me love and support will now wrap up those feelings around him in the coming days.

“It’s time for me to hand over my microphone and keyboard for others to do the talking about me, so let my final words simply be ‘thank you’.

“Every person in my life has, in their own way, helped me live my best life. That’ll do.”

He began working as a reporter at ITV Channel TV in May 2011 in the Guernsey newsroom, before moving to Jersey in March 2012.

In 2021, he was nominated as journalist of the year at the prestigious Royal Television Society Awards.

Burgess, who married his husband Alan in 2018, was the first to convert his civil partnership to a marriage. Their marriage certificate is number one on the conversion register.