Covid figures for 337 areas of Lancashire that show concerning signs amid Omicron surge

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Across the county, 59 areas have an infection rate of 2000 or higher


The current coronavirus hotspots in Lancashire
The current coronavirus hotspots in Lancashire

The most recent Covid-19 infection rates in Lancashire have been revealed.

According to the latest data, the majority of the county now has an infection rate of 1600 or over – the highest category available.

However, in fact, 59 areas have an infection rate of 2000 or higher.

The area with the highest rate across the county is Brunshaw and Brownside with 161 cases confirmed in the seven days up December 30.

As a result, its infection rate is 2,760.2.

Burscough, in West Lancashire, is the second highest with an infection rate of and 255 cases confirmed.

Every neighbourhood is split up using Middle Super Output Area (MSOA) data, breaking districts down into smaller areas, to give a picture of where cases are rising from neighbourhood to neighbourhood.

Each area has an average population of around 7,200 people to present an equal picture across every area in the country.

Seven days rolling Covid-19 infection rate up to December 30 – total cases and rate per 100,000 people

Brunshaw & Brownside – 161 cases – 2,760.2

Burscough – 255 cases – 2,752.9

Skelmersdale Ashurst – 160 cases – 2,680.1

Lostock Hall – 192 cases – 2,577.5

South Darwen & Whitehall – 215 cases – 2,553.4

Farington – 201 cases – 2,550.1

South Shore – 203 cases – 2,523.9

Brindle & Withnell – 151 cases – 2,495.5

Oswaldtwistle – 181 cases – 2,485.9

Lea & Marina – 164 cases – 2,472.9

Queenstown & Layton – 196 cases – 2,471.9

Leyland South East & Buckshaw Village – 183 cases – 2,430.0

Leyland South West – 153 cases – 2,417.1

Chorley North – 192 cases – 2,404.5

Meadowhead – 169 cases – 2,364.0

Habergham & Ightenhill – 159 cases – 2,362.2

Hapton & Lowerhouse – 139 cases – 2,361.9

Upholland – 177 cases – 2,352.2

Broughton & Wychnor – 184 cases – 2,323.8

Clayton-le-Woods – 218 cases – 2,307.4

Scale Hall & Torrisholme – 273 cases – 2,282.8

Wilpshire & Mellor – 196 cases – 2,277.7

Rose Hill & Burnley Wood – 229 cases – 2,273.4

Townsend Fold & Edenfield – 144 cases – 2,268.4

Skelmersdale Central – 198 cases – 2,264.7

Hesketh Bank & Tarleton – 197 cases – 2,264.6

Poulton South – 196 cases – 2,262.8

Walton-le-Dale – 163 cases – 2,255.7

Ormskirk North & West – 189 cases – 2,250.8

Chorley Town & South – 222 cases – 2,241.7

Tockholes, Edgworth & Hoddlesden – 135 cases – 2,216.7

Whittle-le-Woods & Anglezarke – 201 cases – 2,213.2

North Darwen – 147 cases – 2,208.5

Adlington & Rivington – 229 cases – 2,206.4

Ewood & Fernhurst – 168 cases – 2,197.2

Moss Side – 112 cases – 2,193.5

Chorley East – 160 cases – 2,182.2

Park Road – 164 cases – 2,178.5

Stanley Park & Great Marton – 166 cases – 2,167.4

Colne Waterside – 112 cases – 2,165.1

Coppull – 182 cases – 2,157.2

Hawes Side – 154 cases – 2,154.8

Darwen Town – 136 cases – 2,154.6

Clayton-le-Moors & Huncoat – 242 cases – 2,154.6

Chorley South West – 203 cases – 2,147.9

Whalley & Brockhall – 198 cases – 2,144.0

Chorley West – 239 cases – 2,135.3

Squires Gate – 166 cases – 2,135.0

Barrowford, Higham & Pendleside – 203 cases – 2,117.0

Bamber Bridge East – 147 cases – 2,115.1

Witton, Mill Hill & Hollin Bank – 220 cases – 2,105.1

New Longton & Hutton – 125 cases – 2,091.0

Cliviger, Worsthorne & Lane Bottom – 104 cases – 2,086.7

Helmshore – 127 cases – 2,081.6

Harle Syke & Lanehead – 181 cases – 2,063.1

Clitheroe South – 183 cases – 2,043.6

Beardwood, Pleasington & Livesey – 168 cases – 2,031.4

Skelmersdale West – 129 cases – 2,014.1

Penwortham North – 108 cases – 2,013.8

Ormskirk Town & East – 185 cases – 1,999.4

Longton & Walmer Bridge – 166 cases – 1,994.7

Clitheroe North – 162 cases – 1,991.2

Skelmersdale South East – 145 cases – 1,970.1

Heysham & Overton – 272 cases – 1,961.9

Hoohill – 118 cases – 1,960.5

Rishton – 126 cases – 1,960.2

Church (Blackburn) – 105 cases – 1,945.9

Ansdell & Fairhaven – 201 cases – 1,945.8

Grimsargh & Goosnargh – 126 cases – 1,945.6

Colne Vivary Bridge – 116 cases – 1,943.7

Warbreck & Bispham Road – 158 cases – 1,941.3

Bickerstaffe & Newburgh – 129 cases – 1,939.0

Bank Hall & Fulledge – 117 cases – 1,935.2

Halton and Caton – 112 cases – 1,930.7

Aughton – 154 cases – 1,927.7

Poulton North & Carleton East – 156 cases – 1,920.5

Skelmersdale East – 127 cases – 1,915.0

Norbreck & Bispham – 151 cases – 1,911.9

Morecambe West End – 112 cases – 1,897.7

Penwortham South – 113 cases – 1,888.5

Little Layton & Little Carleton – 115 cases – 1,883.7

Warton & Freckleton – 161 cases – 1,881.7

Colne Horsfield – 91 cases – 1,879.0

Cleveleys East – 144 cases – 1,865.5

Read, Sabden & Chatburn – 144 cases – 1,863.1

Hest Bank & Bolton-le-Sands – 133 cases – 1,861.4

Scarisbrick, Halsall & Haskayne – 136 cases – 1,851.1

Croston & Mawdesley – 147 cases – 1,850.9

Longsands – 121 cases – 1,846.2

Accrington South East – 156 cases – 1,842.7

Cadley & College – 144 cases – 1,841.0

Bamber Bridge West – 99 cases – 1,838.1

Fulwood – 163 cases – 1,824.7

Clayton Brook – 101 cases – 1,818.5

Lytham – 164 cases – 1.813.4

Ashton-on-Ribble & Larches – 192 cases – 1,810.3

Rufford & Banks – 138 cases – 1,797.3

Accrington North East – 223 cases – 1,795.9

Plungington & University – 228 cases – 1,795.0

St Annes Town – 182 cases – 1,787.1

Lower Penwortham South – 104 cases – 1,783.6

Common Edge – 143 cases – 1,770.7

Lancaster East – 136 cases – 1,770.1

Little Bispham & Anchorsholme – 135 cases – 1,769.6

Morecambe Town – 141 cases – 1,763.4

Bare – 93 cases – 1,762.0

Kirkham & Wesham – 215 cases – 1,755.8

Pilling, Great Eccleston & Inskip – 116 cases – 1,752.3

Euxton – 148 cases – 1,744.7

Padiham – 158 cases – 1,742.4

Thornton West – 166 cases – 1,738.6

Victoria – 137 cases – 1,737.9

South Promenade & Seasiders Way – 103 cases – 1,736.3

Thornton East & Carleton West – 156 cases – 1,717.5

Elswick, Singleton & Weeton – 137 cases – 1,707.8

Great Harwood – 188 cases – 1,704.0

Lower Penwortham North – 95 cases – 1,690.1

Crawshawbooth, Reedsholme & Water – 134 cases – 1,679.4

Haslam Park – 108 cases – 1,668.2

Scotforth East & Bowerham – 99 cases – 1,666.4

Longridge North, Ribchester & Chipping – 100 cases – 1,658.4

East Colne, Foulridge & Trawden – 112 cases – 1,655.3

St Annes North & Airport – 123 cases – 1,641.8

Marsh, Haverbreaks & Scotforth West – 178 cases – 1,632.3

Heyhouses & Park – 140 cases – 1,632.1

Bacup – 180 cases – 1,627.5

Broadfield & Knuzden – 99 cases – 1,627.5

Rawtenstall – 146 cases – 1,625.5

Roe Lee, Brownhill & Sunnybower – 169 cases – 1,614.4

Churchtown (Poulton-le-Fylde) – 127 cases – 1,601.5

Fleetwood Warren – 96 cases – 1,600.3

Fleetwood Town – 128 cases – 1,598.8

Bonds, Bilsborrow & Wyresdale – 111 cases – 1,580.5

Garstang & Catterall – 149 cases – 1,566.1

Waterfoot & Stacksteads – 195 cases – 1,550.4

Ingol – 91 cases – 1,544.2

Brookfield & Holme Slack – 158 cases – 1,534.3

Little Marton & Marton Moss Side – 104 cases – 1,526.9

Fleetwood South East – 115 cases – 1,526.0

Carnforth, Silverdale & Warton – 150 cases – 1,502.3

Preesall, Stalmine & Hambleton – 151 cases – 1,456.1

Central Blackpool – 102 cases – 1,454.4

Morecambe Westgate – 95 cases – 1,438.7

Clifton & Newton-with-Scales – 97 cases – 1,434.9

Cleveleys West – 121 cases – 1,417.2

Waddington, Gisburn & Slaidburn – 104 cases – 1,396.3

Kellet & Lune Valley – 86 cases – 1,391.1

North Shore (Blackpool) – 83 cases – 1,385.4

North East Centre (Blackpool) – 95 cases – 1,382.0

Moor Park – 95 cases – 1,336.1

University, Galgate & Dolphinholme – 168 cases – 1,322.8

Frenchwood & Fishwick – 122 cases – 1,315.5

Haslingden – 138 cases – 1,310.4

Shadsworth & Intack – 137 cases – 1,288.4

Fleetwood Rossall & Chatsworth – 80 cases – 1,264.6

Lancaster Central – 118 cases – 1,199.3

Preston Town Centre – 131 cases – 1,178.8

Moorlands & Greaves – 71 cases – 1,171.4

Central Blackburn – 101 cases – 1,120.1

Accrington West – 143 cases – 1,117.4

Marsden – 81 cases – 1,115.2

St Matthew’s (Preston) – 98 cases – 1,103.7

Little Harwood – 97 cases – 1,049.2

Lammack & Revidge – 89 cases – 993.2

Brierfield & Reedley – 93 cases – 982.2

Audley – 80 cases – 929.5

Bastwell – 70 cases – 923.6

Wensley Fold – 84 cases – 921.2

St George’s (Preston) – 49 cases – 665.5



Blackpool Pigeon Show to return with 2,500 birds heading to the Winter Gardens

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Pigeons will race at the Winter Gardens in mid-January


Blackpool Pigeon Show will take place at the Winter Gardens in January
Blackpool Pigeon Show will take place at the Winter Gardens in January (Image: Royal Pigeon Racing Association)

Blackpool Pigeon Show is set to return for 2022 taking place in the iconic Winter Gardens with the largest gathering of pigeon fanciers in the country.

Fanciers will meet in the resort to celebrate the Royal Pigeon Racing Association Show of the Year, also known as the ‘Crufts of the pigeon world’.

The show will include stalls, charity pigeon auctions and raffles and runs across two days in January. It will have around 2,500 pigeons on display.

The British Homing World Show of the Year is hosted by the Royal Pigeon Racing Association (RPRA) and was held virtually in 2020.

As it returns to the Winter Gardens, visitors can expect to find over 100 trade stands, charity pigeon auctions, raffles for new lofts and the showing and judging of over 2,000 of the top homing pigeons in the country.

The show takes place on Saturday and Sunday, January 15 and 16.

On November 25, the H5N1 strain of avian influenza was found in birds at a premises in the Knott-End-on-Sea area. Public health authorities set up 3km and 10km temporary control zones around the infection site covering Fleetwood, Thornton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Cockerham and Cleveleys.

The Winter Gardens venue is outside of the current 10km control zone, meaning pigeons will also be in attendance.

Ian Evans is CEO of the Royal Pigeon Racing Association. He told Lancs Live: “While gatherings – shows, sales et cetera – of certain species of birds are currently prohibited this does not impact on gatherings of racing pigeons, unless the venue of the gathering is within 10km of an outbreak.

Show aisle at the Blackpool Pigeon Show
Show aisle at the Blackpool Pigeon Show (Image: Royal Pigeon Racing Association)

“Thankfully the Winter Gardens is outside of the current 10km zone that was put in place following the outbreak near Fleetwood.”

The British Homing World Show of the Year is the largest of its kind in Europe and will feature talks, films and young fanciers areas.

The main event is the showing and judging of the top pigeons in the UK. £10 to £10,000 can be paid for a pedigree racing pigeon or its offspring, but the pigeons on display are all fighting for the chance to be crowned best in show, with the winner going to the Supreme Champion class.

Tickets for the Pigeon show and Gala Evening are available to buy through the RPRA site. The Gala Evening costs £18 but entry to the Saturday show is £7.50 and £6.50 for the Sunday.

Ian said: “This is a huge event in our calendar and it’s always popular amongst attendees. Pigeon racing is not simply just a hobby for the fancying community. For many, the pass time helps people to stay active and social.

“Pigeon fanciers come from all different backgrounds so this is a great chance for our members to enjoy a weekend away together. It’s a delight to host such an amazing show and gather our members and their birds all in one place, providing them the opportunity of companionship and friendship.”

Blackpool NHS staff lose vital IVF funding as thieves target their home on Christmas Day

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Jodie and Jamie are now too scared to live in their home and also to leave the property


Jodie and Jamie from Blackpool were burgled on Christmas Day
Jodie and Jamie from Blackpool were burgled on Christmas Day

Two NHS workers who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic were devastated to come home from their Christmas Day shift to find they had been burgled, including vital savings that had been earmarked for IVF treatment.

Jodie Toal and her partner Jamie are both health care assistants and were spending Christmas Day helping those in need.. They left their home early in the morning to visit their parents before heading to work at 2pm for a six-hour shift.

After finishing work, the pair headed to Jodie’s mum’s for a Christmas meal and then headed back home at about 11pm.

As they entered their home on Somerset Avenue, Blackpool, they discovered their home had been broken in to.

Jodie told LancsLive: “We were both at work for 2pm because we are both health care workers. We had gone to our parents’ houses in the morning because we knew we weren’t going to have much of a Christmas with working.

“We were at work for six hours and then from 8pm to 11pm we went to my mum’s where we had a Christmas dinner before coming back home because we were meant to be at work Boxing Day.

“We came home, opened the door, emptied the car with all the Christmas presents and then I walked into the house. In the front room, we just saw all my handbags had been emptied.”

Jodie said the pair now don't want to live in that home
Jodie said the pair now don’t want to live in that home

Jodie’s partner Jamie then walked into the kitchen to find the window had been smashed and the backdoor was wide open.

She said: “I ran upstairs, Jamie was on the phone to the police and I was on the phone with my mum. We had a safe in the house and that had been taken, with a substantial amount of money in there. Expensive jewellery, expensive watches, makeup, all gone.”

Police attended the scene and the locks were changed on the back of the property because some of the keys had gone missing.

Jodie explained how this has been a really traumatic experience for the pair.

She said: “We found a crowbar round the back of the property which was used to get into our property. We’ve not even been in the property a year and it’s just sad that it has happened, not just at Christmas. We never expected to come home to a smashed home and things stolen, but unfortunately, we have.

The pair had been working as health care assistants on Christmas Day
The pair had been working as health care assistants on Christmas Day

“We are heartbroken about it. We are nervous, we can barely sleep, we are off work. We are key workers, we have worked throughout the whole of the pandemic, we get tested every week for Covid and have never had a day off work the whole time and this has led to us being off work.

“Not only are we afraid to be in our own home, but we are also afraid to be out of the home. We don’t feel safe.”

The money that was stolen from Jodie and Jamie was possibly going to be used for future IVF treatment.

Jodie suffers from polycystic ovary syndrome so has saved for a number of years in case the day comes when she would need to use IVF.

The money that was taken would have been spent on IVF treatment
The money that was taken would have been spent on IVF treatment

She added: “Since 2016 I have been saving and putting money away and obviously that money has been taken now. Not only has our present time and our past been taken away from us. Our future now could also be at a detriment because we don’t know if we will be able to afford that. It’s very sad because we are very good people.”

The couple has set up a GoFundMe page to try and raise some of the money they lost.

To donate, click here.



Blackpool’s seafront penthouse flat with unreal views of the coast

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This stunning penthouse is not only a prize for it’s modern design, but for the remarkable views of Blackpool’s coast you could have from the comfort of your sofa


Breath taking views of the Blackpool coastline from the roof top terrace
Breath taking views of the Blackpool coastline from the roof top terrace

A luxurious penthouse flat is now on the market affording incredible, undisturbed views of the Blackpool seafront.

Proudly stood near to the the south of the iconic promenade this two bedroom flat is full of modern finishes and sleek designs, topped off by being within one of the area’s most sought out locations.

Currently on the market for less than £200,000 this beautiful property also comes with gym membership & a stunning roof top terrace, two private balconies.

The two bedroom, two bathroom penthouse on New South Promenade is on the market for £189,950 and could be the perfect location for someone looking for a quite place to live.

Once inside, you’ll find this penthouse is more than roomy enough for two with a generously sized lounge/open plan kitchen kitted out with all the modern extras including an integrated dishwasher and a fridge freezer.

Ultra-modern open plan kitchen and living room
Ultra-modern open plan kitchen and living room

A cream and black wall and base units with illuminated worktops really make this small but mighty kitchen space stand out.

The walls in the lounge area have been fitted with modern shelves providing the perfect feature wall to place a TV and any other ornamental items.

Sleek feature wall inside the lounge with views out to the balcony
Sleek feature wall inside the lounge with views out to the balcony

Spotlights lighting up the french doors which open out onto the rear balcony and seating area, acting as a cosy private garden space, is perfect for some alone time after a busy day.

However, the rooftop terrace has to be the star of the show with breath taking views of the sea, you could spend the early hours of the morning watching the sun rise over the glistening waters and the set later on the evening right from the comfort of your own home.

One of two spacious double bedroom
One of two spacious double bedroom

Accessed via a secluded set of stairs leading up to open views, the terrace is a great spot to enjoy a barbecue and maybe some drinks with friends.

For a more private view of the sea, the balcony is certainly the place to be fitted with seating and lighting on tiled floors the spectacular sea views really are unreal.

Both bedrooms within this penthouse provide both space and comfort with enough room for double beds and both fitted with super modern en-suite bathrooms.

One of two modern en-suites
One of two modern en-suites

The en suites, with walk in shower cubicles have fully tiled walls and laminate style flooring- each fitted with modern sinks with mixer tap, fitted mirrors lit up bu spotlights.

This seafront penthouse is definitely one to take a look at if you’re on the hunt for your very own space



Blackpool murder victim Malcolm Frary pictured for first time after two men arrested by police

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The victim of a suspected murder in Blackpool has been pictured for the first time by police.


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).

The cause of his death has not been revealed by police at this stage, but a murder investigation was launched following a post-mortem examination.

Two men, aged 51 and 43, both from Blackpool, were arrested on suspicion of murder and remained in custody on Monday evening (January 3).

Detectives urged anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area of Eccleston Road and Harris Street on New Year’s Eve (December 31) and New Year’s Day (January 1) to come forward.

Officers also appealed to anyone living in the Horncliffe Road and Woodstock Gardens areas of South Shore, who saw any unusual behaviour, to get in contact.

Det Chief Insp Lee Wilson, of Lancashire Police’s Force Major Investigation Team, said: “I would like to thank the public for their assistance so far but would ask anyone living and passing through these areas on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to think long and hard – did they see any unusual activity or persons acting suspiciously between these dates?

A picture of Malcolm Frary was released for the first time by police as a murder investigation continued in Blackpool (Credit: Lancashire Police)

A picture of Malcolm Frary was released for the first time by police as a murder investigation continued in Blackpool (Credit: Lancashire Police)

“Any information, no matter how seemingly small or insignificant, could be vital to our investigation.

“I would like to reassure members of the public that any information they give will be treated in confidence.”

Anyone with information can contact police by calling 101, quoting log number 1276 of January 1.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

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

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

Police also encouraged anyone with dashcam footage to use the Major Incident Public Portal via



‘Beautiful’ Blackpool hotel with £45 rooms and near-perfect TripAdvisor reviews after a rocky start

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The owners took over the hotel just ‘days’ before the start of the pandemic


DeLovely Hotel, Blackpool
DeLovely Hotel, Blackpool

If there’s one thing that can separate a good Blackpool hotel from a not-so-good one it is Tripadvisor.

As tourists head to the resort to enjoy the seaside or the impressive list of tourist attractions, they are often keen to hear from previous travellers reviews online before booking somewhere to stay.

So what happens when you’re a hotelier that’s taken over a hotel that’s closer to the bottom of TripAdvisor’s Top B&B’s in Blackpool list?

DeLovely Hotel on Lord Street in Blackpool was faced with that exact issue. After taking over the Four In A Bed hotel in 2020, Charlie Norden and his partner found their hotel at #71 of all hotels in Blackpool. Now, they’re in the top 25.

Mr Norden told LancsLive that the pair took over the hotel just ‘days’ before the first lockdown in 2020.

The owners, Charlie and Mark, met six years ago in Sussex and moved to Liverpool in 2019, before heading to Blackpool.

Mr Norden worked in retail and his partner, Mark, was a nurse. They both decided they had ‘had enough’ and asked ‘what can we do?’ before deciding to move to Blackpool and run their own hotel.

“It feels quite whimsical, it feels like it didn’t really happen but it has,” Mr Norden said.

The DeLovely Hotel had been out of use for two years before the pair took it over, with no recent reviews for prospective guests to see before visiting the resort.

“We were worried about whether we could bring it back up to standards, obviously with it being closed. We figured the challenge would be to get people in with it having been closed and we thought that the no-recent review history would put people off,” Mr Norden said.

They ‘pushed’ the advertising on Facebook and did ‘a few mini PR campaigns’ to attract new customers, as well as replacing all the beds, mattresses and TVs. They’ve re-decorated three of the guest rooms and installed a load of new features that are sure to excite tourists.

The DeLovely Hotel hosts a coffee machine, evening meals, a pizza oven and cocktails. It was featured on Four In A Bed in 2012 and was formerly known as the York House Hotel.

Mr Norden explained that they simply made the hotel ‘more luxury’ to attract guests to return to the hotel.

The summer season was ‘great’ for the hotel, Mr Norden explained: “Summer has been great, we’ve been full almost all the time and had really nice guests which we’re really grateful for. Its been great.”

He added that the winter season was also ‘really busy’ and welcomed the ‘quiet’ January for a ‘nice welcome break’.

Mr Norden said: “It’s harder than we thought, we didn’t listen to people when they said it was hard work but we have found out ourselves now.”

Under the couple’s ownership, the DeLovely hotel raced from #71 of 900 Blackpool B&Bs to #22.

One guest, who visited for a new years break, rated the hotel as ‘excellent’.

Kerry M wrote: “Just got home from a one night stay, booked to attend show at Funny Girls which is a 5min walk away. We were made welcome from the minute we stepped inside. There is a lovely, comfortable bar area, selling wide range of drinks inc cocktails.

“Our room was very comfortable and warm, with pristine white bed linen. Met Sammy the housekeeper on arrival too, who was also very friendly. We also met the owners dogs, Scampi and Chips!! The owners themselves were very interested in what we were going to be doing whilst there which was lovely, and told us a little about themselves too.

One of the double rooms inside DeLovely
One of the double rooms inside DeLovely

“The breakfast was cooked to perfection and very enjoyable. We will definitely stay again next time we visit Blackpool and definitely recommend to others. Thankyou to the owners for a nice break. Kerry and Bruce from west midlands.”

A second guest, who visited in May, said it is a ‘beautiful hotel’ with a ‘comfortable room’ and ‘fantastic breakfast’.

Shaz76 wrote: “Charlie and Mark at the Delovely Hotel are the perfect hosts, they are welcoming, friendly and attentive. The bedrooms are beautifully decorated, have pristine white bed linen and everything you could need for your stay including iron and hairdryer.

“Tea and coffee is restocked daily and towels replaced if required. The downstairs room has a dining space and a cosy bar area. Breakfast includes tea and coffee, cereals and fruit and a plentiful full English which is cooked to perfection.

“We have stayed in quite a few hotels in Blackpool, this is one of the best and great value for money. Well done Charlie and Mark keep up the good work!”

The DeLovely Hotel is Stayblackpool accredited and their room prices vary depending on which type you require.

It is £45 for a single room, £60 for a double, £70 for a king and £90 for a triple room for three people.

Mr Norden said guests can ‘expect to be treated like family and have a comfortable stay’.



Blackpool cat rescue closes after deadly virus outbreak kills 11 former strays

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A Blackpool cat rescue has been forced into a state of temporary closure following the outbreak of a deadly virus which proves fatal in up to 90 per cent of cases.


Fylde Coast Cats on Stockydale Road has closed its doors to strays after unknowingly taking in a litter of kittens infected with feline panleukopenia – or parvovirus – in late November.

The highly infectious disease quickly spread to other unvaccinated cats living at the rescue.

In total, 11 cats died over the Christmas period, including all five kittens, and one pet belonging to owner Kim Millard.

Cruella and Freddo, of Fylde Coast Cats

Cruella and Freddo, of Fylde Coast Cats

She said: “It’s a horrific disease. In kittens, it’s 90 per cent fatal. And it spreads like wildfire.

“It’s hard to say exactly where it has come from, but we’re fairly sure it’s from a litte of kittens from Cleveleys. These kittens we had for two weeks, and some of them had went off to new homes, which was heartbreaking. The first positive case we knew of was from a kitten who had gone to a new home; we directed the owners to our vets and they diagnosed it, and of course then everything went into lockdown.

“But because it took two weeks to identify, it had already spread. It’s so contagious; if I wore the same clothes going from one pen to the next that would spread it. Everything has to be bleached. We’ve thrown out so many cat posts and scratchers,

“The cattery will be defunct for a while. It’s difficult to say how long. I don’t want to take more on too soon because for me, it has been really difficult. Mentally it has taken its toll.

Sole survivor Cruella need a new home

Sole survivor Cruella need a new home

“It has been horrendous. When we first spoke to the vets they suggested we just put everything in the rescue to sleep, which is what one of the larger, better known organisations would do, but that’s not our style.

Feline panleukopenia is an uncommon but extremely contagrious virus which destroys the rapidly dividing cells in a cat’s body. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy, loss of appetite, dehydration, and nasal discharge.

The disease, which cannot spread to humans, kills up to 90 per cent of kittens it infects, and 50 per cent of adult cats. Vaccines protect against the disease, however, most of the animals taken in by Fylde Coast Cats are strays, meaning many had not been vaccinated.

Only one rescue kitten who caught feline panleukopenia survived: 14-week-old Cruella, who tragically lost her sister Estella to the disease.

Kim said: “Her chances of survival were next to none, but she’s one tough cookie.”

Cruella, who was hand-reared after being found abandoned with her sister in Grange Park, is now vaccinated and looking for her new home with another cat, seven-month-old Freddo.

They are currently being looked after away from the cattery as three cats remain there awaiting vaccination.

Anyone who is interested in adopting Cruella and Freddo can call the rescue on 07907716928.



Year of the big kick-off at the enterprise zone

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With a new manager at the airport, plus new sports facilities and road changes, 2022 looks set to kick off in a special way for Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone.


The £75m project which aims to create 5,000 jobs over its 25 year lifespan is progressing well despite being hampered by coronavirus issues and will see important changes in the coming year.

Construction is on schedule to complete the new sports changing facilities near the new pitches already in use on the eastern side of the 144 hectare site in spring and work will start then to add a new 3G floodlit pitch and rugby pitch with car parking.

The new sports facilities for the people of Blackpool will be put to good use, with the huge youth football competition aiming to attract 4,000 participants, The Blackpool Cup, due to be hosted at Common Edge Playing Fields at Easter and May bank holiday on April 16 to 17 and 30 April to May 1.

Conlon Construction has started work on the new sports facilities on the Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone

Conlon Construction has started work on the new sports facilities on the Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone

A planning application will be submitted in January for the new access road that will link Common Edge Road and Amy Johnson Way but stage one highways works will commence to improve access at Division Lane West.

And also in the next few weeks, carbon fibre specialist Multi-ply will officially open its new £8m, 400,000sq ft building which was completed in 2021 by Eric Wright Group, making the enterprise zone a centre for a crucial technology of the future.

The changes build on the progress made in 2021 when the zone was provisionally awarded a £7.5m share of Blackpool’s £39.5m Town Deal, to

help towards the cost of a new Eastern Gateway Access road and highways improvements that will result in better traffic flow around the site, provide better connectivity for Blackpool Business Park and will unlock commercial development land. School Lane and Common Edge Lane will also be

A CGI of how the new pavilion and changing rooms will look

A CGI of how the new pavilion and changing rooms will look

improved, which will ease traffic significantly in this area of town.

Staff at the airport started the year amid a lockdown offering PCR Covid tests at the airport and ongoing business support and the council worked to take back day to day control of the airport operations.

With a new manager due to be appointed in the next few weeks and after winning free business advice to help with the redevelopment of the airport with the Airport Development Advisory Fund, the plan is to secure new business, assess and identify viable routes, potential operators and partner airfields for the aviation operations o the zone.

In April Lancashire Energy HQ also brought home a double win at the 13th UK Nuclear Skills Awards, organised by NSAN, winning the Best Provider and Employer Collaboration Award for its Nuclear Degree Apprenticeship programme, and BENg (Hons) student, Kane Porter, won the Advanced Apprentice of the Year Award.

The work heralds an important year ahead for the zone

The work heralds an important year ahead for the zone

Springs specialist Force Technology was winner of an internal trade award in September at the Northern Automotive Alliance Awards 2021 and Helispeed flew famous You Tuber Dan tDM to the resort to unveil his new waxwork at Madame Tussauds.

Conlon Contractors are the main contractors appointed on the sports facilities development and progress is on schedule and going well, with steelwork now up on site. The new facilities, designed by Preston architects Cassidy and Ashton are anticipated to be ready by late spring 2022.

Rob Green, Head of Enterprise Zones at Blackpool Council said: “We have been pleased with the pace of activity throughout 2021, highlighted by the new 40,000sq ft Multiply HQ on track for a spring occupation, and work is progressing well at the new changing rooms facility at Common Edge Road playing fields, which is on target for a spring opening.

“We are quietly confident that the pace of activity will accelerate in 2022 and we will see more development activity on site. We have a planning application for the highways works in the pipeline for a spring submission, and the infrastructure works around Division Lane West are due to start early in the New Year.

Coun Mark Smith and Rob Green  at Squires Gate

Coun Mark Smith and Rob Green at Squires Gate

“As we look forward to an exciting new year of development and progress, the EZ team at Blackpool Council would also like to take this opportunity to thank the local residents and EZ businesses for their ongoing support and patience whilst development work takes place.

“There will inevitably be further disruption as we continue to build out the EZ, unlocking new development plots and attracting further investment and employment to the area, but we will keep everyone up-to-date as work progresses and aim to minimise disruption wherever possible, as we look forward to greater economic growth and investment in our business parks.”

As well as the sports village, the zone will see progress on a new road system to open up more land for industry and jobs

As well as the sports village, the zone will see progress on a new road system to open up more land for industry and jobs

The handover of the MultiPly building at the zone

The handover of the MultiPly building at the zone

Neil Critchley: Blackpool players have earned pause for breath this week

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Neil Critchley hailed the heart and spirit of his squad after withstanding a gruelling festive season, though the Blackpool head coach is grateful for a free week between fixtures.

Despite a well-publicised player shortage made all the worse by Covid cases, the Seasiders managed to play three games in a week, returning to winning ways against Hull City on New Year’s Day after back-to-back Championship defeats.

As postponements remain rife across the EFL, Blackpool are one of only four sides in the second tier to have played three games since Christmas.

Neil Critchley's Blackpool and QPR were the only Championship sides to play three times in seven days since Christmas

Neil Critchley’s Blackpool and QPR were the only Championship sides to play three times in seven days since Christmas

QPR are the only other club to have played three in seven days, while Derby County and Huddersfield Town managed three in eight.

It means the six-day gap before Saturday’s lunchtime FA Cup tie at Hartlepool United seems a long and most welcome one for Critchley.

The Pool boss said: “It’s a little breather, although it sounds quite weird even saying that because it’s only Saturday until Saturday.

“That one-week window will give us a chance to recharge our batteries, both emotionally and physically.

“It will just give us some breathing space and we can reflect on last week and the three games.

“We can then look forward to a difficult FA Cup tie against Hartlepool next Saturday.”

Pool’s third-round opponents were themselves due to play for the third time since Christmas last night, against Bolton Wanderers in the EFL Trophy.

However, they did have a League Two fixture postponed a week ago because of Covid in the Tranmere Rovers camp.

Critchley says his squad have certainly earned that “little breather”.

He added: “Three in seven days is a massive effort, especially when you end up playing with 10 men for half an hour (after Jordan Gabriel’s red card at Huddersfield), and you’re chasing the game against Middlesbrough and giving everything you’ve got to get back into it.

“We’re one of two clubs out of 24 in the Championship who faced that schedule.

“Games are being called off because of Covid. Hull said they had quite a few players missing but I didn’t see that many missing, I have to be honest.

“Our players have gone thick and fast in a short period of time.

“We might not always win games but no-one beats us for togetherness, spirit and heart. The players showed that in abundance.”


Blackpool Tower Circus set for £1m repair works

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Blackpool Tower Circus is to undergo a £1m revamp to safeguard its future after surveys found the ceiling was in need of urgent repairs.



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The circus, located inside Blackpool Tower, was founded in 1894

Widespread repairs will be made to the venue, located inside Blackpool Tower, after a survey showed the structure to be in a “poor condition”.

A council report warned not doing the work would mean the century-old circus could not continue to operate.

Blackpool Council approved the investment in an urgent decision.

The estimated cost is £643,629, which will be paid by the authority through borrowing with annual repayments over 25 years totalling just over £1m, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.

The work will be done while the circus is closed for winter, with operator Merlin expecting to welcome audiences back for the 2022 season.

In previous years the attraction has hosted a pantomime, but no shows were scheduled for Christmas this year.

The circus dates back to 1894 and is the oldest permanent circus arena in the world, able to seat an audience of 1,300 people.

It is the fifth ceiling in the council’s portfolio of listed buildings to require urgent investment.

In 2018, the ceiling of the town’s Empress Ballroom was restored at a cost of £750,000, while a £1.1m refurbishment of the Tower Ballroom ceiling was completed earlier this year.

In August 2019, the council also spent £13,000 on repairs to the council chamber ceiling within the Grade II-listed Town Hall.

And in October this year it was revealed repairs are needed to the roof of the Grade II listed Central Library, which will cost £290,000.

Blackpool’s family-run Hungarian restaurant where customers can’t get enough of authentic dishes

It has been rated one of the top places to visit in Blackpool


Hungarian's Restaurant, based on Topping Street, Blackpool has been rated number eight of 499 restaurants in Blackpool on TripAdvisor
Hungarian’s Restaurant, based on Topping Street, Blackpool has been rated number eight of 499 restaurants in Blackpool on TripAdvisor (Image: TripAdvisor)

A family-run Hungarian restaurant in Blackpool has been rated in the top 10 places to go to.

Hungarian’s Restaurant, based on Topping Street, Blackpool has been rated number eight of 499 restaurants in Blackpool on TripAdvisor.

It is described as: “A family-owned restaurant based in Central Blackpool, just of Topping Street upstairs. Warm and welcoming we offer a refreshing style of cafe culture to accommodate any occasion and a Contemporary Cuisine with Hungarian Specialities.

“Whether you are looking for a relaxing setting with your family, an early bird dinner to a fine dining experience, an event or a birthday party, we welcome you into our family restaurant.”

Of the 137 reviews, it has received five stars and people can’t get enough of the home cooked cuisine.

One customer said: “Fantastic home-cooked food with a high end feel to it. We tried almost everything on the menu and were not disappointed… the flavour and the level of care was amazing.

“And the service was nothing shy of five stars.

“Seriously recommend to give it a go either you know Hungarian food or even if you don’t like me.”

Another said: “Lovely restaurant with great food and service. We were visiting Blackpool for the weekend and wanted to try something different.

Family-run Hungarian restaurant in Blackpool where customers can't get enough of the authentic cuisine
Family-run Hungarian restaurant in Blackpool where customers can’t get enough of the authentic cuisine

“We were very impressed by the quality of the food and the Hungarian menu.

“We all tried different items from the menu and all were delicious and the lady who served us told us about the different dishes and recommended an excellent wine.

“We would highly recommend this restaurant. Thank you for a very nice evening.”

A third customer left the review: “What a find this was didn’t want the usual food served in the majority of restaurants in Blackpool and this was certainly different with Hungarian traditional food and drink. It’s obviously a family run business with a delightful hostess seeing to all your needs and helping you to decide which dishes to have.

“Apart from Goulash never had Hungarian food before and with plenty to choose from on the menu we needed a bit of friendly advice from the hostess. Whilst deciding tried a Hungarian beer, Borsodi, like a craft lager and the wine was a Bulls Blood Classic a really deep red with lots of dark fruits on the palate but not too dry.

“All the food is freshly prepared, so you have a small wait between courses, but they were worth the wait each one was excellent and generous portion sizes, so you don’t leave hungry. Roast potatoes were some of the best we have had in a long time. We really enjoyed our first try of Hungarian food and already talking about returning when we are next in Blackpool.”

You can view their menu online here.



Blackpool drivers too busy racing to notice police car on their tail – it didn’t end well

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Lancs Road Police stopped the two cars and seized them


Blackpool racers have cars seized after failing to notice police recording them chasing each other
Blackpool racers have cars seized after failing to notice police recording them chasing each other (Image: LancsRoadsPolice)

Two divers in Blackpool have had their cars seized by police after being caught racing each other right in front of officers.

Officers from Lancashire Constabulary stopped the two drivers who were racing each other after driving behind them and recording them breaking the law.

Police said they were ‘too busy racing each other’ to notice the fully marked up BMW police car trailing them.

Both drivers were reported and their cars – a black Skoda Fabia and a red Vauxhall Corsa – were seized.

A spokesman for Lancs Road Police said on Twitter: “The drivers of these two cars in Blackpool were too busy racing each other to notice the fully liveried Police BMW behind them recording their every move.

“Both drivers reported and both cars seized under section 59 due to the manner in which they were being driven.”

A date in court now awaits those behind the wheels.