Blackpool boy struck by lightning while playing on football field

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School Road in Blackpool remains closed
School Road in Blackpool remains closed

A boy has been rushed to hospital with serious injuries after being struck by lightning on a football field.

Police were called to the field on School Road, Blackpool, shortly after 5pm today (May 11) to reports that a child had been injured.

Officers say enquiries are ongoing but at this time they ‘believe the boy had been struck by lightning’.

He has been taken to hospital where he remains in a serious condition.

The age of the boy has not been released.

School Road remains closed in both directions between Common Edge Road and Midgeland Road.

Motorists are being advised to avoid the area.

A Lancashire Police spokesperson said: “We were called shortly after 5.05pm today (Tuesday, May 11th) to a football field on School Road, Blackpool, to reports a child had been injured.

“Although enquiries are still ongoing, at this time we believe the boy had been struck by lightning.

“He has since been taken to hospital, where he remains with serious injuries.

“Road closures are currently in place and we would ask that people avoid the area and motorists find alternative routes where possible.

“Anybody with information about the incident, or who witnessed it and has not yet spoken to police, is asked to get in touch on 101, quoting log 1169 of May 11th.”


Coleen Nolan is ‘hurt and angry’ after latest heartbreak

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“I was so hurt and angry,” the star revealed

Coleen Nolan has opened up on her latest heartbreak
Coleen Nolan has opened up on her latest heartbreak (Image: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Coleen Nolan has revealed she was left hurt and angry after her latest heartbreak.

The Blackpool-born star opened up on her relationship with her lover who she says broke up with her as he couldn’t “handle who she was”.

The Loose Women star, 56, opted to keep the man’s identity a secret when she first revealed the relationship last year.

The pair had met on a dating app and only saw each other twice in person before the lockdown.

However, Coleen admitted how she ended up “falling for him” – but then things started to go wrong.

She revealed: “I really started to fall for him and I couldn’t wait to see him.

“But then as lockdown started lifting, he was meant to pick me up, but the day before he went weird on the texting front.”

She added to OK! magazine : “I asked why he wasn’t replying and he told me he really liked me, but couldn’t handle who I was. I was so hurt and angry.”

Even though she was hurt by the breakup, the star couldn’t “say a bad thing about him”.

She insisted that the age difference of eight years wasn’t the reason they parted ways.

Coleen reflected on the decision and what could have changed his mind, before saying “he probably was a bit scared that he couldn’t adapt to my lifestyle”.

Back in January, the TV host revealed that she worried she might be ‘too old for him’.

In one of her weekly newsletters for The Mirror, Coleen explained they had spoken about the age gap but it didn’t seem to be a problem.

She wrote: “I’ve had this discussion with the man I’m seeing.

“He’s 47 and I’m 55 and, although there are only eight years between us, I have moments of worrying I’m a bit too old for him.

“On the other hand, we both have a similar outlook and are in the same place in our lives. He’s divorced with children, as am I, so we have a lot in common, too.”


5 of the best Blackpool pubs near Pleasure Beach and the seaside

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From The Spen Dyke to Half Way House, here are the best watering holes to visit near the beach

There are pubs a short distance from the Pleasure Beach and seafront in Blackpool
There are pubs a short distance from the Pleasure Beach and seafront in Blackpool (Image: Unsplash)

With pubs set to reopen indoors on May 17, it’s time to start thinking about getting a tipple in again. No longer are you at the mercy of the elements, as groups of up to six people will be allowed to enjoy drinks and food inside again.

There are a great selection of boozers on offer in Blackpool, with each offering its own quintessential charm.

Whether it’s a good pint you seek, or a cosy place with great food, this seaside resort has everything you need.

Here’s a selection of five of the best to while away a sunny day in the town.

The Spen Dyke

Situated on Lytham Road, just a stone’s throw from Pleasure Beach, The Spen Dyke is perfectly located for a few pints after a ride on the rollercoaster (if you’re brave enough). With outdoor and indoor seating available, this is also a great bar if the weather holds up.

They serve tapas (perfect for a snack while downing some bevvies) as well as burgers, and a generous Sunday roast menu on – you guessed it – Sundays.

Farmers Arms

Owned by Greene King, the Farmers Arms is just down the road from the Spen Dyke. Offering your usual selection of affordable grub, this pub is ideal for a day out by the seaside.

Situated in a very residential-style building, this bar offers a quirky charm to while away those sunny days (hopefully) in Blackpool.

Half Way House

A bit further out, but still within walking distance to the seaside – Blackpool’s Half Way House has everything you could ask for in an English boozer. Part of the Joseph Holy pub chain, this bar boasts a pizza menu, as well as your more traditional pub offering.

Situated on St Anne’s Road, the Half Way House is located right beside Blackpool Airport for those travelling from further afield and in need of a quick top-up.

The Velvet Coaster

Yes, it is a Wetherspoon’s – but you can’t beat this particular boozer for location, or name. The Velvet Coaster is named after the famous ride that was introduced to the Pleasure Beach in the early 1990s, and this building exists as a tribute to that particular attraction.

With the kind of spacious interior typically found in JD Wetherspoon boozers, there’s room for all the family in this one.

The Velvet Coaster in Blackpool
The Velvet Coaster in Blackpool (Image: Google)

The Dutton Arms

Centrally located, and showing live sport, The Dutton Arms offers everything you could want for a sunny day out in Blackpool. Only minutes away from both Pleasure Beach, and the beach itself, you can’t beat this watering hole for location.

With a full food and breakfast menu on offer, this is the perfect spot for any time of the day.