Hundreds line Blackpool streets in final goodbye to Jordan Banks

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The funeral will be a private service for family and friends however a route will be planned for people wishing to pay their respects

Those invited to Jordan Banks' funeral have been asked to wear bright colours

Those invited to Jordan Banks’ funeral have been asked to wear bright colours (Image: BPL Bible/LancsLive)

Hundreds of people have lined the streets in Blackpool to bid a final goodbye to schoolboy Jordan Banks who tragically died after being struck by lightning.

Jordan Banks, 9, died on Tuesday, May 11 following the incident which occurred while he was playing football at Common Edge playing fields.

Emergency services were called to the scene just after 5pm and Jordan was sadly pronounced dead later in the evening.

Since his passing, there has been an outpouring of support for his family from the local community, the football community and even from people across the country.

The kind-hearted Liverpool Football Club fan was known for his charitable nature and for an incredible fund-raising effort which saw him raise more than £3,000 for Counselling in the Community.

He touched the hearts of people across the nation and even made an impression on Liverpool FC veteran James Milner, who sent a video to the young Clifton Rangers Junior Football Club player in support of his campaign.

Blackpool says farewell to Jordan Banks

Those at the funeral have been asked to wear ‘bright’ colours to represent his character.

The family said that they would have like to invite everyone who knew him but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, they must stick to the current restrictions of 30 people.

Hundreds lined the streets as Jordan’s funeral cortege made its way through Blackpool, with the crowd applauding as it made its way past.

Many donned football strips with the number 7 on the back while standing outsie St George’s School, while balloons and football banners lined the railings at Stanley School.

It is hoped that one day in the future there may be a tribute organised that can be open to everyone to attend.

Mum Danielle posted: “If you we’re lucky enough to know Jordan, you will know he loved his fashion. So we ask for bright colours crazy patterns and football tops to be worn.

“Floral donations are welcome or donations to Brian House hospice, thank you.

“This is a celebration of Jordan’s life. STAY FUNNY YNWA”.

Stolen vehicle from Blackpool is recovered in Preston

Home | Blackpool GazetteThis car stolen from Blackpool was found abandoned in a Preston back street, Lancashire Police have tweeted.

 

Car is found in Preston

Car is found in Preston

A car stolen from Blackpool was located by Team Koa abandoned in a Preston alley (or back street depending on where you’re from) Plenty of forensic opportunities but a happy owner nonetheless

Investment plans revealed for Blackpool’s Abingdon Street Market

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Blackpool’s Abingdon Street Market will boast eating areas for up to 250 diners as well as a wine bar and artisan stalls when it reopens following a £3.6m investment.

But traditional stalls include a butchers and fishmongers will be retained when the market relaunches next year.

Blackpool’s market traders still waiting for new home

The details are revealed in a planning application for the work to upgrade the historic building, which has been submitted to Blackpool Council.

Artist's impression of the Edward Street entrance to Abingdon Street MarketArtist’s impression of the Edward Street entrance to Abingdon Street Market

New entrances from Cedar Square, Queen Vera’s Road and Church Street are proposed, while the exterior of the market will include new glazing to draw more light in.

A heritage statement submitted with the application says: “The proposed development involves the refurbishment and alteration of the Abingdon

Street Market to deliver a more modern, attractive and significantly enhanced market offer as part of a number of long-term schemes to improve and revitalise the town centre.

“The works involve modernising both the internal arrangement of the building as well as improvements to the external facade.”

The planning application is seeking permission for renovations to the exterior of the building which was the site of Blackpool’s first police station between 1862 and 1893.

The statement adds: “Extensive improvements are also proposed to the interior of the building but this does not form part of the decision-making process from a heritage perspective.

“These works relate to improving the market offering through a refreshed, better quality and extended food and beverage and retail offering.”

Drawings depicting the layout of the ground floor show a large food and drink area at the Edward Street end of the market with a beer bar, wine bar and coffee stall, three separate seating areas totalling 250 covers, and five food and beverage units.

The retail element opens onto Abingdon Street, and there are also male and female toilets.

New glazing will modernise the Abingdon Street and Edward Street entrances, while work will also include re-rendering facades, cleaning brickwork, new signs and improved lighting.

The council bought the market last year after receiving a £3.6m grant from the government’s Getting Building Fund.

Existing traders moved out during lockdown, with some relocating to other premises in the town centre although many are still waiting to move into temporary premises in Victoria Street.

Hundreds line the streets in Blackpool to say goodbye to schoolboy Jordan Banks

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Hundreds of people lined the streets in Blackpool in tribute to tragic schoolboy Jordan Banks who died after being struck by lightning.

Jordan Banks

Jordan Banks

The nine-year-old’s funeral today was a private service for family and friends.

A route was planned for those wishing to pay their respects and say a final goodbye to the youngster.

Those who attended the funeral, held under Covid restrictions with a limit of 30 people, were asked to wear ‘bright’ colours to represent his character.

Many wore football strips with the number 7 on the back while standing outside St George’s School,

At Stanley School, balloons and football banners hung on the railings

Jordan’s mum Danielle posted a message: “If you we’re lucky enough to know Jordan, you will know he loved his fashion. So we ask for bright colours crazy patterns and football tops to be worn.

“Floral donations are welcome or donations to Brian House hospice, thank you.

“This is a celebration of Jordan’s life. STAY FUNNY YNWA”.

Liverpool FC fan Jordan died on Tuesday, May 11, while he was playing football at Common Edge playing fields.

Emergency services were called just after 5pm.

Jordan was pronounced dead later that evening.

Tributes and an outpouring of support for the family have come from throughout the country.

 

David celebrates 10 years as an author with 20th e-book publication

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David Menon is celebrating 10 years as an author and the publication of his 20th book – yet you won’t find them in any bookshop.

 

The 59-year-old from St Annes who formerly worked in cabin crew for British Airways has proved a big hit as a writer of e-books, most of them thrillers and with a following which extends across the globe as far as Australia.

That particular international link is especially appropriate as his latest story, The Final Hours, goes live for his readers, as it introduces a new lead character – Jason Farrell of New South Wales Police, whose beat is a small town about an hour outside Sydney.

It’s a setting David is particularly keen to introduce as he says he had many happy visits to Australia when he was working for BA and would love to return when pandemic rules permit.

Author David Menon working at his home in St AnnesAuthor David Menon working at his home in St Annes

Farrell is married to Geraldine who is a makeup artist on film and TV sets and they have an 18-year-old daughter called Sapphire.

Farrell doesn’t suffer fools and won’t tolerate any behaviour from his officers that could be deemed as being less than professional. He runs a tight ship even though he’s known as a good manager of people though he doesn’t always go by the rule book.

David is currently working on book two in the series which will be out shortly before Christmas.

“I’ve always wanted to set stories in Australia and I hope people enjoy Farrell and his adventures,” said David.

“I was with BA for 24 years and visited so many wonderful places around the world.

“For 12 years I was the onboard cabin crew manager, taking charge of the cabin crew on Boeing 747 and 777 aircraft for longhaul flights to all corners of the globe.

“I always enjoyed writing and when BA introduced voluntary redundancy in 2009, I took advantage of it so that I could realise my dream of being a full-time writer.

“To create a source of income while I built up my sales I qualified as a teacher of English as a second language.”

Most of his books have been about a Greater Manchester detective called Jeff Barton and that series continues, with the next due out in the summer.

Details of The Final Hours and David’s other books at www.amazon.co.uk

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May bank holiday weather in Blackpool: This when the heatwave is predicted to start across the Fylde coast

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Met Office forecasters are predicting scorching temperatures across Blackpool and the Fylde coast this Spring Bank Holiday weekend.

 

While cloudy conditions are forecast throughout Saturday (May 29), temperatures will steadily climb as we head through the weekend.

Cloudy conditions will clear into Sunday as high pressure continues to build. Much of the day will enjoy clear skies and sunshine with some light cloud forecast during the afternoon, as the mercury rises to 21C.

Monday looks set to see the best of the weather, with temperatures reaching 22C as conditions remain clear and dry.

Blackpool looks set to bask in the sun this Spring Bank Holiday weekend.

Blackpool looks set to bask in the sun this Spring Bank Holiday weekend.

Here is the hour-by-hour forecast for the Spring Bank Holiday weekend in Blackpool:

Saturday, May 29, 2021

07:00 – Light cloud / 10% chance of rain / 12C

08:00 – Light cloud / 10% chance of rain / 13C

09:00 – Light cloud / 10% chance of rain / 14C

10:00 – Light cloud / 10% chance of rain / 15C

11:00 – Light cloud / 10% chance of rain / 15C

12:00 – Light cloud / 10% chance of rain / 16C

13:00 – Light cloud / 10% chance of rain / 16C

14:00 – Light cloud / 10% chance of rain / 17C

15:00 – Light cloud and sunny spells / 5% chance of rain / 17C

16:00 – Light cloud and sunny spells / 5% chance of rain / 17C

17:00 – Light cloud / 10% chance of rain / 17C

18:00 – Light cloud and sunny spells / 5% chance of rain / 17C

19:00 – Light cloud and sunny spells / 5% chance of rain / 17C

20:00 – Light cloud and sunny spells / 5% chance of rain / 16C

​21:00 – Sunshine / 5% chance of rain / 16C

22:00 – Clear skies / 5% chance of rain / 15C

23:00 – Light cloud / 5% chance of rain / 14C

Sunday, May 30, 2021

07:00 – Sunshine / 5% chance of rain / 12C

10:00 – Sunshine / 5% chance of rain / 17C

13:00 – Light cloud and sunny spells / 5% chance of rain / 19C

16:00 – Light cloud and sunny spells / 5% chance of rain / 20C

19:00 – Light cloud and sunny spells / 5% chance of rain / 20C

22:00 – Clear skies / 5% chance of rain / 15C

Monday, May 31, 2021

07:00 – Sunshine / 5% chance of rain / 12C

10:00 – Sunshine / 5% chance of rain / 17C

13:00 – Sunshine / 5% chance of rain / 20C

16:00 – Light cloud and sunny spells / 5% chance of rain / 21C

19:00 – Light cloud / 5% chance of rain / 21C

22:00 – Light cloud / 5% chance of rain / 17C

Motorists are facing long delays on the M6 following a crash

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Long queues are forming on the M6 northbound between Broughton Interchange and Standish

Huge queues have formed on the M6

Huge queues have formed on the M6

Motorists are facing long delays on the M6 following a crash.

A lane closure was put in place after the collision on the northbound carriageway between J31A for Longridge and J32 for Broughton Interchange.

One driver reported that a car had struck the central reservation barrier at around 12.30pm today.

Traffic officers attended and shut lane four of four for around half an hour until 1.10pm.

The accident has sparked massive tailbacks which has added to the already busy motorway this bank holiday weekend.

Traffic sensors show that there is congestion back to J27 for Standish – a distance of around 17 miles.

Long delays are also reported on the M61 northbound back to J8 for Chorley.

All lanes have sinced re-opened.

Long delays on the M6 this afternoon

Long delays on the M6 this afternoon (Image: Google)

Traffic officers have also been called to a collision on the M6 northbound between J35 for Carnforth and J36 for Kendal.

One lane is closed and recovery is in the process of being organised to assist. Congestion there is currently back to Burton-In-Kendal Services.

Person pulled from sea at Blackpool’s North Pier in early hours rescue

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Police, coastguard, lifeboats and paramedics were called to the incident

A rescue operation was launched at Blackpool's North Pier

A rescue operation was launched at Blackpool’s North Pier (Image: Fleetwood Coastguard)

A “vulnerable” person was pulled from the sea in a dramatic rescue in Blackpool this morning.

Emergency crews, including coastguard officers, lifeboat crews, police and paramedics were called to reports of a person in the water under North Pier at around 2.20am today.

Lifeboats were launched so crews could “negogiate” with the person who was clinging on to the stantions under the pier.

The casualty was then pulled aboard a lifeboat and taken back to dry land.

Lytham Coastguard, who attended alongside Lytham Coastguard and both RNLI Blackpool inshire lifeboats, posted on Facebook: “Fortunately, they eventually managed to assist the casualty to the lifeboat and took the casualty back to shore who was then passed into the care of Blackpool Police & North West Ambulance Service. HM Coastguard Fleetwood were also tasked to assist. If you see someone in difficulty on the coast, call 999 & ask for the Coastguard!”

Police officers and paramedics took care of the person following the rescue.

 

Save our street from parking nightmare is plea from Blackpool residents

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A South Shore couple have launched a campaign to ‘save our street’ after plans emerged to put 10 parking spaces directly in front of their home.

 

Paula and Dave Storton are currently the only residents of Harrow Place, but the conversion of nearby former hotels into luxury flats has prompted moves to bring in new parking measures.

This would mean the loss of public on-street parking as spaces are given over to exclusive use by people moving into the apartments.

But the couple are warning they would be faced with disruption including car lights sweeping into their front room, while the pavement would also be substantially narrower putting pedestrians at risk.

Paula Storton with the sign outside her homePaula Storton with the sign outside her home

Planning permission granted in 2016 for 86 apartments currently being built at Coastal Point includes an agreement to reconfigure parking on Harrow Place and introduce a residential parking scheme.

This does not include space in front of Mr and Mrs Storton’s home, but a subsequent application submitted in May by developer Tony Banks to convert 6-8 Harrow Place into 15 flats is seeking to create 10 parking bays there.

In a bid to highlight the issue the couple, who have lived on Harrow Place for more than 20 years, have put up a sign setting out the proposals and asking people to help ‘save our street’.

It has resulted so far in 76 objections being submitted to the council.

The Save Our Street signThe Save Our Street sign

Mrs Storton said: “The new parking bays proposed outside our home will not only affect our privacy but will take a huge chunk out of the pavement.

“A lot of people living in the area didn’t know about the plans so we thought we would canvas people coming past and put the sign up.

“There are lots of disabled people living nearby, as well as a nursery which regularly brings children down this way and they will all struggle to use the pavement if it becomes single file.

“And for us, especially in the winter, when people park we will have their car lights sweeping into our front room.”

An image showing how nursery school staff would struggle to get down the road if the pavement was narrowed to allow parkingAn image showing how nursery school staff would struggle to get down the road if the pavement was narrowed to allow parking

Mr Banks claims he does not want to put parking spaces in front of Mr and Mrs Storton’s home and is seeking an alternative solution with town hall planners.

He said: “I believe there is a solution to the parking issues in Harrow Place which would suit everyone, and I am calling on all the stakeholders to get together to resolve this.”

He said he was willing to put parking at the rear of his property but he had been advised that the land should be allocated for amenity use and bins.

The application is expected to go before the council’s planning committee at a future date for consideration.

Tower to light up tangerine for Blackpool FC as good luck wishes roll in for the Seasiders ahead of League One play-off final at Wembley

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The Tower will light up in tangerine this weekend in support of Blackpool FC making another play-off final trip to Wembley Stadium.

Blackpool Tower will be lit up in tangerine in support of Blackpool FC

Blackpool Tower will be lit up in tangerine in support of Blackpool FC

Council leader, Coun Lynn Williams, said: “We all wish Blackpool Football Club every success on Sunday.

“It’s a real shame that the club’s thousands of supporters can’t all be there to cheer them on because of the Covid-19 restrictions on capacity, but the team should know that the whole town will be rooting for them.

“Whatever the outcome, we are immensely proud of what they have already achieved this season – getting to Wembley once again has created a huge buzz among local residents.

“Ever since the new owner and management team came into the club, they have brought a sense of purpose and ambition, and as a Council we are delighted to be able to partner with them not least through our ongoing kit sponsorship.”

The Council has had a shirt sponsorship agreement with the club for the past two seasons, with its tourism arm, VisitBlackpool, featuring on the home shirt, and the mental health programme, Get Vocal, on the third kit.

Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP, Paul Maynard, hopes it will be a ‘special day’ for the club.

He said: “After many difficult years of turmoil at the club I know just what a return to the Championship would mean for Blackpool fans and for our town.

“I’m looking forward to Sunday’s game and share the excitement and anticipation ahead of what is a showpiece event.

“I want to wish Neil Critchley, his team and everyone involved with the football club the best of luck as they head to Wembley. I only wish it had been possible for more supporters to make the trip with them.

“I know those who are there will back our team with all their hearts and voices. Let’s hope this is another special day for Blackpool and in the history of our wonderful football club.”

Scott Benton, Blackpool South MP, is heading to Wembley to cheer on the Seasiders.

He said: “I’d like to wish Neil Critchley and Blackpool FC good luck for the final on Sunday.

“It would be fantastic for the town should we return to the Championship and I will be at the game to support the lads.”

Supporters in Blackpool were also looking forward to tomorrow’s game.

Lifelong Blackpool fan Clive Parkinson, 53, of Marton is among those lucky enough to be heading to Wembley on Sunday.

He said: “Having not been able to watch any live football apart from the play-offs, it’s fantastic to be going to Wembley for the final.

“It’s just a shame more fans aren’t allowed in due to the restrictions, but I’m sure those of us lucky enough to be there will be making plenty of noise.

“For me personally, it means between me and my dad, we have been at every Wembley final Blackpool has played in apart from the League Two play-off final which I missed as part of the Oyston boycott.

“However we have a great owner in place now and I feel proud to be back supporting my team at the home of football.”

Derek Mulholland, 64, of St Luke’s Road in South Shore, said he was happy to be returning to a play off final now the Oystons had ‘packed their bags’.

He said: “A lot of us didn’t go to the League Two play-off in 2017 because of the Oystons so it’s great that we can enjoy this one in Wembley again.

“I think we stand a great chance of getting back into the Championship and I am already looking forward to us hammering Preston North End as soon as possible.”