Story behind stunning Blackpool mural at new photography shop

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Kodak Express on Highfield Road is owned by John Ormston who was inspired to set up shop in memory of his brother

Mural of female photographer on the side of Kodak Express, Blackpool painted by Seca One Art

Mural of female photographer on the side of Kodak Express, Blackpool painted by Seca One Art

An amazing colourful mural has appeared on the side of a new Blackpool photography shop.

The artwork, depicting a female photographer capturing a last shot just before sunset, has captured the eye of many passers by since it was finished a week ago.

The mural at Kodak Express, which has just opened on Highfield Road, has been designed to reflect the shop’s creativity and engagement with the local community.

Owned by 52-year-old John Ormston, he runs the business through a licence agreement with Kodak Express, the world’s largest digital photo processing network.

The store sells all kinds of gifts from photo books and calendars to canvases and panels.

The 20ft by 8ft space at the corner of Highfield Road and Orchard Avenue was looking a bit sad and bare to start with and John got in Blackpool’s very own internationally recognised street artist Seca One to help.

Mural of female photographer on the side of Kodak Express, Blackpool painted by Seca One Art

Mural of female photographer on the side of Kodak Express, Blackpool painted by Seca One Art

John told Lancs Live: “I wanted something creative and in keeping with the road and Blackpool itself. I’d been thinking of what to put there and signs seemed a bit boring.

” I’d heard of Seca through a friend of a friend and after reading a LancsLive feature about him I knew he was the man for the job.

“In the first three days it was up I had so many comments, it’s such a great addition to Highfield Road. It’s not cheesy and I’m really happy with it.

“I really enjoyed working with Seca and I’d like think that now we’re friends after this as we were very much on the same wavelength and both local lads!”

58-year-old John Ormston who runs Kodak Express, Blackpool through a licensing agreement

58-year-old John Ormston who runs Kodak Express, Blackpool through a licensing agreement (Image: John Ormston)

John has lived in Blackpool for 49 years and though he runs the shop through a licence from Kodak the business is not a franchise and he has put everything into it.

John’s background is originally in banking as a bookkeeper and he’s helped to grow many businesses over the years including hotels.

He had always wanted to run his own businesses however and recognised a great opportunity when he took on the old Stan James bookmaker premises close to the Tesco Express.

His photography store was due to open in March 2020 after doing a deal with Kodak in 2019, however the coronavirus hit and the launch was delayed.

Not one to rest on his laurels however, John took this time to refurbish the property and pumped his money into his new project.

He considered re-opening in April when non-essential businesses could re-open however he decided, with Highfield Road having so many bars and pubs, that he would launch in May when indoor hospitality was opened up and people could walk past and see the mural.

The shop front of Kodak Express, Blackpook

The shop front of Kodak Express, Blackpook

Since it’s been open, the shop has already been working creatively with the community and has provided a place for students from Blackpool and the Fylde college to showcase their work.

A fan of photography himself, John wants to work with many local photographers and drone operators on fun and exciting projects.

He was inspired to open the photography shop by his older brother who loved photography. He was brain damaged from birth and sadly died in 2016 with acquired pneumonia at the age of 57.

John said: “I wanted to do something he would be proud of. He loved taking pictures of landscapes and scenery so I did my research into Kodak Express and decided this is what I was going to do.

“I decided to go the manufacturers directly rather than wholesale to compete on price so now I offer internet prices on the high street. People really do great deals on the likes of frames and inks from me.

“I also run Cable Express too at the same premises, however that’s separate to Kodak and sells all kinds of cables and equipment.

“You’d be surprised what the bigger retailers are lacking in terms of audio equipment or cables that you need quickly on the go. The bigger stores like Curry’s don’t even stock some of the cables I sell. Because I’ve put my all into this business too, again the prices are a lot cheaper than the internet or on retail parks.

The inside of the Kodak Express Blackpool store

The inside of the Kodak Express Blackpool store (Image: John Ormston)

“I’ve tried to incorporate smaller, vital items too. I noticed that when the B&M closed on Highfield it was a cheap place to go for a lot of the elderly people around here. So I got in what I could such as batteries, hearing aids, light bulbs and that’s really helped a lot.

“This road is such a vibrant shopping area and over the years I’ve watched that dwindle away a little so I want my businesses to be a good part of the community and also reflect some of the great local creativity.”

John now has plans for another mural on his premises that will represent five stages of life from birth to old age which will say “In life we develop from the negatives” set within film scrolls.

To find out more about Blackpool Kodak Express and some more of John’s projects, please click here.

Car parking in Blackpool: Where, cost, blue badge and motorhome spots and electric vehicle charging points

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The best places to park for Blackpool Pleasure Beach and other attractions – including opening times, prices, payment methods and more

West Street Car Park, Blackpool

Blackpool is fast approaching its busiest time with July being its most crowded month.

As Covid restrictions are gradually being lifted tourists will begin to flock to the area and once the summer season is over it is time for Blackpool Illuminations to take us into the darker nights of autumn.

The town has an excellent transport and tram system to get about however if you choose to drive, or need somewhere to park on arrival, it can be a little tricky to work out where.

Lancs Live has compiled a list of car parks, including multi-storeys, for reference and details such as Blue Badge spaces and parking concessions, payment methods, opening times, electric charging points and where accepts motor homes and coaches.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach has five car parks located at:

• North Car Park (Balmoral Road) – from £18 on the day, online £18 (off peak), £20 (peak) guaranteed reserved space
• East Car Park (Bond Street) – from £15.00
• Arena Car Park(Watson Road) – from £10
• West Car Park (Ocean Boulevard) – from £15.00
• Railway Station Car Park (Bond Street)

Parking facilities for disabled guests are available at all car parks. Car parking charges apply.

There are currently no parking facilities for caravans and mobile homes

Generic view of Banks Street car park (Image: Google Street View)

Blackpool Pleasure Beach now has an electric car charging point which can be used by guests. This point is located at the rear of Balmoral Road Car Park, please ask car parking attendants for directions.

There are also Pod Point Open Charge electric vehicle charging on-site for visitors.

  • – There are 2 x 7kW charging bays available.
    Each bay has a Type 2 universal socket.- It costs £1.50 per hour for 4 hours, then it is free.

Use the Pod Point Open Charge app to start charging and see live availability.
Visit Pod Point’s website for further instructions on how to use Open Charge points.

Car park closing times do vary but as a rule stay open until 10pm during the high season and 7pm during the low season and winter period.

Blackpool Council also provide car parking facilities throughout the town, including:

  • Short-stay car parks
  • Long-stay car parks
  • Coach and commercial car parks
  • Parking for motor homes
  • Parking for motorcycles

Bank Street Car Park – 24 hours – FY1 2DT

  • 16 blue badge spaces – free for 3 hours

You can use the PayByPhone app to pay for your stay in this car park, giving you complete control from your own phone.

You can download the PayByPhone app from the App Store or Google Play Store or visit the PayByPhone website. Once downloaded just enter the correct identification number for your vehicle type.

Up to 2 hours Cars £2.50
Up to 4 hours Cars £4
Up to 6 hours Cars £5
Up to 8 hours Cars £6
Up to 12 hours Cars £8
Up to 18 hours Cars £10
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20
Up to 45 minutes Coaches £2
Up to 4 hours Coaches £6
Up to 24 hours Coaches £12
Up to 48 hours Coaches £17
Up to 72 hours Coaches £20
Up to 24 hours – Winter Rate Coaches £6
Up to 12 hours Motorhomes £10
Up to 24 hours (as Coach rate) Motorhomes £12

Bethesda Road Car Park- 24 hours – FY1 5EF

  • 3 Blue badge spaces

Payment is by pay and display machines. One machine accepts credit/debit cards and coins, one accepts coins only – No change given

Up to 1 hour Cars £1
Up to 2 hours Cars £2
Up to 3 hours Cars £3
Up to 4 hours Cars £4
Up to 8 hours Cars £6
Up to 12 hours Cars £8
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

Bloomfield Park Road Car park (Seasiders Way) – 24 hours – FY1 6HX

  • 25 Blue badge spaces

Payment is by pay and display machines which accept credit/debit cards and coins – No change given

Up to 3 hours Cars £3.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £6
Up to 12 hours Cars £10
Up to 18 hours Cars £11
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

Bolton Street Car Park – 24 hours – FY1 6AA

  • 3 Blue badges spaces

Payment is by pay and display machines which accept credit/debit cards, coins, contactless- No change given

Up to 3 hours Cars £3.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £6
Up to 12 hours Cars £10
Up to 18 hours Cars £11
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

Bonny Street Car Park – 24 hours – FY1 5AR

  • 7 Blue badge spaces

Payment is by pay and display machines. Machines accepts credit/debit cards and coins, one accepts contactless – No change given

Up to 2 hours Cars £3
Up to 3 hours Cars £4.50
Up to 4 hours Cars £5.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £7.50
Up to 8 hours Cars £10
Up to 12 hours Cars £12
Up to 18 hours Cars £13
Up to 24 hours Cars £14
Up to 48 hours Cars £16
Up to 72 hours Cars £18
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

Central Car Park (Seasiders Way/Central Drive, Blackpool) – 24 hours – FY1 5QB

  • 34 Blue badge spaces

Payment is by 9 pay and display machine, all of which accept credit/debit cards and coins – No change given

4 x 22kw electric charge bays situated at the north end of the site alongside the coach drop-off/pick-up area

Cost – The charging rate is currently 30 pence per unit

Driver needs to download the EVdot app, this is the only method of payment accepted to use these charging stations

Up to 2 hours Cars £3
Up to 3 hours Cars £4.50
Up to 4 hours Cars £5.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £7.50
Up to 8 hours Cars £10
Up to 12 hours Cars £12
Up to 18 hours Cars £13
Up to 24 hours Cars £14
Up to 48 hours Cars £16
Up to 72 hours Cars £18
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

Chapel Street – 24 hours – FY1 5AW

  • 9 Blue Badge spaces

Payment is by 3 pay and display machines which accept coins only – No change given

Up to 2 hours Cars £3
Up to 3 hours Cars £4.50
Up to 4 hours Cars £5.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £7.50
Up to 8 hours Cars £10
Up to 12 hours Cars £12
Up to 18 hours Cars £13
Up to 24 hours Cars £14
Up to 48 hours Cars £16
Up to 72 hours Cars £18
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

Cocker Street Blackpool – 24 hours – FY1 1RX

  • 2 Blue badge bays

Payment is by pay and display machine which accept credit/debit cards, coins, contactless- No change given

Up to 2 hours Cars £2.50
Up to 4 hours Cars £4
Up to 6 hours Cars £5
Up to 8 hours Cars £6
Up to 12 hours Cars £8
Up to 18 hours Cars £10
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

East Topping Street – 24 hours – FY1 3AS

  • 9 Blue badge spaces

Payment is by 4 pay and display machines which accept credit/debit cards – No change given.

Up to 2 hours Cars £3
Up to 3 hours Cars £4.50
Up to 4 hours Cars £5.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £7.50
Up to 8 hours Cars £10
Up to 12 hours Cars £12
Up to 18 hours Cars £13
Up to 24 hours Cars £14
Up to 48 hours Cars £16
Up to 72 hours Cars £18
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

Filey Place (Banks Street) – 24 hours – FY1 1RN

  • 4 Blue badge spaces – free for 3 hours

Payment is by pay and display machine which accept credit/debit cards, coins, contactless – No change given

Up to 4 hours Cars £5
Up to 8 hours Cars £10
Up to 12 hours Cars £12
Up to 24 hours Cars £13

Foxhall Village (Seasiders Way) – 24 hours FY1 6JX

  • 10 Blue badge spaces – free for 3 hours
  • 15 coach bays – Cars must not park in coach bays

Payment is by 3 pay and display machines which accept credit/debit cards and coins – No change given

Up to 3 hours Cars £3.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £6
Up to 12 hours Cars £10
Up to 18 hours Cars £11
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20
Up to 45 minutes Coaches £2
Up to 4 hours Coaches £6
Up to 24 hours Coaches £12
Up to 48 hours Coaches £17
Up to 72 hours Coaches £20
Up to 24 hours – Winter Rate Coaches £6
Up to 12 hours Motorhomes £10

Gyn Square ( Warbreck Hill Road) – 24 hours – FY1 2JR

  • 4 blue badge spaces – free for 3 hours
  • 12 coach bays – Cars must not park in coach bays

Payment is by 2 pay and display machines which accept credit/debit cards, coins, contactless – No change given

Up to 3 hours Cars £2
Up to 4 hours Cars £2.50
Up to 8 hours Cars £4
Up to 12 hours Cars £6
Up to 18 hours Cars £9
Up to 24 hours Cars £10
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20
Up to 45 minutes Coaches £2
Up to 4 hours Coaches £6
Up to 24 hours Coaches £12
Up to 48 hours Coaches £17
Up to 72 hours Coaches £20
Up to 24 hours – Winter Rate Coaches £6
Up to 12 hours Motorhomes £10

Lonsdale Road (Seasiders Way) – 24 hours – FY1 6JX

Payment is by pay and display machines which accept credit/debit cards and coins – No change given

  • 18 blue badge spaces – free for 3 hours
Up to 3 hours Cars £3.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £6
Up to 12 hours Cars £10
Up to 18 hours Cars £11
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

Lytham Road – 24 hours – FY4 1HT

  • Blue badge holders must display a clock beside their badge showing their arrival time to qualify for a 3 hour free concession.

Payment is by pay and display machine which accept credit/debit cards, coins, contactless – No change given

Up to 3 hours Cars £3.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £6
Up to 12 hours Cars £10
Up to 18 hours Cars £11
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20
Up to 12 hours Motorhomes £10

Queen Street – 24 hours – FY1 1PX

  • 1 Blue badge space

Payment is by 2 pay and display machines, one of which accepts credit/debit cards, coins, contactless – No change given

Up to 2 hours Cars £3
Up to 3 hours Cars £4.50
Up to 4 hours Cars £5.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £7.50
Up to 8 hours Cars £10
Up to 12 hours Cars £12
Up to 18 hours Cars £13
Up to 24 hours Cars £14
Up to 48 hours Cars £16
Up to 72 hours Cars £18
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

South Beach ( South Promenade) – 24 hours – FY4 1PL

  • 11 blue badge spaces – free for 3 hours

Payment is by pay and display machines which accept credit/debit cards, coins, contactless- No change given

Up to 3 hours Cars £5
Up to 12 hours Cars £8
Up to 18 hours Cars £9
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

South Car Park (Yeadon Way) – 24 hours – FY1 6BF

  • 19 Blue badge spaces – free for 3 hours

Payment is by 5 pay and display machines which accept credit/debit cards, coins, contactless – No change given

Up to 3 hours Cars £3.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £6
Up to 12 hours Cars £10
Up to 18 hours Cars £11
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20
Up to 45 minutes Coaches £2
Up to 4 hours Coaches £6
Up to 24 hours Coaches £12
Up to 48 hours Coaches £17
Up to 72 hours Coaches £20
Up to 24 hours – Winter Rate Coaches £6
Up to 12 hours Motorhomes £10

South King Street Car Park (Charnley Road) – 24 hours – FY1 4AX

  • 2 Blue Badge spaces

Payment is by pay and display machine which accept credit/debit cards, coins, contactless – No change given

Up to 2 hours Cars £2.50
Up to 4 hours Cars £4
Up to 6 hours Cars £5
Up to 8 hours Cars £6
Up to 12 hours Cars £8
Up to 18 hours Cars £10
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

Talbot Road Multi-storey Car Park – Mon to Sun, 7am to 12 midnight – FY1 3AU

  • 38 Blue badge parking bays are available – However, there is no free parking concession

Payment is by 4 pay on foot machines which accept credit/debit cards and coins – Change given

Up to 2 hours Cars £3
Up to 3 hours Cars £4.50
Up to 4 hours Cars £5.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £7.50
Up to 8 hours Cars £10
Up to 12 hours Cars £12
Up to 18 hours Cars £13
Up to 24 hours Cars £14
Up to 48 hours Cars £16
Up to 72 hours Cars £18
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

West Street Car Park – daily 7.00am – 12.30am – FY1 1HA

  • 9 blue badge spaces

Payment is by 5 pay and display machines, all accept credit cards, debit cards, and coins.
4 also offer contactless payment. If paying with coins please have the correct amount available – No change given

Up to 2 hours Cars £3
Up to 3 hours Cars £4.50
Up to 4 hours Cars £5.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £7.50
Up to 8 hours Cars £10
Up to 12 hours Cars £12
Up to 24 hours Cars £14
Up to 48 hours Cars £16
Up to 72 hours Cars £18
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

Wimbourne Palce Car park (New South Promenade) – 24 hours – FY4 1NJ

  • 4 Blue badge spaces

Payment is by pay and display machine which accept credit/debit cards, coins, contactless – No change given

Up to 2 hours Cars £2.50
Up to 4 hours Cars £4
Up to 6 hours Cars £5
Up to 8 hours Cars £6
Up to 12 hours Cars £8
Up to 18 hours Cars £10
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

 

 

Coastguard warning after Blackpool rescue of drunk found ‘very far out’ in sea

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Emergency crews have issued important advice in order to avoid a ‘tragedy’ on the coast

An intoxicated person was rescued from the water in Blackpool

An intoxicated person was rescued from the water in Blackpool (Image: Lytham Coastguard)

Emergency crews had to rescue a drunk person who had gone “very far out” in the water at Blackpool.

RNLI Blackpool, Lytham and Fleetwood Coastguard teams and the police were called to reports of an intoxicated person in the sea near Gynn Square at 12.49am today.

Lytham Coastguard has now issued a warning urging people not to go into the water when under the influence, saying it could result in tragedy.

They said: “We were called out in the early hours of this morning at 00.49, to reports of an intoxicated person in the water around Gynn Square.

“Once we arrived on scene some fishermen pointed out the location of the casualty, who was very far out, RNLI Blackpool quickly arrived and we guided their lifeboats to the casualtys location. They then recovered the casualty from the water and brought them back to shore.

“The casualty was then passed into the care of Blackpool Police. HM Coastguard Fleetwood were also tasked.

“We urge people not to enter the water if you’ve had a drink, we see too many tragedies on our coastline involving drink. It impairs your reactions and you will put yourself and rescuers in danger! So please don’t become a statistic and be sensible.”

They added that if anyone sees anyone in difficult in the water that they should call 999 and for the coastguard.

 

Woman ‘repeatedly attacked’ with machete in Blackpool saved by ‘brave’ police officers

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Woman ‘repeatedly attacked’ with machete in Blackpool saved by ‘brave’ police officers

Police attended a machete attack in Blackpool

Police attended a machete attack in Blackpool (Image: Scott Benton MP)

A young woman was “repeatedly attacked” with a machete on a Blackpool street.

Blackpool South MP Scott Benton has praised officers for their bravery after chasing down the suspect and stopping the “major incident”.

Mr Benton was out on patrol with police and the council’s housing and anti-social behaviour teams in South Shore last night (Friday, May 28) whent he incident happened.

He said: “We were travelling down a main road in South Shore with the Police in a car when Cllr Bradley Mitchell, who was with us, thought he spotted a man carrying a knife. The police turned the car around and 30 seconds later we saw a man with a foot long machete repeatedly attacking a young woman.”

The MP explained that police officers ordered a man to drop the weapon, but he refused and fled the scene.

Mr Benton said: “The man ran off and after a short chase and use of pava spray the man eventually dropped the knife and was arrested.”

He went on to praise the two police officers who he said did an “outstanding job”.

“The bravery and conduct of the two local Police Officers was outstanding. If we hadn’t have seen the suspect when we did and were it not for the bravery of the officers in stopping him we could have seen a major incident with multiple fatalities,” he said.

Mr Benton added that he will make sure the officers are “properly recognised for their bravery”.

 

Police and Crime Commissioner calls for police and public transparency at launch of Blackpool Police base at Revoe Academy

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Lancashire’s new police crime commissioner has called for more transparency between the force and the public at the launch of a new police base in Blackpool.

 

Andrew Snowden made the comments at Revoe Learning Academy on Grasmere Road, which is being used by neighbourhood policing teams to cover the Tyldesley, Victoria, Bloomfield and Waterloo areas.

Mr Snowden, who replaced Clive Grunshaw earlier this month, hopes the police will be able to be more open with the press – and therefore the public.

It comes after a initially suspected murder in West Street in the town centre on Friday where a man in his 40s was found collapsed next to The Mitre pub and Robert’s Oyster Bar. He died in hospital and the death is not being treated as suspicious, but it took days for the media and public to be given details.

Sgt Mark Lancaster chats with PCC Andrew Snowdon in BlackpoolSgt Mark Lancaster chats with PCC Andrew Snowdon in Blackpool

Mr Snowden said: “One of the things I picked up on over the weekend was an incident in Preston where they [the press] struggled to get a response from police. I have already picked that up with the relevant assistant chief constables. I think that quick information from the police, if nothing else, stops rumours from spreading when there are visible incidents happening.”

He welcomed the new police hub at the school, where a sergeant is working alongside four police officers and eight police community support officers (PCSOs). It’s designed to put “local policing teams in the heart of the community they serve”.

Mr Snowden said: “It is fantastic that this new base in Blackpool South will help officers engage with the people who live in the area and understand their priorities and concerns.

“This new base will strengthen our ability to crack down on crime and tackle the key priorities that the people of Lancashire tell me they are worried about, such as anti-social behaviour, drug dealing and reoffending.

The PCC was in Blackpool at the launch of a new police base at Revoe Learning AcademyThe PCC was in Blackpool at the launch of a new police base at Revoe Learning Academy

Insp Cara Leadbetter said: “Having these officers at this base makes them more accessible and hopefully provides peace of mind to residents.

“It means they can get straight out into the community and it means a visible reassurance for this area.

“Although there are no drop-in facilities or resources for the public, it will allow the team to further develop relationships with the local community and our partners in the area. We hope local residents will embrace this development.”

Dayle Harrison, head teacher at Revoe Learning Academy, added: “This is an amazing project which will see professional agencies and residents working more closely together to further improve the local environment

Insp Cara Leadbetter outside the schoolInsp Cara Leadbetter outside the school

“Being able to work together on our site will be a great opportunity to extend the positive relationship between the community and the police – and provide the children and young with positive career role models, extending the police cadet initiative which Revoe has been fortunate to be involved with since 2019.

Sgt Mark Lancaster, Insp Cara Leadbetter, PCC Andrew Snowden and headteacher Dayle HarrisonSgt Mark Lancaster, Insp Cara Leadbetter, PCC Andrew Snowden and headteacher Dayle Harrison

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.