Blackpool restaurant horrified as couple ‘do a runner’ then leave appalling reviews

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The woman of the pair retaliated by stating the buffet had ruined her “weekend on the toilet”

The Gurkha restaurant and bar on Waterloo Road, Blackpool

The Gurkha restaurant and bar on Waterloo Road, Blackpool (Image: The Gurkha restaurant)

The owners of a Blackpool restaurant were horrified to discover a couple who tried to leave without paying their bill had gone online to leave them bad reviews.

Staff at The Gurkha buffet restaurant on Waterloo Road thought the couple had made a mistake initially at the weekend when a woman left unexpectedly without paying her bill followed by her partner.

Using social media, restaurant staff said they managed to track down the pair, however claim that Facebook messages as well as phone calls were ignored.

After giving the couple the ultimatum of paying or getting the police involved the man reportedly rang up to pay the next day on Monday evening (May 31).

The matter was resolved until scathing reviews were left online from the couple involved.

One post read: “Definitely in need of a hygiene inspection. I write this while on the toilet where I have been since yesterday thanks to a plate of cold noodles and cold, clearly off, sweet and sour chicken.”

Another by the same woman read: “By not giving people upset stomachs and painful stomach cramps and sore bum!! Serving cold food.

“Telling you they only do bottle beers then after you order a bottle beer you find a drinks menu with draft beers. Poor options. Standard noodles and flavour cold and empty food serving trays.

To counteract the negative posts, the Gurkha released screenshots of at least three messages, one of which it claims was of a receipt for their meal to the sum of £34.98.

A spokesperson for the Gurkha buffet restaurant said: “A woman and her partner dined at our restaurant and sneaked out separately when all the staff members were busy to avoid paying their bill.

“As soon as we noticed, we tried to call them and sent the woman a message on Facebook as just before they arrived, she was in contact with us via Facebook to let us know they’d be late for their reservation as their car had broken down.

“However, although previous messages to the woman were being shown as ‘delivered’, we noticed that our message to her regarding their bill was only showing as ‘sent’, which we found quite suspicious due to the timing of the situation.

“We’re quite understanding if people genuinely forget to pay, but upon reviewing our CCTV footage the next day, it was very clear from their body language that they were planning to escape – and they did just that by choosing a time when all of our staff members were occupied and by leaving separately. The man left first and waited for her outside the restaurant and as soon as she came out, they walked off very quickly.

Message asking for payment sent by the Gurkha Restaurant, Blackpool
Message asking for payment sent by the Gurkha Restaurant, Blackpool

“As our calls and Facebook messages were being ignored, we had no choice but to threaten them by leaving a text message saying that we will not hesitate to report them to the police if they didn’t pay by the end of the day, as well as inform other establishments in Blackpool should they try something like this elsewhere.

“Within seconds of sending that text, the man called us sounding very apologetic and offering to pay. When asked why they didn’t pay on the evening, he stated “an emergency situation” as their reason, to which we replied “well usually we’re considerate of people’s emergency situations, but from the CCTV footage we saw, it was very clear what your intentions were” – he had nothing else to say to this except apologise again.

“We thought this situation was resolved until we woke up the next day to the woman tagging us on numerous Facebook posts containing defamatory statements about our business.

“Our intention was to get the money we were owed and to move on, but we couldn’t stay quiet when the woman took the opportunity to tarnish our name and reputation. We are a family owned business that has had a difficult time during the pandemic and we rely on the support of our customers and community.

“We couldn’t stand by idly whilst malicious and untrue comments were being made about us when our forgiveness was taken advantage of.”

Blackpool starts door-knocking as town sets eyes on 100% vaccine uptake

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Dr Arif Rajpura, Director of Public Health at Blackpool Council, wants the town to ‘set the benchmark’ when it comes to vaccine uptake

Blackpool’s public health boss has set his sights ‘setting the benchmark’ by getting everyone vaccinated against coronavirus.

It comes as town hall officials have set their sights on door-to-door enquiries to ensure everyone has been for a vaccine if they are eligible.

Currently, 88,000 people in Blackpool have had a first jab to protect them against Covid-19, accounting for around 66% of all adults in the seaside town.

More than 90% of those aged over 50 have been jabbed.

Door-knocking started on Wednesday (June 2) with Blackpool Council employees knocking in specific areas of the town to assist people with making their vaccination appointments if they choose to.

Staff are using portable devices to make appointments digitally for residents on the spot, particularly for those without online access.

And from Sunday (June 6), a free bus service is being supplied by Blackpool Transport for anybody travelling to and from Blackpool Victoria Hospital for vaccination appointments.

Here, passengers can take advantage of the free transport by simply showing their vaccine appointment confirmation text message, email or letter.

Dr Arif Rajpura, Director of Public Health at Blackpool Council, said the town can “set the benchmark” in setting the challenge to get a 100% uptake.

“As a town our vaccination rates are very good and we’ve seen tens of thousands of people take up their invitation to get vaccinated against Covid-19 – it’s been fantastic to see,” Dr Rajpura said.

“Over 90% of over 50s in Blackpool who have been offered the vaccine have said yes and that’s playing a huge part in our infection rates staying low and fewer people with Covid-19 needing our vital hospital resources.

“I think as a town Blackpool could really set the benchmark in vaccination uptake and that’s why I’m challenging residents to help us hit the target by joining the two out of three adults who have already had their first vaccination dose.

“The challenge is to get as near to 100% vaccination rates as we can – get your neighbours, your family and your friends on board and give them the vaccine booking information.

“The vaccine programme is the best way for us all to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities and get our lives back to as normal as possible.”

Currently the vaccine is available to:

  • People aged 30 and over
  • People who will turn 30 before 1 July 2021
  • People at high risk from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • People who live or work in care homes
  • Health and social care workers
  • People with a condition that puts them at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • People with a learning disability
  • People who are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19

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Blackpool overflow parking to be explored after Bank Holiday chaos

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“People were parking in every corner including on footpaths and grass verges with the car parks full.”

People parked on the verge in Blackpool

People parked on the verge in Blackpool

Town hall chiefs have pledged to explore overflow parking options after an influx of bank holiday visitors to Blackpool led to parking mayhem in some parts of the resort.

Coun Derek Robertson said traffic wardens were unable to cope with the amount of infringements as tourists struggled to find places to leave their vehicles with South Shore the worst hit area.

The Waterloo ward councillor said: “People were parking in every corner including on footpaths and grass verges with the car parks full.

“People were also parking in residential streets causing residents stress and with only two traffic wardens on duty in South Shore this wasn’t enough to cope.

“With this being the first bank holiday weekend after a long lockdown, it was expected there would be a large get-away to the seaside.

“As much as I welcome the visitors to Blackpool, Blackpool needs more parking spaces, and to employ more traffic wardens as many were exhausted after their shift.

“The traffic wardens do a brilliant job keeping our streets safe from dangerous and illegal parking.”

Blackpool Council said there were between eight and 11 parking wardens on duty each day of the bank holiday weekend moving around the town, with more than two on duty in South Shore.

Coun Mark Smith, cabinet member with responsibility for parking, said: “The combination of good weather, a bank holiday and the Covid restrictions relaxing meant Blackpool was exceptionally busy this weekend.

“Despite having thousands of car parking spaces across the town, this weekend was one of the rare occasions they were all full.

“By early afternoon every day all of the spaces were full which unfortunately led to some people choosing to park illegally.

“We know this has a knock on effect to local residents and appreciate how frustrating it must be. It is also very concerning to us from a safety point of view.

“We had a full team of civil enforcement officers on duty the whole weekend and they commented that it was one of the busiest weekends they had ever experienced.

“Given that we are likely to see increased volumes of visitors over the summer months, particularly when the weather is good, we are urgently exploring options for overflow parking areas.”

Images shared on social media show cars parked on grass verges, and with parking tickets issued for illegal parking.

Blackpool pop-up shop was a success for Fylde business women

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A pop-up shop event at the Houndshill Shopping Centre has declared a success by the Pink Link group which organised it.

 

Four Pink Link Members who normally trade online or at events enjoyed the physical presence of selling in Blackpool’s largest shopping centre.

Powered by the council’s Blackpool Unlimited, consumers were able to see their products first hand and connect with the business owners.

Artist, Catherine Bamber of Little Things To Cherish created a range of local landmarks that were popular with tourists looking for gifts. She also was able to discuss creating bespoke pieces for local businesses.

Sara Dewhurst from Lytham Gin at the pop-up shop in the Hohndshill Shopping Centre, BlackpoolSara Dewhurst from Lytham Gin at the pop-up shop in the Hohndshill Shopping Centre, Blackpool

Visitors to Rachel Grounds’ Sassy Chic stand were treated to fashion accessories and jewellery to make them look and feel fabulous.

Lynne Webster of Baby Bamboo and Beyond sold pamper packs, face cloths and make-up brushes, all made from bamboo. The environmentally friendly products were a popular choice for shoppers looking to make small changes that will help the planet.

Sara Dewhurst of Lytham Gin did a roaring trade selling her award winning gins, gin liqueurs and rums with both local residents and visitors to the resort. She met several hospitality businesses who expressed interest in supplying her brand in their establishments.

Overall, the businesswomen made 272 transactions and took over £4,076 in sales. After over 12 months of restricted opportunities and missed interactions, it was a welcome opportunity for these local independent female retailers to connect with customers face to face, expand awareness of their brand as well as the added potential of gaining repeat sales.

Catherine Bamber (left) serves customers.Catherine Bamber (left) serves customers.

Coral Horn, founder of Pink Link said: “The costs associated with having a shop are often daunting to small businesses. The Pink Link Pop Up Shop was a much needed business boost for our Pink Link Members – and it was free for them.

“The pandemic has seen the need for reinvention and innovation in business and this exclusive event was a prime opportunity to attract new customers and hear directly about consumers’ needs and desires. This feedback enables the retailers to stand out above the competition and use the opportunity to be more sustainable and prepared for change in the future.”

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Rachel Grounds from Sassy ChicRachel Grounds from Sassy Chic

Pop-up shop at Houndshill organised by Pink Link.  Pictured are Sara Dewhurst from Lytham Gin, Rachel Grounds from Sassy Chic, Coral Horn from Pink Link, Kriss Wilson from Blackpool Unlimited, Catherine Bamber from Little Things to Cherish, coun Mark Smith and Pinl Link ambassador Julie Maughan.
Pop-up shop at Houndshill organised by Pink Link. Pictured are Sara Dewhurst from Lytham Gin, Rachel Grounds from Sassy Chic, Coral Horn from Pink Link, Kriss Wilson from Blackpool Unlimited, Catherine Bamber from Little Things to Cherish, coun Mark Smith and Pinl Link ambassador Julie Maughan.
Pink Link's Julie Maughan
Pink Link’s Julie Maughan

Waterloo Road in Blackpool closed due to ‘welfare incident’

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Officers from Lancashire Constabulary were called to help a woman in distress

Waterloo Road, Blackpool

Waterloo Road, Blackpool (Image: Google)

A busy Blackpool A-road was closed this afternoon due to a welfare incident in the seaside town.

The A5073 Waterloo Road in Blackpool was closed just shortly after 5.30pm today (June 3) due to the incident.

There was also a closure in place down Seasiders Way, which passes under Waterloo Road.

A Lancashire Constabulary spokesperson confirmed the incident concerned a “woman on a bridge”.

Thankfully by 5.45pm the incident had been resolved and the woman was brought to safety by emergency service officials.

A police statement during the closure said: “We are currently dealing with a concern for welfare incident at Waterloo Road.

“Officers are at the scene and there are road closures in place on Waterloo Road and Seasiders Way.

“Please avoid the area if you can.”

Traffic website Inrix said: “A5073 Waterloo Road in both directions closed, slow traffic due to police incident between Parkinson Way and B5262 Lytham Road.

“Also closing a part of Seasiders Way.”

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Children’s author workshop a hit with Blackpool Gateway Academy youngsters

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Pupils at a Blackpool school have been given some expert tips about how to write a crime and mystery thriller.

Dave Cousins with his latest book, A Robot Ate My Grandma

Dave Cousins with his latest book, A Robot Ate My Grandma

Children’s author Dave Cousins took his exciting ‘digital’ writing workshop to Blackpool Gateway Academy, on Seymour Road in South Shore, and soon had the Year 5 youngsters entranced.

He led the budding writers on a series of fun and creative activities which gave them a flavour what it is like to develop and write a crime and mystery story.

And Dave, author and illustrator of favourites such as ‘15 Days Without A Head’ and ‘Charlie Merrick’s Misfits’, also made sure each of the pupils received a free copy of his latest book, ‘A Robot Ate My Grandma’.

He said: “It’s great to be able to share my journey on becoming a writer.

“If I can help and encourage children with their enjoyment of reading and even more, of writing, that’s worth a great deal to me.”

The digital online-sessions, organised via Covid-safety guidelines, allow Dave to reach as many schools as possible in a safe way.

In the workshop, Dave shared his journey to becoming a writer, from his dreams of walking on the moon to drawing comics in his bedroom, and activities included a quiz, writing, illustrating, character developing and even some code breaking.

And it finished with Dave challenging pupils to go and write their own crime and mystery story.

There was even time for him to read part of ‘A Robot Ate My Grandma’.

The class will be able to move on from all that with a follow-up session in the near future where Dave will answer questions and offer feedback on the work they create themselves.

Fleetwood youngsters set for free swimming after town council grant

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Fleetwood youngsters will soon be able to enjoy free swimming at the town’s YMCA leisure centre pool after funding was agreed by Fleetwood Town Council.

Fleetwood Town Council has funded free swimming for children at the town's YMCA pool. Coun Mary Stirzaker (left) and Coun Cheryl Raynor are pictured with youngsters

Fleetwood Town Council has funded free swimming for children at the town’s YMCA pool. Coun Mary Stirzaker (left) and Coun Cheryl Raynor are pictured with youngsters

Fleetwood youngsters will soon be able to enjoy free swimming at the town’s YMCA leisure centre pool after funding was agreed by Fleetwood Town Council.

At the moment, children of Fleetwood residents are able to enjoy these concessions during school holidays due to an existing deal struck between the Town Council and the YMCA, which runs the centre.

But once restrictions are fully lifted in the next few weeks, they will be able to enjoy free swimming during all the weekends and after-school hours, thanks to a grant of £13,500 to the YMCA agreed by Town Council members at the latest meeting.

Fleetwood Town Council has funded free swimming for children at the YMCA.  Pictured is Amelia Sherry.

Fleetwood Town Council has funded free swimming for children at the YMCA. Pictured is Amelia Sherry.

Coun Mary Stirzaker, vice chairman of Fleetwood Town Council, said: “It’s a win-win situation, because it will enable children to be able to afford to use the pool on a regular basis.

“Children who live by the sea should be able to swim and we wanted to make sure they could afford to make use of the facility in our town.

“And it will also help to ensure the YMCA swimming pool at Fleetwood is given maximum use.”

The YMCA pool, owned by Wyre Council , was shut for more than a year due to the Covid lockdown and regular users feared for its future.

A campaign group was set up and councillors in the port also voiced concerns about plans to reopen Garstang but not Fleetwood.

However, Government funding allowed Wyre to reopen both Fleetwood and Garstang pools last month.

Coun Lorraine Beavers added: “It’s important the pool in Fleetwood is used and the grant is also intended to support this facility.”

The free swimming at all times will come into affect once the Government has confirmed a date for all restrictions to be fully lifted, expected to be later this month.

At the moment, outside of school holidays, it would cost children £3.80 each to swim and adults £5.80, and discount family deal of £12 for a family of two adults and two children.

When the new free sessions are brought in, youngsters must attend the first session with parents who will need to provide proof of residence in Fleetwood, by means of a utility bill.

The children will then be given a card they can use every time.

 

Final Moments Of Blackpool’s Empire Bingo Hall When The Building Collapses

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Final Moments Of Blackpool’s Empire Bingo Hall When The Building Collapses

A piece of Blackpool history was lost yesterday (April 6th) when the demolition of one of Blackpool’s most iconic buildings was nearly complete.

Excavators were shot by local photographer Stephen Cheatley on Tuesday as they tore into the remains of the Empire Bingo and Social Club on Hawes Side Lane.

The 1929 building was demolished last June to the horror of its owners.

The bingo hall had been in the same family for 46 years, but when the decision was made, it was the right time to open the curtain on what had become a cinema with nine employees.

The iconic venue had been a strong and resilient social hub for thousands of people over the decades.

Photographer Stephen Cheatley said, “My mother Judith Cheatley has been there regularly for the past 20 years.

“She was there with friends and they were all sitting in groups at tables where they liked to compete against each other.

“The National Prize was most of the night that saw bingo joining other clubs across the country and the prize pool was thousands of pounds.

“The empire had a large following from the older generation, but not as much support from the younger generation. It has been slowly declining over the past 20 years.”

The demolition of the building is to give way to new apartments.

Many locals used social media to share their different memories of the iconic venue, which offered many different entertainment experiences.

A Facebook user said, “It’s so sad it’s going away, it opened as a bingo hall in the year I was born in ’74. I’ve had many good nights here and will be Elaine, the owner and all Staff, miss. “

Another said of his life as a cinema: “I saw my first adult film there in the early 1940s, ‘The Lady Vanishes’ 70 years later.”

Another eluded live bands that performed there: “I think some up-and-coming bands played there in the early 70s too. Curved Air, Hawkwind, that sort of thing.”

One man on Facebook simply added, “Another piece of history is going.”

A closer look at the demolition of the Empire Bingo and Social Club on Hawes Side Lane, Blackpool

Did you spot this huge military plane flying over Blackpool and Preston at the weekend?

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The largest plane in the RAF’s fleet was spotted roaring through the skies over Lancashire at the weekend – did you see it?

This huge Airbus A400M - the largest plane in the RAF's fleet - was seen flying over Blackpool and Preston on Sunday (May 30). Pic credit: Stephen Geraghty

This huge Airbus A400M – the largest plane in the RAF’s fleet – was seen flying over Blackpool and Preston on Sunday (May 30). Pic credit: Stephen Geraghty

The rumbling engines of the giant Airbus A400m Atlas drew eyes to the skies when it flew over Blackpool and Preston on Saturday (May 29).

The huge military transport aircraft – which can carry up to 116 fully equipped troops and a 37-tonne payload – was seen soaring through the clear blue sky over Stanley Park (pictured).

A short time later, the massive plane was spotted flying over Royal Preston Hospital as it continued its journey to an undisclosed location.

With a whopping £80 million price tag, the A400M plays a vital role in the RAF fleet.

Along with its transport role, it can perform aerial refueling and medical evacuation for up to 66 casualties and 25 medical personnel.

According to the RAF website, its fleet of A400M’s are based at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire – the UK’s largest RAF station.

 

How much is Blackpool’s promotion to the Championship worth to the Seasiders?

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After a six-year absence, Blackpool will line up in the Championship next season.

 

Neil Critchley’s men sealed their return to the second tier of English football on Sunday with a 2-1 win over Lincoln City in the League One play-off final.

Kenny Dougall was Pool’s unlikely hero with both goals, helping the Seasiders recover from a horror start where they conceded after just 48 seconds courtesy of a freak Ollie Turton own goal.

It was Blackpool’s sixth victory in a play-off final in the club’s history, confirming their status as the country’s play-off kings.

Rising up to the Championship means Blackpool’s ‘guaranteed income’ will now increase – and by some margin, too.

Reaching the second tier will see the club’s Premiership Solidarity payments, which are distributed to all EFL clubs from the top flight, rise from £675,000 per year to £4.5m.

The split between EFL teams is 80 per cent to clubs in the Championship, 12 per cent to clubs in League One and eight per cent to clubs in League Two.
The Seasiders will line up in the Championship next season
The Seasiders will line up in the Championship next season

This figure will also be boosted by a rise in the broadcast and commercial contracts, with an uplift of £891,000 for a League One club to £2.99m for a Championship club.

That means that Blackpool will pocket around £7.5m for plying their trade in the Championship, as opposed to £1.5m in League One.

The Seasiders will also benefit from the larger away followings as well as the commercial and sponsorship opportunities that will arise from playing in the Championship.

It must be noted, however, that the overall ‘guaranteed income’ figure could be slightly lower this coming year due to the rebate agreed by Premier League clubs, which came as a result of the crippling financial impact of the pandemic.

Wages also sky-rocket in the second tier, with clubs splashing the cash in a bid to reach the ‘glory land’ of the Premier League.

During the 2019/20 season, the date of Blackpool’s latest accounts, the club’s average wage was just over £3,000 a week.

This compares to an average of £15,000 a week for the Championship during the same season.