Covid cases across Blackpool and the Fylde coast rise by another 112 in 24 hours

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Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre now have 22,548 Covid cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

 

There have now been 109,047 confirmed cases in the Lancashire County Council area since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest government data released today (June 21).

Meanwhile, the total across Lancashire, including Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen, now stands at 141,526.

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An aerial photo shows a piece of sand art, depicting the iconic Tower, Pier, and rides of Blackpool in north west England, drawn in the sand on the beach by sand artists 'Sand in your Eye, to promote that the town has re-opened following easing to lockdown restrictions in England on May 17, 2021.

An aerial photo shows a piece of sand art, depicting the iconic Tower, Pier, and rides of Blackpool in north west England, drawn in the sand on the beach by sand artists ‘Sand in your Eye, to promote that the town has re-opened following easing to lockdown restrictions in England on May 17, 2021.

Blackburn with Darwen – 22,222 (Up from 22,126) +96

Blackpool – 10,257 (Up from 10,193) +64

Burnley – 11,141 (Up from 11,103) +38

Chorley – 9,103 (Up from 9,036) +67

Fylde – 5,197 (Up from 5,180) +17

Hyndburn – 9,243 (Up from 9,196) +47

Lancaster – 9,980 (Up from 9,947) +33

Pendle – 10,632 (Up from 10,608) +24

Preston – 15,432 (Up from 15,378) +54

Ribble Valley – 5,419 (Up from 5,397) +22

Rossendale – 7,199 (Up from 7,157) +42

South Ribble – 9,292 (Up from 9,262) +30

West Lancs – 9,315 (Up from 9,294) +21

Wyre – 7,094 (Up from 7,063)

Blackpool Aspire Academy pupils work on new conservation projects to restore wildlife

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Pupils at a Blackpool secondary school have been taking part in conservation workshops to help wildlife thrive in the community.

 

The first workshop held at Aspire Academy in Blackpool Old Road taught pupils how to make bird boxes, in a bid to attract more feathered friends to the school grounds.

Working in conjunction with The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), the activity was the first time some of the younger pupils had used DIY tools, and they were responsible for installing the boxes around the grounds.

Peggy Plancke, science and languages teacher, said: “The aim of the first conservation project is to restore and recreate a wildlife-rich space on the vast school grounds on Blackpool Old Road by working in partnership with neighbouring communities, wildlife and conservation organisations.

Teacher Peggy Plancke with Murray Woodward from BASC, helping year eight pupils from Aspire Academy to build bird boxes. Picture: Daniel Martino/JPI Media

Pupils have also been invited to support Lancashire Wildlife Trust with its Fylde Sand Dunes Project.

The project, a partnership between The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside, Fylde Council and Blackpool Council, aims to preserve the dunes, improve them as a sea defence feature, and safeguard the UK’s rarest sand lizard species.

Miss Plancke continued: “Blackpool Aspire Academy has been offered a chance to participate in the project and will start the work at the beginning of July.

aspire Academy pupils Natasha Dyson and Jennifer Crombie work on building bird boxes for the school grounds. Picture: Daniel Martino/JPI Media

aspire Academy pupils Natasha Dyson and Jennifer Crombie work on building bird boxes for the school grounds. Picture: Daniel Martino/JPI Media

“At this time of year, the pupils will be undertaking two main conservation tasks – creating dune slacks and planting dune grasses.

“Vegetation is essential on our dunes as it reduces the amount of bare sand that can be lost from the system. Vegetation roots trap and anchor sand particles in place to encourage dune growth.”

John Topping from Fylde Coast Academy Trust, which runs the school, said: “It is very pleasing to see groups of Aspire Academy students and staff actively enjoying projects that support conservation and environmental learning.

“We are grateful for the after-school support of Murray Woodward from BASC who has brought to Aspire a high level of conservation-related expertise and knowledge.

Murray Woodward from BASC helps pupils at Aspire Academy make bird boxes to encourage birds to visit the school grounds. Picture: Daniel Martino/JPI MediaMurray Woodward from BASC helps pupils at Aspire Academy make bird boxes to encourage birds to visit the school grounds. Picture: Daniel Martino/JPI Media

“These creative bird box projects connect our youngsters to the world around us, that is made up of both natural and built environments. I am hoping that we can have more creative workshops such as this across our Fylde Coast Academy Trust.”

Three peaks challenge in memory of Jordan Banks raises more than £11,000

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More than £11,000 has been raised for a Blackpool charity in memory of nine-year-old Jordan Banks

Three peaks challenge raised more than £11,000 for Brian House in Bispham

Three peaks challenge raised more than £11,000 for Brian House in Bispham

A group of 20 friends took part in a three-peak challenge earlier this month to raise money for Brian House Children’s Hospice in Blackpool

The group completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge which saw them climb the mountains of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.

In total £11,341 was raised for the children’s charity based in Bispham and the team that took part in the event delivered a cheque on Friday.

The team with the banner they took to the top of the three peaks

The team with the banner they took to the top of the three peaks

Joel Chappell, from Blackpool, who came up with the idea, is friends with Jordan’s mum and stepfather, Danielle and Dan Begg, along with the rest of the group.

He said: “We were all mega proud of what we did and to raise that amount of money was fantastic and to do it in memory of Jordan was even better as it was something that the family had wanted.

“We are very grateful to everyone who has donated before and after we did the three peaks challenge. We set out to raise £10,000 and everyone has helped to go even further and it’s great that money will now go to extremely good cause at Brian House

Handing over the cheque to Brian HouseHanding over the cheque to Brian House

A spokesman for Brian House said: “We are so honoured that Joel and his remarkable team of challengers have chosen to support Brian House in memory of Jordan and it was so lovely to meet them outside Brian House

“We are absolutely stunned at the amount they have raised during their exhausting challenge which will help so many Fylde coast families caring with children with life limiting conditions.”

Tram driver ‘not at fault’ after child struck on tramway in Fleetwood, investigation finds

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A police investigation into a collision in which a child was struck by a tram in Fleetwood has found the driver was not at fault.

 

The collision occurred near the Heathfield Road tram stop shortly before 3.10pm on Friday, June 18.

The child, a 12-year-old boy, suffered “head injuries” but police said they are not believed to be life-threatening.

Blackpool Transport has since confirmed a police investigation found the tram driver was not at fault

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“An incident occurred on Friday, June 18 in which a young person collided with one of our trams,” a spokesman said.

“As part of Police investigations it has been concluded that the driver of the tram was not at fault.

“We will continue to cooperate with any further investigations and will continue to carry out our own internal review

A child was hit by a tram near the Heathfield Road tram stop. (Credit: Google)A child was hit by a tram near the Heathfield Road tram stop. (Credit: Google)

Tram services were temporarily suspended while paramedics attended the scene.

Concern growing for missing Blackpool boy, 17, last seen in Fleetwood

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An urgent appeal has been launched to find a missing 17-year-old boy from Blackpool

 

Mickey Blundell went missing from an address in Blackpool on June 6, police said.

The 17-year-old is described as a white male, 5ft tall, of slim build with short brown hair.

Officers added he looks younger than 17-years-old.

Mickey Blundell (pictured) is described as a white male, 5ft tall, of slim build with short brown hair. (Credit: Lancashire Police)

Mickey Blundell (pictured) is described as a white male, 5ft tall, of slim build with short brown hair. (Credit: Lancashire Police)

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He was last spotted in the Fleetwood area on June 17.

If you have any information about Mickey’s whereabouts, call 101 quoting log number LC-20210606-0184.

New Blackpool coffee house, bar and grill opens on Promenade with amazing views

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The seaside resort has seen a number of new eateries and bars in recent weeks just in time for the return of tourists

 

Blackpool promenade's newest Webster's Coffee House Bar and Grill
Blackpool promenade’s newest Webster’s Coffee House Bar and Grill (Image: Webster’s Coffee House Bar and Grill)

Blackpool’s Promenade has just gained another new eatery which houses both a coffee house and bar and grill.

Webster’s, which opened in May, has so far had a great reception from customers who have been out and about enjoying the re-opening of the town.

The family-friendly premises at number 123 was refurbished during lockdown and management began looking for staff in March of this year.

Sitting opposite Central Pier, the bar – spread over two floors – has amazing views from the Irish Sea, particularly from the second floor.

The chicken burgers are a particular highlight of Webster's Coffee House Bar and Grill
The chicken burgers are a particular highlight of Webster’s Coffee House Bar and Grill (Image: Webster’s Coffee House Bar and Grill)

The bar and grill serves a wide variety of food and drink with its chicken burgers and breaded halloumi sticks being a particular highlight.

The Seaside venue has a warm, rustic interior and is a stand out presence with its slick black and white exterior.

Several screens placed about the establishment mean football fans can either book a table or walk in to watch the Euro 2021 games.

Webster’s has had several giveaways on Facebook to celebrate its opening including a dining experience for four with main courses, sides, drinks and desserts.

Theme-park lovers set for Blackpool Pleasure Beach wedding which took only a week to plan

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Rollercoaster enthusiasts Emma and Shane planned their dream theme park at a spot that was sentimental to them both

 

Theme park enthusiast couple Emma and Shane during their pre-wedding photoshoot at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Theme park enthusiast couple Emma and Shane during their pre-wedding photoshoot at Blackpool Pleasure Beach (Image: Somerside Photography)

A Blackpool couple with a love of theme parks are set to marry in a unique ceremony at the Pleasure Beach early next month.

Emma, 27, and Shane, 28, who run the YouTube channel ‘Gotta Go Orlando’, both work in the tourism industry and met each other four years ago.

The couple, who had their first date at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in 2017, have decided they wanted to take things back to where it all started.

The couple have each got their own sentimental links to the theme park as Shane and his father worked there for many years and it was a holiday destination for Emma who had moved to Orlando during her childhood.

Left: Emma and Shane on their first date at the Pleasure Beach Right: Emma and Shane during pre-wedding photoshoot
Left: Emma and Shane on their first date at the Pleasure Beach Right: Emma and Shane during pre-wedding photoshoot (Image: Somerside Photography)

It was only a month and half ago when the pair decided to go ahead with the Pleasure Beach wedding and their plans are well underway.

Emma said: “We are so excited, so excited.

“We had been planning our wedding for so long but obviously with everything going on with the restrictions it’s just been very all over but we’re so excited now.

“We want to move together now as man and wife, we don’t want to wait any longer and we’re just excited to be together now.”

Emma and Shane pictured in front of Revolution ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Emma and Shane pictured in front of Revolution ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach (Image: Somerside Photography)

Since becoming a couple, the theme park enthusiasts have started their own YouTube channel Gotta Go Orlando to share their journey and plans of moving from Blackpool back to Emma’s childhood home in Orlando. They will be vlogging their wedding for their subscribers.

They hope to have a private and intimate ceremony with Emma, Shane and parents but once the vows are done, the happy couple will be venturing around the park in their wedding finery to spend the rest of the big day on the roller coasters.

Unlike many traditional wedding ceremonies, Emma, Shane and their guests won’t be having a set dinner menu but will be enjoying the foods available to them at the park.

Emma and Shane pictured at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during pre-wedding photoshoot
Emma and Shane pictured at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during pre-wedding photoshoot

Planning for this wedding has been a whirlwind of a journey as the couple managed to plan it all in a little as a week and it didn’t take Emma much time to find her dress.

She said: “I walked straight into the dress shop and it was a brand new dress.

“It was my size, it was the only one they had in and no one had even tried it on yet.

“I walked out with it that day and it wasn’t even 24 hours of us deciding that we were doing it.”

A traditional Blackpool horse and carriage will be there on the day to take Emma to the venue while fiance Shane will be arriving in a movie magic car from the Disney movie Wind in the Willows.

Whilst singing and dancing is not allowed at weddings due to current Covid restrictions, Emma and Shane hope to have a “unique” first dance that adheres to the rules whilst enjoying their time at Blackpool. But they will only reveal these details on the day.

Forest school gives Blackpool’s young carers ‘the chance to be a child’

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A celebration of carers all over Britain saw children at Blackpool Carer’s Centre swept away for a week of fun and games, giving them the rare chance to relax away from the grown-up stresses of home.

 

Young Carers take part in outdoor activities at Blackpool Carers Centre. Pictured is James Salkeld, 14 with Jenna Benson from Roots to Branches

Young Carers take part in outdoor activities at Blackpool Carers Centre. Pictured is James Salkeld, 14 with Jenna Benson from Roots to Branches

Blackpool Carers Centre currently supports around 1,000 children and young carers in the town, many of whom are constantly juggling schoolwork with household chores such as cooking and cleaning.

They took part in forest school activies, lighting camp fires, roasting marshmallows, and climbing trees throughout Carers Week.

Faye Atherton, quality director at the carers centre, in Newton Drive, said: “When our children are at home they are often busy with everything that comes with being a carer, so being able to come here and explore and have that sense of freedom is important.

Harry Sibley, 14, and Tommy Smith, 13Harry Sibley, 14, and Tommy Smith, 13

“For lots of our children, their lives are very small in comparison to a standard childhood. Their life is all about being a carer at home, looking after people, shopping, cooking, cleaning, and the rest of their life is taken up by school. Having respite here makes them realise there’s more in the world, there are activities they can do, there are children like them they can connect with and not feel so alone.”

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“For a lot of our children, isolation, especially in the past 12 months, was unbearable. But being able to come here gives them the chance to just be a child,” Faye said.

“Carers Week is always big in our diary, and thought we have not been able to do as much as we would have liked this year, just the chance to spread awareness is a strong win for us.”

James Salkeld, 14 with respite activity support worker Katrina Shuttleworth and Jenna Benson from Roots to BranchesJames Salkeld, 14 with respite activity support worker Katrina Shuttleworth and Jenna Benson from Roots to Branches