Blackpool hotel keeps getting mistaken for veggie restaurant thanks to its unusual name

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Turns out, the name which ages beyond both previous owners, has very little to do with vegetarians

 

The Quorn Hotel
The Quorn Hotel has been confusing guests in Blackpool

A Blackpool B&B has cleared up any confusion around its name, The Quorn Hotel.

In 2021, Quorn is mostly associated with the vegetarian food giant supplying veggies and vegans with enough plant-based protein to see them through their daily lives.

Blackpool’s The Quorn Hotel, on the other hand, is a B&B hosting seven rooms and serving guests with a tasty breakfast menu.

It’s pretty easy to see where the confusion has come from. Writing on Facebook on September 17, the new owner Phil Brown wrote: “Some people think we are a vegetarian hotel, but our name doesn’t come from the famous food, but perhaps it does come from here, Quorn.”

Phil pointed out the village of Quorn in Leicestershire, England. He told LancsLive that the name of the B&B was ideal, as, having grown up near Quorn, Leicestershire it was like a home away from home for him.

Phil and his wife Jane took over the Quorn Hotel in 2019, moving into the B&B in April 2020. The accommodation was previously owned by Delores and Jim Birks, who ran the B&B from 2002 until 2019.

With the lockdown taking over much of the accommodation’s business in 2020, Phil said they spent most of the past year painting and decorating the bed and breakfast.

Phil said this season had been “really busy” due to the amount of staycations taking visitors to Blackpool instead of Benidorm.

On living a twin-life with Quorn food, Phil said the confusion among guests overall wasn’t “too bad”.

He told LancsLive: “When we first moved in, people were saying it sounds like a vegetarian place and we were toying with changing the name, but we stuck with it.”

The Quorn Hotel has been confused with the Vegetarian food brand, Quorn
Although the hotel isn’t named after the vegetarian food brand, the owners are more than happy to cater fully for non-meat eaters

The Quorn Hotel has had its name for as long as both Phil and its previous owner, Delores, can remember.

The Leicestershire link was what attracted Phil to the B&B when they were looking to move in 2019, but said he would like to “find out more” about where the name has come from.

Phil said he should point out that they do offer an exceptional vegetarian breakfast to any Quorn seeking guests. It consists of vegetarian sausage, a choice of eggs, tomatoes, baked beans, hash browns with a drink choice of tea, coffee, juice and toast.

One guest commented: ”Me and my mother thought you were two vegetarians! Very, very unique name for a hotel”

Phil said he was not a vegetarian, but the confusion does continue to make him laugh.

The previous owner Delores ran the B&B with her late husband Jim from 2002 until 2019. When her husband sadly passed away in 2012, she continued to run it alone until Phil and Jane took over.

Delores told LancsLive: “I’m thinking that it was named after a famous fox hunt, but I’m not sure. As far as I know, that’s what it was named after.”

The Quorn Hunt was established in 1696 by Mr Thomas Boothby of Tooley Park, Leicestershire and is known as one of the world’s oldest fox hunting packs and claims to be the UK’s most famous hunt.

On their site, The Quorn Hunt who are still hunting ‘within the law’ wrote: “After a few difficult years we are now as strong as ever and have developed into more of a local hunt and modernised to suit the times.”

So perhaps, the name has very little to do with saving the animals and going meat-free.

Delores said she only experienced a handful of vegetarian enquiries during her time running the B&B, but recognised that has a lot to do with the change in consumption of veggie diets. Although it wasn’t a vegetarian-only venue in her time either, she assured guests that as long as they let her know, it would have always been “sorted for them”.

The Quorn Hotel is Visit England accredited and visitors can book their stay directly through the B&B.

 

 

The chilling Blackpool thugs who left a man for dead with his guts spilling out in the street

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Paul Barker’s stomach contents were ‘spilling out’ after the ferocious attack

 

Suzanne Cleaver

Suzanne Cleaver

 

Police have released the chilling images of a knifeman and his accomplice who left a man for dead after robbing him in an alley in Blackpool.

Paul Barker’s stomach was split “from front to back” after he was lured to the alley and attacked for £140 cash and a mobile phone.

The blade severed a major artery, penetrated his liver and caused the contents of his stomach to spill out into his abdomen.

The attack was so ferocious Mr Barker was unable to walk, talk, breathe or eat properly and woke up in the Critical Care Unit of Royal Preston Hospital with tubes attached to his body.

Joshua Kenny, who inflicted the grievous wounds, told police: “I don’t give a f***, bro.”

Joshua Kenny

Joshua Kenny (Image: Lancashire Police)

Kenny knifed Mr Barker to the stomach, neck and head after he was lured to a back alley by Suzanne Cleaver.

Kenny, of Knowle Avenue, Blackpool, was jailed for 15 years and Cleaver, also of Knowle Avenue, for seven years and two months for their roles in the terrifying attack on August 31 last year.

Mr Barker was found collapsed on Egerton Road, Blackpool, by a woman and man who used towels to stem the blood in a battle to save his life.

The woman was afraid her children, who were playing nearby, may witness a man bleeding to death in the street.

But after undergoing major surgery, Mr Barker is understood to have made a significant recovery and thanked the NHS for saving life.

He said: “I continue to grow stronger and take nothing for granted as you never know what is hidden in an alley.”

 

 

Poulton great-grandma has looked after more than a hundred injured swans over 30 years – and vows to continue ‘until she pops her clogs’

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A Poulton animal lover who has nursed more than a hundred swans back to health on behalf of the RSPCA has promised to carry on caring for Britain’s most majestic bird until the end of her days.

 

Irene O'Connor has been helping the RSPCA rehabilitate swans for more than 30 years

Irene O’Connor has been helping the RSPCA rehabilitate swans for more than 30 years

For more than 30 years, Irene O’Connor has been looking after injured swans at the quaint holiday cottage development which she owns – the appropriately named Swan‘ s Rest in Poulton.

She said: “Any injured wildfowl come to me, and I will look after it until the time comes when the RSPCA pick it up and put it back. Other times, people bring me birds at my door. I used to go out collecting orphaned ducklings and other things when my husband was alive; I used to go all over Lancashire collecting swans, but I don’t do that any more because of my age.”

Irene first started looking after swans and other wild birds with her husband, Patrick, in the 1980s. He died in 2010 at the age of 76, and now Irene keeps his spirit alive by continuing the rescue work they began all those years ago.

Irene pictured with the cygnet that was brought in for care after being attacked by a dog

Irene pictured with the cygnet that was brought in for care after being attacked by a dog

“I give them injections when the vets send them, and do for them anything else that needs doing. It’s mainly giving them a safe place to recuperate while giving them whatever treatment the vet provides,” she said.

Currently undergoing rehab at Swan’s Rest is a cygnet that was attacked by a dog, an adult female swan called Mabel who arrived with an injured leg, and Columbo, the Stanley Park swan who had to have its eye removed due to an infection.

As well as these rescue cases, the holiday site is also home to two permanent residents: Pearl, a haughty Polish swan who reigns supreme over her pond, and Prince, who came to Swan’s Rest for treatment when he was five-months-old and decided to stay.

They live on a diet of nutritious grains and – controversially – bread, which Irene says she has sworn by for more than three decades.

Irene feeds the swans

Irene feeds the swans

Irene said: “I’m very much interested in animals and always have been. When I took in my first swan, at the time I bred horses, cows and dogs, so they have always been a big part of my life.

“Swans can be aggressive, but it’s just a case of knowing how to handle them. It’s not difficult if you know what you’re doing.

“It’s very rewarding work. It’s always nice when the RSPCA picks up a bird they have brought to you, saying they didn’t think it was going to make it. When it goes back into the wild, that’s how you know it’s a job well done.”

Swan’s Rest was once featured on the smash hit TV show Animal Hospital, when Irene was filmed releasing a swan she had rehabilitated back into the Kincraig Nature Reserve in Bispham.

Paul Fothergill, maintenance manager at Swan's Rest, with one of the swans

Paul Fothergill, maintenance manager at Swan’s Rest, with one of the swans

Now a grandma of five – and a great-grandma of one – Irene says she will carry on looking after swans ‘until she pops her clogs’.

She said: “As long as I’m fit I shall carry on, and after that I suppose a member of my family will take over.

“I will take any wild waterfowl, but swans are my absolute favourites. I think they are the most majestic bird there is.

THE RSPCA SAID…

David Hatton, an RSPCA animal rescue officer based in Lancashire, said: “The RSPCA has worked with Swan’s Rest for many years and we are very grateful for the support we receive from Irene.

“Often if we rescue an injured swan in the area which is in need of respite care and rehabilitation then we will take it to Swan’s Rest.

“Once the bird has been nursed back to full health we will collect it and take it for release.

“This frees up space at our Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Nantwich who can then deal with more seriously injured birds and means we spend less time travelling further afield.

“Thanks to Irene, we are able to spend time rescuing more animals in need. She does great work and is a pleasure to work with in helping animals that need care.”

 

 

Makeover at St Annes amusement arcade

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A St Annes amusement arcade has received a makeover after plans to renovate the outside of it were given the green light by council bosses.

 

The proposals to improve the Surfside Entertainment Centre, based at The Island on the South Promenade, include six new illuminated fascia signs.

The amusement arcade is operated by Wigan-based Crown Leisure Ltd, which also oversees arcades in Blackpool and at Haven’s holiday parks including Marton Mere in Blackpool and Cala Gran in Fleetwood.

As part of the application submitted to Fylde Council, a representative from the company said adding the illuminated signs will ‘improve the external appearance’ of the amusement arcade.

Surfside Amusement Arcade in St Annes

Surfside Amusement Arcade in St Annes

Previously the site did not have any signage in place advertising that it is an amusement arcade.

The six signs, designed and installed by Granthams Signs and Graphics based in St Annes, have been spread around the South Promenade building and will all feature LEDs.

The plans were met with approval from officials working for the town’s council.

A spokesman for St Anne’s Town Council Planning Committee said: “Development enhancing the contribution of this site to the town’s tourism, culture and leisure offer will be encouraged.

“Any development must be of the highest design quality and must enhance and make a positive contribution to this seafront location.”

Originally known as Pleasure Island, the site still features some signs with its original name. Fylde Council owns the freehold of the entire Island site.

 

 

Things are brightening up at Blackpool’s Old Electric Theatre with all new youth theatre group and shows with award-winning actress and comedian Katie O’Brien and poet JB Barrington

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Blackpool’s newest theatre, The Old Electric is looking for young wannabe stage stars of the future to join their brand-new youth theatre.

 

New youth theatre group is opening up at Blackpool's Old Electric Theatre pictures: Claire Griffiths

New youth theatre group is opening up at Blackpool’s Old Electric Theatre pictures: Claire Griffiths

The latest project aims to bring young people from 14 to17 year olds together to work as a company, rehearse and perform new work in front of audiences.

Melanie Whitehead, artistic director of The Old Electric said the youth theatre presented a unique opportunity to work on issues that are key to young people.

She said: “There’s a great spirit of presentation in Blackpool with different organisations delivering triple-threat style activities but there’s maybe not so much for those who want to understand how to use language to develop confidence and how we can take important, big concepts and shape those into powerful stories to share with others.

This theatre group is for those young people.

“This last 18-months has been especially difficult for young people; we need to listen to and support them now more than ever.

“We want to help young people feel safe when socialising, for them to be able to form new friendships with like-minded people, to express themselves creatively, to develop as people and as artists, and for them to know that they can have fun with their peers once again.

“It is our aspiration to connect our local young people with other theatre-makers of all ages and stages; we’re already having some exciting conversations with colleagues in Manchester, Liverpool, Brighton and London and know that for some Fylde Coast young people this chance to feel connected with high-quality theatre, is a unique and exciting opportunity come at just the right time.”

The youth theatre at the venue in Springfield Road, starts on Friday September 17 at 6pm to 7.30pm on a weekly basis.

There are also opportunities for young people who are interested in backstage and technical aspects of theatre-making.

Registering for a place is free but needs to be done in advance at www.theoldelectric.co.uk. No auditions are necessary.

There is also a new 18-25s Young Theatre-Makers group.

Shows coming up at the Old Electric:

Catch 22 Years

An empowering show from Katie O’Brien about her personal alcohol addiction – she actually gave up drinking alcohol before she was legally allowed to drink.

Award-winning actress and comedian Katie presents a fresh, funny, and taboo-smashing take on addiction and recovery.

She has been in a love-hate relationship with 12 Step fellowship and modern-day psychology for over two decades and has a few things to say about why it works and why it doesn’t.

Hilarious, brutally honest, heart-warming and provocative, a one-woman show that challenges perceptions of recovering from addiction, pathologizing humanity and the quest of self-discovery.

Katie will also be delivering a workshop with people in recovery.

The show is on October 7 from 8pm.

Tickets £7

Lacking Poetential JB Barrington

Cult performance poet JB Barrington unleashes his searing and satirical poetry, full of strong sentiments and sharp rhymes.

Barrington’s unique, gritty style has won him several high-profile fans including Suggs and Johnny Vegas, and the bands Sleaford Mods and Reverend and The Makers who he has supported extensively on tour.

The poet’s recent work has included a commission from Sky Sports and a poem promoting mental health awareness. He also recorded a segment for Channel 4’s Dispatches about the controversial HS2 high-speed rail link project. His sell-out one-man shows deliver a rollercoaster of emotions with a brilliant and imaginative display of poetic writing covering social issues, economics, class and loss.

JB Barrington at the Old Electric Theatre on October 16 from 8pm

Tickets £10

 

 

Blackpool schools hit back at head of Ofsted’s claims food parcel ‘priorities’ may have hit learning

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Resort school leaders hit back at claims from Ofsted’s chief inspector that teachers’ “attention went very rapidly to the most disadvantaged children” during the pandemic, potentially hindering learning for other pupils.

 

Head of Ofsted Amanda Spielman.

Head of Ofsted Amanda Spielman.

Ofsted boss Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector for Education, said “disparities” were seen within state education compared with private schools during the pandemic, when remote learning was required in England.

Speaking at an Institute for Government event, she said although “the average private school has three times as much money, so far more staff, far more technology to mobilise to switch to teaching remotely,” it did not explain the differences in education between state and private schools while youngsters were learning at home.

Ms Spielman added: “In a lot of schools it felt as though their attention went very rapidly to the most disadvantaged children, into making food parcels, going out visiting.

Anchorsholme Academy headteacher Graeme Dow.

Anchorsholme Academy headteacher Graeme Dow.

“They put a great deal of attention into the children with greatest difficulties which is admirable, but in some cases that probably got prioritised. Certainly last summer, the summer of 2020, which may have meant that they did not have the capacity left to make sure there was some kind of education offer for all children.”

Her comments were met with contempt from resort school leaders, who jumped to the defence of their staff for their response to dealing with both remote learning and maintaining the wellbeing of their pupils during lockdown.

Pastoral and support staff at schools under the Fylde Coast Academy Trust (FCAT) umbrella, which include Armfield, Aspire, Gateway and Unity Academies, rallied round to support children outside of school to enable teachers to focus on lessons.

Sean Bullen, director of education at FCAT, said: “During this extraordinary period our young people received high quality food parcels that were generally well received by parents and carers, largely managed by support staff, thus leaving the way clear for teachers and teaching assistants to teach well constructed and delivered lessons whether it be remotely or onsite learning for the students whose parental work required them to be in school.

Sean Bullen, director of Education at Fylde Coast Academy Trust.

Sean Bullen, director of Education at Fylde Coast Academy Trust.

“The staff in all our schools responded so well to the sudden demands that required some quite unique responses – indeed we imagine this was the case in all schools in Blackpool and probably in the country.

“Headteachers expertly managed both the educational needs of the children in the form of quality lessons, and the welfare needs of all students, whether it be the provision of food, support with anxiety or the valued relationships that always exist in any school.”

Ms Spielman’s comments also received criticism from unions, which said staff balanced unfamiliar demands in circumstances they would not have found themselves in before the pandemic.

Geoff Barton, the general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “Schools have worked very hard throughout the pandemic to juggle many demands which have often been unfamiliar and required entirely new approaches and processes to be put in place.

“Our experience is that they have done extremely well in balancing these demands and doing the best they can for all their students at all times.”

Graeme Dow, headteacher at Anchorsholme Academy in Eastpines Drive, said his pastoral team and teachers had to readjust to “working differently” when remote learning and wellbeing support was needed outside of school.

Mr Dow said: “When the Government itself introduced free school meals vouchers that ran throughout the holidays, we had to distribute those, so our admin teams and pastoral staff and even our IT technician became very involved with that.

“But that wasn’t taking us away from other duties, they were new duties in addition to the ones we already had. So I think it’s a bit misguided to say schools have focused on one thing rather than another.

“We absolutely put the education of children as our continual priority, because that’s what it is. And we had to find new ways to do that through the remote learning systems that we put into place.”

When asked about plans in place to help children “catch up” after time at home during lockdown, Ms Spielman said: “Most of the catching up children will do will happen in their main classroom with their teachers, there are things that we an do to make that as good as it can be.

“But there’s this everyday magic that teachers do of really motivating children to want to learn and introducing them to the whole curriculum, taking them through in a well-structured way with minimal wastage of time.”

 

New face at Blackpool wealth management company

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Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management, which has a base at Whitehills near  Blackpool, has appointed David Muncaster to head of distribution, a new role created to support the growth of the business.

 

David will be responsible for the growth of distribution channels across the UK, with an initial focus on maximising new business activity in the UK intermediary business.

He will be developing the CGWM UK proposition for intermediaries and maximising existing services to support intermediary clients, including financial advisers, lawyers, accountants and trustees.

David has a background in proposition design, fund distribution, private client investment, financial planning and discretionary fund management to his role at CGWM UK. Prior to CGWM, David led distribution teams at UBS, Close Brothers and Bordier & Cie.

David Muncaster

David Muncaster

David Esfandi, CEO at CGWM UK commented: “We are delighted to welcome David on board. As Head of Distribution, David will be instrumental in helping us broaden the appeal of our rich offering to the intermediary community, grow relationships with our current network and build new relationships with others.

“We have a wealth of expertise and services that provide guidance, leadership and best investment practice for intermediaries and their clients, so David will be key in helping communicate our strengths and establishing CGWM UK as the investment partner of choice for the UK intermediary market.”

 

 

Vehicle fire under investigation in Blackpool

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An investigation into the cause of a vehicle fire in Blackpool was launched.

 

One fire engine from Bispham attended the scene in King George Avenue at around 4.20am today (September 17).

The incident involved one vehicle that was “well alight” on the roadway when crews arrived.

Firefighters used two hose reel jets to extinguish the fire.

One fire engine from Bispham attended the scene in King George Avenue.

One fire engine from Bispham attended the scene in King George Avenue.

They were in attendance for 40 minutes.

An investigation into the cause was launched, the fire service said.

 

Final approval given for 90 more houses on former ERNIE site in Blackpool

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A housing scheme on the former National Savings site in Blackpool has secured final approval after getting the go ahead from central government.

 

Rowland Homes was granted permission last November by the council’s planning committee to build 90 new homes on Marples Drive, off Preston New Road.

Final approval for the housing has also had to be given by the secretary of state for housing, communities and local government because it is a departure from the council’s local plan which had designated the site for employment use.

But it was decided to develop the land for homes instead after there was no demand from businesses to locate there despite extensive marketing of the site.

Homes on the first phase of the development

Homes on the first phase of the development

Agreements have also been signed for a contribution of around £125,000 to the council for health and open space provision

When they approved the application, councillors expressed concerns the development did not provide enough green space and was over-intensive.

Documents now show a section 106 agreement has been signed which will see just over £99,000 allocated to improving public open spaces at Lawson’s Field on Lawson Road in Marton.

The developer will also contribute nearly £25,000 towards health provision, with the money being used for the refurbishment of the Harris Medical Centre on Mereside.

A mixture of detached, semi-detached and terraced homes will be built by Rowland Homes which has already built 115 houses in the first phase of its development of the site.

The famous National Savings tower, which housed ERNIE (the Electronic Random Number Indicating Equipment that selects Premium Bond winners), was demolished by detonation in February 2017 to clear the site for new investment.