Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10k Fun Run 2021: Timings, race route and which section of the Prom will be closed

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The Prom will be shut to traffic tomorrow (September 26, 2021) — and it’s for a good cause.

 

More than 1,000 are signed up to take their marks at the start line for an 11am start for the Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10k Fun Run.

Runners will start at The Savoy Hotel, Queens Promenade, then head along the Golden Mile and past Blackpool Pleasure Beach, before turning round and heading back up to the finish line.

Kirsty Miller, events manager at Bispham’s Trinity Hospice, which will benefit from the cash raised, said the run is “one of our most popular events”, with the flat route proving popular for runners of all abilities and wheelchair users – with seafront spectators cheering them on.

The Prom will be shut on Sunday for a 10k run

The Prom will be shut on Sunday for a 10k run

She said: “We were disappointment to have to cancel last year’s live event, and are so grateful to all those people who decided to make their race virtual instead.

“But we’re so pleased we’ve been able to put our fun run back on this year, even if it is at a much later date than usual.

“We’re so pleased so many people have already signed up to this event, and we want to make sure that no-one misses out.”

Kirsty added: “Every penny raised in sponsorship by people taking part in the Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10k Fun Run goes straight to helping us to provide outstanding palliative and end- of-life care to everyone who need it on the Fylde coast.”

 

 

Here is where you can get fuel on the Fylde coast – and where has run out

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Fuel shortage fears are still prompting long queues at many Fylde coast service stations, with some awaiting deliveries before they can continue selling petrol or diesel.

 

BP said yesterday (Friday September 24) it had closed several forecourts due to a lack of available fuel after the lorry driver shortage hit deliveries, while a number of Tesco refilling stations had also been impacted according to Esso owner ExxonMobil, which runs the sites.

Cars were pictured waiting to get onto the forecourt at BP in Fleetwood Road North, Thornton, where a worker stood with a handwritten cardboard sign saying: “No diesel”.

It comes amid reports of panic buying, even after the AA said most forecourts are working as they should – and as the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said motorists should “carry on as normal”.

Traffic was backed up in Thornton yesterday as people queued for fuel.

Traffic was backed up in Thornton yesterday as people queued for fuel.

Traffic congestion has forced diversions for buses around the Fylde coast this morning, and some garages are selling out of fuel as customers flock to fill up their vehicles.

Here are the Fylde coast garages which have let us know how they fared for fuel today (Saturday, September 25).

Fiveways Service Station in Devonshire Road, Bispham, had completely sold out of all fuel grades this morning, after selling four times the usual daily amount of petrol and diesel yesterday.

Adeel Hashmi from Fiveways said he was expecting a delivery later this afternoon, but had not decided whether to impose a maximum spend limit.

He said the garage had sold “over 47,000 litres of fuel yesterday,” whereas the usual daily amount would be around “10,000 to 12,000 max.”

Shell, Garstang Road East, Little Singleton: A worker said diesel is available, but petrol has run out.

“We don’t know how long this diesel is going to last, because there are still big queues,” they said.

Shell, Preston New Road, Marton: There is more petrol than diesel available, a worker said, and diesel was expected to run out by early afternoon. The garage is awaiting delivery of more diesel.

Esso Rontec Windmill, Preston New Road: All fuel grades are available at this garage, and a worker confirmed there had “not been much” of an issue with queues.

Texaco, Church Road, Lytham: Petrol and diesel is available, and another delivery is expected tomorrow. But a worker said there had been “long queues backed up all the way down the road” since early this morning.

Blackpool holiday company’s new coffee house and job boom

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Blackpool Resort in Read’s Avenue, near Central Drive, has employed dozens of new staff since March 2021 as well as opened a new coffee house next to its holiday apartments

 

David Edwards, Mandy Hall Blackpool Resort, Malcolm Ireland with Mark Brockbank from Blackpool Resort
David Edwards, Mandy Hall Blackpool Resort, Malcolm Ireland with Mark Brockbank from Blackpool Resort

A Blackpool holiday apartments company is toasting the staycation boom with dozens of new jobs announced and a brand new cafe.

Blackpool Resort has created 24 new jobs since March 2021 and now has plans to expand its property portfolio further due to the strong demand for family accommodation in the town.

The company recently secured a premises licence for its Blackpool Resort Coffee Lounge which is next to its Reads Court apartments just off Central Drive.

Company bosses say the cafe is a safe, quiet, and relaxing space for guests to enjoy a drink and other refreshments as well as offer bespoke alcohol packages for guests to consume in their property during their stay.

Mark Brockbank, general manager for Blackpool Resort, said: “Footfall in Blackpool is reportedly up 120 per cent this summer and demand for self-catering accommodation like ours has gone through the roof, so these are exciting times for us.

“All our properties are within walking distance of our Blackpool Resort Coffee Lounge and so being able to offer alcoholic drink options has enabled us to create a relaxed space for guests to enjoy both during the day and in the evenings, while the accommodation drinks packages allow us to offer something a little more personalised to what you would get with a typical self-catering property.”

The company offers three and four-star accommodation for families and couples across 60 self-contained apartments and eight houses.

During peak holiday months, Blackpool Resort caters for 340 guests each day.

Mark, who enjoyed a 20-year career in hotel management before his current role, said: “We had six directly employed staff in March this year and now we have 30. It’s been great to see the Blackpool tourism industry getting back on its feet and doing what it does best, which is providing great holidays and experiences.”

The company secured its premises licence with help from the leisure and licensing team at law firm Harrison Drury solicitors.

David Edwards, partner at Harrison Drury, who worked closely with Mark on the project, said: “Mark’s passion for the Blackpool tourism industry is inspiring. He wants the resort to succeed and become known not just for its many attractions but also the quality of its holiday accommodation. Having the ability to offer drinks packages to guests is a fantastic idea that can help the business stand out.”

Malcolm Ireland, head of leisure and licensing at Harrison Drury, added: “The hospitality sector is emerging from the toughest time it has have ever endured, but out of every challenge comes new opportunities.

“Blackpool Resort is fantastic example of a leisure and hospitality business that is innovating to maximise the post-lockdown boom, but also what has been a longer-term growth in domestic tourism.”

 

 

Blackpool Victoria Hospital nurse wins Best Nurse at The Sun’s Who Cares Wins Awards

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A Blackpool Victoria Hospital nurse was awarded Nurse of the Year at a star-studded event celebrating the nation’s health heroes, for bringing loved ones together during the final moments of their lives throughout the pandemic.

 

Jackie Brunton, from Preston, was named Best Nurse for her work with families at the height of the pandemic, as the lead nurse for end of life and bereavement care at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

She was presented with the award on stage at The Sun’s Who Cares Wins Awards alongside her daughter Jess, by TV presenter Kate Garraway.

Jackie said: “I was so shocked to win, and I’m still speechless now. I just feel incredibly humbled to hear the stories of all the other recipients and nominees and the way so many people have gone above and beyond to support patients during this difficult time.

Jackie Brunton, Blackpool Vic's lead nurse for end of life and bereavement care, with her Nurse of the Year award. Pic: Blackpool Teaching Hospital NHS Trust

Jackie Brunton, Blackpool Vic’s lead nurse for end of life and bereavement care, with her Nurse of the Year award. Pic: Blackpool Teaching Hospital NHS Trust

“Our teams across the trust worked together to support one another doing the very best they could and all should be proud.

“Kate Garraway presented my award which was astounding because I’ve followed her story with her husband for some time, we can all relate to her and seeing the video featuring Blackpool Victoria Hospital and Sue’s story was really lovely.”

Jackie was nominated by Sue Ayrton from Blackpool, who lost her dad Neville Ayrton to Covid at the age of 73.

Sue said without Jackie, her “guardian angel,” she would never have been able to see her dad before his life support machine was turned off, as relatives were not allowed to visit their dying loved ones.

Sue said: “I had a really close relationship with my dad, and he was an active member of the community, there was nothing wrong with him at all.

“He was hospitalised with Covid. I got a call to say that dad had deteriorated, and they’d had to put him on a life support machine and a ventilator. It was really heartbreaking. He was my best friend. He was my hero.

“Nobody was allowed to go in and say goodbye to their relatives. It was just horrific. My dad, my best friend, I couldn’t even give him a kiss goodbye.”

Jackie said it was “extremely distressing” speaking to Sue for the first time, as she had just been told her dad was going to die.

She decided she wanted to find a way to allow relatives to say goodbye to their loved ones while Covid restrictions were in place across the country.

Sue continued: “Jackie said, have you got an iPhone? I said yes, and she said well, you’re going to be able to see him. We did Facetime, we said goodbye to him. He knew I was there.

“Jackie was literally my guardian angel that night. She got £80,000 of funding from Captain Tom, and iPads on stands in the hospital so people could communicate with their loved ones.

“I am so proud of Jackie winning the award, she thoroughly deserves it for all her and her team’s hard work over the past 18 months.”

A spokesman for Blackpool Vic said the work done by Jackie and the end of life team during the pandemic laid the foundations for the Trust’s full-time Swan bereavement support service, and establishing the Swan Suite.

The Swan Suite was opened as a permanent service in April, after the Vic’s in-house charity Blue Skies received funding through a series of grants from NHS Charities Together.

The grants were a result of the nation’s fundraising during the pandemic, including money raised by the late Captain Sir Tom Moore who raised over £32million for the NHS.

Blackpool crash driver gives false details after fracturing cyclist’s leg

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The incident happened at the junction of Devonshire Road and Talbot Road in Blackpool

 

The incident happened at the junction of Devonshire Road and Talbot Road
The incident happened at the junction of Devonshire Road and Talbot Road

Police are hunting a motorist who gave false details to a cyclist after fracturing his leg in a crash.

The 19-year-old cyclist was travelling along Devonshire Road when a Peugeot 407, travelling in the opposite direction, turned right into Talbot Road and the two collided.

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The driver of the Peugeot initially stopped at the scene but handed over false details and then made off, officers said.

The cyclist suffered a fractured leg, as well as cuts and bruises.

The happened at around 8.25pm on September 3.

Blackpool Police say the Peugeot has since been located, however enquiries are still ongoing to trace the driver.

Officers are now asking anybody with information to get in touch.

PC Ailsa Bunch said: “This was a nasty collision which left a cyclist with a broken leg. The driver of the Peugeot stopped only briefly at the scene, before handing over false details and making off.

“We have been carrying out enquiries since then and are now asking for help identifying the driver of the car.

“Perhaps you think you may know who it is, maybe you have dashcam from the scene or maybe you saw all or part of the collision. Whatever information you have, please let us know.”

Anyone with information is asked to either email 4703@lancashire.police.uk or call 101, quoting log 1392 of September 3.

 

 

Cabin set up to deal with Covid-19 numbers at Blackpool Victoria Hospital may remain onsite for another year

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A temporary unit set up at Blackpool Victoria Hospital to help accommodate greater patient numbers brought in by Covid-19 may remain in place for another year.

 

The temporary cabin which was set up on the hospital car park last year

The temporary cabin which was set up on the hospital car park last year

An application has been submitted to Blackpool Council by the Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust for the continued use of the single storey modular unit for a further 12 months.

The facility was set up in the car park of the hospital, on Whinney Heys Road, last year while urgent renovations were carried out at Blackpool A&E to maintain safety during the Covid-19 pandemic

The original works within the hospital are now nearing completion, however, some clinical services are still required within the modular unit all renovations have come to an end, a statement from Gilling Dod Architects, on behalf of the Trust, said.

Proposals would see the building, which contains consultation rooms and a large patient waiting area, remain operational until November next year.

Architects said: “The unit is located within the hospital ownership boundary and on an existing car park which is currently hard landscaping. The selected site is the only feasible location within the hospital site for the decanted accommodation as it is within close proximity to the existing A&E department. T

“There will be a temporary loss of 18 parking spaces within the existing site boundary, bringing the total down to 20 spaces. The temporary loss of parking spaces is short term and there are currently fewer visitors/ patients using parking spaces due to the Covid situation.”

 

 

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.”

 

 

Blackpool town centre off-licence could be blocked over street-drinking fears

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Dr Arif Rajpura warns the proposal “would increase the availability of alcohol in an area….”

 

A view of Blackpool at night
A view of Blackpool at night (Image: Getty)

Health chiefs want to block proposals for a new off-licence in Blackpool town centre because they say there are already enough shops selling booze in the area.

The police are also objecting to an application by Sunil Kumar for a licence to sell alcohol between 10am and 10pm daily from premises on Church Street amid fears it would fuel drunken behaviour.

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A council licensing panel will now be held on Thursday September 23 to consider the proposals.

Documents submitted to the hearing say there are already 18 off licences in Talbot ward including five within a five minute walk of the proposed new store.

In evidence submitted to the panel, Blackpool’s director of public health Dr Arif Rajpura warns the proposal “would increase the availability of alcohol in an area which is already experiencing significant levels of alcohol-related harm.

“This premises is situated in a ward that has one of the highest number of off-licence premises in the whole of Blackpool.”

He adds: “We are aware of the problem of street drinking within the locality in which this premise is located.

“These problems have a negative impact on public safety and the health and wellbeing of the local community.

“The sale of low value/high alcohol products and the potential negative impact of increasing alcohol availability within this locality are not taken into consideration.”

PC Emma Pritchard, of Blackpool police licensing department, says in her submission: “Police concern is that by allowing another off-licence in this area alcohol will become even more available and this would further exacerbate the problems already being experienced in this area.”

But in his application Mr Kumar, who would operate the off-licence within a general convenience store, says staff would be on duty at all times to comply with the licence and prevent crime and disorder.

He says: “I will make sure that all of my employees are trained on their responsibilities when it comes to selling alcohol, especially when it comes to drunkenness and under-age people.”

The application site is within the council’s cumulative impact zone meaning applicants must prove their premises will not have a detrimental affect.

 

 

Search under way after pregnant woman goes missing in Blackpool

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A search is taking place for a pregnant Blackpool woman who has been reported missing in the resort.

 

Police say Naomi Lee, 40, from Blackpool, was last seen two weeks ago on Sunday, September 5.

Naomi – who also has links to Preston – is described as 5ft 5ins tall.

A police spokesman said: “We are appealing for information to help find a missing woman who is believed to be pregnant.

Police say Naomi Lee, 40, from Blackpool, was last seen two weeks ago on Sunday, September 5. Pic: Lancashire Police

Police say Naomi Lee, 40, from Blackpool, was last seen two weeks ago on Sunday, September 5. Pic: Lancashire Police

“We are concerned for her welfare and we are urging anyone who knows where she is to come forward with information.”

Please call 101 if you have information that can help officers locate Naomi and ensure she is safe.

 

 

Police hunt Peugeot driver who gave false details to injured cyclist after “nasty crash” in Blackpool

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Police want to find the driver of a Peugeot who left the scene of a crash in Blackpool after handing over false details to an injured cyclist.

 

The crash happened at around 8.25pm on Friday, September 3 at the junction of Devonshire Road and Talbot Road, say police.

A cyclist – a 19-year-old man – was travelling along Devonshire Road when a Peugeot 407, travelling in the opposite direction, turned right into Talbot Road and struck the cyclist.

Police say the driver of the Peugeot briefly stopped at the scene where he handed over false details before hurriedly making off before officers attended.

The crash happened at around 8.25pm on September 3 at the junction of Devonshire Road and Talbot Road. A cyclist – a 19-year-old man – was struck by a Peugeot 407, travelling in the opposite direction. The driver of the Peugeot stopped at the scene but handed over false details and then made off. Pic: Google

The crash happened at around 8.25pm on September 3 at the junction of Devonshire Road and Talbot Road. A cyclist – a 19-year-old man – was struck by a Peugeot 407, travelling in the opposite direction. The driver of the Peugeot stopped at the scene but handed over false details and then made off. Pic: Google

The cyclist suffered a broken leg, as well as cuts and bruises.

The Peugeot has since been located and enquiries are ongoing to trace the driver.

Lancashire Police are asking anybody with information to get in touch.

PC Ailsa Bunch, of Blackpool Police, said: “This was a nasty collision which left a cyclist with a broken leg. The driver of the Peugeot stopped only briefly at the scene, before handing over false details and making off.

“We have been carrying out enquiries since then and are now asking for help identifying the driver of the car.

“Perhaps you think you may know who it is, maybe you have dashcam from the scene or maybe you saw all or part of the collision. Whatever information you have, please let us know.”

Anybody with information is asked to either email 4703@lancashire.police.uk or call 101, quoting log 1392 of September 3.