Man dies following Blackpool flat fire

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A man has died following a fire at a Blackpool flat this morning.

 

The incident happened just after 10am (Sunday, September 26) at a flat on Molyneux Drive in South Shore.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service attended the incident and Lancashire Police were also called out along with paramedics.

After crews had tackled the fire, a body was discovered and while police have not released information, eye witnesses said it was a man that had died.

An eyewitness said the window 'exploded' and glass went everywhere

An eyewitness said the window ‘exploded’ and glass went everywhere

One eyewitness, who raised the alarm and didn’t want to be named, said: “I was on my phone and all I could see was smoke coming from the window. I’m a care worker and I was on a visit seeing another resident so I ran to get them out of the flat. There was other people also trying to get others out as a lot of the residents in the flats are elderly.

“It was scary to see it happening. The window exploded and glass went everywhere. I rang 999 and five fire engines and police came out.

“One of the paramedics told me that a man had died and he was still in the flat but I don’t know his name. They said a big investigation would be taking place.”

Another resident on Molyneux Drive, called Mark, told The Gazette that he had tried to save the man.
The scene of the fire at Molyneux Drive in South Shore

The scene of the fire at Molyneux Drive in South Shore

He said: “I smashed the front door and ran upstairs but I couldn’t get through the flat door as it was locked. A few others tried to help but we couldn’t get in to save him.”

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “We were called at around 10.20am today (Sunday, Sept 26th) by colleagues from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service to reports of a fire at an address on Molyneux Drive in Blackpool.

“We attended the incident and sadly a body was found inside the address.

“We are working with LFRS on a joint investigation to establish the cause of the fire.

“Anybody with information about the incident is asked to call us on 101, quoting log 0565 of September 26.”

Both LFRS and North West Ambulance Service were approached by The Gazette for comment.

 

 

Council leader’s thanks as Afghan donation generosity continues

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Fylde Council’s leader has added her thanks to that of Home-Start Blackpool Fylde and Wyre after the charity was overwhelmed by the generosity shown in response to an appeal for goods to help Afghan refugee families.

 

Home-Start is working with Fylde Council to co-ordinate the collection of specific goods to help welcome the refugees to the borough and has been inundated with items at its shop in St Albans Road, St Annes.

Council leader Coun Karen Buckley said: “The generosity of the people in Fylde is second to none.

“As soon as the council had provided a storage container for Home-Start it was filled and we have since sourced another. Thank you to everyone who has donated. Your kindness is overwhelming.”

Home-Start shop manager Sue Uttley with just some of the donated items

Home-Start shop manager Sue Uttley with just some of the donated items

Fylde charity ‘overwhelmed’ by donations to help Afghan refugee families

Items wanted are nappies, children’s books, children’s clothing, sanitary products and toiletries. They can be dropped off at the shop Monday to Friday 10am-4pm.

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Blackpool’s quirky businesses on the market from bakeries to hotels

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One business owner is “happier than a seagull with a stolen chip”

 

Seagull's Nest Cafe on South Shore, Blackpool
Seagull’s Nest Cafe on South Shore, Blackpool (Image: RightMove)

It is no secret that Blackpool has a plethora of quirky and independent businesses.

Take a walk down many of its seaside streets and you’re sure to find a number of uniquely named businesses or tag lines designed to capture your attention.

After all, Blackpool is a busy place where everyone competes for the tourism footfall.

Read more:Blackpool holiday company’s new coffee house and job boom

Currently, there are a number distinctive businesses for sale that stand out amongst the others.

Here at LancsLive, we took a look at some of the most striking businesses on offer.

Seagull’s Nest Cafe – £25,000

Seagull's Nest Cafe on South Shore, Blackpool
Seagull’s Nest Cafe on South Shore, Blackpool (Image: RightMove)

Sporting the tagline “Today I Will Be Happier Than a Seagull With A Stolen Chip”, the Seagull’s Nest has been successful for more than 100 years.

The traditional seafront cafe on South Shore also offers a coffee shop and tea room and has been run by one family.

It is now up for sale at £25,000.

The business has become very well known in the area and benefits from a returning and reliable client base.

It offers a range of homemade food which include pizzas and kebabs which are available for a takeaway and delivery service.

Customers who are eating in benefit from spectacular sea views and regular visits from seagulls.

To find out more, please visit the RightMove listing here.

Dinners Ready – £29,999

Dinners Ready Cafe on White Gate Drive Blackpool
Dinners Ready Cafe on White Gate Drive Blackpool (Image: RightMove)

Dinners Ready Cafe Bar has been well established business for decades providing people with dinner, as promised.

The owner, who has been at the helm for more than 20 years, has thoroughly enjoyed running the cafe however is now selling up due to family commitments.

The business has an excellent, 5-star review rating on Google with one customer stating, “Visited this place twice for breakfast and would’ve been there sooner if we hadn’t have found it by chance.

“Clean, reasonably priced and food done to order, they even remembered the order we had the day before.

“It is also to be said that the Emergency Services use this place, so I always use that as a good sign.

“If you fancy a change from hotel or B+B breakfasts or just a quick lunch, go here.”

The menu currently consists of full English breakfasts, sandwiches, soups, coffees, children’s meals, and daily specials, to name a few from the large, versatile menu.

The business currently operates six days a week and doesn’t advertise but its reputation means custom comes from passing shoppers and word of mouth recommendations.

To find out more, please visit the RightMove listing here.

Pies R Ere – £12,000

Pies R Here delivery service established in Blackpool over 20 years ago
Pies R Here delivery service established in Blackpool over 20 years ago (Image: RightMove)

This is another well established businesses that has been running for over 20 years and the names tells you exactly what you want to hear.

Pies R Ere delivery service operates from a home based on Church Street using a local supplier.

Freshly baked pies are collected and then delivered to the customer’s door.

It has a customer base that spans over Wyre through Pilling, Lancaster, Kendal and Ambleside.

This includes grocery stores, butchers, farm shops, sandwich shops and other catering businesses.

Accounts confirm a turnover in excess of £108,000 with profits after expenses of £19,308.

To find out more about this business, please visit the RightMove Listing here.

Smooth Hound Barbers – £22,950

Smooth Hound barbers on Staining Road, Blackpool
Smooth Hound barbers on Staining Road, Blackpool (Image: RightMove)

This barbers premises has been fully refurbished and is a modern open plan salon.

Housing four chairs, waiting area, large counter reception, two stores and WC, the total area is approximately 68sqm.

The interior aesthetics consists of a wall of mirrors, wood flooring and exposed brick wall and wash basins to the back.

Outside, there is parking for customers on the front car park.

To find out more, please visit the RightMove listing here.

Experimental Bakery – £5,000

Experimental Bakery on Mayfield Avenue, Blackpool
Experimental Bakery on Mayfield Avenue, Blackpool (Image: RightMove)

This recently refurbished sandwich shop is currently available to take on for£5,000.

The shop has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment throughout, including rewiring, plastering, and installation of brand-new kitted kitchen and equipment.

Deemed as “ready to trade”, the business is situated in Mayfield Avenue, close to the very busy trading location of Highfield Road.

The stylish and contemporary shop has large refrigerated display cabinets/counter, servery counter and a preparation area.

It also has a range of equipment including stainless steel extraction unit, two electric ovens, fitted units, double stainless steel sink unit and separate hand wash basin.

There is also a storage area and toilet.

The business previously traded between 9am till -3pm Monday to Saturday and ceased trading in July 2021.

To find out more about this business, please visit the RightMove listing here.

The Address Hotel – £244,950

The Address on Reads Avenue, Blackpool
The Address on Reads Avenue, Blackpool (Image: RightMove)

The Address can be found at the address Reads Avenue.

The 13 bedroom hotel is fully equipped for 30 guests and is busy all year round thanks to it excellent location.

The guest house is close to both the Winter Gardens and the town centre.

Set over three floors, the ground floor has an open plan bar lounge/dining room with wood effect flooring with seating for 30 diners.

There is also a reception area and office and the kitchen has non-slip flooring and a range of commercial equipment

An en-suite twin letting bedroom is also offered here along with private accommodation in the form of a double en suite bedroom.

On the first floor are seven bedrooms which include three en suite family rooms, three en suite double rooms and one single room with own shower and WC.

To the second floor is five bedrooms with one family suite with double room and a single en suite room. There are also three en suite double rooms and one en suite twin).

There is car parking for six cars at the front and paved garden to the rear.

All letting bedrooms have TVs and room refreshments throughout as well as gas central heating, UPVC double glazing and L2 fire alarm.

To find out more, please visit the RightMove listing here.

Suds & Bubbles – £159,950

Suds and Bubbles laundry service on Dickson Road
Suds and Bubbles laundry service on Dickson Road (Image: RightMove)

“You leave it, we do it” is the motto for Suds and Bubble laundry service on Dickson Road.

The laundrette on North Shore is a well established and fully equipped laundry business.

The coin operated laundrette provides service washes and commercial laundry for the hotel and restaurant trade.

The premises has a spacious ground floor commercial area with a self contained two bedroom flat above with separate entrance with kitchen diner with fitted units, bathroom, bedroom and lounge.

This floor also has a patio area.

The accommodation is currently let at £520 pcm.

To the second floor is also dormer bedroom.

Extracts from accounts confirm a turnover in the region of £50,000.

 

 

Blackpool’s brand new three floor music venue opening in November

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Plenty of hard work has gone into refitting a new balcony, removing rotten window frames and replacing old structures so the former Whippet Inn building can welcome new customers.

 

Inside the new Sherlock's Bar on Queen Street, Blackpool
Inside the new Sherlock’s Bar on Queen Street, Blackpool (Image: Sherlock’s Bar)

Blackpool is set to get a brand new live music venue soon which will host live entertainment from all around the UK.

Sherlock’s on Queen Street is set to open on Friday, November 5 with its launch night having a very special performance from drag act and Britain’s Got Talent star Danny Beard.

Manchester’s Dan Walker will also be DJing throughout the night along with a special appearance from a mystery guest.

Sherlock’s will also be host to the official Blackpool Pride after party.

The three floor venue is where the infamous gay-friendly bar The Whippet Inn used to be.

It has has been taken over by the owners of the former LGBT bar, Eden Bar, on Sherlock Street in Birmingham after that venue closed down during the pandemic.

The Old Whippet Inn bar has been given a makeover and is set to re-open as Sherlock's Bar in Blackpool
The Old Whippet Inn bar has been given a makeover and is set to re-open as Sherlock’s Bar in Blackpool (Image: Sherlock’s Bar)

Owner Cal Eden is currently back in the city hosting Birmingham Pride and is excited to open after purchasing this new bar with business partner Garry Prentice in January 2019.

Refurbishment was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but now the venue will finally be able to open in a prominent spot in the town’s main bar circuit.

After gaining permission from Blackpool Council in August 2020, the premises now has a new sign, complete with a silhouette of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective, Sherlock Holmes.

Plenty of hard work has gone into refitting a new balcony, removing rotten window frames and replacing old structures so the building can welcome new customers.

To find out more about the new Sherlock’s live music venue, please visit the Facebook page here.

 

 

Line of Duty actor stars in new Slow Readers Club video

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Blackpool’s Craig Parkinson features in the music video for the Manchester band’s news single, Tell No Lies

 

Craig Parkinson appearing in the new Slow Readers Club video
Craig Parkinson appearing in the new Slow Readers Club video (Image: Slow Readers Club)

Line of Duty actor Craig Parkinson has swapped the country’s most popular cop drama with a starring role in a new music video.

The Blackpool-born actor, who played DI Matthew ‘Dot’ Cottan in Jed Mercurio’s hit BBC show before the character was killed off, appears in Manchester band The Slow Readers Club’s Tell No Lies promo.

The unlikely collaboration is the result of a chance meeting between frontman Aaron Starkie and Craig, who was chatting to BBC 6 Music’s Chris Hawkins and The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess at Kendall Calling festival in Cumbria.

Aaron said: “It was one of those weird things where you feel like you’ve met before, I think Chris saw me trying to figure it out and then pointed out that I would know him [Craig] from Line of Duty.

“We since got chatting on Twitter and he let us know that he was a fan of the band and kindly offered to be in the video. He’s a top bloke, so generous with his time and brought great energy to the shoot”.

Slow Readers Club
Slow Readers Club (Image: Sarah Junker)

In the video, Craig plays an energetic faith healer who encounters a challenging and sceptical Aaron.

The band are set to head down the M66 to play the King George’s Hall in Blackburn on Sunday, 26 September, as part of their headline tour.

 

 

 

 

Blackpool’s Metropole Hotel to close for three months amid asylum seeker discussions

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MP for Blackpool South, Scott Benton, stressed that just because the hotel bookings have been cleared this does not mean that the placement is set to go ahead as discussions are still very much ongoing

 

Metropole Hotel, Blackpool
Metropole Hotel, Blackpool (Image: JThomas / Geograph)

A prominent Blackpool hotel will close to the public for three months as discussions on housing asylum seekers continue.

Earlier this month, Blackpool Council moved to block the placement of more than 300 asylum seekers at the Metropole Hotel amid concerns that the location is not appropriate.

The authority warned bosses at Britannia Hotels, which owns the venue, that planning permission would be required in order to house asylum seekers at the hotel.

The temporary halt to the plans was welcomed by MPs and council leaders, with Scott Benton MP for Blackpool South, saying that he was ‘delighted’ with the news.

However this morning (September 22) Metropole Hotel staff have confirmed to LancsLive that the venue will be closed to the public for three months from Friday (September 24). Staff did not confirm the reasons for the closure but confirmed that bookings are not being taken for guests witin this three-month period.

Last week Serco, which provides accommodation for asylum seekers on behalf of the Government, revealed that using hotels to house asylum seekers was a “last resort”.

Blackpool Council leader Councillor Williams said the Home Office and Serco had been unable to allay concerns from, police and ambulance authorities after stating the council had not be provided with any of the risk assessments that have been undertaken.

MP for Blackpool South, Scott Benton, found out about the decision a few weeks ago and previously said he felt “left in the dark on several important questions including where these people came from and how long they will require temporary accommodation.”

The minister stressed that just because the hotel bookings have been cleared once again does not mean that the placement is set to go ahead as discussions are still very much ongoing:

“My understanding is that the Home Office, Serco, the Metropole and Blackpool Council have been in discussions over the past few weeks”, Mr Benton MP said.

“I was delighted when there was a pause with the placement a few weeks ago. We know that that may not be permanent and that that could still go ahead.

“I am 100 per cent opposed. My position hasn’t changed. The location is completely inappropriate and the pressure it would put on our public services. Blackpool should not be the location for such a placement.

“I am in discussions with ministers to make sure they are aware of the opinions of local people and businesses and will await further developments with interest.”

LancsLive has approached Blackpool Council for comment.

 

 

Blackpool lap-dancing club ban moves closer despite fears for workers’ safety

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Blackpool Council’s plans to cap the number of lap dancing clubs could put dancers in danger, it is claimed.

 

Eden One in Blackpool
Eden One in Blackpool

Controversial plans to cap the number of lap dancing clubs in Blackpool in a bid to make the resort more family friendly have moved a step closer to being given the green light

The plans were subject to heated debate at a meeting of Blackpool Council’s licensing committee which took place at the town hall on Tuesday evening (September 21).

The council says it is working towards a zero limit on the number of adult entertainment clubs – despite not planning to force the closure of any of the four existing venues.

Under the plans, the four existing sex entertainment businesses would be allowed to continue to operate within the legislation and licence conditions, on the proviso that if any of the four existing licences lapses or is revoked, they will not be renewed.

Now operators working in the industry in Blackpool have hit back with ‘grave concerns’.

Among objections submitted to the licensing committee as part of a prior consultation was that of Ashley Sayers, whose family has operated Eden One on the Promenade for 14 years.

Ashley said she had worked with over a thousand entertainers over that time and feared the plans would take away the safe working environment that had been built over the years.

Highlighting how the dancers included single mums, Masters degree students, law graduates and nurses, she said she feared the proposals would take away the town’s safe and regulated working environment by forcing the industry underground.

She said: “These girls range from single mums working to provide for their families, to career entertainers who have been in the industry longer than myself and used their income to invest in property and start their own business..

“The industry will be forced underground and the girls will be tempted, if not forced to work in places such as hotels for private bachelor partiers where their risk of sexual assault and financial exploitation would be alarmingly high.”

Senior Licensing Solicitor Sharon Davies told the licensing committee it should base its decision on Blackpool’s status as a ‘White Ribbon’ accredited authority and the fact it was being promoted as a family friendly town rather than on moral grounds.

She added: “You should not make a decision on moral grounds and you should not make a decision based on the fact that you don’t agree with this type of establishment because the situation is that it is a lawful activity and there is nothing illegal about this.”

However, serious fears for the dancers’ safety were voiced by Councillor Graham Baker, who said he had had second thoughts since January.

He said: “In January, I was in favour on the grounds of trying to establish Blackpool as a family venue. However, in view of the objections, it made me think again.

“You can’t look through the windows of these establishments and the children don’t see anything. There’s nothing obvious to children that there is this type of establishment.

“We are never going to get rid of this sort of establishment. It is likely to be driven underground where it is not licensed and the workers haven’t got the protections they have at the moment. I am thinking that our decision in January was flawed.”

But his concerns were dismissed by other councillors, who countered that no one was proposing to revoke existing licences but just make it harder for anyone else to come into the industry in Blackpool.

They were fully backed by Councillor Peter Hunter, who concluded: “This is a family town, and we don’t want this type of organisation in this town.

He added: “I would like to see these venues out of town.”

The majority of councillors dismissed fears that the local economy would be hard hit, with licensing committee chairman, Councillor Adrian Hutton saying most of the dancers did not come from Blackpool, adding : “We haven’t had hundreds and hundreds of letters from local residents to say we want to keep them.”

This sentiment was backed by Councillor Jo Farrell, who said: “We are not closing them, and we are not putting anyone out of a job.”

The committee voted ten to one to approve the policy and send it forward for approval to the council’s executive.

After the meeting, Councillor Hutton welcomed the move, adding: “It was a democratic decision. You still have the executive committee who will scrutinize it and make the final decision.”

Councillor Graham Baker who voted against the measures, said: “I don’t feel as comfortable as I did about it. I just think we should be giving it a bit more thought. I would not want to make them go underground then they lose the protection of the doorman.

“I am not comfortable with it – it needs more thought.”

The council’s executive is due to meet on October 11.

 

 

Lancashire brothers in care kept together thanks to loving new foster parents

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Helen and her partner Emma took in Jack and William in February 2021

 

Stock image of two brothers
Stock image of two brothers (Image: Victoria Borodinova / Pexels)

Two loving foster parents have kept two young brothers together by taking them both in to their home.

Jack* and William* were taken in by Helen and her partner Emma, who became their new parents in February of this year.

Helen, from Lancashire, said her and Emma met when they were both working in the residential care sector.

“We saw first-hand the number of children coming through the system and from the start we knew this was a path that we wanted to take,” Helen said.

“After an in-depth adoption process with Adoption Lancashire and Blackpool, we finally took home our beautiful boys in February and haven’t looked back since. We considered and opted for adopting siblings from the start as we knew that we wanted more than one child and thought that this would be the best way to achieve this.

“We knew we wouldn’t need to go through the process multiple times and the idea of two kids with the same back story and history really appealed to us. Also, from working in children’s’ services, we were aware that brothers and sisters were much harder to place.

“The sound of happy children running around a hectic house full of laughter is the best thing ever. Yes, it is busy at times but we felt that placing a child into our world would be chaotic whether it was one, two or three so made the choice to do it all at once and we wouldn’t change it for the world.

“Obviously every family’s circumstances are different, but we would encourage anyone considering adoption to think about sibling groups, especially if you are thinking about more children in the future.

“The bond that they have, can’t be matched. The journey they have been on is rough but the love they have for each other is unbreakable. Jack, the youngest of the two, looks up to and idolises his big brother.

“This helped when forming family bonds and attachments, as once he could see that William trusted and accepted us as his safe family, Jack soon followed suit and, six months in, it’s hard to imagine life without the boys.”

Due to an increasing requirement for loving families for brothers and sisters, Adoption Lancashire and Blackpool has now launched a new campaign highlighting the need to keep them together.

The campaign, which you will see throughout Lancashire and Blackpool on buses, billboards, bus shelters as well as hear on radio, highlights the benefits of adopting more than one child and celebrates the irreplaceable bond of brothers and sisters.

Adoption Lancashire and Blackpool is the regional adoption agency for the county and hopes this campaign will shine a spotlight on the need for families to come forward as well as break down some of the myths that surround adoption.

Throughout Lancashire and Blackpool, there are currently around 30 children in care awaiting adoption placements. Included in this figure is six sets of sibling groups all looking for a loving family.

Victoria Gent, Chair of Adoption Lancashire and Blackpool, said: “We urge anyone beginning their adoption journey to think about the children in family groups who need a loving home and ask themselves if they can spare that extra space in their home, and their heart. We often hear parents say that adopting children with their brothers and sisters has been the most beneficial factor in their children’s adoption journey.

“A common misconception is that adopters need to be the perfect parent and fit a specific criteria. This is not the case and at Adoption Lancashire and Blackpool we are proud to echo the national narrative that anyone can adopt, no matter your relationship status or background. So long as you can offer a loving and stable home, we encourage you to get in touch.

“There is plenty of support available, from the financial to the practical, for those that decide they can.

Across the country there are 2,030 children looking for new homes, and 44% of those are brothers and sisters. Groups of two or more children take 135 days (36% longer) to be adopted than individual children.

According to adopters, the biggest challenges and concerns about adopting brothers and sisters are that it would be too challenging, affordability and the worry about not having enough space at home.

However, there is financial and practical support available to potential adopters. The vast majority of parents who adopted family groups (88%) said that the challenges are far outweighed by the positives.

Dr Elizabeth Kilbey, Child Psychologist and supporter of the campaign, said: “The brother and sister bond can offer incredible life-changing benefits throughout all aspects and stages of children’s lives. This is especially pertinent for adopted children, with research showing the bond can support mental health, emotional wellbeing, social skills, and help children settle into a new family.”

 

 

Blackpool Pleasure Beach wins seven Theme Park Awards as site is named best value

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The Blackpool attraction won gold awards for best value and best live entertainment for it’s Hot Ice show

 

Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
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Blackpool Pleasure Beach. PROVIDED BY Blackpool Tourist Association (Image: Daily Record)

Blackpool Pleasure Beach has been rated as the best value theme park in the UK.

This comes as the attraction won seven Theme Park Awards 2021.

The awards have taken place for the second time, and consist of 21 categories including theme park of the year, best new attraction, best customer service and best value.

To decide on winners, the public were invited to vote for their favourite theme parks.

A total of 176,370 votes were combined with the scores from the Expert Judges to determine the winners in each category.

Unsurprisingly, Blackpool Pleasure Beach managed to secure multiple titles and were the third biggest winners overall – behind Alton Towers in Staffordshire and Paultons Park in Hampshire.

The Blackpool attraction won gold awards for best value and best live entertainment for it’s Hot Ice show.

It secured silver awards for best food and drink and best merchandise.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach won both silver and bronze in the best classic coaster category for the Grand National and the Big One.

It was also awarded a bronze award for the best theme park for thrills.

See a full list of categories and winners below:

Best New Attraction

  • Gold: Storm Chaser (Paultons Park)
  • Silver: Flight of the Sky Lion (LEGOLAND Windsor)
  • Bronze: Gangsta Granny: The Ride (Alton Towers)

Best Theme Park for Families (Large)

  • Gold: Alton Towers
  • Silver: Paultons Park
  • Bronze: LEGOLAND Windsor

Best Theme Park for Families (Small)

  • Gold: Gulliver’s Theme Parks
  • Silver: Pleasurewood Hills
  • Bronze: Fantasy Island

Best Theme Park for Toddlers

  • Gold: Paultons Park
  • Silver: Alton Towers
  • Bronze: Drayton Manor

Best Theme Park for Thrills

  • Gold: Thorpe Park
  • Silver: Alton Towers
  • Bronze: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Best Classic Coaster

  • Gold: Nemesis (Alton Towers)
  • Silver: Grand National (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)
  • Bronze: The Big One (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

Best Family Coaster

  • Gold: Wicker Man (Alton Towers)
  • Silver: Vampire (Chessington World of Adventures)
  • Bronze: Flight of the Pterosaur (Paultons Park)

Best Interactive Ride

  • Gold: LEGO NINJAGO The Ride (LEGOLAND Windsor)
  • Silver: Duel (Alton Towers)
  • Bronze: Tomb Blaster (Chessington World of Adventures)

Best Food & Drink

  • Gold: Alton Towers
  • Silver: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
  • Bronze: Paultons Park

Best Merchandise

  • Gold: Alton Towers
  • Silver: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
  • Bronze: Thorpe Park

Best Live Entertainment

  • Gold: Hot Ice (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)
  • Silver: Return to Skeleton Bay (LEGOLAND Windsor)
  • Bronze: ALIVE! Dinosaur Encounter (Paultons Park)

Best New Event

  • Gold: Oktoberfest (Alton Towers)
  • Silver: Mardi Gras (Alton Towers)
  • Bronze: Oktoberfest (Thorpe Park)

Best Halloween Event

  • Gold: Scarefest (Alton Towers)
  • Silver: Fright Nights (Thorpe Park)
  • Bronze: Xtreme Scream Park (Twinlakes)

Best Animal Experience

  • Gold: ZUFARI: Ride into Africa (Chessington World of Adventures)
  • Silver: Tiger Rock (Chessington World of Adventures)
  • Bronze: Lost River Ride (Flamingo Land)

Best Social Media Engagement

  • Gold: Alton Towers
  • Silver: Thorpe Park
  • Bronze: Drayton Manor

Best Customer Service

  • Gold: Alton Towers
  • Silver: Paultons Park
  • Bronze: Adventure Island

Best Value

  • Gold: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
  • Silver: Paultons Park
  • Bronze: Drayton Manor

Blogger of the Year

  • Gold: Thrill Nation
  • Silver: Theme Park Guide
  • Bronze: Cupcakes & Coasters

YouTuber of the Year

  • Gold: Theme Park Worldwide
  • Silver: Pleasure Beach Experience
  • Bronze: TheJackSilkstone

Instagrammer of the Year

  • Gold: Thrill Riders
  • Silver: Roller Coaster Rachel
  • Bronze: Cupcakes & Coasters

Theme Park of the Year

  • Gold: Alton Towers
  • Silver: Paultons Park
  • Bronze: LEGOLAND Windsor

 

Coleen Nolan launches Loose Women rant about GP response failure

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“I still haven’t heard from them so, if it was something really serious I’d be panicking now as I’ve really tried to get through and I just can’t”

 

Loose Women star Coleen Nolan has hit out at her GP practice over a failure to respond despite trying to get in contact “all day”.

The 56-year-old, who was born and raised in Blackpool, shared her frustrations with fellow panellists Carol McGiffin, Charlene White, Brenda Edwards during a discussion about ‘putting off seeking help with your health’.

Coleen said: “I still haven’t heard from them so, if it was something really serious I’d be panicking now as I’ve really tried to get through and I just can’t.”

The vocalist’s family have tragically been devastated by cancer in recent years with sister Bernie passing away in 2013 and fellow sibling Linda now terminally ill.

Carol told the ITV show on Monday that she made sure her health was a number one priority after a survey found many women don’t put their own health first when it comes going to see a doctor.

Coleen then admitted that she would have been “one of the women” in the survey.

While she always encourages both her children and friends to seek help if they’re feeling unwell, she confessed she is guilty of not following her own advice.

The former Dancing on Ice contestant revealed that when she actually did try and get in touch with her GP last week she wasn’t able to, despite continued efforts, adding that she still hadn’t heard back.

She told the panel: “Because I was getting from everybody about going to see the doctor, I tried all day last week to get in touch with my doctor.

“I couldn’t get through on the phone and then I had to leave a message then it was ‘if your message is important we’ll get in touch with you.’

“Then they said email so I had to put it in an email and it said ‘all emails will be replied to within 24 hours and I still haven’t heard from them so, if it was something really serious I’d be panicking now as I’ve really tried to get through and I just can’t.”

“So now I think well I can’t be bothered now.”

Carol then replied: “There are a lot of people saying that.”