Here’s when and how to watch the Leonid meteor shower in Lancashire this week

Home | Blackpool Gazette

Skygazers may catch a glimpse of a shooting star display as the annual Leonid meteor shower lights up the skies above Lancashire.

 

Astronomers say that the prime moment to see the light show will be between midnight and dawn on November 17-18 as long as the weather is settled.

Although they can be seen with the naked eye, they are best viewed with clear skies away from light pollution.

Those who miss the peak on Wednesday night might still be able to view the shower through the week, as it continues at a reduced rate for several days on either side.

Meteors – also known as ‘shooting stars’- are typically either bits of asteroids leftover from the formation of the solar system or, as in the case of the Leonids, material ejected from the disintegration of a comet as it passes near the Sun.

Skywatcher spots Northern Lights over Lancashire

These beautiful streaks of light seen in the night sky can be caused by cosmic particles that are as small as a grain of sand.

The Met Office forecast for Wednesday to Friday is for changeable weather in the north with spells of rain or showers and often windy.
The Leonid meteor shower is expected to be visible above skies in Britain on Wednesday night (Photo by Navicore)

The Leonid meteor shower is expected to be visible above skies in Britain on Wednesday night (Photo by Navicore)

Talking about this evening’s weather (November 17), a spokesman for the Met Office said: “A few clear spells during the evening, but cloud amounts increasing from the west, with outbreaks of rain and drizzle developing in many areas.

“Remaining mild, but windy. Minimum temperature 7C.”

Displays are better when the Tempel-Tuttle comet, which takes 33 years to orbit the sun, is closer to the Earth, an occurrence which is next due in about 15 years’ time.

 

 

These are the incidents Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service crews have tackled on the Fylde coast this week – Monday, November 15 to Friday, November 19, 2021

Home | Blackpool Gazette

Here is the latest round-up of incidents that crews from the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service have tackled on the Fylde coast this week.

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15

– Chimney fire in St Michael’s

One fire engine from Garstang attended a chimney fire in Garstang Road at around 6.50pm.

Firefighters used an aqua pack, triple extension ladder, a thermal imaging camera, chimney rods and nimbus hose to extinguish the flames.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16

– Industrial switch catches fire at commercial premises in Thornton

Four fire engines from Fleetwood, Blackpool and Bispham attended an incident in Fleetwood Road North at around 12.25pm.

The fire involved an industrial switch which caught alight inside a commercial premise.

Crews used two breathing apparatus, three dry powder extinguishers and a thermal imaging camera to extinguish the flames.

Firefighters were at the scene for 90 minutes.

No injuries were reported by the fire service.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17

– Domestic property fire in Fleetwood

Three fire engines rushed to a fire involving a domestic property in Highbury Avenue shortly after 2.05am.

Firefighters equipped with two breathing apparatus doused the flames using a water jet.

Crews were at the scene for two hours.

– Fire crews tackle early hours garage fire in Bispham

The 999 call came in at 4.11am and saw crews from Blackpool and Bispham stations called to Carnforth Avenue, off Ashfield Road.

The fire broke out in a garage at the back of a house and firefighters used two hose reels to extinguish it.

Crews worked at the scene for around an hour before returning to their stations.

 

 

Bird Flu confirmed in Lancashire as public urged not to pick up dead swans, geese, ducks and birds

Home | Blackpool Gazette

Bird Flu cases have been confirmed in Lancashire and people are warned not to pick up any sick or dead birds to avoid spreading the virus.

 

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has now confirmed there is avian influenza A (H5N1) in wild bird populations in Lancashire

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has now confirmed there is avian influenza A (H5N1) in wild bird populations in Lancashire

Lancashire’s director of public health said the risk to people remains “very low”, but he has warned against handling sick or dead birds to avoid spreading the virus.

The exact location of the confirmed cases has not been made public, but the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said it has been detected in Lancashire’s wild bird populations.

Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, director of public health for Lancashire County Council, said: “I want to reassure residents that the risk to public health from avian flu is very low.

People are being urged not to pick up sick or dead birds, swans, ducks and geese following several confirmed cases of avian influenza (bird flu) in the Lancashire area

People are being urged not to pick up sick or dead birds, swans, ducks and geese following several confirmed cases of avian influenza (bird flu) in the Lancashire area

“However, it is important that people do not pick up any sick or dead birds to avoid spreading the virus, which can affect humans in rare cases.

“If you do find any dead swans, geese or ducks or other dead wild birds while out and about, please report them to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77.

“I would also urge bird keepers to be vigilant for any signs of disease and report any suspected cases to their nearest Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA office).”

The warning follows several confirmed cases of avian influenza in wild birds across Britain. The avian influenza circulates naturally in wild birds and when they migrate to the UK from mainland Europe over the winter, they can spread the disease to poultry and other captive birds, says Defra.

The Chief Veterinary Officers from England, Scotland and Wales have now declared an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) across the whole of Great Britain to mitigate the risk of the disease spreading amongst poultry and captive birds

The Chief Veterinary Officers from England, Scotland and Wales have now declared an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) across the whole of Great Britain to mitigate the risk of the disease spreading amongst poultry and captive birds

Mark McGivern, consultant in health protection in the North West at the UK Health Security Agency, echoed Dr Sakthi’s advice.

“The risk to public health from the virus is very low,” he said, “however it is important that people don’t pick up sick or dead birds.

“As a precaution, anyone who was in contact with the droppings or birds in an area where the infection has been confirmed, is undergoing close monitoring and are assessed to determine whether a course of antiviral medication is also required.

“I would also urge bird keepers to be vigilant for any signs of disease, to report any suspicions of disease to their nearest Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) office and to ensure they are maintaining good biosecurity on their premises.”

People who find dead swans, geese or ducks or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, should report them to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77.

Advice for bird keepers in Lancashire

It is now a legal requirement for all bird keepers in Lancashire and across Great Britain to follow strict biosecurity measures to help protect their flocks, says Defra.

Keepers with more than 500 birds will need to restrict access for non-essential people on their sites, workers will need to change clothing and footwear before entering bird enclosures and site vehicles will need to be cleaned and disinfected regularly to limit the risk of the disease spreading.

Backyard owners with smaller numbers of poultry including chickens, ducks and geese must also take steps to limit the risk of the disease spreading to their animals.

 

 

How to join Garstang’s Christmas Santa Dash

Home | Blackpool Gazette

It’s time to book your Father Christmas costume as the countdown begins to this year’s Santa Dashes.

 

The Garstang Santa Dash, inaugurated by Town Coun Liz Webster in 2019 when she was mayor, begins at 11am on December 5.

This year Garstang mayor Coun Alec Allan and the mayor of Wyre Council Coun Andrea Kay will officiate at the event, which starts outside the Market House on High Street.

Coun Webster said: “We are raising money for Garstang Christmas Lights and Garstang Scarecrow Festival. There is also a competition for the best dressed festive dog.The dash is available for all abilities including mobility scooters, buggies, children and adults. You don’t have to run, many just walk.”

Garstang Santa Dash 2019        Photo: Michael Coleran

Garstang Santa Dash 2019 Photo: Michael Coleran

She continued: “Spectators will be in for a treat too as we have street entertainment planned along with carol singers, entertainment by DJ Darrel Edwards and festive tunes performed by 25 piece brass band Blackpool Brass.”

Garstang Musical Productions will sing Christmas carols from midday outside Bella’s Coffee House in Thomas’s Weind and hot refreshments and mince pies will be available to purchase for spectators. The band will perform at 11.15pm for 45 mins and from midday for 45 mins at either the Royal Oak or in Cherestanc Square, with locations to be confirmed.

Lanes Vets is providing a special hamper as a prize for the best dressed dog.

The dash route goes along High Street, Bridge Street, left by Crimpers Hairdressers and along the riverside path. Those wishing to run will complete the town’s Millennium Green loop, those who want a shorter route will head back round to the High Street.

The High Street will be closed from Car Care from 10.30am to 1pm.

A warm up for the dash with Zumba Jayne will start at 10.50am. It costs £12 for adults and £6 for children to join the Dash and the price includes a Santa suit, finisher’s medal and a hot chocolate courtesy of Bella’s Café. Entries will be accepted at a pop up stall in Sainsbury’s supermarket in Garstang on Saturday, November 20 from 1pm – 3 pm or online at www.garstangsantadash.com

* Read more about previous Garstang Santa Dashes here and here .

 

 

Fire breaks out in Fleetwood home

Home | Blackpool Gazette

A fire broke out at a domestic property in Fleetwood today (Wednesday, November 17).

 

Three fire engines rushed to the home in Highbury Avenue shortly after 2.05am.

Firefighters equipped with two breathing apparatus doused the flames using a water jet.

Crews were at the scene for two hours.

A fire broke out at a domestic property in Highbury Avenue, Fleetwood (Credit: Google)

A fire broke out at a domestic property in Highbury Avenue, Fleetwood (Credit: Google)

No injuries were reported by the fire service.

Fire safety at home

Here are Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s top tips to prevent fires at home:

– Make sure that you have at least one working smoke alarm in your property and check it regularly to ensure it is still working properly.

– Know your escape plan should a fire occur, and also consider a plan B

– Take pans off the hob or turn down the heat if you get distracted or called away from the cooker

– Keep portable heaters at least one metre away from furniture and other flammable items.

– Do not overload extension leads or adapters and check wires to ensure they are in good working order.

– Put cigarettes out carefully before going to bed.

– If you have a fire, get out, stay out and call 999.

To find out more, visit the LFRS website by clicking HERE.

 

 

Fleetwood Beer Festival look to recruit enough volunteers to get the go ahead for next year

Home | Blackpool Gazette

Organisers of the Fleetwood Beer Festival will host a meeting later to try and recruit enough volunteers for next year’s event – after some of current cohort died.

 

Rick Pickup

Rick Pickup

The festival hasn’t been held for two years – although there’s a hope it will return next February 10-12.

The Marine Hall would host the 39th event, with capacity for around 2,000 people, and it would be organised by the Blackpool, Fylde, and Wyre branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

Chairman Rick Pickup said: “We have two years without a beer festival, and quite simply, quite a few volunteers have actually died.

“So it is as brutal as that.

“CAMRA is quite an elderly organisation and unless younger people come forward that is the position of where it is.”

“We are hopeful that Fleetwood Beer Festival will go ahead next year but we are in that situation.

“Before we put ourselves to do tonnes and tonnes of work, we need the idea that it will go forward.”

The meeting will be held at 277 Church Street, Blackpool, at 8.30pm. If you can’t attend but still want to be involved, you can email fleetwoodorganiser@blackpool.camra.org.uk

 

 

Industrial switch catches fire at commercial premises in Thornton

Home | Blackpool Gazette

An industrial switch caught fire at a commercial premises in Thornton today (Tuesday, November 16).

 

Four fire engines from Fleetwood, Blackpool and Bispham attended an incident in Fleetwood Road North at around 12.25pm.

The fire involved an industrial switch which caught alight inside a commercial premise.

Crews used two breathing apparatus, three dry powder extinguishers and a thermal imaging camera to extinguish the flames.

Firefighters were at the scene for 90 minutes.

No injuries were reported by the fire service.

An industrial switch caught fire at a commercial premises in Fleetwood Road North, Thornton

An industrial switch caught fire at a commercial premises in Fleetwood Road North, Thornton

Blackpool Council strikes deal over cricket club land

Home | Blackpool Gazette

Blackpool Council has agreed to pay compensation to South Shore Cricket and Squash Club after a deal was struck to relinquish land to the council in order to develop new sports facilities  at the Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone.

 

The club had a lease with the council until 2034 to occupy its site on Common Edge Road.

But it will receive a total of £53,500 in return for surrendering parts of the land to the council to build infrastructure for the enterprise zone.

The club will continue to operate fully on a smaller site.

South Shore Cricket and Squash Club

South Shore Cricket and Squash Club

A council report says: “Parts of the leasehold land on the southern, northern and western boundaries of the leasehold area are needed to enable the construction of new roads, services and facilities in connection with the development of Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone.

“Terms have been negotiated for the surrender of the lease held by South Shore Cricket and Squash Club, and for the grant of a new 25 year lease on a reduced area of for the main pavilion and playing area – and for a separate 25 year lease in respect of a detached site for use as a training area.”

The relinquished land will be used for the construction of new sports facilities including changing rooms, a car park, a footpath and cycleway, with compensation coming from the £18m enterprise zone development fund which includes £7.5m from Blackpool’s Town Deal.

Work has already begun to build the sports village including a 3G sports pitch, a replacement grass rugby pitch and training area which is due to be ready by next summer.

 

 

South Shore band Alright to perform at Blackpool Tower

Home | Blackpool Gazette

A band from Blackpool ‘s South Shore are set to hit the dizzy heights – literally.

 

Alright made their performing debut at the Bootleg Social in July

Alright made their performing debut at the Bootleg Social in July

The lads from Alright are performing a gig up on the fifth floor of Blackpool Tower next month.

They will be among the first acts to play a live gig at the Tower’s new event space, aptly called The Fifth Floor.

Their gig, the Alright Christmas Takeover, takes place there on Saturday December 18, when there will be live music from several bands between 7pm and 11pm, although the event continues until 2am with a guest DJ.

The band were at the venue for a run-through on Tuesday night and during that session recorded four self-penned tracks to release on YouTube at the beginning of next month.

Lead singer Joe Darnell, 24, said: “It’s a really nice venue and we’re so glad to get this chance to play there.

“Being able to perform live in front of an audience is a real buzz and we can’t wait for this.”

It is the band’s second live gig, following their successful debut performance at the Bootleg Social, Topping Street, on Saturday July 24.

The band formed when its members were introduced via mutual friends just before the second lockdown last year and discovered they were on the same musical wavelength.

They began writing songs and have already released a number of singles via online music sites, which have proved popular.

Along with Joe and Matt Bunnage , the line-up also features lead guitarist Joe Platt , and Josh Hagan on drums.

The recording at Blackpool Tower features the songs Got Myself to Blame, Nelly, Rat Race and Tangerine Dream.

Next month’s big gig will also feature performances by Liverpool band Columbia, as well as Sea Legs, and Afternoon People.

Tickets cost £12 from the Tower box office or alternatively visit https://www.theblackpooltower.com/explore/events-shows/

 

 

Wednesday’s tram updates as Blackpool Transport cancels further services to Starr Gate, Bispham and Fleetwood

Home | Blackpool Gazette

More tram journeys have been cancelled between Starr Gate, Little Bispham and Fleetwood today (Wednesday, November 17) due to an ongoing shortage of drivers.

 

A total of 18 services have been cancelled by Blackpool Transport today, as the Council-owned operator struggles to find staff to run its fleet of trams.

Today’s affected tram services (Wednesday, November 17)

6.30am – Starr Gate to Fleetwood

7.33am – Fleetwood to Starr Gate

8.15am – Starr Gate to Fleetwood

9.18am – Fleetwood to Starr Gate

9.45am – Starr Gate to Fleetwood

A number of tram journeys between Starr Gate, Little Bispham and Fleetwood have been cancelled today due to a shortage of drivers, say Blackpool Tranport

A number of tram journeys between Starr Gate, Little Bispham and Fleetwood have been cancelled today due to a shortage of drivers, say Blackpool Tranport

10.48am – Fleetwood to Starr Gate

12.00pm – Starr Gate to Fleetwood

1.03pm – Fleetwood to Starr Gate

3.00pm – Starr Gate to Fleetwood

4.03pm – Fleetwood to Starr Gate

6.53pm – Starr Gate to Little Bispham

7.34pm – Little Bispham to Starr Gate

8.15pm – Starr Gate to Fleetwood

9.18pm – Fleetwood to Starr Gate

8.00pm – Starr Gate to Fleetwood

9.03pm- Fleetwood to Starr Gate

10.50pm – Starr Gate to Little Bispham

11.34pm – Little Bispham to Starr Gate

Town centre night diversions

There are also a number of diversions in place due to overhead tram wire work on Talbot Road.

Services 2, 2C, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 & 14 will divert between 10pm – 5am from Monday, November 15 to Friday, November 19.

Services 2 & 2C from Abingdon St will divert via Springfield Road, Promenade, Talbot Square, Clifton St, Abingdon St (St Johns Square) and normal route at Grosvenor St.

These services will not divert on their return route to town.

Services 3 & 4 northbound will leave Abingdon St diverting via Queen St, and continue normal route at Dickson Road.

Travelling southbound, the services will use their normal route to Dickson Road then divert via Springfield Drive, Promenade, Talbot Square, Clifton St, St Johns Square, Caunce Street and continue normal service at Grosvenor St.

Services 5, 7, 9, & 14 travelling northbound will use their normal route to Clifton St, then divert via St Johns Square, Cookson Street and return to normal route at Talbot Road.

Travelling southbound these services will use their normal route to Talbot Road, then divert via Buchanan St, Grosvenor St, Church St, St Johns Square, Springfield Road, promenade, Talbot Square and continue normal route at Market Street.

Service 6 travelling northbound will use its normal route to Clifton St, then divert via Abingdon St, Caunce St and continue its normal route at Grosvenor St.

Travelling southbound will use its normal route to Church St then divert via Abingdon St ( St Johns Square) Springfield Road, Promenade, Talbot Square and continue normal route at Market St.