These are this week’s cases and convictions from Blackpool Magistrates’ Court – Monday, November 15 to Friday, November 19, 2021

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Here is the latest round-up of cases from Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

 

Fleetwood man accused of making a malicious phone call, assault, and threatening behaviour

A Fleetwood man elected to stand trial at Preston Crown Court.

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Blackpool Magistrates’ Court

Luke Anyon, 26, of Mount Road, is accused of making a malicious phone call, assault, and threatening behaviour.

Appearing in the dock in the resort on Monday (November 15), he was bailed by magistrates until his crown court date on Wednesday, December 15.

Blackpool man accused of stealing handbags from elderly woman

Bernard Elvish Boswell, 37, of Elizabeth Street, Blackpool, appeared in court accused of stealing handbags from elderly women he targeted in supermarkets.

He is also accused of growing £10,000 of cannabis in a town centre flat, possessing cannabis, and stealing £2,500 of electricity.

He was bailed ahead of an appearance at Preston Crown Court on Wednesday, December 15.

Fleetwood woman was three times over the drink-drive limited when she crashed her car

A woman was three times over the legal drink-drive limit when she crashed her car, Blackpool Magistrates’ Court was told.

Melissa Row blew 144 – above the limit of 35 – during a breath test at the side of the road, Deputy District Judge Phil Barnes was told.

Former NHS worker Row, 28, of Blakiston Street, Fleetwood, later tried – but failed – to give the required breath sample at the police station.

She pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen when she appeared in the dock on Tuesday (November 16).

Sentencing her, the judge said: “It is quite clear you were intoxicated. The reading was excessively high.”

Steven Townley, defending, said Row was suffering a mental health crisis and had stopped taking her medication at the time of the crash.

Row was given a one-year community punishment with 20 rehabilitation days.

She must wear an alcohol abstinence tag for 90 days, pay £180 costs, and was banned from driving for two years.

Banned driver spotted by eagle-eyed traffic cop

An eagle-eyed traffic cop pulled over a car after spotting smoke spewing from its exhaust – and discovered its driver was banned.

Wesley Kennedy, 34, of Eamont Place, Fleetwood, admitted disqualified driving when he appeared in the dock on Tuesday (November 16).

He was given an eight-week suspended jail sentence, given an eight-week curfew, and told to complete 20 rehabilitation days.

He must also do an extended retest before being allowed to get behind the

wheel again.

Blackpool Magistrates’ Court was told Kennedy, a scrap metal collector, had bought the car to sell on.

Builder banned after driving erratically along the M55 on a journey to pick up a mirror while drunk

A builder got drunk before deciding to drive down to the motorway to pick up a mirror he had seen advertised for sale on the internet, Blackpool Magistrates’ Court was told.

David Murray, 43, of King Street, Morecambe, drove so erratically on the M55 other motorists called police, who stopped him on Preston New Road, Marton, the court was told on Tuesday (November 16).

Murray blew over the legal drink-drive limit and was arrested.

He appeared in the dock to plead guilty to drink-driving and was banned from the roads for 19 months.

He must also pay £470 in fines and costs.

Blackpool man charged with attacking woman

Leroy King, 42, of Ashburton Road, North Shore, will stand trial at Preston Crown Court after being charged with attacking a woman on Sunday.

He was remanded in custody by resort magistrates on Tuesday (November 16) and was scheduled to next appear on Wednesday, December 15.

Man failed to keep probation appointments

Jack McCabe, 19, of the Promenade, Blackpool, was fined £145 by resort magistrates after failing to keep appointments with the probation service.

The court was told he had found work at a hotel.

Blackpool man fined

James Owen, 33, of Miller Street, South Shore, was fined by magistrates on Tuesday (November 16) after admitting being drunk and disorderly outside his ex-partner’s resort home.

When police told Owen to leave St Chad’s Road he refused, Blackpool Magistrates’ Court was told.

Sex-offender ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work

Sex offender Laurence Hull, 23, was given 100 hours unpaid work by magistrates after moving to Blackpool and forgetting to tell police of his new address.

Hull, of Pleasant Street in the resort, admitted two breaches of requirements.

Conspiracy to supply cocaine and cannabis

Yassar Khan, 38, of Merton Terrace, Lytham, will stand trial at Preston Crown Court after being charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine and cannabis in the town last year.

Hit-and-run drink-driver found hiding under his bed

A drunk-driver who fled a hit-and-run crash was found hiding under his bed by police, Blackpool Magistrates’ Court was told.

Ryan Walmsley, 21, of Collins Avenue, Bispham, had been boozing at a pub before driving off and hitting another car, causing £12,000 of damage, the court was told on Wednesday (November 17).

He drove off and went home – where police officers discovered him in hiding, the court heard.

Defending, Robert Castle said: “He is far from proud and he apologises to the lady driver involved. He drank over the limit and panicked.”

Walmsley, who admitted drink-driving and failing to stop after an accident when he appeared in the dock, was banned from driving for two years and ordered to work for 60 hours unpaid.

Hotel worker attacked boss over wages

A hotel worker attacked her boss during a row over wages.

Charlene Green, 33, of Coop Street, Blackpool, was angry after the seafront hotel owner refused to hand over her wages because she hadn’t taken a proof of identity with her, Blackpool Magistrates’ Court was told.

She hit him in the head and ripped his jacket, before turning on another worker who stepped in.

Green admitted the two attacks and criminal damage and was ordered to work unpaid for 100 hours, pay £150 compensation, and complete 15 rehabilitation days.

The hotel’s owner told the court in a statement he now fears working alone.

Attack on a police officer

A St Annes woman admitted attacking a police officer.

Light Ediand, 22, of Lightburne Avenue, had been arrested on suspicion of a separate matter and, once inside the police station, hit an officer on the hand with a metal detector wand, Blackpool Magistrates’ Court was told on Thursday (November 18).

Ediand had her sentencing adjourned by magistrates so pre-sentence reports can be prepared on her.

Woman woke to find ex-partner in her bedroom

A woman woke up to find her ex-partner in her bedroom, Blackpool Magistrates’ Court was told.

John Gill admitted causing £400 damage by breaking into his victim’s home in Leeds Road, Blackpool, because he was upset at not being allowed to see his children.

After also admitting breaching a non-molestation order, he was given a 12-week suspended jail term, ordered to pay £400 compensation, and do 35 rehabilitation days.

The woman was woken up by a noise and saw Gill standing in her bedroom doorway, the court was told.

He then left – but was arrested after she called police.

Defending, Brett Chappell told the court: “He could not accept that, after a 17-year relationship, he was unable to see his children.”

Man stole £200 of electrical goods from B&M

Daniel Sheehan, 26, of no fixed address, admitted shoplifting at B&M in Blackpool, where he stole £200 of electrical goods, magistrates were told.

He will be sentenced at a later date once reports have been compiled on him.

The court was told Sheehan had stolen to feed his drug habit.

Man charged following Morecambe shooting

A man appeared before magistrates after being charged with attempted murder following a shooting.

Levi McCandlish was in the dock at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court today (Friday) after allegedly using a homemade gun to shoot Scott McIvor through the eye in an alleyway off Skipton Street, Morecambe, on Monday.

Magistrates sent McCandlish, 26, of Borwick Court in the seaside town, for trial at Preston Crown Court.

He will appear there on Monday, December 20.

Bail was refused.

Mr McIvor remains in hospital and suffered life-changing injuries, the court was told.

A number of arrests were made after the shooting, which happened at 6pm.

Two Lancaster boys, 13 and 16, and a 55-year-old Morecambe man were also held on suspicion of attempted murder, while a 41-year-old woman from Lancaster was arrested on suspicion of assisting offenders.

Patrols were stepped up in the area after the attack.

 

 

Top Bombing! Blackpool hotel recreates iconic Peter Kay TV advert to open its new £400,000 pool

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There may have been no closing shot of Peter Kay’s cheeky, builder’s bum, but one Blackpool hotel celebrated its new swimming pool with a recreation of the famous “Top Bombing” John Smith’s beer advert of 2002.

 

The Hotel Sheraton unveiled its refurbished leisure facilities in memorable style with its own version of the bitter advert, complete with a reprise of the voiceover by former BBC swimming commentator Hamilton Bland.

Also on hand were Fylde coast swim aces Olympic diver Hugo Ordoñez and Blackpool-born World Record butterfly cross Channel swimmer Dr Julie Bradshaw, who organises the annual pier to pier swims in Blackpool.

Julie who now works as a business coach and psychotherapist, was on hand to cut the ribbon. She said: “I am delighted to have been asked to open the pool at the Sheraton Hotel.

Top Bombing! Jonathan Brown attempts to recreate the famous John Smith's bombing advert.

Top Bombing! Jonathan Brown attempts to recreate the famous John Smith’s bombing advert.

“Having begun my own swimming career at a very early age at a hotel pool, I know only too well the importance of swimming. I am sure it will be greatly appreciated by the guests.”

Hamilton Bland, once known as the voice of swimming, worked on the original John Smiths TV advert in 2002 featuring comedian Peter Kay as one of the entrants in an international diving final who opts for a running bomb instead of a fancy dive, drenching the judges.

Hw said “I wrote the commercial in 23 minutes. My kids couldn’t care less about my 23 years in BBC television but they thought the Peter Kay advert I’d written in 23 minutes was very exciting.”

The re-enactment also featured Mexican Olympic diver Hugo Ordoñez, who has travelled the world with his diving shows. At the age of 15 he was the first junior high diver to perform a back-handstand with one-and-a-half somersaults from 25 metres.

The official opening of the £400,000 pool at the Hotel Sheraton. Pictured are, showgirls Athena and Emily with Dr Julie Bradshaw MBE, Nigel Seddon, Hugo Ordonez, Liz Brown, Jonathan Brown and Quentin Hayes.

The official opening of the £400,000 pool at the Hotel Sheraton. Pictured are, showgirls Athena and Emily with Dr Julie Bradshaw MBE, Nigel Seddon, Hugo Ordonez, Liz Brown, Jonathan Brown and Quentin Hayes.

Hugo, who has performed at Blackpool Pleasure Beach and now considers himself a Fleetwood lad, is currently a FINA judge for all the British national championships.

The new nine by four metre, £400,000 pool, six-person jacuzzi and seating area, plus changing rooms, showers and lockers is for guests at the Sheraton and nearby Elgin hotel.

Liz Brown, managing director at the Sheraton for six years, said: “Of all the refurbishment projects we have carried out over the last five years, this is the one I am most proud of. The team behind it have created the most beautiful pool which is a great asset to the hotel and a wonderful benefit to our guests and staff.”

Channel swimmer Julie Bradshaw tests the new pool

Channel swimmer Julie Bradshaw tests the new pool

Jonathan Brown with Olympic diver Hugo Ordonez

Jonathan Brown with Olympic diver Hugo Ordonez

Olympic diver Hugo Ordonez shows how it should be done

Olympic diver Hugo Ordonez shows how it should be done

Former TV swimming commentator Hamilton Bland gives the commentary as he did in the 2002 John Smith's TV advert

Former TV swimming commentator Hamilton Bland gives the commentary as he did in the 2002 John Smith’s TV advert

St Annes photographer wins Christie photo competition

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A keen photographer and cancer survivor from St Annes is one of 12 winners of a photo competition organised by The Christie charity and Cheshire Life to provide stunning photographs for display on the walls of The Christie’s new cancer centre in Macclesfield.

 

Esther Parkinson, 47, took a spectacular photo of the Walk of Hope in Tatton Park which will be blown up for display in The Christie at Macclesfield when it opens to patients in December 2021. Esther has previously been treated for cancer at The Christie and was taking part in the annual fundraising walk in Tatton Park when she took the photo of The Walk of Hope, one of The Christie’s key fundraising events.

Esther’s winning photo will also be used in a calendar being printed by The Christie charity to help raise funds for the £26m cancer centre which is being funded through £23m of charitable donations. The Tatton Park trees will feature for the month of September.

Esther said: “I am currently being treated for secondary breast cancer but continue to receive top class and cutting edge treatment at The Christie. Their knowledge and experience are second to none.

Esther Parkinson's winning photo

Esther Parkinson’s winning photo

“I am thrilled to have been one of the winners of the photo competition and hope that patients and visitors to the new Christie at Macclesfield site will enjoy my photo and the other 11 winners on display in the centre.

“I was inspired to take the photo because the beaming sunshine through the trees really caught my eye and I just had to take a picture. It gave me a sense of serenity and signified to me – hope, as is the title of The Christie’s annual fundraising walk in Tatton Park.”

The My Cheshire Life photo competition was launched in May 2021 and ran until the end of September.

The 12 winning photos cover local landmarks, wildlife, country scenes, town centres, visitor attractions and parks and open spaces.

Liz Williams, from The Christie charity, added: “The standard of entries throughout was superb and choosing a final 12 winners was a huge challenge. We want to thank all those who entered the competition, there were more than 100 entries in total. We are also incredibly grateful to Cheshire Life for partnering with us to run the competition and for their work this year to help raise awareness of The Christie at Macclesfield.”

 

 

Fury at ’embarrassment’ as hunt continues for new spot for Star Flyer ride at centre of remarkable row in Blackpool

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Town hall chiefs were blasted by a senior Conservative councillor after a half-built ride in St John’s Square was ordered back down again for being too big.

 

The council insists it isn’t to blame for the blunder, which led to the delay of the Winter Gardens Wonderland festivities, which was meant to get underway today as part of the resort’s bigger Christmas goings-on.

But Coun Tony Williams, leader of Blackpool’s Tory party, hit out at the Labour-run authority, saying: “Doesn’t anyone forward plan these events anymore? Once again the failure of promised events and other promotions in Blackpool have caused the town huge embarrassment.

“We are supposed to be Europe’s most successful tourist destination yet we continue to shoot ourselves in the foot.

Workmen arrived to take the Star Flyer ride back down again

Workmen arrived to take the Star Flyer ride back down again

“No doubt the ‘post-mortem’ on this latest disaster will see both the promotions company and Blackpool Council blame each other – but somewhere down the line money will be involved and there will be no doubt claims for lost revenue.”

A council spokeswoman said yesterday ‘no technical specification’ was received before the 260ft Star Flyer ride – more than half the height of the Tower – arrived, with officials deciding it was too big to safely open in the town centre plaza, which is open to traffic.

The authority later said it ‘did not play any role in ordering, planning, or procuring the proposed’ ride.

It added: “The plan that was originally proposed … was for small-scale children’s rides but the organisers made a late change in their plans.

“When this particular ride arrived in the square, the installation started without the necessary council approvals.

“It became clear that the overall footprint of the ride, coupled with vehicle mitigation measures [understood to be bollards to stop traffic crashing intothe ride] made it too big to fit in the square.”

Blackpool Promotions, a private firm, planned to make the ride a key part of the Wonderland programme.

The council said it is still looking for a new location for it.

A spokesman for Blackpool Promotions said yesterday morning, when workmen arrived in St John’s Square with a craine to dismantle the Star Flyer: “Once the ride had been partially construct it became clear through dialogue with the council and emergency services it would not be able to operate in the space we were originally proposing.”

 

 

Blackpool children using booze and drugs to escape misery

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Vulnerable children in Blackpool are struggling with substance misuse, figures suggest.

 

Authorities in the area have flagged more than 1,000 concerns about children abusing alcohol or drugs over the last four years, according to Department for Education data.

Charity Barnardo’s says more should be done to tackle the “alarming” issue of drug and alcohol use among children referred to social care services across England.

Figures show in Blackpool 346 concerns about child-related alcohol misuse and 673 cases relating to drug abuse were identified during assessments of children in need between 2017-18 and 2020-21.

Vulnerable chlldren in Blackpool are using drugs

Vulnerable chlldren in Blackpool are using drugs

In the latest year, assessors flagged 477 concerns about childhood substance misuse – 303 cases involving a youngster’s drug use, and 174 their misuse of alcohol.

That figure was up from 225 the year before and higher than the 128 cases recorded in 2018-19, before the coronavirus pandemic.

The total number of concerns does not necessarily equate to the number of children involved, as a child could be recorded as needing support for both drug and alcohol use at the same assessment.

Concerns about young people aged over 18, who are still receiving post-care support from children’s social care services, are included in the figures.

Across England, concerns around a child’s drug or alcohol use were identified 39,000 times at assessments in 2020-21 – down 7% from the year before, but up 9% compared to 2018-19.

Barnardo’s interim co-CEO Michelle Lee-Izu said the figures were alarming and that the impact of the pandemic on young people’s mental health could have contributed to their use of drugs and alcohol.

Calling for increased funding for mental health support in schools, she said: “To counter this, and help children and young people cope with the trauma, loss and adversity they have experienced, we need a radically different approach to ensure they get the support they need.”

National figures could be higher, as the pandemic contributed to a 7% drop in referrals about children in need in 2020-21, mainly driven by a fall in referrals from schools, according to the DfE.

In Blackpool social services received 2,739 referrals about children in need last year – 28% fewer than 3,819 in 2019-20.

There were 2,020 children in need in the area as of the end of March, the figures show.

They were among 388,000 youngsters across England in need of help and protection from local authority services.

A Government spokeswoman said it was providing investment to charities supporting vulnerable children and giving billions of pounds to local authorities to help them respond to pressures, including for children’s services.

She added: “We’re also making £24 million available for a regional recovery fund for children’s social care, to tackle the most pressing issues vulnerable children face in those areas, as well as providing more investment in mental health support and championing Family Hubs so parents can access important support services for themselves and their children.

“The Independent Care Review will also address the sector’s major challenges.”

 

 

Christmas in Blackpool 2021: This is everything you need to know about tonight’s festive launch at the Tower Festival Headland

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Christmas officially kicks off today in Blackpool when Dancing on Ice champion Dan Whiston launches the new outdoor skating rink on Tower Festival Headland.

 

4.30pm – An hour-long show begins on the 40 metre long synthetic rink with youngsters from children’s charity BIDCA (who normally perform at the Pleasure Beach Ice Drome) joining Dan to perform excerpts from the musical Mary Poppins.

The rink will be free to use including skate hire. It can hold up to 160 skaters per session.

There will be 40-minute sessions from Thursday to Sunday from today until December 17, and then daily (except Christmas Day) until January 3. No advance bookings are required, simply turn up to the session you wish to attend.

The ice rink is launched today

The ice rink is launched today

5pm – Premiere of Frost Fairies, a newly-created 3D light projection show on the front of the Blackpool Tower building.

Specially produced by video projection artists Illuminos, Frost Fairies is a children’s story of fairies, fireflies, precious jewels and ice palaces.

It will be shown nightly along with several other projection shows until January 3.

These include Astral Dreams, a laser show created by Blackpool-born designer Jack Irving, who is best known for creating wacky theatrical outfits for Lady Gaga.

Blackpool's Christmas village by the sea

Blackpool’s Christmas village by the sea

CHRISTMAS BY THE SEA OUTDOOR VILLAGE

Visitors will be able to drink hot chocolate, eat warm cookie dough, and sip on mulled wine bought from the log cabins. The lit-up cabins will be on the Headland from today until December 12 on Fridays to Sundays, opening from 6pm-9pm on Fridays, and 12noon-9pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

From December 17 to January 3, they will open from Monday-Sunday from 12noon to 9pm.

Also look out for –

The cast of BIDCA

The cast of BIDCA

FAKE SNOW FALL

Regular snowfall will burst out of cannons near the projection unit on the Headland throughout the evening.

MAGICAL FOREST

Alongside the cabins there will be a Christmas tree forest with 35 trees and twinkling lights. Visitors can walk through a 26-metre light tunnel.

GIANT ILLUMINATED BAUBLE

The seven-metre bauble will be on the Prom next to the ice rink. It will be made up of 7,000 tiny baubles.

THEMED TRAMS

‘Magical Express’ tours will see visitors board Christmas-themed heritage trams at the heritage tram stop at North Pier, for after dark trips through the Lights. Journeys will last 25 minutes and run every half an hour. They cost £4 for adults and £2 for children. There’s no need to book. The tours will run from 5pm-8.30pm Fri-Sun and 1pm-8.30pm Sat and Sun from November 19 to December 12, and 1pm-8.30pm Mon-Sun from December 17 to January 3.

PARKING – Three hours’ parking will cost £1 until January 3 in all Blackpool Council car parks excluding the Talbot multi-storey and Filey Place using the PayByPhone app.

 

 

Blackpool family’s ‘nightmare’ after fearing their hotels would never re-open – but now fortunes have changed

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The Seddons bought their first hotel in the seaside town back in 1969 but lockdown threw their future into doubt

 

Family firm: Nigel Seddon, Irene Seddon and Liz Brown (left to right)
Family firm: Nigel Seddon, Irene Seddon and Liz Brown (left to right) (Image: LancsLive)

A family who have owned hotels in Blackpool for more than half a century have spoken out about the devastating impact of lockdown on their business as they unveiled a £400k investment.

Bookmaker John Seddon and his wife Irene made the move from Manchester to Blackpool at the height of the resort’s hey day back in the late 1960s when they bought the Elgin Hotel in Queen’s Promenade.

Their two children, Liz and Nigel, took on roles in the hotel from an early age, working as a chambermaid and a kitchen porter, with a view to taking over the business.

In an interview back in 2019 Irene revealed the big move had been a risky one.

“With very little hospitality experience, it was a real challenge for the whole family and we were often left wondering whether we’d made the right decision to up sticks and leave our lovely life in Manchester,” she said at the time.

Youngsters: Liz and Nigel Young
Youngsters: Liz and Nigel Young (Image: Submitted)

“When we took over the hotel, there were 55 bedrooms but only two shared bathrooms and 10 toilets. It is strange to imagine this was once ‘the norm’, whereas nowadays, an en-suite bathroom in a hotel is hardly considered a luxury.”

In the early 1980s after completing his Hotel Management studies at Strathclyde University, Nigel joined the business and began to take over the day-to-day running and management of the hotel.

In 2015 the family bought the Sheraton Hotel, also in Queen’s Promenade, which had been in the ownership of the McPhee family for 50 years and this week the Seddons unveiled their latest investment at the Sheraton – a £400,000 new swimming pool and jacuzzi.

To mark the completion of the work, which started at the beginning of lockdown last year, Olympic diver Hugo Ordoñez and Blackpool-born World Record marathon swimmer Dr Julie Bradshaw MBE took part in an unusual publicity event which featured a re-enactment of Peter Kay’s pool bombing advert for John Smith’s.

Professional swimming coach Hamilton Bland from Lancashire, whose voiceover featured in the original John Smith’s advert and who has commentated on every aquatic event over 23 years for the BBC, also attended this week’s opening of the new pool.

During the iconic ad Kay’s character opts for a bomb into the pool after seeing his rivals perform breath-taking dives, with Bland commenting “top bombing” as the judges return perfect scores.

Although she is now retired Irene Seddon attended the event, flanked by her two children, with Liz now the managing director of the Sheraton. Guests from both the Sheraton and the Elgin will be able to use the new facilities with staff having access before 7.30am each day.

Nostalgia: The original team at the Elgin
Nostalgia: The original team at the Elgin (Image: Submitted)

Liz spoke to LancsLive about the history of her family’s hotel enterprise, which now employs around 135 people.

“We moved in 1969 when mum and dad bought the Elgin; dad was a bookmaker in Manchester,” Liz said.

“Right from the start our ethos was that we wanted to be the best family-run hotel in Blackpool.

“We lived in the hotel; it was fun. It taught us all about customer service and we started working in the hotel from the age of about 13.”

Last January the two hotels were forced to close when lockdown was imposed just before work had started on the Sheraton’s new pool.

“On March 19 we asked them to down tools,” Liz said. “We didn’t know if we were ever going to be able to re-open again. It was a nightmare. We were closed for 11 months.

Impressive: The Sheraton Hotel
Impressive: The Sheraton Hotel (Image: Submitted)

“It was costing us so much to be closed because of course we still had to have insurance and everything else in place. We had no idea what was going to happen in the future.”

Fortunately the vast majority – 95 per cent, of guests who had booked future stays agreed to leave their deposits in place for when lockdown was eased, allowing the family to continue the investment.

Their popularity with visitors has also allowed the Elgin and Sheraton to be among the top 10-rated hotels in Blackpool, coming in at number seven and number nine respectively.

“Since lockdown stopped we have had a huge occupancy rate,” Liz added.

“Because people are choosing a staycation over foreign holidays we’ve seen a big increase in bookings. Our guests are very loyal and we really do appreciate their support.”

 

 

Blackpool hotel owner slams guest’s ‘strange’ review criticising ‘mould on duvet’

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The owner of the hotel has said they “cannot accept” the remarks about cleanliness

 

Pelham Lodge in General Street, Blackpool
Pelham Lodge in General Street, Blackpool (Image: LancsLive)

The owner of a Blackpool hotel has responded to a review left by a guest on TripAdvisor, claiming that there were crumbs in the bed and the shower was too hot.

Blackpool hotel owners are not shy of responding to public reviews about their premises when they feel they do not represent them fairly.

Recently, the owner of Peek-a-Booze, Cybil DuVaux, responded to a customer who claimed they had to wait for six minutes before getting a seat in their bar and explained that after a “year and a bit of no hospitality” they would not tolerate the behaviour alleged of their staff in the one-star review.

Now, the owner of Pelham Lodge in Blackpool has defended his own five-star accommodation after a guest left a ‘terrible’ review on the site.

Pelham Lodge is rated as #4 of 215 Specialty Lodging in Blackpool and is located on General Street.

The accommodation hosts 15 en-suite bedrooms in the heart of Blackpool. 655 of its 728 reviews left by previous guests rate the Lodge as ‘excellent’ and it has a Travellers’ Choice award.

One guest, Susan W, left a 5-star review just last Sunday (November 7).

Susan said the accommodation was “brilliant” and wrote: “Fantastic gem of a B&B in Blackpool. Great location for the promenade and central attractions. Room was spotlessly clean, good sized double with en-suite. Breakfast was fantastic and the staff couldn’t have been more helpful.

“We didn’t manage to get one of the limited free parking places but lots of nearby on street parking also available.”

Another guest, Amy M, left a review last Wednesday and said Pelham Lodge is a “lovely place to stay”.

She wrote: “We spent a week here over the half term staff were lovely very helpful and polite. Rooms were clean and well stocked with everything we needed was available. Martin the owner was very attentive made time to speak to us every morning breakfast was lovely we went for the later setting as having all the kids made it easier for us he would make the kids ballons etc which went down a treat with the kids.

“Couldn’t ask for a nicer place to stay they also provided discount cards which helped as a family of 10 travelling together eating out was expensive would definitely recommend.”

Pelham Lodge has only two ‘terrible’ reviews, with one of the two dating back to 2018.

The second was left by user Kelly G who stayed at the Lodge in September, this year.

Kelly described her third stay at the hotel as “awful” and rated it as one-star.

Pelham Lodge in General Street, Blackpool
Pelham Lodge in General Street, Blackpool (Image: LancsLive)

She wrote: “I have stayed in this hotel twice before returning for my third time at the start of September. Something just felt very off on this occasion, we parked on the car park which was very small but we needed somewhere close as having a small child and luggage its quite awkward.

“We were then told to leave our car keys with the hotel owner if we wanted to park there in case he needs to move any cars which obviously is awkward and strange. If we needed our pushchair or anything else out of the car we wouldn’t have been able to get them.”

Kelly said she was “unhappy” with the cleanliness of the room and claimed there was “so much dust or mould behind the bed and on the duvet cover. There were crumbs on the top of the bed and inside the bed”.

Kelly then added that the shower was “very hot” and the temperature “wouldn’t cool down”. It meant that after visiting the beach, she could not shower her son.

She added: “The water was even too hot for me and my partner to shower so we were certain about booking somewhere else so at least we could all wash.”

Kelly said she booked another hotel for the night and asked for a refund, but claimed she “had to wait until 9:45 till the owner was back in the hotel”.

She added: “He even wanted to inspect the rooms before issuing the refund.”

Kelly said her third experience at the Lodge was “awful” and made her “first day” in Blackpool “very stressful” due to worries raised over the car and whether or not they would be able to shower.

She added: “I won’t be returning here as I felt like an inconvenience to the owner when the family room (room 12) was costing £78 we were expecting it to be a better standard. Very over priced for the services and will not be recommending this hotel anymore.”

The owner of Pelham Lodge, Martin, responded to the review on September 6.

Martin wrote: “Hi Kelly, I am disappointed that we did not live up to your expectation on your third visit. It appeared that your partner was very unhappy with the car park facility we offer on a first-come basis free of charge to our guests. We have always asked guests whose car blocks other cars to leave their keys with us or to be able to move the vehicle quickly if required. It is not an obligation to park in our car park.”

Martin clarified that there are “several” council car parks near the premises, with free parking also available on nearby roads.

He added that they have “always helped guests” find alternative parking where necessary.

Martin continued: “All my staff do a thorough job of cleaning, and all were most upset by your remarks. The beds had been freshly made that same morning; all the sheets, pillowcases, duvet cover had been changed. I put to you when you showed me the biscuit crumbs and what looked like a plant bud in the newly made bed that you had visibly used the bed during the day. That is why I cannot accept your remarks and saying that there was dust everywhere.”

Martin said he does accept the claims raised about the heat of the shower. He added: “And I do apologise for it. It is a pity you did not tell us about the problem when it happened. We always say to let us know when there is an issue. We quickly fixed it. I did not quibble over the refund as guests have to be satisfied.”

“I feel that your remark regarding the room cost was not called for,” he said, “especially since you have been with us before and we have not changed our prices for the past two years.

“All our reviews show that we do try our best to keep high standards, and we go out of our way with the Covid situation to make our guests feel comfortable and at home. I am sorry that on this occasion we did not meet your expectation.”

 

 

Lytham mum ‘always there for people’ dies of Covid after seven year cancer fight

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Janette Douglas was feeling better and went out on a night out to her local pub where she caught covid and died less then two weeks later

 

Janette Douglas when she ran Race for Life to raise money for Cancer Research
Janette Douglas when she ran Race for Life to raise money for Cancer Research (Image: Go Fund Me)

A mum who was described as ‘always there for people’ has died of Covid after fighting a seven year battle with different forms of cancer.

Mum-of-two, 54-year-old Janette Douglas, leaves behind her husband Andrew Douglas, 49, two children Ben 33, Joe 25 and her three-year-old grandson Harry.

Janette, from Lytham St Annes, fought a long and hard battle after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. Her husband had cut his work down to three days a week to care for her and the couple relied on their savings to get through this hard time.

After seven years this went into remission only for the disease to return in her hip two years later.

Husband Andrew told LancsLive: “We took up walking and we used to go up into the hills and on one trip she started to get a bad hip.

“We didn’t think anything of it however when we went up Pendle Hill she had to take a crutch. Two days later she managed to take a scan and the doctor and she only had a centimetre left.

“The doctor couldn’t believe she was standing on it and she had to come off her feet straight away. She had a hip replacement however when she had the scan it also revealed it had lung cancer.

Janette with her grandson, three-year-old Harry
Janette with her grandson, three-year-old Harry (Image: Andrew Douglas)

“It was incurable but not terminal and she had treatment for it however at the start of this year she had so have a hysterectomy because they found in in her womb.

“She had hormone treatments for this and she was also diabetic. She’d been tired because of all this however when they gave her insulin she started to perk up.”

When she was feeling better, her and Andrew decided to go out to their local pub last month. However, on October 29 both of the couple were confirmed as having Covid 19.

Janette on one of her walks
Janette on one of her walks (Image: Andrew Douglas)

Six days later, Janette was rushed to Blackpool Victoria Hospital where her condition deteriorated due her vulnerability.

She sadly passed away four days later on November 8.

49-year-old Karen Leather, who has been a good friend to Janette and Andrew for many years, has created a GoFundMe page to raise money for funeral costs.

She told LancsLive: “Janette was such a fighter and she had a such a long battle with cancer. She did fight it then was feeling better, went out on a night out, caught Covid and then died. I admit that I didn’t believe how severe Covid could be. I just thought that it was like the flu however part of creating the Go Fund Me campaign is to raise awareness of the fact that is it still out there.

“As Janette and Andrew had to dip into so much of their life savings we’d like the community to get together. She was always there to lend a helping hand we’d like to help the family with the funeral costs and anything else we can.”

Janette with her husband Andrew
Janette with her husband Andrew (Image: Andrew Douglas)

The amount raised so far more than £900 but the overall target is £2,000 so there is still a way to go.

Andrew said: “It’s absolutely splendid what everyone is doing for us and because I had to cut my working hours down the funds will be a big help.

“Because the cancer wasn’t terminal we fought it all the way and we did haven’t any finances to prepare for if the worst happened.

“She made the most life while she here however Covid came along and she was gone within a few days. If anyone doesn’t believe Covid is real. Go and visit a Covid ward and look at what has happened here.”

  • To donate to Karen’s fundraiser, please visit the Go Fund Me page here.

 

 

‘Most genuine’ Blackpool man died after suffering cardiac arrest in Aldi car park

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Alex James Turner was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest

 

Tributes: Preston-born Alex Turner died on September 12
Tributes: Preston-born Alex Turner died on September 12 (Image: GoFundMe)

A young man described as the ‘most genuine guy’ died from cocaine toxicity after falling ill while sat in his van in an Aldi car park.

Alex James Turner, who was born and raised in Preston, died on Sunday, September 12 after being taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital earlier that afternoon.

Paramedics had been called to the car park at Aldi in Tithebarn Street, Poulton, after the 28-year-old was seen ‘behaving erratically’.

An inquest, which was opened today (November 12) at Blackpool Town Hall, heard that when North West Ambulance Service paramedics arrived they believed Mr Turner, of Moresby Avenue in Blackpool, had suffered a cardiac arrest.

Senior Coroner Alan Wilson said during the brief hearing: “He was believed to have been behaving erratically and there had been concern about his welfare to the extent that an ambulance was called.

“Paramedics attended and believed he may have been under the influence of drugs. He went into a suspected cardiac arrest and was transferred to hospital.

“Ultimately he passed away on the Intensive Care Unit during the afternoon of September 12.”

The inquest heard that post-mortem toxicology tests revealed the medical cause of Mr Turner’s death was given as multiple organ failure as a result of cocaine toxicity.

“In light of the medical cause of death it needs to be the subject of an inquest,” the coroner said.

A full inquest is scheduled to take place on March 2, 2022 and is expected to include evidence from doctors at Blackpool Victoria Hospital who treated Mr Turner, as well as input from his family.

After his death friend Kirsty Locke set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Mr Turner’s family which has raised more than £1,000.

She wrote: “One of our closest friends has passed away and we would like to show his family gratitude and our condolences so we would like in memory of Turner to make some extra money for funeral payments, his family to take a holiday or do whatever they like with it to just support them.

“He was one of the most genuine guys you will ever meet, always there to make someone smile on a dull day and just made everyone’s day being around! Life will never be the same without our boy so the best we can do in honour of him is make his day big and special like he was to many of us.

“He sadly lost his life on 12/09/2021 falling poorly sat in his van on a car park where he went into a cardiac arrest.

“Please everyone support us as his friends and family to make everything as settled as we can for his parents/brothers/sisters etc.”

  • The GoFundMe page can be found here