Health in the spotlight at Blackpool event for international Men’s Day

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Men’s mental health and wellbeing will be put in the spotlight in Blackpool.

 

Resort charities, The Washington Group and Empowerment, are to host a day long event to mark International Men’s Day on Saturday, November 20.

50 young men aged between 14-18 from across the Fylde coast will attending and taking part in a series of workshops and seminars, which are being sponsored by Blackpool Transport.

Each will receive a resource bag filled with a variety of well being items, treats and information.

Mike Crowther from the Empowerment charity

Mike Crowther from the Empowerment charity

The event aims to raise awareness of men’s health, offer support on how to be resilient and explore positive and diverse role models and to promote positive conversations about men, manhood and masculinity.

It follows on from the last two Blackpool International Men’s Day events held in 2019, when former Blackpool FC striker Paul Stewart spoke about abuse, and 2020 and will be held virtually.

Each group of young men will be undertaking three awareness missions prior to the event, involving research about current mental health and well being provision; exploring important men’s themes and each group will be producing a piece of artwork, poetry, graffiti or a short video.

The final mission is supported by Liberty’s Hotel, Blackpool.

Mike Crowther, chief executive of Empowerment, said: “Empowerment is passionate about removing the stigma from our society that stops men being able to talk about their own mental illness and get the help they need.

“International Men’s Day is a great opportunity to put men’s mental health in the spotlight, so that bit by bit we remove the barriers which stop men feeling confident to reach out for support with their mental illness.

“Empowerment’s project, Elliot’s Place, will empower young men to share their struggles with their mental illness with other young men who have been through similar experiences.

“Together we will make the lives of men experiencing mental illness so much better, and we are grateful to The Washington Group for organising this great event.”

Tom Skerratt from Blackpool Transport said: “We’re excited to take part in this special day and do our bit for the young men of our community.”

 

 

Blackpool Star Flyer ‘fenced off’ by fire engines for ‘training exercise’

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Fire engines were seen parked up and unloading a ladder against the side of the Star Flyer

 

Several fire engines have been seen on Blackpool Promenade around the visiting huge Star Flyer ride.

The vehicles were first spotted at around 9.50am this morning (November 23).

One engine could be seen unloading fire ladders up against Europe’s tallest travelling fairground ride while parked closed to the new ride.

However there is no need for alarm, as it is understood that fire service officials were there for a training exercise and there was no issue with the ride itself.

Eye-witnesses saw the training exercise take place before the ride went on a test run. Members of the public were also told not to worry as it was not a real emergency incident.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service also confirmed there were no active emergency calls across the Fylde coast while the ride was being tested.

One person told LancsLive: “It’s all cordoned off. But just been told it’s a training exercise. They came, put the ladder up, were looking around it and then tested the ride.”

It comes days after Star Flyer passengers were left stuck in the air above Blackpool after the ride malfunctioned on its first day of operation in the seaside resort.

The Star Flyer, which was relocated to the Promenade in front of Blackpool Tower, opened to the public for the first time on Sunday.

However, just hours after opening there was an apparent issue with the ride which saw passengers suspended in the air. Onlookers suggested the disruption was caused by a power cut and took pictures and videos which were posted to social media.

Fire engines on Blackpool promenade next to Star Flyer
Fire engines on Blackpool promenade next to Star Flyer

It is thought the occupants of the ride were stuck for around eight minutes before they were lowered down to safety.

It comes after the ride was last week dismantled from its initial location on St John’s Square, outside the Winter Gardens, on orders from Blackpool Council.

The ride, which is 210ft tall and almost half the height of Blackpool Tower, came to the seaside resort as the main attraction for the Winter Gardens Wonderland festival.

 

 

Fleetwood church to benefit from £80,000 after funding granted for repairs

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St Mary’s Church in Fleetwood is to benefit from over £80,000 as part of the High Streets Heritage Action Zone.

 

The funding will repair the historic Grade II listed building in Kemp Street and create a welcoming space for the community.

Work to be carried out includes re-roofing, lead work repairs, chimney repairs and new glazing.

The work is part of the High Streets Heritage Action Zones from Historic England, funded by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), now the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) and managed by Wyre Council.

The fund looks to work with partners to unlock the potential of historic high streets, fuelling economy, social and cultural recovery.

Councillor Alice Collinson, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development and Planning Policy, said: “We are incredibly grateful to be awarded funding from Historic England for the Heritage Action Zone to benefit buildings in Fleetwood.

“Fleetwood is a town steeped in history and architectural wonders. The funding will allow us to bring an added sparkle to these incredible buildings.

“We can’t wait to see the final renovations to the Presbytery and hope it provides a warm and welcoming space for the community.”

St Mary's Presbytery church in Fleetwood is to benefit from over £80,000 as part of the High Streets Heritage Action Zone (Credit: Google)

St Mary’s Presbytery church in Fleetwood is to benefit from over £80,000 as part of the High Streets Heritage Action Zone (Credit: Google)

‘Exciting times’ as St Annes shapes up for regeneration

St Mary’s Church was constructed in 1878 to the design of Innocent and Brown of Sheffield.

It is constructed of rock-faced and ashlar sandstone to the main elevations, but red brick to the rear with a steeply pitched Welsh slate roof with tall chimneys and decorated with an iron finial.

The building is grade II listed and sits within the Fleetwood Conservation Area – an area created to protect the special architectural and historic interest of a place.

The repaired Presbytery building will not only provide a warm and dry home for the Parish Priest, Father Michael Murphy, but also a centre for social activity and a meeting place and point of contact for homeless people needing spiritual support.

The renovation work is to cost in excess of £100,000, but £80,000 is to be contributed under the Heritage Action Zone.

 

 

Man’s body found by police responding to welfare call in Blackpool

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A street in Blackpool was cordoned off after police discovered a man’s body yesterday (Monday, November 22).

 

Police and paramedics were called to the home in Liverpool Road, off Church Street, at 3.37pm after concerns were raised about a man’s welfare.

When they entered the home, they found a man in his 60s inside. Paramedics worked on him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lancashire Police said his death is not being treated as suspicious.

Police and paramedics were called to the home in Liverpool Road, off Church Street, at 3.37pm after concerns were raised about a man's welfare. When they entered the home, they found a man in his 60s inside. Paramedics worked on him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene

Police and paramedics were called to the home in Liverpool Road, off Church Street, at 3.37pm after concerns were raised about a man’s welfare. When they entered the home, they found a man in his 60s inside. Paramedics worked on him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene

Today (Tuesday, November 23), floral tributes and cards were left outside the home ‘in memory of Harry’.

A spokesman for the force said: “We were called at 3.37pm yesterday (November 22) to a concern for welfare of a man in Liverpool Road, Blackpool.

“Emergency services attended and found a man in his 60s unresponsive.

“Despite the best efforts of paramedics, he was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Lancashire Police said his death is not being treated as suspicious

Lancashire Police said his death is not being treated as suspicious

“The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be passed to the coroner in due course.

“Our thoughts are with the man’s family at this time.”

Today (Tuesday, November 23), floral tributes were left outside the home 'in memory of Harry'

Today (Tuesday, November 23), floral tributes were left outside the home ‘in memory of Harry’

Kirkham traders delighted as the town prepares to host its biggest Christmas market

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Kirkham is to host its largest festive market yet as the historic Fylde town gears up for a merry Christmas.

 

More than 40 stalls will line Poulton Street and fill the Market Square on Saturday, November 27 as the town’s Christmas lights are switched on.

A day of festive entertainment between 11am and 7pm will include food and drink, live music from street performers situated around the town – including the Worldwise Samba Drummers

performing two sets (between 1pm and 2pm) – as well as Father Christmas (between 2pm and 3pm), a snow machine, and photo opportunities with cartoon characters The Grinch and

Karl Swan, Heidi Hopkinson and Jenni Conway at the 2019 Christmas Lights Switch-On

Karl Swan, Heidi Hopkinson and Jenni Conway at the 2019 Christmas Lights Switch-On

The Christmas Elves (between 2pm to 5pm).

Davey Dee children’s entertainer will spread some fun and laughter between 11.30am and 12.30pm, and a festive firework finale will begin at 6.30pm.

Karl Swan, chairman of the Kirkham’s Christmas Lights, said the volunteers behind the event were delighted to be bringing the switch-on back this year.

He said: “We are so happy to be able to announce Kirkham’s Christmas Switch-On event is back for 2021!

“It was bitterly disappointing to have to cancel last year’s event after such successful switch-ons in 2018 and 2019, when 2,000 people attended each event.

“Unlike previous years, which have been about a big party in Market Square, we have decided to incorporate as much of the town centre as we can.

“Therefore, we are delighted to reveal Kirkham will be hosting its biggest ever Christmas market.

“Not only will Lancashire Artisan Traders be bringing a number of stalls here, but many of the local shops will also come out onto the high street to join the fun. It’s going to be a real festive

celebration. There will be lots for families to enjoy in a safe and secure way before the day is rounded off by a firework finale.”

Poulton Street will be closed throughout the event to help create a safe and secure space for people to browse the market stalls and enjoy the fun. Local traders, who support the festive

lights through sponsoring illuminated Christmas trees on the high street, have welcomed the return of the switch-on.

Heidi Hopkinson, co-owner of Serendipity House gift shop on Poulton Street, chairwoman of Kirkham Business Group and member of the switch-on committee, said: “It has been such a

tough couple of years for local businesses and the community. Kirkham, like every town, missed its big Christmas event last year.

“The emphasis this year is on families and the local community so it would be great to see as many local people as possible head onto the high street on Saturday November 27 and enjoy

a really festive and fun day out celebrating our wonderful town.”

If you are interested in having a stall at the market, email Heidi Hopkinson at serendipitykirkham@gmail.com

 

 

Fleetwood church to benefit from £80,000 after funding granted for repairs

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St Mary’s Presbytery church in Fleetwood is to benefit from over £80,000 as part of the High Streets Heritage Action Zone

 

The funding will repair the historic Grade II listed building in Kemp Street and create a welcoming space for the community.

Work to be carried out includes re-roofing, lead work repairs, chimney repairs and new glazing.

The work is part of the High Streets Heritage Action Zones from Historic England, funded by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), now the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) and managed by Wyre Council.

The fund looks to work with partners to unlock the potential of historic high streets, fuelling economy, social and cultural recovery.

Councillor Alice Collinson, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development and Planning Policy, said: “We are incredibly grateful to be awarded funding from Historic England for the Heritage Action Zone to benefit buildings in Fleetwood.

“Fleetwood is a town steeped in history and architectural wonders. The funding will allow us to bring an added sparkle to these incredible buildings.

“We can’t wait to see the final renovations to the Presbytery and hope it provides a warm and welcoming space for the community.”

St Mary's Presbytery church in Fleetwood is to benefit from over £80,000 as part of the High Streets Heritage Action Zone (Credit: Google)

St Mary’s Presbytery church in Fleetwood is to benefit from over £80,000 as part of the High Streets Heritage Action Zone (Credit: Google)

‘Exciting times’ as St Annes shapes up for regeneration

St Mary’s Presbytery was constructed in 1878 to the design of Innocent and Brown of Sheffield.

It is constructed of rock-faced and ashlar sandstone to the main elevations, but red brick to the rear with a steeply pitched Welsh slate roof with tall chimneys and decorated with an iron finial.

The building is grade II listed and sits within the Fleetwood Conservation Area – an area created to protect the special architectural and historic interest of a place.

The repaired Presbytery building will not only provide a warm and dry home for the Parish Priest, Father Michael Murphy, but also a centre for social activity and a meeting place and point of contact for homeless people needing spiritual support.

The renovation work is to cost in excess of £100,000, but £80,000 is to be contributed under the Heritage Action Zone.

 

 

Lytham bar Capri to pay almost £20,000 over gas leak threat and dirty kitchen

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CCM Bar Company, which trades as Capri in Lytham, pleaded guilty to 11 breaches of EU Hygiene Regulations including dirty kitchen appliances, packaging cooked and raw meat on the same machine, and potential gas leaks

 

Capri in Lytham
Capri in Lytham (Image: Google)

A Lytham bar has been ordered to pay almost £20,000 after admitting to a raft of hygiene regulations including a potential gas leak.

CCM Bar Company, which trades as Capri in Lytham, initially pleaded not guilty to a total of 11 charges concerning non-compliance with EU Hygiene Regulations.

Preparations were under way to take the matter to trial only for Capri to U-turn and change its plea to guilty for all charges.

The charges were filed against Capri after an environmental health visit from Fylde Borough Council on April 24, 2019.

At the Dicconson Terrace venue, officers found general dirt and debris in a chest freezer in the dry store area, as well as an accumulation of brown debris, dust and black dirt.

They also said Capri was vacuum packing cooked and raw foods on the same machine despite the machine having a label explicitly saying it was for ‘raw meat only’.

A white food mixer in the kitchen was also encrusted with food debris, spillages and splashes, brown grease and black dirt.

When the staff toilet was checked it was blocked, dirty and out of service.

Back in the kitchen, food had been decanted into plastic containers but without the original labelling transferred over. Individual frozen portions of fish were also no labelled in the freezer.

In the cellar, CO2 cylinders – some empty and some full – were stood up and not secured. The prosecution said that if any connected cylinder were to fall over and become disconnected, it could cause a leak and a build-up of gas in the cellar.

Capri was fined £13,500 at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court on September 28. This included a 25% reduction for the guilty plea.

It was also ordered to pay costs of £5,854 and a victim surcharge of £5,854.

 

 

Blackpool’s Winter Gardens Wonderland cheapest Christmas attraction for families in UK

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A study discovered that the total cost is £37 for a family of four – two adults and two children

 

Bavarian-style Christmas markets are coming to the Winter Gardens
Bavarian-style Christmas markets are coming to the Winter Gardens among other festive treats (Image: I Love Blackpool/Facebook)

Blackpool’s Winter Gardens Wonderland has been named as the cheapest Christmas attraction for families in the UK.

The attraction earned top spot as the best venue for money for a Christmas day out with the family in 2021.

A study discovered that the total cost is £37 for a family of four – two adults and two children.

The £15 per child fee includes visiting Santa’s grotto, getting a hot chocolate and a ride on Alice in Wonderland and and car parking. Two adults can accompany one child for no extra charge, while car parking works out around £7.

The town is also offering a variety of activites including – skating, snowfalls, projection show and magic forest which are all free to access.

With Christmas markets mostly cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, families will want to make the most of the festive markets reopening this year.

A light display on Blackpool Promenade
A light display on Blackpool Promenade

However, with mounting costs around the holidays, a day out is an indulgence many families may be wondering if they can afford.

Here are the top five in the UK – with Blackpool being crowned best value:

1.Blackpool Winter Gardens Wonderland

Total cost: £37

Blackpool Winter Gardens Wonderland has earned the top spot as the best value for money Christmas day out with the family in 2021.

Paying a visit to Santa’s grotto costs £15 per child – which includes meeting Santa, a hot chocolate and a ride on Alice in Wonderland. For a family of two adults and two children, this would cost £30.

Parking at Houndshill Shopping Centre is available for £7 for six hours – bringing the total to £37 for a festive family day out.

The seaside town is also offering a variety of activites including – skating, snowfalls, projection show and magic forest with are all free to access.

On top of the excellent prices at Winter Gardens Wonderland, you can also view the world-famous Blackpool Illuminations completely free after 5pm from November 1 to January 3, 2022.

2.Yorkshire Winter Wonderland

Total cost: £53.00

Yorkshire Winter Wonderland only charges for its experiences, such as entrance to The Ice Factor and Santa’s Grotto.

Since the 975 square metre ice rink is the main attraction, this is the most expensive activity at £21 each, but the vintage funfair and free views of the 30ft high Christmas tree surrounded by illuminated trees and cosy log cabins are worth the visit even if you don’t intend to spend money on the other attractions.

3.Edinburgh Christmas Market

Total cost: £66.00

Hosted in the heart of the city, Edinburgh’s Christmas is a six week season of festivities that features plenty of activities for the family to enjoy. Those wishing to take little ones to meet Santa or to enjoy ice skating are sure to be happy with the prices on offer – a family of four can enjoy both activities for a grand total of £41!

Plus there are plenty more rides and attractions to choose from all around the city from the Christmas tree maze to fairground rides including bumper cars and a big wheel. Need a break from the festivities? The City of Edinburgh offers many free attractions such as the Botanical Gardens to enjoy.

4.London Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Total cost: £72.50

As the nation’s capital, it stands to reason that London’s Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is a little more costly. There’s an entry fee that will cost a family of four around £20 and additional costs for many of the attractions.

Once inside, the sights and sounds of Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland are enough to keep kids of all ages entertained, and little ones are treated to a free visit to Santa’s Grotto.

Ice skating is no more expensive than many other venues across the country, so if ice skating at London’s Winter Wonderland is on your festive bucket list, you can do so without blowing the Christmas budget!

5.Winchester Christmas Market

Total cost: £76.90

Held in the Inner Close of Winchester Cathedral, Winchester Christmas Market is certainly one of the most historic settings for a Christmas Day out on our list.

Offering hundreds of market chalets selling everything from arts and crafts to Christmas decorations and food and drink, the festive stalls lead to an ice rink in the heart of the market where a family of four can enjoy skating for a low fee of £35.90!

 

 

Blackpool FC releases statement after policing of club’s home matches is discussed at fans’ forum

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Blackpool FC have released a statement after a fans’ forum was held last week to discuss the policing of the club’s home matches this season.

 

The Gazette recently revealed the policing of Blackpool’s home matches was being reviewed as a “matter of urgency”. Concerns have been raised by supporters throughout the season regarding how they have been treated as they have left Bloomfield Road.

The problem reared its head again during Blackpool’s recent game against QPR, with reports of overcrowding after the full-time whistle.

Groups of fans, which included families and young children, also reported being ‘kettled’ while being barked at by police dogs situated in the back of cars.

It comes after the policing of the recent derby match between Blackpool and Preston North End was branded as “shambolic”.

Lancashire Police, in a statement issued to The Gazette, has admitted the policing of Blackpool games this season has been challenging.

Police recently attended a fans’ forum which also included representatives from the club and the various supporter groups.

The policing of Blackpool's home games this season has come under scrutiny from supporters

The policing of Blackpool’s home games this season has come under scrutiny from supporters

“Blackpool Football Club met with Lancashire Police and supporters’ groups in a fans’ forum last week to discuss the ongoing concerns regarding policing at recent home matches,” the club said in a statement.

“Twenty delegates from supporters’ groups attended, along with Blackpool CEO Ben Mansford, director Brett Gerrity and the club’s ground safety officer, Steve Needham.

“Despite the overall success with the management of matchday strategies, issues still remain with the dispersal of both home and away supporters out of Bloomfield Road.

“Lancashire Police, represented by chief inspector Dave Hannan, explained why various different exit strategies had been used during recent matches, in an effort to find the most practical solution and gave reasons why some of the police tactics had encountered problems.

“They acknowledged that mistakes had been made and the routing of home and away supporters together out onto Bloomfield Road was not the best solution.

“As a consequence of the meeting, Lancashire Police and the club have agreed that going forward, away supporters will exit the East Stand via the North East corner and will be routed left onto Central Drive.

“The Field Street gate to the north will remain closed until all fans have dispersed. This will come into effect from tonight’s game against West Bromwich Albion.

“The club recognises this will cause inconvenience to some but will benefit the majority of fans in their peaceful exit from the stadium.

“A follow-up ‘fans forum’ will be held in a few weeks’ time to assess what progress is being made and what changes, if any, are required.”

 

 

Is this the knitting Banksy?

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Crocheted murals have been appearing around Lytham but the artist’s identity remains secret

 

A mystery woman has been plonking her crocheted murals in Lytham – and wants to keep her identity a secret.

Her creations, known as ‘yarnbombs’, include ducklings, flowers, a windmill, and a Remembrance Day hat.

Lynda Deacon, who sells wool to the stealthy stitcher, said: “It makes people smile.

Remembrance day crocheted mural by the knitting Banksy of Lytham St Annes

Remembrance day crocheted mural by the knitting Banksy of Lytham St Annes

“It’s a random act of kindness so the whole point is to remain anonymous.”

Lynda said she’s often quizzed about the woman – but is remaining tight-lipped.

“She comes into my shop and we talk through ideas,” she said. “But I can’t reveal who she is.”

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The woman doesn’t work alone, however.

She’s part of a national movement that promotes the apparent joy of yarn.

A Facebook group called ‘Random Acts of Crochet Kindness’ had more than 130,000 members yesterday.

Patterns, advice, and tutorials are offered on the public group.