Tourists attacked outside a Blackpool bar after row with visiting football supporters

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Two tourists were violently assaulted outside a Blackpool bar after one of them refused to hand over a cigarette to a group of visiting football supporters.

 

It happened at around 7pm on Saturday, October 2 in the smoking area of the Soul Suite in Blackpool Promenade, when one of the victims – a 23-year-old man from Derbyshire – refused to hand over a cigarette to a group of men.

The pair, visiting from Derbyshire, told police they were asked for a cigarette and after saying no, were allegedly attacked by the group.

Detectives say they believe their attackers were Blackburn Rovers fans visiting the resort for the Championship match against Blackpool FC, which saw the Seasiders win 2-1.

The group of men are believed to be Blackburn Rovers fans visiting the resort for the match against Blackpool FC on October 2

The group of men are believed to be Blackburn Rovers fans visiting the resort for the match against Blackpool FC on October 2

Both men were knocked to the ground where they were kicked and stamped on. One of the men has suffered facial injuries whilst the second victim, 29, also from Derbyshire, suffered a fractured skull.

Detectives have now launched a CCTV appeal in a bid to identify the men allegedly responsible for the unprovoked attack.

DC Danny Farrell from Blackpool Police said: “To think that someone could be kicked and stamped on to the point of injury, just for refusing to give a cigarette, is beyond belief and utterly appalling.

“We believe that the offenders may have links to Blackburn and could have been in the resort that day to watch the Blackpool v Blackburn Rovers football match.

The group of men are believed to be Blackburn Rovers fans visiting the resort for the match against Blackpool FC on October 2

The group of men are believed to be Blackburn Rovers fans visiting the resort for the match against Blackpool FC on October 2

“I would urge people to look at the men in the images and if you recognise them, or indeed you know anything about this incident at all, please get in contact with us.”

You can email 4096@lancashire.police.uk or can call 101 quoting incident reference 629 of October 3.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be reached in confidence on 0800 555111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

The group of men are believed to be Blackburn Rovers fans visiting the resort for the match against Blackpool FC on October 2

The group of men are believed to be Blackburn Rovers fans visiting the resort for the match against Blackpool FC on October 2

Bird flu death toll increases at Stanley Park as more swans found dead

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The number of birds that have died of suspected bird flu at Stanley Park has risen – and it is feared further deaths loom on the horizon, as a number of swans there are now showing symptoms of the disease.

 

Two swans are reported to have died at the award-winning Blackpool park since Monday, November 22, taking the total death count to 17.

Another three swans living on the lake were found to be showing symptoms of bird flu, according to a Council meeting at Blackpool town hall yesterday.

A Blackpool Council spokesman said: “This of course continues to be upsetting for so many people who love Stanley Park and our wildlife but people can be reassured that we are monitoring the situation closely.”

Five more swans have died in Stanley Park since Monday, November 22

Five more swans have died in Stanley Park since Monday, November 22

Stanley Park lake was cordoned off on Monday, November 11, after two swans and one Canada goose were believed to have died there due to bird flu. The birds were sent to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which confirmed the diagnosis.

So far, the outbreak is believed to have wiped out arounf 25 per cent of Stanley Park’s swan population. A swan count carried out on November 6 listed 68 swans living on the lake. Now, just 52 remain.

Justin Greenhalgh, of Brambles Wildlife Rescue, said: “Bird flu is absolutely rife this year; probably the worst we have seen. It’s not just Stanley Park, it’s all over.

“There is a little bit of good news though, which is for the past two days we have not had any deaths reported, but we’re not out of the woods yet. We have got at least two more swans showing early symptoms. Sometimes, some of them pull through.

“The council has had quite a grim task this week. It has been hard. All we can do is plead with people to comply with the cordon rules to ease the spread.”

People have been asked by council chiefs to avoid the lake, and to steer clear of any dead or injured birds.

People who would otherwise feed the swans, but are now unable to do so because of the restrictions, have the option to donate supplement feed to be distributed by the council by contacting the Brambles Wildlife Rescue Facebook page.

 

 

Fleetwood school’s talent raises £2,000 for memorial to ex-pupil

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Youngsters from a Fleetwood primary school staged a stylish talent show – and raised more than £2,000 for a memorial garden in memory of a much loved former pupil.

 

Youngsters at the Larkholme's Got Talent event, with Deputy Mayor of Wyre, Coun Howard Ballard

Youngsters at the Larkholme’s Got Talent event, with Deputy Mayor of Wyre, Coun Howard Ballard

The Larkholme’s Got Talent event, held at a packed ballroom in Fleetwood‘ s North Euston Hotel, was the latest fundraiser towards a £30,000 garden project in memory of Lucy Willacy-Brown, a bubbly and popular pupil who died aged just eight last year.

Although the youngster was born with spina bifida and had a number of related health issues, staff say she never let it hold her back and her death from complications came as a total shock to everyone.

Thanks to sales of the £10 tickets, a raffle and generous donations, the talent show raised a grand total of £2,090.

Balloon tribute to Lucy Willacy-Brown

Balloon tribute to Lucy Willacy-Brown

It means the project has now raised £14,100, almost half of its target for garden, which will include a purpose-built performance area.

As well as raising the money, the event proved to be a wonderful showcase for the wide range of performing talent at Larkholme Primary School, on Windermere Avenue.

Organiser Sam Gardner, a member of staff at the school, said: “It was a huge success, as the organiser I was really made-up how well it went.

“I’d just like to thank everyone who supported it, especially the North Euston Hotel who didn’t charge us so we could make a pure profit.”

Lucy Willacy-Brown was a popular pupil at Larkholme

Lucy Willacy-Brown was a popular pupil at Larkholme

The talent show winners were comedy duo Harry Crane and Ronan Boehme, who had the audience in stitches with their double act routine.

Runner-up was singer Megan Dawson, who gave a lovely rendition of the song One Kiss from the Trolls film.

Third place went to the dance trio of Sophie Whittingham, Maisie Bailey and Lexie MacDonald.

There was also a special Lucy Willacy-Brown Award for a performer who showed enthusiasm and energy, and this went to Katie-Mai Balmer who soldiered on as a solo dancer when her dance partner was sadly unable to take part.

Katie-Mai also stepped in to help out one of the other acts.

Additionally, there was another special award given out by the Deputy Mayor of Wyre, Coun Howard Ballard, who was part of the judging panel.

This award went to Jamie Hay, who put on a impressive display of beat-boxing, or vocal percussion.

The judging panel comprised Coun Ballard, singer Toni-Louise Stead, teaching assistant Linda Foulkes, who has a dancing background and teaching assistant Becky Lea, who has singing experience.

The school says that fundraising activities will continue until the target has been reached.

 

 

Couple ‘eaten alive by bed bugs’ on Blackpool trip but owner defends hotel

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Roberto, owner of the Roker Hotel, said “everything is in order” at the B&B

 

The Roker Hotel in Blackpool said "people are always looking for an excuse not to pay"
The Roker Hotel in Blackpool said “people are always looking for an excuse not to pay”

The owner of a Blackpool hotel has responded after a couple claim they were ‘eaten alive’ by bed bugs.

The Roker Hotel on the New South Promenade is rated as #845 of 898 B&Bs in Blackpool.

The two-star hotel averages at around £30 per night, with breakfast and Wifi included. It is a family-run hotel, which also has free parking and an Italian restaurant. It is just a two-minute walk from Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

 

Of its 267 reviews, only 19 of them rate the B&B as ‘Excellent’ whilst 32 of them rate it as ‘Very Good’. 175 reviews, however, brand the B&B as ‘Terrible’.

In a ‘Blackpool Nightmare Holidays’ group, Charlotte May recently shared her experience of a stay at The Roker Hotel last week (November 14).

She said that both her and her family were “eaten alive” during their stay, and raised concerns about the standard of cleanliness to the owner.

A wall inside the Roker Hotel
A wall inside the Roker Hotel

Charlotte said: “The hazards were not any issue to other guests, but all rooms propped open with towels. Beds were just remade for next arrivals not changed, dirty towels and bedding, food on floor, bedbugs and god knows (sic) what else but covid probably wouldn’t even have entered that building! Nor has a bottle of bleach or washing powder!”

She added that the family was charged at the start of the stay, but were refunded by the owner.

Photographs shared by Charlotte show food behind the bed, mould on the walls, brown stains on the bed sheets, out of date PAT tests and doors propped open by towels on the floor.

In a video also recorded and shared by Charlotte, small black bugs are seen to have gathered beneath the buttons on the mattress.

Charlotte said "they're jumping" as she lifted the button on the mattress
Charlotte said “they’re jumping” as she lifted the button on the mattress

As she lifts the button, Charlotte can be heard saying: “Today’s date is the 14th of November, and they’re jumping. But there’s no bed bugs here at all, is there? And this is what we’ve all been bitten by.”

She also shared a photograph of her partner’s stomach, which was covered in bite marks.

Charlotte would not be the first to allege the hotel of having bed bugs.

Another guest who left a review on TripAdvisor in November said: “The morning after we got there me and my wife were bitten by bed bugs and so too were our friends who went with us. They were in a different room on a different floor. When the owner was approached about the bed bug issues he said it’s not bed bugs it’s an allergy to the bedding which we said was unlikely not for all 4 of us to have the same issue. The owner said he would go and check the rooms.”

Alison M, a second guest who left a review on TripAdvisor, said: “Supposed to stay 2 nights. Could only stay 1. Room cold, felt damp, poor condition. Bed bugs found first morning – fortunately hadn’t slept in that bed (family room with 3 beds, only 2 of us). Owner rude when sent emails since.”

Food was found behind the bed at The Roker Hotel
Food was found behind the bed at The Roker Hotel

Charlotte told LancsLive she had reported the hotel to both Environmental Health and Trading Standards.

The manager of the Roker Hotel, Roberto, told LancsLive: “You could see at the beginning, they were just looking for an excuse not to pay, people are always looking for an excuse not to pay.

“It was very obvious they just wanted to stay for free. We have been here for 20 years in this business, we are confident, we have regular customers that come in quite often.”

Charlotte found that the electrics had not received a PAT test since 2015
Charlotte found that the electrics had not received a PAT test since 2015

Roberto believed guests were “making excuses” not to pay the cost of their stay. He said “otherwise everything is in order.”

The Roker confirmed that Charlotte received a refund for her stay and added: “The reality is we are a two star hotel and we charge very cheap. In this hotel we give them everything, breakfast and parking, for £30. We’re not saying we are the Hilton or something, we are a two-star hotel.”

When asked about the alleged bed bugs, Roberto said they had faced problems “a long time ago” and spent over £1,200 to “make sure everything was perfectly fine”. He denied the evidence of any bed bugs on the premises at present.

Blackpool accommodation has been under scrutiny over the past few months following a ‘never-ending stream of holiday disasters’ during the summer season.

As the winter season continues and tourists head to the resort to enjoy the Illuminations and events hosted across the Promenade, Blackpool B&B’s are still seeing visitors from across the country come to stay.

Blackpool Council were contacted for comment but we did not receive a response before the deadline.

 

 

Cruel Fleetwood man let dog suffer with painful skin disease for months

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Stephen Hopkinson was found guilty after a trial at Lancaster Magistrates Court of animal cruelty offences

 

Mylo had been suffering from his skin disease for at
least three to six months
Mylo had been suffering from his skin disease for at least three to six months

A cruel man has been banned from owning dogs for life after leaving his pet suffering from a painful skin disease for months.

Mylo, a male tan chihuahua type, also had bleeding on his legs, feet, stomach, chest and genital area, pinkness around his eyes and nose and was suffering from ‘obvious fur loss’.

Stephen Hopkinson’s other black and white female chihuahua, called Lily, needed an urgent dental procedure to remove loose teeth as she had dental disease.

Both dogs were rescued by a member of the public after she found them tied up outside a supermarket.

Hopkinson, of Southwood Avenue, Fleetwood, told RSPCA inspectors that he had returned to the supermarket to get the dogs the next morning.

This meant the dogs, had they not been removed by the concerned member of the public, Mylo and Lily would have been tied up outside for nearly 24 hours.

RSPCA Inspector Amy McIntosh said she immediately noticed that Mylo’s skin was thickened, pink, flaky, scabby. He was also biting and scratching at his skin and it was obviously irritating him.

Lilly had very smelly breath but otherwise looked in normal body condition.

Inspector McIntosh took the dogs to a vet who examined them and prescribed Mylo with flea and skin treatments and a shampoo to help fight the infection in his skin.

The vet concluded Mylo had been suffering from his skin disease for at least three to six months.

His skin was thickened, pink, flaky, scabby and bleeding on his legs, feet, stomach, chest and genital area
His skin was thickened, pink, flaky, scabby and bleeding on his legs, feet, stomach, chest and genital area

Lilly needed an urgent dental procedure to remove loose teeth as she had dental disease.

Both dogs were microchipped which enabled the inspector to establish that Hopkinson, 38, was the owner of the pets.

Following a trial at Lancaster Magistrates Court, Hopkinson was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to Mylo, failing to meet Lilly’s needs and failing to meet both dogs’ needs by leaving them unattended for an extended period without adequate care and supervision.

In addition to the indefinite ban which he cannot apply to terminate for five years, he was sentenced to a 16-week curfew. He was also ordered to pay £500 costs and a victim surcharge of £95.

The dogs who have made good recoveries whilst in RSPCA care will be made available for rehoming after the 21-day appeal period has passed.

Blackpool players challenged to take the next step after West Bromwich Albion draw

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Blackpool’s players have been told their next challenge is to turn their recent draws into victories.

 

Tuesday night’s goalless draw against West Bromwich Albion means Neil Critchley’s men have picked up a point in each of their last three encounters.

Considering the level of opposition in West Brom, Swansea City and QPR, most Pool fans are satisfied with their current run – but not Critchley.

“I’ve just said to the players ‘well done, good point’ but I also told them it’s about time we won a game as well,” he said.

Neil Critchley had a message for his Blackpool players

Neil Critchley had a message for his Blackpool players

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“You look at the performances; Stoke, QPR, Swansea, West Brom, we’ve only lost one of those games but we didn’t win one either.

“That’s our next step if you like. We’re consistently competing, we’re not getting beaten, but now can we turn those 0-0s or 1-1s into a 2-1 or a 1-0 victory?

“We nearly did that on Tuesday, but not quite.”

One of the most impressive facets of Blackpool’s performance on Tuesday night was how they were able to roll up their sleeves and battle against a physical Baggies side.

The Seasiders had to show a different side to their game than they did on Saturday, when they were involved in a more technical, possession-based affair at Swansea.

“That’s one of our strengths,” Critchley said in terms of his side’s flexibility.

“We changed our shape from what we played on Saturday and we’ve had to show a different side to our game.

“We’ve done extremely well. West Brom are a big, powerful team; they’re a team of men.

“There’s no kids or younger players with potential. They’re all proven Championship or Premier League players and you have to stand up to it.

“We haven’t got that experience but I’m delighted with the effort.”

Pool had to withstand a barrage of pressure at times against West Brom, who ended the game with 23 shots on goal.

However, the men in tangerine were helped over the line by the Blackpool faithful, who were in raucous mood once again under the lights at Bloomfield Road.

“Marvin (Ekpiteta) had to make a big block in the final few minutes and the crowd massively helped near the end of the game,” Critchley said.

“They sensed the players were running on empty and they just gave them that extra two per cent or five per cent, just to get us over the line and get us a point.

“To compete with a club and a team like West Brom, and it’s not like we were fortunate to get a point, that’s big for us.

“We’re competing every week and we’re up against some big teams, some big clubs, and the supporters really appreciate the efforts and we really appreciate their support as always.”

 

 

Blackpool AFC forced to cancel games after ground ‘completely smashed up’ in break-in

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The break in saw the changing rooms and vending machines “smashed up”

 

The amateur football club will see games cancelled after a break in last weekend
The amateur football club will see games cancelled after a break in last weekend (Image: A.F.C Blackpool)

A Blackpool football club has been forced to cancel games after its changing rooms were ‘completely smashed up’ in a break-in.

Blackpool Amateur Football Club is raising money to replace damaged doors after a break in on the early hours of Sunday morning (November 14).

The club has three teams, including both an Under 17’s and Under 18’s team.

Now, Blackpool AFC have been forced to cancel games after a break in last weekend that saw the changing rooms, referee changing room and vending machines “completely smashed up”.

The people that had broken in had “strangely” decided to smash up the vending machines and changing rooms, Kevin Quirke said, rather than opting for “anything else” like spirits.

Mr Quirke, whose family is involved in volunteering at the club, is now raising funds to help the team replace the damaged doors which he said was caused by “mindless vandalism”.

Mr Quirke told Lancs Live that the break in had a serious effect on the amateur games, with an upcoming Under-17s game already cancelled as they are unable to house a referee.

He explained that the “devastating” break in meant the club was “losing revenue” through both bar and ticket sales.

The club changing rooms were broken into on Sunday, November 14.
The club changing rooms were broken into on Sunday, November 14.

“It was all about bringing fans and money back in after the pandemic,” he said, “and now this has happened.”

The community club is ran by volunteers and Mr Quirke said they are unable to claim “on the insurance policy” due to how much it will raise the cost of their insurance.

He added: “The Club provides so much for the town with youth football, adult football and community events. Please give anything you can to help AFC recover from this awful, devastating incident.”

The fundraiser has received 76 donations so far, seeing the £500 goal quickly reached. At present, the club has received £907 in donations to remedy the break in.

The club was founded as Blackpool Metal Mechanics in 1947, before changing its name to Blackpool Mechanics.

They started out playing at Stanley Park Arena before moving to the present ground on Jepson Way in 1949.

You can donate to the fundraiser here.

 

 

Blackpool care home found with chicken and beef more than a month out of date

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Inspectors pointed out that the care home was found to be serving out of date meat

 

Lavender Lodge Care Home, on Horncliffe Road, Blackpool
Lavender Lodge Care Home, on Horncliffe Road, Blackpool

A care home in Blackpool has received a food hygiene rating of ‘1’ following an inspection that found they had meat past its sell by date.

Lavender lodge Care Home, on Horncliffe Road, Blackpool, was found to need ‘major improvements’ following an inspection on September 8.

The National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is operated by Blackpool Council. Each business receives a rating based on the findings of their inspection.

Businesses can receive ratings of between ‘0’ and ‘5’. ‘0’ means that urgent improvement is required, ‘5’ means that the hygiene standards are very good.

Lavender Lodge Care Home was found to have a food hygiene rating of ‘1’ with major improvement necessary, with the facts around the report meaning legal proceedings could occur should the issues not be solved at the time of a revisit.

The inspection found that the residential home had failed to put in place procedures for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP). This included a large tub of marmalade that was being stored in the fridge next to raw meat, which could risk cross contamination.

The inspection found there was raw meat stored in a freezer, next to and on top of ready to eat food, which could cause cross contamination.
The inspection found there was raw meat stored in a freezer, next to and on top of ready to eat food, which could cause cross contamination.

There was also raw meat stored in a freezer, next to and on top of ready to eat food, which also could cause cross contamination.

The inspection found no procedures in place for safe use of foods that had been frozen, which meant all frozen foods would be used after the manufacturers use by date. The care home management has, however, disputed this saying that the food would have been used within three months of it being frozen – therefore staying within the recommended dates.

Lavender Lodge Care Home were also found to have failed to ensure food shall not be placed on the market if it is unsafe.

The inspection found 10 packets of out of date food in the premises, including four packets of Ashfield Farm beef which had passed the use by date of 23/08/21, two packets of Birchwood British lean diced beef steak passed the use by date of 27/07/21, three packets of Ashfield Farm Grill salt and chilli chicken breast sizzlers passed the used by date of 31/07/21 and one packet of Asda Smartprice wafer thin ham passed the use by date of 02/09/21.

The Birchwood Beef Mince went out of date on July 27, the inspection took place on September 8.
The Birchwood Beef Mince went out of date on July 27, the inspection took place on September 8.

The inspection took place on September 8, meaning the both the lean diced beef steak and salt and chilli chicken breast sizzlers were over a month out of date.

As well as this, the residential home failed to ensure that drainage facilities were adequate for the purpose intended. The drain associated with the waste water pipes in the backyard were found to be blocked, resulting in the waste water not being able to drain away effectively – consequentially flooding the backyard.

The care home cares for adults over 65, people with dementia, mental health conditions, physical disabilities and sensory impairments.

It is rated ‘good’ overall for its quality of care and is registered to provide personal care for up to 24 people.

A spokesperson for Lavender Lodge said: “Upon inspection food that was in the freezer had not been labeled/dated on the day of freezing. As they were not labeled it gave no indication to what date they had been frozen. But I can assure you these items were frozen on the day of purchase, once frozen we have three months to use these products, the items in question had been frozen for less then three months and the inspector knew this by the manufacturer’s sell by date.

“I do believe if the inspector did find the food to be spoiled or unusable our kitchen would have been closed instantly or at the very least the items disposed of immediately by the inspector which they were not as it was clear by the manufacture use by date that these foods could not have been in freezer for longer then three months.

“It is worrying to us that people will misunderstand the information written in the report and all the hard work the home has put in over the pandemic would be tarnished for something as simple as dating the items before freezing them.

“We have now taken action and all items being stored in the freezer are now labeled and dated before going into the freezer. We have also paid to be reinspected and believe there is nothing to stop the rating being back to a 5 once the we have been revisited.

“Lastly I would like to add we would never feed out of date food to anyone.”

 

 

Police issue encouraging update after new arrangements are put in place for supporters leaving Bloomfield Road

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Lancashire Police provided a positive update after new arrangements were put in place for supporters exiting Bloomfield Road on Tuesday night.

 

Visiting West Brom fans, who were housed in the East Stand, left the stadium via the North East gate following the 0-0 draw.

This differed to previous arrangements, where away supporters would exit the ground via the South Stand.

“Post-match seemed to go okay last night,” Seasiders Police wrote on Twitter.

“The only issue, which is a recurring theme, was a group of youths who were intent on causing problems near the away coaches.

“There was one arrest and a 17-year-old had his details and season card taken from him, which will be passed to the club for further action.”

It comes after a recent meeting between the club, fan representatives and Lancashire Police following a number of complaints.

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.

It comes after police met with supporters and the club last week

It comes after police met with supporters and the club last week

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, admitted the policing of Blackpool games this season has been challenging.

But the arrangements for Tuesday night’s game seemed to work well, with no major flashpoints reported.

Seasiders Police added: “Having held a meeting with key stakeholders last week we’re determined to return to the days where all fans can move around the stadium without restriction or confrontation.

“The atmosphere in the ground is great, the feelgood factor is back, we won’t let a few kids spoil it for the majority.

“We’d rather dedicate more resources to our daily business than football matches, so if we all work together we can get back to some sort of normality.”

 

 

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

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Some tram journeys have been cancelled between Blackpool and Fleetwood today (Thursday, November 25) due to Blackpool’s Transport’s ongoing driver shortage.

 

A total of 8 tram services have so far been cancelled today as Blackpool Transport struggles to find enough crews to run its fleet of trams.

“We apologise for the inconveniences this may cause and thank you for your understanding during difficult times,” a spokesman said.

Services were also affected yesterday evening (Wednesday, November 24) after a man was struck by a tram in Anchorsholme.

Blackpool Transport described the collision as a ‘major accident’ and a man remains in a serious condition in hospital today.

Thursday’s cancelled tram services

11.45am – Starr Gate to Fleetwood

A number of services have been cancelled for this evening as Blackpool Transport struggles to find staff to run its fleet of trams

A number of services have been cancelled for this evening as Blackpool Transport struggles to find staff to run its fleet of trams

12.48pm – Fleetwood to Starr Gate

2.05pm – Starr Gate to Fleetwood

3.00pm – Fleetwood to Starr Gate

8.53pm – Starr Gate to Little Bispham

9.34pm – Little Bispham to Starr Gate

10.20pm – Starr Gate to Fleetwood

11.23pm – Fleetwood to Starr Gate

Man seriously injured after being struck by tram in Anchorsholme

Normoss Road Closure

Until Friday (November 26) – affecting routes 2, 20 and 75.

Due to a closure on Normoss Road, services 2, 20 and 75 will be diverting between 9am to 4pm daily between Tuesday (November 23) and Friday (November 26).

Service 2 – The service 2 northbound will use its normal route to the hospital, then divert via St Walburgas Road, Poulton Road, Garstang Road West before returning to its normal route at Hardhorn Road.

Travelling southbound, the service 2 will use this diversion in reverse.

Service 20 – Travelling to Staining, service 20 will use its normal route to Victoria Hospital then divert via East and South Park Drive, Preston New Road, Mythop Road, Chain Lane and terminate at Staining.

Travelling to Blackpool, the service will use this diversion in reverse.

Service 75 – This service will use its normal route to Poulton, then divert using Garstang Road East, Lodge Lane, Station Road before resuming its normal route at Weeton Road.