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Police investigating comment posted about Jordan Banks on social media

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Officers from North Wales Police have confirmed that they are investigating after a certain comment was made online

The Blackpool Tower lit up in red in tribute to Jordan Banks
The Blackpool Tower lit up in red in tribute to Jordan Banks (Image: The Blackpool Tower)

An investigation is underway after a comment was made on social media following the death of Jordan Banks.

Nine-year-old Jordan tragically died after he was struck by lightning on Tuesday evening (May 11), while playing football for Clifton Rangers Junior Football Club’s Under 9s team.

Numerous police vehicles and an air ambulance rushed to the playing fields off School Road, where a child was reported to have been injured shortly after 5pm.

The boy was rushed to hospital with “serious injuries” but died a short time later, police confirmed.

He was later named as Jordan Banks, pupil at Stanley Primary School in Blackpool and massive Liverpool FC fan.

Officers believe he had been struck by lightning, although enquiries are still ongoing.

Social media has been flooded with tributes and messages of love in the aftermath of his death.

Jordan Banks
Jordan Banks (Image: Submitted)

However, police in North Wales have confirmed that they are investigating after a certain comment was made online last night (May 12).

The comment has sparked outrage, with officers now asking people not to hinder the investigation.

A spokesperson for North Wales Police said: “Flintshire Residents. We are aware of a comment which was posted on Social Media last night.

“We just want to inform everyone that the matter is currently under investigation and we discourage any actions which may hinder the active investigation.”

The news of Jordan’s death has rocked the community in Blackpool, with tributes being laid at the fields off School Road, as well as his primary school.

The Blackpool Tower was also lit up in red last night in memory of him.

Jordan’s family released a heartfelt statement yesterday, which read: “Yesterday our worlds stopped. We lost the brightest star our beautiful boy Jordan. His laugh, that infectious smile, golden curls, he was our everything.

“Wise beyond his years, caring, considerate, generous and so loving. Our love is endless. Goodnight beautiful boy. We thank you all for your kind words and support but as a family ask that you respect our wishes and privacy.”

Lancashire Police had appealed for witnesses and information following the tragedy.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Det Supt Nick Connaughton of Lancashire Police said: “This is a truly devastating incident and our thoughts are wholeheartedly with the family and friends of the young boy, who has passed away, at this very sad and distressing time.”

Anybody with information about the incident, or who witnessed it and has not yet spoken to police, is asked to get in touch on 101, quoting log 1169 of May 11.

Blackpool hotel where guests live were at risk over lack of fire safety

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“Fire lighting wasn’t adequate and in the dead of night that puts people at even greater risk. The failings here make this a very serious and troubling example of its kind.”

Plaza Beach Hotel, Blackpool
Plaza Beach Hotel, Blackpool

A Blackpool hotel owner put guests’ lives at risk after allowing one of his three venues to ‘go to rack and ruin’.

At Preston Crown Court today (May 13) Aheed Sultan was sentenced after breaching a raft of fire safety regulations at the five-floor Plaza Beach Hotel in Blackpool.

Today’s hearing took place in Sultan’s absence because of his ‘worsening mental state and physical health’. A psychiatric report confirmed the 77-year-old has Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia.

Prosecutor Joe Hart said: “A multi-multi-agency operation was carried out and on September 4 in 2017 a fire safety team leader visited the premises.”

During the inspection of the Albert Road hotel firefighters found fire doors had been wedged open, other self-closing doors didn’t work and one fire door could not be opened.

“Means of escape was not sufficient and if a fire had occurred the relevant persons would have been at risk of death or injury,” Mr Hart said.

“Fire safety begins when pen is put to paper and a company thinks through the problems a premises presents. A suitable fire risk assessment simply hadn’t been carried out.”

Inspectors also found the basement area of the hotel was being used to store bed bases, mattresses and other combustible materials. The staircase leading from the flat to the basement was ‘stacked full’ of combustible materials.

“The fire alarm panel was showing a fire on the second floor but there was no fire,” Mr Hart added.

“Not one of the employees understood how to operate the fire alarm system. Blue tac had been placed into the fault buzzer to deaden the sound.”

Some of the emergency lighting in the hotel, formerly called the Silver Beach Hotel, did not have power and locks on some doors meant they could not be easily and quickly opened if a fire started.

The defects ‘were so severe’ that a prohibition notice was served preventing guests from stopping in certain rooms of the hotel until work was carried out.

Sultan was asked to attend an interview on three occasions but failed to do so. The court heard he has previous food hygiene convictions dating back to 2009 and 2015 and he has entered guilty pleas to the six fire safety offences.

Defence barrister Adam Lodge said the defendant’s son, Dr Adnan Sultan, now has power of attorney over his father’s finances.

“Clearly at the time of the investigations carried out this particular hotel, one of three, was in a very poor state of affairs,” Mr Lodge said.

“There was a risk of death but we submit that was a very low risk. He was already beginning to suffer from his health conditions which may explain why this happened.

“One would simply struggle to understand why an individual would let his hotels go to rack and ruin.

“He was suffering from mental health at the time and may not have been as diligent as he had previously.”

The court heard that Sultan owes £207,763 in unpaid taxes and all three of his company have since been dissolved. He now receives state benefits, is entitled to legal aid, and lives with his son.

The judge, Philip Parry, said he was disappointed no financial information had been provided to the court by Sultan’s son in order to allow him to assess his father’s assets ahead of sentencing.

“I have given opportunity after opportunity to be provided with the sort of financial information that I need.

“They were warned I would be able to draw reasonable inferences that they could pay any financial penalty if they failed to provide this information.”

Judge Parry said Sultan had put guests at ‘great risk’.

“He didn’t pay adequate attention to the responsibilities that he had for fire safety,” the judge said.

“Fire lighting wasn’t adequate and in the dead of night that puts people at even greater risk. The failings here make this a very serious and troubling example of its kind.

“There were no fire safety precautions taken overall.”

Sultan, of The Avenue in Loughton, Essex, was fined £7,700 and ordered to pay a £7,300 contribution towards costs.

 

Blackpool’s biggest nightclub at former Home & HQ site set to open next week

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Trilogy night club in Talbot Square will be the town’s biggest night club when fully open on June 21 to receive customers however clubbers can go inside for a drink on May 17.

Trilogy night club will open up in two phases - seating only in May then launch in June
Trilogy night club will open up in two phases – seating only in May then launch in June (Image: Trilogy night club)

A new triple level nightclub is set come to Blackpool in June and will be opening up its first room earlier in May in line with government restrictions.

Trilogy night club in Talbot Square at the former Home & HQ site will be the town’s biggest night club when fully open on June 21 to receive customers however clubbers can go inside for a drink on May 17.

The “triple scene” club will be table service and seated parties at no more than six people, as per Covid guidelines, and booking is not essential but advised.

The venue will be open every Monday, Friday and Saturday from 9pm till late.

Local DJ Lee Jester Watson will playing commercial dance hits and favourite tunes from R&B to pop and there will be plenty of giveaways and offers.

Trilogy night club in Blackpool used to be Home and HQ on Talbot Square
Trilogy night club in Blackpool used to be Home and HQ on Talbot Square (Image: Trilogy night club)

On June 21 there will be a launch event called “Independence Day” where all three levels will be open for clubbers to explore and enjoy music from all genres under one roof.

Site Director Matt Taylor said: “The news of our two phased opening has had a phenomenal reception. We’re back in time for the busy bank holiday weekend so we advise people to book well in advance.”

The venue used to be the Home & HQ nightclub however after a full refurbishment with three new separate levels it is unrecognisable.

New wooden flooring has been put down on some levels, VIP booths put in upstairs and new booths and screens have been set up in level one.

The club was due to open just before the first lockdown in March 2020 however was unable to due to the closure of all non essential businesses.


New floors being put down in the Trilogy Nightclub.

It then had a brief opening for one weekend in October 2020 before a second national lockdown was announced.

Director Matt said: “It’s been an absolute rollercoaster of a year and we haven’t had the chance to open to our full potential yet.

“We’re so glad to be getting back to adding to the night time economy and providing jobs for the people of Blackpool.

“We can’t wait to welcome people inside in May and then for our full launch in June.”

To find out more about Trilogy nightclub’s opening, please the website here.

Blackpool workers spotted dangerously close to roof edge sparking £18,000 fine

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Ron Richardson Construction, of Amy Johnson Way, has bee fined and ordered to pay costs

The workers were spotted five floors up on the roof edge
The workers were spotted five floors up on the roof edge

Ron Richardson Construction, of Amy Johnson Way, has bee fined and ordered to pay costs

A construction company has been fined after workers were spotted standing precariously on a roof’s edge on the top floor of a block of Blackpool flats.

Ron Richardson Construction appeared at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court after two employees were seen waterproofing a flat in Harrow Place.

The workers, who were on the fifth floor of the building, were witnessed moving close to an unprotected edge without anything to stop them from falling.

They were not being monitored and had accesses the roof to do work they were unable to do from below with the equipment provided for them.

Enforcement Notices had already been served against the company for work at height failures at the same site.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company had not followed its own procedures and was not sufficiently supervising the work.

Suitable edge protection to prevent a fall from height was not provided and the workers had not been given sufficient training in working safely on roofs.

Ron Richardson Construction Limited of Seneca House, Links Point, Amy Johnson Way, Blackpool pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 (1) of The Work at Height Regulations 2005. They were fined £18,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,342.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Christine McGlynn said: “The dangers here could have been mitigated with adequate planning and supervision of the work undertaken.

“Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fail to heed advice and continue to breach health and safety legislation.”

Blackpool boy, 9, dies after being hit by lightning on football field – updates

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The boy was thought to have been taking part in a training session

School Road in Blackpool
School Road in Blackpool

A nine-year-old boy has died after being struck by lightning as he played football.

Emergency services were called to the area off School Road in Blackpool shortly after 5pm today (May 11) to reports a child had been injured

The age of the boy has not been released.

Police said they believe the boy had been struck by lightning during a thunderstorm and was rushed to hospital with “serious injuries”.

Officers have now confirmed the the boy, who has not been named, sadly died a short time later.

His family have been informed and are being supported by officers.

Det Supt Nick Connaughton of Lancashire Police said: “This is a truly devastating incident and our thoughts are wholeheartedly with the family and friends of the young boy, who has passed away, at this very sad and distressing time.”

School Road was closed between Common Edge Road and Midgeland Road but has since reopened.

Police have launched an appeal for witnesses and information.

Anybody with information about the incident, or who witnessed it and has not yet spoken to police, is asked to get in touch on 101, quoting log 1169 of May 11th.

 

5 of the best Blackpool pubs near Pleasure Beach and the seaside

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From The Spen Dyke to Half Way House, here are the best watering holes to visit near the beach

There are pubs a short distance from the Pleasure Beach and seafront in Blackpool
There are pubs a short distance from the Pleasure Beach and seafront in Blackpool (Image: Unsplash)

With pubs set to reopen indoors on May 17, it’s time to start thinking about getting a tipple in again. No longer are you at the mercy of the elements, as groups of up to six people will be allowed to enjoy drinks and food inside again.

There are a great selection of boozers on offer in Blackpool, with each offering its own quintessential charm.

Whether it’s a good pint you seek, or a cosy place with great food, this seaside resort has everything you need.

Here’s a selection of five of the best to while away a sunny day in the town.

The Spen Dyke

Situated on Lytham Road, just a stone’s throw from Pleasure Beach, The Spen Dyke is perfectly located for a few pints after a ride on the rollercoaster (if you’re brave enough). With outdoor and indoor seating available, this is also a great bar if the weather holds up.

They serve tapas (perfect for a snack while downing some bevvies) as well as burgers, and a generous Sunday roast menu on – you guessed it – Sundays.

Farmers Arms

Owned by Greene King, the Farmers Arms is just down the road from the Spen Dyke. Offering your usual selection of affordable grub, this pub is ideal for a day out by the seaside.

Situated in a very residential-style building, this bar offers a quirky charm to while away those sunny days (hopefully) in Blackpool.

Half Way House

A bit further out, but still within walking distance to the seaside – Blackpool’s Half Way House has everything you could ask for in an English boozer. Part of the Joseph Holy pub chain, this bar boasts a pizza menu, as well as your more traditional pub offering.

Situated on St Anne’s Road, the Half Way House is located right beside Blackpool Airport for those travelling from further afield and in need of a quick top-up.

The Velvet Coaster

Yes, it is a Wetherspoon’s – but you can’t beat this particular boozer for location, or name. The Velvet Coaster is named after the famous ride that was introduced to the Pleasure Beach in the early 1990s, and this building exists as a tribute to that particular attraction.

With the kind of spacious interior typically found in JD Wetherspoon boozers, there’s room for all the family in this one.

The Velvet Coaster in Blackpool
The Velvet Coaster in Blackpool (Image: Google)

The Dutton Arms

Centrally located, and showing live sport, The Dutton Arms offers everything you could want for a sunny day out in Blackpool. Only minutes away from both Pleasure Beach, and the beach itself, you can’t beat this watering hole for location.

With a full food and breakfast menu on offer, this is the perfect spot for any time of the day.

 

 

Lancashire’s best and worst seaside towns ranked, according to Which?

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Blackpool, Fleetwood, Morecambe and nearby Southport all featuring in the bottom 15 of resorts ranked by consumer group Which?

Blackpool beach
Blackpool beach (Image: Peter Byrne/PA Wire)

Lancashire’s seaside towns are some of the most popular attractions in the UK, with Blackpool, Fleetwood and Morecambe set to become big hotspots for staycation tourists this summer

However, according to a new poll released last week, it seems the county’s seaside holiday destinations aren’t as well-loved as we might have thought.

Consumer magazine Which? has just published its annual survey into the best seaside towns across the UK.

Each resort was ranked on a scale of 1-to-5 stars for the quality of the beach, local attractions, scenery, peace and quiet and value for money.

The survey was compiled with the contributions of over 4,000 visitors over the past year and each town was also given a metacritic-style aggregated customer score.

With just under 100 seaside spots ranked across the UK, a few of Lancashire’s big names underperformed, with the public not being especially kind.

Coming top of the chart was Bamburgh in Northumberland, which was praised for its “epic” scenery with Bamburgh Castle looming above the golden sands.

However, none of Lancashire’s seaside locations made it anywhere near the top 10, let alone the pinnacle of the top 5.

Blackpool, Fleetwood, Morecambe and even nearby Southport all featuring in the bottom 15 of resorts ranked.

Blackpool scored just 1 out of 5 for its scenery and peace and quiet, although it did gain 4 out of 5 for its range of attractions and 3 out of 5 for its beach.

Morecambe recorded 3 out of 5’s for both scenery and peace and quiet but just 1 out of 5 for attractions.

Fleetwood featured on the list but no star ratings were provided for each section.

Southport meanwhile recorded 2 out of 5’s in four areas with a 3 out of 5 for peace and quiet.

Rory Boland, editor of Which? Travel, said: “The results of our survey show that bigger is rarely better, with smaller, less crowded resorts taking the top spots over better-known destinations.”

What do you think? Which beach will you be heading to this year? Have your say in the comments.

The 20 worst seaside resorts according to Which?

1 Skegness, Lincolnshire – 48 points

2 Weston-super-Mare, Somerset – 55

3 Ilfracombe, Devon – 56

4 Margate, Kent – 57

5 Lowestoft, Suffolk – 57

=6 Worthing, West Sussex – 58

=6 Morecombe, Lancashire – 58

=6 Great Yarmouth, Norfolk – 58

=6 Colwyn Bay – 58

=6 Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset – 58

=7 Fleetwood, Lancashire – 59

=7 Blackpool, Lancashire – 59

=8 Southport, Merseyside – 60

=8 Newquay, Cornwall – 60

=8 New Brighton, Merseyside – 60

9 Bridlington, East Yorkshire – 61

10 Littlehampton, West Sussex – 62

11 Hunstanton, Norfolk – 63

=12 Ramsgate, Kent – 64

=12 Folkestone, Kent – 64

The 20 best seaside resorts in the UK

1 Bamburgh, Northumberland – 85 points

= 2 Dartmouth, Devon – 84

= 2 Tynemouth, Northumberland -84

3 St Andrews, Fife, Scotland – 83

4 Aberaeron, Ceredigion, Wales – 82

5 North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland – 81

6 Rye, East Sussex – 81

7 Filey, North Yorkshire – 80

=8 Southwold, Suffolk – 80

=8 St Davids, Pembrokeshire, Wales – 80

=8 Swanage, Dorset – 80

= 9 Beer, Devon – 79

=9 Conwy, Conwy – 79

=9 Criccieth, Gwynedd – 79

=9 Sidmouth, Devon – 79

=9 Tenby, Pembrokeshire – 79

= 10 Aldeburgh, Suffolk -78

= 10 Megavissey, Cornwall – 78

=10 Saltburn-by-the-sea, North Yorkshire – 78

=10 Ventnor, Isle of Wight – 78

 

Place Northwest | Blackpool Decides On The Controversial Sale Of Stanley Park

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Place Northwest | Blackpool Decides On The Controversial Sale Of Stanley Park

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The 18-hole golf course and club were founded in 1926

The council will decide on Wednesday whether or not part of the Stanley Park Golf Club will be sold to the leisure operator United Kingdom Adventure Parks after a previous disposal approval decision was overturned.

UKAP plans to build an outlet for Adrenalin World. An entertainment center brand run by mogul tennis player David Lloyd and 250 cabins in part of the land currently occupied by the golf course.

The development would result in the 18-hole golf course founded in 1926 being cut in half.

Blackpool Council executive voted in July to sell 39 acres to UKAP, a subsidiary of real estate investor Holmes Investment Properties.

Cllr Neal Brooks was in favor of land clearance at the time, but warned that the Council could be viewed as “bad guys” by some members of the public in taking this step.

Brooks argued that the local council had “propped up” the golf course for years and that redevelopment of the land would provide an opportunity to advance a “viable endeavor” on the property.

At a meeting of Blackpool’s tourism, business and Communities Audit Committee Following the initial approval of the land sale earlier this summer, it was decided that the plans had been “poorly consulted” and that the Executive Committee had failed to address concerns from residents.

Committee chairman Martin Mitchell said: “I am not convinced that the executive branch has taken all relevant arguments into account. If [the decision] Referring to the full council will allow all issues to be fully considered. “

A decision to sell the property will be voted on by all of Blackpool’s 42 councilors this week. A petition against the sale of the property received 8,000 signatures but was ignored by the council last year.

Liverpool-based architect Ryder Architecture and Manchester-based consultancy Hydrock, along with planning consultant Iceni Projects, are on the project team for the proposed leisure program.

UKAP is expected to sign a lease between 99 and 125 years, according to the head of the Regeneration Council.

Blackpool Rock Gin: The story behind the seaside inspired drink enjoyed by Jean-Christophe Novelli

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Blackpool Rock Gin expertly distilled and handcrafted in Lancashire and can be found in many of the resort’s bars, pubs and restaurants

Blackpool Rock Gin is inspired by the seaside
Blackpool Rock Gin is inspired by the seaside (Image: Blackpool Rock Gin)

Blackpool Rock Gin has become a well-loved brand not only in the town’s local bars, pubs and restaurants but also in other parts of the UK and further afield.

The truly Lancashire gin is the only one of its kind to actually use its product, i.e. a stick of Blackpool Rock, within the drink and not simply use flavouring as is with the case with many other flavoured gins.

The idea for the pink gin came about around three years ago by founders Simon, now aged 48, and Jay now aged 37.

Simon, born on the Fylde coast, has spent over 30 years in the drinks industry supporting national and international gin brands and distillers achieving many multiple international awards.

Jay, who lives in Lytham St Annes with his young family, is a design expert with his own marketing and web design agency.

He supports many local businesses across the North West working predominantly in the hospitality space.

The original Blackpool Rock Gin along side the 125th Limited Edition bottle
The original Blackpool Rock Gin along side the 125th Limited Edition bottle (Image: Blackpool Rock Gin)

One evening the pair were out drinking gin on a terrace in Lytham discussing life when the idea was born.

Jay said: “Simon asked me how work was going, and I basically said I was fed up with making successful brands and products for people.

“Simon, as ex senior manager of one of the largest distilleries in Europe, had said that people had kept asking him to create his own gin. At the time gin had really taken off and the industry was booming so we got to thinking of what we could do ourselves.

“Blackpool really enjoys its nostalgia so we immediately thought of Blackpool Rock. We also wanted to do something no one else had done too and actually have the real product in the drink.

“From that point we set about trying to make that happen.”

"Seaside poster" for Blackpool Rock Gin
“Seaside poster” for Blackpool Rock Gin (Image: Blackpool Rock Gin)

The two were to find out that the unique process this involves would be much more complicated than trying to dissolve a stick of rock within the gin.

They therefore enlisted the help of one of the oldest Blackpool rock factories in the town.

After much fine filtering and technical wizardry the results that came was a lovely, subtle sweet, original pink gin.

The drink is now expertly distilled and hand crafted using 10 premium botanicals and the base gin is made to the London dry standard and the single sourced spirit is produced in Lancashire.

Truly a craft gin, the pair painstakingly hand label and bottle every gin themselves.

Blackpool Rock Gin is a true Lancashire gin
Blackpool Rock Gin is a true Lancashire gin (Image: Blackpool Rock Gin)

Jay said: “There is sometimes a concern that because Blackpool Rock is used it’s going to really sweet almost like a liqueur.

“It’s very subtle however – if you mix it with lemonade it really brings out the sweetness and if you mix it with tonic it tastes truly like a dry gin.

“There can be a little bit of stuffiness within the gin world and we don’t really enter competitions. Simon has done all that and, given his expertise, he says with all honesty that this gin is one of the best he’s ever produced.

“As someone from Lytham I know sometimes there can be a little bit of snobbery towards Blackpool too however we know how great and unique the town is.

“The Blackpool community is like no other and the support we’ve had from locals and businesses has been overwhelming.

“Some gin makers have all kinds of funding to help them make their products however we have created and nurtured this ourselves without any support.

Jay (left) and Simon (right) with Jean-Christophe Novelli
Jay (left) and Simon (right) with Jean-Christophe Novelli (Image: Blackpool Rock Gin)

The collaboration between the two local lads is why the pink gin has proved so successful.

Simon is responsible for making the gin and handcrafts each and every batch himself and Jay brings the creative side to the business which is everything from the label on the bottle to the website.

As part of the original marketing of the gin, and inspired by the seaside, the pair managed to source some original Blackpool deck chairs and re-upholstered them in the brands colours to take pictures.

Since the offset the gin makers have set out to challenge the regular outlook of a start-up gin business and created a contemporary spirit that was fun and approachable that would bring new drinkers into the gin category.

In order to do this, Jay has always kept his finger on the pulse by keeping up with the latest trends, events and venues so the drink can be enjoyed by a full spectrum of visitors.

A fan of Star Wars, he didn’t miss a opportunity to mark May 4th this week by decanting his pink gin into a Storm Trooper bottle his nephew bought him – which made for a striking picture.

So much so the pair have been inundated with questions asking who designed the bottle. Although Jay didn’t, it would be something he’d love to do if it was made possible.

To celebrate 125 years of incredible innovation in the town and the birthday of Blackpool Pleasure beach, Blackpool Rock Gin also launched its ‘Limited Edition 125 Years London Dry Gin’ made from the premium 10 botanical base recipe.

Blackpool Rock Gin marked May 4 by decanting its product into a Storm Trooper bottle

Blackpool Rock Gin marked May 4 by decanting its product into a Storm Trooper bottle (Image: Blackpool Rock Gin)

This limited edition has 125 numbered bottles which have been designed and produced in its inaugural year.

Showcasing the true heart of Blackpool Rock gin, this version highlights the wonderful single source British spirit and the fantastic botanicals within it.

The original pink gin has found its way to places like Scotland and Brighton and even Jean-Christophe Novelli has enjoyed a tipple.

The recent pandemic has proved difficult, as it has for so many other businesses, however there are exciting new plans in place for the Blackpool gin including working with the team at Blackpool Rocks for their Blackpool Rock Returns event.

As always, Jay and Simon also have ideas for Blackpool inspired products to come and plans for tasting events.

For more information, please visit the Blackpool Rock Gin website here.

Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach’s Hot Ice returns with new ‘Euphoria’ show

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Hot Ice is described as “a dream that is brought to life by the stunning lighting that reflects the mood and magnificence of each scene”.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach's Hot Ice Show
Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Hot Ice Show (Image: Blackpool Pleasure Beach’)

Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Hot Ice show has announced it is set to return with a new show called Euphoria.

The show, which is the world’s longest running ice show, opens for the summer season on July 8 and runs until September 11 2021

This year’s show features everything that is hot in ice skating with the very best performers from around the world taking to the ice in over 400 stunning costumes to a collection of mesmerising music, state-of-the-art lighting system and explosive pyrotechnic fire effects.

This years’ new production ‘Euphoria’ has been described as a ‘fast-moving live performance’, which promises to keep the audience sitting on the edge of their seats.

Hot Ice is described as “a dream that is brought to life by the stunning lighting that reflects the mood and magnificence of each scene”.

Amanda Thompson OBE has been both producer and director of the Hot Ice Show for over 20 years.

In 2005 she also took over as managing director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach and has managed to successfully combine the two major and demanding roles.

The show is choreographed by Oula Jaaskelainen, a former Olympic athlete and Hot Ice cast member, who creates excitement by encouraging the performers to skate at high speeds with intricate footwork and spine-tingling jumps.

Created by the talented Pleasure Beach Wardrobe Team, the show’s breath-taking costumes are some of the best to see anywhere in the theatre world.

One of the world-class Skaters at Blackpool Pleasure Beach's Hot Ice Show
One of the world-class Skaters at Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Hot Ice Show (Image: Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

Hot Ice has always boasted some of the world’s best skaters with numerous national, world and Olympic champions performing at the event since its inception.

Anyone purchasing tickets in May for shows between July 9 and 23 can get a discount on all seats, excluding standing, on either evening or matinee shows.

Evening shows get £5 off with the code EVENING5OFF and matinee shows get £2 off with the code MATINEE2OFF.

Anyone booking tickets in May for performances on selected dates in July can also get a great money off deal.