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NHS nurses brave the cold waters to raise money for Cancer Research UK

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Two nurses have endured a chilling November to help raise money to tackle cancer.

 

Anne and Pia taking on the cold water on a farm

Anne and Pia taking on the cold water on a farm

The NHS workers from Lytham have taken part in a 30 day ‘Cold Water Challenge’ in order to raise money for Cancer Research

Anne Antkin, 59 and Pia Ashton, 56, are currently into their fourth week of the challenge and took on the feat in honour of their friends who suffer from Cancer.

The pair travel to different bodies of water every morning before work, and endure the freezing temperatures.

Lancashire Fire Services even offered to help

Lancashire Fire Services even offered to help

They swam in the sea, had a dip in a a cow trough, and a scrubbing at a fire station car wash and much more to raise money for a good cause.

Anne currently works as a Practice Nurse at Adelaide Street Surgery and Pia works with the vaccine programme in the Lytham Community. They both live on Warton Street.

The duo have had a huge following on social media, earning over 120,000 views on YouTube, and post regular updates on their Facebook pages everyday.

They originally set a goal of £150, and have raised, as of the time of writing, £8074.53 plus £1493.14 from Gift Aid, over 5383 per cent over their initial target.
The pair are currently into their final week of the challenge

The pair are currently into their final week of the challenge

They said: “The reason we embarked on this challenge was for our friends in the Lytham community. As nurses, we see cancer patients all the time, but when it hits friends and family we felt we needed to do our bit.

“Our favourite part of the challenge is getting the whole of the community involved and obviously the health benefits of swimming in ice cold water.”

 

 

Festive food-bank appeal was a success, said Blackpool presenter Hayley Kay

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BBC Lancashire’s Hayley Kay was ‘blown away’ by food bank donations at The Sandcastle Waterpark event

 

Organisers were ‘blown away’ by generosity at a food bank Christmas appeal this weekend.

The eighth annual Locals Helping Locals for Christmas event took place on November 26 at the Sandcastle Waterpark, when kind-hearted people brought bags of food while being treated to live festive music.

BBC radio Lancashire presenter, Hayley Kay, organised the event. She said: “I have once again been left speechless by the generosity of the Fylde Coast. The event was a huge success.”

L-R Angela Molyneux from Locals Helping Locals, Bev Lucas CEO of the BPL food bank, Neil Reid Chair of the BPL food bank, Hayley Kay from Locals Helping Locals & Mark Wilkins Marketing Manager from Sandcastle Waterpark.

L-R Angela Molyneux from Locals Helping Locals, Bev Lucas CEO of the BPL food bank, Neil Reid Chair of the BPL food bank, Hayley Kay from Locals Helping Locals & Mark Wilkins Marketing Manager from Sandcastle Waterpark.

Donations came from individuals and local businesses, including the Sandcastle Waterpark, Hy Hotels, Blackpool Sixth Form and the Friends of Solaris Centre.

Neil Reid, Chair of the Blackpool Food Bank, said ‘These items will go such a long way in helping the most vulnerable in our community over the next few months. Thank you to everyone who has donated and supported this event.’

Hayley Kay launches festive appeal for Blackpool Food Bank

Blackpool born Hayley said; “Blackpool people need very little encouragement to give back to the community. The food bank is crucial in our community, especially this year. Nobody likes to think of people in their town struggling.”

More details, photographs and videos are available on our Facebook page ‘Locals Helping Locals at Christmas’

 

Boris has ‘sold out the north with dementia tax and Northern Power lie’, Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner claims during visit to Blackpool

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Boris Johnson has ‘sold out the north with the dementia tax’ and the Northern Powerhouse is a ‘lie’, Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner claimed during a visit to Blackpool.

 

Speaking at her party’s North West Conference yesterday, the Ashton under Lyne MP accused the Prime Minister of failing to deliver after it was announced last week that the eastern leg of HS2 between the Midlands and Leeds would be cut, while a promised Northern Powerhouse Rail link between Leeds and Manchester would run partly on existing tracks.

The Government defended the plans, saying they would provide faster journeys and more train capacity.

In a speech, Ms Rayner called the plans a “disgraceful sell-out”, and the Northern Powerhouse itself “a lie”.

“We’ve got the jobs of the future right here in the North but our transport links are still stuck in the last century,” she said.

There was also outrage across the political spectrum last week over the news that a planned cap on social care costs would be less generous than expected.

MPs criticised the change to the £86,000 cap to only include individual payments, and not the contributions of local authorities, because it will cost poorer recipients more in assets than the wealthy.

Downing Street initially declined to say whether the reforms would fulfil a Tory pledge at the last general election to guarantee “nobody needing care should be forced to sell their home to pay for it”.

Angela Rayner speaking during a Labour conference in Blackpool on Saturday, November 27, 2021 (Picture: Dan Martino for The Gazette)

Angela Rayner speaking during a Labour conference in Blackpool on Saturday, November 27, 2021 (Picture: Dan Martino for The Gazette)

But Mr Johnson apparently downgraded the commitment last week, telling his Cabinet “no-one will be forced to sell a home they or their spouse is living in as it will not be counted as an asset”, according to No 10’s account of the meeting.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman insisted the policy was the “correct approach” when asked if the remark was an admission some may have to sell their homes to pay for care.

But Ms Rayner said the reforms, dubbed a “working class dementia tax” by Labour, are equivalent to “robbing Ashton to protect Ashford” and “hammering Hyde to help out Henley”.

“It will force pensioners in the North and pensioners on the lowest incomes and with the least wealth to sell their homes. And ministers are doing this to protect millionaires in their mansions in London and the South East,” she said.

Angela Rayner poses inside the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on Saturday, November 27, 2021 (Picture: Dan Martino for The Gazette)

Angela Rayner poses inside the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on Saturday, November 27, 2021 (Picture: Dan Martino for The Gazette)

“This con will hammer people living in houses worth less than £186,000. There are 107 constituencies in the north of England where the average house price is less than £186,000. There are zero in London and the South East.

“So let’s call this what it is. This is an inheritance tax on the North. This is an inheritance tax on the poorest pensioners to protect the wealth of millionaires.”

And speaking to The Gazette, Ms Rayner said: “We are trying to hold the Government to account.

“People across the North West are really angry they thought he would deliver and he hasn’t.

“Boris Johnson has lied to the people of the North East and West just like he lied about Brexit.

“He isn’t fit for purpose as a Prime Minister.”

She said the government was also ignoring communities across Lancashire and the small cities and towns of the North struggling with rail infrastructure that is still “stuck in the last century”.

A Government spokesperson said: “Our £96 billion investment into the railways of the north and Midlands is an ambitious and deliverable plan to transform journeys and bring benefits 10 years sooner than under previous plans.

“Sticking dogmatically to previous plans would see passengers waiting decades for change, and condemn many communities to no improvements at all.

“Instead, we are delivering Northern Powerhouse Rail, which will see high-speed services running from Manchester to Leeds in around 33 minutes, from Liverpool to Manchester in around 35 minutes, double capacity to Leeds and more than treble capacity to Liverpool. We’ve also committed £200 million to look at the most effective way to run HS2 trains to Leeds and start work on a new West Yorkshire metro system.

“This record investment will bring communities of all sizes across the North and Midlands closer together, create jobs and genuinely rebalance opportunity across this country.”

 

 

Campaigners challenge council claims over Anchorsholme sea defences

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Campaigners who are calling for repairs to be made to Anchorsholme sea defences have hit back at council claims the wall is holding firm.

 

John McNicholas and Paul Hewitt, who run the Sea Defence FY5 Facebook page updating residents on the situation, say their concerns are the result of “regular observations”.

They warn “collapse of the wall is inevitable” as water ingress weakens the structure and creates voids inside, and add they “cannot agree with the conclusions drawn by the recent council inspection”.

They say stainless steel tubes were due to be inserted into the £27m wall in May 2020 by contractor Balfour Beatty “to assist drainage” but this has not yet been done.

Anchorsholme sea defences

Anchorsholme sea defences

Mr McNicholas of Bispham, and Mr Hewitt of Anchorsholme, add: “The council admit that as we approach together the eighth year of this alleged two year project, Balfour Beatty are now engaged in a 12 month survey to assess the walls problems.

“Clearly the matter is far from being resolved by any 12 month survey as the last six years of on and off repairs and remedial works bear testimony to.”

Earlier this month John Blackledge, Blackpool Council’s director for community and environmental services, said inspections in July and October did “not show any visible signs of deterioration to the sea wall or highway and it is providing a significant barrier to potential flooding.”

He said the sea defences were designed to let tidal and ground water into and out of the structure.

Mr Blackledge said Balfour Beatty had begun a 12 month assessment of the sea defences at the beginning of this year and the “current focus is to ensure that this drainage functions and performs reliably, and will continue to do so in the long term.”

Anchorsholme ward councillors Tony Williams and Paul Galley have also raised concerns about erosion of the sea wall at Anshorsholme which was finished in 2017.

 

 

Case for improving South Fylde rail line through Lytham and Blackpool Pleasure Beach is presented to Government

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A report commissioned to look at options to improve train services on the South Fylde line has been presented to the Department for Transport.

 

Fylde Council has submitted detailed findings which explore steps to improve local transport including the possibility of delivering half-hourly services between Blackpool South and Preston, along with measures that improve the reliability and punctuality of the service.

The South Fylde line, which goes through Lytham, St Annes and Blackpool Pleasure Beach, was reduced to a single track from Kirkham in the early 1980s and the report recommends the construction of a ‘passing loop’ which would double the service from the current one train per hour.

The report also identifies a range of other measures to improve the service including upgrading the level crossings at Moss Side as well as considering the South Fylde Line as a ‘test bed’ for the affordable electrification of secondary railway lines.

A South Fylde Line train at St Annes station

A South Fylde Line train at St Annes station

 

In addition, the report also discusses a possible second phase of development including linking the South Fylde line to the Blackpool Tramway.

Among the benefits expected from the improvements are increased visitor numbers to the south Fylde coast, the use of sustainable, decarbonised transport and tackling deprivation through better access to education and job opportunities as well as encouraging new businesses and tourism.

If the Department of Transport decides to take the ideas forward, a further detailed report may be commissioned to assess which options should be funded and delivered.

Known as the South Fylde Line Strategic Outline Business Case, the 55-page report identifies a wide range of issues associated with transport and connectivity.

It was commissioned after Mark Menzies, MP for Fylde, and Scott Benton, MP for Blackpool South, successfully secured funding from Round 2 of the UK Government’s Restoring Your Railway Ideas Fund.

The report, which also includes making Moss Side a ‘request stop’, identifies key transport problems on the South Fylde line including low service frequency, unreliability, long journey times, lack of capacity at peak times and the need to change at Preston for longer train journeys.

It also recognises the high levels of car use in south Fylde, which causes congestion and parking pressures, as well as the wider impact of transport on employment, education, tourism and commercial development opportunities as well as on people’s health, the environment and local communities.

During the research, local residents, businesses, tourism bodies, rail industry representatives and public sector organisations were consulted for their views.

In a survey of Fylde residents and rail users, 84 per cent said they did not use the train service as often as they would like because of services being cancelled, punctuality and because trains were sometimes terminated before reaching their end destination.

Coun Karen Buckley, leader of Fylde Council, said: “This report is the first stage of looking at how to improve journey times, reliability and punctuality along the South Fylde line.

“It identifies the transport problems, sets out the transport objectives and has shaped a phased package of improvements to public transport in the south Blackpool and south Fylde areas.

“The study also considers the wider impact of transport problems on society as well as Government aspirations to promote ‘levelling-up’ and net zero emissions by 2050.

“The completion of this report is an extremely positive first step and we have now presented these findings to the Department for Transport for further consideration.”

Mr Benton said: “This project would make a real improvement to the transport network in Blackpool South and could double the number of trains which come into our stations.

“This will make it easier for people to travel here and boost our local economy, helping to create more investment and jobs. It will help drive more visitors into our tourism economy including through the station serving Blackpool Pleasure Beach, one of the country’s best and biggest tourism attractions.”

Mr Menzies said: “Delivering a passing loop is crucial if we are to improve rail services on the South Fylde line.

“Doubling the frequency will help drive economic growth, making it easier for people to reach businesses across Fylde by rail, encouraging people out of their cars and onto the train.

“We need a more regular, more reliable service and that is precisely what these proposals will deliver.

“The conclusions of this business case support the passing loop scheme Scott Benton and I have been proposing and this is an important step towards making that a reality.”

The £65,000 report was funded by the Department for Transport with match funding from Community Rail Lancashire, which secured a grant through the Community Rail Development Fund, Lancashire County Council, Blackpool Council and Fylde Council.

The studies were overseen by a project group including representatives of local Members of Parliament, the Department for Transport, Network Rail, Northern Trains, Community Rail Lancashire, Lancashire County Council, Blackpool Council and Fylde Council.

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The Blackpool home with an indoor swimming pool and rooftop garden perfect for summer by the sea

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Described as an “outstanding large residence”, the home sits in secluded grounds and is around 3300 square feet

 

The exterior of the Sixth Avenue house in Blackpool
The exterior of the Sixth Avenue house in Blackpool (Image: RightMove)

Sitting behind electronic gates is an amazing five bedroom detached house on Sixth Avenue, Blackpool up for sale at £650,000.

Described as an “outstanding large residence”, the home sits in secluded grounds and boasts a swimming pool, sauna, shower, cinema room and gym.

Comprising of around 3300 square feet, the property also has a hallway, cloaks, WC, lounge and open plan living kitchen diner.

The lounge has parquet flooring, a fireplace with log burning stove and double glazed windows with doors that lead through to the gymnasium.

The gym then has double glazed surrounding windows and double doors that lead through to the swimming pool complex and rear garden.

Swimming pool complex with double glazed doors

A look inside the Blackpool house with swimming pool, sauna, cinema room and gym for £650k

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The swimming pool complex is a bright room with three large windows to the rear and two sets of doors with side panel windows which lead through to the gym.

The study dining room also has double glazed doors to rear garden.

The large open plan living/kitchen/diner area has a range of fitted wall and base units with a breakfast bar with electric double oven with a 5 ring hob and extractor hood, integrated fridge, freezer and fridge freezer.

Cinema room showing "Rambo"
Cinema room showing “Rambo” (Image: RightMove)

The cinema room has an electric blackout blind to a double glazed window and the gym has double glazed surrounding windows and double doors that lead through to the swimming pool complex and rear garden.

There is also a ceiling lantern window, heated pool, sauna, shower room, boiler room and non slip tiled flooring.

On the first floor are five bedrooms, two en suite and a family shower room.

There is also a roof garden laid with synthetic turf set in large landscaped grounds with a detached annexe in the grounds comprising a spacious lounge, bedroom and shower room.

Outside are extensive lawned gardens to the sides and rear with mature trees, shrubs and bushes.

To the front there is also ‘Crete Print’ front garden and a timber decked patio area.

To find out more about this amazing property, please visit the Right Move listing here.

 

 

Storm Arwen: Huge Christmas trees outside Sainsbury’s and in the town centre toppled and buildings damaged as winds batters Blackpool and Lancashire

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The winds from Storm Arwen have quietened down after a rough night in Lancashire, leaving residents and businesses to count the cost of the damage.

 

Gusts of up to 60mph yesterday saw the Prom in Blackpool shut after a building crumbled as tourists inside scrambled to safety at around 5.40pm.

The resort’s large Christmas trees in Talbot Square, outside Sainsbury’s, and in St John’s Square, were both toppled, as were ‘snow-topped’ trees placed in front of the Tower for the Winter Wonderland festivities, which were called off.

The tree in St John’s Square was this morning being removed by workers.

The large Christmas tree outside Sainsbury's and the council offices in Talbot Square was downed by Storm Arwen on Friday, November 26, 2021 (Picture: Darren Nelson)

The large Christmas tree outside Sainsbury’s and the council offices in Talbot Square was downed by Storm Arwen on Friday, November 26, 2021 (Picture: Darren Nelson)

There was drama in Bispham Road, Cleveleys, at around 8.55pm while firefighters removed 15 metres of loose signage from a ‘dangerous’ building.

Around 20 minutes later, fire crews were called to Westgate Road, near Blackpool Airport in South Shore, and taped off a footpath while they removed loose tiles from a rooftop.

Elsewhere in the county, two people were hurt after a tree fell on their car in Higham at 10.40pm. They had to be cut out the stricken motor. The extent of their injuries was unknown this morning.

A Lancaster man was killed when a tree fell on him in Ambleside at 11pm, Cumbria Police said.
Bricks fell from a building on Blackpool's Promenade during Storm Arwen on Friday, November 26, 2021 (Picture: Darren Nelson)

Bricks fell from a building on Blackpool’s Promenade during Storm Arwen on Friday, November 26, 2021 (Picture: Darren Nelson)

Police and other agencies were still at the scene, in Vicarage Road, this morning as the tree remains in a dangerous position, and people were asked to avoid the area until it is made safe.

Tens of thousands of people across the north west lost power overnight, Electricity North West, which put 70 extra workers on stand-by, said.

Around 140 in Lancashire were still affected by 8.30am, with engineers unable to climb poles to repair damage due to the strong winds.

“Last night’s conditions were treacherous and extremely severe with debris and falling trees damaging a large number of overhead power lines, mainly in Cumbria and Lancashire,” Clive Wilkinson from the power firm said.

Homes in New Longton, a village four miles outside Preston, were among those without power as residents woke up this morning.

The Met Office said wind speeds hit 98mph, albeit in Northumberland, which was one of the eastern areas covered by the forecaster’s rare ‘red’ weather warning, which expired in the early hours of today.

In Northern Ireland, a man was killed when his car was hit by a falling tree, while roads were also closed by fallen debris in the worst-hit parts of Scotland.

Train services north of Newcastle also ground to a halt, while trams in Blackpool were axed along the town centre stretch of track.

ITV bosses were forced to pre-record last night’s live episode of I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! in North Wales amid concerns, including that poor weather would interfere with the broadcast around Gwrych Castle.

Last night’s rugby union Premiership game between Newcastle Falcons and Worcester Warriors was also postponed due to safety concerns.

Meanwhile ScotRail services were disrupted between Edinburgh and Glasgow Queen Street, Dunblane and Stirling after a barn was blown onto the line close to Polmont, near Falkirk.

The Met Office described the conditions as “horrendous” and people also reported power cuts.

Northern Powergrid said severe gales had caused power cuts for more than 55,000 customers, mainly in the Northumberland, County Durham and Tyne and Wear areas.

Footage showed howling winds whipping up the North Sea in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, and snowfall elsewhere, including in Redcar, Yorkshire, and Whitley Bay, Northumberland.

North West Motorway Police said around 120 lorries were “stuck in the snow” on the M62 at junctions 21 and 22 and urged motorists to avoid the area.

Tweeting pictures of the motorway blanketed in white, they said snow ploughs had been deployed.

A Met Office statement said: “People should stay away from the coast as waves and debris are a danger to life.”

A less severe ‘yellow’ weather warning was due to remain in place across much of the UK until 6pm, while cold weather was expected until Monday.

 

 

Phil Walker’s delight that his appearance at Bobby Ball tribute gig to be followed by tour with Jason Manford

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Lytham funnyman Phil Walker had the perfect follow-up to a dream appearance on the Blackpool bill paying tribute to legend Bobby Ball – the opportunity to tour with another of his favourite comedians, Jason Manford.

 

Phil said he was “very emotional” at taking to the stage of the Blackpool Opera House earlier this month for the Bobby Ball Foundation’s Rock On Variety Show, which was hosted by Jason and saw a host of stars, including Tommy Cannon, performing in tribute to Bobby, who died last year, aged 76, after contracting coronavirus.

That night, and the ball which followed in the Empress Ballroom 24 hours later, raised around £150,000, which will be split between the Blue Skies Hospital Appeal at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and the Love Lowther appeal to refurbish Lytham’s theatre, as well as ensuring a statue of Bobby will be placed in Lowther Gardens.

Phil hosts regular Woofers comedy club sessions at Lowther Pavilion, with the latest coming up tonight, and Bobby provided great encouragement, regularly dropping in to check out the gigs and have a chat.

“It was an honour and a privilege to share the Opera House stage with many other talented entertainers to celebrate the life and legacy of dear friend Bobby,” said Phil.

“One of my favourite memories of Bobby was when he invited me to his house and gave me a comedy panto masterclass for the whole afternoon – a priceless memory that I will cherish forever.

“It was amazing that £150,000 has been raised and I was Incredibly lucky to be able to perform in such a beautiful theatre in front of 3,000 people,

“I came off stage on such a high but of course great sadness that Bobby is no longer with us.

“The very next day, I was thrilled to see a social media post from Jason Manford saying ‘If you look in your local comedy club listings and ever see @Philwalkercomic listed – get a ticket. One of the funniest acts out there. Great to work with him again’.

“That made my day, but then to get a call asking would I like to join him on some of his tour dates in 2022 just blew my mind.

“To top my weekend off, me and my good friend Steve Royle headed off to London to perform in David Slattery-Christy’s Naturally Insane, a play about the late, great panto star Dan Leno, which was staged in Lytham in the summer.

“Performing two shows at the Criterion Theatre, Leicester Square alongside Steve, John Thomson, Neil Rowland, Janet Maher and Nicole Violet will be something I will remember for ever.”

Phil can be seen in pantomime this festive season playing Silly Simon in Robin Hood Phil can be seen in pantomime playing Silly Simon in Robin Hood alongside Tristan Gemmill, Matthew Kelly, Matt Terry, Jodie Prenger and Flawless from December 11 to January 9.

But first, it’s the final Woofers comedy session of the year at Lowther on Thursday, November 25, with Phil he compere and featuring Marcus Birdman, Nina Gilligan and Eddie Brimson. Ticket details at www.lowtherpavillion.co.uk

 

 

Storm Arwen: Christmas tree in Blackpool town centre hauled away by workers after being wrecked by 60mph winds

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The large Christmas tree in Blackpool town centre was this morning removed after being wrecked by Storm Arwen.

 

Workers were spotted hauling branches away from St John’s Square, loading them onto a flatbed truck after 60mph winds toppled the festive attraction.

It comes after 60mph winds yesterday, which saw the Prom in Blackpool shut after a building crumbled as tourists inside scrambled to safety at around 5.40pm.

Another Christmas tree in Bickerstaffe Square, outside Sainsbury’s, was also blown over, as were ‘snow-topped’ trees placed in front of the Tower for the Winter Wonderland festivities, which were called off.

Picture: Dan Martino

Picture: Dan Martino

There was drama in Bispham Road, Cleveleys, at around 8.55pm while firefighters removed 15 metres of loose signage from a ‘dangerous’ building.

Around 20 minutes later, fire crews were called to Westgate Road, near Blackpool Airport in South Shore, and taped off a footpath while they removed loose tiles from a rooftop.

Elsewhere in the county, two people were hurt after a tree fell on their car in Higham at 10.40pm. They had to be cut out the stricken motor. The extent of their injuries was unknown this morning.

A Lancaster man was killed when a tree fell on him in Ambleside at 11pm, Cumbria Police said.

Picture: Dan Martino

Picture: Dan Martino

Police and other agencies were still at the scene, in Vicarage Road, this morning as the tree remains in a dangerous position, and people were asked to avoid the area until it is made safe.

Tens of thousands of people across the north west lost power overnight, Electricity North West, which put 70 extra workers on stand-by, said.

Around 140 in Lancashire were still affected by 8.30am, with engineers unable to climb poles to repair damage due to the strong winds.

“Last night’s conditions were treacherous and extremely severe with debris and falling trees damaging a large number of overhead power lines, mainly in Cumbria and Lancashire,” Clive Wilkinson from the power firm said.

Picture: Dan Martino

Picture: Dan Martino

Homes in New Longton, a village four miles outside Preston, were among those without power as residents woke up this morning.

The Met Office said wind speeds hit 98mph, albeit in Northumberland, which was one of the eastern areas covered by the forecaster’s rare ‘red’ weather warning, which expired in the early hours of today.

In Northern Ireland, a man was killed when his car was hit by a falling tree, while roads were also closed by fallen debris in the worst-hit parts of Scotland.

Train services north of Newcastle also ground to a halt, while trams in Blackpool were axed along the town centre stretch of track.

Picture: Dan Martino

Picture: Dan Martino

ITV bosses were forced to pre-record last night’s live episode of I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! in North Wales amid concerns, including that poor weather would interfere with the broadcast around Gwrych Castle.

Last night’s rugby union Premiership game between Newcastle Falcons and Worcester Warriors was also postponed due to safety concerns.

Meanwhile ScotRail services were disrupted between Edinburgh and Glasgow Queen Street, Dunblane and Stirling after a barn was blown onto the line close to Polmont, near Falkirk.

The Met Office described the conditions as “horrendous” and people also reported power cuts.

Northern Powergrid said severe gales had caused power cuts for more than 55,000 customers, mainly in the Northumberland, County Durham and Tyne and Wear areas.

Footage showed howling winds whipping up the North Sea in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, and snowfall elsewhere, including in Redcar, Yorkshire, and Whitley Bay, Northumberland.

Picture: Dan Martino

Picture: Dan Martino

North West Motorway Police said around 120 lorries were “stuck in the snow” on the M62 at junctions 21 and 22 and urged motorists to avoid the area.

Tweeting pictures of the motorway blanketed in white, they said snow ploughs had been deployed.

A Met Office statement said: “People should stay away from the coast as waves and debris are a danger to life.”

A less severe ‘yellow’ weather warning was due to remain in place across much of the UK until 6pm, while cold weather was expected until Monday.

Picture: Dan Martino

Picture: Dan Martino

Lottery grant kept vital coastwatch service in Fleetwood afloat during pandemic

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The pandemic hit Fleetwood’s National Coastguard Institution hard but they found a way around financing the vital service.

 

Thanks to recognition by Wyre Council as being a good cause, the service, which operates from the Coastguard Tower at Rossall Point has benefited from Wyre Community Lottery.

David Croall, secretary at NCI Fleetwood said, “We signed up with Wyre Community Lottery when it was first launched and quite frankly it has been a life saver. During the pandemic most of our normal fundraising activities, which make up the majority of our income, have had to stop. The income generated from the lottery has made all the difference.

“We rely entirely on the generosity of local people. We’ve got a lot of expensive equipment which needs to be maintained, and from time to time needs to be replaced so there is considerable expense involved in running the station.

Fleetwood National Coastwatch at Rossall Point

Fleetwood National Coastwatch at Rossall Point

“We’re very grateful to everyone who has signed up to the lottery and nominated NCI Fleetwood as their chosen cause.”

The NCI Fleetwood is open 365 days a year and their volunteers watch over vessels out at sea and people using the foreshore and the beach, reporting any incidents to the coastguard. The money received from supporters buying tickets has kept the charity afloat during the pandemic. Forty one other good local good causes have signed up and last year alone benefited from over £30,000 of funding.

Councillor Lynne Bowen, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Health and Community Engagement comments, “The local lottery was set up by Wyre Council in a bid to raise money for charities and good causes in Wyre. It is an innovative way to support these organisations, and gives local people the chance to win some great prizes.”

To buy your tickets for Wyre Community Lottery visit www.wyrelottery.co.ukCommunity groups and good causes in Wyre can still sign up to benefit from the lottery. To register call 01253 578579 or email support@wyrelottery.co.uk