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Joey Blower’s daughter in tears as the Blackpool comedian performs his last show before flying abroad for cancer treatment

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This was the emotional moment Joey Blower’s young daughter joined him on stage at his last show before cancer treatment.

 

The 58-year-old comic will fly to Prague on Monday after poignantly performing at Viva in Blackpool earlier today.

Both were clearly overwhelmed by the occasion, with four-year-old Olivia in tears as the pair hugged in front of the crowd.

Speaking to The Gazette last week, Joey said leaving his wife Nam and young daughter while he spends a month in the Czech Republic would be tough.

He said: “I have taken Olivia to nursery and picked her up every day for the last year and that time, honestly, has been so special.

“She has known Daddy is not well and I have to go away, but she thinks it is a few nights and being away for four weeks is going to be the hardest part.

“It’s heartbreaking but kids are resilient and I’m doing all this to ensure I have many years ahead with her.”

Joey, who spent years entertaining holidaymakers on North Pier and has clocked up 27 summers working the crowds, is having proton beam therapy after being diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier this year.

Olivia, four, was in tears as her dad, the resort comic Joey Blower, 58, welcomed her on stage at Viva Blackpool, at the end of his last show before flying abroad for cancer treatment in Prague, on Saturday, July 3, 2021 (Picture: Martin Bostock for The Gazette)Olivia, four, was in tears as her dad, the resort comic Joey Blower, 58, welcomed her on stage at Viva Blackpool, at the end of his last show before flying abroad for cancer treatment in Prague, on Saturday, July 3, 2021 (Picture: Martin Bostock for The Gazette)

He conceded his impending treatment is his “last and best chance” of recovering.

And he tweeted today: “I have no words for the crowd and team [at] Viva Blackpool this afternoon. I’ll see you in five weeks.

“Olivia coming on stage at the end will be my forever memory of my pre-treatment show.”

He added: “Not ashamed to say I shed a bucket full of tears today at the last show before I start treatment. The support has been remarkable and the awareness we are creating for Prostate Cancer UK is having an effect.”

Joey Blower, 58, performed his last show before flying abroad for cancer treatment in Prague, at Viva Blackpool on Saturday, July 3, 2021 (Picture: Martin Bostock for The Gazette)Joey Blower, 58, performed his last show before flying abroad for cancer treatment in Prague, at Viva Blackpool on Saturday, July 3, 2021 (Picture: Martin Bostock for The Gazette)

 

Blackpool Zoo stays silent on future of elephant breeding programme amid potential plans to ban new elephants in UK zoos

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Blackpool Zoo has refused to comment on the future of its planned elephant breeding programme in light of news that the endangered animals are likely to be banned from UK zoos by the Government.

 

Blackpool Zoo in 1979

Blackpool Zoo in 1979

It comes as the Government is set to receive the results of a report about the welfare of captive elephants, which is understood to advise against keeping the animals in zoos in the future.

Elephants already living in zoos around the country will be allowed to live out the rest of their years in captivity – but bringing in new elephants will be banned under the recommendations.

Yesterday, Blackpool Zoo declined to comment about what the plans could mean for the future of it Project Elephant breeding programme.

Blackpool Zoo's elephantsBlackpool Zoo’s elephants

The zoo welcomed its first male elephant, Emmett, to its all-female herd in October 2019, and it was hoped he would become the father to a new generation of Asian elephants.

Environment minister Zac Goldsmith told the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs had no plans to introduce a total ban on elephants in UK zoos, but did not say whether new elephants

He said: “Defra has no plans to ban the keeping of elephants in UK zoos. However… the Government commissioned an extensive piece of work to examine the conditions in which the elephants are kept, and to make reccommendations as to if and how those conditions can be improved.

“Elephants are iconic, thoughtful and highly intelligent animals, and deserve to be looked after in environments that reflect that. We have been clear that all zoo elephants must enjoy the highest possible welfare standards, and that is why we commissioned the 10-year-long report from the UK Elephant Welfare Group.

“The group has been given free reign to explore the issue and deliver whatever final recommendations they see fit, and their report will be completed this year and then considered by the UK’s Zoos Expert Committee.

“The Government will respond early next year. At this stage, I do not know what the recommendations are likely to be, but I have assured the committee that the Government will take these recommendations very seriously. In addition, and in the event that the recommendations include significant measures, the Government would consult widely with stakeholders before agreeing to them.”

Mark Jones, from international animal welfare charity Born Free, said: “There are many species that don’t belong in zoos, elephants are very much one of those species.

“It should be phased out, the needs of these very wide roaming, very complex social animals cannot be met in a captive environment.”

Blackpool Zoo is currently home to six Asian elephants: Kate, Tara, Minbu, Noorjahan, Esha and Emmett.

The £5m Project Elephant base camp, which opened in March 2018, was the biggest investment in the history of the zoo. Its indoor area is the largest elephant enclosure in the UK, with s while the outdoor area comprises of sanded areas, a bathing pool and a landscaped grass paddock.

In total, there are 51 elephants in 11 zoos in the UK, including Woburn, Whipsnade, Colchester and Chester. It has been illegal for circuses to keep elephants since January 2020.

CBeebies’ Octonauts are coming to Lancashire – Here’s how you can meet them

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You and your kids can join the intrepid Octonauts at Sea Life Centres this month.

 

he intrepid explorers from CBeebies’ Octonauts on a new deep-sea adventure at Sea Life in Blackpool, Manchester and sites nationwide from 12th June.

Young recruits and their families will begin their mission as soon as they arrive, acting as ‘captain’ for the day.

Guests will scour the site to search for Captain Barnacles, who has gone missing after an undersea storm swept him away as he checked up on local coral.

The Octonauts are coming to the north westThe Octonauts are coming to the north west

Mrs. Brown’s Boys is set for live show return to Blackpool next year

The new, young captains will collect clues to locate Barnacles, all while learning about ocean dwelling creatures, including turtles, sharks, octopuses, rays and penguins.

Every captain needs a hat, and all our explorers will receive one to make and wear (and then take home) whilst discovering the secrets of the seven seas.

On completing their mission, all recruits can claim a special certificate.

What’s more, daily entertainment at sites includes everything from Octonauts bingo and character drawing, to fancy dress mask making and even creature singalongs.

Post-mission, all honorary Octonauts are encouraged to find out about Sea Life’s many conservation programmes and other creatures of the seas.

For those looking for some extra fun and learning during their visit, creature cards with facts and activities will be available via the Sea Life website.

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Fight to save St Anne’s historic miniature railway as controversual sea wall consultation re-opens

The cherished St. Anne’s Express dates back to 1956 and is the last operational truly ‘seaside’ Miniature Railway on the Fylde Coast with direct views of the sea

Stan operating "Harry's Dream" at St Anne's miniature railway

Stan operating “Harry’s Dream” at St Anne’s miniature railway (Image: Esther Parkinson)

Fylde Council has re-opened its consultation about replacing the existing sea wall around The Island, St Anne’s which could throw the future of a much-loved attraction into jeopardy.

The authority has been looking at options and garnering public opinion about the sea defence that protects over 400 properties and businesses from coastal erosion and flooding.

The structure is almost 90 years old and approaching the end of its life expecting to last at most only another ten years.

Flooding in the area is set to increase in line with climate change predictions and its low height in comparison to the beach means overtopping and flooding regularly occurs.

Flooding over the sea wall at St Annres Lytham

Flooding over the sea wall at St Annres Lytham (Image: Fylde Council)

A new sea defence with an additional height of 2m with 1m high set back wall has been proposed which will alter the character of the existing frontage and will be a challenge to integrate into the Island site.

An overall vision for the Island Site and St Anne’s Town Centre is being developed however due to the real risk of flooding and structural failure the council are looking at a solution for now.

The Environment Agency (EA) is prepared to make further funds available to develop a sea wall replacement scheme which Fylde Council has said it is now in a position to contribute towards however may not be able to in the future.

After consultations with stakeholders it was agreed that a buff-coloured stepped revetment would be the best option for its efficacy similar to the new sea defence at Fairhaven and Granny’s Bay.

Erosion of current sea wall at The Island, St Anne’s (Image: Fylde Council)

To accommodate the extra height however, the new defence will have to extend out to sea meaning it will be impossible to re-instate the existing amenities on the landward side which includes beach huts, golf course and miniature railway.

After further meetings with stakeholders, other more expensive options were discussed along with choices that may detrimentally affect marine life.

Out of eight options the one that was recommended was to build out towards the sea 7m from the toe of the existing sea defence which would be deemed acceptable by environmental groups and would be affordable and likely to get approved.

The proposal would mean the beach huts and the golf course are displaced but reinstated however the miniature railway could not be retained in its current form.

This has sparked a heated debate and when the Public Consultation information on the preferred option was published on Friday, May 14 ,it had to be closed again on Monday, May 17, due to an overwhelming response.

The council and stakeholders have continued to discuss how to come up with a compromise and the consultation has now been relaunched with comments needed by June 9.

Throughout this local people, and visitors, have got to work in order to save the mini train and a Facebook group, created only two weeks ago under ‘Save St Anne’s Railway!’ has gained over 2000 members .

Stan operating "Harry's Dream" at St Anne's miniature railway

Stan operating “Harry’s Dream” at St Anne’s miniature railway (Image: Esther Parkinson)

The cherished St. Anne’s Express dates all the way back to 1956 and is the last operational truly ‘seaside’ Miniature Railway on the Fylde Coast with direct views of the sea.

It is nicknamed “Harry’s Dream” as when the business was bought in 1981, along with the blue “St Anne’s Express” engine, Harry’s dream was to own a second engine.

Although he passed before his son could fulfil this, the new engine was named in his honour.

Still owned by the Leeming family, its current owners were told of the preferred “no railway” option with a month’s notice around two weeks ago.

They have since been assured that the railway is in the authority’s preferred considerations however still feel that no concrete solution has been offered.

Various measurements of train, track and tunnels have been submitted by the owner’s for the council to consider to come up with a solution.

Since then the public have offered their overwhelming support of the historic attraction at the traditional Victorian Seaside resort with around 150 people turning out to a protest a week ago.

Pupils at St Anne’s Grammar College also came out in their numbers to support the cause.

Stuart Mann on the St Anne's Express in 1977

Stuart Mann on the St Anne’s Express in 1977 (Image: Stuart Mann)

Many generations have taken their children and grandchildren to see the locomotive which provides as much joy to those who see it as to those who ride it.

Fylde resident Stuart Mann used to visit regularly in the 1970s and said: “The miniature steam train has always been special to me and my kids love it too.

“I really do hope they can save it because without it, and the pitch and putt, and the trampolines, the seafront will lose some of its soul and history.”

Fellow supporter, Esther Parkinson from St Anne’s said: “I live in St Anne’s and have been living on the Fylde Coast for most of my life.

“The train has been an iconic part of St Anne’s for many, many years and given so much enjoyment to families and their young children.

“The Facebook campaign has gained traction very quickly which is great news for the cause.

Stuart Mann with his daughter almost over 40 years later in 2017 at St Anne's Miniature railway

Stuart Mann with his daughter almost over 40 years later in 2017 at St Anne’s Miniature railway (Image: Stuart Mann)

“I was out walking the other day and was passing the railway and thought I’d wish everyone concerned the best of luck with the future of the train!”

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Car parking in Blackpool: Where, cost, blue badge and motorhome spots and electric vehicle charging points

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The best places to park for Blackpool Pleasure Beach and other attractions – including opening times, prices, payment methods and more

West Street Car Park, Blackpool

Blackpool is fast approaching its busiest time with July being its most crowded month.

As Covid restrictions are gradually being lifted tourists will begin to flock to the area and once the summer season is over it is time for Blackpool Illuminations to take us into the darker nights of autumn.

The town has an excellent transport and tram system to get about however if you choose to drive, or need somewhere to park on arrival, it can be a little tricky to work out where.

Lancs Live has compiled a list of car parks, including multi-storeys, for reference and details such as Blue Badge spaces and parking concessions, payment methods, opening times, electric charging points and where accepts motor homes and coaches.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach has five car parks located at:

• North Car Park (Balmoral Road) – from £18 on the day, online £18 (off peak), £20 (peak) guaranteed reserved space
• East Car Park (Bond Street) – from £15.00
• Arena Car Park(Watson Road) – from £10
• West Car Park (Ocean Boulevard) – from £15.00
• Railway Station Car Park (Bond Street)

Parking facilities for disabled guests are available at all car parks. Car parking charges apply.

There are currently no parking facilities for caravans and mobile homes

Generic view of Banks Street car park (Image: Google Street View)

Blackpool Pleasure Beach now has an electric car charging point which can be used by guests. This point is located at the rear of Balmoral Road Car Park, please ask car parking attendants for directions.

There are also Pod Point Open Charge electric vehicle charging on-site for visitors.

  • – There are 2 x 7kW charging bays available.
    Each bay has a Type 2 universal socket.- It costs £1.50 per hour for 4 hours, then it is free.

Use the Pod Point Open Charge app to start charging and see live availability.
Visit Pod Point’s website for further instructions on how to use Open Charge points.

Car park closing times do vary but as a rule stay open until 10pm during the high season and 7pm during the low season and winter period.

Blackpool Council also provide car parking facilities throughout the town, including:

  • Short-stay car parks
  • Long-stay car parks
  • Coach and commercial car parks
  • Parking for motor homes
  • Parking for motorcycles

Bank Street Car Park – 24 hours – FY1 2DT

  • 16 blue badge spaces – free for 3 hours

You can use the PayByPhone app to pay for your stay in this car park, giving you complete control from your own phone.

You can download the PayByPhone app from the App Store or Google Play Store or visit the PayByPhone website. Once downloaded just enter the correct identification number for your vehicle type.

Up to 2 hours Cars £2.50
Up to 4 hours Cars £4
Up to 6 hours Cars £5
Up to 8 hours Cars £6
Up to 12 hours Cars £8
Up to 18 hours Cars £10
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20
Up to 45 minutes Coaches £2
Up to 4 hours Coaches £6
Up to 24 hours Coaches £12
Up to 48 hours Coaches £17
Up to 72 hours Coaches £20
Up to 24 hours – Winter Rate Coaches £6
Up to 12 hours Motorhomes £10
Up to 24 hours (as Coach rate) Motorhomes £12

Bethesda Road Car Park- 24 hours – FY1 5EF

  • 3 Blue badge spaces

Payment is by pay and display machines. One machine accepts credit/debit cards and coins, one accepts coins only – No change given

Up to 1 hour Cars £1
Up to 2 hours Cars £2
Up to 3 hours Cars £3
Up to 4 hours Cars £4
Up to 8 hours Cars £6
Up to 12 hours Cars £8
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

Bloomfield Park Road Car park (Seasiders Way) – 24 hours – FY1 6HX

  • 25 Blue badge spaces

Payment is by pay and display machines which accept credit/debit cards and coins – No change given

Up to 3 hours Cars £3.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £6
Up to 12 hours Cars £10
Up to 18 hours Cars £11
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

Bolton Street Car Park – 24 hours – FY1 6AA

  • 3 Blue badges spaces

Payment is by pay and display machines which accept credit/debit cards, coins, contactless- No change given

Up to 3 hours Cars £3.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £6
Up to 12 hours Cars £10
Up to 18 hours Cars £11
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

Bonny Street Car Park – 24 hours – FY1 5AR

  • 7 Blue badge spaces

Payment is by pay and display machines. Machines accepts credit/debit cards and coins, one accepts contactless – No change given

Up to 2 hours Cars £3
Up to 3 hours Cars £4.50
Up to 4 hours Cars £5.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £7.50
Up to 8 hours Cars £10
Up to 12 hours Cars £12
Up to 18 hours Cars £13
Up to 24 hours Cars £14
Up to 48 hours Cars £16
Up to 72 hours Cars £18
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

Central Car Park (Seasiders Way/Central Drive, Blackpool) – 24 hours – FY1 5QB

  • 34 Blue badge spaces

Payment is by 9 pay and display machine, all of which accept credit/debit cards and coins – No change given

4 x 22kw electric charge bays situated at the north end of the site alongside the coach drop-off/pick-up area

Cost – The charging rate is currently 30 pence per unit

Driver needs to download the EVdot app, this is the only method of payment accepted to use these charging stations

Up to 2 hours Cars £3
Up to 3 hours Cars £4.50
Up to 4 hours Cars £5.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £7.50
Up to 8 hours Cars £10
Up to 12 hours Cars £12
Up to 18 hours Cars £13
Up to 24 hours Cars £14
Up to 48 hours Cars £16
Up to 72 hours Cars £18
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

Chapel Street – 24 hours – FY1 5AW

  • 9 Blue Badge spaces

Payment is by 3 pay and display machines which accept coins only – No change given

Up to 2 hours Cars £3
Up to 3 hours Cars £4.50
Up to 4 hours Cars £5.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £7.50
Up to 8 hours Cars £10
Up to 12 hours Cars £12
Up to 18 hours Cars £13
Up to 24 hours Cars £14
Up to 48 hours Cars £16
Up to 72 hours Cars £18
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

Cocker Street Blackpool – 24 hours – FY1 1RX

  • 2 Blue badge bays

Payment is by pay and display machine which accept credit/debit cards, coins, contactless- No change given

Up to 2 hours Cars £2.50
Up to 4 hours Cars £4
Up to 6 hours Cars £5
Up to 8 hours Cars £6
Up to 12 hours Cars £8
Up to 18 hours Cars £10
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

East Topping Street – 24 hours – FY1 3AS

  • 9 Blue badge spaces

Payment is by 4 pay and display machines which accept credit/debit cards – No change given.

Up to 2 hours Cars £3
Up to 3 hours Cars £4.50
Up to 4 hours Cars £5.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £7.50
Up to 8 hours Cars £10
Up to 12 hours Cars £12
Up to 18 hours Cars £13
Up to 24 hours Cars £14
Up to 48 hours Cars £16
Up to 72 hours Cars £18
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

Filey Place (Banks Street) – 24 hours – FY1 1RN

  • 4 Blue badge spaces – free for 3 hours

Payment is by pay and display machine which accept credit/debit cards, coins, contactless – No change given

Up to 4 hours Cars £5
Up to 8 hours Cars £10
Up to 12 hours Cars £12
Up to 24 hours Cars £13

Foxhall Village (Seasiders Way) – 24 hours FY1 6JX

  • 10 Blue badge spaces – free for 3 hours
  • 15 coach bays – Cars must not park in coach bays

Payment is by 3 pay and display machines which accept credit/debit cards and coins – No change given

Up to 3 hours Cars £3.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £6
Up to 12 hours Cars £10
Up to 18 hours Cars £11
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20
Up to 45 minutes Coaches £2
Up to 4 hours Coaches £6
Up to 24 hours Coaches £12
Up to 48 hours Coaches £17
Up to 72 hours Coaches £20
Up to 24 hours – Winter Rate Coaches £6
Up to 12 hours Motorhomes £10

Gyn Square ( Warbreck Hill Road) – 24 hours – FY1 2JR

  • 4 blue badge spaces – free for 3 hours
  • 12 coach bays – Cars must not park in coach bays

Payment is by 2 pay and display machines which accept credit/debit cards, coins, contactless – No change given

Up to 3 hours Cars £2
Up to 4 hours Cars £2.50
Up to 8 hours Cars £4
Up to 12 hours Cars £6
Up to 18 hours Cars £9
Up to 24 hours Cars £10
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20
Up to 45 minutes Coaches £2
Up to 4 hours Coaches £6
Up to 24 hours Coaches £12
Up to 48 hours Coaches £17
Up to 72 hours Coaches £20
Up to 24 hours – Winter Rate Coaches £6
Up to 12 hours Motorhomes £10

Lonsdale Road (Seasiders Way) – 24 hours – FY1 6JX

Payment is by pay and display machines which accept credit/debit cards and coins – No change given

  • 18 blue badge spaces – free for 3 hours
Up to 3 hours Cars £3.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £6
Up to 12 hours Cars £10
Up to 18 hours Cars £11
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

Lytham Road – 24 hours – FY4 1HT

  • Blue badge holders must display a clock beside their badge showing their arrival time to qualify for a 3 hour free concession.

Payment is by pay and display machine which accept credit/debit cards, coins, contactless – No change given

Up to 3 hours Cars £3.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £6
Up to 12 hours Cars £10
Up to 18 hours Cars £11
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20
Up to 12 hours Motorhomes £10

Queen Street – 24 hours – FY1 1PX

  • 1 Blue badge space

Payment is by 2 pay and display machines, one of which accepts credit/debit cards, coins, contactless – No change given

Up to 2 hours Cars £3
Up to 3 hours Cars £4.50
Up to 4 hours Cars £5.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £7.50
Up to 8 hours Cars £10
Up to 12 hours Cars £12
Up to 18 hours Cars £13
Up to 24 hours Cars £14
Up to 48 hours Cars £16
Up to 72 hours Cars £18
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

South Beach ( South Promenade) – 24 hours – FY4 1PL

  • 11 blue badge spaces – free for 3 hours

Payment is by pay and display machines which accept credit/debit cards, coins, contactless- No change given

Up to 3 hours Cars £5
Up to 12 hours Cars £8
Up to 18 hours Cars £9
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

South Car Park (Yeadon Way) – 24 hours – FY1 6BF

  • 19 Blue badge spaces – free for 3 hours

Payment is by 5 pay and display machines which accept credit/debit cards, coins, contactless – No change given

Up to 3 hours Cars £3.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £6
Up to 12 hours Cars £10
Up to 18 hours Cars £11
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20
Up to 45 minutes Coaches £2
Up to 4 hours Coaches £6
Up to 24 hours Coaches £12
Up to 48 hours Coaches £17
Up to 72 hours Coaches £20
Up to 24 hours – Winter Rate Coaches £6
Up to 12 hours Motorhomes £10

South King Street Car Park (Charnley Road) – 24 hours – FY1 4AX

  • 2 Blue Badge spaces

Payment is by pay and display machine which accept credit/debit cards, coins, contactless – No change given

Up to 2 hours Cars £2.50
Up to 4 hours Cars £4
Up to 6 hours Cars £5
Up to 8 hours Cars £6
Up to 12 hours Cars £8
Up to 18 hours Cars £10
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

Talbot Road Multi-storey Car Park – Mon to Sun, 7am to 12 midnight – FY1 3AU

  • 38 Blue badge parking bays are available – However, there is no free parking concession

Payment is by 4 pay on foot machines which accept credit/debit cards and coins – Change given

Up to 2 hours Cars £3
Up to 3 hours Cars £4.50
Up to 4 hours Cars £5.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £7.50
Up to 8 hours Cars £10
Up to 12 hours Cars £12
Up to 18 hours Cars £13
Up to 24 hours Cars £14
Up to 48 hours Cars £16
Up to 72 hours Cars £18
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

West Street Car Park – daily 7.00am – 12.30am – FY1 1HA

  • 9 blue badge spaces

Payment is by 5 pay and display machines, all accept credit cards, debit cards, and coins.
4 also offer contactless payment. If paying with coins please have the correct amount available – No change given

Up to 2 hours Cars £3
Up to 3 hours Cars £4.50
Up to 4 hours Cars £5.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £7.50
Up to 8 hours Cars £10
Up to 12 hours Cars £12
Up to 24 hours Cars £14
Up to 48 hours Cars £16
Up to 72 hours Cars £18
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

Wimbourne Palce Car park (New South Promenade) – 24 hours – FY4 1NJ

  • 4 Blue badge spaces

Payment is by pay and display machine which accept credit/debit cards, coins, contactless – No change given

Up to 2 hours Cars £2.50
Up to 4 hours Cars £4
Up to 6 hours Cars £5
Up to 8 hours Cars £6
Up to 12 hours Cars £8
Up to 18 hours Cars £10
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

 

 

10 outdoor attractions in Blackpool to make the most of the May Bank Holiday heatwave

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If you’re planning a last-minute trip to Blackpool this bank holiday or half-term, check out these 10 outdoor attractions to make the most of the weather.

 

Met Office forecasters are predicting scorching temperatures across Blackpool and the Fylde coast this Spring Bank Holiday weekend.

Here are 10 outdoor attractions to make the most of the bank holding weekend in Blackpool:

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Fleetwood Museum reopens with impressive new exhibits

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There are some intriguing new displays on show at Fleetwood Museum which reopened yesterday after months of closure.

 

Zara Robinson played a key role in one of the new exhibits at Fleetwood Museum

Zara Robinson played a key role in one of the new exhibits at Fleetwood Museum

The facility, on Queens Terrace, has enlarged and updated its exhibition on Fisherman’s Friends, given extra poignancy by the death earlier this year of Doreen Lofthouse, who helped turn the lozenge firm into a global brand.

Another display focuses on Fleetwood women, not only those who are well known but ordinary women who have done some remarkable things for the community.

And unusually, this display can continue to grow as more local women are suggested as possible subjects for the display.

“Fleetwood has a really fascinating history and our displays are aimed at highlighting that.”

Another unusual feature about the musuem is that every single council tax payer in Fleetwood contributes to it.

Thanks to an arrangement with Fleetwood Town Council, a small extra precept on residents’ council tax bills is enough to deiver £66,000 a year, without which the facility would struggle to stay open.

Ben said: “We raise small amounts through enty fees and our shop and cafe but they would not cover our running costs.

“We are grateful to the residents and that gives us the commitment to offer the best displays we can for the town, as well as visitors.”

“We have Covid-19 secure systems in place to ensure a safe visit and environment – this includes wearing of face masks, and groups no larger then six.”

Additionally there some new displays in the museum’s deep sea gallery which include material from the recently scrapped Jacinta vessel.

Part of the museum houses two historic Fleetwood fishing vessels, Harriet and Judy, and there is a new display about Harriet, as well as an incredible film that brings to life both of these vessels.

But the biggest new exhibition for 2021 is called ‘This Lass Can: Stories of Fleetwood Women’ – and explores the stories of Fleetwood women past and present.

From the rich and famous, like pioneering boxer Jane Couch, to many unsung heroines in the community, we celebrate our wonderful women.

Zara Robinson, Collections and Interpretation Assistant at the museum, undertook much of the research for the exhibition and said: “We also explore how life for women has changed in the town over the years, in areas such as school, work and leisure time.

“We were bowled over by the amount of people who got in touch with stories, and also to nominate someone to go in the our wonderful women section of the display.

“We still want people to get in touch – if you want to nominate a friend, relative or co-worker, someone who has made an important but behind the scenes contribution to our community, then please get in touch with the museum or fill out a form when you visit the exhibition”.

Fleetwood Museum is open from now until November 27.