Animals keep their cool... but 16,000 residents without water

A sea-lion and (below) some penguins keep cool in the sun at Blackpool Zoo.

A sea-lion and (below) some penguins keep cool in the sun at Blackpool Zoo.

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Blackpool’s still basking in sunshine as the welcome summer warmth continues – and it’s not just humans who are enjoying the heat.

Blackpool Zoo’s penguins were keeping themselves cool by having a dip in their pool, while happy lemurs and sea lions were also among the creatures catching a few rays.

Penguins keep cool in the sun at Blackpool Zoo.

Penguins keep cool in the sun at Blackpool Zoo.

Jude Rothwell, PR and marketing co-ordinator at the zoo, said: “Virtually all of our animals were born in this country so they’re quite used to changes in temperature.

“We’ve had sprinklers on the anteaters because they have quite thick coats, and the tigers too.

“The penguins have fully been enjoying jumping in their ice cold pools and I imagine most of our customers wish they could join them too.

“There are areas of shade for all the animals if they want it, and most of them are just enjoying sleeping in the sunshine.”

The Met Office said Blackpool enjoyed a high of 20 degrees Celsius yesterday, and temperatures were set to rise to 21 today.

But not everyone was enjoying the heat yesterday after 16,000 people were left without water following a burst main in a field close to Bathurst Avenue, in Grange Park.

The problem left homes in Grange Park, Layton, Marton and Staining without a supply for around three hours yesterday morning.

The supply was reconnected and rerouted via other pipes at around 10.20am, while workers toiled in the heat to get the burst main fixed by the evening.

Christ the King Catholic Primary School, on Bathurst Avenue, was forced to send children home and close for the day at 11am.

Headteacher Sarah Smith said: “We had to take a decision on the basis we couldn’t flush our toilets. We need to know teachers and children are safe.

“United Utilities has kept us informed.”

However, as of 5pm pressure had still not been restored to some homes in Marton.

John Martin, a spokesman for United Utilities, said: “Some homes may not be back to the pressure they would usually get, but it is above what we would consider to be a low pressure.

“It won’t be impacting them in their daily routine.

“We are very sorry if mornings were disrupted.”

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