‘He was so kind and funny...a lovely man’

The family of a businessman struck down in his prime are facing a desperate wait for answers after the seemingly healthy 37-year-old’s sudden death.

From Left:  Deputy council  leader Coun Albert Atkinson, council leader Coun Geoff Driver and Chief Executive Jo Turton at  the Lancashire County Council cabinet meeting August  21, 2017 when the ruling Conservative group voted for  a radical management restructure at the council.

Councillors vote to axe Chief Executive Jo Turton’s job at Lancashire County Council

Lancashire County Council’s cabinet members ignored the advice of their own Chief Executive Jo Turton yesterday and pushed ahead with plans to axe her job and those of other senior officers.

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The Tower Ballroom for the glittering finals of the BIBAs

Blackpool on show for business awards

Commercial radio station Smooth Radio North West will sponsor the Leisure Business of the Year category at the Be Inspired Business Awards in September.


Inside the Fylde coast's £2m F35 flight simulator

Have you ever flown a jet aircraft before?   It’s not the usual question a journalist has to answer on any given day, but given that I was about to land a £100m warplane on Britain’s brand new flagship aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, it was probably a fair one to ask.
Joycelyn Neve and Chris Neve fo the Seafood Pub Company which  is expanding

Fylde coast pub company eyes expansion

A restaurant group with a Fleetwood heritage is set to continue its expansion plans after expanding into the white rose county.

Blackpool Council inspectors found mouldy fruit and putrefying milk on visits to the Church Street store run by Zee Convenience Store Ltd

Mould on fruit at filthy store

A bottle of putrefying milk was found at a ‘disgusting’ Blackpool store one month after inspectors told bosses to bin it.

The Derby owner Ivan Varney

Blackpool hotel shortlisted for national B’n’B award

A bed-and-breakfast favourite has been shortlisted for a national award.

High Level Specialists experts at work high on a Halifax tower block

Fylde coast high level experts aiming to clean up

Business is on the up for an expanding Blackpool firm with a head for heights.

Undated handout photo of a French fighter plane which shadowed a holiday jet flying from Spain to Birmingham

NATIONAL NEWS: Fighter jet tails plane of ‘terrified’ tourists heading home from Spain

Passengers on board a holiday jet flying from Spain to the UK have told how it was shadowed by a French fighter plane for up to 15 minutes.


Rail strikes are set as row over driver-only trains rages

Further England-wide rail strikes have been set for next month in the row over driver-only-operated trains.

Alison Gledhill and her Westie Gracie

Fylde dog expert stars in homes advert

A Wrea Green business woman has taken the lead role in a new Redrow film offering tips for making a house move smooth for homeowners and their four-legged friends.

Cuadrilla's drilling rig at Preston New Road

Campaigners call for U-turn on Fylde fracking as drilling starts

Campaigners have called on the Government to out a halt to fracking as the company behind shale gas on the Fylde announced it has started drilling.

Mereside Post Office

Estate post office back open

A Blackpool post office which closed temporarily is now back open.

Craig McOmish (left) and Paul Haslam at Fleetwood Beach Kiosk.

Businessmen join forces with bold expansion plans to kiosk

Two well known Fleetwood businessmen have joined forces in a new trading venture.

The affected fish at Cleverley Bridge in Forton

Outbreaks of deadly disease confirmed at Lancashire fishery sites

An outbreak of a deadly disease that affects Koi carp has been confirmed at two Lancashire fisheries.

An F-35 Lightning practising ramp take-offs ready for its use on the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier

Major F-35 milestone passed by Fylde aircraft maker

Engineers at BAE Systems have hit a major milestone on the project to deliver the 5th generation warplanes which will fly from Britain’s naval flagship, the Queen Elizabeth.

Preston New Road site land owners, Rosalyn, left, Andrew, Pam and Allan (seated) Wensley start the drilling rig, with Cuadrilla driller Thorsten Strathmann

Drilling starts at fracking site and firm launches £100,000 community fund

Shale gas exploration company Cuadrilla has begun drilling at its Preston New Road site in its bid to tap into reserves of natural gas in deep lying rocks known as the Bowland Shale.

Opponents of the technique claim it will harm the environment, but supporters say it is a beneficial source of energy

UK is 55 million years too late for fracking to work, says expert

The geology of the UK is unsuitable for fracking and the opportunity of the new energy source has been "overhyped", a geoscience expert has claimed.
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The car crash on Anchorsholme Lane. Picture by Bispham fire station

Traffic trouble as two-car smash closes crossroad

An Anchorsholme road remains closed today after a late-night car crash damaged traffic signals.

Women earning 30 per cent less than men in parts of Fylde Coast

Women earning 30 per cent less than men in parts of Fylde Coast

Women across the Fylde coast still trail behind men when it comes to equal pay, with females in some areas being paid a shocking 30% less than their male counterparts.

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