Merry Christmas Blackpool fans

BLACKPOOL FC are to give their fans a Christmas present – opening the South Stand next month.

The long-awaited 8.5m Jimmy Armfield stand has been under construction since the summer.

>> Click here to view our South Stand progress gallery

And now a document submitted to the council to be heard next Thursday reads: "The football club have indicated that they wish to bring the new stand into operation for matches in December 2009, subject to committee approval and all works, installations and safety plans being completed to satisfactory standards."

For the full story, see today's Gazette.