Recalling the most memorable events in Blackpool from January to April, 2018

Part one of our three part series where Jack Dinsley looks back at what made the headlines in 2018.

Thursday, 27th December 2018, 11:17 am
Updated Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 9:59 pm
Recalling the most memorable events in Blackpool of 2018

We dug into the archives to pull out 2018’s most memorable moments, starting with a review of the first four months of the year.

Wild Mouse, which was one of Blackpool Pleasure Beachs most iconic rides was taken down. The ride which opened in 1958, and was the biggest ride to be built since the Second World War.
In the winter period of 2017, the amount of families that struggled to put food on the table had increased massively. This in turn put the pressure on food banks to deliver the goods.

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It had been 10 years since the disaster, which drew huge crowds to the Fylde coast. The 6,000-tonne-ship put Cleveleys on the map, with the ferry on the beach for the best part of a year.
Tara came from Twycross Zoo and joined Blackpools longest-serving resident Kate in the new multi-million pound elephant house.
Mental health is a topic which more people are trying to get more attention, especially in the press. Resort DJ, Mike Senior, talked about how he was swamped with debt and having family and relationship problems.
Famed for her popular singing career, it was announced Britney Spears would be making a splash in Blackpool in the summer. She would headline the Blackpool Tower Festival Headland on Saturday, September 1.
Costing 16.25 million, the new roller-coaster ride, ICON, had the final piece put in place. The construction for the thrilling ride began in December 2016 and was completed on February 14.
Jorgie Rae Griffiths started her treatment for a form of an aggressive cancer. In America Jorgie had to undergo DMFO (difluoromethylornithine), which when it is combined with chemotherapy blocks the growth of neuroblastoma.
2018 saw a major blow in the entertainments industry, as comedy genius, Sir Ken Dodd passed away, having only got married two days previously.
A passer-by jumped into the sea to rescue a man, without thinking about himself. The man who dived was dubbed extremely brave and heroic for saving the man. The rescue happened at 7pm at Starr Gate, South Shore.
The Gazette issued a rallying cry in the war against plastic. The newspaper wanted 200 cafes, restaurants, hotels, guesthouses and diners to back reFILL by pledging to top up water bottles for free.
The Gazette urged its readers to help celebrate the amazing NHS. We highlighted the case of Lena Williams whose children were born 13 weeks early and it was down to the NHS that they survived.
After Cuadrillas arrival at Preston New Road, plans were underway to begin work at another Lancashire site of Roesacre Wood.
Virgin Trains revealed exciting news that would impact on the Blackpool economy. It was announced that 35 additional services a week would be starting between London and the resort next month.