Recalling the most memorable events in Blackpool from May to August, 2018

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

Friday, 28th December 2018, 10:57 am
Updated Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 10:01 pm
Recalling the most memorable events in Blackpool from May to August, 2018

This year has been a big year for news. In part one The Gazette looked back at what made the headlines in the first four months of 2018, and here’s what people were talking about from May to August.

Keeping the shops on the high street is important but the support of the public needs to be consistent. Shops in Blackpool town centre were closing down and H&M, in the Houndshill Shopping Centre, was the next one to shut.
Heritage chiefs were looking at ways of trying to preserve the Blackpool piers. They were the only UK structures included on the New York-based World Monuments Watch in 2018. The council bid to American Express for 200,000.

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After 30 years of being in charge of the ever-famous, Blackpool Illuminations, Richard Ryan announced he would be moving onto new ventures.
Former Miss Blackpool winner Kendall Rae-Knight searched for love on popular ITV dating show, Love Island. The former beauty queen wanted to find love after a previous relationship fell apart.
Horrific footage emerged from St Marys Catholic Academy in Blackpool of a pupil attacking another. The video was shared on popular smartphone app Snapchat.
Police were found to solve fewer than one-in-20 burglaries and robberies in Blackpool. The resort, alongside Preston, was named one of the worst areas in the country for the number solved.
Over the past two years, there had been 2,500 noise complaints made to Blackpool Council, leading to the authority to pledge a crackdown. Fines handed to residents started at 300 and went up to 5,000 in extreme cases.
Drug gangs in major cities were targeted for bringing illegal substances to the Fylde coast, with Lancashire Police increasingly concerned about dealers coming here from big cities.
A wildfire broke out damaging plant species in the dunes in St Annes. It was said to have had a devastating effect on the nature reserve.
Coronation Street star Malcolm Hebden returned to the Lancashire Cardiac Centre, based at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, and praised the medics who saved his life in a ground-breaking operation.
A South Shore industrial estate turned into an illegal car cruise with untaxed vehicles doing burn-outs and cars speeding down public roads at 60mph.
The Gazette revealed that thousands of patients still cant get evening or weekend appointments four years after a government pledge to improve the situtation.
Teenager Blake Bullock was dragged out to sea by an undercurrent while swimming with friends. The 13-year-old had been left clinging to a stanchion for life until help came.
Blackpool mum Caitlin Tattersall achieved a First Class degree from the University of Central Lancashire despite coping with the death of a five-year-old son Kaden.
Married couple Ahmad Alabboud and Malak Albete fled from Syria and found their new home in Blackpool. The couple, along with their three children, travelled from Daraa to escape the civil war tearing their home country apart.
Singer and Fleetwood lad Alfie Boe and American pop-singer, Britney Spears were preparing to showcase their talents during a bumper weekend of entertainment in Blackpool.