Psychiatric patients sent out of Lancashire cost the NHS £4m last year

A lack of beds at Lancashire’s mental health trust saw patients being sent as far away as Somerset, it can be revealed.


For sale: Former Blackpool chapel on Whitegate Drive is now a luxury pad

A giant fish tank sits in an alcove which formerly housed an organ, while a swimming pool has been built where the altar once stood.

County Coun Azhar Ali

Call to end stalemate on devolution deal for Lancashire

The campaign to gain devolution for Lancashire has been kickstarted this week by the county council’s Labour opposition group.

George Maguire stars as Marc Bolan in musical 20th Century Boy

Glam rocker’s story is tale of the century at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre

An Olivier Award-winning actor comes to Blackpool to front a new tour of musical 20th Century Boy which tells the life story of glam rock legend Marc Bolan.

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Hannah receives her award

St John Ambulance award for Fleetwood cadet Hannah Praed, 15

A teenage volunteer has been named the north west’s ambulance cadet of the year.

Patch, a three-year-old Jack Russell

Dog is ‘stolen’ from outside Talbot Road shop in Blackpool

A dog is believed to have been stolen his owner went shopping in Blackpool.
Blackpool magistrates court

Blackpool: From the courts 20-02-18

Here is the latest round-up of some of the cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court.

One of the strays at Nine Lives. Furby

Stray cats on the rise in resort

The number of stray cats roaming the streets of Blackpool is growing, say local cat rescues.

Eve Wheeler, in her 90s, with granddaughter Lucy and her great grand children, after moving into her own flat in London after winning her battle with diabetes.

‘How mum defied the doctors – and diabetes – to live to 94’

Faced with the effects of two decades of diabetes, former Blackpool photographer Eve Wheeler made her peace with the idea of dying when she was in her 80s.

A huge yellow crane moved onto the building site at Park Community Academy, where a new five-classroom block is being built. It will be used to hoist up steelwork for the building's frame. (Picture: Park Community Academy/Twitter: @ParkSchoolBPL)

‘Good progress’ by builders at Blackpool school

The foundations have been laid as building work at a Blackpool school continues.

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Violent dad jailed for attack on ex partner

A violent  dad who grabbed his former girlfriend by the ankles and pulled her to the floor while she had their baby son in her arms has been jailed.

The incident is said to have happened outside Empire Bing Hall onHawes Side Lane just after 11pm on Saturday, February 17.

Man attacked with pool cues outside South Shore Bingo Hall

A man was reportedly attacked with pool cues outside a South Shore bingo hall, say police.


It’s a magic weekend in Blackpool

The world-renowned Blackpool Magic Convention has returned with a bang, with the town geared up for yet another action-packed three-day festival.

From left, Rebecca Wheatley, Cheryl Fergison, Maureen Nolan and Hilary ONeil in Menopause The Musical

Late change to plans for ladies musical shows

There’s been a last-minute extra show added for Menopause The Musical at the weekend.

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Blackpool magistrates court

Blackpool: From the courts 19-02-18

Here is the latest round-up of some of the cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court.

Noasis to play Viva Blackpool

Some Might Say it's a chance for glory - support act call out for Oasis tribute show

An unknown new act is being given a chance to support one of the country’s top tribute bands - to take a step on the way to becoming a Rock And Roll Star.

David Graham Laycockwas due to be sentenced for the non-recent sexual assault against the girl in Filey.

WANTED: Sex offender may be in Blackpool

A wanted peadophile, who sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl, may be in Blackpool, say police.
Issy Simpson dazzled at Blackpool Magic Convention

REVIEW: Blackpool Magic Convention, Friday night gala

They’ve always been shrouded in a veil of secrecy.
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John Grady becomes new chairman of the Grand Theatre's Friends Of The Grand group

New chair for Grand's Friends' group

A new chair of the Friends Of The Grand has been selected.

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Pupils at Highfurlong School who are taking part in the HeadStart scheme

Kindness is best lesson for Blackpool students

Kindness is helping a Blackpool school improve mental wellbeing.

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