Blackpool Gazette

Solicitors brought in over fall horror

The mum of a 12-year-old boy who fractured his skull after falling from a fairground ride has instructed expert serious injury lawyers to investigate the incident.

Jack Beckett-Chapman, of Heron’s Reach, Blackpool, fell from a spinning bowl-style ride and trapped his head in the ...

today 22:04 open_in_new
Hard work for Bradford opener begins now says Blackpool boss

Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer has told his players the hard work starts now with the new season in sight.

Blackpool now know they face a trip to Bradford City on the opening day of the League One season after the 2017/18 fixtures were released yesterday.

After the opener against ...

yesterday 20:45 open_in_new
Jack Payne makes surprise move into non-league

The 25-year-old was surprisingly let go by the Seasiders having played a crucial role in their promotion-winning season in League Two.

He made 44 appearances and even started in Blackpool's 2-1 win against Exeter City in the play-off final at Wembley.

The club had the option of ...

yesterday 18:10 open_in_new
Blackpool hospital forced to make £21m of savings

Bosses at Blackpool Victoria Hospital say they will be forced to make £21m of savings this year amid a shortfall in government funding.

Despite ending April with £3.9m in the bank – more than the predicted £200,000 – care still faces being redesigned in a bid to cut ...

yesterday 14:22 open_in_new
New London rail services would boost Blackpool tourism

An increase in direct rail services between Blackpool and London could boost tourism and investment in the resort.

That is the hope of business and civic leaders following the news two rival bids had been submitted to operate services.

The Gazette revealed yesterday how Virgin ...

yesterday 11:43 open_in_new
REVEALED: Blackpool's 2017/18 League One fixture list

The Seasiders, who booked their return to the third tier of English football through the League Two play-offs last season, will travel to Valley Parade on Saturday, August 5 for the season opener.

Bradford lost out to Millwall in the League One play-off final last season having beaten ...

yesterday 07:37 open_in_new
Arnfield back in action on bumper Blackpool boxing night

Fresh from his ‘Battle of Blackpool’ win over Brian Rose, Jack Arnfield will return to action in his hometown next month.

The 28-year-old middleweight from Stalmine will be part of a stacked 14-fight card at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on Saturday, July 15.

Arnfield’s ...

yesterday 23:40 open_in_new
Jordan Flores commits future to Wigan

Former Blackpool loanee Jordan Flores has committed his future to parent club Wigan Athletic by signing a new deal.

The 21-year-old midfielder, who came through the academy system at the DW Stadium, has put pen to paper on a new two-year deal following the expiration of his previous ...

yesterday 23:40 open_in_new
Blackpool’s brave bid to defend walking football crown

Blackpool FC Community Trust’s Walking Football team competed in the EFL Walking Football National Finals at Aston Villa’s training complex, on Saturday.

The Blackpool team won the national title last year at St George’s Park, Staffordshire, defeating Sheffield United in the ...

2017-06-21 17:58 open_in_new
Rivals slug it out to take over Blackpool to London rail route

Rival bids to add more daily direct train journeys between Blackpool and London have been submitted.

wo firms – Virgin Trains and Alliance Rail – want to run services to and from the capital that would serve more than 1,000 passengers a day.

Rail chiefs will now consider the ...

2017-06-21 15:18 open_in_new
Life boats launched near South Pier

Two life boats were launched after a man was reported entering the sea near South Pier, says the coastguard.

The RNLI life boats and coastguard rescue teams, together with the police helicopter, were tasked with a search at around 12.40am on June 21.

A spokesman for the coastguard ...

2017-06-21 11:19 open_in_new
YELLOW WEATHER WARNING: Torrential downpours and possible hail for the north west

A yellow weather warning for torrential rain, hail and thunderstorms has been issued for the north west, say the Met Office.

Forecasters warn that the stormy weather could see some areas affected by localised flooding with a possible disruption to power supplies.

The extensive ...

2017-06-21 11:19 open_in_new
Fleetwood boss Rosler signs two year contract extension
Uwe Rosler has been linked to a number of vacant managerial hot-seats but Fleetwood Town have moved to put an end to a summer of speculation about their head coach’s future by tying him down until 2020. ...
2017-06-21 10:00 open_in_new
Lions’ £3.3k boost to seafront pool plan

Volunteers looking to revive a long-disused paddling pool are celebrating a key cash boost to their plans.

Lytham St Annes Lions have donated £3,300 to towards the St Annes Promenade Gardens Friends’ ambitions for the former pool close to The Island on St Annes seafront.

The ...

2017-06-21 02:09 open_in_new
SIGNING: Blackpool snap up free agent

Former Crewe Alexandra defender Ollie Turton has become Blackpool's third signing of the summer.

The right back has put pen to paper on an initial two-year deal with the option of a further year, similar to the deals signed by Curtis Tilt and Peter Hartley who signed last week.

The ...

2017-06-21 02:09 open_in_new
South Shore crackdown on anti-social action

Police in Blackpool have carried out a two-day operation cracking down on anti-social behaviour in South Shore.

Uniformed and plain clothes officers took part in the crackdown, which followed reports of objects being thrown at vehicles on Seasiders Way. Two people were arrested on ...

2017-06-20 22:51 open_in_new
Social media reaction to Pool's third summer signing

Fans of both Blackpool and Crewe Alexandra have taken to social media to react to the news that defender Ollie Turton has signed for the Seasiders.

Read what they've had to say here...

2017-06-20 20:39 open_in_new
Blackpool venue's switch to casino is on the cards

A plan to convert a popular Blackpool venue earmarked for redevelopment into a casino has been passed.

Businessman Peter Swann, who owns Scunthorpe Football Club, applied to Blackpool Council to change the use of the Sands Venue on Central Promenade.

The plans would see part of the ...

2017-06-20 19:33 open_in_new
Golf buggy 'arson' sparks investigation

This latest incident comes after the Stanley Park Golf course was targeted in a series of thefts over the past few months, say bosses at the club.

Players are now having to do without buggies as the fire destroyed the club's only remaining golf buggy.

Crews from Blackpool attended ...

2017-06-20 19:33 open_in_new
Blackpool made new boy Tilt an offer he couldn’t refuse

Blackpool new boy Curtis Tilt said he couldn’t turn down the opportunity to join a club as big as the Seasiders.

The 25-year-old became the club’s first new recruit of the summer last week, when he signed on the dotted line from National League side Wrexham, penning a two-year deal ...

2017-06-20 15:09 open_in_new
Woman pulled from sea in St Annes

Police received reports of a 'concern for safety' at around 5am this morning after the woman, who was in her 20s, entered the water.

A spokesman for the police said: "We had a report of of a concern for safety when a woman was reported entering the sea near to coastguard rescue ...

2017-06-20 12:55 open_in_new