Blackpool Gazette

Fleetwood League One promotion chase special focus - in-depth guide to the run-in

Fleetwood Town have just seven games left to either clinch an automatic promotion spot or a play-off place.

Town’s 0-0 draw with Bury on Saturday saw second-placed Bolton move six points clear of Uwe Rosler’s third-placed side.

yesterday 17:33 open_in_new
Fleetwood’s McLaughlin hailed on ‘great shift’ for O’Neill’s Irishmen

Conor McLaughlin returned to Fleetwood Town from international duty unscathed and with the praise of Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill ringing in his ears.

McLaughlin played the full 90 minutes for his country in their 2-0 win over Norway in Sunday’s World Cup Group C ...

yesterday 17:33 open_in_new
Major resort road to close from 7pm-6am starting from TONIGHT

Church Street in Blackpool town centre will close overnight until Sunday, April 9, while resurfacing work is carried out.

The closures, from 7pm until 6am, started last night and are part of a £7m project to give key resort roads a major facelift.

The road will be closed from its ...

yesterday 14:15 open_in_new
Bez joins campaigners in fight over fracking

Green campaigner and ‘Madchester’ music personality Bez has joined in the fight against Fracking on the Fylde.

The Happy Mondays dancer - famed for his dancing and playing the maracas - turned up at the Preston New Road site for a day of action yesterday.

Bob ...

yesterday 13:09 open_in_new
It’s all about victories for Blackpool, says Vassell

Blackpool’s returning top scorer Kyle Vassell says performances are irrelevant at this stage of the season and wins are all that matter.

The Seasiders weren’t at their best in Saturday’s 2-1 win against Hartlepool United but again did what was required to grind out the win and ...

yesterday 10:57 open_in_new
Protesters launch 'lock-on' protest at Cuadrilla site

Anti-fracking protesters launched their 'lock-on' early this morning on A583 Preston New Road.

Traffic is reported to be heavy on the eastbound carriageway between Moss House Lane and Westby Road.

Martin Bishop, Force Incident Manager for Lancashire Police said: "Anti-fracking ...

yesterday 10:57 open_in_new
Linda Nolan diagnosed with secondary cancer

Blackpool born Coleen Nolan has revealed that her sister Linda has been diagnosed with secondary cancer.

The singer and performer, 58, who found fame with The Nolans in the 1970s, had been cancer-free after being treated in 2006 for breast cancer.

But Coleen revealed on Loose Women ...

yesterday 10:57 open_in_new
Blackpool FC make £1.8m loss during League One relegation season

This is a huge drop from 2015, where the club made an operating profit of £7.5m during its relegation from the Championship.

The report, which covers the financial year up to May 31, 2016, also shows the club’s turnover was £4.4m, down from £18m in 2015. This figure was as high as ...

yesterday 10:57 open_in_new
Boost for Bowyer with Blackpool in the zone

Gary Bowyer praised his players’ response as Blackpool fought back from a goal down to beat Hartlepool and climb into the League Two play-off zone.

The Tangerines gifted the opening goal to Lewis Alessandra 18 minutes into an entertaining, end-to-end battle at Bloomfield Road, but ...

yesterday 09:51 open_in_new
Fleetwood headteacher’s anger at school-run parkers

Irresponsible school run parkers are still endangering children’s lives, teachers have warned.

Schools in Fleetwood are still battling to stop a minority of parents from parking illegally and dangerously in front of the school gates.

Last year it was revealed that police in ...

yesterday 07:39 open_in_new
UPDATE: Woman, 70, missing from home is found

Carole Waugh was found "safe and well" in town after going missing last Saturday, March 25.

Officers thanked the public for sharing their appeal.

2017-03-27 20:25 open_in_new
Drugs man disappears from Kirkham prison

Police are appealing for information after a 33-year-old man failed to return to prison.

Harrison had been granted temporary release but failed to return to prison when required.

The 33-year-old had been jailed at Preston Crown Court in October 2015 for possession of a Class A drug ...

2017-03-27 20:25 open_in_new
Readers give their verdict on parking charge hike

Our story that Blackpool Council was increasing parking charges in the resort was met by almost blanket condemnation.


In the Talbot Road multi-storey car park, which allows motorists to collect a coin-chip on their way in and pay on their way out by cash or card, ...

2017-03-27 17:07 open_in_new
Social club pays out £35k in ‘sexism’ row with three female members

A Conservative social club was forced to pay out £35,000 after three female members were branded ‘witches’ during alleged sexist abuse.

Irene James, Amanda Mitchell and Ellen Whiteley were awarded £3,000 each in an out-of-court settlement after launching legal action ...

2017-03-27 17:07 open_in_new
Teenage pregnancy rates in Blackpool on rise again

The teenage pregnancy rate in Blackpool has risen for the first time in the past four years, it was revealed.

Some 108 girls between the ages of 15 and 17 conceived in 2015, the latest Office for National Statistics have showed.

In 2014, that figure was 95, in 2013 it was also 108, ...

2017-03-27 16:01 open_in_new
Boost for Rosler as Fleetwood injuries ease

Fleetwood boss Uwe Rosler says he can see light at the end of the tunnel as Town’s injury crisis fades.

Skipper Nathan Pond and midfielder Martyn Woolford, who has been out since November with an ankle injury, were back on the bench for Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Bury, with Rosler ...

2017-03-27 16:01 open_in_new
‘I can’t accept it. It’s not right. It should never have happened.’

Mum tells of her heartbreak after coroner apologises over huge delay in her son’s body being released.

A distraught mum has told of her horror after a paperwork blunder at the coroner’s office meant her teenage son’s body was not released for nine days after his suicide.

By ...

2017-03-27 16:01 open_in_new
Arnfield victorious over Rose in Battle Of Blackpool

Arnfield deservedly got the verdict on the cards of all three ringside judges after 12 gruelling rounds.

It was a sedate start to the contest in the opening rounds, but Arnfield gradually started to assume control and get the better of his one-time training partner.

Rose did finish ...

2017-03-27 12:43 open_in_new
Viagra Hotel owner up for a battle with council

A hotelier who sparked controversy when he changed the name of his hotel is squaring up for a fight with Blackpool Council.

Neil Marshall caused outrage when he rebranded the Vidella Hotel in Dickson Road to the Viagra Hotel earlier this month.

Now Blackpool Council has written to ...

2017-03-27 09:25 open_in_new
Queen honours MP in wake of Westminster terror attack

Wyre and Preston MP Ben Wallace has been honoured by the Queen for his work following last week’s terror attack on Westminster.

Ben Wallace, alongside fellow MP Tobias Ellwood, has been made a member of the Privy Council.

Mr Ellwood tried to resuscitate the police officer ...

2017-03-27 09:25 open_in_new
Hundreds of homes approved in Wyre

The face of a Lancashire town is set to radically change after plans for more than 600 houses were approved.

Nine applications totalling nearly 800 homes were put before Wyre Council.

Now, 269 homes are set to be built at Nateby Crossing Lane, Nateby, 66 at Daniel Fold Farm ...

2017-03-27 09:25 open_in_new