The Guardian Blackpool

'He embraced the fish, the chips – all of it': my time with Jerry Lewis in Blackpool

W e wrote Funny Bones with four actors in mind: Jerry Lewis, Leslie Caron, George Carl and Freddie Davies. As hardly ever happens, none of them died, and they all said yes.

I first met Jerry in Las Vegas, where we rehearsed. Walking through the crowded gambling floor of a Vegas casino ...

2017-09-07 18:33 open_in_new
Lancashire council's fracking refusal was 'democracy in action'

The decision to refuse planning permission for fracking in Lancashire was “local democracy in action”, a barrister for Lancashire county council has said at the first day of a public inquiry into the decision.

Lancashire council in June refused applications by the energy firm Cuadrilla ...

2017-08-18 09:33 open_in_new
After decades in dire straits, Whitley Bay leads renaissance of northern resorts

Dire Straits sang in 1981 about Whitley Bay’s Spanish City pleasure beach, where lead singer Mark Knopfler first heard loud rock music. Twenty years after the song, Tunnel of Love, hit the charts, Spanish City’s domed Edwardian concert hall closed and fell derelict. Now the seaside resort, ...

2017-08-18 09:33 open_in_new
Blackpool's Brexit voters revel in 'giving the metropolitan elite a kicking'

I nspecting the odds for the England game outside a betting shop in central Blackpool, Eric Tomlinson was in fine spirits. At the age of 74, the retired weaver had finally experienced an election result he liked. “Why have we been paying these bureaucrats so many billions in Europe?” he ...

2017-08-18 09:33 open_in_new
Anti-fracking activist refuses to pay £55,000 legal bill in Cuadrilla dispute

An anti-fracking campaigner has appeared in court faced with a legal bill of more than £55,000 and a potential custodial sentence after being sued for trespass.

Tina Louise Rotheryrefused to answer questions about her financial affairs at Blackpool district registry and said she would ...

2017-08-18 09:33 open_in_new
Teenagers take 4am joyride on Blackpool rollercoaster

Two teenagers went for a 4am joyride on a rollercoaster after scaling the fences at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

The youths broke into the amusement park before switching on the Blue Flyer ride and taking it for a 30-minute spin.

The pair were then seen having a food fight in the ...

2017-08-18 09:33 open_in_new
Teen in hospital after plunge from Blackpool's Grand Theatre balcony

An 18-year-old man is recovering in hospital after falling from the balcony of a Blackpool theatre during a show.

Police were called to the Grand Theatre to reports that a man had jumped from a balcony during an evening performance of Grease the Musical.

A spokeswoman for Lancashire ...

2017-08-18 09:33 open_in_new
The greatest light show on Earth heralds Blackpool’s rebirth

L ike many of the UK’s coastal towns, Blackpool has its fair share of challenges, with widespread poverty, a seasonal economy and a highly transient population.

Like other coastal towns, it has turned to the arts in search of hope and prosperity. On the other side of the Pennines, Hull ...

2017-08-18 09:33 open_in_new
Girl, 12, dies after being found unresponsive at Blackpool caravan site

A 12-year-old girl has died after being found unresponsive at a seaside holiday park.

Witnesses said a caravan at the park near Blackpool was taped off by police on Monday evening and officers remained at the scene until Tuesday morning.

The girl was treated by paramedics before ...

2017-08-18 09:33 open_in_new
Children from poorer areas 'make two years' less progress' at school

Children from the poorest backgrounds who live in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the country leave secondary school having made almost two years’ less progress than their wealthier peers living elsewhere, according to a new report.

The findings are based on a comparison of ...

2017-08-18 09:33 open_in_new
Strictly Come Dancing's Gorka Marquez 'feeling better' after Blackpool attack

Strictly Come Dancing star Gorka Marquez has thanked fans for their support after it emerged he was attacked in Blackpool. The professional dancer is said to have been attacked on a street in the seaside resort just hours after he took part in Saturday’s live show.

The Spaniard, who was ...

2017-08-18 09:33 open_in_new
Strictly dancer Gorka Márquez 'loses two teeth in Blackpool attack'

One of Strictly Come Dancing’s professional dancers had two teeth knocked out in an attack in Blackpool, hours after taking part in the programme’s Saturday night live show broadcast from the seaside town, a report claims.

Gorka Márquez, 26, was walking with fellow dancers Aljaž ...

2017-08-18 09:33 open_in_new
Blackpool Illuminations gets arty with new LightPool festival

Blackpool – the town famous for its autumn illuminations – launches a new festival of light this weekend, featuring installations from renowned artists including Yoko Ono and Bob & Roberta Smith.

The first LightPool festival, which takes place from the 28 October to 2 November and ...

2017-08-18 09:33 open_in_new
All the horror stories I came across as a care worker were about employers

I spent six weeks last summer in Blackpool. I was not there for a stag do or the traditional British seaside fare, but instead to be a home care worker for a private provider.

Around 300,000 people live in residential care homes in the UK, while some 500,000 elderly and disabled people ...

2017-08-18 09:33 open_in_new
Blackpool's beach pleasures: nostalgia and neglect at the seaside – in pictures

Dawn Mander is a “sandgrown’un” – a person born and bred in Blackpool, the UK seaside resort famous for its Pleasure Beach amusement park. Mander’s photographs of the town try to provide an honest portrait of a place which – despite its late 19th-century and early 20th-century heyday ...

2017-08-18 09:33 open_in_new
Police end investigation into attack on Strictly's Gorka Márquez

Police have closed an investigation into the assault of one of Strictly Come Dancing’s professional dancers.

Gorka Márquez, 26, reportedly had two teeth knocked out in the Blackpool attack, which occurred on 19 November, hours after he appeared on the BBC programme’s week nine ...

2017-08-18 09:33 open_in_new
Inquiry into effects of fracking launched after Blackpool tremors

Scientists will investigate how fracking can affect drinking water and its role in earthquake tremors of the kind caused by shale gas operations near Blackpool, as part of a taxpayer-funded £8m research project.

The programme, backed by the Natural Environment Research Council and ...

2017-07-05 08:27 open_in_new
Booming Blackpool: the musical rebirth sweeping Britain's coastal towns

‘L ook!” shout some schoolchildren, speeding past on an open-topped bus. “It’s Afghan Dan!” Famous for kiss-me-quick hats and thundering rollercoasters, the seaside town of Blackpool isn’t a place you’d expect to find grime, a genre more often associated with city centres. Yet ...

2017-05-29 07:57 open_in_new