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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 ...

2017-02-20 14:47 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 ...

2017-01-26 14:33 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 ...

2017-01-26 05:45 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 ...

2017-01-23 05:57 open_in_new
Sea hawk: piers in Blackpool and Wales put up for sale for £12m

Two of Blackpool’s historic piers together with the longest pier in Wales, at Llandudno, are for sale in a move that could fetch as much as £12.6m.

The landmarks, owned by the attraction operator Cuerden Leisure, are on the market with guide prices of £4.8m for Blackpool Central Pier, ...

2017-01-04 05:57 open_in_new
Blackpool council's plan to cut benefits is no way to tackle the housing crisis

Like many seaside towns across the country, Blackpool is plagued with former guesthouses that have been converted into bedsits or large houseshares which are often in extremely poor condition. Rents are much lower than in surrounding areas and therefore more likely to be covered by housing ...

2017-01-04 05:57 open_in_new
Lancashire residents urged to boil drinking water

More than 300,000 households in Lancashire will have to boil drinking water into next week following the discovery of a microscopic bug.

The water firm United Utilities issued the public health warning after discovering “low” traces of cryptosporidium in its water supply.

The ...

2017-01-04 05:57 open_in_new
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E ngland, my England! Sometimes I just want to crush you to my chest and whisper fervent promises in your ear that everything will be all right, one day, one day soon, my darling, you alternately frightened, furious and dyspeptic little fool! The latest urge to embrace the nation has been ...

2017-01-04 05:57 open_in_new
Paedophile convicted of murder of missing schoolgirl Paige Chivers

A paedophile who groomed a vulnerable schoolgirl who has been missing for eight years has been convicted of her murder.

Robert Ewing, 60, killed 15-year-old Paige Chivers in Blackpool in August 2007. He was also found guilty at Preston crown court of perverting the course of justice by ...

2017-01-04 05:57 open_in_new
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A 14-year-old boy killed a man with one punch to the head in an unprovoked attack after giving him directions on New Year’s Eve, a court has heard.

Kyle Major followed Paul Walker, 52, and felled him from behind shortly after wishing him a happy new year.

The father of two was ...

2017-01-04 05:57 open_in_new
Lancashire water warning lifted for 80,000 homes

A warning issued to more than 300,000 households in Lancashire to boil their drinking water has been partially lifted, the water company United Utilities has said.

Residents have been forced to avoid drinking tap water for three weeks, following the discovery of a parasitic bug ...

2017-01-04 05:57 open_in_new
Lancashire residents still have to boil tap water two weeks after outbreak

Concern and anger are rising in Lancashire more than two weeks after 300,000 homes were warned to boil tap water following an outbreak of a parasitic bug.

Facing a compensation bill of at least £15m, the water company United Utilities has announced new measures to kill off cryptosporidium ...

2017-01-04 05:57 open_in_new
Tim Burton to join Blackpool illuminati with flick of a switch

Hollywood director Tim Burton is to switch on this year’s Blackpool Illuminations, the lights festival that has been held annually in the seaside town since 1879.

Burton, whose films include cult classics Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands, as well as blockbusters Planet of the Apes, ...

2017-01-04 05:57 open_in_new
Human torso washes up on beach near Blackpool

A torso has been found washed up on a beach. An angler spotted the human remains close to a sea wall in Bispham, on the Lancashire coast.

Police were unable to confirm the identity of the deceased or whether the remains were those of a man or a woman.

Officers were called after the ...

2017-01-04 05:57 open_in_new
Animal faeces or carcass likely cause of water contamination scare

The water contamination incident affecting more than 300,000 households in Lancashire could lead to criminal prosecutions according to a government watchdog, as experts said animal faeces or a dead carcass was most likely to blame.

Investigations are continuing into how traces of the ...

2017-01-04 05:57 open_in_new
Virgin has a rival: GNWR to run London to Blackpool west coast rail service

Virgin Trains is to face competition on the west coast rail line for the first time after the rail regulator approved the launch of a rival service between Blackpool and London.

The decision to allow Great North Western Railway (GNWR) to run the service means Virgin faces its first direct ...

2017-01-04 05:57 open_in_new
Plague of cheap ‘spice’ strengthens its grip on homeless and jobless in northern towns

On a grey November day when dark clouds are rolling in from the Irish Sea, even its famous illuminations struggle to dispel the gloom encircling Blackpool.

Five of its neighbourhoods are among the 10 most deprived areas in England, and if the economy is bouncing back to pre-2008 levels in ...

2017-01-04 05:57 open_in_new
England's beaches clean up their act to meet tougher EU standards

A number of English beaches have made dramatic improvements, with almost two-thirds of the country’s bathing waters now meeting the new “excellent” standard set by the EU.

Blackpool’s three beaches have reached the tougher standards, with one achieving the highest level after ...

2017-01-04 05:57 open_in_new
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A mother who repeatedly told health professionals that her severely disabled daughter’s hospital bed was faulty, found her dead after she fell out and suffocated on plastic sheeting, a court has been told.

Jade Norton, 10, who could not walk or talk, became trapped between the mattress ...

2017-01-04 05:57 open_in_new
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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 ...

2017-01-04 05:57 open_in_new
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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 ...

2017-01-04 05:57 open_in_new