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Lancashire nostalgia in 2007: Simon Cowell; the weather; and smoking popcorn

Sharp-tongued Simon Cowell takes a big bite out of rapper

A Preston rapper claims he was “set up” to look foolish by producers on Mr Nasty Simon Cowell’s latest television programme.

Matthew Cummins, who grew up in Deepdale, Preston, says producers at Britain’s Got Talent ...

2020-07-02 13:20 open_in_new
Shame of fastest driver caught on Lancashire's roads

Road safety charity Brake wants to avoid a rebound in dangerous driving now that more drivers are back out on the roads.

Lancashire Constabulary officers enforced 5,465 speeding offences during April, according to data obtained by the PA news agency through a Freedom of Information ...

2020-07-02 13:20 open_in_new
Charlie Adam tips former Blackpool teammate Ian Evatt to be a big hit with Bolton Wanderers

Evatt makes the move to the University of Bolton Stadium after winning the National League title with Barrow.

The 38-year-old will now be tasked with sealing Bolton’s return to the third tier at the first attempt after Keith Hill was unable to keep the Trotters in League One following ...

2020-07-02 13:20 open_in_new
Volvo recalls 170,000 cars over seatbelt flaw - these are the affected models

Volvo is recalling nearly 170,000 cars in the UK after identifying an “extremely rare” fault with a seatbelt mounting point.

The Swedish brand is recalling a total of 2.2 million cars worldwide over the flaw, which can affect a seatbelt’s performance.

It said that it had ...

2020-07-02 12:17 open_in_new
Ryan Lowe reveals Plymouth have held talks with Blackpool over bringing back ex-Rangers man

The striker joined the Pilgrims on loan during the January transfer window, going on to play a significant role in their automatic promotion.

The 23-year-old former Rangers man, who made the move to Bloomfield Road from Ibrox last summer, netted seven goals in five starts and eight ...

2020-07-02 12:17 open_in_new
Blackpool coach David Dunn installed as early favourite to replace Ian Evatt at Barrow

It comes after Pool legend Ian Evatt departed Holker Street to take charge of Bolton Wanderers.

Following days of negotiations Bolton finally agreed to pay the compensation fee, which is thought to be £225,000.

The deal also involves the 38-year-old’s assistant manager Peter ...

2020-07-02 12:17 open_in_new
Joey Barton: I've decided on Fleetwood team to start against Wycombe in play-off semi-final

And Town’s head coach appreciates how difficult it has been for his players after their season was on hold for close to four months.

Speaking to the club’s website, Barton said:“The starting XI I’ve pretty much settled on for the game.

“That’s based on strategy – what ...

2020-07-02 10:11 open_in_new
How two well known Fylde coast business names were helped to play their cards right in the lockdown

Payment provider, Card Saver, said it was delighted to have helped significant local businesses such as Notarianni's and Taylors of Cleveleys adapt and flourish during the pandemic lockdown.

Ross Chapman, Card Saver’s business development director, said: “We are really proud to have ...

2020-07-02 10:11 open_in_new
Safety measures in place for reopening of Fleetwood Market

The council’s Markets Team and traders are working together to ensure the market is a safe place to shop, trade and work so it can be reopened and continue the recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic.

Measures implemented include:

- All market doors have been designated as entrance ...

2020-07-02 09:08 open_in_new
Skoda Fabia review - making the mature decision

The Skoda Fabia has been around for more than 20 years and over the course of its life it’s been unavoidably linked to the VW Polo and Seat Ibiza.

Over the years, all three models have shared platforms, with chassis, engines and components common across all three superminis.

In ...

2020-07-01 22:40 open_in_new
Restrictions to be eased at Lancashire's tips from Monday - here's what you need to know

Lancashire County Council has confirmed people will be able to visit their recycling centres in their car without booking an appointment first from Monday (July 6).

People will also be allowed to use their vans and trailers again to carry their waste from Friday (July 10), however they ...

2020-07-01 21:35 open_in_new
Blackpool legend Ian Evatt appointed the new manager of Bolton Wanderers

Following days of negotiations, Bolton finally agreed to pay Evatt’s compensation fee, thought to be £225,000.

The deal also involves the 38-year-old’s assistant manager Peter Atherton joining him.

Evatt and Atherton have signed deals that will run until the end of the 2022/23 ...

2020-07-01 20:32 open_in_new
Coronavirus in Blackpool: 684 people test positive as Lancashire total approaches 5,000

The latest figures are revealed in data published today (July 1) by Public Health England.

The total across Lancashire stands at 4,965, including 3,857 in the Lancashire County Council area, which includes Fylde and Wyre.

The figures are based on positive Covid-19 test results and ...

2020-07-01 20:32 open_in_new
No World Matchplay in Blackpool this year as darts spectacular goes behind closed doors in Milton Keynes

The Professional Darts Corporation has confirmed that after 26 successive years at the Winter Gardens, the summer showpiece is to be held at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes from July 18-26.

A final announcement was delayed until this month in the hope that the annual battle for the ...

2020-07-01 20:32 open_in_new
Joey Barton praises Fleetwood players for "superb preparation" ahead of play-off against Wycombe

Addressing national media, the head coach praised his squad's attitude throughout the suspension of sport due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Barton cannot wait to do battle with Gareth Ainsworth's Chairboys over two legs and told the Press Association: "You have to trust your players and ...

2020-07-01 19:29 open_in_new
Mexican Gothic By Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Heart-thumping thriller-chiller - book review -

A haunted house set high on a dark, mist-shrouded hill might sound like the old trope for a classic, but somewhat hackneyed, horror story…

But there’s so much more than bumps in the night when you turn the pages of this heart-thumping thriller-chiller from exciting writer Silvia ...

2020-07-01 18:26 open_in_new
Preston university chiefs join national campaign to help students affected by Covid-19

UCLan is one of 50 organisations throwing its weight behind a new online hub, ‘Uni4Me’, bringing together 250 online activities from organisations in the higher education sector, which was launched today by the Minister of State for Universities, Michelle Donelan.

The hub, led ...

2020-07-01 18:26 open_in_new
Story of the season for Fleetwood Town: Cup wins in November but mixed fortunes in league
Our month-by-month review of Fleetwood’s season reaches November, which brought more cup action than League One games for Town and  started badly with a 2-1 defeat away to bottom club Bolton Wanderers. ...
2020-07-01 17:23 open_in_new
These are 17 things you should know about how pubs will work this weekend

A range of special measures are being rolled out at pubs across the county to ensure people's safety and to avoid a second-wave of coronavirus.

And whilst some restrictions are relaxed, other restrictions are coming into place.

These are 17 things you should know about how pubs will ...

2020-07-01 17:23 open_in_new
18 free agents Blackpool could consider signing this summer

Here, we take a look at some of the free agents Blackpool could take a look at this summer:

No longer contracted to Swansea, the 24-year-old striker might be worth a punt on the back of his prolific spell in non-league.

Coming to the end of his contract with Luton, the goalscoring ...

2020-07-01 16:20 open_in_new
Mecca Bingo Blackpool opens again on July 4

After being closed due to lockdown conditions for three months, a new safe, socially-distanced way to enjoy all that Mecca offers has been planned.

For general manager Nick Cook, the safety of his customers and team is paramount.

As well as the usual afternoon and evening sessions ...

2020-07-01 16:20 open_in_new