Beyond BPL

Even though our primary focus is spreading the good word about Blackpool, we are very aware that Blackpool is not an island.  We have some great little towns and communities surrounding us, so we include things from the wider Wyre and Fylde areas often.  Here, you can find those articles that are about things that are going on outside of Blackpool.

Missing Goat Found Waiting For Tram

This isn't even a joke and it's probably the funniest story we've heard this month.  Imagine waiting for a tram in Blackpool to find a goat standing in the queue because that's exactly what happened to these commuters in Manchester.  Obviously unfazed by the sight of a goat waiting with them on the platform behind…

Monkees Bassist Dies Aged 77

[caption id="attachment_4015" align="alignright" width="299"] Bassist Peter Tork passed away aged 77[/caption] Peter Tork, keyboardist and bassist of 60s american group The Monkees has passed away at the age of 77.  He was born Peter Halsten Thorkelson but adopted the shorter "Peter Tork" as his stage name. Tork had been diagnosed with a rare tongue disease.…

Hunt For Missing Zowie

34 year old Zowie Jennings has not been seen since she left Blackpool Victoria Hospital on 10th January 2019.  Her family and friends are concerned for her welbeing and she has been reported as a missing person and has links to the Blackpool area. She is described as being caucasian with a slim build.  Zowie…

Date Set For Local Library Reopening

Poulton Library, funded by Lancashire County council, has suffered a short closure.  It was suddenly closed a few weeks ago due to structural damage.  Quite often, we see council funded establishments such as this being closed for lengthy periods during to funding cuts causing a loss to the community of a valuable resource. We are…

Get a Free Letter From Santa!

Writing a letter to Santa is a great activity to do with the kids for Christmas. It's fun, but it's educational too. There aren't many opportunities these days to physically write a letter since most communication is electronic now. So writing a letter to Santa will give your kids that rare opportunity to practise laying…

Remembering the Fallen on The Centenary of Armistice Day

Today is November 11th  2018, or Armistice Day as it is called, which is a significant day in Britain.  This year it falls on a Sunday, making today also Remembrance Sunday.  Not only this, but it also marks 100 years since the End of the First World War. Armistice Day is commemorated annually in Britain. …

Isolated case of Mad Cow Disease caught Early in Scotland

Routine testing by scottish enviroment workers revealed a case of mad cow disease also known as BSE at a farm in scotland. The farm has been isolated - the animal in question disposed of. Authorities are now tracing the source of the disease.  Scotland's chief veterinary officer Sheila Voas said: "While it is too early…

Homeless Man Attacked by kids

A video is currently circulating purporting to show a group of kids (armed with a knife) attacking a homeless man in Blackpool. This incident actually took place in Preston.  The video has already gained a lot of attention, although it doesn't actually show any violence directly happening - it does show what appears to be…

Last Day To Register For The Light Up The North Conference

The Light and the Creative Economy Light Up the North National Conference takes place on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th October 2018.  It is free to attend and you can register here. You have to register by 27th September! What is it? This conference is hosted by the Lightpool Festival.  The Light Up The North Network…

One Half of “Rockney” Duo Chas and Dave Dead

[caption id="attachment_2929" align="alignright" width="200"] Chas & Dave (The Sun)[/caption] Chas Hodges, or more famously known as "Chas" from "Chas and Dave" has passed away aged 74 after a battle against cancer.  Chas had received successful treatment recently for oesophageal cancer but he passed away in the early hours of this morning.  It is believed that…

Iceland worker covers dog from rain

The owner of this dog had left them tied up outside Iceland in Finaghy in Belfast - When an employee walks out into the heavy rain to cover the doggo over with an Iceland Jacket. What a Hero!! How would you reward him - answers in the comments below!! https://www.facebook.com/stephen.mcintosh.77/videos/2234638629884233/

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Scientific Evidence Shows That People Who Put Up Christmas Decorations Early Are Happier

You can almost hear the groans from disgruntled Scrooges every time someone starts posting a Christmas countdown.  It’s pretty safe to say that we all anticipate the run up to the later Autumnal months.  With baited breath, we keep an eye out for that first festive display that’s up in September or scour the shops…

Southend Pier Saved By Pee

[caption id="attachment_2757" align="alignright" width="300"] Thomas with his family[/caption] Thomas Watson, father of one, may have saved the deserted Southend Pier from an inferno thanks to his quick thinking.  On Friday at approximately 7:30pm, the 22 year old was walking near the pier with his partner and daughter when he noticed a small fire on the…

Are You Headed To France This Summer?

If you're visiting France this year or any time from now on, you should make sure that you are aware of the new driving rules that are now in use in France if you are planning on driving during your trip. Next weekend will be one of the busiest for British holidaymakers as they head…

Marine Hall, Fleetwood: Heritage

A short drive north of Blackpool is Fleetwood, and here, on the waterfront, you'll find the Marine Hall.  Built in the 1930s, the Marine Hall is one of the newest buildings in the Heritage open days. The Marine Hall was first opened in 1935 and is made from brick and concrete in an art deco…

Search For Blackpool Graffiti War Hero

[caption id="attachment_2627" align="alignleft" width="300"] Do you know who this Blackpool graffiti war hero may be?[/caption] Judging by this apparently 74 year old scribbling on a barn wall near Bayeux, it's not just the youth of today who leave their mark in graffiti artwork.  The search is on for a Blackpool Graffiti War Hero. The find…

Hosepipe Ban To Hit Blackpool

From 5th August, United Utilities will be imposing a hosepipe ban across some parts of the UK.  This is also known as a temporary use ban.  It is important that you follow the guidelines for the hosepipe ban as failing to do so could mean that you may incur a significant fine. Where will the…

Free Heritage Open Days in Fylde and Wyre 2018

We've already posted about the Blackpool Heritage Open Days 2018, so we thought we'd bring you a separate article for all the other FREE Heritage open days that will be taking place in September for the Fylde and Wyre areas surrounding Blackpool.   St Annes-on-Sea Parish Church WW I & II Graveyard Memorial Trail St Annes Parish…

It’s Coming Home

Watch the video of Fans reacting to England's Win over Sweden in the Quarter Finals of the 2018 world cup in Russia. The Editor happened to be walking by t the right time and captured this video on the ground.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUDw-veQahI  
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