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Wax figures celebrate history of England shirt

With less than a week until England kick-off in Brazil, Madame Tussauds Blackpool has teamed up with the National Football Museum to deliver a snapshot of the famous white shirt over the years.

Stanley Matthews, Gary Linekar, Alan Shearer, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Roone Credit: Jason Lock

The wax figures of Stanley Matthews, Gary Linekar, Alan Shearer, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney are stood with the 1966 final and the Jules Rimet Trophy, part of the museum’s comprehensive collection of World Cup items.

They have all been decked out in England kits from stretching back six decades to the 1950s.

The display is designed to show the transformation of Three Lions’ iconic white strip over the past 60-year period.

Wayne Rooney Credit: Jason Lock

Matthew Titherington, general manager at Madame Tussauds Blackpool said: “It’s really interesting to see the extent of change the England shirts have undergone over the last 60 years.

"The state-of-the-art technology that’s used in modern shirts is a million miles away from the strip Sir Stanley Matthews wore in 1954.

“The nation is hoping that the kit Wayne Rooney models will be the one to end the 48 years of hurt.”

Two arrested over Blackpool hotel fire

From Lancashire fire and rescue

Around 60 firefighters Fire are continuing to tackle a large fire at a disused hotel in Blackpool. Crews were called to the Palm Beach Hotel on South Promenade, just after 1.30 this morning. It followed reports reports of suspicious activity in the area. Two men are now in police custody.

Approximately 20 people were evacuated from homes on Clifton Street and were taken to rest centres. Clifton Street will remain closed. South Promenade will remain open but drivers are asked to take extra care as the pass fire and rescue vehicles.


Family plea to bring Kay's body home

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The family of a woman from Blackpool who died following a fall whilst on holiday are raising money to bring her body home. Kay Flitcroft, 30 was walking home from a night out in on the Spanish island Menorca when she fell 30ft over a wall. Her family say she didn't have travel insurance.

A facebook tribute page with fundraising details has been set up here.

Blackpool FC seem set to appoint Belgian Jose Riga as their new manager

Former Charlton manager Jose Riga Credit: PA Pictures

Blackpool FC look set to appoint Belgian Jose Riga as their new manager.

The 56-year-old is the man who guided seemingly-doomed Charlton to safety from relegation in just two months in the hot-seat at The Valley last season.

It is understood he held talks with Seasiders' chairman Karl Oyston in London at the weekend and has agreed to take the job subject to personal terms being finalised.


Search for body of missing Blackpool teenager Paige Chivers comes to an end

Paige Chivers Credit: PA Pictures

Police investigating the suspected murder of a 15-year-old girl in Blackpool have completed a search of land near where she was last seen.

The police chief leading the inquiry said he was satisfied "this line of investigation is now closed" following the search of land in Bispham.

Detectives acted on new information about the possible location of the body of Paige Chivers after a £30,000 reward was offered in April.

Paige disappeared after she boarded a bus near her family home in August 2007.

Since then, four people have been arrested on suspicion of her murder but released without charge.

The recent search focused on an overgrown patch of land off All Hallows Road behind All Hallows Church.

Detective superintendent Andy Webster said: "We have conducted a thorough and detailed search of this area and I am satisfied that this line of investigation is now closed. We remain as committed as ever to finding Paige's body and bringing her killer to justice.

"I continue to appeal to the public for any information they may have about Paige's murder, no matter how small, to come forward and contact us. I am still keen to hear from anyone who has any details of her movements on the August bank holiday weekend in 2007."

Paige left her home in Longford Avenue, Bispham, on August 23, 2007, following a family row and boarded a bus in nearby Ashfield Road, heading into the resort.

Anyone with information should contact the incident room via Lancashire Police on 101 or call crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Tom Ince wants to follow in dad's footsteps and play for Inter Milan

Tom Ince Credit: PA Pictures

Tom Ince is relishing the prospect of following in his father's footsteps and playing for Inter Milan next season.

The 22-year-old Blackpool winger arrived in Milan on Sunday night with his father Paul to meet club officials and discuss a possible move to the Nerazzurri.

"I'm not an Inter player yet," Tom Ince said to Sky Italia. "I'm very happy to be here two or three days in the meantime.

"Inter is a fantastic squad and Italy is a great country, where I have many fond memories.

"I remember the San Siro with affection, players like (Javier) Zanetti, (Massimo) Paganin and (Aron) Winter.

"We lived in Como.

"It's marvellous to be here at 22."

Tom Ince, who played the second half of the season on loan at Crystal Palace, becomes a free agent this summer and is also a reported target of Monaco and Everton.

"I'm young, English, a winger, a fun player to watch," he said. "Inter are changing, they have new young players and a new owner."

Paul Ince is excited by the possibility of seeing his son wear the Nerazzurri jersey.

The former Manchester United star spent two seasons at Inter nearly two decades ago.

"This is an incredible story," he said. "The important thing for Tom is to be here today, to see the training ground, get to know the stadium and the city.

"Then we will go back home and take a decision.

"I'm here now for my son, I think we will know more in a couple of weeks.''

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