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Plans revealed for Blackpool museum

Plans revealed for Blackpool museum

The history of Blackpool is set to be put on display at a special museum in the town. Plans will be put on show at the Winter Gardens on Friday and Saturday giving people a taster of what the museum could include.

On show will be quintessential parts of Blackpool's history, including a Blackpool Tower building challenge, a 1920s singing booth and large screen projections of Blackpool through the ages.

"I think people will be pleasantly surprised by some of the shows and exhibitions on offer, which are a bit different from regular museums.

"Not only will this museum be a great addition to our long list of top-class attractions, it will also create real, full-time jobs and bring more people in to the fabulous Winter Gardens.

"We also hope that locals will enjoy the story that the museum tells, which will help to foster even more civic pride in this great town."

– Cllr Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council
Opportunities to help shape the museum

In May 2014, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Blackpool Council announced a £1.6m pot of money to start developing how a Blackpool Museum would look. Since then staff have spoken to over 2,500 people in Blackpool and across the country to develop the museum.

If approved, it'll be located at the Winter Gardens, creating around 80 new jobs. A decision is expected next year.


Hooray for Hollywood name switching on Blackpool lights

Switching on Blackpool lights:Tim Burton Credit: PA

This year's Blackpool illuminations will be switched on by film director Tim Burton. Burton has been a regular visitor to the resort in recent years as he filmed his latest film there.

It was in Blackpool he shot scenes for US band The Killers music video "Here with Me" and his latest film, "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," in the resort.

The switch-on will take place on Friday 4 September on the Tower Festival Headland following a star-studded concert with performances from a host of stars including The Vamps, Lawson and Professor Green.

Police think missing Blackpool teens are together

Lancashire Police believe two teenagers who are missing from Blackpool could have gone missing together.

Mary Morrison and Angel Heaney are thought to be together Credit: Lancashire Police

Mary Morrison, 12, was last seen at her home address on Whitegate Drive at around 10pm on Sunday 9 August.

She is described as white, 5ft 5in with long blonde hair. She could be wearing a white crop top with black writing and blue jeans and is believed to have a bag of clothes with her.

Angel Heaney, 13, was last seen at her home address on Fairhurst Street at around 2pm on Monday 10 August.

She is described as white with long straight light brown hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 111.

Police looking for missing Blackpool girl

Police in Blackpool are looking for a 12-year-old girl who is missing from home.

Mary Morrison was last seen at home in Blackpool Credit: Lancashire Police

Mary Morrison was last seen at her home address on Whitegate Drive at around 10pm on Sunday 9 August.

She is described as white, 5ft 5in with long blonde hair. She could be wearing a white crop top with black writing and blue jeans and is believed to have a bag of clothes with her.

Sgt 1882 Sarah Sharman of Blackpool Police said:

“We are getting very concerned about Mary and if anyone has seen her or knows where she is then please do get in touch with us as soon as possible.

“I would also urge Mary, if she sees this appeal, to make contact with us so we can be sure she is safe.”

– Sgt 1882 Sarah Sharman, Blackpool Police

Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting log 678 of 10th August.

Tourism boost for Lancashire

Picture perfect: Blackpool basks in tourism success Credit: PA

Lancashire has had an 136 million pound boost to its economy thanks to its increasing popularity as a destination for short breaks.

Blackpool saw its visitor numbers increase by 27 percent last year with visitors to the county spending over three and a half billion pounds.

The visitor economy represents around 1 in 10 jobs across Lancashire, employing over 56,000 people.


John Bishop immortalised at Blackpool waxwork

Comedian John Bishop with his wax figure which was unveiled at Madame Tussauds in Blackpool. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Liverpool comedian John Bishop has come face to face with his own likeness today in Blackpool. The funny man from Merseyside is the latest to be immortalised in wax at Madame Tussauds.

The stand-up comedian has been captured smiling in his trademark casual on-stage pose, and will take up permanent residence at the seaside attraction. He'll be in the company of other British comedy stars such as the recently inducted Paddy McGuinness as well as the two Ronnies, Russell Brand, Alan Carr and Graham Norton.

John Bishop: immortalised in wax Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Police: Paige murder was 'cold and callous'

The murder of Blackpool teenager Paige Chivers was "cold and callous" according the officer that lead the case to bring her killer to justice.

Paige Chivers has been missing since 2007 Credit: Lancashire Police

Robert Ewing was sentenced to life in prison for Paige's murder on Tuesday.

The Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent Andy Webster said:

“This sentence clearly reflects the cold and callous nature of this murder. Paige was an extremely vulnerable 15 year old girl who was targeted and groomed by Ewing to feed his sexual motivation.

“Cases that start as a missing person enquiry and end as a homicide investigation are notoriously difficult to investigate and prosecute. In this case it was compounded by the fact that we have never recovered Paige’s body. Over the eight years the enquiry team has had to piece together the evidence generated from over 8,100 actions and 29,000 documents.

“We have established beyond any doubt what happened to Paige and who killed her. This has been a challenging and complex case for all of those involved. For nearly eight years we have worked tirelessly to bring Paige’s killer to justice and today’s sentence represents the culmination of that investigation.”

– Detective Superintendent Andy Webster from Lancashire Police’s Force Major Investigation Team

CPS: Paige's family now have justice

The Crown Prosecution Service say the family of murdered Blackpool teenager Paige Chivers finally have justice.

In a statement Joanne Cunliffe, from CPS North West Complex Casework Unit said:

“At the time of her disappearance Paige had very little stability in her life and Robert Ewing took advantage of this. He was a middle-aged man who befriended her, not for any charitable reasons, but because he had an inappropriate sexual interest in her.

“Neither of the defendants has ever shown any remorse and over the years since Paige went missing they have done everything they could to cover their tracks, to divert enquiries away from them and try to put the blame on other people.

“Because Paige’s body has never been found this has been a very complex case, firstly to prove that Paige was dead, not just missing, and then to prove that Robert Ewing murdered her.

“My sincere sympathies are with the family of Paige Chivers. Despite the outcome today the trial has been a difficult and painful time for them. I hope they can take some comfort in knowing that Robert Ewing and Gareth Dewhurst have now received justice.”

– Joanne Cunliffe, from CPS North West Complex Casework Unit
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