Blackpool urged Gary Barlow to get in touch asap after he offered to play tomorrow's Illuminations gig following The Script's cancellation
Director Tim Burton has filmed The Killers new music video in Blackpool. The 'Here With Me' video stars Hollywood actress Winona Ryder.
The inaugural concert by Sir Elton John at a new venue in Blackpool was cut short by strong winds.
Gary Barlow has said that he should be able to announce at midday whether he will be able to play a last-minute slot at Blackpool Illuminations concert tomorrow.
Should know by midday if we can hit Blackpool tomorrow night ! Rounding up my live band, technicians, production
The singer and X-Factor judge made the offer to play when he heard that The Script had pulled out due to a family illness.
Gary Barlow has offered to be Blackpool's knight in shining armour after The Script were forced to pull out of this year's Illuminations concert.
The Irish band said it was "with deepest regret" that they had to cancel the gig on the 30 August and another at the Leeds Academy the day before "due to a sudden serious family illness".
The X Factor judge wrote on Twitter, "I hear Blackpool are looking for someone to switch the lights on this year? If they'd write a cheque to Children in Need I'd do it?"
A pitch invasion which led to a football steward being trampled by a police horse has been labelled "completely unacceptable" by police chiefs, who vowed to prosecute the troublemakers.
The behaviour towards officers and match stewards from some fans at last night's cup tie derby between Preston North End and Blackpool was criticised as "disgraceful".
Police said "a significant minority of determined people" from both sides were intent on causing trouble on the night and added that those identified would be tracked down and prosecuted.
Two people were arrested for criminal damage to one of the supporters' coaches outside the ground, with another four people held for minor offences.
Superintendent Richard Morgan, of Lancashire Police, said police officers "responded quickly" to the pitch invasion at the end of the Preston-Blackpool match on Monday night. A steward was struck by a police horse during the disorder.
– Superintendent Richard Morgan
We are aware that a steward was injured inside the ground and I would like to reassure people that will be looking into the circumstances around how and why that happened.
We have been working closely with the football club in the lead up to and throughout the match. I would like to stress that it is only a minority who have been involved in the disorder with the majority of supporters enjoying the event and getting home safely.
John McDougall, who was reporting from the match for the Press Association, said: "It was a feisty game - not a dirty one - and there was clearly local pride at stake.
"At the end of the game there was a pitch invasion and some of the Preston fans went over towards the Blackpool supporters in the away end.
"Police, both on foot and mounted, formed a wall between the two sets of fans. It took about five or 10 minutes for them to clear the supporters.
"Both managers have condemned the pitch invasion."
Lancashire Police have confirmed they are looking into the incident.
A football steward appeared to be trampled by a police horse following a pitch invasion at the end of the Capital One Cup game between Preston North End and Blackpool tonight.
The steward, who was wearing a hi-vis jacket, was on the Deepdale pitch helping clear fans after the hosts' late winner prompted scores of supporters to run from the stands to congratulate the players.
But one steward appeared to be struck by a police horse as it cantered across the pitch, while another horse - also helping with crowd dispersal - seemed to clip the steward as he lay on the ground.
Tom Clarke headed the only goal as the League One side defeated Lancashire rivals Blackpool.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach have teamed up with Nick Park to create the world's first Wallace and Gromit theme park ride.
The family ride called Thrill-O-Matic features all of the characters from the animated adventures, as well as classic scenes from A Close Shave, A Matter of Loaf and Death and the Wrong Trousers.
– Lancashire Police spokeswoman
This allegation, like any allegation involving the wellbeing of young people, is being taken extremely seriously and will be thoroughly investigated as our priority is the safeguarding of young people. We are in the early stages of this inquiry and are working closely with the school and the local authority to establish the circumstances. No arrests have been made at this stage.
The head teacher and five staff members at a primary school in Blackpool have been suspended as police investigate an allegation related to the treatment of pupils.
Blackpool councillor Sarah Riding, cabinet member for education and schools, said:
"We were made aware of an issue at Revoe Primary School that raised concerns to us about the professional judgement made by a number of staff in relation to pupil wellbeing.
“Although we have no reason to suspect any child has come to harm this is a serious situation that needed immediate action to be taken.
Lancashire Constabulary said the allegation was being taken "extremely seriously and will bethoroughly investigated as our priority is the safeguarding of young people".
A spokesperson said no arrests have been made at this stage.