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.
Police have arrested four people over the death of a toddler in Blackpool.
Emergency crews were called out to the town's Jameson Street, late last night, amid reports a 2-year-old girl had suffered a cardiac arrest.
Detectives are now questioning two women, aged 29 and 65, and two men, aged 40 and 60, on suspicion of child neglect
Detective Supt Paul Withers, of Lancashire Constabulary’s Force Major Investigation Team, said:
"This is a tragic incident where a little girl has lost her life.
A full investigation is underway to try to establish exactly what has happened.
Specially trained officers are offering support to the wider family.”
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Blackpool beach was closed today and the was seafront deserted as high winds lashed at the holiday town.
Another shot from our first floor crew room window. Please stay safe ? (c) RNLI/Phil Denham http://t.co/zoX5mSqNAc
View from our 1st floor crew room window at high tide today! Stay safe & be vigilant by the sea (C) RNLI/D Warburton http://t.co/h6Zo6107Df
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.