Archive for February, 2009

Edinburgh and Blackpool host Nocturne Cycle races in 2009 – Cycling Weekly, Britain’s biggest-selling cycling magazine, delivers an exciting mix of fitness advice, bike tests, product reviews, news and ride guides for every cyclist

February 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Edinburgh and Blackpool are the latest additions to the 2009 Nocturne Series, joining the established Smithfield event held in London.

Event director James Pope of FACE promises some top continental pros for the new races, with the Blackpool Nocturne on the north shore promenade on August 1 aiming to attract Tour de France stars from the post-Tour criterium circuit.


Joe Longthorne Is Back To Blackpool’s Grand Theatre

February 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Blackpool’s Grand Theatre is to welcome back legendary entertainer Joe Longthorne for three weeks of song and laughter from Sunday 30th August to Saturday 19th September following his sell out performances in 2007 and 2008.

Joe Longthorne’s repertoire of voices is endless and includes hundreds of the world’s top singers. However, he is perhaps best known for his impersonations of Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey – Shirley herself said: “Joe can do me better than I can do myself!”

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Blackpool Tower Ballroom Dancing

February 22, 2009 2 comments

Blackpool Ballroom dancers    Blackpool Ballroom dancers



Ginger Rogers and friend looking for Fred AstaireGinger Rogers and friend looking for Fred Astaire
Organist Chris Hopkins playing the Wersi Organ

Organist Chris Hopkins playing the Wersi Organ

Yates Fire Blackpool – Demolition Starts

February 19, 2009 1 comment


Work has started on demolishing the remains of Yates after the fire. 8 hours later there is not much left

Hopefully it can be cleared up quickly and rebuilt to its former glory.

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Blackpool Yates Fire – 2 days later.

February 17, 2009 Leave a comment




The fire engines are still here. we can see that the roof has gone, most of the insides and the outside walls are badly damaged. Does not look like there is much that can be saved!




With a quick glance it does not look to bad but the roof and the insides and the windows are missing on closer inspection.

img_4407smlHopefully this famous landmark will rise again.

however there were several businesses involved so it will probably take forever to sort anything out.

I hope it does not turn into a crubling ruin in the centre of town.

Blackpool Yates Fire – Update

February 15, 2009 1 comment

( Pictures are on previous post, see recent post box on RHS.)

A man was arrested on suspicion of arson this morning as more than 100 firefighters struggled to contain a huge blaze in the centre of Blackpool.

Seven people, including a baby, were evacuated as flames engulfed shops and the historic Yates’s wine bar close to the resort’s main attractions, such as the tower and winter gardens. Three people were treated for smoke inhalation.

Detectives were questioning a 21-year-old man who was arrested close to the suspected seat of the fire, on the ground floor of a pet shop. Lancashire police said that it was too early to speculate on the outbreak’s exact cause or possible motives involved.

The fire spread rapidly through the roof of the shop in Clifton Street, before engulfing Yates’s next door, which has only recently re-opened after a £500,000 restoration. The nearby Wildcats lap dancing bar and other shops were also badly damaged as strong winds fanned the flames.

Using pumps mounted on aerial ladders, firefighters managed to ring the fire after several hours and prevent it spreading further through a triangle of shops and restaurants. It was brought under control at 10.30am.

The leader of Blackpool council, Peter Callow, said the gutting of Yates’s was “a tragedy, destroying one of our most famous buildings”. The fire had also wrecked other renovation projects that had smartened up the surrounding Talbot Square area, he said.

The alarm was raised at 3.15am and firefighters found Yates’s well ablaze. They deployed three aerial ladder platforms and a high volume pump as well as 10 tenders. Blackpool’s emergency planning team was mobilised.

Kathy Stacey of Lancashire fire and rescue said: “It’s been a very, very big fire for us in terms of its size and intensity. It’s very rare that we would have a fire involving that number of pumps.

“Thankfully nobody was in the buildings and we’re not looking at a lot of casualties. Had this been a terrace of homes it would be a different story, but it’s obviously very sad for those business owners and the people who own those properties.”

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Blackpool Major Fire at Yates 15th Feb. 09

February 15, 2009 3 comments

Fire at Yates Wine Bar on Talbot Square.Fire at Yates Wine Bar on Talbot Square.


A major fire badly damaged the landmark Yates’s bar in Talbot Square in the early hours of Sunday Morning.  At 10.00am the fire brigade were still busy dousing the flames.

The building was only recently completely refurbished.