Friday, 11 January 2013

Morecambe seeks traders for new street market

Morecambe is getting a new street market - and is looking for traders.

Following a decision taken by Morecambe’s Mary Portas Town Team to introduce a monthly themed street market on Victoria Street in Morecambe, the town's council are looking for local market traders, who may be interested in having a stall.

The first market will be launched on Saturday 30th March and will have an Easter Special theme.

Morecambe Council is looking for sellers of quality local goods, produced around Morecambe Bay i.e. food products, jewellery, crafts and flowers. They will not accept applications from sellers of bric a brac, antiques, used clothes and footwear or furniture.

To register your interest or for more information, please email the Town Clerk’s Assistant Abigail Fawcett at or by telephoning (01524) 422929
Spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

After you have registered your interest, you will be invited to a meeting to discuss your product and to gain further information about the market.

Morecambe gained funding under the Mary Portas initiative last July, to set up a community café to provide advice and support for those looking to take up business opportunities.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Lancashire car drivers warned to keep off their mobiles

Lancashire Constabulary is warning drivers of the dangers mobile phones whilst driving as they launch a month-long crackdown, after over 5000 were caught using them while driving last year across the county.

Throughout January, road policing officers across the county will be carrying out enforcement as well as visiting colleges and universities to warn of the dangers of taking a call or texting whilst driving.

“The consequences of driving whilst using a mobile phone can be catastrophic," says Road Policing Chief Inspector Debbie Howard. "It diverts attention away from the road and increases the chances of being involved in a road traffic collision.

“We take action against those who use mobile phones whilst driving throughout the year but the concentrated activity taking place this month sets out to let motorists know that this behaviour will simply not be tolerated.”

In 2012, 5,052 drivers in Lancashire were caught by police using a mobile phone whilst driving.

Motorists who use a mobile phone whilst driving can receive a £60 fine and three penalty points on their licence or they may be dealt with at court.

The activity comes as part of Operation Pathway, a Force-wide campaign that sees high profile action days on the county’s roads aimed at saving lives and protecting people.

Heysham M6 Link decision in March

The government has confirmed a decision on the Heysham M6 Link will be made by March.

Responding to questions in the House of Commons from Morecambe MP David Morris Simon Chelmsford, speaking for the Secretary told him: "The design and operation of the revised M6 junction 34, including the proposed Halton Link Road, was examined as part of Lancashire county council's application for development consent for the Heysham to M6 Link scheme.

"The Secretary of State for Transport... received the examining authority's report on this scheme last month and we are considering carefully his conclusions and recommendation. Under the Planning Act 2008 we are under a duty to decide the application by 19th March 2013."

His tone of reply suggests the the Bypass plan looks set to go ahead.

"Subject to the successful completion of all remaining statutory procedures and procurement, Lancashire county council estimate the construction will start in July 2013," he said, " and that the scheme will open in December 2015."

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Bark in the Park back next month

Join local charity CancerCare for Bark in the Park 2013 next month: a sponsored dog walk and fun dog show to be held on Saturday 16th February at Williamson Park, Lancaster.

Put your pooch to the test with a sponsored dog walk and fun dog show. You can register your four-legged friend in advance or on the day from 12 noon outside the Ashton Memorial, with the one hour walk setting off at 1.00pm. There will be goody bags for all entries.

Then at 2.30pm, the fun dog show begins with rosettes and prizes for the winner. There's £5 entry per dog for the walk and £1.50 entry per heat for the dog show.

All proceeds to CancerCare, a local charity dedicated to providing emotional support and practical advice to people with cancer, their families and carers, and those bereaved as a result of cancer.

• Pre-register your dog here:

Comedian Alex Horne heads for The Platform

Top class comedian Alex Horne, star and co-creator of the BBC Four comedy quiz show We Need Answers is on his way to the Platform in Morecambe to launch the Platform’s Spring/Summer programme - one show not to be missed.

Award-winning comedian Alex Horne has established a reputation among critics, comedians and audiences as a thoughtful and original stand-up, writer and solo performer. He recently chaired Never Mind The Buzzcocks on BBC Two.

Alex Horne: ‘Seven Years In The Bathroom’ is the ultimate stat-based fun-packed thought-provoking experimental-and-sometimes-stupid comedy show in which Alex aims to recreate your entire life.

That’s right, he’ll do everything you’ll ever do but in one evening. So in an average lifetime you’ll spend two years shopping, two weeks kissing and eighteen months looking for lost things. You’ll also spend quite a while eating, queuing, crying and googling yourself.

Alex is going to squeeze all those things into one show and it’ll be tremendous, and very funny. So come and laugh at your life.

• Alex Horne is at The Platform on Friday 15th February at 8pm and tickets are £12. They can be purchased online at, from the box office on 01524 582803 or in person from visitor information centres at Lancaster and Morecambe.

• For more information on events at the Platform in 2013 or to sign up to receive a copy of the Spring/Summer Platform brochure by email visit

More Travels with a Camera at the Platform

Get whisked across the world through a series of talks by Peter Logan in ‘More Travels with a Camera’ at the Platform in Morecambe.

The new series of slide presentations starts on Tuesday 15th January and will take you on a journey through Burma on the road to Mandalay via the River Kwai.

Join Peter on Tuesday 22nd January as he guides you through Eastern Canada to the varied landscapes of Toronto, Quebec and Niagara.

The following week, Tuesday 29th January, rounds off this amazing glimpse into the Canadian wilderness of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

For the final instalment of this series on Tuesday 5th February, Peter will take you on a cruise through the Baltic, showing stunning scenery from a wonderful trip of a lifetime.

All shows start at 7.00pm and tickets are £3 including tea/coffee and biscuits.

Tickets can be purchased online at, from the box office on 01524 582803 or in person from visitor information centres at Lancaster and Morecambe.

• More information on January's Platform events can be found at

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Search for begins for new North West exporters

A search is being launched to find 1,000 new exporters in the North West during 2013, to help give a boost to the region’s economy.

UK Trade & Investment - the government body that encourages businesses to trade abroad – is kick-starting the search by giving more than 100 firms the chance to visit Dublin in March for an export taster visit.

The two-day trip will include return flights from Manchester Airport, overnight accommodation, and a programme of networking and training events. New and novice exporters will be able to take part in the visit for a nominal charge of £99 plus VAT.

Residents in Ireland spend an average of £3,558 on British goods every year, and the country is currently the North West’s fifth largest export market. The value of exports from the region during 2011/12 was estimated at £1.2 billion.

Ireland is also the UK’s largest importer of food and drink products, and the country’s young population – with a third of people aged between 25 and 44 – makes it attractive to exporters.

“We’re working hard to increase the number of firms that export products from the North West, and I’d like to see at least 1,000 new companies start exporting during 2013," explained Clive Drinkwater, UKTI’s Regional Director in the North West.

“The trip to Dublin in March will be a great introduction to what exporting is all about, and Ireland is a good country to choose as your first export market due to its close proximity and links to the UK.

“Just under half of our exports still go to EU countries so they’re a sensible choice for new exporters as the cost of flights and transportation is relatively inexpensive. Once you’ve successfully exported to one country, it also makes it much easier to start targeting others.

“The opportunities are there for companies to start exporting and I hope the trip to Ireland in March will give many of them the incentive they need to give it a go.”

• The Export Insight Visit to Dublin will take place on 5 and 6 March, and the deadline to register is Thursday 31 January. More details are available at or by calling 0161 875 2274

Police appeal following Lancaster road traffic collision

Police are appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision in Lancaster on New Year's Eve.

The incident happened at around 9:45pm on Damside Street outside the bus station, when a cyclist was involved in a collision with a white Toyota car. The driver of the car stopped and checked that the cyclist was all right, before continuing with his journey. A blonde-haired woman was also in the car at the time.

Although at the time the cyclist felt fine, he later required medical attention at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary for minor injuries. Officers are now appealing for the driver of the Toyota to come forward and contact the police.

Anyone with information is asked to call PC Carl Wood at Lancaster Police on 101.

People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Monday, 7 January 2013

Appeal after two Roe deer found dead near Carnforth, shot with crossbow

Police are appealing for information after two Roe deer were found dead on New Year’s Day in a wood in Bolton-le-Sands - and are searching for a white van seen in the area of the killings.

The deer were found by a dog walker in stream in a small wood adjacent to Pasture Lane. It is thought they had been there for several days and examination of the carcasses revealed they were killed by a crossbow or similar weapon.

Local Wildlife Crime Officer, PC Massingham said; “The use of a crossbow to kill any animal or bird in the UK is prohibited and carries a heavy penalty. This is a cruel mindless act committed by someone with total disregard to wildlife or animal welfare.

“In particular, we are eager to speak to and locate, the occupants of a white Ford Transit van, which, was seen driving slowly on Pasture Lane several days before the carcasses were found.

“I would appeal to anyone who may have seen this van or seen any other suspicious activity in the area to come forward and contact us.”

• Anybody with any information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Boogie Bill Roberts, Fay Marie and more celebrate Gillow anniversary

Saturday 12th January 2013 marks a calendar year of Mark Cutter being Landlord of Lancaster's Robert Gillow. At that point it was a temporary arrangement, as an extension of his activities at The Lord Ashton, but by April he and his partner Natasha Burns were enjoying the challenge so much that they made it official and took on the lease from Hydes Brewery.

To celebrate a year at the pub, The Robert Gillow has planned a day of music to reaffirm its commitment to live music seven days a week, multiple times per day.

The day will start with a Champagne Breakfast with Boogie Bill Roberts from 10am - Midday (The Robert Gillow is open for breakfast from 8.00am Monday - Saturday, and from 10.00am on Sundays).

Then local jive/swing ensemble JiveHoot take to the stage from Noon - 2.30pm.

Bill Wilding and Phil Armistead host their weekly Jazz Cafe from 3pm - 5.00pm

Then from 5pm 'til 9.00pm there will be a showcase a host of local acts who play regularly at The Robert Gillow, including Jazz group Swerve Trio and young talent Fay Marie.

At 9.00pm, Baksheesh take to the stage for a fanatic end to a fantastic day.

Lancaster's Global Link gets £50K Arts Council boost

Lancaster-based charity Global Link has been awarded £50,000 in Arts Council funding to continue its global education work through the arts for the next two years.

"This is very good news for Global Link, the global artists in our North-West directory, and for schools," commented Manager Gisela Renolds.

"The £50,000 Arts Council funding enables Global Link to continue to support global artists working in North West schools, bringing the global dimension into education through their art forms. ‘

In a previous Arts Council-funded project, Global Link set up a global artist directory and website, featuring the work of global artists around the North West. These artists include people who have heritage in Africa, Asia and Latin America and artists who are specifically addressing key concepts in schools relating to the global dimension (eg sustainable development, diversity or human rights).

40 schools in the North West previously benefited by receiving subsidies to bring global artists into their schools to work with their pupils, and there are a further 50 subsidies available to schools and library services in the North West over the next 2 years.

"We would welcome another artist any day!" enthused one teacher from Navigation Primary School.

"This was highly successful art project with very positive feedback from staff and pupils," said W Zaidi from Rolls Crescent Primary School. "The children’s work has been very attractively displayed in a focal point in the school."

"It was a very worthwhile and enjoyable session, the children were fully engaged throughout," said K Sutherland of Dane Ghyll Primary School. "They now have a better understanding of children living in another country."

• More info:

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Police appeal following fatal A6 crash

(Updated 7th January 2013): Police are appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision on the A6 at Cabus that resulted in the death of 79-year-old Frederick Lang, who lived in Garstang.

Mr Lang served as a police officer in the Lancashire Constabulary from 1956 through until 1961 before moving down to the Midlands.

The incident happened on Friday 4th January at around 7.00pm on Preston Lancaster Road close to Fowler Hill Lane.

A red BMW was travelling south when it collided with a white Volkswagen van. The driver of the BMW, a 79 year old man from Garstang, received multiple injuries and died at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

The driver of the van, a 24 year old man from Forton, did not receive any injuries but was understandably left shaken following the collision.

The road was closed for four hours to allow accident investigation to carry out an examination of the scene and police are now appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Sergeant Gareth Hill from the Road Policing Unit said, “I would appeal to anyone who was in the area and witnessed what happened to come forward and contact the police.

“We are still in the process of tracing the man’s next of kin but every effort is being made and we will have specially trained officers to support them through this difficult time.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Lancashire Constabulary on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.