Probe into blazes in Preston

Police are probing a suspected arson attack on a car which spread to nearby garages.

Firefighters were called to Hawkhurst Road, Preston, at around 5 am today.

A car had been set alight and a Preston fire crew worked to extinguish the blaze and stop it from badly damaging two nearby garages.

At around the same time, there were fires outside a shop in nearby Castleton Road and in bins in Falcon Street. One theory is that they may be connected.

Police are investigating.

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Preston aims to maintain its champion status for Race for Life funds

Preston has put up the biggest fight against cancer in the region – and it is ready to let the battle commence again.

Last year’s Race for Life in the city raised a whopping £217,000 for Cancer Research UK, which was the highest in the North West. This year, event organisers are hoping to beat that, with a target of £230,000. The charity, in partnership with Tesco, is once again launching its popular Race for Life events, with a full weekend of activities.

The Pretty Muddy Race for Life takes place at Moor Park on Saturday, June 17 – 10 am start, with the Race for Life 5k and 10k at the same venue on Sunday, June 18 – 11 am start.

Last year, 748 women took part in the 5k and 248 embraced the 10k run, but Cancer Research UK is aiming for 900 women to tackle the 5k and more than 200 to take on the 10k.

Jane Bullock, Cancer Research UK’s North West spokesman, said: “Life-saving research is being funded right now thanks to the women of Preston running, jogging or walking at Race for Life. “Our participants play a crucial role in helping to turn discoveries made in the lab into better treatments for patients in the North West and across the UK and we rely on their incredible commitment to the cause.

“Race for Life isn’t about being the fittest, fastest or first over the finish line. We need women of all ages and abilities to sign up. It’s the taking part that counts whatever women raise. Just £10 could make a difference in the fight against cancer.”

Every day around 110 people are diagnosed with cancer in the North West. Money raised through Race for Life helps to make long-term research and pioneering trials possible, leading to new tests, kinder treatments and cures, which could save the lives of more people across the North West. Cancer Research UK spent more than £23m in the North West last year. Jane added: “Sadly, most of us know someone whose life has been touched by cancer. #

By taking part in Race for Life women in Preston could help more men, women and children to survive the disease.

“Our aim is that one day everyone will beat cancer. The more women who Race for Life – the sooner that day will come.”

Sign up for Race for Life now at or call 0300 123 0770.

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10 things to do this weekend (April 15 and 16)

There are some great events happening in the region this weekend. Why not try one. 


PAID: Pinto Beans, Preston, Sunday, April 16

What better way to indulge this Easter weekend than by enjoying a spot of jazz, performed by one of the best bands in the North West. Join Pinto Beans at The Ferret in Preston from 9 pm. Pinto Beans features the talents of Harold Salisbury on saxes, Norm Helm on bass, Tom Vernon on guitar and Carl Hutchinson on drums. Admission is just £3.


FREE: Chorley Cycling Grand Prix, Chorley, Saturday, April 15

Chorley town centre is the place to cheer on Britain’s professional cyclists as they race-off on a 116-mile course around the borough in the opening round of the British Cycling Elite Road Series for 2017. The race is part of the 2017 HSBC UK Spring Cup series and will see the country’s top riders battle-it-out over a challenging five-lap route through the Chorley countryside, before racing to the finish line on Park Road, close to the entrance to Astley Park. From 11 am until 4 pm. For more information call 01257 515151.


PAID: Medieval Re-enactment – Historia Normannis, Lancaster, Saturday, April 15 until Monday, April 17

Step back 900 years into the time of the Normans in Lancaster, with an immersive medieval experience at Lancaster Castle. Norman Knights will be invading the magnificent grade 1 listed building and setting up camp throughout the Easter weekend. Visitors can wander in and out of true representative campaign tents, discovering life on the battlefield and many other areas. Admission is £3 per person per day. Call 01524 64998 for more information.


PAID: Easter Extravaganza, Preston, Saturday, April 15 until Monday, April 17

This is a two-hour interactive journey through the amazing chocolate factory, presented by The Candy Man. During the interactive show, you will create fizzy lifting drinks in the mixing room, collect treats from his candy garden and decorate your own chocolate egg. You will also see the chocolate waterfall and taste the chocolate river in the fountain! It’s at Walmer Bridge Village Hall in Preston. Tickets are £15 per child (adult goes free); additional adults £2 each. Times vary.


PAID: The Oz Experience, Thornton-in-Craven, Sunday, April 16

Get down to Thornton Hall Farm for this Wizard of Oz event. There are performances, meet and greets and special workshops with Dorothy and her friends. Lots of farm fun also to be had – including lamb feeding, animal petting, egg collecting and much more. Pre-booked tickets, costing £7 for adults; £8 for children two and over and £3.75 for under-twos; under one’s free, are required for this event. Visit to book or call 01282 841148.


PAID: Easter Holidays with Betsy Bumblebee, Samlesbury, Sunday, April 16 and Monday, April 17

Betsy Bumblebee is back again for more family fun over Easter, with a brand new tale. Enjoy crafts, treasure hunts and original stories at Samlesbury Hall. The activities are suitable for children aged three to 11 years old. Children need to be supervised by a responsible adult at all times. The cost is £5 per child. Pre-booking online is strongly recommended – visit Open 10 am until 4 pm. Don’t forget to visit the Mayflower playground and too.


PAID: Forest Folk & Beer Festival, Clitheroe, Saturday, April 15

Music lovers can listen to live performances from local folk/country bands whilst enjoying a selection of cask ales from regional brewers. A Prosecco and Wine Bar will also be available, along with an Espresso Tuk Tuk serving coffee and a barbecue serving chargrilled Ginger Pig Gourmet burgers and local sausages. Admission prices: Boozy E-Ticket £10.00; Sober E-Ticket £8.00. The event is by E-Ticket only. It runs from 12 pm until 11 pm at the Red Pump Inn at Balshall Eaves. Visit


FREE: Easter at Marsh Mill, Thornton, Saturday, April 15 and Sunday, April 16

Enjoy Easter at Marsh Mill as they hold their season grand re-opening. Have a tour of the Mill (for a small charge) and see the sails turn and the machinery hum into action, you will also learn more about its history. There will be a programme of family-friendly activities throughout both days on the ground floor which is free to enjoy. There is also an art installation in the Kiln House Gallery which will be open and free for visitors to enjoy. Marsh Mill can be found on Fleetwood Road North in Thornton. It is open from 10.30am until 4.30pm on both days. Call 01253 887445 for more information.


PAID: Blackpool Tower Circus Spectacular, Blackpool, Sunday, April 15 until Sunday, November 5

The Blackpool Tower Circus first opened to the public in 1894 and has not missed a season since. Today, the circus is produced and directed by Laci Endresz, who is married to Maureen, one of the Roberts family who have a long association with The Blackpool Tower Circus. The show will not disappoint as it brings, even more, jaw-dropping stunts and comedy capers. A live band provides all the music for the show. Tickets from £5.85. Telephone 0844 856 1000 to book.


FREE: Riverside Vintage and Artisan Fair, Preston, Sunday, April 16

On the third Sunday of every month, the Riverside Vintage and Artisan Fair is held at The New Continental Pub on South Meadow Lane in Preston, which sits in the beautiful surroundings of the River Ribble. There will be a fabulous selection of vintage and handmade stalls, artwork, clothing, jewellery, homewares and more. Make sure to check out the menu at the pub as they pride themselves on serving great food. It runs from 12 pm until 4 pm and admission is free. Call 01772 499425 for more information.


PAID: Guided Walks around Morecambe and Heysham with Peter Wade, Morecambe, Sunday, April 16

This walk is entitled The Train Now Standing and is a trackside walk in search of the sites of Morecambe’s many past railway stations. Meet at The Platform, Marine Road Central, Morecambe for a 2 pm prompt start. Admission is £3 per person. Make sure you wear clothing and footwear suitable for all weather. For more information contact Peter Wade on 01524 420905. Other walks will be held throughout the year.


PAID: Star Trek: The Exhibition, Blackpool, until Sunday, November 5

Star Trek: The Exhibition, located on Blackpool’s central promenade, is one cool space for adventures this year, with newly installed original Star Trek exhibits, iconic favourites and a true spirit of escapism! After stepping in from the Golden Mile and entering the space, you can boldly go on a mission that sees you taking control of the ‘USS Enterprise’, not just from the original ‘Bridge’, but from the Captain’s Chair itself, as you explore new worlds and seek out new life and civilisations. It’s on until Sunday, November 5 and open daily. Ticket prices vary.


FREE: Garstang Bonnets & Bunnies, Garstang, Saturday, April 15

Head to Garstang on Saturday for an Easter Egg hunt from 12 pm. It starts at the Tourist Information Centre and covers the town centre. Collect eggs and gifts from the shops/businesses taking part on the trail. There’s also an Easter bonnet competition. Create your bonnets and bring to the Tourist Information Centre for judging at 12 pm. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a fancy dress competition with a prize for the best fancy dress. Judging for this is also at 12 pm at the Tourist Information Centre. This event is organised by the Garstang Chamber of Commerce.


FREE: Brass Bands in Happy Mount Park, Morecambe, Sunday, April 16

Sundays between May and September you can enjoy open air entertainment with the best of brass from around the North West. There’s free live music every Sunday afternoon from 2.30pm at Happy Mount Park in Morecambe. This Sunday is a special concert for the Easter weekend. Concerts last about two hours with a short interval. Contact Morecambe VIC on 01524 582808 for a programme of brass bands appearing.


FREE: Classic Bike Rally, Bury, Sunday, April 16

Dust down that old leather jacket and mount up for this two-wheeled tornado of an event. Vintage bike owners from around the country rock into Bury to share their petrol powered pride and joys at this motorcycle exhibition taking place outside Bury Transport Museum. It’s on Sunday from 10 am until 4 pm. For more information call 0161 764 7790.

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