Blackburn – Lancsycs Tue, 28 Jun 2022 19:18:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Blackburn – Lancsycs 32 32 Census: More women and older residents in Blackburn with Darwen Tue, 28 Jun 2022 14:29:00 +0000 There are more women and older residents in the borough according to the latest census, the first results of which were released today

The population of Blackburn with Darwen has increased according to the last census, with an increase in the number of women and people over the age of 65, further signs of the aging population of the borough – and the nation.

On Census Day, 154,800 people lived in the area, an increase of 5% from 147,489 in the 2011 survey, when the last census was taken.

This shows that the gender balance in the area has changed – the population of Blackburn with Darwen is now 49.6% male and 50.4% female, meaning it there is now a higher proportion of women in the region than 10 years ago.

In 2011, the residents of Blackburn with Darwen were 49.9% male and 50.1% female.

It also shows that the region is aging – ten years ago the population was 14.8% under 10 and 12.9% over 65, but that figure had dropped to 13.8% and 14.5% respectively by 2021.

Elsewhere in east Lancashire, 94,700 people lived in Burnley, 47,800 women and 46,800 men, on Census Day, up 9% from 87,059 in 2011.

In Hyndburn, the census recorded a population of 82,200, down from 80,700 ten years ago. There were 41,800 women and 40,500 men.

Data shows there were 95,800 people living in Pendle at the time of the census, up from 89,500 in 2011. These were 48,400 women and 47,300 men.

In the Ribble Valley, the census recorded a population of 61,500 in 2021 compared to 57,100 in 2011. This was made up of 31,300 women and 30,200 men. –

In Rossendale the population has grown to 70,800 at the time of the census from 68,000 in 2011. The current population is made up of 36,100 females and 34,700 males.

The population of England and Wales grew by 3.5 million to 59.6 million over the past decade, according to 2021 census data.

The 6.3% increase signals a slowdown in population growth over the past 10 years, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The previous census in 2011 showed that the number of people living in England and Wales had increased by 7.8% over the previous decade.

Pete Benton, ONS deputy national statistician, said the figures “begin to paint a rich and detailed snapshot of the nation and the way we were living during the pandemic”.

He said: “Since Census Day, the world has continued to change.

“People keep moving, some will have left the country, others will have arrived.

“People will have changed jobs, some of us working in offices again, while others continue to work from home.

“We need to understand all of this and more.”

The new figures show that almost one in five people (18.6%) are aged 65 and over, up from 16.4% in 2011.

ONS figures also show that 51% of the population are women and 49% men, a change from 50.8% women and 49.2% men in 2011.

The 2021 census data for England and Wales will be released in stages over the next two years, the ONS said.

Upcoming releases will include figures on ethnicity, religion, labor market, education and housing as well as, for the first time, information on veterans of the British Armed Forces, sexual orientation and gender. gender identity.

Award-winning family butchers serving the Blackburn community for over 100 years Sun, 26 Jun 2022 09:05:31 +0000

A family run butcher’s shop has been at the heart of the Blackburn community for over 100 years and it’s still going strong.

Whittaker’s Butchers was founded in 1916 and operates inside Blackburn Market. Currently it is run by husband and wife duo Malcolm and Joanne Marsden who bought the stand 11 years ago.

The couple were given the option of buying the business after Malcolm’s boss and former owner passed away as his family were unwilling to take it over. Today, the company still operates as it has for more than a century, offering quality local products.

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Speaking of Whittaker’s long-running success, Malcolm, 54, told LancsLive: “It’s a family business that’s been around since 1916, but it was actually taken over by another company, so it’s been around a lot longer. When we had the choice to buy the company, we decided to continue it as it always has.

“It’s so successful the way it is and we see no reason to change it, even the name has built a big reputation in the area so there was no reason to change that either.”

Malcolm and the Whittaker’s business in general prides itself on the fact that the butcher is the last in Blackburn to source its meat directly from local farms buying through livestock auctions and not wholesalers.

Whittaker’s Butchers was established in 1916, but had a different name for longer

“We get our meat directly from the farms, so there are no middlemen involved,” added Malcolm. “It’s rare for butchers to do that these days – I could even tell you when the animals were born if people wanted to know.”

During Covid, the butchers had to switch models and operated an online service, which Malcolm says is still used by part of the older generation who still fear leaving their homes, with around “five to six deliveries a week”. Another blow hitting the country is the cost of living crisis, which the Whittakers have experienced with people tightening their belts and skyrocketing prices.

Whittaker's Butchers as it is today
Whittaker’s Butchers as it is today

Malcolm continued: “Food is one of the first things people change their habits with and go for the cheaper things. We need to keep our costs as low as possible for our customers and we have a strong base of people who shop with us, word of mouth is how people know us and it’s the most powerful tool to have.

“I’ve been doing this job since I was 14 as a Saturday boy and I don’t know why, it’s just something I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve never been out of work and that’s why. is a boon I now get to do it right myself It’s good to do it with our local model and we support UK farmers and the transport industry We even won a silver medal in a national competition for our steaks, beating people from Kent and Scotland – but we don’t like to brag about it!”


]]> Middlesbrough’s Chris Wilder has transferred admission to former Blackburn Rovers loanee Ryan Giles Fri, 24 Jun 2022 10:30:57 +0000

Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder has said there has been a lot of interest this summer for Ryan Giles after the former Blackburn Rovers loanee was snapped up for the upcoming season.

The 22-year-old spent the second half of last campaign on loan at Rovers from Premier League Wolves. He had spent the first part of the season at his other Championship club, Cardiff City.

Giles featured 11 times after joining the club from Ewood Park as Tony Mowbray’s side dropped out of the hunt for the Championship play-off spots. He returned to Molineux this summer.

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But Giles will spend a full season in the Championship at the same club after Boro confirmed his capture for the duration of the campaign. Like Rovers, the Riverside Stadium side finished just outside the top six last season.

Boro boss Wilder is happy to have the left-handed player on loan for the whole of the upcoming campaign. He has highlighted interest in the Wolves winger from elsewhere this summer and believes both the club and the player are doing well.

Wilder said: “We are delighted to have brought Ryan on. There was a lot of interest in him and it’s great that we were able to bring him here.

“He’s a player we know well, he’s young and he’s an exciting talent.

“He already has a lot of experience at this level and knows the league. I think we’re well placed for Ryan and we’re really looking forward to working with him.”

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]]> No private sale, use of fireworks during drought disaster declaration in effect: Bell County judge Wed, 22 Jun 2022 18:52:00 +0000

BELTON, Texas (KWTX) – Bell County Judge David Blackburn on Wednesday, June 22, issued an order prohibiting the private and personal sale and use of fireworks without a permit issued by the Bell County Fire Marshal’s Office.

“The only goal is to protect people and property. That’s the only motivation,” Blackburn said.

Blackburn previously issued a drought disaster declaration on June 13 and that declaration will remain in effect until July 11, when it may be extended. The county declaration and fireworks ban does not apply to Fort Hood, a federal military installation.

The order banning the sale and use of fireworks went into effect immediately on June 22.

Blackburn said public displays of fireworks at licensed events will continue as those events have licensed fireworks and fire personnel on site.

The county judge explained that a drought index shows that soil moisture levels in Bell County are very low and the risk of wildfire is serious. Local fire departments have responded to 33 wildfires in the past seven days and 75 wildfires so far in June.

One hundred percent of Bell County is “abnormally dry” while 70% of the county is experiencing “severe drought,” Blackburn said.

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Blackburn’s Floors ‘n’ Carpets will pay over £130,000 after contractor falls 30ft through roof Mon, 20 Jun 2022 15:00:00 +0000 The director of a flooring and carpeting company has been ordered to pay more than £130,000 after pleading guilty to breaching working at height regulations.

This followed an incident in which a contractor fell 30ft through a skylight and suffered life-changing injuries.

Lookmaan Namaji, co-director of Blackburn-based Floors ‘n’ Carpets Ltd, has been told he has 90 days to pay a £96,000 fine and £36,919.75 in costs after appearing in court of the Preston Crown on Monday.

The case, brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), relates to an incident in May 2020, in which Namaji hired a roofer called Nizamuddin Gorji to carry out repair work on the roof of the Floors ‘n’ warehouse. ‘ Carpets, the Cobble Building in Gate Street, Blackburn.

Preston Crown Court heard how Gorji enlisted two of his friends to carry out the repairs, which included re-cladding the existing roof, and work began on May 13, 2020.

A ladder, used to access the roof, was a foot too short, with the men having to crawl on their stomachs and chests to reach the surface they were working on.

The court also heard that none of the men had received PPE or training for working at heights, and one of the workers even took off his shoes and socks while on the roof in order to ensuring a better grip as he continued to slide. on the surface in his shoes.

On May 14, one of the employees, Taj Zahir, fell through the roof, sustaining serious injuries to his pelvis, arm, knee and face and has since undergone major surgery.

Gorji was not present at the time of the crash and did not report the incident to HSE, nor did Floors ‘n’ Carpets.

The company claimed it was not even aware work on the roof had started, or that none of the contractors were even on site that day – claiming that due to the coronavirus pandemic Covid and being in the midst of the first national lockdown there was a skeleton staff of around seven present across the whole site.

The incident was reported to the HSE by Mr Zahir’s uncle, who then reported it to the police.

An investigation by the HSE found that Gorji had failed to properly plan the roofing work or consider the equipment required.

There was no scaffolding in place around the building or underslinged netting, covering the flimsy skylights and asbestos cement sheets. He had not received any health and safety training and had not adequately trained the officers he employed.

At a hearing in July last year, Gorji, of Woodbine Road, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 9(2) and 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years and was ordered to pay costs of £3,000.

Another case against Floors ‘n’ Carpets unfolded alongside the lawsuit against Gorji, with the company seeking to dismiss the charge of breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Heights Regulations.

However, in April this year, Floors ‘n’ Carpets pleaded guilty to the sole charge and submitted their plea basis – that they did not know work had started.

The HSE claim that in hiring Gorji, Floors ‘n’ Carpets, which has an annual turnover of over £10m, failed to properly check the risk assessments and construction declaration method, and in doing so, failed to ensure that the work at height was properly planned, thus failing to undertake their due diligence.

Continuing, Rosalind Emsley-Smith said: “The HSE have acknowledged that Floors ‘n’ Carpets were unaware that Gorji workers were on the roof on 14 May 2020.

“However, the risk assessment was at a low level, and the method statement control measures that would have prevented Mr. Zahir’s fall from a height would not have been implemented until after his fall. C It’s a dangerous way to organize work at height.

“The method statement did not identify the working systems and the company had no entry or exit policies that would have alerted Floors ‘n’ Carpets to the fact that Gorji or his employees were on site – it was a major oversight of their management of their own premises.”

In a personal victim statement after he was released from hospital, Mr Zahir said he had difficulty going up and down stairs and had trouble sleeping at night.

He said: “I had a full-time carer and felt very upset during that time.

“My family was upset because of the situation and I became dependent on others, thinking my life had no meaning.

“I used to spend all day thinking, spending my days as a prisoner, sometimes thinking about ending my life.

“Neither Gorji nor Floors ‘n’ Carpets gave me any financial help, I was not even paid for the work I did on the day of the accident.

“Injuring myself affected my wife and children in Afghanistan, I haven’t been there for three years, and now the Taliban government will not allow women to leave unaccompanied.

“I can move around in a wheelchair but the physical and mental pain is still there, I am very worried about the future of my family and myself.”

By way of mitigation, Ian Simkin said Floors ‘n’ Carpets was unaware that Mr Gorji had started work on the roof, but expected to be told when work had started.

He said: “They had been convinced that he was a competent roofer, and not being roofers themselves, they were unsure whether the risk assessments provided by Gorji had been good enough.

“Gorji’s actions were reckless and cavalier, and the company did not know he had submitted valuations that were not of a high standard, but they admit they should have checked this before work began. .”

Sentencing Namaji and Floors ‘n’ Carpets, Judge Philip Parry said: “It must have been obvious from the outset that a high level of planning was required for this work.

“Gorji prepared a risk assessment and a method statement which were both totally inadequate, and I told him that when I sentenced him last year – he almost went to jail.

“No one from Floors ‘n’ Carpets was aware anyone was on site, there were no sightings and I was told it was due to the lockdown.

“It is remarkable that Mr Zahir did not die immediately and there is now a civil action against the company on his behalf.

“Your failure to properly plan this job is significant and it was because of those failures that you didn’t know they were working there.

“I accept that you have no knowledge of roofing work and that you have employed a contractor for this, but that does not absolve you or the company of its responsibility to inspect the documents provided by the contractor .

“It is true that you were not responsible for putting this man on the roof, but the failure to plan and verify who was there and to verify the method statement has led me to conclude that there’s been significant damage here.”

Floors ‘n’ Carpets were ordered to pay a total of £132,919.75 by September 19.

Civil proceedings against the company are ongoing.

Ex-Blackpool & Blackburn Rovers midfielder returns to Liverpool for player manager role Sat, 18 Jun 2022 09:39:33 +0000

Former Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers midfielder Jay Spearing joined boyhood club Liverpool in a playing and coaching role.

Spearing spent half of the 2015/16 campaign on loan at Rovers from Bolton Wanderers, scoring once in 15 appearances. After leaving Bolton in the summer of 2017, he moved to Bloomfield Road for four seasons with the Seasiders.

The midfielder scored eight goals in 120 games during that spell before leaving in the summer of 2020. He then spent the next two seasons at Tranmere Rovers in League Two.

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Spearing is a free agent this summer after leaving the Prenton Park side. But he has now returned to where it all began for him in his professional career.

He will work with the Liverpool Under-18s coaching them and will also be eligible to play for the club’s Under-21s. Spearing made his Liverpool debut in 2008 and racked up 55 appearances for the Anfield side.

Academy manager Alex Inglethorpe said: “It’s fantastic to welcome Jay back to the Academy and he will be working with the U18s as a full-time coach. Jay will be working with Bridgey (Marc Bridge -Wilkinson) and Tim (Tim Jenkins) and he is actively involved on the training ground with our young players.

“He will also be eligible to play for the U21s to provide experience for young players when we need him.

“Jay is still quite young and the impact he can have around the U18s is invaluable as he is someone who lives and breathes this club. More importantly, Jay has played in all four divisions so I think He will be a very good addition for us.”

]]> Paul Blackburn holds Red Sox to one point in A win Thu, 16 Jun 2022 23:04:51 +0000

BOSTON — The American League’s ERA rankings show a number of guys making a strong case for a 2022 All-Star Game bid. Alek Manoah, Shane McClanahan, Nestor Cortes, Justin Verlander.

Just a few rows below them is a pitcher who is quietly having a season that could put his name in All-Star conversation. With a 2.26 ERA, Oakland starter Paul Blackburn ranks seventh in the AL. The right-hander is tied for 11th in walks (17) and is ranked 13th in WHIP (1.07).

In Thursday’s final against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, Blackburn went 6-2 after holding a powerful Boston formation to just one run over their 5 1/3 innings as the A’s held on for a 4-3 victory.

“For us, I mean, he’s been great,” manager Mark Kotsay said. “We see Paul as a workaholic for us this year so far. He continues to improve, I think, throughout the season. And that’s all you can ask for. He put himself in a position to be [put] in the conversation as a top starter, and he’s earned it right now.

The eight hits Blackburn allowed marked a season high, but they also paint a picture of how effectively the right-hander can work in traffic jams. After awarding a first-pitch header to Jarren Duran, Blackburn worked around traffic fairly steadily throughout his outing.

Three of Blackburn’s hits allowed came on the ground, tying their season high (June 4, also against the Red Sox). On Thursday, Blackburn’s ground ball rate was 51.8% against the MLB average of 43.7%. And of the 133 pitchers in MLB who had allowed more than 50 rushers, Blackburn’s .129 batting average on those balls (13 for 101) was the fifth-lowest.

“I feel like before I was trying to be too perfect on every pitch I threw,” Blackburn said. “Especially when guys were coming down to base, I was trying to be perfect and that was leading me to bad accounts, bad situations, marches, and then things snowballing on me. And this year, I really tried to slow down the game as much as possible and to make quality pitches and not necessarily perfect pitches, but quality pitches. And that’s just one of the things that’s helped me this year, honestly, just slowing down the game and being myself.

It’s been a long journey for Blackburn, who was drafted by the Cubs in 2012 and broke into the big leagues in 2017. The right-hander missed the second half of the 2018 season due to injury and then spent 2019 and 20 to bounce between majors and minors. Last season he threw a 5.87 ERA over nine starts, and this year it all comes together.

“In the past, I struggled so much. And going into this year, I really used the mindset of, ‘What do I really have to lose?’ “, Blackburn said. “And that kind of helped me stay [clear-minded]. I don’t look at the numbers, I don’t look at that. I go out there and throw it step by step and, you know, at the end of the year, I hope I look up and I’m happy with where I am, honestly.

Blackburn took to the mound on Thursday after their best outing of the season, knocking out the Guardians in an eight-inning outing at Cleveland on June 10. Six days prior, Blackburn got his first taste of the Red Sox in Oakland. The right-hander went four innings, allowing four runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and two walks on 73 pitches.

Although his 2.26 ERA proves Blackburn are efficient across the board, he has fared much better on the road this season. At Oakland, Blackburn has a 4.39 ERA in five starts. On the road: He’s 5-0 with a 1.00 ERA.

“There’s just something about walking into a place and calming down a crowd,” Blackburn said. “I don’t know, it’s just what I’ve always liked. Just playing here, I know the fans here are crazy, I know it’s a huge baseball town. I know they’re gonna fill this place, I know people are gonna tweet me in the bullpen as soon as I walk in there.

“And [it’s] just being able to hear those little comments and basically proving people wrong. Pitching on the road is just a different beast in this game. And I feel like if you’re able to calm down a crowd, that’s one of the best feelings in this game.”

Burnley fans revel in spotlighting Blackburn Rovers with Vincent Kompany appointment Tue, 14 Jun 2022 13:19:32 +0000

Burnley today confirmed Vincent Kompany as the club’s new boss.

The Manchester City legend has been announced as Sean Dyche’s permanent successor. The retired Belgian defender arrives at Les Clarets after leaving Anderlecht last month.

The length of his contract has not been disclosed, but he will join the Clarets on Monday when the team resume first-team training ahead of the new season, which starts on July 30. Burnley are back in the Championship after failing to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

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Kompany spent three years in charge of Anderlecht, although his first season was initially as a player manager, and last season the Belgian giants finished third in the league and reached the domestic cup final.

As a player, he spent seven years as national captain of Belgium, where he led his country to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup, and led Manchester City to four Premier League titles, two Cups FA and four EFL Cups.

The news of Kompany’s installation as the new Clarets boss isn’t the only managerial news breaking out in Lancashire today. More news broke earlier this morning at a club less than a million miles from Turf Moor.

East Lancashire rivals Blackburn Rovers confirmed at 8am that Jon Dahl Tomasson had been named their new head coach. The former Malmö boss arrives at Ewood Park on a three-year contract and succeeds the late Tony Mowbray in the Rovers dugout.

There was just a four-hour gap between Rovers announcing and the Clarets doing the same with Kompany at noon. And it’s something that hasn’t escaped the notice of Burnley fans who have reacted on Twitter.

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]]> Robert Lewandowski confirmed that a cloud of volcanic ash prevented him from joining Sam Allardyce Sun, 12 Jun 2022 18:16:41 +0000

Not everyone’s canceled flight ends up being a sliding-door moment, but it was certainly the case for Robert Lewandowski in 2010, when he nearly made a Premier League move with Blackburn Rovers.

Lewandowski looks set to leave Bayern Munich this summer, having joined them in 2014 and becoming one of the best strikers in the world.

However, the Polish striker might never have reached Bayern if things had been different at the start of 2010 when he was supposed to move to England.

Lewandowski won the title with Dortmund. Image: Alamy

Sam Allardyce had been to see the striker, in order to convince him to make the move, but an inability to travel to see the facilities ended Rovers’ chances of securing the then 21-year-old.

“I had the opportunity to join Blackburn, but I wanted to see what Blackburn was like, the training ground, the place where I met Sam Allardyce,” the striker revealed last year.

“It was in Poland after a game. I thought he was a good guy, a very good coach.

“He was ready to take on a young player who was something new and could be something special.

“He wanted to come to Poland to see me. It was good.”

Lewandowski (far right) with Jurgen Klopp (second from left) and other new signings at Borussia Dortmund.  Image: Alamy
Lewandowski (far right) with Jurgen Klopp (second from left) and other new signings at Borussia Dortmund. Image: Alamy

Lewandowski continued: “There were a lot of offers to think about when I was leaving Poznan. I wanted to know if I was going, ‘What would I get? What would I learn?’

“I think it would have been good if I had gone to Blackburn, but I would have liked to go and see the training centre, the stadium. I couldn’t go because of the cloud. It was the volcano The volcano with the ash cloud.

“It was a week and nobody could fly to Europe. The flight was booked, but we couldn’t leave. It changed my life. If I had gone to Blackburn, I might have stayed there.”

Lewandowski seems to have bid farewell to Bayern.  Image: Alamy
Lewandowski seems to have bid farewell to Bayern. Image: Alamy

Instead of heading to England, the Poznan striker instead headed to Germany once the season ended, moving to Borussia Dortmund for around £5million.

There he scored 103 goals in 187 games for the Bundesliga club, winning the league twice and helping the club reach a Champions League final, losing to Bayern.

Lewandowski’s incredible time at Dortmund won him a transfer to rivals Bayern in 2014 and he scored 344 times in 375 appearances, was denied a Ballon d’Or he should have won and beaten many records.

How different things could have been had it not been for an ash cloud in Iceland…

Met Office weekend weather for Preston, Blackpool, Blackburn, Burnley and Lancaster Fri, 10 Jun 2022 18:03:27 +0000

The coming weekend is expected to be hot and dry for the majority of the county with some showers expected in east Lancashire.

It comes after a thundering weather warning was issued by experts this week with ‘unusually strong winds for the season’ and downpours which are expected to cause high pollen counts. Those affected have been warned that pollen counts will be ‘high’ or ‘very high’ across England and Wales by Friday (June 10).

The weekend ahead looks a bit brighter though, with a particularly welcoming Friday evening with warmer temperatures and clear skies.

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Over the weekend, East Lancs is expected to experience heavy and light showers on Saturday and Sunday while the rest of the county is left with cloudy spells. Temperatures should peak around 18°C.

Here’s a look at the weather this weekend for parts of Lancashire according to the Met Office:


Friday evening: Sunny then cloudy at night. Temperatures will settle around 17C.

Saturday: Sunny then cloudy passages at the end of the morning. High of 16C at noon.

Sunday: Cloudy then sunny periods at lunchtime. 15C.


Friday evening: Sunny then cloudy periods at night. Temperatures settle at 16°C in the early evening.

Saturday: Cloudy then sunny spells at the end of the morning. Highs of 17C.

Sunday: Sunny then cloudy passages in the early evening. Temperatures to reach 15C throughout the day.


Friday evening: Sunny then partly cloudy overnight. Temperatures to reach 17C by early evening.

Saturday: Sunny changing to heavy showers at lunchtime. High of 16C in the afternoon.

Sunday: Cloudy changing to light showers at lunchtime. 15C max.


Friday evening: The weather should remain cloudy all evening despite temperatures reaching 19°C.

Saturday: Cloudy then sunny spells at lunchtime. Highs of 17C.

Sunday: Sunny then cloudy periods in the afternoon. 15C.


Friday evening: Sunny periods then partly cloudy at night. Temperatures peak at 18C this evening.

Saturday: Sunny then cloudy periods in the afternoon. 18C.

Sunday: Sunny then cloudy periods in the afternoon. Highs of 16C.