A second major fire hit Blackpool's holiday industry within 24 hours when a blaze broke out on a big attraction in the resport's Pleasure Beach. Hundreds of visitors were evacuated from the Haunted Hotel sideshow. First reports said no-one was hurt as day trippers were moved form the danger zone by the three-storey block. Firemen pumped water from the nearby log flume and other water rides. Holidaymakers and Pleasure Beach staff worked together to move slot machines and other electrical equipment from arcades
Daredevil Karl Bartoni has all the traits of a seven stone weakling - and he admits it. His slight frame struggles to top 5ft 6ins, he is almost blind without glasses and he turns pale at the thought of going up a ladder. But all thoughts of inadequacy will plunge into insignificance when the 34-year-old takes on one of the most daring stunts ever performed - high above the hordes of Blackpool. He will dangle by the ankles from the top of Blackpool tower in a bid to become the world's most daring escapologist
Flying south? If you are then spare a thought for birdman Maurice Jones. For as thousands of families wing their way off to the sun, Maurice is staying put... to keep an eye on the wildlife. County bird recorder Maurice has to sacrifice his holidays to keep his field glasses trained on the latest feathered arrivals to the Fylde coast. His dedicated role, co-ordinating all the season's bird life, means giving up two days a week and the chance to grab a good rest. But the 46-year-old naturalist says that it's all worth while
The medieval maniac, the Blackadder, may have perished in the last episode of the zany TV series but the name lives on in staid St Annes. Fans of comedian Rowan Atkinson's hysterical historic character meet... Miss Blackadder. Housewife Mrs Jean Rigg's maiden name is Blackadder and she reckons it is no laughing matter. She is pictured holding a shield showing the Scottish family tartan, a crest of a black adder snake with a red rose in its mouth and bearing the clan motto which means 'Strive to the end'