City corridor reshuffle in for a testing day
Voters in England and Wales go to the polls to decide on greater than 16,000 native councillors within the largest spherical of native elections since 1973.
Historically, the turnout is low. However this 12 months, many electors will get their first likelihood to say what they consider the way in which reorganised native authorities has carried out within the two years because it took over full management.
Within the 10 districts of Lancashire and Cumbria coated by the “Submit” greater than 900 candidates vie for greater than 500 seats.
Positive climate and a vigorous curiosity in ever-rising charges and key native points just like the staggering losses at Preston’s municipal dock may nicely mix to reverse the same old development of low polls.
On the 1973 elections, Labour rode excessive on a protest vote towards the then Conservative authorities, taking management of areas like Preston and Chorley, and taking a good slice of the votes even in rural areas.
Socialist councillors may discover themselves out of energy by the point votes are counted – victims of an enormous Conservative vote and the intervention on a much bigger scale than ever earlier than of Liberals and the Nationwide Entrance.
Flight of freedom is foiled by policemen
A inexperienced Amazon parrot appeared earlier than the “beak” at Preston charged with assault on a police officer and terrorising workers on the County Corridor architects division.
Fairly Boy Polly, age not identified and residing at no mounted cage, was remanded to the city’s RSPCA places of work till claimed.
The “court docket” heard how police have been referred to as to County Corridor when female and male workers reported a break-in by the parrot.
PC Peter Hollinghurst and police cadet Andrew Searle left their Panda automobile and went on County Corridor safari.
* Mrs Helen Smith picked up her “Submit” the day after and groaned: “Oh no, that’s my parrot.” Her parrot had been caught – precisely one flooring above the place Mrs Smith works at County Corridor!
For the love of Boddingtons!
Ian ‘Lou’ Clarkson is one thing of an skilled on the birds and the bees.
And Lou and his hen like sharing issues – notably a quiet drink collectively.
However the hen isn’t all you may suppose – it’s a budgie named Bod. And the feathered quaffer is only one instance of Lou’s love for a particular Lancashire-brewed beer.
The stripy stingers are, after all, a logo many suppers, sippers and slurpers have come to know and love.
And amount surveyor Lou, from Station Street, Lytham, might need set a brand new development. He’s had the brewery emblem tattooed on his arm!
His spouse, Jane, wasn’t too eager, nonetheless. She even refused to talk to him for every week after bought the skinful (of ink).
However Lou was to not be deterred. “The budgie favored it,” he stated. “Now I’m attempting to show him to whisper ‘Boddingtons’ to me.”