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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

Sign up to join in the big sing

Preston schools are being urged to sign up for a charity record breaker for the most young people signing and singing a song simultaneously. Teachers, parents and children from the city are being invited to register for SignHealth’s sign2sing world record breaking attempt on February 6. Deadline for registering is Wednesday, January 23.

Market’s organisers want new stall holders

Organisers behind a new monthly themed street market on Victoria Street, in Morecambe, are looking for market traders interested in having a stall. The first market will be launched on Saturday, March 30, and will have an Easter theme. Organisers are looking for quality local goods produced in Morecambe, including food, crafts and flowers. To register your interest, or for more information, email the town clerk’s assistant Abigail Fawcett at or phone 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.

Teenager problems

Youths gathering in large groups are causing problems across Bamber Bridge, according to police. Residents have complained that groups are congregating from 7pm outside Morrisons in Withy Grove Road, there is football nuisance in Fourfields, from 5pm onwards, and anti-social behaviour is occurring from 7pm at Millwood Spar, Walton Park. The next PACT meeting to discuss problems is held at Cuerden Methodist Church, Station Road, at 7pm on February 5.

Sheep escape closes road

Motorists called for emergency help after a flock of 40 sheep escaped from a field in Tag Lane, Fulwood, at 8.50am on Friday. A police spokesman said: “When officers arrived, about 20 of the sheep had run off in the direction of Eastway, and the road had to be closed temporarily. “By 9.12am, the sheep had been corralled into a nearby field and the road reopened.”

Concern over HGV vibration

Residents of Egerton Road, Ashton, have raised concerns about HGVs in the area. An investigation has now been launched after councillors and police officers were told at a recent PACT meeting that the vehicles are causing vibrations and damage to the road and nearby properties.

Rescue help

Batteries for vital equipment, used by Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team, are now being donated for free. A sponsorship deal has been struck by Somerset-based GP Batteries, for supplies needed in search lights, GPS units and diagnostic medical equipment.