Story shorts - 30/11/12

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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

Firefighters called to car blaze

Firefighters were called to a car fire at a multi-storey car park in the city centre. A crew from Preston fire station was called to the incident at the Syke Street facility on Wednesday, where the owner of the Vauxhall Insignia car had tried to put out the fire. The cause of the fire was due to an electrical problem. Another vehicle parked in front of the car suffered damage.

Christmas fun at Sue Ryder

Sue Ryder Care, at Cuerden Hall, near Bamber Bridge, will be hosting its Christmas Fair at Wellington Park Hotel in Leyland on Sunday, December 9. The move to a new venue for the fair will 
allow more stalls, entertainment, a bigger setting to hold more guests and a special visit from Father Christmas. The fair will take place between 11am and 3pm. For more information, call the fund-raising team on 01772 698145.

Masons make donation

The Mark Province of West Lancashire has donated £6,700 to the Rosemere Cancer Foundation at Royal Preston Hospital, to fund essential equipment and provide better care for cancer patients. The gift will be used to fund two different types of equipment at the Rosemere Cancer Centre. More than £5,000 will be used to replace a urology endoscopic camera for a narrow band imaging device. The equipment will help provide a clearer diagnosis of bladder cancer. The remainder of the money will be used to buy 10 portable DVD Players for patients at chemotherapy treatment centres across Lancashire and Cumbria.

River runs through city

A forgotten river will run through Lancaster for the first time in 50 years. A 54m culvert was removed by the Environment Agency to open up Burrow Beck, in the centre of the city, with the aim of improving water quality, reducing flood risk and reconnecting the local community with river. The work, which took place over three months, opened up Burrow Beck, a tributary of the River Lune, and was officially declared open by Andy Brown, from the Environment Agency, and local MP Eric Ollerenshaw OBE.

Drought plan consultation

Water bosses are seeking views on plans to tackle future droughts in Lancashire. United Utilities has launched a consultation on its new Drought Plan and people have until January 11 to respond. You can download a copy of the plan 2012 at

Castle offers medieval fun

Visitors are invited to enjoy a medieval Christmas at Clitheroe Castle Museum tomorrow. The event, running from noon to 4pm, will feature costumed characters and activities such as medieval food tasting, quill writing, story telling, dressing up and a medieval game.

Pamper and purchase night

A pamper and purchase night is coming to a city centre bar on Tuesday. Organised by a team of fundraisers led by Lynne Eastham, from Fulwood, it will raise money for the likes of the MS Society, North West Air Ambulance, Cash for Kids and Legacy Rainbow House. The evening will run from 7pm to 9.30pm at Glovers Bar in Preston.

Ladies’ charity fashion lunch

A ladies lunch and fashion show in aid of the Rosemere Cancer Foundation will be held in Wrea Green today. The event includes a glass of fizzy wine and canapés on arrival, a two-course lunch and a fashion show courtesy of JR Taylor department store. Tickets for the show, which starts at noon at in the Rowan Suite at Ribby Hall Village in Ribby Road, are £25.

Blaze destroys doors at home

Two doors were destroyed by a fire that caused severe damage to the ground and first floor of a home. Firefighters attended the incident in Whitelund Road, Morecambe, just after midnight on Wednesday. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Nobody was harmed in the incident.

Neighbourly love

Health chiefs in Lancashire are asking people to keep an eye out for elderly neighbours as the country prepares for a cold snap. The temperature is expected to drop this week, with snow showers, icy conditions and strong winds predicted across the region. Vulnerable older people are more susceptible to the cold.