East Lancs families flock to tourist spots in weekend sunshine

Eight-month-old Kinza Hussain looks like she’s thoroughly enjoying her ice cream in the sun  in Witton Park yesterday

Eight-month-old Kinza Hussain looks like she’s thoroughly enjoying her ice cream in the sun in Witton Park yesterday

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by

EAST Lancashire residents made the most of the hottest weekend of the year by flocking to the area’s parks and tourist destinations.

Bare chests and white legs were spotted en masse across the county as the mercury tipped 21°C on Saturday and yesterday.

Disposable barbecues, meat, beer and suntan lotion flew off shelves as people made the most of the hot weather – with thundery showers expected later this week.

A spokeswoman for Asda, on the Lower Audley Retail Park, Grimshaw Park, Blackburn, said: “We sold lots of children’s items. Usually, it’s a trip down to the pub for a beer garden experience, but over the weekend families were shining through.

“We sold a lot of instant barbecues and meat, but we sold a lot of the 10ft children’s trampolines.

“We even sold out of the children’s garden bench.”

And Heath Kershaw, the managing director of Wellybobs at Davyfield Farm, Roman Road, Darwen, said: “It was lovely and busy.

“It was a little bit busier than we would expect and people were using the outdoor facilities a lot more, and going down to the river, which was really nice to see.”

Martin Cleaver, who runs Foulridge Canal Cruises, said: “It was our busiest weekend of the year so far.

“We were pretty full all weekend and we had two groups staying in the area book on to cruises.

“It helps when we have weather like this.

“We can have the windows down on the boat and people get a much better view of the beautiful scenery.”

Parts of the UK were hotter than Italy and Greece yesterday.

Bookmakers Ladbrokes said it was offering odds of 8/1 on May becoming the hottest on record, although the sun is expected to hide back under dark clouds this week.

The weather will be more unsettled with thundery showers anticipated all over the country, although temperatures are expected to stay warm at 23 degrees today and 22 tomorrow.

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12:32pm Mon 19 May 14

vicn1956 says...

Wish I had gone to the seaside.
Sunday-looked forward to many hours in the garden-wrong!
Noise all day long from trimmers, lawn mowers ( they'd had all week to cut grass) and someone with what I presume was a a wood polishing machine going on for hours. I gave up and spent all but I/2 hour indoors-couldn't stand it. Why are people so selfish theses days?
Wish I had gone to the seaside. Sunday-looked forward to many hours in the garden-wrong! Noise all day long from trimmers, lawn mowers ( they'd had all week to cut grass) and someone with what I presume was a a wood polishing machine going on for hours. I gave up and spent all but I/2 hour indoors-couldn't stand it. Why are people so selfish theses days? vicn1956
  • Score: -12

1:45pm Mon 19 May 14

LancsLass says...

How has somebody who works all week fulltime got all week to mow their lawns?? Get a grip on life please these people who do this at weekend are not selfish at all they simply work all week and that is the only time they have to maintain their gardens guess you would also moan should they choose not to do anything with their lawns and let it grow like a jungle making the area u live in look scruffy seriously did you actually think before you posted that silly comment?
How has somebody who works all week fulltime got all week to mow their lawns?? Get a grip on life please these people who do this at weekend are not selfish at all they simply work all week and that is the only time they have to maintain their gardens guess you would also moan should they choose not to do anything with their lawns and let it grow like a jungle making the area u live in look scruffy seriously did you actually think before you posted that silly comment? LancsLass
  • Score: 10

6:24pm Mon 19 May 14

Bluelizzy says...

vicn1956 wrote:
Wish I had gone to the seaside.
Sunday-looked forward to many hours in the garden-wrong!
Noise all day long from trimmers, lawn mowers ( they'd had all week to cut grass) and someone with what I presume was a a wood polishing machine going on for hours. I gave up and spent all but I/2 hour indoors-couldn't stand it. Why are people so selfish theses days?
Vicn1956... is the vic as in Victor Meldrew ?
[quote][p][bold]vicn1956[/bold] wrote: Wish I had gone to the seaside. Sunday-looked forward to many hours in the garden-wrong! Noise all day long from trimmers, lawn mowers ( they'd had all week to cut grass) and someone with what I presume was a a wood polishing machine going on for hours. I gave up and spent all but I/2 hour indoors-couldn't stand it. Why are people so selfish theses days?[/p][/quote]Vicn1956... is the vic as in Victor Meldrew ? Bluelizzy
  • Score: 3

8:25pm Mon 19 May 14

vicn1956 says...

Ok, tell me where you live and when you next plan to have a few nice quiet hours in your garden I'll come round with a strimmer and tell you not to complain as I've had no time all week to use it.
Ok, tell me where you live and when you next plan to have a few nice quiet hours in your garden I'll come round with a strimmer and tell you not to complain as I've had no time all week to use it. vicn1956
  • Score: -3

11:32pm Mon 19 May 14

greenscreener says...

vicn1956 wrote:
Ok, tell me where you live and when you next plan to have a few nice quiet hours in your garden I'll come round with a strimmer and tell you not to complain as I've had no time all week to use it.
I have an electric fence, I'd be happy for a miserable sod like you to come and use your strimmer against it, and my neighbours dog loves the smell of barbecue.
[quote][p][bold]vicn1956[/bold] wrote: Ok, tell me where you live and when you next plan to have a few nice quiet hours in your garden I'll come round with a strimmer and tell you not to complain as I've had no time all week to use it.[/p][/quote]I have an electric fence, I'd be happy for a miserable sod like you to come and use your strimmer against it, and my neighbours dog loves the smell of barbecue. greenscreener
  • Score: 2

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