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No fun by the sea

Men in Blackpool have the lowest life expectancy in England. Is the Church doing anything to help, asks Gavin Drake

"THERE's a famous seaside place called Blackpool, that's noted for fresh air and fun" - but behind the glitz and the glamour is a grim circle of despondency caused by alcohol- and drug-dependency, inadequate parenting, poor nutrition, low educational attainment, a transient population, low employment, and extreme poverty.

The town's director of public health, Dr Arif Rajpura, puts the blame for the town's low life-expectancy on issues such as these. Figures released last month by ...

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No longer content to pray, pay, and obey

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