Blackpool is poised to welcome two new councillors following the death of two of the town's political heavyweights.

A new councillor is set for the Highfield and Norbreck wards at Blackpool Council following the deaths of longstanding councillor Lily Henderson and former council leader Peter Callow.

Mrs Henderson was believed to be the oldest councillor in the country when she held the seat for the Conservatives at the 2019 local elections, aged 92. She died last December.

Mr Callow retained the seat at the 2019 local elections as a non-aligned independent along with his wife Maxine, after the pair were deselected by the Conservative Party. He passed away in November last year.

In Norbreck, four candidates have been looking to win the seat. They are:

Pam Haslam - Independent

Julie Jones - Labour

Simon Jowitt - Liberal Democrats

Julie Sloman - Conservative Party

In Highfield, some six candidates have been battling it out. They are:

Bill Greene - Liberal Democrats

Kim Knight - Reform UK

Bradley Michell - Conservative Party

Christine Wright - Labour

Robert Wynne - Independent

Becky Daniels - Green Party

Voting was open to residents of both wards at 7am on Thursday, May 6 and closed at 10pm the same day.

The verification and count for both seats will be held on Friday, May 7.

Look at the latest results below for the latest across both wards:

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