Thank you Barbara Castle

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We are proud to be supporting a new public campaign to raise funds for a statue of Barbara Castle and we hope that it will be located in the Townscape Heritage area.

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Blakey Moor acquistion

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Blackburn’s Townscape Heritage Project celebrates another major step forward today. After months of negotiation, the Council has now secured the acquisition of properties that have been holding up delivery of a major regeneration scheme to the Blakey Moor area.

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Cinema plans becoming REEL

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Regeneration of the Blakey Moor area takes another major step forward as the planning application for the Reel Cinema development was submitted yesterday.

The new eight-screen cinema to be built on the former Waves Water Fun Centre site will bring an exciting mix of Hollywood, Bollywood and independent film to Blackburn. It will also include a 100 space underground car park and food and drink outlets that spill out onto a pavement seating area on Nab Lane.

We are working closely with the landscape designers to ensure that the external improvements here blend seamlessly with our own plans for public realm improvements to Blakey Moor.
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Festival of Light success

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Some great videos and photos from this years Festival of Light in Blackburn Town Centre. Some amazing sights and sounds where seen on Blakey Moor and Northgate as the parade passed through. Well done to everyone involved.

video from Huckleberry Films

video from Racoon Media

video from Greenbrook Media

Lancashire Telegraph article and photos.

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We especially enjoyed these historic guys.

James and Katy to the rescue

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An exciting new phase in the history of 29 Blakey Moor has begun.  James and Katy (of the Drummer’s Arms, King William Street) agreed to take on this historic pub and help us ensure it isn’t left vacant while we undertake improvement works.

Despite the property being in a terrible condition, the pair took the challenge head-on and got straight to work. Miraculously, within just a few weeks they managed to transform the place, and last week re-launched as The Lemon Tree.

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Pushing the boundaries on the British High Street……and perfect for Christmas


Another great article featuring Community Clothing in the Guardian last week about how companies like this are changing the face of the British High Street with ethical manufacturing.

This reminded us to remind you to check out the fantastic range of designer quality, ethically made in the UK clothes and accessories in store at 14 Lord Street West.

Great quality like this doesn’t come cheap, but it certainly IS affordable and supports UK manufacturing and local jobs as well as the vitality of our own high street here in Blackburn.

You may fancy splashing out on some stylishly simple jeans or a beautifully tailored jacket this Christmas, but if like me you are just looking for those last few gifts and ideally need them to come in under 20 quid, then look no further…….

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