‘Mr Cotton Town’ helps bringing history to life


TV shows like Who Do You Think You Are? and Time Team prove that history is a hugely popular subject. There has also been a significant increase in the number of people taking an interest in local history – which has never been easier thanks to volunteers like Stephen Smith of local history website Cotton Town.

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Clayground at Festival of Making

Clayground-1200x410We’ve teamed up with the festival team and Darwen Terracotta to help bring ‘Clayground’ to this year’s National Festival of Making, 12th and 13th of May.

A tonne of raw Staffordshire modelling clay will be dropped off in Blackburn by the Clayground Collective in a FREE, drop-in event for everyone aged 5 and up.

Come and help us fashion Blackburn’s biggest ever communal sculpture!

Saturday and Sunday 11am-4.30pm, King William Street, Blackburn.

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The second meeting for businesses and property owners in the Townscape Heritage Project Area will be held next Tuesday 1st May from 4.30pm.

This time the event is kindly hosted by Hugos and as well as being a great opportunity to meet everyone, we’ll be talking all things Blakey Moor, Northgate and Lord Street West.

Hope you can join us.

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.