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Blackburn has their say on Brussels

Blackburn has their People’s Vote The people of Blackburn have had their say on Brussels (sprouts), with 64% voters saying they DO love sprouts. The research, carried out by Blackburn Market, surveyed 201 Facebook users asking the biggest question which faces Britain today: Sprouts or No Sprouts? It was a landslide victory for Team Love Sprouts, with 64% of voters …

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Darwen Leisure Centre’s plans for a new gym experience

Darwen Leisure Centre have announced plans to renovate their gym area in time for the new year. The Leisure Centre, which opened in 2010, will create a completely new gym experience for members, including an updated layout, state-of-the-art equipment and new flooring. All this will be achieved at no additional cost to the council. A large functional training area with …

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A cavalcade of magical characters and mischievous elves bring Christmas Family Parade to town

Blackburn’s packed Big Christmas programme continues this weekend with the Christmas Parade. Pop Up Entertainment in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council will stage a festive themed parade on Saturday 1st December featuring magical characters from family favourite Christmas tales. Families and friends are invited to join enchanted princes and princesses, Nutcracker ballerinas, acrobatic elves, Toy Soldier stilt-walkers, Father …

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Superbike legend Carl Fogarty visits NSPCC school assembly in Blackburn

Former world super-bike legend and NSPCC ambassador Carl Fogarty visited Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Blackburn Volunteers from the child protection charity delivered a Speak out Stay safe assembly to pupils. Former world super-bike champion and NSPCC ambassador Carl Fogarty today (27th November) paid a visit to school children in Blackburn. Carl, who has just completed a trek through …

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100 Years of Remembrance: Events Around the Borough to Commemorate the End of WW1

Monday 5th WW1 Exhibition: 5th Nov – 1st Dec First floor, Blackburn Library, Town Hall Street.  With newspaper articles from 1918, photographs and information regarding the Roll of Honour.  Mon 10am –7pm Tues – Fri 10am–5pm Sat 10am–2pm Tuesday 6th 100 Years of Remembrance Concert – King George’s Hall, Northgate. 7pm Free Admission, Tickets available from King George’s Hall. Thursday …

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It Volunteers Needed Urgently

Age UK Blackburn with Darwen are appealing for volunteers for their growing digital inclusion service. Volunteers would be required to help service users on a weekly basis for 1-2 hours.  You would provide IT guidance and coaching through weekly lessons.  Helping service users increase their knowledge of all things IT from setting up an email address to surfing the World …

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Appeal To Blackburn Race For Life Ladies To Boost Funds

Witton Park became a sea of pink in June as hundreds of women joined the fight against cancer by taking part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life. Over 900 mums, daughters, sisters and friends showed their incredible commitment to the cause as they came together to help bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. Now organisers of …

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Belthorn pub to become part of the ‘Inn Crowd’

John Osborne, “Circled In The Radio Times” The Dog Inn, Belthorn Saturday 6 October, 8pm On Saturday 6 October, Lancashire pub goers are invited to try something a little different alongside their usual pint as The Dog Inn, Belthorn hosts John Osborne’s show ‘Circled In The Radio Times.’ The show will begin at 8pm, tickets are £8 Adults / £6 …

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easyCoffee officially opens at Darwen Leisure Centre

Coffee chain, easyCoffee, has continued its expansion across East Lancashire with the official opening of a store at Darwen Leisure Centre on Thursday 9th August. Founded by easyJet tycoon Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, easyCoffee first launched in the UK in 2016 with two sites in London at Earls Court and Oxford Street. easyCoffee opened stores in Blackburn and Burnley in 2017, with …

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easyCoffee heads to Darwen Leisure Centre

Coffee chain, easyCoffee, is set to continue its expansion across East Lancashire with a store at heart of Darwen within Darwen Leisure Centre. Founded by easyJet tycoon Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, easyCoffee first launched in the UK in 2016 with two sites in London at Earls Court and Oxford Street. easyCoffee opened stores in Blackburn and Burnley in 2017, with Blackburn’s …

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MARATHON RUNNERS INSPIRE BLACKBURN WOMEN TO RACE FOR LIFE

BLACKBURN women inspired by the heroic effort of participants at the Virgin Money London Marathon are being urged to take on their own fitness challenge by entering Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life. Unlike the Virgin Money London Marathon, women signing up to Race for Life in Blackburn don’t need to train for months or be super fit to take …

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The Songaminute Man: How music brought my father home again

The nostalgic memoir of a young man, eldest of fourteen, growing up in 40s Wednesbury. The heartbreaking true account of his son struggling to come to terms with his father’s dementia. A tribute to the unbreakable bond between father and son. When Simon McDermott first noticed his dad Ted’s sudden flares of temper and fits of forgetfulness, he couldn’t have guessed …

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International Women’s Day Care Network Events – Thursday 8th March, 2018

Darwen Children Centre Positive Minds courses and information sessions   10.00am – 12.00 Come along and learn about the wide variety of Positive mind courses on offer Henna Paining 9am – 10.30am 1.30 – 3.00pm Choose a design, large or small with Zaheda Bring mummy and Grandma to play 9am – 10.30 1.30 – 3.00pm Opportunity to play with your …

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International Women’s Day Events

International Women’s Day (8th March) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. #pressforprogress Blackburn with Darwen are holding a number of events to across the Borough to celebrate IWD 2018. 01 -12/03/2018 Display of photographs of Barbara Castle and other local …

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Lancashire Swimmers Urged to Take The Plunge for Charity

People in Lancashire are being urged to sign up to Swimathon, the world’s biggest annual fundraising swim, to raise money for two great causes, Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie. Swimmers of all ages and abilities are being invited to take part in the annual sponsored event in pools across Lancashire and help raise money for both charities. This year, …

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Age UK Advice and Information Service new digital support service

Age UK Blackburn with Darwen would like to remind everyone that our free, independent advice and information service is available through our offices based in both Blackburn Library and Darwen Town Hall.  Providing advice is one of our core functions and through this service, we offer local older people and their carers holistic advice to enable them to make their …

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What do you think of your town?

What do you think of your town? Beggars Belief Collective are currently researching and developing a new piece of storytelling from Darwen Library Theatre called Three Loud Knocks, and are interested in finding out what people think about their town. One of the characters they call ‘The Boggart.’ Traditionally a mischievous spirit from Lancashire folklore, he/she is a person with …

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An Interesting Evening with Steve Davis

Join us at Darwen Library Theatre as snooker legend Steve Davis talks about his career and new-found hobbies. Discover for yourself that Steve is, contrary to popular belief, very interesting! Steve became a household name in the 80’s with the explosion of snooker on television. Winning six world titles between 1981 and 1989, he became a ruthless opponent on the …

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Blackburn Christmas Shopping Opening Hours 2017 for The Mall, Blackburn Market, Morrisons, Asda, Tesco and more

The Mall Blackburn Friday 22nd December Late night shopping 09:00 – 20:00 Saturday 23rd December Late night shopping 09:00 – 20:00 Sunday 24th December Christmas Eve 10:30 – 16:30 Monday 25th December Christmas Day Closed Tuesday 26th December Boxing Day 09:00 – 17:30 Wednesday 27th December Normal hours 09:00 – 17:30 Thursday 28th December Normal hours 09:00 – 17:30 Friday …

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Blackburn Youth Zone: Supporters Event December 2017

On 7th December 2017 Blackburn Youth Zone invited guests from across the organisations Patron and Community Network to celebrate the generous support that has kept Blackburn Youth Zone open 365 days for the past 5 years for all young people across the borough. Guests were welcomed to the Supporters’ Event by Blackburn Youth Zone Chairman, Rt Hon Jack Straw, who …

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National Theatre Live: Young Marx

It’s 1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in London’s Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the 32-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy. Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair …

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Dan’s Walking Home for Christmas

In the run up to Christmas Blackburn’s own adventurer Dan McAreavey will be walking over 370 miles in aid of charity. Dan will be walking from where he currently lives and works in Northern France to his hometown of Blackburn, this will all be in aid of Combat Stress who are the leading veteran’s mental health charity. After Dan left …

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It’s Chriiiiiiistmas! Slade UK hit King George’s Hall

Kick the big Christmas weekend off at King George’s Hall and relive a time when Noddy and the boys were the best live rock & roll band in the world. Since arriving on the tribute scene, Slade UK have epically recreated the experience of a real Slade show with all the power of the original band. Once seen, never forgotten! …

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Joanna Lumley – It’s All About Me 2018 Tour coming to Blackburn

Joanna Lumley has announced that her 2018 tour, “It’s All About Me” is coming to Blackburn’s King George’s Hall on Wednesday 7th November 2018. Joanna will take audiences through her hilarious and interesting adventures from her incredible career spanning more than four decades, recounting some never heard before stories. She will also be joined on stage by friend and producer …

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Grace Davies Home Coming Gig! Wednesday 29th November

Grace Davies Home Coming Gig! Wednesday 29th November Blackburn Cathedral Square X Factor’s Grace Davies will be performing a special one off home coming gig this Wednesday evening (29th November) in Blackburn’s Cathedral Square from 5:45pm. Grace’s mentor and X Factor Judge Sharon Osbourne will also be attending to support her. The event will be free of charge and people will be …

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