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The Entertainer Comes to Blackburn and you could WIN a Free Shopping Trip!

To celebrate The Entertainer’s brand new store opening in Blackburn, we are giving away £75 worth of gift cards from the UK’s favourite toy retailer, to spend in store. The Entertainer is opening its doors on Saturday 23rd April, which will make this store the 123rd The Entertainer in the UK. Children stepping into The Entertainer will be transported into …

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Jordan Brown Boasts the Best Roast

In celebration of Crawshaws’ butchers opening its new Blackburn store, the fresh meat and food to go retailer, teamed up with Blackburn Life in a bid to find the best Sunday cook who can ‘Boast the Best Roast’. For the last two weeks residents have been sharing pictures and stories about their Sunday culinary creations. From traditional succulent roast chicken …

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New Sunday Opening for Local Eatery

The Refreshment Bar, situated on Northgate, will now be open on Sundays between 10am and 3pm. The café, which has recently expanded their menu and been fully refurbished, stocks a range of homemade food using locally sourced ingredients. From traditional favourites and homemade pies to toasted sandwiches and paninis, the Refreshment Bar is the perfect one-stop shop for lunch. The …

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Blackburn’s BIG Easter Egg Hunt – Is this the biggest Egg Hunt in the UK?

With Easter arriving early this year, the Blackburn Business Improvement District (BID) has planned a host of family-orientated events for Easter and beyond across Blackburn town centre, including a giant Easter Egg Hunt. Blackburn’s BIG Easter Egg Hunt Visitors are invited to follow a series of cryptic clues around the town centre between Saturday, 5th March and Monday, 4th April to …

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Rockers Prepare to Open Community Venue

A non-profit community interest company formed by regulars of Blackburn’s Sir Charles Napier rock pub is poised to take over the business in the coming weeks, depending largely on the success of a new campaign on crowdfunding website Kickstarter. Since gaining the support last July of Rob Halford, frontman of heavy metal legends Judas Priest, the pub has been granted …

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Age UK Blackburn with Darwen announce new partnership

24|7 Home Rescue is joining forces with Age UK Blackburn with Darwen, part of the UK’s largest network of charities for older people in a brand new partnership throughout 2016. The specialist boiler, home emergency, appliance and landlord service plan providers will spend the next year fundraising for Age UK Blackburn with Darwen, using the company’s resources to help make …

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Community Clothing Kickstarter Campaign

Star of BBC’s Sewing Bee, fashion designer, Patrick Grant is launching a clothing brand to encourage people to buy British and reinvigorate clothing manufacturing. The creative director of Savile Row tailors Norton & Sons, recently took over Blackburn factory Cookson & Clegg after it was threatened with closure. Now he is launching a clothing brand called Community Clothing that will …

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Bicentenary Celebrations at Eanam Wharf

Blackburn launches a year of celebrations to commemorate 200 years of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal right in the heart of Blackburn. The celebrations start on Saturday March 26th at 10am with a Volunteer Day, Canal Clean Up and Build a Wildlife Pontoon and Launch Day. Organisers of Blackburn Canal Festival are also launching the new Eanam Wharf heritage QR code trail …

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Dean of Blackburn announces decision to resign with new role in Rutland

The Dean of Blackburn, The Very Rev’d Christopher Armstrong has announced his resignation from the Deanery in Blackburn after 14 years in the role – His last Sunday will be 1st May 2016. The news was announced on Sunday 17th Janaury 2016 when the following personal statement was made public on the Blackburn Cathedral website. “Today I have announced my decision …

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Blackburn Cathedral Flower Festival announces major sponsor

Blackburn Cathedral Flower Festival has announced Barton Grange Garden Centre as their headline sponsors. Award-winning garden centre and one of the county’s premier retail destinations, Barton Grange, will be the lead sponsor for the festival to be held 23rd — 26th June 2016. Thousands of flowers are set to fill the stunning architecture of the Cathedral during the four-day extravaganza …

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Aladdin’s Cave of Family Fun at King Georges Hall

ALADDIN’S genie will be bringing a sprinkling of magic to Blackburn this Christmas for a festive pantomime at King Georges Hall. The timeless tale, which was released as an animated film back in the early 1990’s is expected to thrill crowds in Blackburn over the Christmas period, as the venue’s hotly anticipated pantomime follows in the footsteps of last year’s …

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Local McDonald’s gets ‘hi-tech’ makeover

McDonald’s in Blackburn has undergone a new, exciting transformation following local franchisee David Duncan’s investment in improving the experience for local customers. These major developments will provide the foundations for current and future changes to the McDonald’s menu and service experience. The restaurant, which re-opened its doors on the 14th October in an official ceremony with, Deputy Leader of the …

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Football juniors net new kit from Mercedes-Benz of Blackburn

Feniscowles and Pleasington JFC Girls under 12s have started the new season in style after landing a ‘star’ supporter. Mercedes-Benz of Blackburn has provided new kit to the team, which has kicked off its 2015/16 campaign in the North Valley & Burnley Unity League with two victories from its first two matches. The Fenny Reccers field 23 youth teams, including …

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Blackburn pub added to the Assets of Community Value list

Celebrated Blackburn pub The Sir Charles Napier has been added to the council’s list of Assets of Community Value, affording it extra protection under planning law and paving the way for community ownership. The “Napier”, as it is known, was nominated by a local community interest company set up to protect the pub after its closure in June this year …

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Remembrance Services for 2015 in Blackburn and Darwen

You are invited to join the Royal British Legion and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council at Remembrance Services commemorating the lives of those who perished in two World Wars and in other conflicts. Wednesday November 11th 2015 TWO MINUTE SILENCE BLACKBURN TOWN HALL and DARWEN TOWN HALL An observance of two minutes of silence honouring all who have given their …

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Blackburn’s ‘Most Wanted’ Jailed and Bailed for Charity

NINE people were arrested, charged with a crime and then jailed and bailed earlier this week as part of a fundraiser held by Age UK Blackburn with Darwen. Employees from Westholme Senior School, Forbes Solicitors, Nat West, the Legal Services Guild and the Lancashire Constabulary were amongst those who took part in the event, which challenged each participant to raise …

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Blackburn Christmas Lights Switch on 2015 – Star line-up revealed

Blackburn’s Christmas Lights Switch on take place on Thursday 19th November 2015 and the line up of stars has been revealed. Pop star and talent show judge, Alesha Dixon will headline a 2 hour show presented by The Bee radio and compered by Ted Robbins (Phoenix Nights, The Slammer and Coronation Street).  The artist is well known as a competitor …

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Blackburn College Opens its doors for Potential New Students

Prospective students are invited to the upcoming Open Events at Blackburn College’s £65 million student campus to take a look around, meet the tutors and see what A-Level, Vocational and Apprenticeship courses they have on offer… Visit them on: Thursday 1st October – 4.30pm – 8pm (College and University Centre) Tuesday 6th October – 4.30pm – 8pm (A-Levels only – …

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Shop’s decoration spells the start of Christmas

Spotted in the Blackburn branch of The Range in their Christmas department is a unique decoration that is set to bring that extra bit of Christmas magic to the festive season. The candle holders are adorned with a special message that will make you feel ready for this special time of the year. Rest assured this year that there will …

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A Fish and Chip Restaurant brand from Yorkshire set to open in Blackburn

The well known Fish and Chip restaurant is due to open its first Lancashire branch in Blackburn. Mother Hubbard’s, which was founded in the 1970s has been mainly based in Yorkshire will open on Preston New Road sometime this week. The restaurant is set to create 20 jobs and will seat 80 customers. The franchise will be operated by EuroGarages …

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The transfer window is still open at Blackburn College

Blackburn College still have an open transfer window! Whether you are not enjoying your current college or course, or you have not yet enrolled anywhere else, It’s not too late to enrol on a course at Blackburn College. Need Advice? If you need some advice on what course to study Blackburn College have a dedicated careers team to help you …

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Cobblers and Keys come to Blackburn Market

Blackburn Market has announced that a long-established shoe-repair business is relocating its standalone Blackburn store to one of the market’s shop units. Shoesmith, who specialise in shoe repairs, key cutting and engraving will be moving into their new base in Blackburn Market, which is home to more than 70 traders, on Monday, 28th September. The specialist business, which was founded …

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Thought Provoking Artists appear in Blackburn

A pop-up art exhibition and gallery is due to open in Blackburn Town Centre this week. The space on King William Street in the town will feature the work of Johnny Berthol and Catherine Kaufman and promises to bring you an intriguing mix of myth and macabre. Catherine’s soft sculpture work takes you on a journey through the ages and …

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Steam Sunday will head to Blackburn this October

Steam Sunday will welcome a convoy of 8 vintage engines from across the UK which will be travelling from Darwen to Blackburn, arriving outside the Town Hall at around noon. The event has been organised by Heritage Painting who have recently relocated their specialist business to the borough. There will also be a display of clog dancing, street food and …

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Are you ready for the Stoptober Challenge?

During October smokers in Blackburn with Darwen are being encouraged to quit together as this year’s Stoptober challenge launches. Stoptober quitters will receive a full range of support to kick the habit for good. Blackburn with Darwen smokers are also encouraged to get in touch with the local stop smoking service as research shows you are four times more likely …

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The Blackburn Heritage Festival returns in September

Blackburn Heritage Festival

The Blackburn Heritage Festival returns on the 12 & 13 September when vintage fairground rides will be dotted around the town centre as part of a drive to encourage visitors to explore different parts of the town on foot. The Blackburn Business Improvement District (BID) has subsidised the cost of a 40 foot Victorian Carousel, a vintage helter-skelter and an …

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Brave the Shave for Charity at Blackburn Barbers

AG Barbers and Shaving Parlour are holding a charity head shave this Friday, 31 July as part of a national campaign to raise cash for cancer charity Macmillan. The King William Street based barber shop will be charging £5 for a head shave and all monies will be donated to Macmillan. Alan decided to host the charity fundraiser which runs …

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Optician brings specialist hospital experience to AJ Spurrett

An optician with 20 years’ of specialist knowledge working with children has joined Blackburn practice AJ Spurrett. Derek McPhee worked most recently as Paediatric Optometrist at the Royal Preston Hospital, where he screened children of all ages, as well as adults with low vision who have suffered significant vision loss due to eye diseases. He has 12 years’ experience as …

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Campaign to Save The Dog Inn at Belthorn

Campaigners are working hard in an attempt to save the last village pub in Belthorn on the road between Blackburn and Haslingden. The supporter of the campaign to save the pub, which is owned by a developer, are hoping to raise £180,000 to purchase the pub back and run it as a co-operative society of locals and supporters. They are offering shares …

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