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Songaminute Man Heading for the Big Screen

Visitors will be able to watch Ted McDermott’s highlights over the past few months live on a giant screen during Blackburn’s BIG Christmas Lights Switch On this Saturday. The East Ribble District Freemasons have sponsored a giant screen making it possible to broadcast Ted’s famous videos live whilst ensuring a good view for visitors. There will be a collection on the …

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Local Star’s Pride for Blackburn’s Lights Switch On

A local YouTube sensation who took the internet by storm capturing the heart of millions with a carpool karaoke video has been given the honour of switching on his hometown’s Christmas Lights. Eighty-year-old dementia sufferer Ted Mcdermott  — known as the Songaminute Man — will be flicking the switch in Blackburn during the festive gathering on Saturday, 26th November alongside …

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Coronation Street star joins line up for Blackburn’s Christmas Lights Switch On

Coronation Street star Jack P Shepherd has been announced as the latest celebrity to join the line-up for Blackburn’s sci-fi themed Christmas Lights Switch On. The corrie star who plays David Platt in the long-running soap, will be joining Britain’s Got Talent dancing troupe ‘Boogie Storm’ on stage to light up the town on Saturday, 26th November. David Platt has …

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Blackburn needs your vote to be Britain’s best high street

Blackburn has today been named as one of the country’s best high streets by being shortlisted in the third annual Great British High Street competition. Blackburn’s high street has been named as one of the top 3 in the ‘Town Centre of the Year’ category. To be in with a chance of being crowned champion, the town needs the community …

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Reach for the Stars at Comic Con Blackburn

A host of sci-fi stars, costumed characters and film and television props will fill King George’s Hall as part of the Blackburn’s first comic convention which takes place on Saturday 26th November. The inaugural comic convention has been organised by the team behind the Preston Comic Con and the successful Star Wars Family Fun Day at Burnley Football Club.  Visitors …

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Snap a Selfie for Stoptober — Win a FREE Month at Regency Fitness

Blackburn with Darwen Council have launched a bus shelter selfie competition to raise awareness during Stoptober. The competition will see one lucky person win a free month’s membership at Regency Fitness including access to Witton Park Arena, Blackburn Sports and Leisure Centre and Darwen Leisure Centre. To be in with a chance of winning, snap a selfie with one of …

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Are you starting a new business?

‘Give It A Year’ is an exciting new TV series following budding British businesses through that crucial first year. Need the expert help of one of Britain’s leading business brains to get you off to a fight start? The show is a celebration of British business ambition. The entrepreneurs that will be filmed could be offered invaluable advice and experience …

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Blackburn’s BIG Christmas Street Fair

PLANS for a large-scale festive street fair have been unveiled by Blackburn’s Business Improvement District (BID) as part of the Blackburn BIG Christmas campaign. For one day only, the town centre will be transformed into a BIG Christmas Street Fair featuring street foods stalls, fairground rides and free walkabout entertainment. Four large marquees filled with food, gifts and presents will …

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Dancing Storm Troopers to lead a Sci-Fi themed Switch On

Simon Cowell’s golden buzzer finalists in the ITV Britain’s Got Talent show have been announced as star guests taking part in a special sci-fi themed Christmas light switch on and dance show in Blackburn. Boogie Storm who came second in the TV talent show this year will be performing on stage on King William Street as part of the annual …

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Blackburn Flower Festival Nominated for Popular Lancashire Tourism Award

One of Blackburn’s biggest most unique events of 2016 has been unveiled as a finalist in the Lancashire Tourism Awards which celebrate the diversity of the county’s tourist industry. The Blackburn Cathedral Flower Festival has been shortlisted for an award highlighting successful tourism events in Lancashire. The Flower Festival, a four-day event organised by the Friends of Blackburn Cathedral, has …

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New friendships formed in France

Over Summer 31 lucky young people went on a memorable five day trip to Paris. The trip brought together members of all abilities from Blackburn Youth Zone and Carlisle Youth Zone allowing them to meet new friends, visit new places and experience some of the best tourist attractions available in France. Members and staff met at Blackburn Youth Zone in …

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Blackburn Library set to host a murder mystery evening

Blackburn Central Library is hosting a murder mystery night to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare. The interactive murder mystery evening will take place in the basement of the library and invite participants to interrogate suspects, solve the clues and separate fact from fiction to catch the killer In keeping with 2016 being the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death the mystery …

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What’s on in & around Blackburn & Darwen from Monday, 19th September to Sunday, 25th September 2016

Please note that you may need to purchase tickets for some of the events below. To avoid disappointment, please contact the venues to make sure that there are still tickets/places available if you are planning to attend any of the events below. For more information see www.visitblackburn.co.uk or contact Blackburn Visitor Centre tel: 01254 688040/ email: visit@blackburn.gov.uk Blackburn Town Centre: Until …

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Full Steam Ahead for Blackburn Rally

A collection of vintage vehicles will be rolling into Blackburn next month as Steam Sunday returns for the second year-running. Onlookers can catch a glimpse of seven steam vehicles travelling along the A666 from Darwen to Blackburn on Sunday, 9th October as part of the Steam Sunday event. The steam engines, which have been organised by a team of local …

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Open day for prospective students at Blackburn College

PROSPECTIVE students are invited to look around Blackburn College’s £65m state-of-the-art campus and learn all about the courses available on Tuesday 20th September and Thursday 22nd September for prospective A-Level students. The College is holding Student Recruitment Events from 4.30 until 8pm, with a host of activities and guidance available in each of the departments to show the varied range …

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Win a Free Makeover at Debenhams  

Shoppers can be in with a chance of winning a free makeover when they purchase from Benefit Cosmetics situated in the Blackburn Debenhams store this weekend. To celebrate the Benefit Brow Bars’ first birthday, the store is entering each customer who purchase a product or service from the Benefit counter the chance to win a free makeover. There will be …

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The Search is on for a Special Couple to Renew their Vows

One lucky couple have a unique opportunity to renew their wedding vows in a free ceremony at Blackburn’s new Northgate Ceremonies Suite situated at King George’s Hall in Blackburn. To celebrate the launch of four new ceremony rooms at the venue, Blackburn’s Register Office are searching for a couple to cut the ribbon and officially open the venue on Saturday, …

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Blackburn-based CWV Wallcoverings launches new website

Lancashire-based CWV Wallcoverings launches new website; www.inspiredwallpaper.com With over 100 years of collective brand heritage, the team from CWV Wallcoverings are set to fill a gap in the interior design industry – bringing their exciting collection of eye-catching British designs to market together online for the first time through their new website Inspiredwallpaper.com. Joining the global market Based in Lancashire, …

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COUNTRYSIDE COMES TO TOWN RETURNS SATURDAY 25TH JUNE

Blackburn’s Business Improvement District is gearing up for the return of Countryside Comes to Town with a line-up of special guests and activities. Visitors can celebrate the completion of Blackburn’s multi-million pound Cathedral Quarter where the festival main stage and big screen will host international artists, big bands and well-known personalities on Saturday, 25 June between 10am-6pm. Mr Bloom from …

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From The Jam to play at King George’s Hall

From The Jam, featuring former The Jam bassist Bruce Foxton, legendary vocalist & guitarist Russell Hastings and drummer Mike Randon will be at King George’s Hall on the 7th of May as part of their legendary “The Public Gets What The Public Wants” Tour. The Jam exploded onto the punk scene in 1977 delivering their ferocious mission statement – debut …

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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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