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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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Community praised for supporting the ‘Let’s Adopt’ campaign

An adoption recruitment campaign launched by Blackburn with Darwen Council in January 2014 received 85 serious enquiries about adopting a child in the area. The Let’s Adopt campaign showed figures averaged at five enquiries per month in the previous year. The adoption services team are hoping to replicate this marked improvement, as they embark on the second year of the recruitment …

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Blackburn Cathedral Quarter aiming for September 2015 completion

The new look Blackburn Cathedral Quarter is taking shape quickly on the former bus station site in Blackburn. The development which includes a new office block and restaurants also includes a Premier Inn hotel. The design of the hotel uses elements from Blackburn Cathedral to complement the stonework and stained glass in the lantern tower. Also included is new living …

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Two large scale Festivals announced

Whats On Mr Bloom

A new mid-summer festival has been announced for Blackburn in 2015, “Countryside Comes to Town”. Two major festivals will take place in Blackburn next year, aimed at bringing thousands of visitors to the town centre. They will be organised and promoted by the Blackburn BID (Business Improvement District) team who were behind the successful Blackburn Heritage Festival in September 2014 …

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Blackburn BID takes pressure off Mad Friday

The Blackburn BID (Business Improvement District) is stepping up with an innovative support package to help in the town centre on Mad Friday (19th December). This is traditionally one of the heaviest nights in the year for festive drinking in pubs and clubs. The BID, working in partnership with Lancashire Constabulary, has supported Sgt Nick Everett of Blackburn Police Station to help an operation aimed at identifying and protecting those vulnerable people enjoying …

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New athletics track is now open

The new refurbished £320,000 athletics track has opened at Witton Country Park. Members of Blackburn Harriers braved the cold to be the first to use the upgraded facility which was funded by a Sport England Inspired Facilities grant of £150,000 and £170,000 from Blackburn with Darwen Council. The track has been re-surfaced and extended to eight lanes in front of …

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New Dunelm Store Opens In Time For Christmas

Get ready for a new retail homewares experience coming to The Peel Centre, Lower Audley St, Blackburn, BB1 1DG on Tuesday 23rd December 2014 at 9am. The Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council Alan Cottam will be joined by Barney Bear, the official mascot for Barnardo’s, Dunelm’s chosen charity. Barney Bear is Barnardo’s first ever mascot and is on …

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CCTV released following Rovers v Leeds disorder

Lancashire Police have released CCTV images of people they want to question in relation to the disorder at the Rovers v Leeds match in November. The match took place on Saturday 22 November 2014 and saw Blackburn Rovers take on Leeds United at Ewood Park. Shortly after the match finished, a small section of who are believed to be Leeds …

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Cathedral Carols by Candlelight returns to support NSPCC & Childline

The NSPCC / Childline Carols by Candlelight Concert was a sell out event last year with incredible reviews, and is back by popular demand. Although a challenging task, Janette Monroe’s aim is to exceed last year’s event and give the audience another night to remember. This year’s event takes place on Thursday 4th December at 7.30pm. Tickets are available by …

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Blackburn is full of Festive Fun every Saturday

Be Surprised on each of the four Saturdays in the run up to Christmas, when there will be lots of fun activities to keep the whole family entertained in Blackburn Town Centre, each on a different seasonal theme. Come along to the mini festival of everything Fairy Tale, on Saturday 29th November 2014, for a magical start to your Christmas …

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Hundreds turn out to see the Christmas Lights’ Switch On

Hundreds of people turned out in Blackburn Town Centre last night to see the Annual 2014 Christmas Lights’ Switch On. The event, which took place outside the Town Hall, was hosted by Rock FM and featured performances from Irish X-Factor Duo Jedward and an appearance from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as well as a range of other singers and …

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Thwaites apply to demolish landmark brewery

Blackburn Town Centre based brewery Thwaites, which recently announced it would be leaving Blackburn Town Centre and relocating to a new site near Mellor Brook in the Ribble Valley, have applied for permission to begin the process that would lead to the demolition of their iconic buildings. The request for an Environmental Impact Assessment screening request, lodged with Blackburn with …

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How Safe do you feel in Blackburn?

Researchers are asking how safe people in Blackburn feel when shopping, studying and spending leisure time in the town centre as part of measures to increase visitors to the town. The perceptions study has been commissioned by the Blackburn BID (Business Improvement District) in partnership with the Criminology and Criminal Justice department at the University Centre, Blackburn.  The survey and …

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Turn in Toiletries for the Homeless

VOICE, a local charity that works with local homeless individuals, need your help! They are organising a “Toiletry Amnesty”, appealing to local people and businesses to donate new toothbrushes, soap, shower gel, deodorant, toothpaste etc. This will be running from Wednesday 15th October — Wednesday 30th October and the drop off point will be the Ask Me Point in The …

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Radio Blackburn returns for one weekend only

The BBC is turning back the clock to take part in heritage activities in Blackburn. As part of the Blackburn Heritage Festival, BBC Radio Lancashire is celebrating its Blackburn Roots by staging an event that will happen both off and on air called “Radio Days”. One of the founding presenters, Gerald Jackson will lead the team in recreating the nostalgia …

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Thwaites announce move to Mellor Brook

Thwaites have announced that they have sourced a new site for their brewery, head office and visitor centre. The full announcement has been posted on their website reads: “Daniel Thwaites is delighted to announce that it has secured the purchase of a site to house its new brewery and head office, and will be looking to secure planning consent over …

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Festival to celebrate Blackburn’s Past

The changing face of Blackburn through the ages, represented by the four phases of the iconic market clock tower, feature as the logo of Blackburn Heritage Festival. It takes place from 11-14 September and launches its publicity this week. This large scale celebration of Blackburn’s past will be part of this year’s national Heritage Open Days event taking place the …

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