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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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Walk this way for annual festival

Witton Weavers

The Blackburn and Darwen Witton Weavers Way Walking Festival is taking place from June 16 to 27. There will be something for everyone with a variety of themed walks for all ages and abilities, from light strolls to countryside rambles. People can explore the famous Witton weavers way with Countryside Services or follow in the footsteps of Alfred Wainwright with …

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Archery weekend hits the spot!

A national open weekend by Archery GB, is being supported by local club the Bowmen of Pendle and Samlesbury. They are giving members of the public the opportunity to come to their open day on Saturday 24th May 2014 at the group’s base on Nab’s Head Lane in Samlesbury. The event, which runs from 10.30am to 4:30pm gives the whole …

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Kings Nursery shouting about Deaf Awareness Week

Nursery Deaf Awareness Week

Toddlers at two town centre nurseries managed by the East Lancashire Deaf Society are taking part in Deaf Awareness Week (19 — 25 May 2014) with a range of fun activities from learning nursery rhymes to numbers, animals and colours in British Sign Language.

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Toploader confirmed for Blackburn Festival at Witton Park

Toploader Blackburn Festival

Blackburn Festival, the town’s annual free outdoor celebration of music, culture and arts, will return to Witton Park on Saturday 6th September 2014. Organised by a voluntary committee, the event will build on the success of last year with a varied lineup of quality visual and performing artists. Heading up the main stage are Eastbourne alternative rockers Toploader, performing amongst …

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Chance to trade for a day in Blackburn or Darwen markets

Blackburn and Darwen markets are taking part in a national event called ‘Love your Local Markets’ by giving potential new businesses the chance to trade for a day during the month of May. Commercial Manager, David Smith is looking for businesses who could become potential stall holders in three categories; artisan and crafts stalls, young entrepreneurs (16 — 21) or …

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How would you change Blackburn’s traffic system? Have your say

Blackburn Traffic System

How would you change Blackburn’s traffic system? Have your say! Blackburn with Darwen Council is reviewing its town centre movement strategy and wants to hear the views of businesses, residents and workers. It has a “blank sheet” on what changes need to be made for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. The Council wants to hear what people like, dislike and would like …

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The Queen’s Visit to Blackburn – Video Summary

HM The Queen visited Blackburn on 17th April 2014 to attend the Maundy Service at Blackburn Cathedral. The town was packed with extra visitors and the atmosphere around the whole town centre was great. Here is the Blackburn Life video summary of the day, when the Queen came to Blackburn.

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Blackburn’s businesses all set for Royal visit boost

Blackburn is set for a boost from the visit of the Queen tomorrow as thousands of extra people are expected to head to the town centre to catch a glimpse. Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied The Duke of Edinburgh, will visit Blackburn Cathedral for the historic service which is held in a different town or city each year. It will …

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Busy Saturday in Blackburn Town Centre

The centre of Blackburn was alive today with new attractions, businesses and events. In the market, Philippa James began her new cookery demonstrations using fresh produce from the markets. She was joined by Antony Shirley from the Seafood Pub Company and Darina Merheim-Eyre (The Paprika Lady). The new demo kitchen has been built in a new activity area near to Butler’s …

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Photograph display recalls previous Royal visits

A display of photographs from Her Majesty The Queen’s previous visits to Blackburn are on display to commemorate her visit on Maundy Thursday. The collection of photographs dating back as far as 1955 can be seen in Central Blackburn Library. The pictures show a number of different royal visits including one to Mullard’s, QEGs, Pleasington playing fields and the Town …

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Town Centre Road System is hot topic at Breakfast meeting

Shop owners and business manager came face-to-face with the decision makers at a breakfast meeting to discuss changes to the town centre road system in Blackburn at the BID Breakfast on 10 April. Following the announcement of a consultation process by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Councillor Maureen Bateson attended the session at Liz ‘n’ Lil’s to gather ideas and opinions on what proved to be a …

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Lolo’s Wheel – Support the Campaign

The transition from junior to secondary school is a major milestone in any child’s life but for Enola Halleron from Feniscowles her move from St Paul’s School to St Bede’s next year is an even bigger challenge. Ten year old Enola was born with a condition which means her body will never grow more than a metre tall.  During her …

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The council is tearing up the blueprint to look at road system

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council is tearing up the blueprint and inviting people to contribute ideas about the current road system and improvements that could be made for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists alike. The consultation started on 2 April 2014 and will run for 12 weeks. The strategy is being reviewed because Blackburn town centre has changed dramatically during the …

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