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New public artwork unveiled at gateway to the town

A new piece of public artwork, called ‘Natural Forces in Challenging Times’, has been unveiled at a key junction in Blackburn. The sculpture depicts a pair of rutting stags and is located on the roundabout on Haslingden Road at the entrance to the Royal Blackburn Hospital. It was the result of a six month project between landscape designer John Everiss, …

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Local Hotel scoops Spa award

The Spa at Stanley House, Mellor, has won ‘Best New Spa in the UK’ in this year’s SPA Traveller Awards. This SPA Traveller Awards recognise the top spa destinations around the world and the winners are chosen by the readers of its website. The SPA Traveller is a luxury, lifestyle, digital magazine which provides an objective guide to the world’s finest …

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Blackburn School celebrates as doors open on £10m project

A Blackburn school is celebrating as it opens the door on its brand new £10m school in time for Christmas. Our Lady and St John Catholic College on North Road, Blackburn, is part of the multi-million pound Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme renewing and rebuilding local schools and providing students with 21st century learning environments and to make Blackburn …

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Train disruption into Manchester Victoria over Christmas period

Northern Rail are warning passengers that services into Manchester Victoria will be disrupted in the over the Christmas period due to the ongoing work to upgrade the station and introduce electrification on some lines. To allow the project to be completed safely, there will be no Northern Rail trains serving Manchester Victoria after the last service on Christmas Eve until …

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Boxing Day Bus Services in Blackburn and Darwen

Blackburn with Darwen Council has decided to bring some festive cheer to bus passengers by subsidising a limited public transport service on Boxing Day across the borough. The extra bus services will help residents and visitors get to our town centres for work or shopping, visiting the hospital and also the Blackburn Rovers match. There will be revisions to some …

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Extended Opening Hours for Blackburn Library

Blackburn Library

Blackburn Central Library has new weekend opening hours. It is now open on both Saturdays and Sundays from 10am until 4pm. This initiative is part of Blackburn with Darwen Council’s plans to breathe new life into the town centre. The Central library remains one of the Borough’s busiest civic buildings, offering a range of services which includes provision of public ICT access in addition to traditional book loans …

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Darwen man jailed for 4 years for Preston burglary

A Darwen man has been jailed for four years at Preston Crown Court for committing a burglary in Preston. After a three day trial, a jury found Lee Heath Jones, 47, of Hazel Avenue, Darwen, guilty of a burglary on Blackpool Road, Preston in August 2013, where a number of electrical items and cash were stolen. Whilst in the property …

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CCTV images of man wanted after girl was grabbed

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a 16 year old girl was allegedly grabbed by a man as she walked along Amberley Street in Blackburn earlier this week. The incident is believed to have happened around 5.30pm on Wednesday afternoon (4th December) when the girl was walking alone. A man jogged past her, reached out and touched her inappropriately before …

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Small Business Saturday – Blackburn and Darwen – Make the change!

The national campaign to get people shopping locally with small independent retailers is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday 7th December. People are being encouraged to make the change from large national chains and discover the gems on their own streets with Small Business Saturday. Blackburn and Darwen both have fantastic markets steeped in hundreds of years of tradition and boast a …

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Santa Claus is coming to town!

Santa Claus is coming back to Blackburn courtesy of Blackburn Round Table. The ever popular tour of the town with Santa on his sleigh has helped raise funds for local charities and individuals over many years and they are aiming to make the difference again. Here is the full programme of Santa visits and when he will be bringing festive …

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Lancashire Day in Blackburn

Special events were in full swing today to celebrate Lancashire Day in Blackburn. Guest town crier, Roland Hailwood, visited the Town Hall and Blackburn Market to make the Lancashire Day proclamation. His booming voice brought many people to a standstill. The market was also bedecked in Lancashire flags and were entertained by the Phil Knight Experience with traditional Lancashire music. …

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Hundreds enjoy the Christmas Lights Switch On in Blackburn

Hundreds of people packed into King William Street in Blackburn to see the Christmas Lights’ Switch on and be entertained by X-Factor stars including Matt Cardle this evening. The event, which was also accompanied by a range of street food traders took place over two hours this evening, with the climax of the event being the switch on of the …

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Free parking initiative is not just for Christmas

Blackburn shoppers are about to get free parking everyday from 3pm on all council owned car parks in the town. This is in addition to the free parking already on offer on Saturdays. The free parking comes into force from the town’s light switch on this week. It is aimed at giving shoppers and traders a Christmas boost but will continue …

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Shop Local in Blackburn and Darwen

Shoppers are being urged to shop local and support our market traders and independent retailers on Saturday, December 7th. Lots of events and special offers are available in Blackburn and Darwen town centre on the day as part of the global event. Traders have come together to organise the events themselves to attract visitors into the town centre and show off …

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Christmas all wrapped in the Mall with Polar Bear’s Picnic

The Mall Blackburn has Christmas 2013 all wrapped up with late night openings and a very special guest appearance from Bjorn the globe trotting famous Polar Bear amongst the many exciting plans! Late night shopping will start in style on the evening that X-Factor winner Matt Cardle flicks the switch on Blackburn’s Christmas lights on Thursday 21st November. The Mall …

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Police issue CCTV after 84 year old woman’s purse is stolen

Police have issued CCTV images of a couple they want to speak with in connection with the theft of a purse from a pensioner in Blackburn town centre. The alleged theft took place around 1.20pm on Friday 4th October 2013 when the 84 year old lady left the Halifax bank on King William Street. The lady’s purse was inside her zipped bag …

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Ground Breaking ceremony in Blackburn Cathedral Quarter development

The official launch of the £30 million Cathedral Quarter development has been marked with a ground breaking ceremony. All the partners involved in the ambitious scheme – the Cathedral, Blackburn with Darwen Council, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and the developer Maple Grove Developments Limited, part of the Eric Wright Group — gathered to mark the next phase of …

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Blackburn BID success — Businesses vote ‘YES’ to invest £1.5m in Blackburn

Blackburn businesses are celebrating today after receiving a YES vote for the Blackburn BID. A massive 75% of the votes were in favour of the project. The Business Investment District (BID) includes around 350 traders, commercial organisations and charities in the town centre. The scheme will create a potential £1.5 million pot of money which will be invested in the …

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Former QEGS teacher charged with indecent assaults

A former teacher at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Blackburn has been charged with 4 indecent assaults against 3 boys. John Mead, 75, of Sabden taught at the school in the 1970s. The police said that he had been charged with the assaults against the boys who were pupils at the school and under 14 years old at the time …

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BID for free car parking schemes for Blackburn

Free or subsidised car parking for shoppers and people working in the town centre are ideas that could become reality in an ambitious development scheme called the Blackburn BID. The Business Investment District plan addresses a variety of priority issues which would tackle falling footfall in the town centre and the number of empty properties.  Parking and traffic flow around …

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Jack Straw to quit at next election

News that Blackburn’s MP Jack Straw is to stand down as MP for the town and not seek re-election was met with a tribute by Ed Miliband. Mr Miliband said: “Jack Straw will be greatly missed from the House of Commons. On behalf of the Labour Party, I want to thank him for his nearly 35 years service as an MP, …

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New location for unique Blackburn businesses

Two local businesses are revitalising a former trade centre into a new destination for customers who travel for miles for their unique offering. The Cellblock BMX and The Bat Cave have moved into the former Mercer’s premises in Lower Cockcroft (off Northgate) in the heart of Blackburn’s retail district. The road has long been a busy thoroughfare for shoppers and …

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CCTV pictures following beer garden attack in Blackburn

Police have issued CCTV images of a man they need to trace after another man was assaulted in a beer garden in Blackburn last month. The incident took place around 9.30pm on Friday 13th October when the 28 year old victim from Great Eccleston was sitting with a friend in the beer garden at Bar Ibiza on Mincing Lane when a …

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Blackburn Uncle and Nephew jailed for vicious assault

Two men were today jailed for the “vicious” assault of another Blackburn man. The pair, who are uncle and nephew from Blackburn, were today jailed at Preston Crown Court for their part in the assault on a 42 year old man in his own home. Steven Quigley, 31, of Rothesay Road, was sentenced to life in prison and told he must …

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Adult learning courses available across the borough

Adult learning courses on dozens of subjects are on offer throughout the borough. Over 3,000 adults learning new skills and develop new interests every year and now short courses in the community run through Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council are available on a range of subjects. The courses take place at a range of locations across the borough, including schools and …

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Police create dedicated “Rovers” twitter account

Officers at Lancashire Police have launched a new Twitter account to give information to Blackburn Rovers football fans. The account, @RoversPolice, has been set up as a way of interacting with supporters by offering match day advice including information on parking, travel, issues with the rail network, places to eat and drink that accept away supporters and any other advice of …

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Blackburn Traders BID for the future of the Town Centre

Voting papers will land on door mats and desks in Blackburn tomorrow morning (Friday 11th October), giving businesses the power to change the face of the town centre through shared investment and collaborative working. Small and large scale property owners are being asked to say YES to a partnership scheme called the Blackburn BID (Business Investment District) to help protect …

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Fire at historic Griffin Lodge in Blackburn

Fire crews attended the Grade II listed Griffin Lodge at around 4am this morning after reports of a fire. The building at the heart of Griffin Park has been on the market for sometime after is ceased to be used by the Lancashire Museums Service in 2010. It was understood that a buyer had been found earlier in the year …

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Volunteers help to bring colour back to town square

Volunteers from the Blackburn Horticultural Society have voted to help bring a town square back to life. Members of the society voted to help regenerate the gardens around Fleming Square. The gardens in the award winning square had become overgrown in recent times as council resources for maintaining these areas has become under pressure. The members from the local society …

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