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Olympic Torch Routes – Blackburn and Accrington – All the information

On Saturday 23 June 2012, the Olympic Torch Relay will head through Blackburn and Accrington. The full routes are shown below for both towns. Police have already warned people not to obstruct the route with parked cars, which they may remove if they feel it is necessary. With the torch arriving on a Saturday, it will be the perfect time …

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The Blackburn Youth Zone opens its doors to local young people

The Blackburn Youth Zone will open its doors fully to young people aged 8 – 21 from Monday 11th June 2012. Their website has announced that they “will be opening its doors fully, from 3.30pm until 10.30pm, playing host to its very first Senior Club open session. Offering a vast gamut of activities for young people to enjoy, from basketball …

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Darwen Live 2012 – Amazing line up for 2 day festival

The Darwen Live 2012 music event will take place this year on Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th June. Spreading the event to 2 days means a much wider choice for music fans. The headline act on Sunday is the “1-Stop-Experience”. The band was originally created by Jennie Matthias, Paget King and Skip McDonald. Many will know Jenni “Bellestar” Matthias the lead …

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Walk from Blackburn to Blackpool in memory of Vicky Harrison

Vicky Harrison

[caption id=”attachment_235160″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″ caption=”Vicky Harrison”][/caption] A group of family, friends and supporters are aiming to raise money for charity PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide. The parents, fiancée and cousin of Vicky Harrison are walking from Witton Park in Blackburn to Blackpool Tower on Sunday 1st July 2012. Vicky from Darwen, was just 21 when she took her own life in 2010 after …

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New Wrestling Show débuts in Blackburn

The organisers of a new wrestling show, which will take to the stage at St Paul’s Working Men’s Club on Montague Street, Blackburn this Friday, hope to attract a new audience to the ACCW show. Acid City Championship Wrestling (ACCW) say the show, entitled “Wrestleriot” will feature “Stars who have competed at the highest level as they  join forces with the hottest …

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Witton Park Country Fair this weekend

Witton Park will host a range of activities this Sunday when the Country Fair returns featuring a jam packed programme of family themed activities. The events will include animal displays, demonstration, tractor rides and environmental displays. Attractions include: Range of exotics, reptiles and small pet animals Birds of prey display Animal displays & demonstrations Horse and cart rides Face painting Art …

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Blackburn is in Blackburn and live on Radio 2

Tony Blackburn gives up his Saturday studio chair to tread the boards of Blackburn’s very own Empire Theatre for a special edition of Pick Of The Pops for 2DAY on Thursday 10th May 2012. BBC Radio 2 is turning the schedules upside down to give listeners a taste of the range of programmes the station has to offer. Tony will be …

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Psychic Sally Morgan returns to Blackburn – Do you believe?

Sally Morgan is one of Britain’s best know psychics and regularly filled large concert halls months in advance. Her show in Blackburn on Wednesday 2nd May 2012 still has tickets available (around 130 when last checked) so could still be a full house by Wednesday night. Sally was caught in the centre of allegations last year and her authenticity was in question. …

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All night badminton marathon aims to raise funds in Blackburn

A 24 hour all night badminton game is set to raise funds for East Lancashire Hospice’s “Hospice at Home” scheme in what is headlined as a “Badminton-athon”. The organisers are asking for a minimum donation of £2 from players, who can choose to play for a few minutes or for hours! The fund raising effort takes place at Audley Sports Centre, …

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Support the hospice and dance the night away

This Thursday night (26 April 2012) sees Blakey’s play host to a Spring Ball in support of East Lancashire Hospice. It is going to include a three course meal, live music from ‘The Brothers of Swing’ along with a guest speaker. Tickets are just £20 and are still available for the event, which will start at 6.30pm and continue until …

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Band raise some brass for the Hospice and celebrate the Jubilee

East Lancashire Concert Band

The East Lancashire Concert Band are hoping their Jubilee Concert will raise vital funds for the East Lancashire Hospice. The band are performing a special concert to help celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on Saturday 2nd June 2012 at the Thwaites Empire Theatre. They are hoping the event will combine a great way to celebrate the occasion and add to …

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Have you ever wanted to attend a film première? Well now you can!

Tash Force Premiere

If you have always wanted to attend a film première, you can, in Blackburn tomorrow, 19th April 2012! A new independent comedy film is having its world première at King George’s Hall, so why not try something really different and support charity into the bargain. When was the last time you could say you attended a film première? The charity premiere of a new …

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Get a behind the scenes view of Blackburn’s new Community Fire Station

The new Blackburn Fire station is now open and operational. The newly built station is not the dramatic design as seen earlier in the year with the grass roof, but it certainly isn’t shy! With a dramatic black frontage and bright red angled addition to the corner of the building it certainly is a striking addition to Blackburn architecture. With …

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BBC Radio 2 turns the schedule upside down and brings Tony Blackburn to Blackburn

tony blackburn

BBC Radio 2 is again turning the schedules upside down to help listeners get a taste of what the channel has to offer. As part of the nationally broadcast day, the station will be bringing Tony Blackburn to Blackburn, along with Janice Long and Mark Radcliffe and there’s local insight from Blackburn-born comedian Lee Mack. 2DAY returns on Thursday 10 May 2012, combining Radio 2’s …

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Can you walk the Three Towers Trek and create Miles of Smiles?

Three Towers Trek

The Anthony Ainsworth Three Towers Trek is a 34 mile sponsored walk from Darwen Tower to Blackpool Tower. It has been organised by Ian Ainsworth from Blackburn in memory of his father and will raise vital funds for local charity Miles of Smiles. The sponsored event will take in three famous Lancashire towers, starting at Darwen Tower, going via Hoghton Tower …

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Blackburn’s Easter Fair returns to Witton Park

Families can look forward to all the fun of the fair this Easter as Witton Park’s favourite fixture returns. The Easter Fair, which has been coming to the park for over 20 years, features over 30 rides and side shows. This year it will run from Thursday, April 5 until Sunday, April 15. It will open every day from 11am …

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Farmers’ Market in aid of East Lancashire Hospice – Get involved

farmers market cakes

Gaskell Motor Bodies are hosting a Farmers’ Market on 29th April which will raise vital funds for East Lancashire Hospice between 10am and 3pm. Buy some wonderful food and support the hospice. The event will take place at their bodyshop which is based at Unit 1 Gaskell Court, Off Alan Ramsbottom Way Great Harwood. They already have 24 businesses committed to the …

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Farmers’ Market returns to Turton Tower for 2012

Turton Tower

Turton Tower’s farmers’ market returns this month with more stalls than ever before. Pick up local produce and gourmet treats while supporting local farmers and minimising food miles at the same time. Stalls will include handmade chocolates, sublime speciality cheeses, organic vegetables, award winning butchers, home made jams and preserves, fresh fish and the Thai Pie company. And there will even be a stall holder …

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Independent Comedy Film to have Blackburn Premiere

Tash Force Premiere

A charity premiere of a new film by a Blackburn producer will take place at King George’s Hall on 19th April. It has been written by the producer, Ian Wiggans of Ewood with the help of main star Mark Woodward, Paul Birtwistle and Michael Booth, all from the Blackburn area. The film has received a 15 certificate. Tickets for the premiere are …

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Race for Life in Blackburn 2012

Race for Life Blackburn

The Race for Life to support Cancer Research UK will take place this year in Witton Park, Blackburn on Wednesday 20th June 2012 at 7.30pm. You can join in the Race and choose to run or walk the 5 kilometre route. Sponsorship packs are available from the Race for Life website where you can even set up your own on-line fundraising page. …

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Darwen Market to be transformed into a Circus

Roll up! Roll up! Darwen’s Caitlin Jones will be transforming Darwen Market and Square into a circus on 25th February 2012. There will be entertainers, jugglers, face painting, hook-a-duck, raffle and magicians, DJs, dancers and more! This is all in aid of East Lancashire Hospice, so you can have fun and help raise money for a great cause. For more …

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Blackburn Cathedral will sing the songs of Africa in 2012

Zimbe at Blackburn Cathedral

Blackburn Cathedral Music Department have published their musical concert programme for 2012 which includes a concert of African music in June. The music of John Ireland will also be featured in many of this year’s concerts on the 50th anniversary of his death in 1962. John Ireland was born in Bowden near Mancehster and was a large contributor to the …

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