Council wants to remember leading lights with plaques in Blackburn

The council plans to honour Blackburn's great and good with plaques similar to this one

The council plans to honour Blackburn's great and good with plaques similar to this one

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Local government reporter

Residents and businesses have been asked to nominate famous people and places in Blackburn to be honoured by a new set of ‘blue plaques’.

The council has concluded a deal with local historians to protect and replace existing commemorative plates.

Now, Blackburn with Darwen regeneration boss Maureen Bateson wants to create a ‘blue plaque trail’ across the town.

She is looking for historic residents and sites of interest recalling past events to add to the current 24.

The appeal for residents to come up with the new names is part of a Blackburn Heritage Festival which will take place from September 11-14.

Responsibility for the plaques rested with Blackburn Civic Society until it folded a few years ago.

Blackburn Local History Society took over the list of the existing plaques.

As scrap metal thieves can target the distinctive badges, they asked the borough council earlier this year for permission to maintain, replace and add to the commemorative plates dotted around the town.

The matter came to head after the plaque marking Blackburn Rovers benefactor Jack Walker’s birthplace at 96 Randal Street, Audley, was stolen in February.

Coun Bateson oversaw the new agreement as part of a series of measures under the heading of ‘Loving Our Heritage’ aimed at attracting visitors to the town.

She said: “A new blue plaque could be placed to mark the life of someone famous connected with a site or a landmark historical event.

“This initiative is aimed at celebrating the rich and varied history we have in the town and showing we are proud of what has been achieved by individuals or as a result of significant events.”

Local History Society secretary Ray Smith said: ‘I’m delighted to see Blackburn’s proud past being celebrated.”

The festival will include talks, tours and walks at historical venues, a carousel and helter skelter outside the town hall, clog dancing on Church Street and an outdoor vintage market.

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8:43pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Reasons says...

Where has the one gone on Randal st marking Jack walkers place.The house front has been changed and the sign nowhere to be seen
Where has the one gone on Randal st marking Jack walkers place.The house front has been changed and the sign nowhere to be seen Reasons
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12:27pm Wed 9 Apr 14

mmickk says...

Reasons wrote:
Where has the one gone on Randal st marking Jack walkers place.The house front has been changed and the sign nowhere to be seen
It was in taken down while the front was done up and it was stolen on the lines of what they did with the dog inn?
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[quote][p][bold]Reasons[/bold] wrote: Where has the one gone on Randal st marking Jack walkers place.The house front has been changed and the sign nowhere to be seen[/p][/quote]It was in taken down while the front was done up and it was stolen on the lines of what they did with the dog inn? http://www.lancashir etelegraph.co.uk/new s/10996665.Local_his torians_bid_to_prote ct_commemorative_blu e_plaques_in_Blackbu rn/ mmickk
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