Businesses to benefit from Blackburn Heritage Festival

Blackburn Citizen: Businesses to benefit from Blackburn Heritage Festival Businesses to benefit from Blackburn Heritage Festival

BLACKBURN businesses are being invited to find out how they can cash in on a festival aiming to bring record numbers of visitors to the town.

Organisers of the Blackburn Heritage Festival, which takes place from September 11 to 14, hope it will draw up to 25,000 people interested in learning about Blackburn’s past and industrial heritage.

Traders will have the opportunity to put on activities, display their archives or support the event with sponsorship.

And they will be able to find out more at the next Blackburn Improvement District (BID) breakfast event.

Event organiser, Harriet Roberts, will be speaking at the meeting and said: “The town centre will transform over the three days and we are hoping to attract up to 25,000 people to Blackburn.

“The aim is to attract people who have never been to Blackburn and give people a taste of what Blackburn has to offer. They’ll see the major investment in the bus station and Cathedral Quarter.

“We want people to try Blackburn again.”

The BID team has been holding a series of fortnightly breakfast events for businesses to network and give their views on how to improve Blackburn trade, the first of which took place in February.

The next meeting will give local traders a chance to learn more about how they can take advantage of the exposure from the heritage festival.

President of Blackburn Chamber of Trade, Tony Duckworth, said: “BID breakfasts have worked well and have challenged local authorities to various degrees. They have been more receptive to needs of local businesses.

“The heritage festival will be for local people and about local people. It will also be a draw for people from across the country to discover Blackburn’s past and learn about its industrial history.”

The breakfast will take place at Liz ’n’ Lil’s in Northgate, Blackburn on Thursday ((July 3)) from 7.30am.

The festival will include activities held at Thwaites Empire Theatre, Blackburn Cathedral and a ‘Carnival of Curiosities’ on King William Street, which will include street performers and a fairground carousel.

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4:14pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Noiticer says...

Cashing in on heritage - a true reflection of our time and why we are where we are.
Cashing in on heritage - a true reflection of our time and why we are where we are. Noiticer
  • Score: 13

8:49pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Reasons says...

will also be a draw for people from across the country to discover Blackburn’s past and learn about its industrial history.”


Heritage-Most of it has been demolished and left to overgrow -The towns people who built the town up are in Blackburn Old cemetery that has been neglected by the council and it is the volunteers who are working hard to keep it in check .The towns historic figures resting place left to disappear without any acknowledgement from this council-Heritage you say !
Destroyed
will also be a draw for people from across the country to discover Blackburn’s past and learn about its industrial history.” Heritage-Most of it has been demolished and left to overgrow -The towns people who built the town up are in Blackburn Old cemetery that has been neglected by the council and it is the volunteers who are working hard to keep it in check .The towns historic figures resting place left to disappear without any acknowledgement from this council-Heritage you say ! Destroyed Reasons
  • Score: 14

10:49pm Sun 29 Jun 14

Darwen Malc says...

“The aim is to attract people who have never been to Blackburn and give people a taste of what Blackburn has to offer. They’ll see the major investment in the bus station and Cathedral Quarter. -
They will see two major building sites, a far flung and not very handy 'temporary' bus station, not very many 'heritage' buildings (since most have been demolished), lots and lots of empty shops, some boarded up, or run down pubs, a few heritage kebab shops on Darwen Street, the list goes on and they will think...'Just look at what have we been missing'! LOL
“The aim is to attract people who have never been to Blackburn and give people a taste of what Blackburn has to offer. They’ll see the major investment in the bus station and Cathedral Quarter. - They will see two major building sites, a far flung and not very handy 'temporary' bus station, not very many 'heritage' buildings (since most have been demolished), lots and lots of empty shops, some boarded up, or run down pubs, a few heritage kebab shops on Darwen Street, the list goes on and they will think...'Just look at what have we been missing'! LOL Darwen Malc
  • Score: 11

11:31am Mon 30 Jun 14

Joseph O'M says...

We could start by building attractive new buildings in the town centre - that look just like the Victorian buildings that we've lost - bringing classic architecture back. It wouldn't be that hard - the photos are there and look at the library...
We could start by building attractive new buildings in the town centre - that look just like the Victorian buildings that we've lost - bringing classic architecture back. It wouldn't be that hard - the photos are there and look at the library... Joseph O'M
  • Score: 9

1:34pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Benpupdog says...

There is nothing left of Blackburns Heritage.
There is nothing left of Blackburns Heritage. Benpupdog
  • Score: 8

4:50pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Joseph O'M says...

There's more than you'd think Benpupdog, but likewise, we have lost a ridiculous amount...I can't bare to look at the new carpark by the train station when you think of the lovely building that was there til a few months ago...
There's more than you'd think Benpupdog, but likewise, we have lost a ridiculous amount...I can't bare to look at the new carpark by the train station when you think of the lovely building that was there til a few months ago... Joseph O'M
  • Score: 6

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