Blackburn Beat rocks town centre

Dodgy takes to the stage

Seven-year-old Milly Wareing with Lee, 36, and four-year-old Toby Wareing, tries a snack, watched by, from left, Junior Da Costa, Michelle Ayrton, Jeanette Da Costa and Krystyne Rodowicz

Jeremiah Ferrari on stage

Seven-year-old Fearne and Evie, nine, Hoyle have their faces painted by Bei Stables

Caitlin Yates, seven, of Haslingden, tries out some circus skills after a quick lesson from the experts

First published in News

HUNDREDS of people went into Blackburn town centre to enjoy a free music festival on Saturday.

The words ‘Blackburn Beat’ were spraypainted on pavements, directing the crowds to King William Street where they enjoyed a day of free music and entertainment.

Double platinum selling group Dodgy headlined the event, which also saw the warm weather make a welcome return.

Also performing were Ella Shaw, The Retrosettes, the Chris Scott Band, the New York Tourists, and Jeremiah Ferrari.

Funded by the council, the festival comprised a plethora of delights, include stone-baked pizzas, Jamaican food grilled in barrels, hog roasts, and even pigeon paninis.

Visitors enjoying real ale sat on dedicated seating outside a beer tent, while others bought fresh coffee or traditional ice cream.

On artificial grass laid in the middle of the street, children enjoyed circus tricks performed by Blackburn Beat staff, had their faces painted for free, and danced beneath bunting and flags.

Great British Bake Off star Philippa James also held cooking demonstrations, while the various acts performed on the stage, which was erected just yards from the town hall.

Getting under way at 11am, the music was hosted by local radio station The Bee, with acts appearing on stage before the crowd – with many shoppers stopping to watch during their trip into town – until 6pm.

Borough leisure boss Damian Talbot said: “I was not there myself, I had family commitments, but it sounds like it went pretty well. The weather was good.

“The council is putting in a lot of effort to organise events that will encourage people to use the town centre, and I think that’s paying off because the town feels vibrant.

“It’s important for the local economy, and for jobs, and we will keep it up.”

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11:43am Mon 25 Aug 14

M.DANNY says...

Good for the local economy and what about many shop units closed down and lying empty for years ?
Many shop units empty in the Mall shopping centre and cannot attract more big name high street stores.
We need more free parking to help boost local economy not music festivals.
Good for the local economy and what about many shop units closed down and lying empty for years ? Many shop units empty in the Mall shopping centre and cannot attract more big name high street stores. We need more free parking to help boost local economy not music festivals. M.DANNY
  • Score: 11

12:23pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Catwoman2005 says...

Sorry but me and my friend thought it was a load of rubbish, there wasnt that many stalls, the stalls that was there were to expensive, and wasnt a great deal for the kids, unless we missed half of it which i dont think we did.
Sorry but me and my friend thought it was a load of rubbish, there wasnt that many stalls, the stalls that was there were to expensive, and wasnt a great deal for the kids, unless we missed half of it which i dont think we did. Catwoman2005
  • Score: 17

1:00pm Mon 25 Aug 14

noddy57 says...

its a shame !! now if they could have hired Noddy Holder and and the boys for the day it would have been a sell out.
its a shame !! now if they could have hired Noddy Holder and and the boys for the day it would have been a sell out. noddy57
  • Score: 12

1:29pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Eric Shawn says...

"Funded by the council" elsewhere such events show a profit.
"Funded by the council" elsewhere such events show a profit. Eric Shawn
  • Score: 12

8:47pm Mon 25 Aug 14

child44 says...

Double-platinum-sell
ing group Dodgy, plus free festival, plus good weather, plus a host of other attractions, in the centre of Blackburn, and only 'hundreds' turn up? Give it up, Blackburn. Give the money to Darwen Live next year, where thousands turn up in crap weather.
Double-platinum-sell ing group Dodgy, plus free festival, plus good weather, plus a host of other attractions, in the centre of Blackburn, and only 'hundreds' turn up? Give it up, Blackburn. Give the money to Darwen Live next year, where thousands turn up in crap weather. child44
  • Score: -2

11:34am Tue 26 Aug 14

tenerc says...

"with many shoppers stopping to watch during their trip into town – until 6pm. "

was this the councils idea of getting people to use/visit the town in the evening, all done and dusted by 6pm?
"with many shoppers stopping to watch during their trip into town – until 6pm. " was this the councils idea of getting people to use/visit the town in the evening, all done and dusted by 6pm? tenerc
  • Score: 4

4:54pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Ex-Darrener says...

Reads like it was written by a school kid and quotes a council official who wasn't even there, but apart from that a thrilling report indeed.
Reads like it was written by a school kid and quotes a council official who wasn't even there, but apart from that a thrilling report indeed. Ex-Darrener
  • Score: 2
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