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Attractions devised for 'Blackburn is Open' campaign

Lancashire Telegraph: Young dance students at the launch of the campaign. Young dance students at the launch of the campaign.

A PROGRAMME of town centre attractions for 2014 is being devised as design guru Wayne Hemingway returns home to officially launch the ‘Blackburn is Open’ campaign.

A series of Thursday events around Town Hall Square before Christmas proved a success with hundreds attending.

Now, borough regeneration boss Maureen Bateson wants to hold similar occasions through the year to make the area ‘buzz’.

On January 22, Mr Hemingway will oversee the ceremonies launching the ‘Blackburn is Open’ campaign harnessing local business, artistic and creative talent.

He will formally open the new pop arts centre and ‘Blackburn is Open’ shop opposite the town hall as the central hubs for the campaign.

The former charity shop and youth club have been given a makeover with the help of Crown Paints, Graham and Brown and Parkinsons Signs.

As well as Red or Dead founder Mr Hemingway, the event will be attended by representatives of Blackburn College, the Cathedral, and local creatives and entrepreneurs.

The campaign aims to market the town centre as ‘the place to come’ using social media such as Facebook and Twitter, and capitalising on local celebrities such as Mr Hemingway and film-maker Michael Winterbottom. Plans for the following three months include Blackburn College reopening the St Johns Centre as a studio art space and gallery, staging exhibitions, workshops, music sessions and films.

The ‘Rebound Bookshop’, once on Salford, will re-open on the corner of King William Street and Northgate with a café and exhibition space.

Coun Bateson said: “Hundreds attended the events over the Christmas period. In 2014, Blackburn is Open will aim to build on this success with events throughout the year. Many exciting projects will be announced in the near future. January will mark the launch of our new scheme to further rejuvenate the town making the centre a place for new business to develop and a hub of innovation and creativity.”

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2:01am Wed 8 Jan 14

Carl_24 says...

‘Blackburn is Open'!!!

Good trick if they can pull it ff but I highly doubt it since the town is deader than dead, it is the bum hole of England.

Just look what it was like over the Christmas period a crappy outdoor "ice" rink that had no one on it what so ever and that was all, no rides for the kids or burger vans like in the past it was pathetic.

If the council are intending on attracting more people into this town their gonna have to work a hell of a lot harder better shops should open for instance bring back HMV, open a restaurant that's not Indian etc.
‘Blackburn is Open'!!! Good trick if they can pull it ff but I highly doubt it since the town is deader than dead, it is the bum hole of England. Just look what it was like over the Christmas period a crappy outdoor "ice" rink that had no one on it what so ever and that was all, no rides for the kids or burger vans like in the past it was pathetic. If the council are intending on attracting more people into this town their gonna have to work a hell of a lot harder better shops should open for instance bring back HMV, open a restaurant that's not Indian etc. Carl_24
  • Score: 2

8:14am Wed 8 Jan 14

A Darener says...

Blackburn may well be "open", but try getting to it!
Blackburn may well be "open", but try getting to it! A Darener
  • Score: 4

1:29pm Wed 8 Jan 14

LancsM says...

Carl_24 wrote:
‘Blackburn is Open'!!!

Good trick if they can pull it ff but I highly doubt it since the town is deader than dead, it is the bum hole of England.

Just look what it was like over the Christmas period a crappy outdoor "ice" rink that had no one on it what so ever and that was all, no rides for the kids or burger vans like in the past it was pathetic.

If the council are intending on attracting more people into this town their gonna have to work a hell of a lot harder better shops should open for instance bring back HMV, open a restaurant that's not Indian etc.
Carl, HMV have gone bust, they are not opening any stores.

ps you're right about the lack of burger vans, just what every ideal destination needs, one can't move in Paris or Milan without swathes of burger vans.
[quote][p][bold]Carl_24[/bold] wrote: ‘Blackburn is Open'!!! Good trick if they can pull it ff but I highly doubt it since the town is deader than dead, it is the bum hole of England. Just look what it was like over the Christmas period a crappy outdoor "ice" rink that had no one on it what so ever and that was all, no rides for the kids or burger vans like in the past it was pathetic. If the council are intending on attracting more people into this town their gonna have to work a hell of a lot harder better shops should open for instance bring back HMV, open a restaurant that's not Indian etc.[/p][/quote]Carl, HMV have gone bust, they are not opening any stores. ps you're right about the lack of burger vans, just what every ideal destination needs, one can't move in Paris or Milan without swathes of burger vans. LancsM
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