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Pledge to help Rossendale tourism

Lancashire Telegraph: Andrew Thomas and Lisa Costello in Bank Street, Rawtenstall Andrew Thomas and Lisa Costello in Bank Street, Rawtenstall

AN ASPIRING social enterprise has pledged to put Rossendale ‘on the map’ by working with the Valley’s top businesses and tourist attractions.

I Love Rossendale, based in Bank Street, is the brainchild of Rawtenstall couple Lisa Costello and Andrew Thomas.

The pair will work alongside established groups like Rawtenstall Town Team and Rossendale’s Heritage and Tourism Board with the aim of boosting visitor numbers to the borough.

Miss Costello, 36, said I Love Rossendale had spent the last 12 months building up contacts and was encouraged by what she saw.

She said: “We are getting more widely known throughout the area and I think most people in the community are aware of our name by now.

“We’re a not-for-profit organisation and we’ve been working with companies on marketing and offering discounted advertising rates.

“We’re also rolling out an awards scheme to indicate which businesses we think stand out in Rawtenstall. It is just Rawtenstall at the moment because that’s where we’re based but we’d be more than welcome to work with anyone.”

Miss Costello, originally from Salford, and Mr Thomas, originally from Middleton, said they wanted to combat the drop in footfall on Bank Street caused by road closures connected to the sewerage works.

She said: “We want people to come from outside Rossendale and stay here. We’re not originally from here but we’re impressed by what we’ve seen and by working together hopefully we can make a difference.”

Rossendale Council leader, Labour’s Alyson Barnes, welcomed the emergence of the organisation.

She said: “I would absolutely welcome it but I would also urge it to work with the existing great groups we have here.

“It’s always nice to see people appreciate the wonderful place that we live in. I had a chat with traders in Bank Street recently and was surprised and encouraged by how many people from outside the area come to work here.”

Jake Berry, Rossendale MP, said: “I think it’s really fantastic that businesses are grouping together to support each other. There are so many fantastic businesses in the Valley and I think it’s just a matter of having one place to find out.”

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8:17pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Copperhead says...

Come to Rossendale as a tourist ?
Are they serious or are they special needs people ?
I only go to a cr*phole like Rossendale if I absolutely have to - not for pleasure and certainly not for a holiday. Places like Rawtenstall, Haslingden, Waterfoot, Stacksteads and Bacup are not really holiday destinations, anymore than Mosul, Baghdad, Kabul and Tehran are featured in glossy holiday brochures.
The entire area is a dump. Run-down remains from the age of industry and ugly even on a summer's day.
If the world had piles, Rossendale is where they would be.
Come to Rossendale as a tourist ? Are they serious or are they special needs people ? I only go to a cr*phole like Rossendale if I absolutely have to - not for pleasure and certainly not for a holiday. Places like Rawtenstall, Haslingden, Waterfoot, Stacksteads and Bacup are not really holiday destinations, anymore than Mosul, Baghdad, Kabul and Tehran are featured in glossy holiday brochures. The entire area is a dump. Run-down remains from the age of industry and ugly even on a summer's day. If the world had piles, Rossendale is where they would be. Copperhead
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4:26am Sat 14 Jun 14

fuschia says...

Copperhead you are one ignorant and rude person. Bacup was named as the best preserved mill town in the country.The surrounding countryside is beautiful as are the majority of the people'I wouldn't like to hazard a guess as to where you live but it wont be a patch on Rossendale.
Copperhead you are one ignorant and rude person. Bacup was named as the best preserved mill town in the country.The surrounding countryside is beautiful as are the majority of the people'I wouldn't like to hazard a guess as to where you live but it wont be a patch on Rossendale. fuschia
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6:41pm Sat 14 Jun 14

pdb951 says...

fuschia wrote:
Copperhead you are one ignorant and rude person. Bacup was named as the best preserved mill town in the country.The surrounding countryside is beautiful as are the majority of the people'I wouldn't like to hazard a guess as to where you live but it wont be a patch on Rossendale.
Didn't you miss out Whitworth or is that no longer part of Rossendale
[quote][p][bold]fuschia[/bold] wrote: Copperhead you are one ignorant and rude person. Bacup was named as the best preserved mill town in the country.The surrounding countryside is beautiful as are the majority of the people'I wouldn't like to hazard a guess as to where you live but it wont be a patch on Rossendale.[/p][/quote]Didn't you miss out Whitworth or is that no longer part of Rossendale pdb951
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7:29am Sun 15 Jun 14

R. Street says...

Its always great to read about chaitable people that are willing to give up there time to work for no profit what so ever and just for the love of the community . However, where will the money come from to fund the couples pledge to help local businesses and tourist attractions.
Its always great to read about chaitable people that are willing to give up there time to work for no profit what so ever and just for the love of the community . However, where will the money come from to fund the couples pledge to help local businesses and tourist attractions. R. Street
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11:49am Sun 15 Jun 14

GAC says...

pdb951 wrote:
fuschia wrote:
Copperhead you are one ignorant and rude person. Bacup was named as the best preserved mill town in the country.The surrounding countryside is beautiful as are the majority of the people'I wouldn't like to hazard a guess as to where you live but it wont be a patch on Rossendale.
Didn't you miss out Whitworth or is that no longer part of Rossendale
hasn't been for decades the way services are down here.
[quote][p][bold]pdb951[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fuschia[/bold] wrote: Copperhead you are one ignorant and rude person. Bacup was named as the best preserved mill town in the country.The surrounding countryside is beautiful as are the majority of the people'I wouldn't like to hazard a guess as to where you live but it wont be a patch on Rossendale.[/p][/quote]Didn't you miss out Whitworth or is that no longer part of Rossendale[/p][/quote]hasn't been for decades the way services are down here. GAC
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12:20pm Sun 15 Jun 14

rvalley says...

As an existing promoter of business & tourism for Rossendale, it would be worth while for you to increase the awareness of the tourist information section down at the SOCIAL SHED in Rawtenstall , as we are the first place people see when arriving at the train station and exiting onto Bury Road. We have plenty of space for you to use . So if you would like to compile leaflets and business cards on behalf of Rawtenstall businesses and tourism , feel free to drop them off with us so that we can display them to people that get off of the train. Good Luck !
As an existing promoter of business & tourism for Rossendale, it would be worth while for you to increase the awareness of the tourist information section down at the SOCIAL SHED in Rawtenstall , as we are the first place people see when arriving at the train station and exiting onto Bury Road. We have plenty of space for you to use . So if you would like to compile leaflets and business cards on behalf of Rawtenstall businesses and tourism , feel free to drop them off with us so that we can display them to people that get off of the train. Good Luck ! rvalley
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