Burnley students get to work on changing perception of enterprise capital (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Burnley students get to work on changing perception of enterprise capital
TEENAGE campaigners are looking to put the ‘buzz’ back into Burnley — as part of the feelgood fever currently sweeping the town.
Twelve volunteers from The Challenge Network programme are ready to shout about what’s best in Burnley when they take to the streets on Saturday.
Like young tourism officers, they will be spreading the word for Towneley Park, the Singing Ringing Tree, Burnley FC and Queen Street Mill across the town centre.
The young crusaders are launching their promotional drive just days after Burnley was named the most enterprising place in the country.
Group spokesman Sarah Crompton, 16, who formerly attended West Craven Technology College and is now a student at Nelson and Colne College, said: “We want to challenge the negative perceptions of Burnley and tell people that it’s a really nice place to be and visit.”
‘Bring the Buzz Back To Burnley’ has already got the backing of Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle and borough mayor Coun Frank Cant after the youngsters gave presentations at the town hall.
All of the youthful ambassadors are in the lower or upper sixth forms from across the Burnley and Pendle areas. The programme has been running over five weeks and has included a trip to Scotland for team-building, a week at UCLan for experience of university life, and further time devising the ‘buzz’ campaign. Sarah, whose team will be based around the bandstand in St James Street, added: “We want to talk to people and change their views about Burnley.”
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