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Students in call for improved Blackburn nightlife

Lancashire Telegraph: Curtis Baron, 21, and Cassie Bestwick, 18, check out the booklet Curtis Baron, 21, and Cassie Bestwick, 18, check out the booklet

BLACKBURN is Open, a scheme to encourage new creative enterprise and night life in the town centre, has produced a new booklet aimed at students to let them know about places of interest and events for college and university goers.

But yesterday students of the college told the Lancashire Telegraph that Blackburn at the moment had little to offer them and that it was a ‘disappointing’ place to study.

None of the students had heard of Blackburn is Open or the Friday Night Live scheme launched last weekend to boost the town’s night time economy.

Curtis Baron, a 21-year-old student from Mill Hill, said: “I have only ever been out in Blackburn once and I hated it. I live here but travel for nights out to Preston or Manchester.

“All the pubs in Blackburn have shut down and there’s no where to go.”

His friend Cassie Bestwick, an 18-year-old from Green Lane said: “There’s nothing at all for students and young people.

“I go out in Darwen and it’s a much better night out than Blackburn. There’s more pubs, more people out and more going on and it’s a much smaller town so I don’t know why Blackburn’s so bad.”

The leaflet points out places that may be of interest to students such as King Georges Hall, the Youth Zone and the library.

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But a lot of space is also dedicated to places that would not traditionally be associated with young people and night life, such as Blackburn Cathedral, Blackburn market and the visitor centre.

Paige Gilmour, 17, from Burnley said: “It’s not very exciting is it?

“I’m from Blackburn originally but I live in Burnley now and I can’t see why anyone would want to stay in Blackburn if they didn’t have too young to go in pubs but even for my age group there isn’t really anything.

“The cinema here is huge but even there they only show really rubbish films and you have to travel to see anything good.”

Yasmin Beygo, a 16-year-old student from Blackburn, said: “I’ve never heard of Blackburn is Open but it sounds like what they should be doing but I don’t understand this leaflet.

“I’ve been to the cathedral but it’s not what I’d want to do in an evening and I doubt it will encourage people to study here.”

But Blackburn with Darwen council is fighting back with Friday Night Live, a new initiative to revive Blackburn’s night life with a variety of music across five venues in the town centre.

Launched last week, organiser Jamie Groves, said that the first week was a huge success.

“It was fantastic. It was great to see Blackburn buzzing again like it was years ago.

“People had travelled to get there too, which was great. I was speaking to people from Chorley and Accrington who had come down especially to see the bands.

“It’s disappointing that students haven’t heard about it, especially because I was under the impression that it had been pretty well advertised within the college.

“It’s been all over facebook and social media and of course, we want as many students as possible to come down and enjoy what’s going on.

“The great thing about Friday Night Live is that it appeals to all ages and there’s something for everybody.”

 

Line up for tonight

The Blackburn Times: James Hirst 8pm. Sweeney Astray 9pm.

Molloy's: Richard Moss 9.30pm. Darrell Smith 11.30pm.

Charles Napier: Exit State 10.30pm. Fantasist 11.30pm.

Blakey's: Dead End Dreams 10pm. Pray For Hayden 11pm

Live Lounge: Bounce Night 11pm until late.

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10:51am Fri 2 May 14

Joseph O'M says...

It's a Catch 22 situation. Fewer people going out meant that the pubs began to close during the week, pubs closed during the week means less business and no option for people to decide to have a drink if they wanted to. I can't actually believe that Blackburn College isn't involved in the Blackburn Is Open scheme....it is isn't it? Independent and alternative bars need to be opened and promoted to college students. The Napier, Barzooka, The Live Lounge are all still going, all offer alternative music, live bands and the traditional student type of atmosphere. They're hanging on by the skin of their teeth, but Blackburn is Open needs to be promoting them as safe, lively, interesting places for students to have a night out. What made Blackburn so great 15 or 20 years ago was the volume of people out on a weekend night, which meant every pub was open, and every musical style and taste was catered for.....quite how it slipped is still a bit of a head scratcher, but when I was 17, I didn't want to go to the Cathedral or the cinema on a weekend night - I wanted to go out to the pub with my mates, which is precisely what everyone (everyone) I knew did...
It's a Catch 22 situation. Fewer people going out meant that the pubs began to close during the week, pubs closed during the week means less business and no option for people to decide to have a drink if they wanted to. I can't actually believe that Blackburn College isn't involved in the Blackburn Is Open scheme....it is isn't it? Independent and alternative bars need to be opened and promoted to college students. The Napier, Barzooka, The Live Lounge are all still going, all offer alternative music, live bands and the traditional student type of atmosphere. They're hanging on by the skin of their teeth, but Blackburn is Open needs to be promoting them as safe, lively, interesting places for students to have a night out. What made Blackburn so great 15 or 20 years ago was the volume of people out on a weekend night, which meant every pub was open, and every musical style and taste was catered for.....quite how it slipped is still a bit of a head scratcher, but when I was 17, I didn't want to go to the Cathedral or the cinema on a weekend night - I wanted to go out to the pub with my mates, which is precisely what everyone (everyone) I knew did... Joseph O'M
  • Score: 49

1:06pm Fri 2 May 14

saraharrowsmith says...

I have to say the Lancashire Telegraph appears to be on a mission to bash the town it operates in, how sad. I went to Friday NIght Live last week and it was standing room only with people coming from across the north west to enjoy some fantastic live music. Why did the Telegraph not send a reporter to report it as I haven't seen a report only this which is in effect gathering a handful of students who want a moment of fame to get their faces in the newspaper. How very sad. If we were in Preston the Lancashire Evening Post would have been supporting this in the knowledge more people in the town is good for business and in the end good for them. Alas unless you spray urine on shoppers or have something bad say about Blackburn the local newspaper isn't interested in what you have to say.
I have to say the Lancashire Telegraph appears to be on a mission to bash the town it operates in, how sad. I went to Friday NIght Live last week and it was standing room only with people coming from across the north west to enjoy some fantastic live music. Why did the Telegraph not send a reporter to report it as I haven't seen a report only this which is in effect gathering a handful of students who want a moment of fame to get their faces in the newspaper. How very sad. If we were in Preston the Lancashire Evening Post would have been supporting this in the knowledge more people in the town is good for business and in the end good for them. Alas unless you spray urine on shoppers or have something bad say about Blackburn the local newspaper isn't interested in what you have to say. saraharrowsmith
  • Score: 47

1:08pm Fri 2 May 14

Rishtonian says...

Joseph O'M wrote:
It's a Catch 22 situation. Fewer people going out meant that the pubs began to close during the week, pubs closed during the week means less business and no option for people to decide to have a drink if they wanted to. I can't actually believe that Blackburn College isn't involved in the Blackburn Is Open scheme....it is isn't it? Independent and alternative bars need to be opened and promoted to college students. The Napier, Barzooka, The Live Lounge are all still going, all offer alternative music, live bands and the traditional student type of atmosphere. They're hanging on by the skin of their teeth, but Blackburn is Open needs to be promoting them as safe, lively, interesting places for students to have a night out. What made Blackburn so great 15 or 20 years ago was the volume of people out on a weekend night, which meant every pub was open, and every musical style and taste was catered for.....quite how it slipped is still a bit of a head scratcher, but when I was 17, I didn't want to go to the Cathedral or the cinema on a weekend night - I wanted to go out to the pub with my mates, which is precisely what everyone (everyone) I knew did...
No night life now in Blackburn because there are to many Asians live there
[quote][p][bold]Joseph O'M[/bold] wrote: It's a Catch 22 situation. Fewer people going out meant that the pubs began to close during the week, pubs closed during the week means less business and no option for people to decide to have a drink if they wanted to. I can't actually believe that Blackburn College isn't involved in the Blackburn Is Open scheme....it is isn't it? Independent and alternative bars need to be opened and promoted to college students. The Napier, Barzooka, The Live Lounge are all still going, all offer alternative music, live bands and the traditional student type of atmosphere. They're hanging on by the skin of their teeth, but Blackburn is Open needs to be promoting them as safe, lively, interesting places for students to have a night out. What made Blackburn so great 15 or 20 years ago was the volume of people out on a weekend night, which meant every pub was open, and every musical style and taste was catered for.....quite how it slipped is still a bit of a head scratcher, but when I was 17, I didn't want to go to the Cathedral or the cinema on a weekend night - I wanted to go out to the pub with my mates, which is precisely what everyone (everyone) I knew did...[/p][/quote]No night life now in Blackburn because there are to many Asians live there Rishtonian
  • Score: 47

1:30pm Fri 2 May 14

saraharrowsmith says...

There were as many asian people in the town 5-10 years ago Rishtonian so that comment is pretty pathetic and shows your lack of intelligence. Get back to reading your comics.
There were as many asian people in the town 5-10 years ago Rishtonian so that comment is pretty pathetic and shows your lack of intelligence. Get back to reading your comics. saraharrowsmith
  • Score: -51

1:59pm Fri 2 May 14

Fingerbang says...

If the nightlife for students is that bad (which it is) then why dont they get of their behinds and do something about it.
I went to university a few years ago and most of the nightlife in the town was promoted by students. Something for everyone every night of the week and, ultimately, is a great addition to a CV, provides a hobby and, in some cases, careers.
Unfortunately not everything is on a plate so why dont some entrepreneurial students arrange things, spread the word via student union, word of mouth, social media and see what happens.
People have moved to the town to study so why not arrange a focus group to do something?
If the nightlife for students is that bad (which it is) then why dont they get of their behinds and do something about it. I went to university a few years ago and most of the nightlife in the town was promoted by students. Something for everyone every night of the week and, ultimately, is a great addition to a CV, provides a hobby and, in some cases, careers. Unfortunately not everything is on a plate so why dont some entrepreneurial students arrange things, spread the word via student union, word of mouth, social media and see what happens. People have moved to the town to study so why not arrange a focus group to do something? Fingerbang
  • Score: 46

2:35pm Fri 2 May 14

Saj143 says...

saraharrowsmith wrote:
I have to say the Lancashire Telegraph appears to be on a mission to bash the town it operates in, how sad. I went to Friday NIght Live last week and it was standing room only with people coming from across the north west to enjoy some fantastic live music. Why did the Telegraph not send a reporter to report it as I haven't seen a report only this which is in effect gathering a handful of students who want a moment of fame to get their faces in the newspaper. How very sad. If we were in Preston the Lancashire Evening Post would have been supporting this in the knowledge more people in the town is good for business and in the end good for them. Alas unless you spray urine on shoppers or have something bad say about Blackburn the local newspaper isn't interested in what you have to say.
Well put.
[quote][p][bold]saraharrowsmith[/bold] wrote: I have to say the Lancashire Telegraph appears to be on a mission to bash the town it operates in, how sad. I went to Friday NIght Live last week and it was standing room only with people coming from across the north west to enjoy some fantastic live music. Why did the Telegraph not send a reporter to report it as I haven't seen a report only this which is in effect gathering a handful of students who want a moment of fame to get their faces in the newspaper. How very sad. If we were in Preston the Lancashire Evening Post would have been supporting this in the knowledge more people in the town is good for business and in the end good for them. Alas unless you spray urine on shoppers or have something bad say about Blackburn the local newspaper isn't interested in what you have to say.[/p][/quote]Well put. Saj143
  • Score: -44

3:44pm Fri 2 May 14

greenscreener says...

Fingerbang wrote:
If the nightlife for students is that bad (which it is) then why dont they get of their behinds and do something about it.
I went to university a few years ago and most of the nightlife in the town was promoted by students. Something for everyone every night of the week and, ultimately, is a great addition to a CV, provides a hobby and, in some cases, careers.
Unfortunately not everything is on a plate so why dont some entrepreneurial students arrange things, spread the word via student union, word of mouth, social media and see what happens.
People have moved to the town to study so why not arrange a focus group to do something?
.excellent point,

Blackburn College educates people in Music, Media, Catering and Hospitality etc. if they can't arrange a bit of nightlife for themselves then one wonders what they are doing ?
[quote][p][bold]Fingerbang[/bold] wrote: If the nightlife for students is that bad (which it is) then why dont they get of their behinds and do something about it. I went to university a few years ago and most of the nightlife in the town was promoted by students. Something for everyone every night of the week and, ultimately, is a great addition to a CV, provides a hobby and, in some cases, careers. Unfortunately not everything is on a plate so why dont some entrepreneurial students arrange things, spread the word via student union, word of mouth, social media and see what happens. People have moved to the town to study so why not arrange a focus group to do something?[/p][/quote].excellent point, Blackburn College educates people in Music, Media, Catering and Hospitality etc. if they can't arrange a bit of nightlife for themselves then one wonders what they are doing ? greenscreener
  • Score: 36

6:27pm Fri 2 May 14

wilddog says...

Wot a shame, Poor kids, feel really sorry for them!...............
............not! I am funding your course until you can(if ever) pay it back. So ya cant have a beer or 2 or 20 and you cannot find anywhere to go? Tried staying in and getting a group of friends round? Nope! You want places just to open up when its term time? Oh Yes! Tough, its called life, get on with it or get a job and stop moaning! Kids!
Wot a shame, Poor kids, feel really sorry for them!............... ............not! I am funding your course until you can(if ever) pay it back. So ya cant have a beer or 2 or 20 and you cannot find anywhere to go? Tried staying in and getting a group of friends round? Nope! You want places just to open up when its term time? Oh Yes! Tough, its called life, get on with it or get a job and stop moaning! Kids! wilddog
  • Score: 18

11:32pm Fri 2 May 14

Rishtonian says...

saraharrowsmith wrote:
There were as many asian people in the town 5-10 years ago Rishtonian so that comment is pretty pathetic and shows your lack of intelligence. Get back to reading your comics.
Don't think so as I had lived there for 50 yrs
[quote][p][bold]saraharrowsmith[/bold] wrote: There were as many asian people in the town 5-10 years ago Rishtonian so that comment is pretty pathetic and shows your lack of intelligence. Get back to reading your comics.[/p][/quote]Don't think so as I had lived there for 50 yrs Rishtonian
  • Score: 23

11:34pm Fri 2 May 14

Rishtonian says...

saraharrowsmith wrote:
There were as many asian people in the town 5-10 years ago Rishtonian so that comment is pretty pathetic and shows your lack of intelligence. Get back to reading your comics.
Don't think so as I lived there for 50 years
[quote][p][bold]saraharrowsmith[/bold] wrote: There were as many asian people in the town 5-10 years ago Rishtonian so that comment is pretty pathetic and shows your lack of intelligence. Get back to reading your comics.[/p][/quote]Don't think so as I lived there for 50 years Rishtonian
  • Score: 19

12:44pm Sun 4 May 14

Mon says...

Open up Church Street to get traffic flowing through the town and open up the bars around that area again.
Open up Church Street to get traffic flowing through the town and open up the bars around that area again. Mon
  • Score: 7

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