Thwaites bosses announce Blackburn base move

The current Thwaites site

The new Thwaites site at Mellor Brook

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BOSSES at Thwaites have announced the firm will move to a new site four miles from its current Blackburn town centre base.

The 200-year-old brewery will relocate to Sykes Holt at Mellor Brook, just off the A59.

It comes two and a half years after the initial announcement the company wanted to move from its iconic Star Brewery in Penny Street.

After months of speculation that the firm could leave East Lancashire altogether, news of the move has been welcomed with Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans saying he was ‘over the moon’.

Thwaites chief executive Rick Bailey said the Mellor Brook would house a new brewery and head office, as well as an expanded and improved visitor centre.

Total investment in the move could be as much as £10million.

It comes as the firm published its annual accounts which showed a two per cent decrease in operating profit.

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The firm also announced a write-off of £11.6million worth of brewing equipment while cask ale volumes grew eight per cent, underpinned by growth in its flagship Wainwright ale of 31 per cent.

The firm said it is now set to focus on its range of craft beers and will continue to outsource production of licensed keg beers to other breweries.

Mr Bailey said: “This is a tremendously exciting day for us, to be able to share where we plan to relocate our whole business to over the coming months.

“We will be applying for planning permission to build our new brewery, head office and a visitor centre.

“Completion of the purchase will take place in six months in order to allow the current owners time to leave the site.

“We will be working hard in that time to make sure that as soon as we complete the purchase we will be in a position to start work quickly.

“We will be working with the planners to create an exciting scheme to make the most of the site, part of which dates back to 1540.”

Mr Bailey told the Lancashire Telegraph bosses were hopeful a borehole could be installed at the site so the firm could tap into the same ‘aquifer’, ensuring the water used in the brewing process was the same so the taste of the company’s beers did not change.

Mr Bailey added it had always been the firm’s intention to stay in the area.

He said: “It has always been hugely important to us that we stay close to Blackburn, which has been our home for more than 200 years, and we have been very aware that we would like to safeguard jobs in the area.

“We said in our announcement in 2011 we wanted to find somewhere locally and we have delivered on that promise.”

Nationally the firm employs 812 full-time staff and 647 part-time and has more than 300 pubs.

All 200 staff currently based in Penny Street, which includes around 10 brewing staff, will relocate to Mellor Brook.

Thwaites will lodge a planning application in the near future and hopes to start a building programme early next year.

It is expected the development will be completed in 18 months to two years.

Blackburn MP Jack Straw said: “I am very relieved that they have been able to secure their future in the area and it is not as if they are moving across the country or closing.

“The Yerburgh family deserve recognition for the fact they have kept Thwaites going when many comparable breweries have closed.

“The change in brewing and the market for beers in the past 10 years have meant that the vertical brewery in the town centre designed for brewing large quantities of mild is now obsolete.”

Ribble Valley MP and president of the Parliamentary beer Club, Nigel Evans said: “I am absolutely over the moon.

“It is great news that this prestige beer will continue to be brewed in East Lancashire. I am sure Thwaites will ensure the taste of their excellent beers remains the same.

“The new brewery and visitors centre will help boost the profile of these excellent beers and hopefully bring them to the attention of more customers.

“This will help maintain hundreds of years of brewing tradition in the area. It’s great news for Ribble Valley and East Lancashire beer drinkers. Thwaites brews some the best beer in the country and will continue to so with their new brewery.”

Coun Kate Hollern, leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “I am disappointed Thwaites did not choose to stay in Blackburn, but we will continue to work with them to sort out the future of their town centre site, which is our focus now.”

Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Stuart Hirst said: “Thwaites is a prestigious and important local company, with a long and illustrious history.

“We are delighted they are coming to the Ribble Valley and will offer them all the help and support we can to assist with their plans for the future.

“We have been working with Thwaites for at least two years to find a site. A number have been looked at.

“There have been pre-planning discussions that have gone well. We can see no obvious obstacles and the proposal does not contravene any borough policies but the planning process will now have to proceed as normal.”

Chairwoman of Mellor Parish Council Coun Pat Young also welcomed the move.

She said: “It will be in keeping with the enterprise park in this area.

“Thwaites is an established and prestigious firm so this will be good for the area.”

Matt Knowles, owner of the nearby Fielden’s Arms, added: “I would certainly welcome Thwaites to the area with open arms.

“I like Thwaites as I think they have been very loyal to their staff over the years and their ales are great.”

Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle said: “I am very pleased that the new brewery will continue to be in the Blackburn area and in East Lancashire. The main thing Burnley beer lovers will be concerned about is that the taste of the beers stay the same.”

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7:01am Wed 25 Jun 14

Vanguard says...

"Chairwoman of Mellor Parish Council Coun Pat Young also welcomed the move. "


Well she would welcome the move as she is the one selling Sykes Holt.
"Chairwoman of Mellor Parish Council Coun Pat Young also welcomed the move. " Well she would welcome the move as she is the one selling Sykes Holt. Vanguard
  • Score: 100

7:43am Wed 25 Jun 14

child44 says...

Is anyone in Blackburn interested anymore? Once they've closed all their pubs in Blackburn and Darwen, the only people who will be drinking Wainwright will be people living in Cumbria and London.
Is anyone in Blackburn interested anymore? Once they've closed all their pubs in Blackburn and Darwen, the only people who will be drinking Wainwright will be people living in Cumbria and London. child44
  • Score: 82

8:14am Wed 25 Jun 14

Real Ale Up North says...

child44 wrote:
Is anyone in Blackburn interested anymore? Once they've closed all their pubs in Blackburn and Darwen, the only people who will be drinking Wainwright will be people living in Cumbria and London.
I do understand your sentiment. However, this is good news for the locality. What is factual, is that Thwaites, along with other family brewers, stood up to the major breweries when they were trying to force awful keg beer down our necks in the seventies. Remember Brew Ten, Watney's Red Barrel etc? They deserve some credit. Unfortunately, on the debit side, their beer is expensive and their business model for their tied tenancies is flawed - in my opinion.
[quote][p][bold]child44[/bold] wrote: Is anyone in Blackburn interested anymore? Once they've closed all their pubs in Blackburn and Darwen, the only people who will be drinking Wainwright will be people living in Cumbria and London.[/p][/quote]I do understand your sentiment. However, this is good news for the locality. What is factual, is that Thwaites, along with other family brewers, stood up to the major breweries when they were trying to force awful keg beer down our necks in the seventies. Remember Brew Ten, Watney's Red Barrel etc? They deserve some credit. Unfortunately, on the debit side, their beer is expensive and their business model for their tied tenancies is flawed - in my opinion. Real Ale Up North
  • Score: 20

8:32am Wed 25 Jun 14

mrdd186 says...

Coun Kate Hollern, leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “I am disappointed Thwaites did not choose to stay in Blackburn, but we will continue to work with them to sort out the future of their town centre site, which is our focus now.” well kate you were holding them to ramson over the car park that you lease, you have to take some responsibility for the job lost and them leaving Blackburn.
Coun Kate Hollern, leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “I am disappointed Thwaites did not choose to stay in Blackburn, but we will continue to work with them to sort out the future of their town centre site, which is our focus now.” well kate you were holding them to ramson over the car park that you lease, you have to take some responsibility for the job lost and them leaving Blackburn. mrdd186
  • Score: 93

8:37am Wed 25 Jun 14

A Darener says...

Now stand back and wait for the NIMBY's. Roads won't cope with increased traffic. Building will be unsightly etc etc.
Now stand back and wait for the NIMBY's. Roads won't cope with increased traffic. Building will be unsightly etc etc. A Darener
  • Score: 34

9:03am Wed 25 Jun 14

Noiticer says...

More green fields built on but at least the eyesore building in Blackburn's centre will disappear
More green fields built on but at least the eyesore building in Blackburn's centre will disappear Noiticer
  • Score: 38

9:07am Wed 25 Jun 14

CyberWala says...

Mellor ? really on green belt land in a green belt area ?.... massive red flag to a bull..... NIMBYs prepare your bayonets...
Mellor ? really on green belt land in a green belt area ?.... massive red flag to a bull..... NIMBYs prepare your bayonets... CyberWala
  • Score: 43

10:32am Wed 25 Jun 14

vicn1956 says...

Blackburn clowncil played a blinder. Again!
Keep voting them in.
Blackburn clowncil played a blinder. Again! Keep voting them in. vicn1956
  • Score: 38

11:39am Wed 25 Jun 14

abetterblackburn says...

Moving out of Blackburn seems to be what everyone is wanting to do these days. How about doing what York did and build a wall around it and convert it into a campsite? Even the long standing drinks industry is now wanting to move out.

Blackburn’s biased Safe Seat political regime in Blackburn is responsible for how Blackburn has turned out to be today. Safe Seat politicians who have been voted in time and time again purely due to historically biased voting reasons alone. Definitely not for their organisational skills. This is the Blackburn Jack Straw will be leaving behind next year after enjoying his thirty odd years Safe Seat reign of change!
Moving out of Blackburn seems to be what everyone is wanting to do these days. How about doing what York did and build a wall around it and convert it into a campsite? Even the long standing drinks industry is now wanting to move out. Blackburn’s biased Safe Seat political regime in Blackburn is responsible for how Blackburn has turned out to be today. Safe Seat politicians who have been voted in time and time again purely due to historically biased voting reasons alone. Definitely not for their organisational skills. This is the Blackburn Jack Straw will be leaving behind next year after enjoying his thirty odd years Safe Seat reign of change! abetterblackburn
  • Score: 45

12:17pm Wed 25 Jun 14

hasslem hasslem says...

Thwaites Smooth?

"A pint of bitter please"........"woul
d you like Smooth"
Thwaites Smooth? "A pint of bitter please"........"woul d you like Smooth" hasslem hasslem
  • Score: -28

2:03pm Wed 25 Jun 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

Wish all the best to those at Thwaites having worked there until very recently, pity I couldn't stay because working there was fantastic. What a great bunch.
Poison dwarf Hollern and the cronies can take a huge amount of responsibility for them moving out of Blackburn by playing poker with the car park lease. Now you will open your office blinds and see ground zero right in front of your cathedral regeneration. Have that you chain smoking waserk
Wish all the best to those at Thwaites having worked there until very recently, pity I couldn't stay because working there was fantastic. What a great bunch. Poison dwarf Hollern and the cronies can take a huge amount of responsibility for them moving out of Blackburn by playing poker with the car park lease. Now you will open your office blinds and see ground zero right in front of your cathedral regeneration. Have that you chain smoking waserk AnotherPounding4Burnley
  • Score: 51

2:26pm Wed 25 Jun 14

paperboy70 says...

Couldn't pull a pint, never mind run a council.
Good luck to Thwaites and a bright future in the Ribble Valley! BwD, bully boy tactics with the private sector don't work... learn your lesson!
Couldn't pull a pint, never mind run a council. Good luck to Thwaites and a bright future in the Ribble Valley! BwD, bully boy tactics with the private sector don't work... learn your lesson! paperboy70
  • Score: 37

2:35pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Rumpole says...

mrdd186 wrote:
Coun Kate Hollern, leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “I am disappointed Thwaites did not choose to stay in Blackburn, but we will continue to work with them to sort out the future of their town centre site, which is our focus now.” well kate you were holding them to ramson over the car park that you lease, you have to take some responsibility for the job lost and them leaving Blackburn.
Would be funny if Thwaites turned the site into a car park with free parking until the site is sold. How much would the council make off the car park lease they have then?
[quote][p][bold]mrdd186[/bold] wrote: Coun Kate Hollern, leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “I am disappointed Thwaites did not choose to stay in Blackburn, but we will continue to work with them to sort out the future of their town centre site, which is our focus now.” well kate you were holding them to ramson over the car park that you lease, you have to take some responsibility for the job lost and them leaving Blackburn.[/p][/quote]Would be funny if Thwaites turned the site into a car park with free parking until the site is sold. How much would the council make off the car park lease they have then? Rumpole
  • Score: 40

2:47pm Wed 25 Jun 14

mrdd186 says...

Rumpole wrote:
mrdd186 wrote:
Coun Kate Hollern, leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “I am disappointed Thwaites did not choose to stay in Blackburn, but we will continue to work with them to sort out the future of their town centre site, which is our focus now.” well kate you were holding them to ramson over the car park that you lease, you have to take some responsibility for the job lost and them leaving Blackburn.
Would be funny if Thwaites turned the site into a car park with free parking until the site is sold. How much would the council make off the car park lease they have then?
what a brilliant idea rumpole, now that would be a big fat poke in the eye for our beloved kate.
[quote][p][bold]Rumpole[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mrdd186[/bold] wrote: Coun Kate Hollern, leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “I am disappointed Thwaites did not choose to stay in Blackburn, but we will continue to work with them to sort out the future of their town centre site, which is our focus now.” well kate you were holding them to ramson over the car park that you lease, you have to take some responsibility for the job lost and them leaving Blackburn.[/p][/quote]Would be funny if Thwaites turned the site into a car park with free parking until the site is sold. How much would the council make off the car park lease they have then?[/p][/quote]what a brilliant idea rumpole, now that would be a big fat poke in the eye for our beloved kate. mrdd186
  • Score: 46

2:48pm Wed 25 Jun 14

vicn1956 says...

rumpole-a great idea
rumpole-a great idea vicn1956
  • Score: 37

2:50pm Wed 25 Jun 14

vicn1956 says...

plus-subsidised buses to Preston/Bolton/Accri
ngton/Manchester....
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plus-subsidised buses to Preston/Bolton/Accri ngton/Manchester.... .................... .................... ........ vicn1956
  • Score: 25

3:22pm Wed 25 Jun 14

hasslem hasslem says...

paperboy70 wrote:
Couldn't pull a pint, never mind run a council.
Good luck to Thwaites and a bright future in the Ribble Valley! BwD, bully boy tactics with the private sector don't work... learn your lesson!
You seem to think that Thwaites are playing the long game here and know what they are doing -- look at the way this chronic business has managed its estate and it range of beers which were once unsurpassed not only in lancashire - but across the whole country.

when i was a whipper-snapper just getting my beer drinker's boots I used to feel sorry for these big city fat cats in leeds, sheffield, manchester and liverpool cos of all the dross they had to drink. catching the train on the way into Manchester - used to make me laugh that blooming awful wilsons sign by the side of the station and there was that horrid chester's stuff.....boddies wasn't much better.

now all these places and plenty more beside are homes to better ranges of ales than thwaites and as for thwaites boozers - you must be having a giraffe if you rhink that the current set of directors with the keys to the boardroom drinks cabinet have a clue as to what they are doing. blimey oh riley - i bet half of them dont even drink beer.

those who worked there and illuminated the sign so well a couple of months back - they had it right about our chums at the brewery
[quote][p][bold]paperboy70[/bold] wrote: Couldn't pull a pint, never mind run a council. Good luck to Thwaites and a bright future in the Ribble Valley! BwD, bully boy tactics with the private sector don't work... learn your lesson![/p][/quote]You seem to think that Thwaites are playing the long game here and know what they are doing -- look at the way this chronic business has managed its estate and it range of beers which were once unsurpassed not only in lancashire - but across the whole country. when i was a whipper-snapper just getting my beer drinker's boots I used to feel sorry for these big city fat cats in leeds, sheffield, manchester and liverpool cos of all the dross they had to drink. catching the train on the way into Manchester - used to make me laugh that blooming awful wilsons sign by the side of the station and there was that horrid chester's stuff.....boddies wasn't much better. now all these places and plenty more beside are homes to better ranges of ales than thwaites and as for thwaites boozers - you must be having a giraffe if you rhink that the current set of directors with the keys to the boardroom drinks cabinet have a clue as to what they are doing. blimey oh riley - i bet half of them dont even drink beer. those who worked there and illuminated the sign so well a couple of months back - they had it right about our chums at the brewery hasslem hasslem
  • Score: 32

4:07pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Benpupdog says...

Why shouldn't they everyone else is moving out of Blackburn. This town has been dead for years, it's full of Dole Dossers and Thieves and Druggies.
Why shouldn't they everyone else is moving out of Blackburn. This town has been dead for years, it's full of Dole Dossers and Thieves and Druggies. Benpupdog
  • Score: 40

5:07pm Wed 25 Jun 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

hasslem hasslem wrote:
paperboy70 wrote:
Couldn't pull a pint, never mind run a council.
Good luck to Thwaites and a bright future in the Ribble Valley! BwD, bully boy tactics with the private sector don't work... learn your lesson!
You seem to think that Thwaites are playing the long game here and know what they are doing -- look at the way this chronic business has managed its estate and it range of beers which were once unsurpassed not only in lancashire - but across the whole country.

when i was a whipper-snapper just getting my beer drinker's boots I used to feel sorry for these big city fat cats in leeds, sheffield, manchester and liverpool cos of all the dross they had to drink. catching the train on the way into Manchester - used to make me laugh that blooming awful wilsons sign by the side of the station and there was that horrid chester's stuff.....boddies wasn't much better.

now all these places and plenty more beside are homes to better ranges of ales than thwaites and as for thwaites boozers - you must be having a giraffe if you rhink that the current set of directors with the keys to the boardroom drinks cabinet have a clue as to what they are doing. blimey oh riley - i bet half of them dont even drink beer.

those who worked there and illuminated the sign so well a couple of months back - they had it right about our chums at the brewery
Of course the workforce were sending a message out loud and clear, but was it to their employers or was it to the council and town hall offices which it faced , You would know wouldn't you Moses. Just like you know it all.
[quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]paperboy70[/bold] wrote: Couldn't pull a pint, never mind run a council. Good luck to Thwaites and a bright future in the Ribble Valley! BwD, bully boy tactics with the private sector don't work... learn your lesson![/p][/quote]You seem to think that Thwaites are playing the long game here and know what they are doing -- look at the way this chronic business has managed its estate and it range of beers which were once unsurpassed not only in lancashire - but across the whole country. when i was a whipper-snapper just getting my beer drinker's boots I used to feel sorry for these big city fat cats in leeds, sheffield, manchester and liverpool cos of all the dross they had to drink. catching the train on the way into Manchester - used to make me laugh that blooming awful wilsons sign by the side of the station and there was that horrid chester's stuff.....boddies wasn't much better. now all these places and plenty more beside are homes to better ranges of ales than thwaites and as for thwaites boozers - you must be having a giraffe if you rhink that the current set of directors with the keys to the boardroom drinks cabinet have a clue as to what they are doing. blimey oh riley - i bet half of them dont even drink beer. those who worked there and illuminated the sign so well a couple of months back - they had it right about our chums at the brewery[/p][/quote]Of course the workforce were sending a message out loud and clear, but was it to their employers or was it to the council and town hall offices which it faced , You would know wouldn't you Moses. Just like you know it all. AnotherPounding4Burnley
  • Score: 22

6:46pm Wed 25 Jun 14

tonyisace says...

the brewery is probabaly moving away from that awfull hotel scheme and catherdaral quater that is being built despite the loonacy of it take a look at the burnley hotel thekierby white elephant that nobody uses
the brewery is probabaly moving away from that awfull hotel scheme and catherdaral quater that is being built despite the loonacy of it take a look at the burnley hotel thekierby white elephant that nobody uses tonyisace
  • Score: 19

7:38pm Wed 25 Jun 14

rover4life says...

Staying out of all of the politics of it and just sticking to the beer they sure as hell don't have the same aquifer down in the Midlands where they now brew Thwaites Original,
This multi award winning bitter is now awful and I personally know a high number of people who have changed their drink, My local club changed barrel after barrel thinking they were bad when the brewing switched hands, It tasted bad and stank even worse.
Staying out of all of the politics of it and just sticking to the beer they sure as hell don't have the same aquifer down in the Midlands where they now brew Thwaites Original, This multi award winning bitter is now awful and I personally know a high number of people who have changed their drink, My local club changed barrel after barrel thinking they were bad when the brewing switched hands, It tasted bad and stank even worse. rover4life
  • Score: 28

8:17pm Wed 25 Jun 14

blackburne67 says...

This is fantastic news, keeping it local to Blackburn to maintain tradition, heritage & jobs.The visitor centre is a a brilliant idea & I hope its done in good taste.I think to all involved deserve a pat on the back.Im from Blackburn but havent lived here for 20 yrs but I will be returning not far from Blackburn on are retirement.Whenever I visit my family & friends I always pop into a Booths supermarket & stock up on Thwaite's Nutty Black & Thwaite's Lancaster Bomber for a treat for my husband who is a southerner & also loves the beauty of the countryside in northern England.I dont like beer (sorry Thwaites) but I like a decent scrumpy cider or a good quality red wine so I take Lancashire crumbly cheese from the market in Blackburn & some tasty black pudding to ease my homesickness. I really do like to help my local hometown where possible so I belivecin supporting the local traders/economy.Well done Twaites & cheers :))) xxx
This is fantastic news, keeping it local to Blackburn to maintain tradition, heritage & jobs.The visitor centre is a a brilliant idea & I hope its done in good taste.I think to all involved deserve a pat on the back.Im from Blackburn but havent lived here for 20 yrs but I will be returning not far from Blackburn on are retirement.Whenever I visit my family & friends I always pop into a Booths supermarket & stock up on Thwaite's Nutty Black & Thwaite's Lancaster Bomber for a treat for my husband who is a southerner & also loves the beauty of the countryside in northern England.I dont like beer (sorry Thwaites) but I like a decent scrumpy cider or a good quality red wine so I take Lancashire crumbly cheese from the market in Blackburn & some tasty black pudding to ease my homesickness. I really do like to help my local hometown where possible so I belivecin supporting the local traders/economy.Well done Twaites & cheers :))) xxx blackburne67
  • Score: -6

8:27pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Real Ale Up North says...

blackburne67 wrote:
This is fantastic news, keeping it local to Blackburn to maintain tradition, heritage & jobs.The visitor centre is a a brilliant idea & I hope its done in good taste.I think to all involved deserve a pat on the back.Im from Blackburn but havent lived here for 20 yrs but I will be returning not far from Blackburn on are retirement.Whenever I visit my family & friends I always pop into a Booths supermarket & stock up on Thwaite's Nutty Black & Thwaite's Lancaster Bomber for a treat for my husband who is a southerner & also loves the beauty of the countryside in northern England.I dont like beer (sorry Thwaites) but I like a decent scrumpy cider or a good quality red wine so I take Lancashire crumbly cheese from the market in Blackburn & some tasty black pudding to ease my homesickness. I really do like to help my local hometown where possible so I belivecin supporting the local traders/economy.Well done Twaites & cheers :))) xxx
Oh no! All those fantastic bottled beers in Booths, and poor hubby only gets a choice of two Thwaites beers. Mind you, Nutty Black is exceptional. Unfortunately, their only bottled conditioned beer now available. Old Dan and Tavern Porter are being discontinued - unbelievable. :-(
[quote][p][bold]blackburne67[/bold] wrote: This is fantastic news, keeping it local to Blackburn to maintain tradition, heritage & jobs.The visitor centre is a a brilliant idea & I hope its done in good taste.I think to all involved deserve a pat on the back.Im from Blackburn but havent lived here for 20 yrs but I will be returning not far from Blackburn on are retirement.Whenever I visit my family & friends I always pop into a Booths supermarket & stock up on Thwaite's Nutty Black & Thwaite's Lancaster Bomber for a treat for my husband who is a southerner & also loves the beauty of the countryside in northern England.I dont like beer (sorry Thwaites) but I like a decent scrumpy cider or a good quality red wine so I take Lancashire crumbly cheese from the market in Blackburn & some tasty black pudding to ease my homesickness. I really do like to help my local hometown where possible so I belivecin supporting the local traders/economy.Well done Twaites & cheers :))) xxx[/p][/quote]Oh no! All those fantastic bottled beers in Booths, and poor hubby only gets a choice of two Thwaites beers. Mind you, Nutty Black is exceptional. Unfortunately, their only bottled conditioned beer now available. Old Dan and Tavern Porter are being discontinued - unbelievable. :-( Real Ale Up North
  • Score: -12

6:39am Thu 26 Jun 14

hasslem hasslem says...

AnotherPounding4Burn
ley
wrote:
hasslem hasslem wrote:
paperboy70 wrote:
Couldn't pull a pint, never mind run a council.
Good luck to Thwaites and a bright future in the Ribble Valley! BwD, bully boy tactics with the private sector don't work... learn your lesson!
You seem to think that Thwaites are playing the long game here and know what they are doing -- look at the way this chronic business has managed its estate and it range of beers which were once unsurpassed not only in lancashire - but across the whole country.

when i was a whipper-snapper just getting my beer drinker's boots I used to feel sorry for these big city fat cats in leeds, sheffield, manchester and liverpool cos of all the dross they had to drink. catching the train on the way into Manchester - used to make me laugh that blooming awful wilsons sign by the side of the station and there was that horrid chester's stuff.....boddies wasn't much better.

now all these places and plenty more beside are homes to better ranges of ales than thwaites and as for thwaites boozers - you must be having a giraffe if you rhink that the current set of directors with the keys to the boardroom drinks cabinet have a clue as to what they are doing. blimey oh riley - i bet half of them dont even drink beer.

those who worked there and illuminated the sign so well a couple of months back - they had it right about our chums at the brewery
Of course the workforce were sending a message out loud and clear, but was it to their employers or was it to the council and town hall offices which it faced , You would know wouldn't you Moses. Just like you know it all.
thwaites exec in recent years has been incompetent in extremis.

would you like a pint of our obnoxious gas filled smooth?
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]paperboy70[/bold] wrote: Couldn't pull a pint, never mind run a council. Good luck to Thwaites and a bright future in the Ribble Valley! BwD, bully boy tactics with the private sector don't work... learn your lesson![/p][/quote]You seem to think that Thwaites are playing the long game here and know what they are doing -- look at the way this chronic business has managed its estate and it range of beers which were once unsurpassed not only in lancashire - but across the whole country. when i was a whipper-snapper just getting my beer drinker's boots I used to feel sorry for these big city fat cats in leeds, sheffield, manchester and liverpool cos of all the dross they had to drink. catching the train on the way into Manchester - used to make me laugh that blooming awful wilsons sign by the side of the station and there was that horrid chester's stuff.....boddies wasn't much better. now all these places and plenty more beside are homes to better ranges of ales than thwaites and as for thwaites boozers - you must be having a giraffe if you rhink that the current set of directors with the keys to the boardroom drinks cabinet have a clue as to what they are doing. blimey oh riley - i bet half of them dont even drink beer. those who worked there and illuminated the sign so well a couple of months back - they had it right about our chums at the brewery[/p][/quote]Of course the workforce were sending a message out loud and clear, but was it to their employers or was it to the council and town hall offices which it faced , You would know wouldn't you Moses. Just like you know it all.[/p][/quote]thwaites exec in recent years has been incompetent in extremis. would you like a pint of our obnoxious gas filled smooth? hasslem hasslem
  • Score: -17

5:09pm Thu 26 Jun 14

rggraham1947 says...

Noiticer wrote:
More green fields built on but at least the eyesore building in Blackburn's centre will disappear
It'll make a nice site for a mosque!
[quote][p][bold]Noiticer[/bold] wrote: More green fields built on but at least the eyesore building in Blackburn's centre will disappear[/p][/quote]It'll make a nice site for a mosque! rggraham1947
  • Score: 18

5:40pm Thu 26 Jun 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

hasslem hasslem wrote:
AnotherPounding4Burn

ley
wrote:
hasslem hasslem wrote:
paperboy70 wrote:
Couldn't pull a pint, never mind run a council.
Good luck to Thwaites and a bright future in the Ribble Valley! BwD, bully boy tactics with the private sector don't work... learn your lesson!
You seem to think that Thwaites are playing the long game here and know what they are doing -- look at the way this chronic business has managed its estate and it range of beers which were once unsurpassed not only in lancashire - but across the whole country.

when i was a whipper-snapper just getting my beer drinker's boots I used to feel sorry for these big city fat cats in leeds, sheffield, manchester and liverpool cos of all the dross they had to drink. catching the train on the way into Manchester - used to make me laugh that blooming awful wilsons sign by the side of the station and there was that horrid chester's stuff.....boddies wasn't much better.

now all these places and plenty more beside are homes to better ranges of ales than thwaites and as for thwaites boozers - you must be having a giraffe if you rhink that the current set of directors with the keys to the boardroom drinks cabinet have a clue as to what they are doing. blimey oh riley - i bet half of them dont even drink beer.

those who worked there and illuminated the sign so well a couple of months back - they had it right about our chums at the brewery
Of course the workforce were sending a message out loud and clear, but was it to their employers or was it to the council and town hall offices which it faced , You would know wouldn't you Moses. Just like you know it all.
thwaites exec in recent years has been incompetent in extremis.

would you like a pint of our obnoxious gas filled smooth?
Likewise you seem to be filled with obnoxious gas as well, what's the difference if filled with co2 or nitrogen, you are still only after the alcohol so you can talk drivel
[quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]paperboy70[/bold] wrote: Couldn't pull a pint, never mind run a council. Good luck to Thwaites and a bright future in the Ribble Valley! BwD, bully boy tactics with the private sector don't work... learn your lesson![/p][/quote]You seem to think that Thwaites are playing the long game here and know what they are doing -- look at the way this chronic business has managed its estate and it range of beers which were once unsurpassed not only in lancashire - but across the whole country. when i was a whipper-snapper just getting my beer drinker's boots I used to feel sorry for these big city fat cats in leeds, sheffield, manchester and liverpool cos of all the dross they had to drink. catching the train on the way into Manchester - used to make me laugh that blooming awful wilsons sign by the side of the station and there was that horrid chester's stuff.....boddies wasn't much better. now all these places and plenty more beside are homes to better ranges of ales than thwaites and as for thwaites boozers - you must be having a giraffe if you rhink that the current set of directors with the keys to the boardroom drinks cabinet have a clue as to what they are doing. blimey oh riley - i bet half of them dont even drink beer. those who worked there and illuminated the sign so well a couple of months back - they had it right about our chums at the brewery[/p][/quote]Of course the workforce were sending a message out loud and clear, but was it to their employers or was it to the council and town hall offices which it faced , You would know wouldn't you Moses. Just like you know it all.[/p][/quote]thwaites exec in recent years has been incompetent in extremis. would you like a pint of our obnoxious gas filled smooth?[/p][/quote]Likewise you seem to be filled with obnoxious gas as well, what's the difference if filled with co2 or nitrogen, you are still only after the alcohol so you can talk drivel AnotherPounding4Burnley
  • Score: -16

9:09pm Thu 26 Jun 14

camel says...

Why is there a Thwaites pub in Hedge End which for you lot in Blackburn is Hampshire and also one in Chesterfield,
Why is there a Thwaites pub in Hedge End which for you lot in Blackburn is Hampshire and also one in Chesterfield, camel
  • Score: -15

10:06pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Benpupdog says...

What's betting the present sight with its Christmas Star will be replaced by a building with a **** big onion.
What's betting the present sight with its Christmas Star will be replaced by a building with a **** big onion. Benpupdog
  • Score: 18

11:00pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Reasons says...

bigger picture
1) No alcohol on streets unless alcoholic and in hostel
2) Pubs closing down due to cost
3) Move the production out of town
Alcohol free town - Where does that leave it
bigger picture 1) No alcohol on streets unless alcoholic and in hostel 2) Pubs closing down due to cost 3) Move the production out of town Alcohol free town - Where does that leave it Reasons
  • Score: 18

3:55pm Fri 27 Jun 14

CorkyMac says...

Benpupdog wrote:
Why shouldn't they everyone else is moving out of Blackburn. This town has been dead for years, it's full of Dole Dossers and Thieves and Druggies.
Sad but true!

Will the last decent person to leave Blackburn stick two fingers up at Labour controlled council at the Town Hall and say well done you Idiots.
[quote][p][bold]Benpupdog[/bold] wrote: Why shouldn't they everyone else is moving out of Blackburn. This town has been dead for years, it's full of Dole Dossers and Thieves and Druggies.[/p][/quote]Sad but true! Will the last decent person to leave Blackburn stick two fingers up at Labour controlled council at the Town Hall and say well done you Idiots. CorkyMac
  • Score: 21

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