SKY Valley Mistress will be getting people into the party spirit at today’s First Thursday Street Party.

The Blackburn rockers will be headlining the event which takes place in Town Hall Square, Blackburn.

Also on the bill are Blind J Bear Johnson, a blues soul singer and Blackburn singer songwriter Danielle Wallace.

First Thursdays are part of the Blackburn is Open scheme, which aims to put the town back on the map as a vibrant and unique place to visit and shop.

Today’s event will run from 3-8pm and alongside the live music, will see a whole host of creative activities including street art demonstrations, a hula hoop workshop, and a catwalk fashion show.

The fashion show is being staged by Blackburn College students and will see the designers of the future showing off their creations for their degree show.

Liz n Lil’s Café on Northgate will host an arts and craft market from 4-8pm, and Rebound bookshop, on Town Hall Street, will also be getting involved with be:spoke, a spoken word and music event run by Somewhere To that helps young people find places where they can perform and be creative.

Opposite at WEAVE, the street wear shop, people can drop in to hear a DJs session and see street artists at work while next door in Nicola Hebson’s Curiosity Shop there will be a taxidermy demonstration.

To round off the evening visitors can enjoy what will be the breathtaking sight of Holy Trinity Church lit by 1,000 candles for a performance by Blackburn’s People’s Choir.

The concert will be in aid of The Samaritans, which was founded in 1953 by former Holy Trinity vicar Chad Varah.