EVERYONE knows about the Pendle Witches but a new Heritage Lottery funded project is hoping to unearth lesser known myths and legends and to retell the stories on film.

St Vincent’s Housing Association has been awarded the funding to work with young people aged 16 to 25 from Blackburn Foyer, a supported housing scheme.


And now there are limited places for other young residents to take part in this exciting project.

Working with award-winning media production company REELmcr, a series of skills workshops will help participants to create two films, which will be screened at a special Telling Tales festival to mark the culmination of the project.

The first film will be covering Blackburn and Darwen; while the second film is covering the Rossendale Valley, Rawtenstall, Milnrow and Todmorden areas.

There will be visits to the Moors, Turton Tower and Clitheroe Castle that will help uncover myths and legends, while professional storytellers including Richard O’Neil, winner of the ‘National Literacy Hero’ award, and Blackburn’s Jackie Thompson, a screenwriter for the BBC, will also be helping commit the stories to film.

Jacqui Carroll, Creative Director of REELmcr says: “We would love as many people as possible to take part, and would ask any residents with information or knowledge to contact the project and share what they know .”

Anyone interested in taking part please contact info@reelmcr.co.uk.