HERE'S another selection of fascinating photographs which recall our East Lancashire towns in years gone by.

One shows the Boulevard in Blackburn in 1922, where the statues of both Gladstone and Victoria cast their gaze over the travelling public and theatre goers.

For in the distance is the domed bulk of the Palace Theatre and behind it the old gas works and its 250ft chimney which was demolished in 1925.

Thirty years later Gladstone was on the move, too. Unveiled in 1899, in a ceremony watched by a 30,000 strong crowd, the 12ft high statue, costing £3,000 was considered an obstruction to improvements. He now stands outside King George's Hall.

Along with many of our area's theatres, Burnley's 'Vic' in St James's Street, also became a victim of the TV phenomenon an closed in 1955. Our image shows it being demolished the following year..

East Lancashire's recent snow is nothing compared to the big freeze of 1963, but our photographer still managed to beat a path to the Shooter's Arms in Southfield Lane, Nelson, which almost disappeared under huge drifts.

Our last image shows council officials and firemen following an inspection of the men and their machines, at the Burnley station in the 1940s - which was then based opposite the town hall in Manchester Road.