CLITHEROE Civic Society has revealed details of an exciting new project in which it hopes to preserve first hand memories of the area for posterity.

The society is setting up the Clitheroe Sound Archive and would like to hear people’s memories of the Ribble Valley over the years.

Society chairman, Steve Burke, said: “This is a new and exciting venture for us. A group of interviewers has been trained and is ready to go. All we need now are the people, and their stories, to record.

“Whatever your memories we would like to hear them. Whether they are of your childhood, work or leisure activities - in fact anything. Then we want to preserve them for future reference.”

Mr Burke said the society was particularly keen on tracking down the generation who lived through the Second World War.

“We are not necessarily looking for wartime memories specifically, but this is a generation from whom is it most important to get their stories.”

Society members will arrange the most convenient place to make the recordings everything will kept at the Sound Archive which will be housed in the society’s archive room at Clitheroe Town Council Chambers.

“Everyone has a story to tell,” said Mr Burke, “and we would like to get as many of them recorded as possible charting life in the Ribble Valley over the years.

“It doesn’t have to be of a spectacular event, the stories of everyday life are just as fascinating and help build up a picture of what life was like over the years.

“It would be inte4resting too to hear outsiders’ memories of the Ribble Valley too.”

If you are interested in being recorded, or to volunteer as an interviewer, contact Andrew Schofield by emailing or 07762 522051.