IT was once a popular Blackburn pub but it also played a key role in local government for a number of years.

Taken in 1976, this picture shows the former Borough Arms in Blackburn when it was being used as a base for Blackburn Council’s Housing Department.

When the new town hall extension was completed in 1983, the Borough Arms on Exchange Street, reverted to being a pub and was the town’s first free house when owned by shoe entrepreneur Tommy Ball.


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