Inventive youngsters have put an East Lancashire village on the map with a modern twist on an ancient tradition. 

Year 6 pupils from St John’s CE Primary School in Cliviger created a special milestone to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and King Charles’s Coronation. 

Believed to be the first authentic milestone installed in Lancashire for two centuries, its quirky design has brightened up the outside of the school. 

Lancashire Telegraph: The mile stoneThe mile stone (Image: Cliviger Parish Council)

Working with artist Shane Johnstone, the children came up with an idea spelling out their love for Burnley Football Club and the moon.

The new stone with inscribed lettering shows the distances from the village to Turf Moor and the moon and back and matches the exact dimensions of the familiar white milestones seen locally. 

Shane said: “It references more than just distances and destinations. 

“We chose Turf Moor as a source of local pride and symbol for aspiration, determination and a reflection and inorder to have a full life, we need to be able to navigate both its ups and downs. 

“With the moon, a longstanding guide to travellers, we touched upon maths, science, geography, literature and mythology. 

"We hope that it will be enjoyed for the next 200 years.”

Lancashire Telegraph: headteacher, Naomi Healey, artists Shane Johnstone and Cliviger Parish Council chairman, Ivor Emo with the children and milestone.headteacher, Naomi Healey, artists Shane Johnstone and Cliviger Parish Council chairman, Ivor Emo with the children and milestone. (Image: Cliviger Parish Council)

The project was part of a scheme commissioned by Cliviger Parish Council to restore the original 200 year old milestones along the A646 main road between Burnley and Todmorden and the historic boundary stones and way markers on the ancient Long Causeway trans-pennine trade route between West Lancashire and East Yorkshire.

Funding was sourced from the Scottish Power Renewables Coal Clough Windfarm Benefit Fund, which supports projects which directly benefit the residents of Cliviger. 

The fund has reopened for 2023 applications and more information can be found at Cliviger Parish Council's website with the closing date of Thursday, May 26.