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General news and event news.

Burnley shortlisted for national ‘driving growth’ award

Council’s work to support established firms and attract new employers to borough recognised

Burnley Council has been recognised for its partnership work with business to develop economic growth in the area.

The shortlist for the national Local Government Chronicle Awards has just been announced, and Burnley has taken a place in the ‘Driving Growth’ category.

Latest life-saving equipment installed in Burnley centre

Another piece of life-saving equipment has been installed in Burnley town centre.

Burnley Council has been working with North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) to install defibrillator units in public places across the town.

The briefcase-sized defibrillators are available in Burnley Town Hall, Burnley Market Hall, the Mechanics Theatre, Towneley Hall and Contact Burnley.

Double Olympic champion among guests at Mayor’s charity event

More than 150 people enjoyed the Mayor of Burnley’s annual charity dinner dance.

Among the guests at the Mechanics Theatre, Burnley, was double Olympic gold medallist cyclist Steven Burke. The Colne-born champion donated a signed Olympic tracksuit top which raised £210.

The evening was a resounding success, with just over £2,000 raised for the Mayor’s charities – Pendleside Hospice, the British Heart Foundation and the Samaritans.

Get your creative juices flowing at Burnley’s Literary Festival

Fancy yourself as a writer or a creative comic? – take advantage of free creative writing and comic workshops – your writing could win you a signed Jack Vettriano print

The countdown is on to Burnley’s first ever Literary Festival - a ten day festival, over the half term period, between the 29th October and 7th November, with events taking place across Burney Town Centre.

Nation’s favourite bear pays a visit to Burnley Town Hall

Members of staff at Burnley Town Hall have been treated to a very special visit by a fluffy yellow guest in support of Children in Need.

The BBC’s very own Pudsey Bear took time out of his packed fund-raising schedule and dropped by the town hall on Monday, 17th October.

The famous bear had a busy day strolling around Burnley town centre with his collection bucket raising funds for this year’s appeal.

Visits to the town hall and local businesses were organised by the town’s Boots store.

Central library transformed as Burnley receives European flag of Honour

Burnley’s central library had the atmosphere of a Parisian boulevard on Saturday 15th October, as the venue was transformed into a European cultural centre to celebrate the latest award to be given to the town.

French tricolours flew alongside the Union Jack, an accordionist played French style music, and there were Madeleine cakes for guests. A French style café, films, exhibitions and even a magic show added to the atmosphere.

Young people in Burnley get a taste of local politics

There were challenging questions, laughs and applause in Burnley Town Hall as young people grilled a panel of council representatives on issues that matter most to them.

More than 30 young people from schools and youth groups across the borough attended an event on Tuesday, 11th October, as part of local democracy week.

Burnley Council leader Cllr Mark Townsend said: “I was very impressed with the enthusiasm and energy of the young people wanting to find out more about what the council does.

Burnley councillors nominated for top national award

A pair of long-serving Burnley councillors has been shortlisted for a prestigious award recognising their work in the community.

Burnley Council councillors Ida Carmichael and Roger Frost are up for accolades at the annual Local Government Information Unit’s Councillor Achievement Awards.

Cllr Carmichael, who has spent 18 years on the council for Whittlefield with Ightenhill, has been shortlisted in the District Councillor of the Year category.

Driver fined for not having private hire licence

A man has been fined after being spotted driving a taxi in Burnley without a private hire licence.

Abdul Majeed, of Albert Street, Brierfield, pleaded guilty driving a private hire vehicle without a current licence, and guilty to using a vehicle without insurance. He was fined £120 and ordered to pay £200 costs and a £30 victim surcharge by Burnley magistrates. He also had eight penalty points put on his driving licence.

Be an early bird for Burnley bonfire tickets – and save money

Bonfire Night is fast approaching – and fans of fantastic fireworks and a big blaze are being encouraged to save money by buying “early bird” tickets for the biggest event in Burnley before they fly away.

This year’s community bonfire and firework display will take place at Towneley Park on Saturday, 5th November.

“Early bird” tickets have gone on sale at all Burnley Leisure sites, including St Peter’s and Padiham leisure centres, the Mechanics Theatre and Prairie Sports Village. Tickets are also on sale at Towneley Hall (cash only).

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