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Crowds turn out to celebrate canal’s 200th “birthday”

People braved the perhaps appropriately wet weather to celebrate the 200th “birthday” of Britain’s longest single canal waterway.

They gathered at Weavers’ Triangle yesterday (Tuesday) teatime to welcome the arrival of the Kennet canal barge as part of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal bicentenary celebrations.

The bells of St Peter’s Church pealed out as the Kennet and a flotilla of other craft made their way to Burnley Wharf where the boats were met by the Mayor of Burnley, Councillor Jeff Sumner, and other guests.

Final preparations to mark canal’s 200th anniversary

Final preparations are being made in Burnley to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

The canal helped shape the borough and establish Burnley at the centre of the world’s cotton weaving trade. It, as much as any other historic event, helped make the town what it is today.

The Leeds and Liverpool Canal bicentenary celebrations reach a high point next week as the historic short boat Kennet re-creates the inaugural ceremonial journey 127 miles across the Pennines from Leeds to Liverpool.

'High 5s' for top-scoring food businesses in Burnley

The family-run café Little Barista is one of the businesses in Burnley celebrating ‘top scores on the doors’ this month.

The café, which is a home to organic coffee and mouth-watering homemade food, scooped the maximum rating of five in the latest round of inspections by Burnley Council.

Andrea Insel, who owns and manages Little Barista together with her husband Ali, said: "We’re delighted to receive the highest food hygiene score and are already proudly showing it off to our customers.

Burnley plays major role in canal’s 200th anniversary celebrations

Whether you’re a true landlubber, or you fancy yourself as a salty sailor at heart, everyone is invited to celebrate the 200th anniversary of one of Burnley’s greatest assets.

The Leeds and Liverpool Canal bicentenary celebrations reach a high point this October as the historic short boat Kennet re-creates the inaugural ceremonial journey 127 miles across the Pennines from Leeds to Liverpool.

The aim is to recreate the celebrations seen in 1816 all along the waterway when the inaugural journey was made by canal barge.

Bandstand on its way to a new home

Work is underway to painstakingly take apart the bandstand in Burnley town centre and re-assemble it at its new home.

The bandstand is being moved from St James Street to Memorial Park, Padiham, where it will be used for concerts and other public events.

The move is part of the ongoing major refurbishment of the town centre. The work will also include the removal of the nearby “charity arch” building and the creation of a new “town square” area which could be used for public events in future.

Get up close to ancient Egypt

Sessions at Towneley Hall give visitors a chance to handle and discuss items and artefacts from the time of the pharaohs

Ever wanted to find out more about life in ancient Egypt?

Have you wondered what mysterious stories lie behind some of the varied items and artefacts that are held in Burnley’s Towneley Hall?

On Saturday and Sunday afternoons over the next couple of weekends, you have a chance to get up close and personal with some of the most interesting items in the museum.

Moves will make Burnley town centre safer

A move to give greater powers to tackle anti-social behaviour in Burnley town centre is set to be discussed by councillors.

A six-week consultation was launched earlier this year as part of proposals to introduce a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in the centre.

It follows complaints from local businesses, shoppers and other visitors about certain behaviour which was putting off people from coming into the centre.

Burnley Council’s executive will discuss the results of the consultation, and agree the next move, at its meeting on 20th September.

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