By Huckleberry Films, Mar 7 2014 12:47PM
Blackburn held a launch for its 'Creative Hive' at Blackburn Museum with live music, food, discussion and talks from local business people as well as Wayne Hemingway, who grew up in Blackburn.
After listing to some music with a brew, Andrew Graham from Graham and Brown, and Kate Harling from Marmalade Toast began the evening with their talks, followed by Wayne Hemingway. It was really inspiring to listen to them all, and think about the possibilities and potential for Blackburn. After the speeches, we were all given post it notes to write comments and ideas about the project, and leave our suggestions about what we'd like to see in the town.
Claire Tymon then showed us the newly launched website, and encouraged us all to visit and support the other events taking place in Blackburn on the same evening - a film screening, craft stalls, photograph exhibition, and the official opening of a taxidermy shop.
The Blackburn is Open website explains more about their goals and motivations:
'Like many town centres Blackburn town centre has experienced decline. Despite some welcome investment and upgrading of its shopping centre, much of the town centre underperforms, is a shadow of its former self, with long term empty shops, cinema and a poor night time economy. This is a call to action.
We all need to work together to make and keep Blackburn Town Centre at the centre of the community’s experiences. A vibrant town centre is the heartbeat of the town, a place where its community gathers for human interaction, discourse, work, rest and play.