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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.

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).

Figures just released by the ONS Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES), show Burnley ranks an impressive second place for digital jobs growth in Britain.

The survey also showed Burnley continues to buck regional and national trends in overall private sector jobs growth.

Jobs growth in the digital sector is where Burnley really shone, with a yearly growth during 2014-15 of a whopping 161.8% - against NW growth of just 30.0% and GB growth of 2% in digital jobs.

A series of public meetings have been organised to explain more about proposed changes to Parliamentary boundaries across the country.

The meetings in the North West, set out below, are part of a nationwide public consultation over plans to re-draw the areas of the country MPs represent.

New waste and recycling collection calendars for 2016-2017 are now being delivered to all to all borough households. They should reach residents' doorsteps within the next two weeks.

You can check your bin collection day on the council's website here https://your.burnley.gov.uk/BinCollectionApp

 

A special ceremony is being held in Burnley later this month to celebrate the town being awarded a top European honour.

The event at Central Library on 15th October will centre on the presentation of the ‘Le Drapeau d’Honneur’ from the Council of Europe.

Burnley is one of only eight places across Europe to be awarded the European Flag of Honour in 2016.

“This must be one of the best parks in the country”

So said BBC reporter John Maguire as millions of TV viewers saw Towneley Park, Burnley, in all its morning glory.

The park and its historic hall formed the picturesque backdrop for a live broadcast into this morning’s (Friday) BBC Breakfast Show. The BBC was looking at the way managing Britain’s parks has changed in the light of national funding cuts.

Burnley Council has been recognised national for its innovative approach to managing not only parks, but grass and woodland and other open areas.

A set of exquisite medieval vestments, which are part of the collection at Towneley Hall, has been loaned to the world-renowned Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum to form part of a major national exhibition.

The pair of Whalley Abbey vestments will feature at the museum’s autumn exhibition Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery.

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.

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.

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