Burnley on centre stage for Heritage Open Days

Members of the Sealed Knot Society during their civil war re-enactment display at the Woodland Heritage Day. A110911/6a

Members of the Sealed Knot Society during their civil war re-enactment display at the Woodland Heritage Day. A110911/6a

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BURNLEY’S architecture and culture took centre stage during a weekend designed to show off the country’s heritage.

Events were held across the borough to mark the national Heritage Open Days scheme as the public were offered a fascinating and informative insight into different areas of the town.

At Towneley, crowds descended on the park for one of the weekend’s biggest events – the annual Heritage and Woodland Day.

Families soaked up the picturesque surroundings and despite uncertain weather enjoyed all manner of activities and displays including a chainsaw sculptor, clog dancers, wood carvers, willow weavers and birds of prey

A civil war re-enactment by the Sealed Knot Society, complete with cannons and muskets, was also a huge hit as were the bouncy castle and slides.

Queen Street Mill Textile Museum helped join in the celebrations as well as it opened its doors for free, with history lovers even able to see the usually off-bounds Victorian offices and historic stables.

BBC Radio Lancashire’s Ted Robbins aired his Saturday show live from the mill, which also hosted the final stop on this year’s historic vehicle motorcade with more than 25 vintage motors on display.

Museum manager Georgina Gates said: “It’s been a fantastic weekend. We had 360 people come through here on Saturday alone and there has been plenty for everyone to look at and take part in.

“We’re now getting ready for our next event which is a ‘Gruesome Deaths at Mills” tour on September 29th.”

Elsewhere in town, tours were conducted at Burnley Police Station, Gawthorpe Hall and the Weavers’ Triangle while at Burnley Fire Station nearly 100 people enjoyed a look around the Ormerod Road building.

Crew manager Andy Coulton said: “The kids have really enjoyed it but so have the adults. We’ve shown them around all the different parts of the station and we’ve even brought in one of the vintage fire engines so they are able to compare it with the one’s we use now.”

A one-minute silence was also held in memory of those who lost their lives 10 years ago on Sepetember 11th.