Wear your Padiham fleece with pride

Christine Bond (centre) sporting the new Padiham Coat of Arms flanked by Councillor Bob Clark and Hazel Rushton
Christine Bond (centre) sporting the new Padiham Coat of Arms flanked by Councillor Bob Clark and Hazel Rushton

Unique and colourful fleeces bearing the town’s crest are set to be worn with pride in Padiham.

The eye-catching jackets, which come in a range of colours and are emblazoned with the town crest, will go on sale in the next couple of weeks and demand for them is expected to be high.

The new Padiham Coat of Arms

The new Padiham Coat of Arms

The idea for the fleeces came from Padiham stalwart Mrs Hazel Rushton while she was attending a craft workshop in Blackburn run by Whittaker’s Uniform suppliers.

Hazel, a former Mayoress of Padiham, said: “I asked if they could do anything with the crest so we discussed a few ideas and came up with the fleeces.

“They look great and I am hoping that the people of Padiham will love them as I know how much pride they have in their town.’’

The crest, which includes an anvil, a Lancashire red rose, a sheep and two crossed weaving shuttles, has the name Padiham stitched in bold lettering on it too.

The £20 adult sized fleeces will come in a range of colours including red, black and navy blue.

A keen promoter of Padiham, Hazel commissioned enamel badges bearing the town crest to be made during her year as Mayoress. Proceeds from the sale of the badges were donated to the Padiham Community Fund.

All the money made from the sale of the fleeces will be divided between the Padiham Community Fund and the Padiham Archives Group. Anyone who would like to buy a fleece is asked to ring Hazel on 01282 774508.