Howe's kitchen studios engulfed in flames. September 20, 1985.

Burnley archive: Photographs from dramatic incidents across the town during the 1970s and 80s

There’s been no shortage of drama in Burnley over the years.

By John Deehan
Wednesday, 1st June 2022, 1:50 pm

From fires to car crashes, building collapses to extreme weather conditions, the Burnley Express has covered all manner of emergency incidents across the town.

These photographs, taken from old copies of the Express and digitised by the Burnley Civic Trust, show just a few of the incidents that took place in the 1970s and 80s.

For anybody who would like to see more images from the town’s past, Burnley Civic Trust archive rooms are now open to a restricted number of volunteers who have been vaccinated.

More information can be found at

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