Picture special: Stunning scenes around Burnley and Ribble Valley caught on camera for sell out calendar

A marvellous collection of photographs and images helped a unique calendar to sell out in weeks.
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The 'lockdown' calendar was produced by the Burnley Twinning Association.

Chairman David Smith came up with the idea for the calendar after members sent him a selection of photographs they had taken of various places they had been able to visit during lockdown.

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The images range from a carpet of garlic wild flowers in Towneley Park to shots of Hagg Wood in Ightenhill Park Lane, Gawthorpe Hall and other beauty spots in the county including the Ribble Valley.

January: An Ethiopian grandmother drawn by  Noreen LoboJanuary: An Ethiopian grandmother drawn by  Noreen Lobo
January: An Ethiopian grandmother drawn by Noreen Lobo

One talented member, Noreen Lobo, also sent a beautiful drawing of an Ethiopian grandmother she did while visiting the country last year.

And Joanne Whittaker sent a picture of a banner made by friends and colleagues to welcome her back to work after the first lockdown.

All these were collated and the calendar was born, with the front cover quite fittingly being a depiction of love in lockdown from a famous street artist in Vitry-sur-Seine, just south of Paris which is Burnley's twin town.

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The calendar was sold out in weeks and many of them were opened as presents on Christmas Day in England and France.

February: Gawthorpe Hall by David SmithFebruary: Gawthorpe Hall by David Smith
February: Gawthorpe Hall by David Smith

The calendar has been a wonderful way for association members to keep in touch as they last saw each other in person at their meeting in February. A scheduled trip to France was cancelled in May along with a planned visit from ramblers from Vitry who were due to visit Burnley in September to discover the area's fantastic countryside.