Plans to boost Blackburn Market
8:00am Saturday 19th October 2013 in News
CARVING a Hallowe’en masterpiece from a 400 pound pumpkin will be the opening highlight of two months of events promoting Blackburn Market in the run up to Christmas and the New Year.
It is part of a drive to ensure the premises live up to their new slogan ‘More than Just a Market’ as a social and community hub for the whole borough.
Simon McMinnis will be in the hall below town’s Mall Shopping Centre to turn the vegetable into a lifelike sculpture on Saturday October 26.
The work by the artist, who has featured on BBC TV’s ‘One Show’, will remain on display till the following Tuesday.
The 26th and 28th will see ‘make and take’ craft sessions for children to create spooky spiders, pumpkin masks and decorations for their home celebrations of bewitching day.
On Hallowe’en itself there will be face painting while November sees Pudsey Bear come to the market on Saturday the 9th for a ‘Children in Need’ themed day.
The 23rd launches a Lancashire Week with the creation of a mural in the style of famous county painter L S Lowry’ with community artist Elizabeth Emmens Wilson.
The week sees stall holders providing traditional homegrown country fare, especially on Lancashire Day itself Wednesday November 27.
December sees the festivities step up with a visit by the cast of the King George’s Hall pantomime ‘Cinderella’ , Carol Singing and a ‘Hunt The Slipper’ themed treasure trail.
Nickelodeon’s Poppy Cat visits on Saturday December 7, followed by ‘A Dickens of a Christmas’ a week later and The Bread and Butter Theatre Company brings Christmas elves and magic on December 21.
In the longer term, new commercial manager David Smith wants to develop a teenage market area.
Blackburn with Darwen council regeneration boss Maureen Bateson said: “I want the market to become a hub for the community where people enjoy more than just shopping.
“We want to create a vibrant space which will attract a younger customer, enticed by the quality service and interaction with traders, value prices and the great atmosphere.
“Our events will be free, create a buzz and give added value to the shopping experience.”
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