Finishing touches in place for Queen's Blackburn visit

Finishing touches in place for Queen's Blackburn visit

Bunting flutters in High Street

Security checks are made in Church Street

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

PREPARATIONS are now well underway for the Queen’s visit to Blackburn on Thursday.

The town centre is being spruced up to ensure that everything is looking its best for Her Majesty’s arrival.

Northern Rail is hard at work painting the railway station, and bunting is going up along the route to welcome the Monarch to the town.

Hoardings have been put up around construction work in the town centre, and barriers, which will be removed as soon as the Queen has left the cathedral, will be erected overnight on Wednesday.

The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will arrive to attend the Royal Maundy Service at Blackburn Cathedral mid-morning on Thursday.

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The Royal party will arrive at the West Door of Blackburn Cathedral and will be met by the Dean of Blackburn, The Very Reverend Christopher Armstrong.

The Queen will be presented with a nosegay before attending the Maundy service, where she will distribute the Maundy money.

A council spokeswoman said: “The hoardings shielding the building sites are nearly all up now showing the exciting plans for the regeneration of the town which is in a crucial phase.

“A big part of preparations has been businesses coming up with their own ideas, dressing windows, and stalls.

“Pure Hair Design on Higher Church Street are doing a window display and serving traditional afternoon tea to customers.”

More than 100 volunteer marshals have been recruited, mainly from the council, who will be helping out on the day so everybody knows where they are going and what they are doing.

Public transport services will be operating and people will be signposted to the cathedral when they get off buses in the town centre.

Blackburn Market will open at 7.30am, ahead of the big event.

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3:53pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Noiticer says...

The town centre looked spick and span ahead of the visit when I passed through this afternoon but, alas Shear Brow, Whalley Old Road and Whalley New Road are, as ever, their litter strewn mess thnaks to the citizens of those areas. Is this also 'The New Blackburn' the Borough Council is proud of?
The town centre looked spick and span ahead of the visit when I passed through this afternoon but, alas Shear Brow, Whalley Old Road and Whalley New Road are, as ever, their litter strewn mess thnaks to the citizens of those areas. Is this also 'The New Blackburn' the Borough Council is proud of? Noiticer
  • Score: 28

4:39pm Tue 15 Apr 14

DoggydogNo1 says...

Noiticer wrote:
The town centre looked spick and span ahead of the visit when I passed through this afternoon but, alas Shear Brow, Whalley Old Road and Whalley New Road are, as ever, their litter strewn mess thnaks to the citizens of those areas. Is this also 'The New Blackburn' the Borough Council is proud of?
She aint going there is she?Amazing no money could be found to do up other parts of the town though eh? Thanks tax payers, we have spent yer money but there will have to be cuts to pay for it! Watch this space!
[quote][p][bold]Noiticer[/bold] wrote: The town centre looked spick and span ahead of the visit when I passed through this afternoon but, alas Shear Brow, Whalley Old Road and Whalley New Road are, as ever, their litter strewn mess thnaks to the citizens of those areas. Is this also 'The New Blackburn' the Borough Council is proud of?[/p][/quote]She aint going there is she?Amazing no money could be found to do up other parts of the town though eh? Thanks tax payers, we have spent yer money but there will have to be cuts to pay for it! Watch this space! DoggydogNo1
  • Score: 22

4:40pm Tue 15 Apr 14

noddy57 says...

l can,t wait to get the bunting out, l do look forward to these royal visits when everything gets a clean up. on the other hand who really gives a hoot for all this plastic smiley how do you do maam, when was the last time the queen made a Sisable donation to a worthy cause ?
l can,t wait to get the bunting out, l do look forward to these royal visits when everything gets a clean up. on the other hand who really gives a hoot for all this plastic smiley how do you do maam, when was the last time the queen made a Sisable donation to a worthy cause ? noddy57
  • Score: 16

5:24pm Tue 15 Apr 14

denidenideni says...

I work on Darwen st, so i have taken the day off and am going out of town.
The council don't make Blackburn look good for the citizens of the once proud town.
Why now?
I work on Darwen st, so i have taken the day off and am going out of town. The council don't make Blackburn look good for the citizens of the once proud town. Why now? denidenideni
  • Score: 21

6:37pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Red Rosie says...

Can anyone please tell me what time they are due to arrive at Blackburn Rovers?
Can anyone please tell me what time they are due to arrive at Blackburn Rovers? Red Rosie
  • Score: 10

6:40pm Tue 15 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Just before Venkys
Just before Venkys ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 17

7:43pm Tue 15 Apr 14

woolywords says...

Can I just say that, if anyone going to this event, finds themselves on Darwen St, noticing a faint whiff off Jeyes fluid coming off some of the people there; you shouldn't worry. This is just where Council workers, under orders from the Town Hall, have washed, shaved and scrubbed, the local drunks, especially for the day.
Can I just say that, if anyone going to this event, finds themselves on Darwen St, noticing a faint whiff off Jeyes fluid coming off some of the people there; you shouldn't worry. This is just where Council workers, under orders from the Town Hall, have washed, shaved and scrubbed, the local drunks, especially for the day. woolywords
  • Score: 18

8:34pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Pan-cake says...

Red Rosie wrote:
Can anyone please tell me what time they are due to arrive at Blackburn Rovers?
Kick off time is listed in the Sports section.
[quote][p][bold]Red Rosie[/bold] wrote: Can anyone please tell me what time they are due to arrive at Blackburn Rovers?[/p][/quote]Kick off time is listed in the Sports section. Pan-cake
  • Score: 15

8:42pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Pan-cake says...

Noiticer wrote:
The town centre looked spick and span ahead of the visit when I passed through this afternoon but, alas Shear Brow, Whalley Old Road and Whalley New Road are, as ever, their litter strewn mess thnaks to the citizens of those areas. Is this also 'The New Blackburn' the Borough Council is proud of?
We obviously were visiting different towns this afternoon.
At 4.30 pm the top of Church Street was full of hippy swampy style 'ner do wells' shuffling about in ankle deep litter, takeaway wrappings, cans and bottles. They really needed the cleansing departments water cannon to smarten them up. I don't have much time for the Council, but it must be so disheartening when you are trying to uplift the town for a visiting head of state, only to be bol**xed by such a group of losers.
Let s hope Plod can round them up and put them on a train for Burnley for the duration of the visit.
[quote][p][bold]Noiticer[/bold] wrote: The town centre looked spick and span ahead of the visit when I passed through this afternoon but, alas Shear Brow, Whalley Old Road and Whalley New Road are, as ever, their litter strewn mess thnaks to the citizens of those areas. Is this also 'The New Blackburn' the Borough Council is proud of?[/p][/quote]We obviously were visiting different towns this afternoon. At 4.30 pm the top of Church Street was full of hippy swampy style 'ner do wells' shuffling about in ankle deep litter, takeaway wrappings, cans and bottles. They really needed the cleansing departments water cannon to smarten them up. I don't have much time for the Council, but it must be so disheartening when you are trying to uplift the town for a visiting head of state, only to be bol**xed by such a group of losers. Let s hope Plod can round them up and put them on a train for Burnley for the duration of the visit. Pan-cake
  • Score: 14

9:18pm Tue 15 Apr 14

abetterblackburn says...

It’s a bit like Christmas time when because your expecting visitors you polish and tidy your place up. You don’t want your visitors to think you don’t look after the place do you?

Blackburn with Darwen safe seat politicians need not worry though. They have the ratepayers to pay for the cleaning up and at least it‘ll be nice for a bit until after they‘ve gone!
It’s a bit like Christmas time when because your expecting visitors you polish and tidy your place up. You don’t want your visitors to think you don’t look after the place do you? Blackburn with Darwen safe seat politicians need not worry though. They have the ratepayers to pay for the cleaning up and at least it‘ll be nice for a bit until after they‘ve gone! abetterblackburn
  • Score: 13

9:21pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Steven Seagull says...

Pan-cake wrote:
Noiticer wrote:
The town centre looked spick and span ahead of the visit when I passed through this afternoon but, alas Shear Brow, Whalley Old Road and Whalley New Road are, as ever, their litter strewn mess thnaks to the citizens of those areas. Is this also 'The New Blackburn' the Borough Council is proud of?
We obviously were visiting different towns this afternoon.
At 4.30 pm the top of Church Street was full of hippy swampy style 'ner do wells' shuffling about in ankle deep litter, takeaway wrappings, cans and bottles. They really needed the cleansing departments water cannon to smarten them up. I don't have much time for the Council, but it must be so disheartening when you are trying to uplift the town for a visiting head of state, only to be bol**xed by such a group of losers.
Let s hope Plod can round them up and put them on a train for Burnley for the duration of the visit.
You'd best keep away from the area then.
[quote][p][bold]Pan-cake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Noiticer[/bold] wrote: The town centre looked spick and span ahead of the visit when I passed through this afternoon but, alas Shear Brow, Whalley Old Road and Whalley New Road are, as ever, their litter strewn mess thnaks to the citizens of those areas. Is this also 'The New Blackburn' the Borough Council is proud of?[/p][/quote]We obviously were visiting different towns this afternoon. At 4.30 pm the top of Church Street was full of hippy swampy style 'ner do wells' shuffling about in ankle deep litter, takeaway wrappings, cans and bottles. They really needed the cleansing departments water cannon to smarten them up. I don't have much time for the Council, but it must be so disheartening when you are trying to uplift the town for a visiting head of state, only to be bol**xed by such a group of losers. Let s hope Plod can round them up and put them on a train for Burnley for the duration of the visit.[/p][/quote]You'd best keep away from the area then. Steven Seagull
  • Score: -7

10:40pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Darwen Malc says...

Quote 'More than 100 volunteer marshals have been recruited, mainly from the council, who will be helping out on the day so everybody knows where they are going and what they are doing' Unquote
So, lets get this right - the Queen is visiting on Thursday, which is, as I recall, a normal working day. So, have these '100 volunteer marshalls' (mainly from the council) already booked annual leave and are helping out through the goodness of their own hearts? Or are they, as I suspect, meant to be working and have decided that they would 'put up' for the job so will be getting paid anyway, which then begs the question, if they can do that, what 'jobs' do they normally do, and if they can be 'spared', are those jobs really necessary in the first place?
If council employees can be spared to 'volunteer' for this, it is surely proof that cuts CAN be made to 'bloated' local authorities without necessarily hurting services.
Quote 'More than 100 volunteer marshals have been recruited, mainly from the council, who will be helping out on the day so everybody knows where they are going and what they are doing' Unquote So, lets get this right - the Queen is visiting on Thursday, which is, as I recall, a normal working day. So, have these '100 volunteer marshalls' (mainly from the council) already booked annual leave and are helping out through the goodness of their own hearts? Or are they, as I suspect, meant to be working and have decided that they would 'put up' for the job so will be getting paid anyway, which then begs the question, if they can do that, what 'jobs' do they normally do, and if they can be 'spared', are those jobs really necessary in the first place? If council employees can be spared to 'volunteer' for this, it is surely proof that cuts CAN be made to 'bloated' local authorities without necessarily hurting services. Darwen Malc
  • Score: 18

11:21pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Stone Island: says...

I've heard that the vermin from India (Venkys) are coming over specially. Let's hope it snows.
I've heard that the vermin from India (Venkys) are coming over specially. Let's hope it snows. Stone Island:
  • Score: 12

11:41pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Elysiumfire says...

You do realise, unlike the council, that the queen is going to visit Blackburn in Rotherham! The only queen who will be present will be the local crossdresser legend.
The Venky's have shipped in loads of chicken legs (Tikka flavour), and are hoping her royalster will favour them with a signed selfie. Volunteers from Preston have been picked to portray ordinary Blackburn people, as the local troglodytes won't come out of their caves, much preferring to stay in and watch the shadows.
Fortunately, I'll be working, and will be far away from the anachronistic nonsense of royalty. Britain is not a fairytale kingdom...it is time to grow up!
You do realise, unlike the council, that the queen is going to visit Blackburn in Rotherham! The only queen who will be present will be the local crossdresser legend. The Venky's have shipped in loads of chicken legs (Tikka flavour), and are hoping her royalster will favour them with a signed selfie. Volunteers from Preston have been picked to portray ordinary Blackburn people, as the local troglodytes won't come out of their caves, much preferring to stay in and watch the shadows. Fortunately, I'll be working, and will be far away from the anachronistic nonsense of royalty. Britain is not a fairytale kingdom...it is time to grow up! Elysiumfire
  • Score: 7

5:30am Wed 16 Apr 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Darwen Malc wrote:
Quote 'More than 100 volunteer marshals have been recruited, mainly from the council, who will be helping out on the day so everybody knows where they are going and what they are doing' Unquote
So, lets get this right - the Queen is visiting on Thursday, which is, as I recall, a normal working day. So, have these '100 volunteer marshalls' (mainly from the council) already booked annual leave and are helping out through the goodness of their own hearts? Or are they, as I suspect, meant to be working and have decided that they would 'put up' for the job so will be getting paid anyway, which then begs the question, if they can do that, what 'jobs' do they normally do, and if they can be 'spared', are those jobs really necessary in the first place?
If council employees can be spared to 'volunteer' for this, it is surely proof that cuts CAN be made to 'bloated' local authorities without necessarily hurting services.
Absolutely spot on
[quote][p][bold]Darwen Malc[/bold] wrote: Quote 'More than 100 volunteer marshals have been recruited, mainly from the council, who will be helping out on the day so everybody knows where they are going and what they are doing' Unquote So, lets get this right - the Queen is visiting on Thursday, which is, as I recall, a normal working day. So, have these '100 volunteer marshalls' (mainly from the council) already booked annual leave and are helping out through the goodness of their own hearts? Or are they, as I suspect, meant to be working and have decided that they would 'put up' for the job so will be getting paid anyway, which then begs the question, if they can do that, what 'jobs' do they normally do, and if they can be 'spared', are those jobs really necessary in the first place? If council employees can be spared to 'volunteer' for this, it is surely proof that cuts CAN be made to 'bloated' local authorities without necessarily hurting services.[/p][/quote]Absolutely spot on 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: 14

10:08am Wed 16 Apr 14

mark anthony says...

After the event. 1Q. Who is going to pay for this lot? Word of warning from Friday onwards. Do not over fill your household waste bin keep within the correct weight Do not park on double yellow lines. Make sure you have the correct planning permission for all extension Please renew your BRFC season ticket ASAP. 20% rise in council tax.
After the event. 1Q. Who is going to pay for this lot? Word of warning from Friday onwards. Do not over fill your household waste bin keep within the correct weight Do not park on double yellow lines. Make sure you have the correct planning permission for all extension Please renew your BRFC season ticket ASAP. 20% rise in council tax. mark anthony
  • Score: 10

10:21am Wed 16 Apr 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

The queen probably thinks the world outside smells of wet paint.
The queen probably thinks the world outside smells of wet paint. Champagne plus charlie
  • Score: 12

10:45am Wed 16 Apr 14

sas0007 says...

Wow the Queen will be very impressed with all the boarding the council have put up around the town...it look hidious and is a waste of money. You cannot make a silk purse of a sow's ear. Blackburn is mess, dirty and unkept, so you keep putting up the boards....but it will still be a mess when you take them down. The Queen is intelligent....dont you think she will know what you are hiding!!!!!
Wow the Queen will be very impressed with all the boarding the council have put up around the town...it look hidious and is a waste of money. You cannot make a silk purse of a sow's ear. Blackburn is mess, dirty and unkept, so you keep putting up the boards....but it will still be a mess when you take them down. The Queen is intelligent....dont you think she will know what you are hiding!!!!! sas0007
  • Score: 10

11:06am Wed 16 Apr 14

sas0007 says...

Darwen Malc wrote:
Quote 'More than 100 volunteer marshals have been recruited, mainly from the council, who will be helping out on the day so everybody knows where they are going and what they are doing' Unquote
So, lets get this right - the Queen is visiting on Thursday, which is, as I recall, a normal working day. So, have these '100 volunteer marshalls' (mainly from the council) already booked annual leave and are helping out through the goodness of their own hearts? Or are they, as I suspect, meant to be working and have decided that they would 'put up' for the job so will be getting paid anyway, which then begs the question, if they can do that, what 'jobs' do they normally do, and if they can be 'spared', are those jobs really necessary in the first place?
If council employees can be spared to 'volunteer' for this, it is surely proof that cuts CAN be made to 'bloated' local authorities without necessarily hurting services.
This council is first class.....at wasting money....so this does not suprise me!!!
[quote][p][bold]Darwen Malc[/bold] wrote: Quote 'More than 100 volunteer marshals have been recruited, mainly from the council, who will be helping out on the day so everybody knows where they are going and what they are doing' Unquote So, lets get this right - the Queen is visiting on Thursday, which is, as I recall, a normal working day. So, have these '100 volunteer marshalls' (mainly from the council) already booked annual leave and are helping out through the goodness of their own hearts? Or are they, as I suspect, meant to be working and have decided that they would 'put up' for the job so will be getting paid anyway, which then begs the question, if they can do that, what 'jobs' do they normally do, and if they can be 'spared', are those jobs really necessary in the first place? If council employees can be spared to 'volunteer' for this, it is surely proof that cuts CAN be made to 'bloated' local authorities without necessarily hurting services.[/p][/quote]This council is first class.....at wasting money....so this does not suprise me!!! sas0007
  • Score: 14

1:28pm Wed 16 Apr 14

:-)*_=¬^(~+/@:-) says...

its all about city status at end of day ...Blackburn with darwen cathederal
forward stroke council are trying to seduce the old girl into giving city status next time round ..its just a big carefully planned out con job and the bunting and flag wavers are inadvertently acsesories to blackburn-with-darwe
ns forward stroke cunning plan
shame on blackburn with darwen council forward stroke cathederal
your majesty , I humbly beseech thee ..don't fall for it
its all about city status at end of day ...Blackburn with darwen cathederal forward stroke council are trying to seduce the old girl into giving city status next time round ..its just a big carefully planned out con job and the bunting and flag wavers are inadvertently acsesories to blackburn-with-darwe ns forward stroke cunning plan shame on blackburn with darwen council forward stroke cathederal your majesty , I humbly beseech thee ..don't fall for it :-)*_=¬^(~+/@:-)
  • Score: 8

2:14pm Wed 16 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

:-)*_=¬^(~+/@:-) wrote:
its all about city status at end of day ...Blackburn with darwen cathederal
forward stroke council are trying to seduce the old girl into giving city status next time round ..its just a big carefully planned out con job and the bunting and flag wavers are inadvertently acsesories to blackburn-with-darwe

ns forward stroke cunning plan
shame on blackburn with darwen council forward stroke cathederal
your majesty , I humbly beseech thee ..don't fall for it
It's already got sh*ty status with thanks to the vast efforts of the Clowncil
[quote][p][bold]:-)*_=¬^(~+/@:-)[/bold] wrote: its all about city status at end of day ...Blackburn with darwen cathederal forward stroke council are trying to seduce the old girl into giving city status next time round ..its just a big carefully planned out con job and the bunting and flag wavers are inadvertently acsesories to blackburn-with-darwe ns forward stroke cunning plan shame on blackburn with darwen council forward stroke cathederal your majesty , I humbly beseech thee ..don't fall for it[/p][/quote]It's already got sh*ty status with thanks to the vast efforts of the Clowncil ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 10

3:28pm Wed 16 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Same story twice albeit a slightly different stance. Where have all the news hounds gone ? ?
Same story twice albeit a slightly different stance. Where have all the news hounds gone ? ? ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 7

4:28pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Concerned1ofmany says...

sas0007 wrote:
Darwen Malc wrote:
Quote 'More than 100 volunteer marshals have been recruited, mainly from the council, who will be helping out on the day so everybody knows where they are going and what they are doing' Unquote
So, lets get this right - the Queen is visiting on Thursday, which is, as I recall, a normal working day. So, have these '100 volunteer marshalls' (mainly from the council) already booked annual leave and are helping out through the goodness of their own hearts? Or are they, as I suspect, meant to be working and have decided that they would 'put up' for the job so will be getting paid anyway, which then begs the question, if they can do that, what 'jobs' do they normally do, and if they can be 'spared', are those jobs really necessary in the first place?
If council employees can be spared to 'volunteer' for this, it is surely proof that cuts CAN be made to 'bloated' local authorities without necessarily hurting services.
This council is first class.....at wasting money....so this does not suprise me!!!
If Blackburn with Darwen work the same as other councils, the 'volunteers' will be given time off in lieu for time 'volunteered' to help. I'm sure there would have been hundreds of residents who would have volunteered and perhaps payment could have been made cheaper than days of in lieu for staff at £12+ per hr. However I am really proud & pleased that Blackburn is benefiting from such fab publicity!
[quote][p][bold]sas0007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Darwen Malc[/bold] wrote: Quote 'More than 100 volunteer marshals have been recruited, mainly from the council, who will be helping out on the day so everybody knows where they are going and what they are doing' Unquote So, lets get this right - the Queen is visiting on Thursday, which is, as I recall, a normal working day. So, have these '100 volunteer marshalls' (mainly from the council) already booked annual leave and are helping out through the goodness of their own hearts? Or are they, as I suspect, meant to be working and have decided that they would 'put up' for the job so will be getting paid anyway, which then begs the question, if they can do that, what 'jobs' do they normally do, and if they can be 'spared', are those jobs really necessary in the first place? If council employees can be spared to 'volunteer' for this, it is surely proof that cuts CAN be made to 'bloated' local authorities without necessarily hurting services.[/p][/quote]This council is first class.....at wasting money....so this does not suprise me!!![/p][/quote]If Blackburn with Darwen work the same as other councils, the 'volunteers' will be given time off in lieu for time 'volunteered' to help. I'm sure there would have been hundreds of residents who would have volunteered and perhaps payment could have been made cheaper than days of in lieu for staff at £12+ per hr. However I am really proud & pleased that Blackburn is benefiting from such fab publicity! Concerned1ofmany
  • Score: -7

7:20pm Wed 16 Apr 14

DoggydogNo1 says...

Been told to dtakethe day off without pay as i cannot do my job with town centre closed up. Who do i see about my wage ?
Been told to dtakethe day off without pay as i cannot do my job with town centre closed up. Who do i see about my wage ? DoggydogNo1
  • Score: 11

8:28pm Wed 16 Apr 14

kirstycam says...

Instead of blaming the council completely, isn't it about time people started looking after their own streets? I'm not talking about the town centre specifically, but it's not so long ago that people would keep their own areas clean and tidy, swipe their front street, keep their gardens respectable, and those of their neighbours if they couldn't manage it. Shop owners cleaned the fronts of their own shops, and people knew to bin their litter instead of dropping it. We are living in a lazy society, who expects others to clean up after them, "coz we pay our taxes"
Instead of blaming the council completely, isn't it about time people started looking after their own streets? I'm not talking about the town centre specifically, but it's not so long ago that people would keep their own areas clean and tidy, swipe their front street, keep their gardens respectable, and those of their neighbours if they couldn't manage it. Shop owners cleaned the fronts of their own shops, and people knew to bin their litter instead of dropping it. We are living in a lazy society, who expects others to clean up after them, "coz we pay our taxes" kirstycam
  • Score: 17

8:43pm Wed 16 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

kirstycam wrote:
Instead of blaming the council completely, isn't it about time people started looking after their own streets? I'm not talking about the town centre specifically, but it's not so long ago that people would keep their own areas clean and tidy, swipe their front street, keep their gardens respectable, and those of their neighbours if they couldn't manage it. Shop owners cleaned the fronts of their own shops, and people knew to bin their litter instead of dropping it. We are living in a lazy society, who expects others to clean up after them, "coz we pay our taxes"
We'll said,but the council really need to play their part also,they through money in many useless directions (councillors expenses etc.)whilst making severe cutbacks in essential services
[quote][p][bold]kirstycam[/bold] wrote: Instead of blaming the council completely, isn't it about time people started looking after their own streets? I'm not talking about the town centre specifically, but it's not so long ago that people would keep their own areas clean and tidy, swipe their front street, keep their gardens respectable, and those of their neighbours if they couldn't manage it. Shop owners cleaned the fronts of their own shops, and people knew to bin their litter instead of dropping it. We are living in a lazy society, who expects others to clean up after them, "coz we pay our taxes"[/p][/quote]We'll said,but the council really need to play their part also,they through money in many useless directions (councillors expenses etc.)whilst making severe cutbacks in essential services ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 9

12:26am Thu 17 Apr 14

999999999 says...

Oh my, Capita Security have been put out!
Oh my, Capita Security have been put out! 999999999
  • Score: 10

12:28am Thu 17 Apr 14

Supababe says...

Darwen Malc wrote:
Quote 'More than 100 volunteer marshals have been recruited, mainly from the council, who will be helping out on the day so everybody knows where they are going and what they are doing' Unquote
So, lets get this right - the Queen is visiting on Thursday, which is, as I recall, a normal working day. So, have these '100 volunteer marshalls' (mainly from the council) already booked annual leave and are helping out through the goodness of their own hearts? Or are they, as I suspect, meant to be working and have decided that they would 'put up' for the job so will be getting paid anyway, which then begs the question, if they can do that, what 'jobs' do they normally do, and if they can be 'spared', are those jobs really necessary in the first place?
If council employees can be spared to 'volunteer' for this, it is surely proof that cuts CAN be made to 'bloated' local authorities without necessarily hurting services.
How cynical....the volunteer that I know works in a school, others part time. I know that, for my friend, it is an honour to help out on such a special occasion.
As for your comment about being 'spared', perhaps it is economically sound to use current employees to marshal the event as opposed to contracting someone in....
[quote][p][bold]Darwen Malc[/bold] wrote: Quote 'More than 100 volunteer marshals have been recruited, mainly from the council, who will be helping out on the day so everybody knows where they are going and what they are doing' Unquote So, lets get this right - the Queen is visiting on Thursday, which is, as I recall, a normal working day. So, have these '100 volunteer marshalls' (mainly from the council) already booked annual leave and are helping out through the goodness of their own hearts? Or are they, as I suspect, meant to be working and have decided that they would 'put up' for the job so will be getting paid anyway, which then begs the question, if they can do that, what 'jobs' do they normally do, and if they can be 'spared', are those jobs really necessary in the first place? If council employees can be spared to 'volunteer' for this, it is surely proof that cuts CAN be made to 'bloated' local authorities without necessarily hurting services.[/p][/quote]How cynical....the volunteer that I know works in a school, others part time. I know that, for my friend, it is an honour to help out on such a special occasion. As for your comment about being 'spared', perhaps it is economically sound to use current employees to marshal the event as opposed to contracting someone in.... Supababe
  • Score: 6

10:53am Thu 17 Apr 14

shirtbox says...

This could be the last royal visit to the cathedral before it changes to the central mosque!
This could be the last royal visit to the cathedral before it changes to the central mosque! shirtbox
  • Score: 6

10:57am Thu 17 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

shirtbox wrote:
This could be the last royal visit to the cathedral before it changes to the central mosque!
Many a true word !!
[quote][p][bold]shirtbox[/bold] wrote: This could be the last royal visit to the cathedral before it changes to the central mosque![/p][/quote]Many a true word !! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 5

3:54pm Thu 17 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Champagne plus charlie wrote:
The queen probably thinks the world outside smells of wet paint.
Or other wet things !!
[quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: The queen probably thinks the world outside smells of wet paint.[/p][/quote]Or other wet things !! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 6

2:59pm Sat 19 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Noiticer wrote:
The town centre looked spick and span ahead of the visit when I passed through this afternoon but, alas Shear Brow, Whalley Old Road and Whalley New Road are, as ever, their litter strewn mess thnaks to the citizens of those areas. Is this also 'The New Blackburn' the Borough Council is proud of?
Even Hollerns had mini valet
[quote][p][bold]Noiticer[/bold] wrote: The town centre looked spick and span ahead of the visit when I passed through this afternoon but, alas Shear Brow, Whalley Old Road and Whalley New Road are, as ever, their litter strewn mess thnaks to the citizens of those areas. Is this also 'The New Blackburn' the Borough Council is proud of?[/p][/quote]Even Hollerns had mini valet ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 5

6:48pm Mon 21 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Stone Island: wrote:
I've heard that the vermin from India (Venkys) are coming over specially. Let's hope it snows.
Who did you think was supply the Chicken ?? Lol
[quote][p][bold]Stone Island:[/bold] wrote: I've heard that the vermin from India (Venkys) are coming over specially. Let's hope it snows.[/p][/quote]Who did you think was supply the Chicken ?? Lol ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 3

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