This weekend Blackburn will be turning red, white and blue with “The Great British High Street Party” to celebrate the town’s double win in the national Great British High Street Awards.
The event on Saturday 15th July, organised by Blackburn Business Improvement District (BID), which runs from 10am to 6pm will see a range of entertainment, music, stalls and street food bring the carnival style party alive.
Blackburn won the Town Centre of the Year award and was also crowned “Winner of Winners” in the competition which attracted over 900 entries from across the UK.
Hosted by “Ditchy” from Rock FM, visitors on Saturday will be treated to an eclectic mix of performances on a pop-up bandstand by students from McNally Music Tuition, Greek music and dance from one of Blackburn’s newest restaurants Parthenon, the talented Luke Robin Gregory, classic hits from trio “Motown Mix” and topped by a performance by Britain’s Got Talent “Golden Buzzer” singing sensation, Sarah Ikumu.
Children will be able to enjoy a bouncy castle, face painting, balloon modelling, giant stilt walkers as well as red, white and blue giveaways to help them join in the celebrations. With the British Grand Prix taking place during the same weekend, the event welcomes a Formula 1 replica car with a very familiar face, perfect for the ultimate selfie.
The Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen Councillor Colin Rigby OBE will be hosting a civic reception and plaque unveiling on King William Street as part of The Great British High Street Party.
There will be an official plaque unveiling by Northern Power House Minister, Jake Berry, Department for Communities and Local Government, and the Member of Parliament for Blackburn Kate Hollern at 3pm. This will take place following short speeches on the bandstand close to Blackburn Town Hall.
Cllr Phil Riley, Executive Member for Regeneration at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, said, “Winning this award is a terrific achievement for the town. We were up against some tough competition but the judges could clearly see the many developments that are making sure Blackburn keeps on improving. There is a definite feel around town that things are changing for the better which is great for everybody.
“This celebration is a way of thanking everyone and will help further strengthen the special partnership between the Council, the Blackburn BID and local businesses.”
Harriet Roberts, manager of Blackburn BID, added, “The Great British High Street Party will help us celebrate our fantastic win, showcase the fabulous businesses and leisure opportunities we have in Blackburn and give everyone the chance for a good old-fashioned party!”
Businesses around the town have already been celebrating with a range of “Winners’ Week” offers and many are dressing up in red, white and blue to join in the celebrations too.
The Great British High Street Party takes place on Saturday 15th July from 10am to 6pm on King William Street and Town Hall Square. Musical acts start from 11am with key performances from Motown Mix at 4pm and star of the show Sarah Ikumu at 5pm (All timings are approximate)