Join in the Queen’s Birthday celebrations this weekend. Stations in East Lancashire will be hosting public events to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday along with a number of other stations across the UK.
On Saturday 11th June Blackburn station will host the Blackburn Peoples choir to perform to people arriving at the station foyer between 11am and 12 noon.
Stalls and information as well as light refreshments will also be available from 11am. Everybody is welcome to attend the free events.
A number of led walks and a led cycle ride have also been organised to arrive at Blackburn station in time for the entertainment and refreshments .
Led Bike ride from Witton Country Park to Blackburn station
Starting at 10am at the Witton Park Cycle centre
For competent cyclists only
To book a place please contact Nick Burton on (01254) 54855
Low Mobility Walk
This is a gentle walk from Cherry Tree station to Mill Hill station starting at 9:30am. Walkers will be required to catch a train to Blackburn station from Mill Hill station at 10:28am and will return to Cherry Tree station on the 12:05 train from Blackburn.
To join the group or for more information contact Cheryl Sandford from the Council’s Connect team on (01254) 588814
Pleasington Station to Blackburn station via Pirates Way and Canal towpath walk
Starting at Pleasington Station 8:30am join the Young Weavers club for a walk to Blackburn station via the Pirates Way and the Leeds & Liverpool canal which celebrates its 200th birthday this year.
People can either start from Pleasington station or join the walk at various points:
- Witton Tower Rd: 09:00
- St Francis School: 09:30
- Cherry Tree: 10:00
- Navigation Inn: 10:20
- Ewood Viaduct: 10:35
- Blackburn railway station: 11:00 to 11:15
For more information please contact Kev Riddehough from the Young Weavers at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 07793750943.
Parks & a Funeral – an exploration of Blackburn’s parks and open spaces
Meet at Blackburn train station:10:05am
The journey will start at Blackburn, taking you through areas such as Witton Country Park, Corporation Park and Roe Lee Park. It will end at Blackburn Train Station.
A bus trip to Griffin will be required as part of this walk so please bring a bus pass or change. Please also bring a packed lunch and liquid refreshment.
For more information please contact Community Rail Lancashire on 01254 386579 Accrington.
At Accrington station there will be an opportunity to visit the Teaching Bunker to learnmore about Community Rail Lancashires education programme. Refreshments and goodie bags will also be available between 9:30am and 12 noon.
At Burnley Manchester Road Station music, refreshments, and goodie bags will be available between 11am and 12 noon.
Councillor Phil Riley, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s, Executive Member for Regeneration said: “This is a good way to bring the community together by showing that you can easily travel around by using public transport, walking or cycling. As well as commemorating the Queen’s 90th birthday, we will be celebrating the 200 year anniversary of the completion of the Leeds to Liverpool canal – interestingly, the final section to be completed was the one around Blackburn. The events are free and open to everybody, I would also encourage families to come along and take part in the group activities.”
James Syson Chairman of the East Lancashire and Clitheroe line Community Rail Partnerships said: “This event will be a great way for people to socialise but at the same time show that traveling by train is a fast, affordable and reliable.”
Craig Harrop, Client and Stakeholder Manager for Northern said: “We’re delighted to be able to support our local stations in Lancashire during this national celebration.”