Celebration of Project Pride at Burnley Youth Theatre on Friday 14th October

Sadly, all good things come to an end….

We all celebrated the success of all the Project Prides; Accrington; Burnley and Nelson at a special event at the impressive Burnley Youth Theatre on Friday 14th October.

The event was an opportunity for all three projects participants to meet and find out what everyone had been creating  over this summer, as well as enjoy some delicious food and take part in some activitites linking in with all the projects. It also was an chance to reflect on the achievements of each project and the successes for the project participants. Certificates of Achievements were handed out and alot of the young people have also achieved Arts Awards as part of this project. Well done to you all.

Here’s some pics from 14th October;

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Lots more information on Project Pride can be found on the Mid Pennine Arts website at; http://www.midpenninearts.org.uk

A personal and big thank you to everyone who worked with me on Project Pride Accrington. I have throughly enjoyed working with the PPA team to create the unique and eye catching heritage banners for Accrington Market Hall and now have a special place in my heart for all things Accrington, espescially the people.

Cheers, Lisa Wx

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Project Pride Celebration

Next month we will be holding a celebration of all the Project Prides at Burnley Youth Theatre. It’s a wee bit sad that Project Pride is nearly over. However, our celebration will be an opportunity for the Project Pride Accrington team to meet again and remind ourselves what a fantastic summer we had making our banners for The Market Hall in Accrington. As well as celebrating the successes of Project Pride, I am looking forward to hearing what individuals are up to now as well as how they are developing their skills and experiences from Project Pride now. If you haven’t has an opportunity to see The Market Hall banners yet, they are still on display in The Market Hall. and of course The Market Hall is an excellent and unique shopping experience.

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Grand unveiling ceremony for the PPA banners

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Here are some images from our official unveiling ceremony for the PPA banners. The Mayor, councilllor Colette McCormack cut the ribbon for us. The badges and balloons were a great attraction and lots of people were keen to talk about the banners.

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Ta Dah……The PPA Market Hall banners are now installed

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Ta dah…the PPA Market Hall banners are now installed, amazingly without any hiccups. I think this is because Karen, The Market Hall Manager has thought about the installation process so carefully, so there wasn’t any room for mishaps. Well done Karen and your capable staff.

Tomorrow the PPA team will see their banners installed and on display at our preview.

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The Banners are ‘nearly’ finished.

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The banners are ‘nearly’ finished. here are some pics of work in progress.


Vic from Mezart is adding some final flourishes to the banners in the next couple of days, and then they will ready to be ‘hung’ at The Market Hall on Tuesday 12th!




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Sparkly oak leaves and acorns for Amber’s Accrington Bottled banner

Here are the lovely Vic and Zoe from Mezart who are adding extras onto our banners. This is them in their shop with the sparkly oak leaves and acorns they have added onto Amber’s Accrington Bottled banner.

Sadly last Wednesday 29th was the last making workshop with the PPA. Thanks for all you imput guys! However, now looking forward to installing the banners on Tuesday 12th July at Accrington Market Hall. Yikes! Need to get finishing those banners!

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Today on 25th of June we ….

Today on saturday 25th of June we have been making some decision about the openings (preview & the official launch) and the invitations for the unveiling of our heritage banners for the Market Hall. So far we have decided to serve refreshments like juice, coffee and tea and hot pies with peas or gravy (this is a very important decision!). We have put our heads together to create a press release and now we are designing the invitations. Not bad for a couple of hours work!

(This blog entry has been written by Amelia.)

Next Wednesday on the 29th of June we will be having our last workshop at The Hollins Technology College (Boo Hoo ;-( So sad!!!) . We will be finishing off our great designs on the banners that we have been creating throughout the last month and preparing for the unveiling of the banners. We can’t wait until we see the  banners on display and at the unveiling we will would love to see as many people that would like to join us on this special day for Accrington. If you are interested then just come and see our heritage banners on the saturday 16th July from 11am-1pm at Accrington Market Hall. At the opening there will be lots for you to do, such as fun badges to make and great balloons to take away.

(This paragraph of the blog was written by Kate Hall PPA.)

This Wednesday (29th June) I am looking forward to seeing the banner I designed, A Bottle of Accrington, because since we started painting it last Wednesday a printer has now added green metallic outlines and lettering to it, making it look even better. I will add a photo next Wednesday to show you…

(This section of the blog was written by Amber Lightfoot P.P.A, Great Grandaughter of the first mayor of Accrington (John Emmanuel Lightfoot.))

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Kate, Amber and Amelia blog about their visit to The Haworth Art Gallery

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This is me, Amber and Amelia at The Haworth Art Gallery examining a picture we liked. We liked it because although it wasn’t as fancy as the rest of the pictures it still stood out especially with the panda.

This is me getting shown how people at the mill used the machinery. I really found it fascinating and the tour guide did really well at telling us what they did because it made you feel as if you were someone who worked there.”



This is Kate, me (Amber), Amelia, Lucy, Waqar and the tour guide at The Haworth Art Gallery. The tour guide told us lots of things about William and Anne Haworth, the owners of the Haworth. It was very interesting!



Two people used to live in this house and they donated it to the people of Accrington. I didn’t know what to expect. I saw not just paintings but Tiffancy Glass which was so colourful and beautiful. I remember one of my paintings being shown here when I was about four or five and won a competition.

Whilst at the Haworth, I noticed this historic Accrington crest made from stained glass in a window on the stairs.


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The banners are beginning to take shape

Busy session yesterday on Wednesday 22nd.We started painting the Textile and A Bottle of Accrington Banner banners. Once the paint goes on that’s it! So, everyone had to really carefully make their marks. No pressure then! I have to say that everyone worked really well yesterday. Here is the PPA team in action;

Sadly Kate was not able to attend as she has just had an hip operations. Get well soon Kate.

We did have the assistance of three Year 7 pupils, so thank you girls for your help.

The PPA meet this Saturday to talk through the launch of the banners (Save the date; Saturday 16th July from 11am to 1pm at The Market Hall in Accrington) and next Wednesday is our last making session, so as always lots to do!


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Viral film for Project Pride Accrington is now live!

The viral film for Project Pride Accrington is now live! See it at;


Come and join us for the launch of Project Pride Accrington on Saturday 16th July from 11am — 1pm at Accrington Market Hall, to see the banners we have created and meet the team behind the work.…

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