Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Darwen Cricket Club

Saturday is a Big Day for Darwen Cricket Club who are sweeping all before them in their first season in the Lancashire League. It's the finals day for the league's 20/20 "Big Bash" tournament: Two semi-finals and a final beginning at 10 with Clitheroe v Bacup and then Darwen face Todmorden at 1.15. Final follows. Darwen's Lancashire County wicket-keeper and batsman Alex Davies will be in action. Fireworks guaranteed!

Monday, 24 July 2017

We would like to thank The Talbot family and Peter Graham for allowing Darwen Days to show a selection of images portraying life & times in Darwen that have never been seen before.
To view these images please visit our website  www.darwendays.co.uk
'The Talbot Archive'
Wally Talbot and his son Howard were Blackburn based photographers working in the areas of Press, Sport and Commercial photography from the 1930s through to the 1990s.
The photographs here were taken mainly between 1950 and 1969 responding to daily assignments in Blackburn & Darwen and its locality. Staff and students working on the BA (Hons) Photography at The University Centre at Blackburn College, in partnership with the Talbot family and Blackburn Library have been digitally archiving thousands of the Talbots photographs to preserve this essential piece of Blackburn & Darwen social history.
The images show a level of dedication and technical skill that is extraordinary. The photography of Wally and Howard Talbot deserves to be enjoyed by the people of Blackburn & Darwen now and for many years to come.
With grateful thanks to.
Howard Talbot and the Talbot family
Mary Painter at Blackburn Library
Peter Graham for his hours of patience archiving the work
The FdA/BA (Hons) Photography students at UCBC for their enthusiasm and support
The University Centre at Blackburn College for supporting the project

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

The chap who brightened up the town

The chap who brightened up the town

FORMER Darwen parks boss John Firth, who played an important part in adding colour and a rural greenery to his home town of Darwen over nearly 50 years, has died after a lengthy illness. He was 79.

  Hewas prominent in the community as a Rotarian and a JP and he also busied himself with work for local organizations such as the Centenary Society, the Civic Society and the Gala and Bonfire committee.For several years he judged the Whitehall in Bloom competition and was an enthusiastic supporter of Darwen Days.

He was a smashing chap and was very good to us. Many of his photos of old Darwen are now on our site."

Mr. Firth started work as an apprentice gardener with Darwen Corporation in the mid-1950s when the parks department was thriving and self-sustaining.The whole townsparkled with thousands of brightly-coloured plants and shrubs, all grown in-house.

  He latertrained at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh before returning to Darwen.He became assistant parks superintendent and cemetery registrar in 1967 and three years later he was put in charge of the department.

After the Darwen-Blackburn merger of 1974 John became principal assistant (parkland) and, in 1987, amenities manager, the job from which he retired in 2000.

He always had a keen awareness of the value of trees and worked closely with Darwen Civic Society and the Lloyd Charity Trust to develop the town's excellent cover as well as maintaining its many floral displays. He was also instrumental in launching the Sunnyhurst Wood visitor centre which has recently closed.

he said recently: "My job was never like working. I was extremely fortunate."

Jovial, tubby and chatty, he lived in an end-of-terrace house close to Bold Venture Park and one of his pleasures was tending his lovely garden.

Cheerio, John. And thanks.

Cremation is at Pleasington on Monday, February 27th, at 10.45am followed by a  gathering at the Masonic Hall from noon.