Fundrais­ing, cam­paigns and pro­mo­tion dur­ing the year

Accrington Observer - - REVIEW OF 2018 -

IN this fi­nal Ob­server of the year, we look back at some of the sto­ries and im­ages that made the head­lines in the first half of 2018.

Our look back at July to De­cem­ber will fea­ture in next week’s paper.


More than 600 ly­cr­a­clad run­ners laced up their run­ning shoes to take part in the char­ity Great Har­wood 10k race.

The pop­u­lar event at­tracted par­ents, chil­dren and run­ning clubs from across the re­gion in aid of East Lan­cashire Hospice.

There was de­light as school chil­dren, dig­ni­taries and com­mu­nity lead­ers gath­ered to cel­e­brate the re-open­ing of Oswaldtwistle li­brary.

The Union Road li­brary was closed in 2016 and as part of Lan­cashire County Coun­cil cuts and re­opened after a £50,000 re­fur­bish­ment.


Cam­paign­ers is­sued a fi­nal ral­ly­ing cry to save the ‘vi­tal’ Ac­cring­ton Vic- to­ria Hos­pi­tal walk-in cen­tre from clo­sure.

More than 10,000 peo­ple signed a pe­ti­tion in just a week and an­other 600 peo­ple signed a paper pe­ti­tion dis­trib­uted to lo­cal shops and busi­nesses.

Walk-in cen­tre users and res­i­dents gath­ered out­side the fa­cil­ity to voice their sup­port for the cam­paign backed by the Ob­server.


It was the end of an era after ‘le­gendary’ Ac­cring­ton shop Cus­tard Cube was forced to close.

Bailiffs ar­rived to shut Jim Bowes’ busi­ness and empty his shop of more than 30,000 CDs and 100,000 vinyl records.

The 62-year-old was left with a £28,000 le­gal bill after los­ing a three-year le­gal bat­tle with Hyndburn coun­cil.

The ‘Beast from the East’ wreaked havoc on Hyndburn with more than a dozen schools and nurs­eries forced to close.

Plenty of our read­ers took the op­por­tu­nity to get out and about as their favourite haunts were cov­ered with a white car­pet.

The snowy con­di­tions spoilt World Book Day for some, but chil­dren all over the bor­ough made sure their cos­tumes didn’t go to waste.


Scan­di­navia fit­ness craze ‘Plog­ging’ - com­bin­ing jog­ging and lit­ter pick­ing – ar­rived in Hyndburn thanks to a group of run­ners from Bax­en­den.

About a dozen ‘ Bash Bugs’ gath­ered at Ha­worth Park and ven­tured out on their first ever ‘plog’.

Cheers filled the air as Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley se­cured a his­toric pro­mo­tion to League One.

Joy, re­lief and barely dis­guised in­credulity were the over­rid­ing sen­ti­ments on the evening after saw John Cole­man’s men beat Yeovil Town 2-0 with a brace from Billy Kee.


Ac­cring­ton was a sea of red and white as Stan­ley fans gath­ered to cel­e­brate their pro­mo­tion he­roes.

Thou­sands of cheer­ing sup­port­ers wel­comed man­ager John Cole­man and his League Two cham­pi­ons on Broad­way be­fore they posed for pic­tures and signed au­to­graphs.

Royal Wed­ding fever gripped Hyndburn to cel­e­brate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day.

School pupils across the bor­ough held tra­di­tional street par­ties, mock wed­ding cer­e­monies and donned suits and dressed for Royal Pic­nics.


Thou­sands of peo­ple flocked to the bor­ough to en­joy the Ac­cring­ton Food and Drink Fes­ti­val, the Great Har­wood Agri­cul­tural Show and the Oswaldtwistle Car­ni­val.

Pa­tri­otic neigh­bours decked their en­tire street with Eng­land bunting in time for the foot­ball World Cup. Arthur Street in Clay­ton-le-Moors was lined with St Ge­orge’s flags to the de­light of res­i­dents and or­gan­is­ers said they were over­whelmed by the re­sponse from passers-by and ad­mir­ers on so­cial me­dia. PRINTED AND DIS­TRIB­UTED BY PRESSREADER +1 604 278 4604 ORIG­I­NAL COPY . ORIG­I­NAL COPY . ORIG­I­NAL COPY . ORIG­I­NAL COPY . ORIG­I­NAL COPY . ORIG­I­NAL COPY COPY­RIGHT AND PRO­TECTED BY AP­PLI­CA­BLE LAW

Stan­ley’s Billy Kee cel­e­brates with fans at the Wham Sta­dium

Oswaldtwistle li­brary re­opens more than a year after it was closed. From left: Peter Har­g­reaves, the great grand­son of Coun­cil­lor Arthur Har­g­reaves who first opened the li­brary in 1915, CC Terry Aldridge, chair­man of Lan­cashire County Coun­cil, CC Peter Brit­cliffe, who rep­re­sents Oswaldtwistle, CC Peter Buck­ley, cab­i­net mem­ber for com­mu­nity and cul­tural ser­vices

Royal Wed­ding cel­e­bra­tion of chil­dren in re­cep­tion class ages 4 and 5 bride at Moor End Pri­mary School, Oswaldtwistle

Ac­cring­ton Choco­late Fes­ti­val 2018. All Fired Up treated vis­i­tors to choco­late pizza. Pic­ture by Scott Daw­son Ad­ver­tis­ing

Pro­test­ers fight­ing to save Ac­cring­ton Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal walk in cen­tre

An­nual Great Har­wood 10k run , rais­ing money for East Lan­cashire Hospice

Bax­en­den Bash Bugs run­ning group take part in their first ever ‘plog­ging’ event

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