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MEM­BERS of Bacup Cam­era Club were re­cently greatly en­ter­tained and in­trigued by a pre­sen­ta­tion on the archive of pho­to­graphs by fa­ther and son Wal­ley and Howard Tal­bot of Black­burn.

They had worked as free­lance news­pa­per pho­tog­ra­phers be­tween the 1930s and 1990s, cap­tur­ing key mo­ments in Black­burn’s so­cial, eco­nomic and sport­ing his­tory.

Richard Pere­grine and Peter Gra­ham from the Univer­sity Cen­tre of Black­burn Col­lege have been over­see­ing a mas­sive project to scan, cat­a­logue and re­search around 48,000 neg­a­tives.

They are about half way through this im­mense task to pre­serve in dig­i­tal form this unique col­lec­tion of im­ages of a rapidly chang­ing town.

Many of the ear­lier pho­to­graphs were taken with a heavy and cum­ber­some 5x4 inch plate glass cam­era.

The im­ages the Tal­bots cap­tured showed an ex­tra­or­di­nary level of ded­i­ca­tion and tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise that de­serve to be en­joyed for many years to come, by any­one in­ter­ested in how east Lan­cashire has changed. The club’s Win­ter ex­hi­bi­tion of mem­bers’ pho­to­graphs is cur­rently on dis­play in Bacup Li­brary dur­ing nor­mal open­ing hours un­til early Jan­uary.

En­try is free and is open dur­ing nor­mal li­brary open­ing hours.

Club chair­man Dave Green­wood said, “We are very grate­ful to Bacup Li­brary for al­low­ing us to mount our win­ter ex­hi­bi­tion in their premises.

“I urge peo­ple to come along and see what we can do, and even join us. New mem­bers in­ter­ested in pho­tog­ra­phy are al­ways very wel­come.”

The club wel­comes new mem­bers of all abil­i­ties or ex­pe­ri­ence – just a pas­sion for cap­tur­ing good im­ages is re­quired.

The club meets ev­ery Wed­nes­day evening at 7.30pm at St Mary’s Parish Hall, Dale Street, Bacup.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www. bacup­cam­er­a­


A VERY pop­u­lar speaker, Richard Hall, brought an early Christ­mas feel­ing to the meet­ing of Cen­tral Methodist Ladies on Tues­day.

His pol­ished and well pre­sented talk was ‘Sea­sons Greet­ings’ which was a mu­si­cal mix­ture of car­ols, and songs re­lat­ing to the fes­tive sea­son.

Be­fore each piece was heard, Richard gave de­tails, and in­for­ma­tion about it which made it very in­ter­est­ing.

Var­i­ous choirs sang well known car­ols, and there were pop­u­lar songs sung by Guy Lom­bardo, Bing Crosby and the An­drews Sis­ters, each made more en­joy­able by find­ing out the back­ground of the artists per­form­ing, and the mu­sic it­self.

The ladies sang along to the mu­sic, and were told they didn’t need to stand up, as Richard ended his evening with the ‘Hal­lelu­jah Cho­rus’ from Han­del’s Mes­siah - a rous­ing fi­nale to a pleas­ant evening. There are no fur­ther meet­ings un­til the be­gin­ning of Fe­bru­ary, but the ladies are end­ing this year’s sea­son with their an­nual Christ­mas lunch on Thurs­day.


MEM­BER Jean Bon­ner, in in­tro­duc­ing her pro­gramme I Have a Dream, ex­plained the dream was to be able to sing, say­ing she was a truly ap­palling singer and posed the ques­tion – So what am I go­ing to sing? Start­ing at the be­gin­ning and as a mem­ber of a choir we heard: Cwm Rhondda, My­fanwy, We Had A Real Nice Clam­bake and Cho­rus of the He­brew Slaves.

There are of course church choirs and Jean would like to sing For the Beauty of the Earth, by John Rut­ter.

No doubt be­com­ing a more ex­pe­ri­enced singer it would be pos­si­ble to be­come a soloist.

From con­tem­po­rary song, we heard: Edith Piaf - Non je ne re­grette rien, Elkie Brooks – Sun­shine after the Rain, Diana Ross – Theme from Ma­hogany, An­nie Len­nox – A Whiter Shade of Pale and Katie Mel­lua – I Cried for You.

Jean would like to em­u­late her favourite singer - Les­ley Gar­rett who was heard in: Baïlèro (Songs of Au­vergne), If I Loved You (Carousel) and the Easter Hymn (Caval­le­ria Rus­ti­cana).

Jean ad­mit­ted she had lied! – it was not just to be a singer but also a pi­anist.

And as such would like to be able to play the con­cer­tos of Greig and the Rach­mani­nov 2nd.

The first and sec­ond move­ments re­spec­tively of these had been cho­sen.

To bring an in­for­ma­tive, de­light­ful and charm­ing evening to a con­clu­sion the two strands of song and pi­ano were brought to­gether in the Pi­ano Man sung by Billy Joel.

The next meet­ing of the So­ci­ety will be held on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 3, 2019, when mem­ber El­iz­a­beth Hol­i­day will present Yet An­other An­niver­sary.

For fur­ther de­tails visit Face­book, con­tact Richard W Hall on 01706 823 490 or by e-mail [email protected]­


MOV­ING to­wards the end of the year, the weather be­gins to be more of an is­sue, so our walk­ers must care­fully choose what to wear.

They do say that there is no such thing as bad weather, only un­suit­able cloth­ing, as many of us have found to our cost!

So on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 28, 25 ram­blers had a fairly warm, windy, and some­times wet 11-mile walk from Bar­row­ford, tak­ing in the sum­mit of Weets Hill, and meet­ing some lovely al­pacas along the way. Com­ing up, on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 9 we have a 10-mile walk from Whal­ley, with the in­ter­est­ing ti­tle of ‘The en­vi­rons of Read’.

It should be pleas­antly scenic and rel­a­tively gen­tle, so please ring the nom­i­nated leader (on our web­site) if you fancy giv­ing us a try.

Fi­nally, on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 12 we have an­other lo­cal 10-miler, this time start­ing from Towne­ley Park.

We will am­ble around Hurst­wood, Cant Clough Reser­voir, and Holme Chapel (not Holmes Chapel – that would be a step too far).

Hope to see you there.

Fur­ther de­tails about our up­com­ing walks can be found in the Lat­est News area of our web­site at www.rossendaler­am­, or you can con­tact us via sec­re­tary Glyn on 01706 561042, or at email [email protected]

The Queen’s visit to Black­burn in 1955

●● Al­pacas near Weets Hill

Bacup Cam­era Club’s Win­ter ex­hi­bi­tion at Bacup Li­brary

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