Blackburn and Darwen Hive Ambassadors Network


Bid to repair Darwen Tower

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council has applied for £250,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to repair and restore Darwen Tower.

The council has worked in partnership with residents and local groups, including Darwen Rotary, to submit the ‘strong’ application and a decision is now due within weeks.

As part of the bid, a new educational video, created by Darwen-based Northern Heart Films, has also been released.

It documents the history of the tower – opened in 1898 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and also the freedom for Darrener’s to ‘roam’ the moors.

The bid has three priorities – to repair the tower to ensure it stays open to the public, improve the paths and physical access to the landmark and a new engagement programme including virtual tours.

Letters of support have been sent from the town’s MP, WEC, Herbert Parkinson and the Rotary.

Watch the video here