Off the wall photography plan

Actress Stacey Clegg has had a dream for many years to celebrate her brother’s short life by creating photographs to depict Michael Jackson songs. The story was an unusual one given the tragic circumstances of her brother’s death following a road accident...

Roy thanks his rescuers

When an elderly gentleman collapsed in Rawtenstall three teenagers were quick to come to his aid. The Haslingden High School students helped the pensioner, tended to his injuries and comforted him while help was sought. Their bravery was rewarded with a thank you...

Schools’ sporting success

At one of my contract schools – Fearns Community Sports College – the borough’s school sports organiser is based to encourage primary schools to participate in sporting competitions. Nathan Bibby also assists schools to apply for the prestigious...

The Broadway Buzz Here to Stay

A one-off newspaper produced in four weeks proved so popular the school has decided it should be produced every half-term. The first edition of The Broadway Buzz sold very well, so well the school in Haslingden had decided to continue the sessions each half-term to...

Five Generations at Same Dance School

From 87-year-old Elsie down to little two-year-old toddler Scarlett, five generations of the same family now dance at Dansworks Dance Academy in Bacup. I have been working for Dansworks on an ad hoc basis since 2011 and this was a charming story to write. Principal...

School Paper Gets National Recognition

This year’s Fearns Chat has just been completed – a hectic week with 13 Year 9 pupils writing, photographing and designing a 16-page newspaper to shout about the busy year that there has been at Fearns Community Sports College. Last year’s version...

Student’s GCSE Success Despite Father in Coma

This was an inspirational story about the success of a GCSE student from Whitworth Community High School who even revised on the ward where her father was seriously ill. It has been a turbulent year for Nicola Howorth after her father was left seriously ill following...

First World War Project Finishes

A project to formally mark the graves of soldiers from Bacup who gave their lives concluded with a ceremony attended by 100 people at a hilltop cemetery. Members of Veterands In Communities, one my contracts, have been carrying out the work since last year, locating...

Teen Scales Kilimanjaro With Dad

Not many teenagers scale the highest peak in Africa, but that is just what Isobel Wilson did. The 17-year-old student from Haslingden High School, where I have a contract to provide press and PR coverage, hiked to the top of the mountain with her father, a school...

Jumper Record Makes National News

An incredible 1,431 people wore Christmas jumpers in the same place at the same time at Haslingden High School in a world record bid. A festive story to end what has been a busy year and, thanks to superb photographs taken by Liz Henson Photography, the story broke...