In one week I was assigned to cover a 40th, 50th and 80th anniversaries which saw me hopping on a steam train, donning ’60s dress and taking a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

The 40th was the anniversary of Rossendale Talking Newspaper Association, an audible version of the Rossendale Free Press, the newspaper where I ‘cut my teeth’ as a rookie reporter in 1988.

It was a lovely journey on the East Lancashire Railway and I was delighted to be asked to capture the event in words and pictures.

The 50th was a fundraising event to mark the golden anniversary of Antony and Patricia Hair Salon in Rawtenstall and a superb event it was too raising more than £4,000 for good causes.

Nostalgia abounded for me when I covered the 80th anniversary of the Citizens’ Advice as for many years I covered news stories both as a salaried journalist and later as a freelance and those stories were on the big screen and cuttings books.


Summer is often a quiet time for my business as I work a lot in schools, but I have had plenty to write about since my last blog.

One of the designers at J and J Ormerod finally retired – aged 72 and I hope Steve enjoys a very long and happy retirement. The latest in-house newsletter the JJO Journal was also produced.

I had lots of ad hoc work this summer – writing about Dansworks success story Sam who has joined a prestigious tap dancing company and creating the leaflet and news stories all about Bacup Pride’s lovely Flowerpot Festival.

When a new shop opened in Bacup – Hunters Foot Health Clinic – I was asked to promote the relocation and at Bacup Nat I helped to gain publicity for the final event of its 140th year (another anniversary!).

Publicity has now started for Stacksteads Light up the Valley Lantern Festival and I was pleased to be asked to pen a piece about caring students undertaking the National Citizen Service.

I have been writing more stories about the innovative project Rossendale Works, helping people back into work and enabling them to become work-ready.

Not to mention covering asylum seekers and refugees enjoying Grip and Go in Haslingden when I took this photo from the top of one of the walls!

And when James Averdieck visited Rossendale’s Invest in Rossendale and Valley at Work joint meeting I was asked to write the words.

As schools have returned I am grateful to Haslingden High School and Whitworth Community High School for renewing my contracts and will be back producing school newspaper at Northern and Britannia primary schools, Coal Clough Academy and The Heights Free School.

If you’ve a story to tell… give me a bell.