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The Clog 200 Challenge

5th September 2016

Categories: Town Centre News

The Clog 200 Challenge.

To celebrate the Leeds Liverpool Canal Bicentenary, Eanam Wharf is attempting to get 200 clog dancers dancing the Bill Gibbons Social Dance (The Irish Jig) at the Blackburn Canal Wharf on Saturday 10th September 2016.

This will be a world record attempt and fortunately the first one of its kind so it is highly likely we will become world record holders, however we still need people to come along to support us and even take part.

The routine will be taught by Melanie Barber who was Bill Gibbons former pupil, support teacher and unofficial adopted daughter, Melanie said “not only is that a chance for me to keep the amazing work and tradition that is Bill alive but also with the 200th birthday of the canal give it a new twist and get the community engaging with our waterways for many different types of events”

Graham Vernon Leeds Liverpool Canal (Blackburn Stretch Adoptee) and Eanam Wharf business owner said “The Heritage Open Days is a national event for building that would normally be closed to the public open their doors Eanam Wharf is launching the new Heritage Trail over the weekend of the 10th – 11th September and seemed an amazing opportunity to attempt the world record of clogging, Eanam Wharf is one of Lancashire’s unsung heroes as the development of Eanam Wharf and the Leeds Liverpool canal created the industrial revolution within our area and was the M6 of its time”

Other events happening in Blackburn over the weekend see Holy Trinity Church opening its door to reveal its priceless roof shutters that were donated by the wealthy families at the time, Blackburn Quaker Meeting House and Blackburn Spiritualist Centre to name a few. For a full list of all the Heriage Open Days around Blackburn & Darwen please click here.

If you are wanting to take part in the Clog challenge, then please contact Melanie Barber on 07812 656036 for more information on Eanam Wharf and Lancashire’s newest tourist attraction contact Graham Vernon on 01254 699221.

Picture:  Melanie Barber dancing on the Kennet Historical Barge owned by the Leeds Liverpool Canal Society.

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