This year you can read about five artists with close connections to Burnley, who have all gained the highest reputation for the quality and inspirational nature of their work. Architects, sculptor, painter, textile and furniture designers, these talented individuals will undoubtedly leave their mark on our homes and landscape.
With fitness playing such a large part in peoples’ lives, we thought we would take a closer look at two sports that continue to grow in popularity. Running and cycling give you the freedom to explore the countryside at your own pace and they let you choose whether to exercise by yourself, as part of a group or just with friends and family. I hope it will inspire you to have a go – it certainly did me, when I got on a bike for the first time in a long while to research the article on page 31.
Not everything has to be mainstream, people all like different things at different times in their lives. In Alternative Burnley (page 51) we look at how retro can be cool, where you can go for a chilled night out and how brewing your own is changing the way we drink and leading to a rise in micro-breweries – the dream job for many.
Two brothers who followed their dream are Simon and Nick Mellin; find out how they transformed their butchery business into Roaming Roosters (page 66), a farm shop, bistro and children’s education centre where the journey from farm to fork includes the chance for young ones to meet the cutest animals in town.
On as more sombre note we also remember that 2014 marks the centenary of the beginning of the First World War (page 41). A hundred years ago the first great global conflict took place; across Britain the generations who lost their lives so that we could live in freedom will be remembered. In Burnley the focus of the commemorations will be at Towneley Hall where fields of poppies will be planted and where crosses will be laid by schoolchildren on the drive up to the hall, one for each of the men and one women who died during World War One.