Burnley Civic Trust Heritage Image Collection
In 2016 Burnley Civic Trust was gifted the Burnley Express Newspaper Archive by Johnston Press.

The archive is extensive and we aim to make as many of these images available online as soon as possible.

We have Upcoming Events to raise awareness of the collection and our project.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE 1st APRIL EVENT AND ALL FUTURE EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED until further notice.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE, OCTOBER 2020: We have now installed Covid 19 safety measures in our archive rooms but recent tighter restrictions and increasing numbers of cases mean that we are unable to invite volunteers back into the rooms until the situation improves. Some volunteers are now working from home and we will continue to upload images to the website.

 

50 years Ago

The New High Sheriff of Lancashire, Mr. Simon Towneley, signs the Queen's Warrant, watched by Mr. F. E. Wilson (left), the acting under sheriff, and Mr. John Wilson (right), the under sheriff, during the swearing in ceremony held at the Sessions House, Preston. (A scan from the Burnley Express article)

Mr. Simon Towneley, the new High Sheriff of Lancashire, was formally sworn in at the County Sessions House in Preston on Friday 16th April 1971. Mr. Towneley and Mr. John Wilson, the new under sheriff, were both sworn in by acting under sheriff Mr. Francis Eden Wilson. The ceremony, in which a warrant, signed by the Queen, is read and signed, was watched by four previous High Sheriffs including the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Lord Rhodes; the Chairman of Lancashire County Council, Ald. Henry Lumby; vice-chairman, Ald. Sir Fred Longworth; and County Councillor Michael Fitzherbert-Brockholes. The ceremony is based on ancient tradition and after the royal warrant was signed, letters patent were given to the High Sheriff, which set out his duties to the Queen and county.

High Sheriff of Lancashire 1971

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