As part of Heritage Open Days in Blackburn you can discover the story of the Blackburn Giant.
A group of volunteers from Child Action Northwest staging an exhibition about the Blackburn Giant in Mercers Toy Shop this month have failed in attempts to secure the original long johns of Fred Kempster which made TV headlines last year when they sold at auction.
Negotiations with the owner, willing to let the charity borrow the items for display for the Heritage Open Days festival came to a halt when insurers wanted £550 to cover the items which are presently being advertised for sale on Ebay valued at £3,500. Not disheartened, Eric Nolan who is creating the Giant’s kitchen, recruited the sewing skills of his wife, Margaret and fundraising volunteer, Damion Taylor to make a replica copy of the undergarments which visitors will have the chance to try on for size!
The display will be set up in the toy shop on Darwen Street during the first week of September and will remain till the end of the month.
Entry is free with donations requested to support the charity’s work with children and young people in the area.
In other news from Heritage Open Days, you can now visit the Victorian cart in Blackburn Market and collect your guide to all the events in Blackburn. You can also visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk