Blackburn College celebrates 125th anniversary

Students and lecturers past and present joined together this month in celebration of Blackburn College’s 125th anniversary with our modular staging playing a key role.

The celebration began with policemen dressed in 19th Century costumes on penny-farthings, a Thwaites horse and cart, a painted Queen Victoria and attendees were treated to special Blackburn College beer to commemorate the historic event.

Unistage staging was used for a Jazz Orchestra, speeches at a VIP event and for the Houghton Weavers, an English folk band, at the staff celebration.

Speeches were given by Principal Ian Clinton, College Deputy Chair of Governors Phil Watson along with Ann Jordan, the High Sheriff of Lancashire; Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association and Mayor of Blackburn Zamir Khan.

Students also got into the swing of the celebrations by looking back at changes since Queen Victoria was on the throne in their various departments.

Principal Ian Clinton said: “It’s an historic occasion for the college and it’s a proud day when any institution reaches its 125-year landmark.

“From a technical college costing £15,000 in 1888 with the primary focus on textiles and engineering for local workers, we are now the second largest college with a university centre in the UK and have more than 15,000 students from all over the world.”

We are proud to have provided the staging for this memorious event.

Leanne Postlethwaite, Voice Engagement Coordinator at Blackburn College, said: “The various events over the two weeks from Monday 29 April have been an excellent way to showcase all of the hard work and effort from students and staff who have worked closely together to celebrate 125 Years of Blackburn College.

“These events could not have been a success without the help of a number of people including Unistage. The staging used was perfect for the Jazz Orchestra and speeches at our VIP event and for the Houghton Weavers at the staff celebration. The full service received was fantastic from start to finish – thank you!”