1. There is a giant buried here - John Fred Kempster
2. Ghandi visited Darwen (where I grew up) in 1931
3. The Spinning Jenny was invented here; revolutionising weaving and turned Blackburn into the weaving capital of the world!
4. The Crest was granted in 1852 and the bits of it have the following meaning:
- The Worker Bees are are an emblem of SKILL, PERSERVERANCE & INDUSTRY
- The White represents CALICO, a product of Blackburn
- The Black wavy line represent BLACK BROOK - the river Blakewater Blackburn is built on and derives its name from
- The Green represents Strength
- The Dove represents Blackburn as a peaceful place
- The Dove stands on a shuttle, representing weaving - which has contributed to the prosperity of the town more than any other industry.
- The Lozenges (diamond shapes) represent the spinning jenny
- Finally the motto - ARTE ET LABOUR which means 'By Art and Labour' summing up the energy and enterprise of Blackburnian workers.