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  • Writer's pictureBurnley Film Makers


Following the premiere of Newsreel 23' at Higham Village Hall last week, the film has now been released onto our website and also onto our Youtube Channel and Facebook group for people to enjoy.

The film is 68 minutes long and covers 22 events that took place in Burnley and the surrounding area during the year. These include;

Newsreel 23’ was compiled by members of Burnley Film Makers and features events held in Burnley and Pendle and the local area during the year.


1          The film premiere of ‘Bank Of Dave’ held at the REEL Cinema in Hollywood Park Burnley on 15 January 2023. (Mike Smith)

2          The Pendle Light Festival held 4 March in Colne town centre.(Howard Greenwood)

3          The centenary anniversary of Flying Scotsman which visited Hellifield station in March 2023 (David Crossley and Mike Smith)

4          The Burnley Sensory Garden officially opened on 27 March 2023. (Mike Smith and Carl Stredder)

5          Padiham Wall Mural with Chris Butcher & Gavin Renshaw. April 2023 (Mike Smith)

6          The 250th Anniversary of the Opening of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.  (Mike Breeze and Mike Smith)

7          Higham May Fair – 1 May 2023 Bank Holiday Weekend (Keith Widdup).

8          The Coronation of King Charles III in the Burnley area 6-7 May 2023 (Howard Greenwood, Mike Smith).

9          Burnley FC are League Champions (Mike Smith, Mark and Joseph Grice, Chris and Max Whitham)

10        Painting Padiham 13 May 2023 (Geoff Wolstenholme)

11        Pendleside Hospice’s ‘Lanterns On The Lake’.  20 May 2023 (Keith Widdup, Carl Stredder, Mark Grice, Joseph Grice)

12        The opening of the Havok Mountain Bike course in Cliviger. 27-28 May 2023 (Mark and Joseph Grice).

13        The last surviving Clarion House in Britain, Newchurch-In-Pendle  (David Crossley)

14        Colne Soapbox Derby. 18 June 2023 (Mike Breeze, Mark and Joseph Grice)

15        Burnley Canal Festival Finsley Gate Wharf 27 August 2023 (Carl Stredder)

16        Higham Scarecrow Festival August Bank Holiday weekend 2023 (Keith Widdup)

17        Burnley Empire Theatre Trust Heritage Days 8 September 2023 (Mike Smith)

18        The Opening of the new Reel Cinema in Pioneer Place, Burnley 12 September 2023 (Mike Smith)

19        St. Peters Heritage Day Saturday 16 September.  (Keith Widdup and Mike Smith).

20        Thieveley Pike Fell Race and Lonk Sheep in Cliviger.  (Mark and Joseph Grice)

21        Burnley Nature Festival held on Sunday 29 October in Towneley Park  (Mike Smith, Mike Breeze, Keith Widdup, David Crossley, Carl Stredder, Mark Grice, Joseph Grice)

22        Christmas Lights Switch-On in Burnley Saturday 18 November 2023. (Mike Smith)

Total Runtime 68 minutes.



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