The Mall Blackburn’s Heritage Festival celebrations brought together some of the town’s most talented craftspeople to raise vital funds for its nominated charity Nightsafe and Blackburn Foodbank.

Master quilter Barbara Nichols spent the weekend sewing a patchwork quilt, which will be donated to Nightsafe when it is completed.

In addition, volunteers Marlene Harwood, Sheila Starkie and Anne Feely from Friends for Life in Highcroft spent the weekend making and selling beautiful reusable shopping bags from material donated by Clarke & Clarke.

The proceeds, which are being calculated this week, are to be divided between Nightsafe and Blackburn Foodbank.

All the volunteers were co-ordinated by Mum’s The Word Co-Founder Caroline Fotios, who was also on hand to talk to shoppers about her organisation, which specialises in new, value for money school uniforms and collecting and issuing pre-loved uniforms.

The Mall also organised a whole host of cotton craft activities and face-painting for little shoppers to enjoy.

Loraine Jones, General Manager at The Mall Blackburn, said: “Blackburn came alive this weekend in a glorious celebration of our rich and vibrant heritage.

“It was fantastic to see people of all ages enjoying the food, funfair and crafts across the town centre and the feedback has been brilliant.

“I would like to thank Caroline and her army of volunteers for sharing their skills with us over the weekend and congratulate the entire Bid Team on another successful event.”