Colne historic shopping arcade reopens

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IT was a grand re-opening as Colne’s Shackleton Hall officially unveiled its revamped look.

The historic building in the heart of the town was opened by Colne historian and Leader Times columnist Geoff Crambie, who has supplied photos of old Colne for the building.

Inside the Church Street Arcade, a back wall montage will display images of Colne through the ages, and Mr Crambie’s own memorabilia will also be on display.

The joint venture between Pendle Council and Barnfield Investment Properties has seen the building restored and converted to its former glory.

With a fresh lease of life, thanks to PEARL2, the Grade 11 listed building, which was once on the on the brink of collapse, is once again enjoying the limelight, with a bustling arcade, office space and retail units.

Brian Cookson, director (regeneration) at Pendle Council, said: “Shackleton Hall has been renovated to a very high standard.

“The unique arcade has been brought back to life, and we hope this will give Colne a boost as a local shopping destination.

“This is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time and PEARL2, our Joint Venture Company, made it possible, despite funding cutbacks.”

Housing Pendle and Pendle Community Credit Union have already moved in, with five units under offer, and interest has been shown in two of the remaining four.

Kathryn Fogg, manager of Pendle Community Credit Union, said: “The arcade is wonderful.

“It’s a huge asset for Colne, and really is a breath of fresh air.”

Coun. Mike Blomeley, leader of Pendle Council, added: “The restored historic landmark is most definitely one we can all be proud of.

“Each of the retail units has its own period shop front, which is decorated in colours to suit the Victorian renaissance.”

Anyone interested in taking one of the retail units at Shackleton Hall should contact agents Trevor Dawson on 458007 or Petty on 456677.