Blacko scoops best-kept village title

Blacko street
Blacko street

The 2014 Lancashire Best-kept Village competition proved to be another success story for Blacko.

For not only did the village win the champion class for the third time in four years – repeating the successes of 2011 and 2013 – it also had the honour of seeing the village barbers’ shop voted the best in a village in the county and its notice board also taking top honours.

On top of that, both the Rising Sun public house and the children’s play area were both highly commended by the judges.

Elsewhere in Pendle, honours were dominated by the Pendleside villages.

The Pendle Valley Caravan Park in Roughlee was voted as the best in a county village – an honour it has won a number of times in the past.

And Barley finished as runner-up in the hamlet class, with Roughlee and Newchurch both being highly commended.
In a new category for villages within the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Barley was named as the winner with Roughlee and Newchurch again being highly commended.

Coun. Neil Hodgson, chairman of Blacko Parish Council, said: “I’m delighted and extremely proud that Blacko is once again the Champion Village in the Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition.

“Our villagers have worked tirelessly in not just winning the award, but ensuring it is a wonderful place to live, reflecting the community spirit and sense of belonging there is in Blacko.”