Local residents and businesses can literally make their mark in the new Nelson town centre.
Stone cubes will provide seating throughout the improved town centre in areas free from traffic, where people can sit and enjoy the town.
The cubes will be carved with local phrases relating to Pendle, for example: “Wen yer can si Pendle Hill, it’s bahn ter rain. An w’en yer cahn’t, it is!”
The stone cubes will be cut from granite, and will last for at least 100 years, creating a lasting legacy.
Town centre manager Hanna Latty explained: “It’s a novel way of owning a piece of the town centre and being part of a new future for Nelson.
“One businessman is thinking of sponsoring a block and dedicating it to his daughters.”
Nelson Town Council has put its name down for a cube, and local lighting company LITE wants to sponsor one.
And there’s keen interest from at least three other businesses in the town already.
“It’s a great way for businesses to show their commitment and support for Nelson,” added Hanna.
People and businesses can sponsor a block for £550, and dedicate the block to their organisation, business or someone special to them.
Anyone interested in sponsoring a block should contact Hanna via firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 661677 by March 24th.
Hanna said: “We have a list of phrases, but if people would like to suggest other phrases or ideas, we’re all ears!”
The cube will display the phrase and the person it is dedicated to, or a company name.
Coun. Nadeem Younis, who chairs the Nelson committee, said: “This is a unique opportunity for people and businesses to be part of the rebirth of their town centre, and make it special and personal to them.
“The celebrations for the re-opening of major improvements to the town this July will be a historic moment.
“We want people to share in it in a lasting way.”
The improvements to the pedestrian area are part of the wider scheme to re-open the high street through the town centre.
Pendle Council has been granted £2.1 million funding to put the road back through the centre, something that traders, residents and the council have been wanting for years.
Existing on-street parking on Manchester Road will stay, and more will be introduced on Leeds Road.
The new high street will also include a new pedestrian area, new seating, signs, and impressive uplighting at ground level, which will light up key buildings.
The project is being joint funded by the North West Regional Development Agency and the European Regional Development Fund.
NWDA has contributed £1.21m. and ERDF has contributed a further £950,043.