Darwen’s new market square was officially opened on the day of Darwen Rotary’s Charity event. The community gathered to enjoy celebrations including a brass band, a Punch and Judy show, live music and more as well as enjoy the new space.
The former three-day market site now boasts an open space with a large copper peregrine falcon, which is a nod towards the birds which are known to nest in the town’s India Mill building and Darwen’s weaving heritage.
The sculpture, designed and created by renowned artist Liam Hopkins, who has work showcased in galleries around the world, has been made using woven copper and has an impressive five-metre wing span.
Cllr Phil Riley, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s regeneration boss, said:
“It’s money well spent and I think the space looks fantastic. We have a couple of bits to finish off but overall the site looks really good.
Darwen has a great open space now to provide outdoor events and that’s what the people of Darwen deserve.”
Read a full review of the event on The Lancashire Telegraph.