Funding boost for Turton Tower
THE committee behind Turton Tower has received a massive boost in their bid to keep the attraction open.
The Friends of Turton Tower group has supported the Grade 1 listed building for 25 years, aiming to make it a hub for the local community.
But due to local authority cut backs, the committee has had to agree to contribute £8,000 per year to the running costs to keep it open through fundraising events.
But their sponsor, Marshall Mercedes Benz of Bolton, presented a cheque for £3,000 at The Chetham Arms in High Street, to the committee, in front of Cllr Jean Rigby, and invited guests who helped fundraise at Turton Fair in May.
Treasurer Grainger Nelson said: “The evening went really well. About 81 people came; some were volunteers and some were from the council, and of course the representative from Mercedes who kindly donated £3,000 towards the tower on their behalf.
“The tower was going to have to close next year because the local authority doesn’t have enough money to fund it, so Friends of Turton Tower agreed to raise £8,000 a year towards it.
“But thanks to the money Mercedes has donated we have a much more manageable amount to raise.”
Friends of Turton Tower organise a raft of events at the tower.
The group revived the hugely popular Turton Fair in 2008, which includes a dog show, May Queen parade, maypole dancing, a brass band and children’s activities such as Punch and Judy, face painting and a bouncy castle.
There are also open air theatre productions, market days and community events.
Blackburn with Darwen Council was forced to reduce its funding for the tower amidst huge spending cuts, which could see up to 500 jobs lost at the local authority.
Comments are closed on this article.