Accrington is not a dirty old town. That is the message from a group of students in a video aimed at securing vital funding to regenerate two borough town centres.
Accrington is not a dirty old town. That is the message from a group of students in a video aimed at securing vital funding to regenerate two borough town centre's.
Pupils from Hollins Technology College created the two-minute YouTube video in support of the council's bid to attract £100,000 from the Portas Pilot scheme.
The video highlights the borough's green landmarks including the award-winning train station, Green Flag parks and environmental organisations Prospects and the One Planet shop.
The students also wrote a 'jingle' to go with the video and urged people with negative views of Accrington to 'think again'.
See the video below ...
Two bids for both Accrington and Oswaldtwistle were lodged with the government last month and the promotional video has now been submitted in support of the entries.
Waqar Ahmed, extended services coordinator at Hollins, said the school felt 'privileged' to do something positive for the town.
He said: "The pupils involved in producing the film worked extremely hard in a short space of time.
"We feel a sense of pride in our local community and are extremely proud of the fact that something created by our pupils may have some influence on the governments overall decision on the bid.
"If the bid is successful this will have a huge impact upon the town and future prospects for people living in Accrington."
The four pupils involved in the video project were Natashia-Maria Taylor, Laura Taylor, Abi Woodcock and Saffron Barnes-Fullalove.
The focus of the Accrington bid will highlight the towns green credentials while the Oswaldtwistle bid aims revive the towns high street by attracting more 'front end' businesses.
Hyndburn Council town centre manager Rob Grigorjevs praised what the students managed to create in just three days.
He said: "They have put a fantastic clip together. They have done us proud and deserve a heap of credit."
Fifteen towns will be awarded the funding in the latest round with many of the previous 371 applicants expected to bid again.
The winning towns will be announced later in the year.