Tag Archives: Burnley

Broadcasting On the Wire after all these years – in conversation with Steve Barker

It’s been 42 years since St Annes-based East Lancs lad Steve Barker made his broadcasting debut on Radio Blackburn, his contributions to the RPM magazine show leading to him helping usher in the 1980s with follow-up, Spin Off, and in … Continue reading

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Remembering Brian Pilkington, and Burnley’s 1959/60 title win

This weekend 60 years ago, Burnley were crowned league champions after a last-day victory at Manchester City, just the excuse needed to finally post about former Clarets star and England international Brian Pilkington, a near-neighbour and old friend who died … Continue reading

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Taking the Long Road home – the Milltown Brothers interview

Matt Nelson is on his way home from work to Burnley, having moved back to the North-West around a dozen years ago. Milltown Brothers’ chief singer-songwriter is a family man these days, a dad-of-three who runs a visual effects film … Continue reading

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Stepping Stones to the big time – the Paul Carrack interview

When I introduce myself to Paul Carrack on the phone, telling him I’m putting together something for a Lancashire publication, his gruff Northern response is, “You don’t sound very Lancastrian.” I add more detail, explaining how I’ve got around a … Continue reading

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Scotch and water, claret and blues – The Spin Doctors at Burnley Mechanics

I remember a lad from Detroit that I met on my travels who genuinely seemed to think Monty Python’s Flying Circus was a documentary, believing all Brits wore bowler hats and probably had ludicrous walks to match. In no way am … Continue reading

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Tubthumping, suffragism and pantheism – the Boff Whalley interview

With ‘one-woman suffragette musical’ Wrong ‘Un about to embark on a 21-day national run, starting at The Lowry Studio, Salford Quays, writewyattuk caught up with the play’s author on the phone from his home in West Yorkshire. Lancashire-born and bred … Continue reading

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