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Andrew Frost speaks to the staff at the Colne Titanic Museum.

Two delicious recipies from chefs at Mitton Hall ready for you to try at home.

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Issue 01 April 2013

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BUT NOT FORGOTTEN April 15th 1912. - A date that will never be forgotten. For on that, Englands most iconic steamship sank into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean after tragically colliding with an iceberg. The famous tale of Titanic’s failed voyage from Southampton to New York is the most likely one you have heard before. Now, a museum, nestled in the heart of Pendle is determined to re-tell the fascinating story in it’s own unique way. What many of you may not know is all of the 2,227 passengers and crew members that embarked on that journey, at least 85 of them originated from Lancashire. Sadly, not all of them returned home. One of those men was a man still considered today as Colne’s most famous export, Wallace Hartley. The revered former bandmaster’s story is just one of the many which have been brought to life by the Titanic in Lancashire Museum.

The museum was formed in 2011 by a team of volunteers, with the primary intention of telling the story of the disaster, whilst also incorporating stories of those who come from the region. The exhibit contains dozens of original items recovered from the ship including silverware and furniture that has been aquired through donations from the public. However, despite the success, director of the museum, Nigel Hampson is keen to grow furthur within the area, with one idea being to create an annual Titanic festival. To commemorate this year’s 101st anniversary, Nigel and his team held a wreath-laying ceremony and a memorial service at Wallace Hartley’s grave last month. Throughout the upcoming summer the museum is also planning to host a series of history walks, before a play depicting the inquest into the disaster being performed toward the end of the year.

“We want to gro it as big and as Blues Festival.” November will also see the Colne Municipal Hall play host to a special concert performed by Peter Young and the Colne Municipal Orchestra. It’s these kinds of events that convince Nigel that the story of the Titanic can eventually be turned into a festival. He explained: “I don’t see why these events can’t happen every year around the anniversary in April. It would be a fantastic way of marking the event.” During a period when the town is traditionally quiet in terms of visitors, Nigel believes the potential festival could provide a much needed boost to the local economy. He said: “It would be a really good way to encourage people to come and visit Colne. We want to grow it and make it as big and as popular as the Blues Festival.” He is of course talking about the renowned Rhythm and Blues festival which is held in the town every August. To many, that may seem an ambitious claim but when you consider the amount of interest there is surrounding the new Titanic replica - to be launched in 2016 - ther still, a century later, remains a desire for the story.

In order to achieve the aim, the voluntary funded museum is keen to engage with the public. With not receiving any government grants, the future of the museum is highly dependent on whether they can attract furthur participation from volunteers. To try and help with running costs, the exhibit has set up a new sponsorship fund scheme. They are encouraging people to come and sponsor an item at the museum for a small fee. In return the individual will gain free access to the museum for year for a family of four as well as a certificate. It remains to be seen whether these inititatives will help the museum expand, but it is clear that the passiontate staff at rhe musuem will try everything to make it happen. History should never be forgotten.

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Two featured recipies from Mitton Hall for you to try at home.

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes

Kimchi Fried Rice

Ingredients: 1 cup kimchi, drained and chopped 1/2 sweet onion, chopped 1 Tbsp finely chopped garlic 1 Tbsp soy sauce 1 Tbsp butter 1/3 cup thinly sliced beef, spam, pork, bacon, or ham 3 cups cooked rice Salt to taste 1 Fried egg for each serving If using American bacon, saute briefly on an ungreased large pan and omit oil from next step. With any other meat or a vegetarian version, start with step #2. Saute kimchi and onion in a lightly greased large pan over medium heat for a few minutes. When vegetables begin to look transparent, add tbsp of butter, garlic, and soy sauce and saute for another 2-3 minutes. Add meat or pork and continue to saute until meat is cooked. Turn heat off but keep pan on burner. Add rice and rest of butter, mixing to combine. Salt to taste and top with fried egg to serve. (Serves 4)

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes Ingredients: 5 tbsp butter 3.5 oz dark chocolate (this is one standard chocolate bar) 2 extra large eggs 1 extra large egg yolk 3 tbsp sugar 3 tbsp flour 2 tsp cocoa powder pinch of salt powdered sugar as needed Melt the butter and chocolate together over a double-boiler, or microwave for a short time. Stir to combine. Whisk together the eggs and sugar until the mixture is light yellow in color, and the sugar is dissolved. About 3 minutes. Stir the warm chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and whisk until combined. Sift in the flour, cocoa, and salt. Fold in with a spatula until combined. Spoon into 4 buttered 5-oz ramekins, and tap on the table to settle any air bubbles. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place ramekins in a baking dish and add water until it is halfway up the sides. Bake for 15 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar and serve warm. The cakes can be turn out, or served in the ramekins.

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Andrew Frost travels to a football school designed to get some of the area’s most promising talent into the professional game…

For most boys, the dream of becoming a professional footballer ultimately proves to be an unrealistic one. Even being dubbed the next star at an early age is no guarantee that they’ll make it to the top. In fact, only a couple of hundred from the thousands of young apprentices across the country will ever actually reach the professional game. The rest, who were tantalisingly close, yet so far away, are quickly thrust into an unknown wilderness in which they find themselves thinking - what now? Many of the rejected hopefuls originate from Pennine Lancashire and after their release the majority will eventually dissolve back into the various local amateur divisions. With so much talent on display throughout the area, one Burnley P.E. teacher has made it his mission to revive these youngsters’ dreams and create opportunities for a second chance. The man behind the project is James MacMahon, head of boys PE at Blessed Trinity High School. The teacher set up the Elite Mark Academy last November voluntarily after he recognised the vast amount of talent within the area that was going unnoticed. Seeing this potential, he decided to create weekly training sessions, held at the Spirit of Sport Centre in Burnley. During these, the boys receive quality coaching whilst also being the subject of close scrutiny by the array of scouts James has managed to convince to visit. Thirteen boys have so far managed to obtain trials at highly reputable clubs including; Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers and Wigan Athletic. Despite the bright start though, James is keen to point out to the boys upon their arrival that there is no guarantee of success. He explains: “I tell the kids when they come that I can’t promise them a contract. But what I can promise them is that they’ll receive expert coaching, enabling them to improve as players.” The project is not only designed for boys who’ve had experience with clubs though, it also welcomes talented boys who have never had the opportunity to impress scouts for one reason or another. “The project is all about offering the talented kids within the area an opportunity to try and become a pro footballer. “Through word of mouth, I’ve managed to get some big clubs’ scouts down and they’ve been impressed with the quality of the lads.” With over 100 boys now taking part, from under 7’s right through to under 16’s, James has so far relied upon the good nature of local elite coaches to help him out for free. However, James is keen to turn the academy into a business should it continue on its current success path. “At the moment there’s me and a few other volunteers who run the sessions for free and whatever profit we do make from the project we put straight back in to cover the kit and equipment costs,” he said. “If the project continues to develop I can hopefully start paying these hard-working volunteers.” An example of James’ commitment comes in the fact he once spent £900 of his own money to re-invest in new balls and equipment for the boys. It’s this impressive passion and commitment to helping the boys within the area that gives the impression that the Elite Mark Academy is here to stay.

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