17 Facts About Colne


Colne is a market town and civil parish in the Borough of Pendle in Lancashire, England.

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Colne is close to the southern entrance to the Aire Gap, the lowest crossing of the Pennine watershed.

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Colne is on the edge of the Burnley Coalfield and coal was being mined at Fox Clough, to south of the town, from the early 17th century.

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Colne was once a township in the ancient parish of Whalley which became a civil parish in 1866.

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Colne became part of Airtours when David Crossland purchased a series of small travel agencies across Lancashire in 1972, which in turn merged with the Thomas Cook Group in June 2007.

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Colne is approximately 5 miles east of Pendle Hill, arguably the most well-known local landmark.

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Nelson and Colne College offers AS-level and A-level qualifications, as well as BTEC, City and Guilds, Open College of the North West and some professional qualifications.

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Colne FC, established in 1996, is the town's football team; it currently plays in the North West Counties Football League Premier Division.

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Since 2004, Colne has hosted the annual Colne Grand Prix cycle race, part of British Cycling's Elite Circuit Series.

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Second festival, the Colne Gala, has been held on every year for the past five decades; the first Gala being held in 1959.

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Colne has a buoyant night-time economy, with a number of restaurants in the vicinity of its three theatres: the amateur-run Pendle Hippodrome Theatre; The Municipal Hall, which hosts concerts, exhibitions and the annual pantomime, and the Little Theatre, home of Colne Dramatic Society.

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Colne has a memorial near the Library Cenotaph and is buried in the town's cemetery.

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Colne gave some of his profits to build Hartley Hospital and Hartley Homes on the boundary with Laneshawbridge.

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Colne raced many Le Mans 24-hour races and living in Florida is still active appearing at the 36th Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races in August 2009.

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Colne was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to cycling.

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Dave Walker, born in Colne, became a professional footballer for Burnley FC and Southampton FC.

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Edward Vaughan was born on 1943, and crossword expert, born in Colne and grew up in Barnoldswick, who sets crosswords for the Magpie Crossword Magazine and The Times Listener Crossword under the pseudonym 'Pointer'.

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