Burnley FC’s official club mascot Bertie Bee helped Lord Shuttleworth, the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, reopen the recently renovated Gannow Community Centre on Wednesday 9th August 2017.
Over 100 visitors, made up of both adults and children, were delighted to see Bertie and proceeded to take many pictures with him before he helped Lord Shuttleworth cut the ribbon and officially signal the reopening of Gannow.
The Community Centre, which is based on Adamson Street, Burnley, had £33,000 worth of renovations completed over a period of several months. Susan Hughes, Chair of the Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Service (BPRCVS), was part of the team that invited Bertie down to play a big role in the grand reopening.
After socialising with the people that had gathered at Gannow, Bertie helped Lord Shuttleworth with the unveiling of the plaque which confirms the official date of Gannow’s return. For his efforts, Bertie was presented with a jar of honey, whilst Lord Shuttleworth was given a bottle of port for his major contribution.
Despite most of the attention being directed at Bertie Bee and Lord Shuttleworth, there were also huge contributions made by Gannow Big Local, Calico (for providing the bunting decorations), Active Gannow (for encouraging local children to paint the ‘Grand Opening’ banners), Participation Works North West (for their catering services) and, of course, BPRCVS.
Burnley FC in the Community’s Jack Ormesher, who was also present at the event, said: “It was fantastic for us to have such a positive presence at the reopening of Gannow Community Centre. Bertie Bee was as popular as ever and it’s great to know that we played our part in an all-round successful day for the community.”