Blackburn boy weaver turned politician gets his own street

A civil servant who dedicated his life to serving Blackburn had a street named after him.

Alderman Arthur Townsend now has his own road in Blackburn, just off Campbell Street, the site of a new development on the site of Roe Lee Mill.

Born in 1874, he died in 1957 at the age of 83.

The former weaver, who started working in the Blackburn cotton mills aged ten, became active in local politics.

During a period when more than 30,000 people were unemployed in the city, Alderman Townsend spent five years taking on the cases of his fellow weavers with the Labor Exchange authorities.

He was governor of local high schools and a member of the town’s education committee and chairman of the Blackburn Health Committee.

In 1954, he was awarded the Mayor’s Civic Medal for “outstanding and meritorious service to the city”.

The unveiling of Alderman Arthur Townsend Way was attended by Arthur’s great-grandniece Andrea Townsend, Borough Council Leader Cllr Phil Riley and Blackburn with Mayor of Darwen Cllr Suleman Khonat.

Ms Townsend said: ‘I am delighted that my great, great uncle’s dedication to his various roles and his dedicated service to Blackburn and its people has been publicly honored by means of a road sign. I’m incredibly proud of him. He gave tirelessly and selflessly. He was a true pioneer. »

Cllr Riley said: “I am delighted to celebrate Arthur’s significant accomplishments and the great contributions he has made to this city.

“Remembering our past community heroes and, of course, the history of our borough’s weaving heritage, which lays the foundation for what we can build on today, is incredibly important.”

A funeral service of remembrance and blessing for Alderman Townsend will be held at St Peter’s Cemetery, Salesbury at 11.30am on Sunday.

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