Newspaper Articles 1960’s and 70’s

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In the 60’s and 70’s pollution in Burnley’s rivers was headline news.
Here you can read all about how:

  • In 1977, 30 girls, young students from Ivy Bank School, began to clean-up their local polluted stream…
  • In 1972 Burnley Express established the first forum to address pollution in Burnley’s rivers…
  • Himalayan Balsam plants and seeds were available to buy and promoted as exotic flowers ‘from the land of the yeti’…

Burnley’s river Calder was known as:

  • The ‘Tomato soup river…’
  • ‘The Yellow river flows on….’
  • ‘Problem river runs red…’