After a nervous wait, the team at the Mechanics Theatre were delighted to be awarded ‘Best Cultural Venue’ at this year’s Lancashire Tourism Awards.

The glitzy ceremony was held at Blackburn Cathedral, a suitable backdrop for such a special evening and the attendees were treated to entertainment from a string quartet and food by Café Northcote, before proceedings got underway with host for the evening, ex presenter of BBC Breakfast, Bill Turnbull.

The annual awards night is all about celebrating Lancashire’s thriving tourism industry which attracts in excess of 64 million visitors and £3.8billion to the region each year. The accolades are designed to recognise the fantastic businesses, experiences, venues and people that represent the best of the counties tourism.

The Mechanics fought off tough competition from Blackpool Winter Gardens and Clitheroe Concerts Society to take the title.

Cultural Services Manager, Helen Jones said;

‘I am so proud of the Mechanics for winning the Lancashire Tourism, Cultural Venue Award. It is all down to the consistent hard work, attention to detail and friendly customer service that they deliver, day and night.  This award is so well deserved and it’s great that the Mechanics team have got the recognition that they deserve’

Over the last 2 years the Mechanics has been extensively refurbished and increased it’s offer to the public to become a multi-faceted, modern theatre; in addition to large theatre shows in the main auditorium the venue boasts a vibrant and bustling bistro operation, a smaller performance space which is being used for developing and niche artists and lounge bar holding Burnley’s largest gin offering.

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