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18th August 2017
Present: Dave Bates, Syd Bennett, Robert Brown, David Burrows, Steve Carey, Kevin Clarke, Dave Dalton, Andy Fildes, Steve Goff, John Guest, Adi Hammond, Trevor Heywood, Robert Holmes, Larry Johnson, Kevin Jordan, Dave Lamb, Alan Larsen, Barry McGuinness, Mike Melia, John Nelson, Noel O’Toole, Tony Statham, Dave Whittle, Mike Whittle, Mike Worthington
A wet beginning to the day greeted the X43 Witchway contingent. The clouds appeared ominous as the bus returned to the A56 from Rawtenstall station and we feared the worst for what was about to greet us in terms of the weather. Rain was in the air as we disembarked to make our way to rendezvous with those travelling from Manchester Victoria on the 10:56 at Burnley (Manchester Road) station.
Once we began our moderate nine miles walk, the weather slowly began to improve. Our primary objective today was to visit the Singing Ringing Tree, which is one of a group of four panopticon structures to be found in the county of Lancashire, the other three being: The Atom, Colourfields, and Haslingden Halo. The Singing Ringing Tree is a musical sculpture overlooking Burnley. It was designed by architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu of Tonkin Liu, and constructed from pipes of galvanised (zinc coated) steel. The Singing Ringing Tree was launched by the Mayor of Burnley, Councillor Mohammad Najib, JP, and designers Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu on 14 December 2006. Our arrival at the site prompted the group to marvel at the variety of the audio waves and cadence emanating from the metal blade structure. We were additionally impressed by the views that were afforded to us.
The walk provided us with a rich variety of landscape and views by taking us along canal towpath, through woodland, moorland and across field paths and parkland.
Later in the day, our hostelry visits included the Bridge Bier House, Brew M and the Ministry of Ale. During our visit to the Bridge, Dave kindly introduced his friend from his school days, John, to your correspondent and several others.
Many thanks to Alan for another of his insightful productions.