Celebrate Lancashire Day in Nelson

16 November 2011

On Monday 28 November Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board’s (LBTB’s)  Mike Wilkinson and Tony Openshaw along with other invited guests attended a celebration of Lancashire Day at the Houses of Parliament, organised by MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood Eric Ollerenshaw OBE.

Mike Wilkinson arrives at the Houses of Parliament

The event was an opportunity to highlight some of Lancashire’s fine food producers and allowed LBTB to represent tourism businesses and highlight the county’s attractions to other Members of Parliament.  As well as displays, visitor guides and other information about Lancashire, LBTB sourced a Lancashire hamper from Bashall Barn – the prize for the winner of our Lancashire quiz, designed to test MPs' knowledge of the county.

Eric Ollerenshaw MP with Nigel Evans MP for Ribble Valley with the prize hamper supplied by Bashall Barn in the Ribble Valley

Mike Wilkinson, Managing Director of Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board said “The tourist board champions Lancashire Day each year and highlights the events taking place in towns and villages across Lancashire. It’s a day when Lancastrians everywhere can reflect on the history, achievements and character of this wonderful county, sharing their pride and excitement at being part of its rich and unique heritage.  We are extremely grateful to Lancashire born Eric Ollerenshaw OBE MP, for inviting us to the House of Commons to help raise the profile of this special day and the very many successful tourism businesses that make such a significant contribution to the Lancashire economy.”

Lancashire Day itself is celebrated each year on 27th November, marking the day in 1295 when Lancashire’s first elected representatives were called to Westminster by King Edward I to attend what later became known as the ‘Model Parliament’. 

The event was supported by Lancashire County Council and is part of wider efforts to involve Lancashire's MPs in efforts to boost the county economy.


Test your knowledge of Lancashire with the quiz MPs took as part of the Lancashire Day event at the Houses of Parliament. Congratulations to the winner Andrew Bingham MP for High Peak who received a superb Lancashire hamper, supplied by Bashall Barn.


Winner of the VisitLancashire Quiz Andrew Bingham MP with Eric Ollerenshaw MP


1. Which Lancashire resort is hosting the 2012 Open Golf Championship?
 For the answer click here
2. At ‘witch’ castle were the Pendle Witches hung nearly 400 years ago?
 For the answer click here
3. How often is ‘Preston Guild’ celebrated?
 For the answer click here

4. Which aptly named Lancashire textile museum was a film set for the Oscar winning King's Speech?
 for the answer click here    

5. Which Lancashire town was the world’s first fair trade town?
 For the answer click here
6. Which is taller – Blackpool Tower or the Eiffel Tower?
 For the answer (we're not really going to send you to Paris !) So what if  the Blackpool Tower is around half the size of the Eiffel Tower ?  Some people simply love it click here

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