TODAY'S delve into the Lancashire Telegraph archives takes a stroll down a major town centre street.

The picture gives a 1922 view of King William Street and the Market Hall clock tower, all 72ft of it.

The clock tower was one of Blackburn's most famous landmarks and was destroyed by civic vandalism on December 30, 1964.

Robert Peel can be seen standing atop the Peel buildings and note the golden ball above the clock tower.

The Italian-style clock tower was topped by an 18ft mast holding the copper ball.

The ball was four foot in diameter and weighed 15 stone.

On each weekday at noon, the ball rose up the pole and dropped an hour later, giving the signal for the firing of the town's 'one o'clock gun', which was heard four days a week until 1931.

The event ended in October 1924 and the tower was toppled in December 1964 as Blackburn's central redevelopment drive began in earnest.

The market was moved to its current location and was kept undercover.

Also pictured is the driver of this open-top tourer. Has he parked the car or dumped it?

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