A SET of specially-designed grates around the bases of the new trees on Blakey Moor and Northgate celebrating the musical legends who have graced King George’s Hall will be unveiled this morning

The six artworks, called ‘Musical Roots’, each celebrate a decade of popular music stars who have performed at Blackburn's premier entertainment venue.

Designed by local craftsman Stephen Caton they celebrate international acts such as The Beatles, David Bowie and the Stone Roses and local bands including The Burn, Bradford, Sky Valley Mistress, The Illicits and The Torrents.

Cllr Phil Riley, Blackburn with Darwen Council regeneration boss, said: “It’s a brilliant idea to celebrate Blackburn’s musical heritage in the new public space around Northgate. Picking the final list was good fun and we hope that residents and visitors will have as much fun."

Part of the Townscape Heritage Project the final list was compiled from archives, fan clubs, memorabilia and newspaper articles.

Works to restore the adjacent Blakey Moor Terrace are next and hoped to be onsite by the Summer.