QUIZZES have proved very popular, especially in pubs and clubs, since they were launched in East Lancs in the mid-60s by Darwen Sports Council.

As might be expected, the first series, which ran for a few years, were all sports quizzes.

The Anchor pub, skippered by Tony Farrell, were king-pins in those early days. But the Swan Hotel, Catholic Club and Darwen Police always had good teams.

Pub quizzes caught on! Great Harwood Brass Band, captained by Jack Crompton, became Top Dogs in the area and led the way for several years.

General knowledge competitions took off and Thwaites ran very successful inter-pub and club general knowledge quiz leagues for years. Griffin and Darwen Cemetery were leading lights for years.

Music quizzes quickly become popular, with Burnley GS Old Boys to the fore. Local history quizzes followed on.

One of the top teams in East Lancs these days is certainly the Shoulder of Mutton at Holcombe who for years have topped the Bury General Knowledge League which covers the Rossendale Valley.

So, how about a Bygones picture quiz! Our first has a dozen photos of Darwen scenes by local artists over the years with a relevant question to accompany them.

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen:

1. Darwen’s finest painter, James H Morton, could turn his hand to anything. He painted this watercolour in the Edwardian era. The track to the left which winds up to Lord’s Hall becomes what road? 8 letters.

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen:

2. Darwen’s most famous take-away shop in the post-war years. What was the shop known for? 7 letters. (Picture: Hubert Bentley)

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen:

3. Now then. What’s the building nestling behind the trees in this light-touch water colour? 4 and 4 letters. (Artist: Simon Painter)

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen:

4. These cottages are in the Bull Hill area. What are they called? 7 and 4 letters. (Artist: Adie Turner)

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen:

5. Which councillor cut the first sod when work on the Tower began in 1897? 9 and 5 letters. (Artist: Billy Almond)

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen:

6. Stylish HQ of a long-established Darwen firm, built nearly 100 years ago. Name the firm. 5 letters. (Artist: Dave Gudgeon)

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen:

7. Old Lane, replaced by Mayfield. What’s the steep street on the horizon? 8 and 4 letters. (Artist: Harold Heys with apologies to Lowry)

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen:

8. Where would you be heading as you walked along this path? 5 and 4 letters. (Artist: Ian Morris)

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen:

9. The kiosk in Sunnyhurst Wood was opened in 1912. What was it initially called? 3 and 5 letters (Artist: Albert Hurst)

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen:

10. This chimney was dismantled in the 1930s. Over which Darwen factory did it tower? 4 and 5 letters. (Artist: James H Morton)

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen:

11. This farm was demolished in the 80s. A housing estate was built on the site. Name the farm. 4 and 4 letters. (Artist: Reg Ball)

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen:

12. On which street was the entrance to this now-flattened primary school?

6 letters. (Artist: Hubert Bentley)

Send your answers to bygones@nqnw.co.uk and we’ll reveal the answers and the winner next week