The first tour group


The tour starts at the foot of Queen Victoria's statue

Tour guide Simon Entwistle

photographs by © Andy Kirman

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THE ROAD TO NAB END STAGE ADAPTATION

The world premiere of the stage adaptation by Philip Goulding took place at Oldham Coliseum Theatre on June 17th 2010.



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THE ROAD TO NAB END TOUR



The remarkable tale of a poverty-stricken Blackburn childhood which caught the imagination of people throughout the world is now brought to life in this unique tour.
 
Set around the Blackburn streets and landmarks of William Woodruff's global best seller 'The Road to Nab End' this guided coach trip - hosted by celebrated historian and storyteller Simon Entwistle - chronicles 1920s Blackburn, its characters, the great events of the time and the cotton industry in a tale of human triumph against the odds.
Using Woodruffs own words, the tour revisits the hardship and joys of growing up in Blackburn's weaving community during the great depression.  The monuments and memories are full of spirit, humour and a little sadness.  Above all, The Road to Nab End Tour is a step back in time to the sights, sounds and characters of an extraordinary Northern childhood.

Click here to learn about the itinerary.

The first Nab End tour

Major Books

History
This wide-ranging analysis offers meaning rather than minutiae.
Autobiography
A fabulous portrait of working class life of the period - widely praised and reviewed.
The sequel to the No. 1 bestselling The Road to Nab End
Fiction
"One of the most sensitive and moving books of the war, both authentic and poetic" A.L.Rowse, Times Literary Supplement
A wonderful, strongly autobiographical war novel: engaging, evocative and grippingly readable.
Allegory
A whimsical quest for a Happy Land.

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