In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Local Flavor.”

Accrington is an old mill town in Lancashire. If you saw some of the early pictures of the town you’d see  many of the archetypal smoking chimneys synonymous with the region. The cottons produced throughout the town were exported worldwide. A curved viaduct was built during the Victorian period that also gave us a library, Town Hall and a market hall. Engineering grew and like the cotton industry sold it’s wares on a global basis. So far, so good.

Today the buildings are still there and as useful and prominent in the town as ever. While the cotton industry has virtually gone and  engineering is in poor health there has been a meteoric rise in one sector, pound shops! There are so many ways to spend your well-earned coin. You can get fed, clothed, cleaned and buy just about anything from the varied cheap outlets.There are three other fields that have made an impression in the last few years. Bookmakers,phone shops and charity outlets.

The sense of achievement inherent in the town years ago has eroded away and with major High street names pulling out we are definitely a town in decline.