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Through the Mill

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 26 April 2012

In the 19th century the Lancashire cotton industry was at the heart of the world's industrial revolution and the main engine of the British economy. In the 20th century it started a long decline. Today a few remaining textile manufacturers are finding ways of surviving huge global competition. Peter Day finds out how they are doing it.
Producer: Sandra Kanthal.

  • Contributors to this programme:

    John Morrison
    Managing Director, Leigh Spinners

    Bill Collins
    Owner, Thornber Home and Leisure

    Stephen Shepherd
    Owner, S Dawes Weaving

    Joanna Brockbank
    Designer, S Dawes Weaving

    Tony Caldeira
    Owner, Caldeira Ltd

    Lance Mitchell
    Owner, Mitchell Interflex Ltd

    David Collinge
    Owner, John Spencer Textiles

    Susan Mathison
    Helmshore Mills Textile Museum



    After decades of decline Lancashire's once-dominant textile industry is experiencing a new revival and proving it can successfully compete with overseas suppliers.

    Read the full article on the BBC News website


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