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Last Updated: Monday, 30 June, 2003, 19:33 GMT 20:33 UK
Hollywood glamour for mill town
Design for Hollywood style structure above Accrington, Lancashire
RIBA says the structures could attract tourists to the area
A Hollywood-style sign spelling out the name of a former mill town could be built in Lancashire.

The "Accrington" sign would be built on a hill overlooking the town if the design wins an arts competition.

Its designers say it would be seen from as far away as the Isle of Man during clear weather.

The design for Coppice hill is one of a number shortlisted for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) competition.

RIBA said the winning structures - to be built on top of three hills in east Lancashire - could attract tourists in the same way as Gateshead's Angel of the North has done.

Fashion designer

It calls the structures panopticians - meaning a structure, space or device providing a panoramic view.

The winner will be chosen in July by a judging panel which includes Morecambe-born fashion designer Wayne Hemmingway.

Other design entries include lasers shining out from Blackburn's Corporation Parl hill and artificial caves providing shelter from the rain on Wycoller hill.

The project, which has been funded by the Northwest Development Agency and East Lancashire's Regional Park Programme, is being led by Mid Pennine Arts, an arts development agency for east Lancashire.

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