News: Alan White to launch Route 66 photographic exhibition at Colne

Posted on: Sunday, Aug 23, 2015

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Blues enthusiasts can travel America’s legendary Route 66 in Lancashire at Colne’s R&B Festival this August Bank Holiday weekend!

Alan White, official photographer for the Great British R&B Festival, is opening the new exhibition in the upstairs galleria at Colne’s unique deli, La Dolce Vita, on Albert Road, between the Town Hall and The Muni.

The free exhibition – Route 66: Oddities along The Mother Road – is being shown for the first time and features the most famous road in America.

Nearly 2,500 miles long, Route 66 started in Chicago and travelled through Arizona to Santa Monica, California until it was by-passed by the interstate highway in 1985.

Alan became passionate about the blues as a teenager in the early 60s and recently fulfilled a life-long dream to travel Route 66, taking photographs along the way.

Alan White will be giving a free 30 minute talk about his experience on Saturday 29th August at 6.15 pm and the exhibition will be open Saturday 29th and Sunday, 30th August, – 10 pm and Bank Holiday Monday, 31st August, 11 am – 3 pm.

Alan explained: “I wanted to share the experience of travelling down the legendary highway, featuring some of the oddities which make Route 66 so special.

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“Route 66 is also called the Main Street of America or The Mother Road.

“It was built in 1926 as one of the original highways in the U.S.

“It was a fascinating journey and it took me four weeks to cover it, capturing pictures of the old gas stations, diners, motels and museums which make Route 66 unique.”

Alan added: “Route 66 is part of America’s history. It was the major route for those who migrated west during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s and over its history, businesses along the route became prosperous.

“Now many states have adopted sections into a National Scenic Byway called Historic Route 66 or State Route 66. I hope my exhibition will encourage others to drive it,” he said.

Blues enthusiasts can visit one of the longest running blues websites, created by Alan in the year 2000: www.earlyblues.com

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