Bill and Ben
||Town Square, Albert Road, Barnoldswick BB18 5AA
Bill and Ben are Flowerpot Men who live in Barnoldswick Town Square.
The twins are very proud that they live in the town square. They grow lots of colourful flowers during the summer.
People come from miles around to look at Bill and Ben and say 'ooh' and 'aah' and tell Bill and Ben how good they look and how pretty their flowers are.
Bill and Ben came to Barnoldswick in 2010. A man called Dave had made them specially for the square. Dave makes lots of big flowerpots but Bill and Ben are very special flowerpots, as we shall see!
Since Bill and Ben came to live in the town square, the flowers have grown better and better and better.
Even though they are only young, Bill and Ben weigh lots and lots. The twins eat a great deal of soil. That's why they are so heavy.
Bill and Ben are very good. Bill and Ben behave really well. All summer and most of the year, Bill and Ben sit on the square and grow lots of flowers.
But in autumn, when all the leaves are falling off the trees, Bill and Ben go to live on Fernlea Avenue.
Dave made Bill and Ben so that they can move around. But Bill and Ben are so heavy, and their legs are so short that they need a big truck called Jaycee Bee to help them move about.
A kind man called John drives Jaycee and gently picks up Bill and moves him to Fernlea Avenue. Then John and Jaycee do the same with Ben.
There's a lot to see on Fernlea Avenue. Bill and Ben are very excited. They get to sit very close to each other.
Bill and Ben think it's colder and windier on Fernlea Avenue than on the square.
Bill and Ben would like John and Jaycee to take them somewhere warm where they could grow lots of flowers, even in the winter. Bill and Ben would like very much to go and stay at the Eden Project. But John and Jaycee says the twins are too heavy to carry all the way to Cornwall.
In spring, John comes back with Jaycee Bee.
First John and Jaycee pick up Ben and take him to sit on the square.
Then John and Jaycee pick up Bill and take him to sit on the town square too.
Bill and Ben are very happy sitting on the square again.
A man called Jim looks after Bill and Ben.
Jim makes sure that Bill and Ben get to grow lots of lovely flowers.
Bill and Ben love growing flowers!
The flowers grow and grow.
The flowers grow over Bill and Ben's heads.
The flowers grow over Bill and Ben's shoulders.
The flowers grow over Bill and Ben's bodies.
The flowers grow so big that Bill and Ben are almost hidden!
Bill and Ben get very thirsty looking after all the flowers. Jim makes sure that Bill and Ben get plenty to drink. Jim gives Bill and Ben lots of food, too.
Bill and Ben are very special at growing flowers.
But what makes them very, very special indeed is a BIG secret... Bill and Ben's secret is why the flowers grow so well in Barnoldswick's Town Square.
Sometimes, if you are very, very quiet when you go to the town square, you can hear Bill and Ben talking!
Bill and Ben chatter away to each other.
Bill and Ben talk to the pigeons.
In the summer, Bill and Ben talk to the friendly hanging baskets that visit the square.
Bill and Ben talk to Flo Flagpole, who lives on the other side of the square.
Sometimes, Flo Flagpole is too busy flapping in the wind and she doesn't hear what Bill and Ben are saying. When that happens, Bill and Ben think that Flo is too stuck up!
Very respectfully, Bill and Ben talk to Old Gormless who is very, very old and lives in the middle of the square.
Old Gormless doesn't say very much, but he loves to listen to Bill and Ben chattering away.
Most of all, the flowers love to listen to Bill and Ben.
In the morning, they listen to Bill and Ben gently wake them up when the sun rises.
At night, Bill and Ben sing softly to the flowers as they go to sleep.
All during the day, they listen as Bill and Ben chat to them about anything and everything.
As we all know, flowers grow best when someone talks to them. And that's the secret of why Barnoldswick's flowers grow very, very well!
So next time you call to see Bill and Ben on Barnoldswick Town Square, sit very, very quietly and listen very, very hard.
If you are very, very lucky you may just be able to hear Bill and Ben talking to their flowers.