CREATIVE arts organisation Arc is asking people in Oldham to write a love letter to the town to celebrate what makes the town truly special.

The Arc team will have their Love Letter dome pitched outside Gallery Oldham on Saturday, July 21, from 11am to 4pm, as part of the Bee Day and Flower Festival celebrations.

They will be asking visitors to write their own love letters to Oldham and write down what it means to them and what makes the town special.

Jacqui Wood, Arc’s artistic director, said: "We’d love as many people who live, work or are connected to Oldham to take part in this project. Letters can be short or long, it’s up to you! Just write to the town as if it were a real person in your life, be as creative as you like and tell us what Oldham means to you."

The outreach team at Arc started working with Gallery Oldham on the Heritage Lottery funded-project in February this year. The first part of the arts project took place as part of the Illuminate event at Gallery Oldham, where the dome space was filled with over 150 visitors of all ages writing their wonderful love letters to the town.

Over the coming months, the Arc team will be popping up at other Oldham events to write and collect hundreds of letters from residents. These will be used to write a giant communal love letter, presented back to the town at the launch of the new Heritage Centre next year.

Joy Thorpe, educational and outreach manager at Gallery Oldham, said: "The Love Letter project is one of the many ways you will be able to have your say in the run up to the opening of the new Heritage and Arts Centre. So come along and tell us what you think."