THE hospitality of Briggers raised a lot of interest when author Alan Barnard was featured in the Citizen (January 16).
SELF-EMPLOYED gardener Neil Tunnah says it is costing him money to work - so he has quit his business and signed on the dole!
BROUGHTON Players went back to their roots at the Playhouse Theatre last week, with a revival of Stanley Houghton's gentle Northern comedy Hindle Wakes (writes GARY THOMAS).
FORGET the red roses. Forget the chocolates. And forget the card. For any East Lancashire lad with an ounce of romance about him there was only one way to celebrate St Valentine's day with his young lady - watching the Hall in Blackburn's King George's Hall.
WHAT group of lunatics engineered the present road traffic chaos in Blackburn, and what medication were they on at the time? If they had sat down in the mistaken belief that Blackburn had become too popular and that they must dissuade people from coming to the town they could not have done a better job. It is sheer lunacy.
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UNION leaders have warned red-hot militants - keep out of our struggle.
CAMPAIGNERS took to the streets of Preston this week to protest about pigs' organs being used as spare parts for humans.
BLACKBURN Rovers must stop Steve McManaman if they are to secure their first 'double' of the season against title-chasing Liverpool.
Michael Jackson is finally a dad. Welcome to Wacko Jacko's world....Michael Jackson Junior!
A ROMANTIC Valentine's cruise turned into a nightmare for five Preston couples when their coach driver got lost and missed the boat.
A LOCAL yachtsman is on top of the world after his crew won the third leg of the gruelling BT Global Challenge.
NEW signing Ian Duerden made his debut for Bamber Bridge and helped inspire a resurgence which saw them dominate much of the game in their 2-1 win (writes GARY THOMAS).
BLACKBURN Hawks are being touted as the play-off dark horses after a string of fine performances.
IS Leyland town centre a no-go area for wheelchairs?
VOTERS will have a choice of three candidates at next month's Moorside by-election.
I READ with appreciation the letter from J.C. Mellor (Journal Mailbox). However, in Tyldesley we don't need developers to ruin our leisure areas, as some residents do this themselves.
PRESTON North End are top of the league according to fans who had their say in a club survey.
I THINK it is a crying shame that a school has to even think about erecting a giant spiked fence to keep out intruders.
SENTIMENTAL sweethearts chose Valentine's Day to come from miles around and make their vows at Preston and South Ribble Registry Office on Guildhall Street.
A FRIGHTENED Bury boy being chased by a dog was injured when he ran out into the path of a car to escape the animal.
A LITTLE tale of local, friendly folk around Leigh at the weekend (February 15-16).
HIDDEN "spy" cameras will be installed in payphone boxes to help Whitefield-based Greater Manchester Ambulance Service trap bogus 999 callers.
HERO cops smashed the door of a blazing house and raced in to rescue two men trapped by the raging fire.
HYPED beyond reason and opening this week with more history than the state of Louisiana is "Fierce Creatures" (PG), the long-awaited "equel" to "A Fish Called Wanda".
AN OFFICIAL report claimed Britain was locked in the longest recession since the Second World War.
CANADIAN giant Todd Bidner could be the key to Blackburn Hawks' chances of making a strong impact on the national ice hockey play-offs.
AS a regular reader of the Lancashire Evening Telegraph, I took exception to the verse (LET, February 10). The work of the Brook Centre is unfortunately necessary in today's society but the rhyme was most distasteful and has been remarked upon by a good number of Rishton readers.
CATHERINE Riley of Park High School is still only 14 years old but found herself competing in the under 17 bracket at the AAA indoor championships.
THE cycle speedway youngsters of Astley & Tyldesley turned in a terrific performance in the British Indoor Team Championships at Dudley.
THERE are not enough policemen to combat crime but I spotted on TV (yet again) an extremely tasty specimen playing 'sheepdog' to a pack of press representatives outside the home of a scruffy nonentity. The reason for this gathering of gratuitous gawpery was apparently the imminence of some pre-divorce ritual. A bigger waste of police time I cannot imagine.
TOP try poacher David Ingram is out of Leigh's march towards Wembley and the start of their league campaign.
FIRST the National Lottery was a weekly draw.
TWO firemen were injured tackling a blaze which gutted a Bacup footwear factory and caused thousands of pounds-worth of damage. Fire pumps from around East Lancashire attended the blaze at the E.W. Sharp, footwear component manufacturers, at Waterside Mill in Burnley Road.
FINANCE bosses are going over the top in a last-ditch bid to save cherished public services.
CHURCH bosses are backing a scheme which encourages pub-goers to raise money for a Blackburn Cathedral appeal by drinking beer.
A CONTROVERSIAL £25,000 statue unveiled in Blackburn Boulevard this week is just a waste of cash.
JAILED tycoon Owen Oyston is demanding full payment of legal costs from Michael Murrin, the Preston insurance agent and private detective who led a 15-year campaign against Oyston that ended last week when Murrin was found guilty of contempt of court.
A PRESTWICH mother is keeping her daughter off school claiming she could have died after a playground prank backfired.
A TWO-storey building was gutted in a suspected arson attack in Padiham today.
THE PARENTS of missing Blackburn hostage Paul Wells hope to capture the nation's hearts and minds next week with the launch of a thought-provoking poster campaign to mark the 600th day in captivity of their son and three friends.
BEING blind doesn't have to mean being alone - but it does mean you have to put extra effort into getting out and meeting people.
TWO gunmen who brought terror to Radcliffe during last week's armed robbery could be hiding in the town.
FURIOUS health chiefs were down in the mouth today after receiving a giant cash snub from the Government.
OVERJOYED M62 blight home tenants were celebrating a change of landlord this week.
MANAGEMENT at the Colne car component makers Lear Corporation gave a pledge the plant would not close as they moved to quash rumours of massive job losses.
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LANCASTER'S famous Waring and Gillow showroom is set to house a new restaurant and pub. The grade-two listed building was bought last week by local businessman, Trevor Bargh, who plans a mixed development of the historic showrooms. Outline plans to be submitted to the council will include a change of use to include a restaurant and pub on the ground floor. A furniture retailer is also expected to move in on the ground floor maintaining the building's historic links with the furniture industry.
STILL going strong, years after she'd been given no hope of surviving secondary cancer, Barbara Moran's quiet courage should be an inspiration to us all.
ANDREW Rink has been appointed president of Wolstenholme International's US operation.