YOUNGSTERS got the chance to get up close to birds of prey at a special Easter event.
A SPATE of metal grid thefts are being investigated in Edenfield.
PENDLE Council’s dog wardens are reminding dog owners of the importance of putting a collar and tag on their pets.
PREPARATIONS are underway for a summer music festival in the Ribble Valley.
THE buildings at a Rawtenstall primary school are to be expanded to cater for more pupils.
A FATHER and three sons said to have put a "vulnerable" man in fear of violence in a three year harassment campaign, are all awaiting sentence.
A READ man is going the extra mile to help people with kidney problems.
NATALYA Irvine underlined her reputation as one of the best young runners around after being crowned a double cross country champion.
BLACKBURN Eagles U13s have clinched the league title without losing a single game.
BURNLEY and Pendle Rugby League Club have been warming up for the season ahead by taking part in an exciting new scheme that is taking the game by storm.
FRIENDS and family of a war hero maimed in an Afghanistan bomb blast have organised a seven-mile walk as part of a bid to raise £100,000 for charity.
BLACKBURN is set to get its own racketlon club and join the increasingly popular and exciting sport.
PADIHAM FC U17s will be rewarded with a place in next season’s FA Youth Cup after winning silverware for the third successive year.
ROSSENDALE Raptors will look to seal the most successful year in their 50-year history by being crowned national champions.
RICHARD DILLON Died peacefully at Royal Preston Hospital on March 31 aged 93. Former owner of Dillon's Barbers in Cherry Tree. Long time member of Pleasington Golf Club. Survived by his children Sheila, Sandra and Eddie and grandchildren Tom, Adam, Jolie and James.Service at Pleasington Crematorium at 1.30 on April 12. All welcome.
ELIZABETH (LIZZIE) TAYLOR Peacefully on Sunday, April 1, 2012, Lizzie aged 92 years. Wife of the late James Noel and a loving mother of Barbara, Jean, Kevin and Lesley. "Lizzie was loved by her family and friends and will be sadly missed" A church service will be held at St Marys Church, Mellor on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at 1.30 pm. prior to a cremation at Pleasington. Reposing in the Chapel of Rest, Broomfield Place, Witton where flowers or donations will be received. Donations may be made in memory of Lizzie to Age U.K c/o Alty's Funeral Service. Enquiries The Alty Funeral Service, Broomfield Place, Blackburn BB2 1XF Tel. 01254 503240 funerals.altys.info
FRANK LITHERLAND To a much loved dad, grandad and great grandad. Simply the Best Missing you, your loving son Mick, Thalia, Andrew, Charlotte, Mark, Isobel, Harry and Violet. xxx
JOHN ALEXANDER ROSTRON We cannot send a birthday card, Your hand we cannot touch, But God will take our greetings, To you we love so much. All our love always. Gail, Mum, Karen, Rebecca, Elliemay, Dave, Abigail and Lewis. x x x
DENIS COOPER Clara and Maud and families would sincerely like to thank all relatives, friends and neighbours for their cards, letters of condolence, messages of sympathy and mass offerings received during this sad time. Special thanks to the Reverend Brian Stevenson for his kind words and ministrations, St Mark’s Club for their hospitality and to Co-operative Funeralcare for their dignified arrangements. Finally thank you to all who attended the funeral service.
JACK LONSDALE 11/4/2008 You are always in my thoughts miss you. Also remembering my loving mum Elizabeth 23/10/2011. I will love you both forever. Love Jan and Pip x
AUDREY UNSWORTH Audrey passed away April 11, 2010. A place in my heart is forever yours. Stan
FRANK LITHERLAND A dearly loved father, father in law, grandad and great grandad. You will be very sadly missed and remembered with love. Son Hugh, daughter in law Marie, Sarah, Stephen, Shaun and Stacey, Emily, Mayah, Katie, Ellis and William.
JEFFREY BARRY On Monday, April 2, 2012, very suddenly, Jeffrey Barry, aged 69 years, of Livesey Branch Road, Fenis-cowles. The dearly loved husband and best friend of Margaret and father of the late Alastair. Dear son of the late Donald and Bessie. The cortege will leave from Jeffrey’s home address on Monday, April 16 for an 11.00 am funeral service at Immanuel Church, Feniscowles prior to interment at Haslingden Cemetery. Posies of spring flowers will be received or donations, if desired, to North West Air Ambulance or Derian House Chil-dren’s Hospice c/o Co-operative Funeralcare, 10-14 Mincing Lane, Blackburn, BB2 2EB. All enquiries Tel. 01254 57331.
CHRISTOPHER ROBINSON BRODERICK On Wednesday, April 4, peacefully in hospital, Chris, aged 84 years, of Church, near Accring-ton. The beloved husband of Jean, much loved dad of Chris and Nick, father in law of Linda, treasured grandad of Kira, Della, Anthony, Kiel and Lisha, great grandad of Joshua, a brother, uncle and brother in law. Funeral service and cremation will take place at Accrington Crematorium on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 3.00pm. Family flowers only please, but donations if so desired made payable to a charity of your choice c/o Kirby & Hughes Funeral Service, 228 Blackburn Road, Accrington, BB5 0AQ. Enquiries telephone 01254 233341.
JOYCE MARY ROBINSON (nee Turnbull) The family of the late Joyce Mary Robinson wish to express their sincere thanks to all family, friends and neighbours for their kind expressions of sympathy, cards of condolence, touching words of support and generous donations received, also to all who attended the Church and Crematorium services. A very special thank you goes out to the staff at Nightingales Home Care and to the doctors, nurses and staff on Wards B8 and C11 Royal Blackburn Hospital. Many thanks to the nurses and staff at Birch Hall Nursing Home for their thoughtful loving care and making Joyce's final weeks comfortable. Thanks also to doctor Muzaffar and staff at Darwen Health Centre, sincere thanks to Reverend Geoff Tolley and the Parishoners of the United Reformed Churches and finally our grateful thanks to Darwen Funeral Services for their guidance, kindness and efficient arrangements during this sad time.
BRIAN NUTTALL Ian, Kay and family would like to thank all relatives, friends and neighbours for their expressions of sympathy, cards and donations received at this sad time. Special thanks to Rev. Brian Stevenson for the lovely service, to all at Accrington Golf Club and to Jill and the team at Co-operative Funeralcare, Black-burn.
DOROTHY SUTCLIFFE Kenneth and Esme, together with Pam and Frank Anderton, would like to thank all relatives, friends, neighbours and former colleagues for their messages of sympathy, condolence cards, floral tributes and donations in memory of Dorothy. Thanks also to the very many people who attended her funeral at St Silas’ Church and special thanks to Canon Arthur Ranson for conducting the inspiring and dignified service and for his prayers, support and guidance. Many thanks also to Co-operative Funeralcare for their sensitive and helpful assistance, which was much appreciated.
MARY (WINIFRED) McCUMSKAY (formerly Fitzpatrick) The family of the late Mary McCumskay would like to express their sincere thanks to all relatives and friends for their kind expressions of sympathy, cards of condolence, flowers and donations received during this sad time. Thanks also to Birch Hall Care Home, Father Wilkinson of St. Edwards Church for his kind words and comforting ministrations, Darwen Funeral Service for their arrangements and to Marjories for supplying the buffet.
FRANK LITHERLAND To Frank, my dear husband. God Bless you. Mary.
FRANK LITHERLAND Goodnight, Dad. Sleep in peace. Love you always. Your daughter Anne, Kevin, Glen, Emanuele, Gabby, Glen, Lauren, Ellie, Ashley, Sonia and Alex.
FRANK LITHERLAND I never wanted my life without you, Dad, and now that time has come, I feel empty and sad. I remember all the countryside walks you took me on when I was a little girl, and all the outings we enjoyed together as adults. I will miss you reminiscing about the good old days, but most of all, I will miss you being my dad. Love from your daughter Kathleen and John, Cheryl and Sean, Andrea and Alex, Lisette and Suzanne, Sofia, Wilf and Bea.
JOHN NIGHTINGALE (JACK) LEVER On April 7, 2012, peacefully in Birch Hall Care Home, Darwen, Jack aged 95 years. Beloved dad of Vivien, Jacqueline, John and Alicia also a dear grandad and great grandad. Funeral service at Pleasington Crematorium on Monday, April 16, at 1.00 pm. No flowers please by request, but if desired donations may be sent for Birch Hall Care Home. c/o Ainsworth's Funeral Service, Church Bank Street, Darwen. BB3 3HA. Tel 01254 873290
FRANK LITHERLAND It broke our hearts to lose you, But you didn't go alone, For part of us went with you The day God took you home. Love you always. Joe, Carolyn, Kate, Sam, Paul, Faye, Corey May and Baby Frank.
JAMES JOSEPH (JIM) SMITH On April 3, 2012, suddenly at his home 'Fortified by the Rites of Holy Mother Church', James Joseph aged 86 years of Rishton. The devoted and beloved husband of Kathleen for 60 years, dearly loved dad of Anne, Carol and the late Jimmy, dear father in law of Stephen, wonderful grandad of Lauren, Allisa and Liam and great grandad of Oliver, loved brother and best mate of Bernard and sister in law Joan, brother of the late Eileen and also a dear uncle. Recquiescat in Pace Requiem Mass will be celebrated in St Charles Church, Rishton on Monday, April 16, at 10.00 am followed by cremation at Accrington Crematorium. Family flowers only please, donations if desired to East Lancs Hospice c/o L Champ Funeral Service, Bank House, Whalley Road, Clayton le Moors, Accrington BB5 5DY Enquiries: Tel 01254 390731
ELIZABETH FISHER (LIZ) On Thursday, March 29, 2012, suddenly, yet peacefully in hospital, Liz, former Head Teacher aged 68 years. A mother, grandmother and good friend to many. Funeral service will be held at St Silas Church, Preston New Road on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm prior to cremation at Pleasington Crema-torium. Everyone Welcome. Enquiries to Talbot Funeral Service 341 Whalley New Road, Blackburn BB1 9SR. Tel: 01254 695995.
MARGARET GRIME Peacefully in Royal Blackburn Hospital on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, aged 97 years. Margaret, beloved wife of the late Martin, much loved mother of Sheila, Brian and the late Michael, dearly loved mother in law of Brian, Kate and Janet, loving grandmother of Simon and Kendra, Zoe and Mark, a cherished great grandmother of Ryan, Rhiannon, Jack and Charlie, dearly loved aunty to Doreen and Bob. She will be sadly missed by all her loving family and many friends. Service at Blacko Independent Methodist Church, Gisburn Road, Blacko on Thursday, April 12, 2012, at 1.30 pm, followed by committal at Burnley Crematorium, Accring-ton Road, Burnley at 3.00 pm. No flowers please but donations to Pendleside Hospice would be gratefully appreciated c/o and all enquiries to Helliwells Funeral Service, Stott House, Burnley Road, Colne BB8 8LA Tel: 01282 870898. This big World now seems so much smaller without you in it Margaret. We’ll miss you and love you forever. You’ll never be forgotten because it’s impossible not to remember somebody so special to us all. Shine brightly now you’re at peace in a happy place. The tears of sadness we shed now will become smiles in time through knowing such a loving, caring, humble person. You’ve not left us. You never will. You knew it was time to rest whilst you wait until we’ll all meet you again with happy hearts and smiles. Now it’s time for you to sleep without troubles special lady but look down on us and be by our sides to guide us Margaret. You’ll always be in our hearts and thoughts. Yours is a light that will never go out.
GRAHAM PHILIP PRESSLER On Friday, March 30, 2012, suddenly at his home, Graham, aged 35 years, of Norfolk Street, Blackburn. The proud and loving father of Holly, dearly loved son of Shirley, much loved son of Philip and a loving brother of Daniel and Emily. Graham was a good friend to many and will be sadly missed. Life is the first gift Love is the second And understanding is the third We love you with all our hearts And you will remain in our hearts forever. Reposing in the Chapel of Rest until 8.30am on Thursday then at his mother’s home (Cravens Cottage, BB2 4LB). Service and cremation at Pleasington on Thursday, April 12 at 10.30am. Black clothing not required, Graham’s favourite colour was blue. Flowers and enquiries to Co-operative Funeralcare, Mincing Lane, Blackburn, BB2 2EB. Tel 01254 57331.
PLANS for a controversial lap dancing club in Accrington have been given the go-head by Hyndburn council today.
A STAR-STUDDED celebrity line-up has been announced for this year’s Soccer Six tournament at Turf Moor, in Burnley.
AFC Darwen bounced back from a 5-0 defeat at Ashton Town to thrash Irlam 6-1 in some style on Easter Monday – and that win delighted manager Kenny Langford.
A SOLDIER who died more than two months after being injured in an explosion in Afghanistan has been described as ‘one of the Army’s finest’.
IT’S a dilemma familiar to many parents; where do you find a toy that doesn’t appear to be either a computer game or run on batteries.
AN ILLEGAL travellers site in Blackburn could see legal action taken today to move them on.
BLACKBURN Rovers have won their appeal against Anthony Modeste's red card at West Bromwich Albion.
THE number of reported crimes in Lancashire has fallen – but figures show an ‘alarming’ rise in racially-aggravated crime in East Lancs.