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Blackburn brewery Thwaites appoints new head brewer for craft beers

Lancashire Telegraph:

10:57am Friday 20th November 2015

BLACKBURN’S Daniel Thwaites has appointed a new head brewer for its range of more than a dozen craft beers.

Long-running dispute over pay and working hours at Darwen firm 'settled'

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:54am Thursday 19th November 2015

A LONG-RUNNING industrial dispute over pay and working hours at a Darwen firm is on the verge of being settled.

IN PICTURES: Blackburn's delayed £4.7m new bus station gets new arrival date

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Thursday 19th November 2015

BLACKBURN’S delayed £4.7 million new bus station has a new arrival date – Easter next year.

‘Heartbreaking’ cuts to hit bus services and lighting across the county

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:14am Tuesday 17th November 2015

NEW county council cuts will mean library and museum closures, the end of dozens of rural and evening bus services, darker streets and less road maintenance across East Lancashire.

DECIMATED: Savage £262m cuts will close half of Lancashire's libraries

Lancashire Telegraph: Another great East Lancs museum: Queen Street Mill Textile Museum with Weaver Colin Stevens, left, and Tackler Graeme Myers

9:07am Tuesday 17th November 2015

HALF of East Lancashire’s libraries and two of its flagship museums face closure under the county council cuts plan.

Blueprint for 4,000 executive homes across Blackburn with Darwen approved

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:45pm Monday 16th November 2015

THE planning blueprint to develop industrial and housing sites, including up to 4,000 executive rural homes, across Blackburn with Darwen borough has been approved by the government.

Former MP Jack Straw optimistic about integration of Asian communities in Blackburn

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Monday 16th November 2015

FORMER Blackburn MP Jack Straw is hopeful that barriers between the town’s white and South Asian communities are breaking down.

Iconic Blackburn statue returns to town centre - but there's one important element still missing...

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Saturday 14th November 2015

THE little boy in Blackburn’s much-loved ‘Grandmother and Child’ statue has had a traumatic return to the town centre... and for now he really has lost his teddy!

Grane Road traffic misery to drag on as further work begins

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Saturday 14th November 2015

TRAFFIC misery on the Grane Road from Haslingden to Blackburn is set to continue for another week.

Blackburn’s new £34m Cathedral Quarter ‘transforming the town before our very eyes’

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Friday 13th November 2015

BLACKBURN’S new £34million Cathedral Quarter is ‘transforming the town before our very eyes’, Jack Straw said as he opened the £9million office block at the development’s heart.

Blackburn Cathedral switch-off highlighting a need for more carers

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:40am Thursday 12th November 2015

BLACKBURN Cathedral is one of seven landmark buildings across the region which will turn off its lights next week to support a call for more foster carers.

Blackburn brewery Thwaites maintains overall profit and slashes debts

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Thursday 12th November 2015

BLACKBURN brewery Thwaites has maintained its overall operating profit after tax and slashed its debts after selling most of its beer division to Marston’s in April.

24 'historic and interesting' buildings in Blackburn and Darwen listed for special protection

Lancashire Telegraph:

12:15pm Tuesday 10th November 2015

A LIST of 24 “historic and interesting” buildings in Blackburn and Darwen has been drawn up for special protection by the borough council.

Former Blackburn MP Jack Straw thanks town for its loyalty at all times

Lancashire Telegraph:

12:33pm Monday 9th November 2015

FORMER Blackburn MP Jack Straw thanked the town for its loyalty through thick and thin when the Labour Party held a special event to mark his 36 years at Westminster.

Charity bosses condemn decision stopping them using empty Blackburn town centre shop as ‘short sighted’

Lancashire Telegraph:

12:00pm Monday 9th November 2015

CHARITY bosses have condemned a decision stopping them using an empty town centre shop as ‘short sighted’.

Blackburn's longest-established family business celebrating 50 years in same shop

Lancashire Telegraph:

12:52pm Friday 6th November 2015

BLACKBURN’S longest-established family business, Ainsworth Jewellers , is celebrating 50 years in the same town centre shop this weekend.

Controversial one-way traffic flow in Blackburn town centre to be reversed next week

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:50am Thursday 5th November 2015

THE controversial one-way traffic flow in King Street, in Blackburn, will be reversed back to inward-only on Monday by council bosses.

East Lancashire mental health trust warned over suicide risk

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:32am Wednesday 4th November 2015

THE main NHS Trust for East Lancashire mental health patients was today ordered to improve in key areas, including preventing suicide risks, staff training and waiting times.

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Take a look inside Blackburn's brand new £3m Premier Inn hotel...

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:10am Wednesday 4th November 2015

THE Premier Inn at the heart of Blackburn’s new Cathedral Quarter opens this afternoon, five days early, with £30,000 of booking for the coming year already taken.

Tributes paid to former Labour agent and Accrington West county councillor

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Monday 2nd November 2015

TRIBUTES have been paid to former Hyndburn Labour agent and Accrington West county councillor Doreen Pollitt who has passed away.

Oswaldtwistle's refurbished stocks officially opened by former mayor - but no rotten eggs in sight...

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Saturday 31st October 2015

OSWALDTWISTLE’S refurbished stocks were officially opened yesterday with a former mayor in place to take her punishment.

New owner Andy Holt ‘not at Accrington Stanley to make cash’

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:47am Friday 30th October 2015

NEW Accrington Stanley owner Andy Holt said he took over the football club to keep it in business, not to make any money.

It’s no secret - music mogul Peter Waterman loves Burnley...

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:03pm Wednesday 28th October 2015

THE Todmorden Curve rail link between East Lancashire and Manchester yesterday brought together disco maestro Pete Waterman’s favourite things: Burnley, music and trains.

Historic Blackburn hotel building and bookies gets exterior clean up in Boulevard revamp

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Wednesday 28th October 2015

THE historic White Bull Hotel building in Blackburn is getting a spruce up and lick of paint as the new town centre takes shape around it.

‘Inadequate’ Lancashire college ‘making great strides’

Lancashire Telegraph: Ofsted carried out the follow-up inspection

12:06pm Tuesday 27th October 2015

LANCASHIRE’S troubled Adult Learning College has been given a clean bill of health by Ofsted after a series of visits.

Altham’s What More UK owner set to take a majority stake in Accrington Stanley

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:44am Tuesday 27th October 2015

ACCRINGTON-BORN England and Lancashire cricketing legend David Lloyd has led a chorus of praise for the ‘fantastic’ news that local businessman Andy Holt is poised to take control of the town’s football club.

Blackburn's iconic ‘Grandmother and Child’ statue set to return alongside war memorial

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Saturday 24th October 2015

BLACKBURN’S historic war memorial is back in the new Cathedral Quarter with the town’s iconic ‘Grandmother and Child’ statue due to follow next month.

Man in charge of revitalising Blackburn town centre hails arrival of new ambassadors

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:20am Thursday 22nd October 2015

THE man in charge of revitalising Blackburn town centre has hailed the arrival of two new business-financed ambassadors helping retailers, shoppers and visitors.

International firm invests £1.3billion in fast-growing Blackburn petrol and retail forecourt operators

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:30am Thursday 22nd October 2015

INTERNATIONAL private equity firm TDR Capital has invested £1.3 billion in fast-growing Blackburn petrol and retail forecourt operators Euro-Garages.

SAVE OUR FIELD: Great Harwood residents angry as 250 homes get go-ahead

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Thursday 22nd October 2015

COUNCILLORS yesterday gave planning permission for a controversial proposal to build 250 homes on a set of playing fields that could swell the borough’s coffers by £2million.

Death crash video backed by campaigning Blackburn father Terry Hannon

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:07pm Wednesday 21st October 2015

THE release of a video depicting the last moments of two young men as their speeding vehicle crashed has been backed by campaigning Blackburn father Terry Hannon.

Controversial 250-home plan to be voted on by council

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:53am Wednesday 21st October 2015

COUNCILLORS will this afternoon decide on controversial plans to build 250 homes on open green space in Great Harwood.

IN PICTURES: Blackburn's Queen Victoria statue back to former glory after restoration

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Wednesday 21st October 2015

THE historic landmark statue of Queen Victoria at the heart of Blackburn’s new Cathedral Quarter is now complete following the restoration of her arm and hand.

Landmark town centre jewellers to close after 91 years

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:10am Monday 19th October 2015

ONE of Accrington’s landmark shops is to close as its former US air force serviceman finally taxis into retirement.

Blackburn MP given key Trident role by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Saturday 17th October 2015

AN EAST Lancashire MP has been given a key job by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as he tries to hammer out a policy on replacing the Trident nuclear weapons system.

Tony Greaves: East Lancashire ‘stuffed’ by Powerhouse

Lancashire Telegraph:

10:55am Friday 16th October 2015

PENDLE peer Tony Greaves has warned a government minister its ‘Northern Powerhouse’ proposals for regional devolution will leave East Lancs “stuffed”.

Disabled Blackburn man's move to new home turns into mobility nightmare

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:00am Friday 16th October 2015

WHEELCHAIR-BOUND Wayne Graham’s move to a new home has turned into a mobility nightmare because he has lost his independence.

Shameless Blackburn fly-tippers caught red-handed dumping rubbish in back-alley

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:00am Friday 16th October 2015

SHAMELESS fly-tippers have been caught red-handed on camera as they deliberately dumped rubbish from a lorry in a residential back-alley.

Church in new drive to lure more worshippers in Lancashire

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:10am Thursday 15th October 2015

WORSHIPPERS have been packing the pews to discuss the Church of England in Lancashire’s 12-year plan to boost congregations across its parishes.

'SCUM': Thieves steal money from children’s Christmas party fund at Blackburn martial arts club

Lancashire Telegraph:

10:41am Thursday 15th October 2015

THE boss of a Blackburn martial arts club has branded thieves who broke in and stole from a children’s Christmas party fund “scum”.

Heartfelt tributes to Marjorie - ‘the legend of Blackburn Market’

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:00am Thursday 15th October 2015

TRIBUTES were paid yesterday to ‘legend of Blackburn Market’ Marjorie Lambert who passed away last month aged 84.

Spy car to tackle illegal and dangerous parking outside Blackburn and Darwen schools

Lancashire Telegraph: GOTCHA An ANPR camera

1:48pm Wednesday 14th October 2015

BLACKBURN with Darwen’s spy car to enforce new bus lanes in the borough is now ready to start — if the government finally gives it the green light.

Minister to meet Lancashire MPs over police cash axe

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:30pm Wednesday 14th October 2015

POLICING minster Mike Penning has agreed to meet Lancashire MPs to discuss the county constabulary’s cash crisis.

LIGHTMARE: New LED Blackburn street lamps ‘pouring into cottage’s bedrooms’

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:00pm Wednesday 14th October 2015

A FAMILY of four are pleading with a council to end their sleepless nights caused by new street lamps which make winter darkness in their bedrooms seem like bright sunlight.

U-TURN: Accrington Crematorium’s controversial six-foot cross restored on chapel wall

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Tuesday 13th October 2015

HYNDBURN Crematorium’s controversial cross is being restored on the chapel wall on the personal orders of borough council leader Miles Parkinson.

LIVES AT RISK: Lancashire police chief admits £87m cutbacks will spell ‘999 only’ service

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Tuesday 13th October 2015

POLICING in Lancashire is set to be ‘annihilated’ and ‘lives will be put at risk’ if fresh £87 million Government spending cuts go ahead.

Lancashire County Council warns savage cuts mean that even street lights will go out

Lancashire Telegraph:

10:40am Tuesday 13th October 2015

LANCASHIRE County Council bosses last night warned its services will be cut to the legal bone with even street lighting at risk.

Precious seaside holidays for disabled children under threat due to lack of council cash

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Monday 12th October 2015

PRECIOUS family holidays by the seaside for disabled children are under threat because of a lack of council cash.

IN PICTURES: Finishing touches as Blackburn Cathedral Quarter almost complete

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Saturday 10th October 2015

THE gardens and paving surrounding Blackburn’s iconic statue of Queen Victoria are now being laid.

Blackburn and Darwen's popular free bulky waste collection returns after summer break

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:25am Friday 9th October 2015

BLACKBURN and Darwen’s popular free Saturday morning bulky waste collection scheme returns after a summer break.

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