• Just nuts about the beer

    THWAITES brewery has found a new market in the land of the samba. The Blackburn brewery has just shipped out an order of its award-winning beer to give Brazil a taste of Lancashire. And to mark the new export market, Thwaites included a Christmas cracker

  • Fair way to say goodbye

    MORE than four decades of loyal service have been rewarded by Scapa Scandia. Mary Hargreaves, a senior supervisor with the Blackburn firm, marked her retirement after 41 years with a party held at Ewood Park. Mary, who is a keen member of Blackburn Golf

  • Vehicle peril in workplace

    EMPLOYERS were today urged to make sure their workplace is as safe as possible in the New Year. Health and Safety chiefs have launched a campaign to highlight the dangers of vehicles at work, after several serious accidents happened at factories and roadworks

  • Janet saves West End show

    SEAMSTRESS Janet Catlow went for a look behind the scenes at a top London West End musical and ended up helping to save the show. Janet, of Ash Lane, Great Harwood, went to London as the guest of BBC Radio Lancashire producer Harriet Roberts who was making

  • Mad dog gets life

    RUTHLESS assassin Graham Gaskin, known as Mad Dog, was today beginning a life sentence for the brutal Christmas Day murder of a nightclub manager from East Lancashire. Gary Poyser was shot in the head and chest at point-blank range by the sinister gunman

  • FIVE YEARS AGO: Poisonous paint?

    HUNDREDS of Mutant Turtle toys were seized from shops throughout Lancashire after fears that they could be covered in poisonous paint. Lancashire's chief trading standards officer, Jim Potts, said tests on fake toys which had flooded Britain showed that

  • DIY builders

    I AM a final-year student at the University College, Salford, reading for an honours degree in building management. My chosen dissertation subject is concerned with construction techniques used by self-builders. If any readers have been involved with

  • CRICKET: Nuttall turns pro

    BACUP'S top amateur John Nuttall has signed up as professional for Bolton League outfit British Aerospace next season. Bacup skipper Peter Thompson said: "It is a blow to us because John Nuttall was one of the best opening bowlers in the Lancashire League

  • So pleasant

    REGARDING the retirement of long-serving Hyndburn probation officer Miss Dorothy McGregor (LET, December 19). I always found her a pleasant person with a nice smile - however much you may have been arguing the toss or feeling the world was wrong. Dorothy

  • Merry Christmas to all

    ALL set? Presents wrapped? Cake iced? Bought the bird? Found where you put the spare bulbs for the fairy lights? No doubt plenty are in panic yet - as, for all the extended build-up, Christmas often tends to catch us by surprise when it comes to coping

  • Views far and wide

    WHATEVER is happening to "Your Letters" column? On Thursday, December 14, out of seven letters, we had one from Leeds, two from London, one from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, one from Texas and one from Workington. I thought this was supposed to be a local paper

  • Never forgive Hindley

    IN her latest attempt to obtain her release, Myra Hindley has written a 5,000-word letter to the Guardian in which she states that, at the time of the Moors Murders, she was wicked and evil. But now, after 30 years in jail, she claims she is a reformed

  • Unhappy student killed himself

    A STUDENT who became depressed after losing his place at college and failing to cope with restaurant work killed himself, an inquest decided. Blackburn Coroner Andre Rebello said 23-year-old Alastair Miles Barry, of Livesey Branch Road, Blackburn, was

  • Man, 75, beaten in street attack

    A PENSIONER was beaten and kicked in the street early today as he walked home from a night out in Clitheroe. The 75-year-old Ribble Valley man, who has not been named by police, suffered a serious eye injury and other facial injuries in the attack. Emergency

  • Harford's playing the waiting game

    RAY Harford is sweating on the fitness of winger Stuart Ripley and, in particular, striker Mike Newell as Blackburn Rovers bid to bury their away jinx at Wimbledon tomorrow. Ripley, who damaged an ankle against his old club Middlesbrough last weekend,

  • Gary's goal

    DETERMINED Gary Blackshaw has one word etched on his mind as he begins the mission of breathing fresh life into ailing Rossendale United: "Survival." The North-West Counties outfit are, along with wooden spoonists Skelmersdale United, mid-season favourites

  • TEN YEARS AGO: Giant spending spree

    IT WAS a spend, spend, spend Christmas as dole queues failed to dampen the festive fling. Shops were packed in the seasonal build up. Customers were even prepared to queue outside to stock up with last minute goodies and managers reported bumper takings

  • Meat puzzle

    IF, as feared, Mad Cow disease may be transmitted to humans, I would like to know why it does not appear to be more evident in cats and dogs. They eat more offal and beef which is not fit for human consumption and often live to be fourteen and more years

  • No response on lost suit

    MY appeal here (Letters, December 4) and to the officials of Green Park Retired Gentlemen's Bowling Club, Blackburn, regarding my missing property drew a blank. Because of a mix-up, I am, therefore, minus a nearly-new wet weather suit (of great sentimental

  • EU sees our point

    THE EU gets a lot of stick in Britain's ambivalent relationship with Europe, but there are times when its welcome concern for the economic health of the regions outshines that of our own government. For take the multi-million-pound boost that East Lancashire

  • Under-funding still haunts our health service

    HEALTH trust directors, faced with a bill for £12million improvements at Burnley General Hospital, fear that cash backing for the project may be withheld by the regional health authority. And in the current climate of the screwdown on public spending

  • Beam me up Sammy!

    CONTROVERSY never seems to be far away from Wimbledon, or their outspoken manager Joe Kinnear. And, if you believe what you read, he could soon be putting down new-old roots in his native city across the Irish sea. Either as boss of a new Dublin-based

  • Bold as Brass

    CHRIS BRASS can ponder on a satisfactory 1995 and focus on a promising senior career at Turf Moor. Yet five years ago his soccer vocation was nearly chopped cruelly short when Ipswich Town released him at the fragile age of 15 ! "John Duncan signed me

  • Tragic family's Christmas wish

    SANTA Claus was moved to tears when he received a special request from a Blackburn family. They did not ask for the latest toys or presents to make their Christmas special. Instead they had a simple request. "This year, could you please look after my

  • Cardiff chief agrees to delay

    ALAN Harper's second loan spell at Third Division Cardiff City was back on today. As we revealed in later editions of last night's Lancashire Evening Telegraph, the loan deal broke down after the experienced midfielder pulled out due to "personal reasons