• Whealing in!

    TEENAGER Tony Whealing could be a surprise contender for a place in Blackburn Rovers' line-up at some stage of their festive campaign. With Graeme Le Saux having joined the long-term casualty list and a two-match suspension looming for Colin Hendry next

  • Festive cash booster for SuperScan

    A QUIZ, a raffle and a whip-round were three of the ways punters at the Black Bull Hotel, Rimington, joined in the festive fund-raising fun. They raised £200 for SuperScan and presented their cheque to the Ribble Valley chairman Mrs Mary Barnes. Caring

  • Mr Quicksilver quits

    A COUNCIL manager with a record as one of the fastest vote counters in the country has retired. During general elections in 1983 and 1987 Ray Hudson acted as Pendle's electoral registration officer and both times the borough was one of the first five

  • Top backing for CV storm candidate

    PARLIAMENTARY candidate Hugh Neil should not be axed because of one or two potentially misleading statements on his CV, a leading Tory said today. Coun Jim Foster, a vice-chairman of Hyndburn Conservative Association, said: "There were one or two items

  • Students return for top awards

    FORMER students of Blackburn College were reunited for a special awards ceremony. Principal John Bolton presented prizes to students who studied GNVQs in Advanced Business and Advanced Leisure and Tourism, as well as BTEC National Certificate courses.

  • All we want is two front teeth!

    WHEN Santa creeps into the Richards household tomorrow he'll have no doubt what to leave in the stockings for young Theo and Alex. They have been driving their mum crackers by singing the ditty 'All I want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth' after the

  • New cancer care probe call

    A NEW plea has gone out for a Government probe into the plight of dozens of cancer patients who claim their lives were ruined by experimental radiotherapy treatment. Rossendale and Darwen Labour MP Janet Anderson, who has herself endured a cancer scare

  • Year of shame on the thin blue line

    A POLICE boss has defended her force's disciplinary record in the wake of a series of scandals involving officers. Lancashire Chief Constable Pauline Clare pledged to continue the crackdown on law breakers in uniform after the latest court shame to rock

  • Pray for our Paul

    FREED Beirut hostage Terry Waite today urged the people of East Lancashire to light a special candle for student Paul Wells this Christmas. And in a festive plea to the terrorists, the ex-Archbishop of Canterbury's Middle Eastern envoy said Paul's family

  • Rail electrification axe fury

    PLANS to electrify the railway line from Manchester to Preston and Blackpool are being shunted into the sidings for at least a decade. The route is among nine in Britain to miss out under Railtrack's 10 year investment plan, announced this week. Conversion

  • Boss loses fight for life

    WORKERS at a Barrowford factory are mourning the death of their boss. Staff at AC/DC Lighting battled together to help save Bill Birch when he collapsed at the factory off Pasture Lane on December 14. But yesterday he died in hospital. Mr Birch, 55, was

  • Airlift baby is fighting back

    BATTLING baby Maisie is showing signs of improvement following the dramatic helicopter dash which saved her life. The four-month-old girl was airlifted from Blackburn to Leicester for revolutionary treatment last week after developing the serious chest

  • Police hunt 'Gazza' rapist

    POLICE today launched hunt for a rapist after a 19-year-old girl was viciously attacked in Nelson. The teenager had left the Blueberries nightspot in the early hours of Friday with the 24-year-old man she had met in the club. Minutes later he had pushed

  • Clarets deny City swan hunt

    BURNLEY today hotly denied that Second Division rivals Bradford City had launched a shock pre-Christmas shopping raid for giant defender Peter Swan. Valley Parade sources say Bradford made a move for the Clarets centre-half with new manager Chris Kamara

  • Colin pipes up for brave Amy

    COLIN Hendry swapped boots for bagpipes to score a Christmas hit for a worthy cause. The Rovers and Scotland star was persuaded to take on the Tartan and give the pipes an airing to raise cash for the appeal in aid of terminally-ill Blackburn youngster

  • Gabby's gift of life

    CHRISTMAS will be extra special for the Harrison family this year as the latest addition to the family joins them for her first yuletide celebration. Nine-months-old Gabrielle Louise stunned her parents Julie and Mick by being born alive and well 48-hours

  • Dearing quits Clarets board

    BASIL Dearing today sensationally quit the Burnley board of directors. The club's solicitor and member of the board for the last decade made the shock announcement at the club's annual meeting at Turf Moor. Dearing said he felt betrayed by fellow director

  • Shearer facing probe

    BLACKBURN Rovers striker Alan Shearer is being probed by police after being accused of making an intimidating gesture while celebrating his goal against Middlesbrough last week. Two Middlesbrough fans have complained to Blackburn police that the after-goal