• My lucky duck

    Keith Harris has 170 alter egos. That's the incredible number of 'characters' the world-famous ventriloquist has created in a career spanning 42 years. His most famous, by far, is Orville the talking duck, loved by millions, young and old. Here he tells

  • Cook Report pair's DNA hope for adoption

    A COUPLE who helped TV investigator Roger Cook expose a babies for sale racket are nervously awaiting the results of DNA tests to see if they have traced a baby's real mother. Pat and Steve Hampson, of Darwen, went undercover to expose the trade in babies

  • Computer minnow in 'Goliath' takeover

    A LOSS-MAKING computer company is expecting a brighter future after the "reverse takeover" of a much bigger business. Standard Platforms, a computer hardware and software supplier based in Blackburn's Glenfield Park, is to 'take over' DSI Data Systems

  • Major blasts 'barbaric bombers'

    JOHN MAJOR today condemned the Manchester bombing as a "callous and barbaric crime" in a message to the people of the city.. And the Prime Minister pledged no surrender to the terrorists. Mr Major said: "There can be few more cowardly acts than bombing

  • Now who's the fat cat?

    MEOW - or should that be mAEEU? We've had complaints about management fat cats in the former public utilities creaming off vast perks for themselves. And now high-ups in the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union are following suit and set to retire

  • Gun law

    WE are writing to implore John Major to introduce legislation to remove all revolvers and automatic-type hand guns from lawful possession. They are not target or sporting guns in any sense of the word and have only one purpose, which was made obvious

  • CRICKET: Revenge is so sweet!

    BACUP avenged last season's Seedhill semi-final defeat with a comprehensive win to book an all-Rossendale final against Ramsbottom. And the loudest cheer of the day came from the visitors' dressing room as they learned the draw had given them home advantage

  • CRICKET: James the first

    JAMES Peterson wrote his name into the Vaux Ribblesdale League record books when he became the first man to hit a league double century. Peterson put on a masterful one-man show as Barnoldswick defeated Oswaldtwistle by 195 runs. He scored 203 not out

  • CRICKET: Ramsbottom clinch battle of wits

    THIS was almost a classic. Runs were at a premium, the bowling neater than a Keep Britain Tidy office and the batting studious and determined. And, as in almost all such cases, the lingering talking points were umpires' decisions. Both professionals felt

  • CRICKET: Mike eases injury fears

    MIKE Atherton survived a fitness scare to put Lancashire's Sunday League title bid back on track. The England captain was struck on the finger in an impressive early spell from Durham's left arm paceman Simon Brown. He batted on with a pain-killing spray

  • GOLF: John uses home nouse

    LANCASHIRE player John Grimshaw cashed in on local knowledge to lead the qualifying round of the Harold Ryden East Lancs GA Championship over his home course, Darwen. On a day of prolific scoring, Mike Bardi of Mytton Fold equalled the course record with

  • TEN YEARS AGO: No go to road plan

    RESIDENTS demanded rapid action to end dangers on a stretch of country road. But a police spokesman told a public meeting that an 'access only' section along Wheatley Lane Road, Barrowford, would not be a solution. "It would be virtually unenforce- able

  • Hendry holds his head high

    BLACKBURN Rovers' braveheart Colin Hendry (pictured) today held his head high after the dust settled on his Auld enemy battle with Ewood Park pal Alan Shearer. Broken-hearted Hendry saw Shearer put England ahead in the Battle of Britain before Paul Gascoigne

  • Clarets face tricky season opener

    BURNLEY will kick-off their 1996-97 Nationwide Division Two campaign with a difficult assignment at Luton Town. And that leaves former Clarets captain Steve Davis in line to lock horns with his old mates at Kenilworth Road on August 17. Burnley's first

  • Witschge blasts Blackburn

    BITTER Dutchman Richard Witschge has turned up the heat for tomorrow's England versus Holland Euro 96 showdown by launching a savage attack on Blackburn. In a Sunday newspaper article the Dutch star - who failed to impress after joining Rovers' title-winning

  • 'Skid road' probe: Paralysed driver may sue

    POLICE were today investigating a newly resurfaced stretch of road following claims that it had led to an increase in accidents. And it has been revealed that a driver left paralysed when his van careered off the carriageway aims to sue the government's

  • Greater risks in milk

    THE recent scare about chemicals in baby milk formulas will certainly alarm parents. There are, however, many greater risks associated with feeding children formulas based on cow's milk. Clinical evidence shows that cow's milk is not a natural food for

  • Sunny smiles for gala day

    A COMMUNITY worked together to produce a gala day at the local neighbourhood centre. Members of staff and residents of the Shadsworth estate, Blackburn, enjoyed the fruits of their labour with a sunny day for all the family at the neighbourhood centre

  • The IRA wants war so let's give them war

    EXACTLY what did the IRA hope to achieve by Saturday's outrage in Manchester? On the eve of Fathers' Day the centre was sure to be packed with kiddies and their mums spending pocket money to buy presents. They were soft targets by any standards. But it

  • Keep the flag flying

    IT is a pity Neil Kinnock has nothing better to do than suggest we have the European flag on car number plates. The majority of us don't want it. Isn't it time we started flying our own flag, it's the Union flag, remember? I think it should be flown from

  • CRICKET: We're back!

    RUMOURS of Rishton's decline have been greatly exaggerated. This was the defiant message reverberating around Blackburn Road after leaders Lowerhouse were toppled and overhauled by the defending Lancashire League champions. Systematic might be too strong

  • Pension insult

    WHAT a wonderful Opinion column in the Lancashire Evening Telegraph on June 11 about poorly paid old age pensioners. It mentions that British pensioners are the poorest paid in Europe, which is quite right. But I'd also like to point out that all Spanish

  • MOTOR SPORT: Foggy back on track with thrilling win

    REIGNING world champion Carl Fogarty won the first race of today's World Superbike round at Monza while his team mate Aaron Slight finished second in both 18-lap races to take the championship lead. The two nail-biting races were won by Fogarty and Italian

  • FIVE YEARS AGO: Boys start school blaze

    TWO young firebugs aged seven and nine started a blaze which caused £100,000-worth of damage at a high school. The boys admitted torching the sixth form annex at Mount Carmel High School's site at Paddock House, Oswaldtwistle, after being caught in the

  • Scouts clinging to sports centre hope

    SCOUT leaders are determined not to give up hopes of building a sports centre at a popular camp despite losing out on a bid for lottery cash. The East Lancashire Scouts Council are hoping to build an indoor sports centre and wet weather facility at their

  • Blunt grammar gripe

    HAVING read an article on the news page of Wednesday's Telegraph about qualification standards for trainee teachers, I thumbed the page to find John Blunt's section. Yes, sure enough, and to my expectations, there it was - the inevitable diatribe against

  • Benefit rule fear for poor families

    LOW income families could lose as much as £90 a week under new rules for Family Credit - and some would find it more lucrative to give up work, it has been claimed. From July 2, the top-up paid to families on low wages will be stopped as soon as the youngest

  • Family terror trip to shops

    A SHOPPING trip planned for weeks turned to terror for a family when they were caught up in the huge IRA bomb blast which maimed more than 200 people in Manchester - 13 of them seriously. Rahima Issat, 19, of Beardsworth Street, Little Harwood, Blackburn