• Ronnie strikes it rich

    THE musical talents of a Fylde singer-songwriter will be put to good use next Tuesday (October 1) when he records a song in aid of animal rights. Ronnie Brock will travel to the Rich Bitch studios in Birmingham and join forces with 40 models from the

  • Rifles found on ship drugs man

    Eight deny conspiracy to smuggle marijuana CUSTOMS officials who boarded a ship smuggling £15 million worth of cannabis found a Galgate man in the wheelhouse along with a shotgun and two air rifles, a court has heard. When Michael Stobbart was arrested

  • New station shelved by power chiefs

    Hopes for hundreds of new jobs are dashed HEYSHAM will NOT be the home of a ground-breaking third power station it was revealed by Nuclear Electric chiefs this week. Back in August, we reported on nuclear bosses' plans to create a combined gas turbine

  • The long face lift

    THE face-lift of what is perhaps Morecambe's most famous building was due to start this week - but so far the mysterious workers still haven't appeared. More than £1.6 million in grants has been collected to renovate the resort's historic Winter Gardens

  • Thugs forced me to quit Blackburn

    A MAN left permanently disabled by an horrific, unprovoked attack says thugs have forced him out of Blackburn. And George Makinson, 54, warned that more people will leave town unless something is done about increasing violence. George suffered horrendous

  • Is anybody out there?

    SPEAKING up for yourself is not easy, and at one time or another everyone needs help to put across their case. Until now finding help has not been easy either, but this week in Burnley and Pendle there has been an attempt to change that. The organisers

  • STANLEY: Welsh seals fine comeback

    Accrington Stanley 2 Lancaster City 1 LANCASTER City came to the Crown Ground on the back of an unbeaten run, but despite being behind at the interval, Stanley came back strongly to take all three points. In the opening minutes Brett Ormerod's cross was

  • Anger over plans for a Saab

    BURNLEY town hall bosses came under fire after they urged the Mayor's new car should be a foreign one. Councillor Harry Brooks said it was "outlandish" the borough's figurehead would be driven around in a Saab. The Swedish car has been recommended to

  • Colne 0 Daisy Hill 1

    COLNE were again bitterly disappointed with the referee but stay anchored to the bottom of the North West Counties Division Two without a point. It was a good performance by Colne, unfortunately losing to a cross/shot that was fired in by full back Jason

  • Ready to rob the Robins

    FORM suggests Burnley will just have the edge over Bristol City, who travel to Turf Moor on Saturday (September 28) The Robins, just three points behind the Clarets, are finding things difficult when they go away, and Burnley will be the last place they

  • STANLEY: Goal hero signs

    AMBITIOUS Accrington Stanley have signed goal machine Peter Smith from fellow UniBond Premier club Barrow. Smith - who was originally plucked from non-league football in the Preston area by current Stanley chairman Eric Whalley when he managed Great Harwood

  • Privatisation no answer

    ICANNOT let Walt Meadows (Letters, September 14) and his ecstatic adoration of the blessed Margaret and her Tory government get by without comment. Privatisation - not mentioned in their 1979 manifesto, but forced upon us later - is not the panacea for

  • Grey dawn

    NINE out of ten local authorities expect to see an increase in the needs and demands of older people in the next five years. Figures released by Age Concern were compiled after a survey of social services directors. The report, marking the start of Age

  • Woman hits jackpot

    A WOMAN from the Parr area of St Helens has scooped the jackpot of £50,000 on a Littlewoods Pools Charity Scratchcard. The middle-aged woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, bought her £1 ticket from a newsagent's in McCormack Avenue, Parr, over the weekend

  • Saints' Academy aces go for glory

    WITH the Silk Cut Cup and Super League trophy already at Knowsley Road, Saints' Academy squad will bid to make it a third when they meet Castleford in the Challenge Cup Final at Spotland, Rochdale, on Sunday, kick-off 3.30pm. The eagerly-awaited clash

  • Car blaze horror

    A MAN who leapt from his burning car engulfed in flames, died from his injuries in Whiston Hospital. John Hitchmough, aged 37, from Knowles House Avenue, Eccleston, drove to St Helens police station in College Street where his car, a G-reg green Austin

  • Saints Academy aces go for glory

    WITH the Silk Cut Cup and Super League trophy already at Knowsley Road, Saints' Academy squad will bid to make it a third when they meet Castleford in the Challenge Cup Final at Spotland, Rochdale, on Sunday, kick-off 3.30pm. The eagerly-awaited clash

  • Breadwinner for veggies

    VEGETARIAN bread sounds like a contradiction in terms. But surprisingly many loaves, not to mention rolls, pastries and cream cakes are made using animal fats. This can make life difficult for vegetarians who are determined not to eat any animal products

  • Factory fire: 'It could have been worse'

    FIREBUGS brought town centre traffic to a halt and interrupted production at a plastic recycling plant. Plumes of thick black smoke could be seen for miles swirling westwards from Friday evening's blaze at County Plastics Ltd in Union Street, Tyldesley

  • Off-duty 'mountie' is stabbed

    AN off-duty police officer was stabbed in the hand and beaten as he arrested a man during an attempted robbery in Leigh on Monday night. The police officer, Pc Peter Tomlinson, a member of the GMP Mounted Unit, spotted a robbery taking place at Pennington

  • Cleaning up in Bosnia

    THE kind hearts of Leigh are helping British troops in Bosnia stay clean. For donations have poured in of soaps, talcum powder, shampoos and other little luxuries which are normally taken for granted. But for the troops helping to clean up Bosnia, their

  • New life at The Bethel

    A NEW lease of life has been given to the old Bethel Community Centre in Hindley Green since it was taken over by the Sanctuary Church. Under the leadership of Pastor Malcolm Butler, who took over the lease earlier this year, the Pentecostal-based church

  • Meningitis strikes boy

    A BOY from Colne has been diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis and is being treated in the intensive care unit of Burnley General Hospital. The boy, of primary school age, was admitted to hospital yesterday and was the second child in East Lancashire

  • Law lords should sort it out

    THIS week's Smith is a horror story, a lesson to be learned by anyone who finds themselves in a situation where they are considering letting a property. A friend of mine, who will remain nameless, let his property through a business which advertised in

  • Ida's queen of the karaoke - at 105!

    CHOCOHOLIC and champion resident of a Leigh old folks home, Ida Molyneux, celebrates her105th birthday on Friday! And to celebrate further, this former subject of Queen Victoria, and five other monarchs, has taken up a new hobby: she's now Queen of the

  • Tories not to blame for council tax rise

    WE are getting the bad news about next year's council tax (LET, September 11) even before most of us have finished paying the present year's. It is a bigger racket than the poll tax. I feel sure that the Government is not to blame as much as the waste

  • Key services in firing line

    COUNCILLORS were meeting last night (Wednesday) to discuss cuts to key services in the borough. Areas targeted for reductions were thought likely to include social services and education as the authority faces up to a further £7.4 million shortfall in

  • End of road for shoemakers' union

    THE end of an era arrives tomorrow when a century old union representing hundreds of East Lancashire footwear workers closes. The 1,300 members of the Rossendale Union of Boot, Shoe and Slipper Operatives voted overwhelmingly to transfer to the National

  • Gill's special lunch invitation

    SPORTY teacher Gill Burns will be rubbing shoulders with the elite at a prestigious social event next month. For the 32-year-old from Sinclair Avenue, Prescot, has been invited to join 500 'women achievers' from all walks of life and areas of the country

  • Tyldesley push 'n shove

    TYLDESLEY RU felt victory at Ambleside - keeping alive their 100 per cent league record - was only half the story. The 36-20 triumph was seen as a poor show: forwards never took control of a game they should have dominated, backs squandered a succession

  • Doctor denies manslaughter

    HEART surgeon Dr Keith Ramstead, who worked at Whiston Hospital between August 1993 and March 1995, has pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter of three patients in New Zealand. The 44-year-old is charged with the deaths of three patients he operated on

  • It's all at the Co-op...again!

    THE CO-OPERATIVE banner will return to Burnley and Pendle with a new name and major improvements to CRS foodstores in the area. Co-operative Pioneer will become the banner for Leo's supermarkets in Barnoldswick and Padiham, and the Pioneer store in Burnley

  • Doctor denies manslaughter

    HEART surgeon Dr Keith Ramstead, who worked at Whiston Hospital between August 1993 and March 1995, has pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter of three patients in New Zealand. The 44-year-old is charged with the deaths of three patients he operated on

  • Lawyer lashed by judge

    A SOLICITOR faces a further investigation after she was fined £1,500 for being in contempt of court by a High Court judge. Lawyer Miss Bushra Anwar was accused of "disgraceful behaviour" by the judge, Mr Justice Sachs, who ordered that a copy of his ruling

  • Canoe king's spirit of adventure

    OLYMPIC canoeist Paul Ratcliffe reckons the road to Sydney 2000 could begin in Wigan. And the Tyldesley star, currently taking part in the World Cup Final Canoe Comp in Brazil, is urging local youngsters to 'have a go." The Red Rose Forest Fun Triathlon

  • Millionaire helps with the washing

    PUPILS are celebrating after receiving a special gift from millionaire Harrods boss Mohammed Al Fayed. The tycoon promised Town House Special School in Nelson a washing machine and dryer when he heard they had launched a fund raising campaign to buy the

  • Cryer makes it count

    ATHERTON LR reckon they have the upper hand on their FA Cup second qualifying round opponents Curzon Ashton. They beat them 1-0 win on Saturday in a never-say-die display. Rovers had to battle all the way. But they were well worth their win - courtesy

  • Adams row: Blair must take strong action

    THE decision by Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams to call off his book-plugging trip to the House of Commons today will be greeted with relief by Labour leaders. But, if they are mindful of the mood of the voting public, they will go ahead and discipline the

  • Shell honour for Alison

    STUDENT Alison Holme's winning ways of getting to know information has earned her a top prize. She became the regional winner of a competition organised through Shell UK to find the most enterprising students in the land. Alison comes from Nelson and

  • CLARETS: Battling reserves just lose out

    Carlisle Reserves 1 Burnley Reserves 0 HIT by injuries, and having to play a quarter of the game with an outfield player in goal, Burnley Reserves battled bravely but just failed to salvage a point at Brunton Park last night. Italian trialists Roberto

  • 10 YEARS AGO: Probe fuel dump call

    ANTI nuclear campaigners called for a full investigation into radioactive waste dumped in an old moorland mineshaft. Members of Hyndburn CND made the call after the Lancashire Evening Telegraph revealed that low-level waste had been lying buried for more

  • 5 YEAR AGO: No u-turn on jailings

    AN East Lancashire council vowed to continue sending its poll tax debtors to prison. Despite a plea to freeze all jail hearings until the outcome of high court action, Burnley Council refused to back down on its policy. It was revealed that over 1,000

  • Polly puts Paul in a cat flap

    CAT LOVER Paul Brooks camped out on the floor for two nights in front of his gas fire after one of his cats escaped up the chimney. Paul had only had Polly the kitten for half an hour when the furry bundle made its escape bid. It managed to squeeze through

  • Wrexham 1 Preston 0

    PRESTON North End FC's army of supporters battled through torrential rain to take on Wrexham - inspired by the excellent midweek performance against Tottenham Hotspur. Still ravaged with injury problems, North End brought the match to Wrexham in the early

  • Mum's quest for the truth

    THE mother of a woman who died just hours after being hypnotised in a Leyland pub wants the inquest into her daughter's death re-opened. A verdict of natural causes was recorded at the inquest of Sharon Tabarn who died after being hypnotised to think

  • Brave OAP died in my arms

    A BARMAID cradled a dying pensioner after he collapsed outside a Preston pub trying to defend his dog from a Rottweiler. Tracey Martin, 25, was working at the West End Tavern in Broadgate, Preston, when the landlord's son, Christopher, rushed in saying

  • Points not plaudits!

    COLIN Hendry says now is the time to stop picking up the plaudits for Rovers' away form - and start piling up the points. For while Rovers have been in impressive form away from Ewood Park this season they have only one point to show from it. A draw at

  • Mayor dishes out grape harvest

    PENSIONERS at a retirement home got a 'grape' surprise when the mayor of South Ribble paid them a visited. Residents at Broadfield House, Broadfield Drive, were presented with juicy black grapes by the Mayor Councillor Mrs Betty Greenland when she visited

  • Family roots

    MANY thanks for printing my family history query (LET, August 30) about Higher and Lower Twinch mill near Accrington. I had several replies and have been on the receiving end of a considerable dose of Lancashire charm. People have been so friendly and

  • Band flies 800 miles to make gig

    YOU'VE heard of Challenge Anneka - how about Challenge Bluetones! For the indie hotshots have been set a target of reaching King George's Hall on Friday night - just hours after filming for Chris Evans' Channel 4 hit series, TFI Friday in London. The

  • Police launch blitz on drivers

    POLICE are hoping to put the brakes on speeding motorists in a new life-saving campaign. During the Department of Transport's Kill Your Speed initiative, traffic police will be cracking down on drivers who break the speed limit. Almost 11 per cent of

  • Cash needed for abuse victims

    CHILDREN'S welfare workers are sending out an SOS to generate more cash to keep on caring. Blackburn Child Care Society provides round-the-clock facilities for police and social workers to interview rape and abuse victims. But officials are warning more

  • Giant bugs invade village

    A PLAGUE of mosquitos has descended on Walton-le-Dale according to residents itching to be rid of them. The blood-sucking pests have ruined the summer for many who have suffered this unprecedented attack, and one woman has sent a petition for help to

  • Family charity passes a big milestone

    A LOCAL charity reached a major milestone this week after supplying its 1,000th family with much needed furniture and cooking equipment since it was formed last year. And Blackburn Churches Action had a special helper for the occasion when the deputy

  • Town forum for Xanadu?

    THE Xanadu Project deserves a great, if not cautious, welcome to Leigh. It could well be the much needed economic and social boost that Leigh requires to restore its confidence and respect. That is not simply because of the employment Xanadu will provide

  • Mum hits £100,000 jackpot at new club

    The Ewood lollipop lady hit the £106,000 jackpot only days after Blackburn's new Riva Bingo Club opened. It's not the first time Hazel has struck lucky at bingo. She won £200 at the Mecca's opening night - 22 years ago! "I can't believe it," said Hazel

  • Hawks sign two top stars

    BLACKBURN Hawks have taken immediate steps to shore up their leaking defence by signing two Premiership players. Hard-hitting defender Neil Abel - very much in the mould of former hero Ryan Kummu - has signed from Sheffield Steelers where he has won the

  • Niffed in the bud!

    NORTH West Water has promised to clean up its act and stop creating a stink on the Fylde. In fact, the unpleasant smells are so bad from the company's new sewage treatment works at Fleetwood and Clifton Marsh it has prompted Lancashire County Council

  • Bus cuts: how they affect you

    26 LEIGH-ASTLEY-BOOTHSTOWN-MANCHESTER Timetable and route revised. No longer serves Irlams' O'th' Height and Bolton Road - runs directly along Broad Street (A6). 32 WIGAN-ATHERTON-MANCHESTER (EXPRESS) Extended to Piccadilly - inward via John Dalton Street

  • Mort's spirit lives on!

    ASTLEY'S ancient manor house saviours have got the planning go-ahead for their ambitious £1million-plus village hall dream scheme. Overjoyed members of Morts Astley Heritage Trust this week heard planners give the go-ahead for their community centre plan

  • Nein! Nein! Nein! in ambulance cuts

    EMERGENCY ambulance cut-backs could cost lives say health watchdogs. They voiced concern over Greater Manchester Ambulance Service plans to axe the extra emergency ambulance introduced last year at Atherleigh station. The seven-days-a-week 8am-midnight

  • Rival cinema companies get ticket for comeback

    BIG screen entertainment is on the verge of returning to Accrington town centre. Two rival proposals for a cinema complex on a council-owned site at Moreton Street were presented to councillors last night. The idea of a cinema was warmly welcomed by Hyndburn

  • Magic tips to reel in charity £££s

    A DARWEN fishing club is offering some handy hints on how to hook lottery funding after reeling in more than £7,000 from the Sports Council. The lottery handout will enable Newrad Fishing Club to fulfil its dream to provide facilities for disabled anglers

  • Town wins back playing fields

    NEW playing fields to replace ones sold for housing development are zoned for reclaimed land off Astley Street, Tyldesley. Wigan Council is entering into an agreement with Peel Investments to secure a 25 year lease on six acres of land west of Astley

  • Big brother security cameras to catch yobs

    ROWDY yobs - who locked a ladies group in a church hall - could soon be caught out on camera. The incident at Huncoat was among a catalogue of incidents - including vandalism, violence and children playing 'chicken' on main roads - highlighted at a Police

  • Bob's bell ap-peal!

    CHEEKY thieves have taken liberties by stealing a two hundredweight bell worth £2,000 from St Mary's Church in Lowton. Now police are hoping they make a clanger so they can be tracked down. The thieves took advantage of restoration work being carried

  • Kung Fu running!

    A MARTIAL arts expert is swapping his black belt for running shoes. . . For Kung Fu king Jim Taylor, pictured right, is pounding the streets in preparation for next month's Manchester marathon to raise cash for Blackburn Children's Society. And while

  • Bus boss Joe blasts route cuts

    A BUS crisis is looming as routes are to be cut by private operators next Tuesday. And Atherton councillor Joe Clarke claims the cost of replacing most of the local cut services would be £20,000, a figure which cannot be met by the Greater Manchester

  • School gets set for new ski skills

    PUPILS from Westleigh High School have their eyes set on the turn of the century when they can test out their skills on the proposed Xanadu ski slopes. And to prepare for the big day they have already started getting themselves mentally kitted out with

  • First glass record deal

    DESIGNS and drawings from a 130-year-old Lancaster stained glass studio have been bought and saved by Lancashire County Council. Money from the National Lottery's heritage fund allowed the council to bid for the documents created at the famous Abbott

  • Shame Richie ..!

    NO MERE game show host, Shane Richie has grabbed superstardom by the throat with a talent so extraordinary that it should lead him down the road to greatness. What a shame, then, to see him crucify himself with his own crudities to such an extent that

  • Policemen on the upbeat

    Police chiefs in Lancashire are upbeat despite a two per cent rise in crime in the past year, including a sharp upturn in violent crimes such as robbery and rape. In the 12 months up to June this year, 5,251 violent crimes were recorded in the county,

  • Classic time at the Grand

    SOMETHING for everyone ... it may be an old clich but it's exactly what Blackpool's Grand Theatre has in store for its autumn and winter season this year. From the traditional panto for all the family to brand-new dramas, classic ballets and even a season

  • Rise in crime figures

    CRIME rates in Lancashire have risen by two per cent in the past year, with a sharp rise in violent crimes such as robbery and rape. In the 12 months up to June, 5,251 violent crimes were recorded - an increase of 23 per cent on the previous year. The

  • Healthy advice

    A HEALTH and information centre aimed specifically at the under-25s has opened in Blackpool. Connect, based in Church Street, offers advice on various subjects from family and relationship problems to contraception and support in pregnancy. Staffed by

  • Pitch battle!

    Greens hope to slay Giant Axe proposals LANCASTER City Football Club is being asked to drop plans for a £5 million super stadium by green campaigners in the area. Earlier this year, the club announced ambitious plans to transform their modest West Road

  • Sitting pretty

    FURTHER plans to enhance Blackpool's Birley Street have been unveiled - this time to install seating in the shape of seashells. The area has already been pedestrianised as part of a scheme to rejuvenate the town centre with cash from the Government's

  • Wembley dreams

    Citizen sports reporter Colin Dyer assesses this weekend's FA Cup chances of both Lancaster and Morecambe with Alan Tinsley and Jim Harvey. THEY may not be the most glamorous ties this year's competition throws up but both Morecambe and Lancaster City

  • From little acorns

    THE lives of Zulus, thousands of them, have been improved thanks to the work of one Lancaster woman, with a little bit of help from her army unit. Lancaster soldier Cheryl Martin, 22, has just returned from an historic, four-week trip to South Africa

  • Big award for Big One

    THE designer of the station for the Pepsi-Max Big One has won a top award from the Royal Institute of British Architects. Architect Philip G England designed the structure to fit into an extremely confined area between existing rides and over a cutting

  • Trading chiefs target bogus charities

    A DOUBLE loophole in trading laws is enabling bogus charities to trick companies into thinking they are making donations for a worthy cause. The claim comes from Lancashire County Council's chief trading officer who believes unscrupulous entrepreneurs

  • Grand slammer!

    GRAND slamming his way to the top, young tennis ace Mark Openshaw from Thornton has won a place in the Guardian Direct Nationals. The televised event is being staged at the Telford International Centre, Shropshire between November 12-17, and overall places

  • ROVERS: Blackburn squander victory chance

    Leeds United Reserves 1, Blackburn Rovers Reserves 1 STUART Ripley's "champagne moment" was ruined by a last-minute Leeds equaliser. The Rovers winger, who hasn't scored a senior goal since April 16, 1994, was on target after 32 minutes of a one-sided

  • Pensioners' fury

    PENSIONERS are furious at being sent a bill for nearly £500 to repair a man-hole cover on a pavement. The old folk live in Heyhead Street, Brierfield, and are angry that Pendle Council thinks they should be the ones to foot the bill after the cover was

  • World trip tests Fiona

    BEER, baths and clean knickers are just some of the things that will be missed by one Lancaster woman when she sets off on the first leg of a round-the-world yacht race on Sunday. After more than two years preparation and training, 24-year-old Fiona Murray

  • Traumas of the young and misunderstood

    TO onlookers it must have seemed like just another case of a child behaving badly. A mum took her 10-year-old son to a cafe, and when he found his favourite food was not on the menu he threw himself on the floor and started screaming. But it wasn't a

  • The sky's the limit!

    CITIZEN readers Granville and Kathi Bentley have been meaning to do something to help a babies charity ever since their son was born prematurely five years ago - now they're keeping their promise in spectacular fashion. Former soldier Granville will jump

  • High praise for school's standards

    A SCHOOL has been described as being exceptionally effective and excellent value for money, following a visit by inspectors. St Thomas's Primary School, Blackburn, has pupils who achieve standards equal to and above the national average in English, maths

  • Specs savers save sight

    HUNDREDS of pairs of old specs from Burnley and Pendle will help bring new sight to people in the third world. The collection is being co-ordinated by Boots Opticians assistant Sharon Brown, and she readily admits she has been staggered by local folks

  • Police to target speeding drivers

    POLICE in Lancaster and Morecambe are calling on motorists to cut their speed at the launch of a national campaign - and promising strict measures to make sure it happens. More than 10 per cent of injury accidents across Lancashire this year have involved

  • Police car crash: Land Rover man in court

    A MAN from Rochdale was due to appear before Hyndburn magistrates today charged with stealing a £14,000 Land Rover Discovery from Accrington. The Discovery was involved in an incident with a police car in Haslingden. The 32-year-old is charged with theft

  • Public service!

    Pilot scheme for Carnforth A PILOT scheme using members of the public to man the inquiry desk at Carnforth's police station is set to start at Christmas. Volunteers are wanted to help operate the scheme, the first of its kind in the county. Among their

  • Customers back pharmacists in price war

    LOCAL chemists gathered support from hundreds of customers in their fight to fend off cut-price medicines. The chemists are being backed by Burnley MP Peter Pike in their opposition to the idea of abolishing retail price maintenance. He sent copies of

  • Drop in for a clean up

    KEEP Burnley Tidy Week began on Monday with 200 reminders of one of the town's worst cleanliness problems - dog dirt. Park Rangers stuck 200 small flags in the ground at the entrance to Scott Park to mark where droppings had been that morning. The message

  • Woman hits jackpot

    A WOMAN from the Parr area of St Helens has scooped the jackpot of £50,000 on a Littlewoods Pools Charity Scratchcard. The middle-aged woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, bought her £1 ticket from a newsagent's in McCormack Avenue, Parr, over the weekend

  • Betty's plea to park teens

    A MOTHER and daughter from Tyldesley are appealing to local teenagers to show some community spirit, and clean up after themselves. Betty Ryder of Standish Street, a mother of eight, and her daughter Janet Smith of Primrose Street are appalled at the

  • Double blow for Town

    Gateshead 5 St Helens Town 1 Eastwood Hanley 4 St Helens Town 1 THE continued absence of regular defenders Aidie Reilly and Neil Leyland is beginning to weigh heavy on Town's confidence. Three times in their last five outings Town have led at the break

  • Double blow for Town

    Gateshead 5 St Helens Town 1 Eastwood Hanley 4 St Helens Town 1 THE continued absence of regular defenders Aidie Reilly and Neil Leyland is beginning to weigh heavy on Town's confidence. Three times in their last five outings Town have led at the break

  • Double blow for Town

    Gateshead 5 St Helens Town 1 Eastwood Hanley 4 St Helens Town 1 THE continued absence of regular defenders Aidie Reilly and Neil Leyland is beginning to weigh heavy on Town's confidence. Three times in their last five outings Town have led at the break

  • Four get county call-up

    FOUR players from St Helens have been called up to the Lancashire open age amateur Rugby League squad preparing for this season's campaign. They are Gareth Hill (Blackbrook), Paul Ashurst (Thatto Heath), and Gary Lowe and Wayne Bloor (both Haydock). Lancashire

  • Four get county call-up

    FOUR players from St Helens have been called up to the Lancashire open age amateur Rugby League squad preparing for this season's campaign. They are Gareth Hill (Blackbrook), Paul Ashurst (Thatto Heath), and Gary Lowe and Wayne Bloor (both Haydock). Lancashire

  • Campaign launch to beat drugs at work

    A NEW police initiative has been launched to stamp down on misuse of drugs and alcohol in places of work. More than 150 people from across the county, including the Leigh area, were invited to attend the launch of the campaign by Greater Manchester Police

  • Guild fighters get update

    THE battle to preserve Wesley Guild in Pennington continues next week with a public meeting. Members of Wesley Guild Preservation Group are hoping for a large turnout at Leigh Cricket Club next Thursday (7.30pm) to update local people on the fight to

  • Hard days ahead

    HARD times are on the way, warn water suppliers. Drought measures mean people in the Leigh area will be tapping into Welsh water from a new £12 million pipeline. As part of an upland reservoir conservation project up to 40 million litres of water a day

  • Sad schoolkids who don't know how to play

    YOUNG children are having a tearful start to their primary schooldays...because they just don't know how to play with other kids. A life of television, video games and busy parents leaves them unable to mix, former Liberal Democrat MP Mike Carr has told

  • High school head wants to go

    THE Headteacher of Culcheth High School will not be returning to work. Hiliary Douglas, who has been head for seven years, wants to retire early on health grounds. She was suspended from her post in June. After a special meeting of school governors, a

  • Alan Whalley's World

    Home fit for heroes IT was dubbed 'the haunted house' by street-corner urchins of half-a-century ago who avoided the place like the plague. But that mansion-sized detached dwelling, dominating a dark and forbidding crossroads was, in fact, a home fit

  • Widow in row over cemetery ruling

    AN angry widow is embroiled in a war of words with officials of St Helens Cemetery over what she described as their "double standards." Agnes Foster, from Albion Street, St Helens, was upset earlier this year when she went to visit the grave of her late

  • Alan Whalley's World

    It's a disgrace! THE dogs' toilet which was once Queens Rec is a disgrace. It is akin to treading gingerly through a minefield while negotiating that once-pleasant open parkland, down Boundary Road, St Helens, in order to avoid the canine mess. Apologies

  • Teaming up to end disputes

    ST HELENS Council is joining forces with the police and local residents and tenants groups to set up a new service which it is hoped will help to put an end to neighbour disputes. MEND (St Helens Mediation and Neighbour Dispute Service) is being developed

  • Penky shows lots of poise

    A SLICE of Lady Luck and accurate goalkicking could have made all the difference for Leigh East. But they battled well before falling 37-22 to St Jude's. Both sides of the break St Jude's build up commanding leads only for East to dig deep and force a

  • Miners grit their teeth!

    AT 21-2 down, Leigh Miners were in deep. That they hit back to give West Hull an almighty scare was to their credit - but, ohhh! that miserable start. Form said that the Humbersiders would be a tough nut to crack, and quickly they had Miners on the rack

  • CLARETS: Deadlock in Beresford contract talks

    TURF Moor contract talks with star goalkeeper Marlon Beresford are deadlocked. Manager Adrian Heath has conducted fresh discussions with the out-of-contract goalkeeper but he reports no progress. Heath revealed: "We've gone as far as we can go money-wise

  • Alan Whalley's World

    Roy's sporty secret SPORTY Roy Britch puts his schoolboy athletics prowess down to sheer panic. Roy, now in his mid-50s and the long-serving secretary of the local amateur Rugby League organisation, was among many readers transported back in time by earlier

  • Club's 25 years on the Big Hill

    MORE than 40 riders are preparing for Leigh Premier Cycle Club's Silver Jubilee Hill Climb. The climb on Frodsham's Mersey View Hill takes places on Sunday. And, to commemorate 25 years of hard riding, all finishers will receive an anniversary mug featuring

  • Have you seen Oscar?

    THE owners of a missing pedigree dog are appealing to anyone who may be able to help them find their pet. Oscar, a brown six-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier, went missing last Thursday, September 19. Owner Allen Dalton had taken Oscar for a walk and

  • All change at the top

    BARNOLDSWICK'S historic town hall looks set to be closed as a district office of Pendle council when plans for a one-stop council shop are implemented. The borough's ruling Liberal group want to open a centre where key services can be brought together

  • Price is wrong for champs!

    GOLBORNE hopes of a sensational Vimto double proved cut-Price. The Bolton Association league champions were humbled in the Vimto Trophy Final by the outstanding pace bowling of Darcy Lever quickie Steve Price. He produced the biggest surprise of the season

  • Shadow ministerial visit

    THE man who could hold the key to bringing new life to Pendle if there is a change of Government at the election visited the area on Saturday. Keith Vaz, Labour Shadow MInister for Planning and Regeneration was in Brierfield as the guest speaker at a

  • More money needed to fight juvenile crime

    POLICE and magistrates have expressed their frustration in recent years over the laws relating to juvenile offenders. And little wonder when we look at the case of a 16-year-old youth who appeared before Hyndburn Youth Court this week. He was accused

  • Eagles land with a bump

    LEIGH EAGLES A got a thumping on their "day off" from action in the Leigh & District Amateur Football League. They appeared in the prestigious Adidas Shield comp. But they drew quality oppoosition in Pilkingtons from the Mid-Cheshire League, and,

  • Sleepless nights

    IAM amazed that, following objections from residents, Blackburn Council was recommended to refuse planning permission for a marquee for private functions in Darwen on the grounds of noise. For years, we have written to the council about Sutty's night

  • Lib-Lab pact suicide warning

    THE Liberal Democrats must not join with a "rotting" Labour party in government unless forced to in order to oust the Tories, a leading North-West activist has told the party leadership. Tony Greaves said that any talk of voluntarily linking up with a

  • Discarded needle shocker

    A SENIOR policeman has issued a grim forecast of drug-related crime and increased health risks - after a dramatic rise in the number of used hypodermic syringes found dumped around the borough. Latest figures released by the local authority reveal a 147

  • Volunteers needed to counsel crime victims

    BLACKBURN, Darwen and District Victim Support is appealing for people with a little spare time to help victims of crime. Victim Support trains volunteers to visit crime victims in their own homes, offering emotional support and practical help and information


    IN an exciting local football derby, Vernons took the lead in the Lancashire Womens Knockout Cup when Natalie Justice finished a well worked out move. Vernons increased their lead when Alison Hitchen knocked a fierce header past the PNE keeper. Preston

  • Soap star Susan takes to stage

    BROOKSIDE'S hard-gambling Rosie Banks is a distant memory for Northern lass Susan Twist. The Channel Four soap actress has just set out on her first theatre tour in three years and is looking forward to wooing the crowds at Preston's Guidhall. Susan is

  • University finances new technology park

    THE University of Central Lancashire is developing an multi-media business park based in Preston. It will provide businesses with finance and state-of-the-art technology at the Harris Park Conference Centre on Garstang Road. The University's Professor

  • Charity scam

    A DOUBLE loophole in trading laws is enabling bogus charities to trick companies into thinking they are making donations for a worthy cause. The claim comes from Lancashire County Council's chief trading officer who believes unscrupulous entrepreneurs

  • Centre gets festive boost

    SHOPPING precinct bosses hope to celebrate this year's Christmas festivities with the completion of the multi-million pound refurbishment. The £15 million revamp of Blackburn's precinct was delayed a year while owners Standard Life Assurance found another

  • Discipline never harmed anyone

    THERE has of late been much in the news concerning the young boy who is taking his parents to court because of their disciplining him, even though a British court had found no case to answer. The ramifications of his case being successful are that it

  • A case of woof justice?

    LANCASHIRE police are urgently looking for new recruits - but they'll have to be 'paw-ly' qualified to get the job! For the forces Dog Training School is in need of a number of dogs to train for specialist roles. Inspector Phil Williams said: "We are

  • Soccer girls win junior World Cup

    A GIRLS' football team from Preston won a mini World Cup in London - and became famous for the day in the process! Lea Town Girls Under-13 team not only beat Germany in the final of the Puma Street 5-a-side World Soccer Tournament, they also met Diego

  • Gays target marginal seats

    A GAY rights group is targeting a local Parliamentary constituency as part of a national campaign to demonstrate the strength of its vote. Janet Anderson's Darwen constituency is one of 30 key marginal seats being earmarked by gay rights group Outrage

  • MEP Terry and Doris plan club re-union

    DID you or anyone you know attend a youth club in Platt Bridge between 1962 - 1968. If you did or know anyone who did we would like to tell you that we are organising a 30/35 year reunion on October 5, 1996. We have already traced a large number of people

  • Preston Grasshoppers 18 Sheffield 8

    PRESTON Grasshoppers rugby union squad put on a sound display after opening up a 15-point lead on the half hour. Steve Kerry and Jamie Morley exchanged penalties before a second Kerry penalty took Hoppers into the lead. Mike Bailey stole the ball at a

  • Non league round up

    SATURDAY'S 3-1 defeat at Boston United left Accrington Stanley without a victory in four league and cup games and down in 17th place in Unibond League Premier Division. Boss Tony Greenwood said: "Confidence is low at the moment but we only need a couple

  • Here comes the bride - again!

    IT was a case of deja vu for the producer of an amateur show when she cast her daughter in the leading role. Julie Harrison of the St Mary's Amateur Dramatics Society saw her daughter get married five times this year - but only one was for real. The other

  • Awareness conference

    A HIGH-profile conference looks set to be a major success in the fight against drugs misuse. The event, next month, has been organised by the Drug Reference Group of East Lancashire - to form a network of local organisations and services who will contribute

  • Company director in court

    THE director of a Preston caravan manufacturer was disqualified from acting as a company director for two years at Preston County Court. A disqualification order was made against John Miller of Scorton Hall Park, Scorton, in respect of his conduct as

  • ROVERS: Gary's eager to glitter

    GARY Croft's big break has given Blackburn Rovers boss Ray Harford plenty of food for thought before Saturday's Premiership clash with Coventry City at Highfield Road. And the 22-year-old left back is eager to be given a chance to show what he can do

  • Maria - she's just a 'saint'

    TYLDESLEY teenager Maria Howard has the name of a saint. And she has the caring attitude that goes with it. So it is little wonder that Maria, 16, of Stour Road, has been nominated as one of 10 finalists in the Greater Manchester Police 'Young Citizen

  • History lessons

    PREJUDICE, oppression and fear are just a few of the aspects of racism being tackled by a new Racial Equality Council exhibition. The Hyndburn and Rossendale branch of the council are presenting photographs and a video of the story of Anne Frank - who

  • Now there's no hiding place!

    IN an attempt to curb the number of car thefts and vandalism in Leigh and Golborne, thousands of pounds are being spent tearing up bushes. The council, spending Coalfield Challenge cash to the tune of £80,000, has already ripped up large bushes at Doctor's

  • Lecturers set to strike

    UNION members at Accrington and Rossendale College are to strike in their fight against staff redundancies. A postal ballot of NATFHE members showed them in favour of industrial action - to start on Tuesday and finish the following Monday. The five-day

  • Mum's £700 funeral heartache over baby Maisie

    GRIEVING mum Ruth Bibby has been forced to wage a five-month fight over the £700 funeral bill for her sick baby who died after capturing the hearts of East Lancashire people. Her tiny baby Maisie, who was born three months prematurely, hit the headlines

  • River clean-up

    A MASSIVE clean-up operation of the River Darwen is being launched today (Thursday). Local authorities, businesses and environment groups are joining forces to combat pollution and regenerate run-down riverside sites in the Darwen River Valley Initiative

  • Thumbs up for new stadium

    THE Tangerine dream has taken a step further down the road to reality thanks to Blackpool Football Club's neighbours. Councillors and officers from Fylde Borough Council gave wholehearted support to moves to take the stadium to its new home at Whyndyke

  • Stop knocking the bishop

    MAY I express how sad I feel that the media, yet again, have bashed the Roman Catholics? If it's not the C of Es, it's the RCs. It takes two to make a baby - as a mother of five, I can bear witness to that! Of course, the Bishop of Argyll and the Isles

  • Knockout stuff

    GLADIATORS Lightning and Hunter will be stepping into the ring to take part in a special It's A Knockout fun charity event along with teams from Fylde businesses. Battle will commence this Sunday (September 29) in Stanley Park to help raise cash for Child

  • Drama group's string of success

    LET there be music, let there be light - and there was! Five youngsters rushed to help St Joseph's Players ensure the success of last week's hit play 'Dear Octopus.' Music was provided by the aptly-named Octopussy String Quartet, a group of teenagers

  • Shrimps make a point

    Farnborough 2 Morecambe 2 MORECAMBE were twice in front in their sixth game without defeat but were pegged back and made to share the points by a battling Farnborough side. John Norman gave the Shrimps a 16th minute lead when he got in front of the defence

  • Shirley makes his mark

    Lancaster City 1 Spennymoor Utd 0 CITY rediscovered the defensive strength on which last season's promotion was based to beat Spennymoor on Saturday, despite playing almost half the match with 10 men. Lancaster defender Robbie Armstrong was sent off 35