• Writers circle is celebrating

    THIS year sees the tenth anniversary of Rossendale Writers' Circle and, as part of our celebrations, we are holding a party/open evening which will be attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Rossendale, among other distinguished guests. Since our inception

  • Retained fire service row

    A MAJOR row flared over moves to cut retained fire services in East Lancashire when a petition with 3,500 signatures was handed over to county council leaders. Cost cutting plans to axe fire engines in Pendle could put lives at risk across East Lancashire

  • Costs could floor young football clubs

    JUNIOR sports clubs are heading for financial crises unless more sponsorship and subsidies can be arranged, a football manageress has claimed. Louise Innes, former coach of Darwen-based Wolstenholme Rink FC which has four squad teams and a training programme

  • Drugs girl is set free

    AN East Lancashire-born model was today free from a living nightmare in an Indian jail after spending more than a year behind bars for a crime she claims she did not commit. Samantha Slater was freed in an act of clemency by the Indian Government yesterday

  • 10 YEARS AGO: Anger at name change

    ANGRY market traders signed a petition to halt the renaming of a street after South African freedom fighter Nelson Mandela. The 500 of protesters against the move by Blackburn Council to change Market Avenue to Mandela Way said they were willing to take

  • Howard must act on Janet's stalking bill

    CONFRONTATION may be the essence of British politics, but there are times when plain common sense and consensus should take over. A case crying out for that is the need to outlaw stalking. For, as Rossendale and Darwen MP and Shadow Minister for Women

  • Lottery cash slice for the Action

    AN ARTS group in Blackburn was celebrating today after scooping a £91,172 National Lottery handout. Action Factory Community Arts Ltd, based in Simmons Street, was one of 16 arts organisations in the North West to get cash sums ranging from around £4,000

  • Penny on price of a pinta

    THE price of your doorstep pinta is to rise by a penny throughout East Lancashire from this weekend. Local milkmen are being faced with extra costs from the main dairies that supply them and most are set to put up prices by 1p a pint from Sunday. However

  • CLARETS: Eyres back in frame for County clash

    Big match preview: Burnley v Stockport County DAVID Eyres could be back in the frame for tomorrow's fire-fight against Division Two form-team Stockport County at Turf Moor. And that would prove a tremendous boost for the Clarets who go in to the fixture

  • Marching on ahead

    A MAJOR contract to supply camouflage material for the Danish armed forces has been won by a Rossendale firm. The deal is J B Broadley's largest military fabric order and new shifts have been brought in at its Rawtenstall factory to cope with the increased

  • Dream trip served up at breakfast

    A TRIP of a lifetime to the United States awaits breakfast TV viewer Amanda Berry. Amanda, 22, never usually enters TV quizzes but when Channel Four's The Big Breakfast ran the competition "It's All Gone Pear-shaped" she knew the answers and rang in.

  • Monarchy have turned their backs on the people

    J ROBINSON (Letters, September 21) says that we have turned out backs on God and suggests that the monarchy does not deem to be observing the Crown's responsibilities of defending the faith and protecting the realm. I am certain that thousands of people

  • Suicide tape message before hanging horror

    A DEPRESSED man who had tried to commit suicide three times hanged himself from the roof of his shed, an inquest heard. Garry McSorley, 33, was found by his sister and mother after playing a tape over the telephone saying that by the time it ended he

  • Campaigners open office HQ for hostage fight

    A CAMPAIGN office was launched today to highlight the plight of Blackburn student Paul Wells and his fellow captives in Kashmir. The move, launched by the wife of Paul's fellow hostage Keith Mangan, has been welcomed by Paul's family. It is now 458 days

  • History built on a hill

    Ron Freethy's England: Penwortham A HISTORIAN friend of mine once said: :If you want to follow the history of Preston, go to Penwortham." There is a lot of truth in what he said, because Penwortham is set on top of a rock high above an ancient ford over

  • When film was no fun

    IDO not think that I, as a young adult, was treated fairly when I issued a complaint to a manager of Apollo Cinemas, Blackburn. There was a disturbance throughout the entire performance, resulting in a lack of enjoyment of the film. After the performance

  • CLARETS: Best of Britton still revered at Turf Moor

    AVID football observers of claret and blue persuasion will always retain a special place in their hearts for Ian Britton. The diminutive Scot will be forever remembered at Turf Moor, simply as the man who scored the goal which rescued Burnley from the

  • Design legend's dim view of town

    THIS week marked the 100th anniversary of the death of William Morris, artist, designer and Socialist, who described Burnley as the "pit of degradation". Historian James Howell has uncovered the little-known fact that in October 1893 Morris visited Burnley

  • Plunderers are putting limestones under threat

    NOT far from East Lancashire, the uplands between Settle and Malham are a special place. I discovered this area of limestone 'clints and grikes,' known as Winskill Stones, a few years ago in Spring and was stunned by the riot of wild flowers. It is a

  • Tragic mum 'delighted' over bid to fight drugs

    A POLICE solicitor whose son died of an overdose today said she was 'delighted' with news the Government is to spend £60,000 in the war against drugs. Lancashire is to get the cash to pay for its Life Education Centre project, which involves a mobile

  • 5 YEARS AGO: Beauty queen's love link

    FORMER beauty queen Yvette Livesey, 23, of Clitheroe Road, Whalley, spoke for the first time about her relationship with 41-year-old TV presenter Tony Wilson. She revealed the former owner of Manchester's Hacienda club and his wife of seven years, Hilary

  • ICE HOCKEY: Mills injury doubt for Hawks

    SIMON Mills is Blackburn Hawks big doubt for this weekend's ice hockey double header in the Northern Premier League. Mills shoulder injury, which caused him to sit out last Sunday's home win over Whitley Warriors, is improving only slowly and he is struggling

  • Two good moves to defeat drugs menace

    IN A COUNTRY beset by drug-related crime - heroin addicts are now said to be stealing goods worth £1.3billion a year - any action to combat the menace, misery and expense has to be applauded. And we welcome two efforts announced today - for they confront

  • Nightmare returns to bottleneck road

    TRAFFIC chaos has returned to Brownhill with a vengeance. One resident says a new set of temporary traffic lights has practically made her a prisoner in the house and delays have caused people to be late for work and children late at school. Mrs Marylyn

  • Cooking for TV

    STUDENTS Rachel McNamee and Matthew Huxley had a taste of television stardom when they were asked to appear on Channel Four's new cookery show Here's One I Made Earlier. The pupils at St Bede's High School, Blackburn, will feature in two programmes alongside

  • Coal deliveries back on track

    COAL is once again to be delivered to Castle Cement in Clitheroe by train. It will be the first time since the switch to lorries 30 years ago that coal has arrived at the Ribblesdale plant by rail. Coal used to be taken from Hapton Valley Colliery and

  • Stalking must be made a crime says MP

    WOMEN are still at risk from stalkers because the Government has failed to outlaw the persecution of women Rossendale & Darwen MP Janet Anderson told Blackpool Labour Conference. The Shadow Minister for Women condemned Home Secretary Michael Howard

  • ROVERS: Mystery virus forces Berg out of Norway clash

    HENNING Berg is out of Norway's World Cup qualifier against Hungary in Oslo next Wednesday. The Blackburn defender was forced to pull out of the fixture after failing to shake off a troublesome mystery virus. Tony Parkes, Rovers assistant manager, said