• Girl dies of meningitis

    A 12-YEAR-OLD Blackburn girl has died from the killer brain-bug meningitis, East Lancashire Health Authority confirmed today. The seriously ill Pleckgate High School pupil was admitted to Blackburn's Queen's Park Hospital on Sunday where she died in the

  • Injured child crash riddle

    POLICE are searching for three schoolchildren, at least one of them is thought to be injured, after a stolen all-terrain quad bike careered down a country road, hit a verge, jumped a dry-stone wall and hit a tree. As they ran away, one of the boys was

  • ROVERS: Ewood eyes on Van Hooijdonk

    BLACKBURN Rovers could be set for a cross-border raid to land Celtic's Dutch international striker Pierre Van Hooijdonk. And sources in Scotland say that Rovers have checked out Glasgow Rangers attacker Peter Van Vossen. Manager Ray Harford continues

  • Help keep a slice of Cornish history

    THE little parish church of Advent by Camelford in North Cornwall, named after St Adwena, one of the historic Cornish saints, occupies an ancient religious site near the river Camel from which Camelot, King Arthur's legendary castle, got its name. The

  • 5 YEARS AGO: Jobless on the march

    JOBLESS marches hit the road to highlight unemployment problems in East Lancashire. The demonstration march set off from Burnley and took in Padiham, Altham, Accrington and Blackburn before reaching Blackpool for a mass rally at the Conservative Party

  • CLARETS: Dutch star's Turf trial

    GLOBETROTTING Burnley have taken Dutch international Melchior Schoenmakers on trial at Turf Moor. The 6ft 3in central defender plays with Dutch First Division club Heerenveen and I understand the 21-year-old stopper is on the market for around £160,000

  • All change as Cowie swaps to buses

    COWIE Group, the company behind Blackburn-based Ford dealership, has undergone a stock market change. From this month the firm has been reclassified as a transport group instead of a motor distributor. The decision follows Cowie's recent purchase of British

  • Postcard from the USA

    BRIAN DOOGAN reports on a month following sport in America THE scene was Shea Stadium, New York, the sport was baseball, the game was the Mets against the Braves and the crowd had made what I soon deemed the smart choice - stayed home. America's national

  • Betting shop raid terror

    A MASKED robber terrorised betting shop staff with a knife before making off with about £1,000. Two women members of staff at Ladbroke's betting office in Yorkshire Street, Burnley, were said to have been traumatised after the masked raider leapt on to

  • GOLF: Furey is in Reach

    GED Furey, fresh from his magnificent success in the Lombard Top Club Trophy, fired a first round level-par 71 at Herons Reach to lie four shots off the lead in the Lancashire Open. Also on level par was Simon Townend from Wilpshire while Jeff Mathews

  • Progress can be made by going back to past

    THE notion that primary school pupils might benefit from learning Spanish or Latin - suggested by the government's chief curriculum adviser - is one that might usefully be employed to overcome the endemic ignorance and arrogance of English-speakers. For

  • Have we been plunged back into darkness?

    TWO QUESTIONS come to the fore in the wake of the two car bombs that blasted the Army's headquarters in Ulster - and, arguably, blew away the tattered and fragile Northern Ireland peace process. The first is: Was the security vigilance at the base dropped

  • Child, 4, scared by rats in bedroom

    FOUR-year-old Sammie Preece is frightened of sleeping alone after twice being scared by rats in her bedroom. She first spotted a baby rat sitting in one of her shoes and then three weeks later a fully-grown rat jumped on to her bed. Her mum, Liz, said

  • Take the swim challenge

    WOULD your readers take my next swimming challenge? You don't need to be an Olympic medallist to compete; in fact, it doesn't matter what your age or ability is. All you need to do is go along to your local swimming pool, and complete any one of the following

  • Minister reports school is excellent

    A GOVERNMENT minister has given a Burnley school top marks and has called on other teachers and pupils to follow its example. St Hilda's RC High is one of 28 schools in the North West which has received special praise from the education and Employment

  • Grant, 11, lands radio soap part

    SCHOOLBOY Grant Bromley has been picked to star in a new radio "soap opera" - and better still, the part has been "recreated" especially for him. Grant is just 11, although his role in the new Radio Lancashire saga The Seasiders had been intended for

  • All airwaves are insecure

    WHY the surprise Tony Blair's pager being intercepted? It receives its information by radio. A radio transmission is 'broadcast,' and is available to all! It is high time that it was made clear that there is no way that mobile or cordless telephones and

  • Lottery bid to restore park to former glory

    AN ambitious lottery bid has been sent off for almost half a million pounds to restore a vandal-plagued Hyndburn park. The £495,000 bid called Rhyddings Park - Putting the Heart Back into the Park has been submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund by Hyndburn