• Link-up puts area on line

    TWO firms have linked up together to put East Lancashire on the line. Call handling firm Interactive Connections has invested more than £30,000 in a state-of-the-art telephone system from Blackburn based Abbey Telecom.. The Glenfield Park-based company

  • Slowing down at the wheel

    DOES Blackburn Council have a death wish? Or maybe I've sussed out that they've a commission on the sale of Prozac, or an overload of traffic lights and orange road beacons. Seriously, I spent nearly an hour travelling through Darwen to get to Blackburn

  • Straw praises anti-crime campaign on estate

    A YOUTH project which helped reform an 11-year-old vandal after his £100,000 wrecking spree was today praised by Jack Straw. The Home Secretary and Blackburn MP said he was so impressed with the Youth Works organisation's bid to cut crime on Blackburn's

  • Where's the sport in being cruel?

    WHAT pleasure can anyone derive from hunting wild animals? There's nothing random about finding a deer to hunt. A strong, fit animal is carefully selected so the chase will be lengthy. It can take hours for riders to split it away from the others. And

  • Swoop on fake designer gear

    TRADING standards officers seized 200 jackets from a terrace house where they were set to be turned into £10,000 worth of fake Adidas sportswear. A team from Lancashire County Council's trading standards department mounted an early morning raid in Palmer

  • FIVE YEARS AGO: Rovers are Sky stars

    THE stars of Ewood became Hollywood-style stars for the night when the big match met the big screen. It was the first time Blackburn Rovers had been featured on the new Monday night live game on satellite TV. Thousands of fans watched the match against

  • CLARETS: Howey head clash scare

    GIANT defender Lee Howey is a big doubt for tomorrow's long distance haul to Plymouth Argyle. Howey was off the field for 13 minutes of the first half following a nasty clash of heads with Wrexham's Karl Connolly during the hard fought 0-0 draw at the

  • Tough visa rules will stem refugee tide

    CONSIDER how many countries the Czech and Slovak gipsies flooding into Britain to claim political asylum have first travelled through, ignoring the sanctuary they offer. That fact is enough to expose them as benefit-seeking economic migrants. For just

  • New £12m shops scheme branded a 'barracks' type

    CHAMBER of Trade chiefs in Burnley have branded the town's new £12 million shops plan a "barracks-type" development. They say a more imaginative scheme for the Curzon Street area should have been planned by developers, Great Portland Estates and will

  • Try to help out

    ON October 16 I was in the company of the Hyndburn Arthritis Care Group at the Come and Welcome in Clayton and Welcome Club in Clayton-le-Moors. The entertainment and the speeches were well put over but, best of all was the courage and the will-power

  • Soccer players' tribute

    SOCCER players observed a minute's silence at the weekend for a former solicitor and football director. James Wilde, a former director of Burnley, Preston North End and, most recently Blackpool, football clubs, suffered a stroke at Blackpool's game against

  • Chip shop crop!

    CHIP shop owner Sue Richards had a close shave to raise money for a community project on the West End estates at Burnley. Then shaven-headed Sue went back to work in the Harold Avenue Chippy with all profits from four hours of fish frying going to the

  • Legion call-up for hard cash battle

    EX-SOLDIERS in Burnley are being called to regroup in the battle to strengthen the Royal British Legion. The group, which was forced to close its licensed club because of lack of support early this year, is continuing its welfare work. But costs outweigh

  • ROVERS: Hodgson having fun building team for the title

    ROY Hodgson is quietly building a championship challenge at Ewood Park - and he aims to have fun doing it! Just 12 months this week, Blackburn Rovers were rock bottom of the Premiership with four points from 11 games and in total disarray. After Saturday's

  • Drive on to boost orders

    EIGHT local firms have already signed up for a major exhibition in a bid to bring work to East Lancashire. They are exhibiting at SUBCON '98, aimed at the sub-contracting industry, with help from the East Lancashire Promotions Partnership. Financial support

  • 'Secret tapes' denied in Rovers anti-racist campaign

    YOBS and louts who shout racist abuse or expletives at Blackburn Rovers games are being targeted in a new campaign. But the club has denied reports in national newspapers that plain clothes stewards are secretly tape recording offenders throughout Ewood

  • ROVERS: Points win prizes

    Blackburn Rovers 1 Southampton 0 - Peter White's big match verdict "THERE'S no such thing as a bad win, even if it's a little bit scruffy," summarised one former League manager as he left Ewood on a balmy autumn afternoon. This result in itself was adequate

  • Straw to tackle soccer thugs

    HOME Secretary Jack Straw is poised to bring the fight against football hooliganism right into the heart of East Lancashire. The Blackburn MP will spearhead a major international conference which will take place at Ewood Park on the eve of next year's

  • 1,000 hens die in farm blaze

    A THOUSAND battery hens died when fire raged through a cabin at an egg production farm. A passing motorist alerted firefighters to the blaze at Petre Eggs, Newby Farm, off Whalley Road, Wilpshire. Two crews from Great Harwood battled for more than two

  • TEN YEARS AGO: John's third time lucky

    IT was third time lucky for landlord John Shuttleworth, who had a double reason to celebrate his 36th birthday. His pub, the Rose and Crown Hotel, Oswaldtwistle, was voted 1987 Lancashire Evening Telegraph Pub of the Year. "I couldn't have a better birthday

  • ICE HOCKEY: On-song Lomonaco still loses out

    Paisley Pirates 10 Lancashire Hawks 5 ADRIAN Lomonaco is fast emerging as one of Lancashire Hawks best-ever imports. But in spite of scoring four goals away from home last night he still ended up a loser. There was more cheer on Saturday for the impish

  • Driving out the traffic

    FROM the Company that brought you "Barbara Castle Way", that symbolic river in Blackburn that stops flowing every few yards; "Island In The Sun," a meeting place for motorists; the "Road to Morocco" based on camel humps; "The Red Light," non-synchronised

  • Government will sit on fence as long as it can

    THE government's official policy over the single European currency remains "wait and see." Yet today, as Chancellor Gordon Brown finds himself pressured by pundits, the Opposition and the City to add clarity to that position, the country risks talking

  • Knife-attack boys 'out of danger'

    TWO young brothers who suffered serious neck wounds in an incident at their home are out of danger, it was announced today. Police said the condition of six-year-old Daniel Schofield and his four-year-old brother Adam, had improved considerably at Pendlebury

  • Planners back bid to halt children's home

    FAMILIES fighting plans to convert a farmhouse into a home for disadvantaged children have won the support of planners. The controversial scheme is due to be discussed on Wednesday by Rossendale councillors, who are being advised by their planning officers

  • CLARETS: Flynn fumes as Burnley scrap

    Wrexham 0 Burnley 0 - Tony Dewhurst's big match verdict EXASPERATED Brian Flynn pointed an accusing finger at Chris Brass as Burnley toasted their first away-day point. The Wrexham manager was furious after referee George Cain denied what Flynn had believed

  • Workers take the chance to Czech out our economy

    FOUR firms are giving a group of visitors from the Czech Republic an insight into East Lancashire's economy. The four young workers are visiting the borough as part of a European Union-funded scheme in which Blackburn and Darwen have linked up with the

  • Plucky cashier says no to garage gunmen

    A PLUCKY garage cashier refused to hand over money when two masked men threatened her with hand guns. She flatly refused twice before the men, wearing funny face party masks, fled from The Finger Post, the Elf filling station in Burnley Road, Edenfield

  • Cannabis: Get the facts first, Mr Straw

    IN a recent interview, Home Secretary Jack Straw described people who advocate the decriminalisation or legalisation of cannabis as "irresponsible." Mr Straw said: "What I regard as so irresponsible about those who say we should decriminalise possession

  • Dangers of drink

    WE are rightly concerned about drug-related deaths, crime and violence. The purveyors of drugs, claim it is not their fault if drugs are misused or overused - they are merely supplying a demand. Many prominent people espouse recreational drugs as being

  • Protesters urge inquiry over quarry

    EAST Lancashire MP Nigel Evans has written to Environment Minister Michael Meacher requesting a public inquiry into a controversial quarry. Protesters have launched a campaign to get Castle Cement's plan to excavate 30 million tonnes of limestone from