• Help to go green

    TWO groups are joining forces to help companies go green. The North West Artificial Intelligence Applications Group and the Business Environment Association are to develop a multimedia package aimed at helping companies to implement environmental schemes

  • Chance of stardom for Red Indian

    A TALL, broad Red Indian is being sought in connection with a lunatic asylum break-out in Oswaldtwistle! Oswaldtwistle Players are desperate to track someone down to play the Indian for their forthcoming stage production of the Oscar-winning film One

  • Race case crumbles

    A RACE bias claim by one of its own officers against a Racial Equality Council has collapsed. Arshad Mohammed, the £20,000-a-year equality officer with the Burnley and Pendle race harmony group, alleged racial discrimination and unfair treatment at a

  • Brewers' barrel load of laughs!

    BREWERY staff are taking along a barrel of ale on the Motorway SuperWalk '97 - but there won't be time to drink it! More than 100 workers and their families from the Whitbread Distribution Depot at Shadsworth will take part in the fund-raising extravaganza

  • Brush with Trust boosts Emma's art career

    Friday Folk A YOUNG artist is creating a bright future for herself - thanks to help from the Prince's Trust Volunteers. Emma Clarke, 24, was unemployed for nearly a year after graduating from university and felt she would never find the right job. But

  • CRICKET: Clitheroe tipped to lick Cherry

    NO ONE is better qualified to assess the chances of the big two - Cherry Tree and Clitheroe - in tomorrow's match of the day than Brian Fielding. He played for both Ribblesdale League clubs in the late 1970s and early 1980s and is current Clitheroe professional

  • Marching in harmony

    SIXTEEN-year-old Shazad Akram is on parade - as one of the Army's latest recruits in East Lancashire. But, more than that, he is held up as an example that there is real opportunity for Asians in the British Army. The Blackburn teenager is backed up in

  • Pollution: Give us time

    I WAS concerned to read your editorial (LET, July 15) about the recent pollution of Hyndburn Brook, in which you say that the Environment Agency is too slow to bring the polluter to court. In cases like this, we may know who the polluter is, but we are

  • Help kids stay safe this summer

    THE holidays got into full swing today as thousands of East Lancashire children joined those who have already begun the big summer break. For most, it will be a happy, carefree interval in their childhood. But, too often, as this newspaper knows from

  • Elderly discharged 'too late'

    I READ with interest your editorial (LET, July 15) concerning the early deaths of residents of nursing and care homes discharged from hospitals. While I wholeheartedly share your concern over the facts highlighted, I think the fundamental causes have

  • Gardener wins a contest he never entered!

    GREEN-fingered Ghulam Choudhry was judged to have the most beautiful garden on a Blackburn council estate in a competition which none of the residents knew about! The contest was the idea of the Blackburn Young Citizens' Association, based on the Wimberley

  • ROVERS: Dahlin set for debut

    Peter White reports from Sweden ROY HODGSON hopes to give his £2 million striker Martin Dahlin a Blackburn Rovers debut against Hvidovre in Copenhagen tomorrow, after the Swedish international has spent the week playing "catch-up" with his new team mates

  • That's the idea for £3,000

    COMING up with bright ideas has helped a group of employees to a share of more than £3,000. Four BAe workers at the Samlesbury site put forward ideas to the firm's suggestion scheme which have now been put into practice. Stephen Day from Accrington, who

  • Strong pound is a weakener

    EXPORTERS in the North West face a major dilemma because of the continuing strength of the pound, according to the latest Chambers of Commerce survey for the region. Manufacturers have to choose between squeezing their profit margins or charging more

  • Friends needed for the lonely

    LOTS of lonely people are waiting for volunteers to come forward and give them a window on the world. The Caring Neighbourhood Scheme, funded by Lancashire County Council, was launched in May by Age Concern to tackle loneliness and create a safety net

  • Mental nurse shortage 'a problem'

    A SHORTAGE of registered mental nurses has forced health care bosses to compromise on standards of cover at nursing homes in East Lancashire. It means that at homes with elderly, mentally ill residents, general nurses take charge "for short periods" when

  • FIVE YEARS AGO: Ferry blaze chaos

    HOLIDAY chaos hit sun-seekers heading for Brittany - and those returning home - following a terror blaze aboard the cross-Channel ferry Quiberon, on its way to the French port of Roscoff. The ferry fire, in which one man died, resulted in sailings from

  • Ray's instrumental role in recital revival

    FANS of organ music can enjoy a new season of lunchtime recitals at King George's Hall, Blackburn, from today. And the fact that there are recitals at all is due in no small measure to the dedication of 74-year-old Raymond Clark the hall's unpaid organ

  • TEN YEARS AGO: Sodden holiday start

    EAST Lancashire's busiest holiday weekend of the year got off to a sodden start with torrential early morning rain - and a forecast of more to come. The exodus of thousands from Blackburn, Accrington and Ribble Valley made it one of the heaviest traffic

  • Louise's line on phantom clothes swapper

    LOUISE Whitehead thought she had seen the last of her stolen dress...until she saw it on our front page! A thief stole it from her back garden and left underwear behind. Louise, 23, could not believe it when she saw the same dress featured on the front

  • TENNIS: Schofield at double

    MARK Schofield accomplished the coveted double at the Lancashire Tennis Championships in South Ribble. The 23-year-old Blackburn Northern star won his third men's singles title with a straight sets win over Brendan Maguire. He then went on to retain his

  • Neighbours face Nynex in garden dig-up battle

    ANGRY neighbours are fighting to stop a cable TV company digging up their gardens and driveways. Residents in Anglian Close and Norman Road, Oswaldtwistle, say they cannot understand why Nynex must dig outside all their homes when only two households

  • CRICKET: Lancs show no mercy

    LANCASHIRE were under orders to show no mercy to struggling Sussex at Old Trafford today. They have completely dominated the Championship match with a massive total of 561-8 declared, their highest of the season. That left Sussex needing to beat their

  • Soldier-teacher tells of Bosnia 'sadness'

    A SOLDIER back from war-ravaged Bosnia has spoken of his sadness at seeing a beautiful country torn apart by religious bigotry and politics. Lieutenant Colonel Brian Pickup retired from the territorial army Queen's Lancashire Regiment 4th battalion two

  • Duty adds £60 a year

    THE extra duty on fuel, imposed in the Budget, will cost the average driver an extra £60 a year. Echoing the words of the AA, these increases in fuel tax do nothing to help the environment - they just raise cash for the Treasury. In a Budget that takes

  • Soldier-teacher tells of Bosnia 'sadness'

    A SOLDIER back from war-ravaged Bosnia has spoken of his sadness at seeing a beautiful country torn apart by religious bigotry and politics. Lieutenant Colonel Brian Pickup retired from the territorial army Queen's Lancashire Regiment 4th battalion two

  • Quay to cleaner future for the Irwell

    Ron Freethy's Drive and Stroll - Salford Quays I HAVE written many times about the River Irwell, which begins life between Burnley and Bacup and then runs through Rawtenstall, Ramsbottom, Bury and onwards to Manchester and its confluence with the Mersey

  • Brownie points piling up

    Political Focus, with Bill Jacobs A MIDDLE-ranking Government Minister was recently claiming that Chancellor Gordon Brown would replace John Prescott as Deputy Prime Minister in Tony Blair's first Cabinet shuffle. He is one of many senior Labour figures

  • Rachel leaves on a high note

    TEENAGER Rachel Molloy has followed a family tradition in the arts by being accepted at Chetham's School of Music. Rachel, 13, will leave Our Lady and St John's High School, Blackburn, to take up her studies at the Manchester school. The talented youngster

  • CLARETS: Star to miss start of season with broken foot

    BURNLEY have been rocked on the eve of their pre-season tour to Northern Ireland with an injury to Paul Smith. The talented left-sided midfielder has fractured a foot and will miss the start of the new season. His foot will be in plaster for three to