• Game store chain's flotation plans

    A COMPUTER game store chain is planning to float on the stockmarket. GAME, which has a major store in Blackburn shopping centre, said it hoped to raise £10 million and use the cash to invest in new stores around the country. "We are well positioned to

  • T J Hughes announce major rise in profits

    DISCOUNT retailer T J Hughes, which is investing more than £2 million in its two East Lancashire stores, has announced a 66 per cent rise in profits. Sales across the group's shops in the last financial year jumped 19 per cent to £75 million. Earlier

  • Police seek crash driver

    POLICE were today searching for the driver of a car which ploughed through a hedge and somersaulted into a field at an accident blackspot. The driver had left the scene when police arrived at the accident near the Duckworth Hall pub, Haslingden Old Road

  • Hetty hits the headlines in Darwen!

    DON Brennan is back from the dead and working at the Lancashire Evening Telegraph - well at least the actor who played the Coronation Street character is! Geoff Hinsliff was one of the stars who took over the Darwen officeThe office was transformed into

  • FIVE YEARS AGO: School places row

    THE Government was urged to step in and solve the schools places crisis in Darwen. Rossendale and Darwen MP Janet Anderson tabled a motion in the House of Commons condemning Whitehall's policy of open enrolment. A storm of protest blew up after more than

  • GPs backed after antibiotics fears

    EAST Lancashire doctors are NOT guilty of over-prescribing antibiotics, says top hospital microbiologist, Stephen Dealler. His statement came as the Government was today warned that over-prescription had led to major bug resistance to drugs and posed

  • Late-night talks stop strike by refuse collectors

    A THREATENED strike by refuse collectors due to start today was averted, after talks that went on late into the night. Rossendale binmen were threatening the first of six one-day strikes in support of their campaign for equal pay and conditions with other

  • Council accused of U-turn over security fence

    A DECISION to build a security fence at a Blackburn school has come under fire. Objectors have accused Blackburn town hall of a costly U-turn following months of wrangling. A pressure group was formed last year after plans to fence off the popular Buncer

  • CRICKET: Chorley challenge at Angel's mercy

    Vaux Northern League CHORLEY begin their Northern League programme with a home game against Morecambe, bidding to finally get their hands on the championship trophy again after a run of frustrating near misses. But Darwen have suffered an eve-of-season

  • Blitz aims to hook unlicensed anglers

    THE Environment Agency is planning a May Day blitz on East Lancashire anglers who do not have rod licences. From May 2 to May 4, agency staff will be out checking licences throughout the country, focusing on urban areas where evasion is above average.

  • Effects of Gulf War still felt

    THE aftermath of the Gulf War not only affects veterans with Gulf War Syndrome, it also affects thousands of Iraqi children, who now suffer from cancer, as a result of weapons used in the war. The warheads were treated with uranium to enable them to penetrate

  • The crime, the place

    TWO things have really "bugged" me lately. The first is the general attitude on the opening of a teenage "boot camp". My opinion? Great, should have happened years ago. Pussyfooting about with counselling sessions and police "ticking off" talks in schools

  • Enjoy the Dales all year round

    Drive & Stroll, with Ron Freethy - KILNSEY PARK IN my opinion there are far too few attractions which are open all the year round. One which is open throughout the year from 9am to 5.30pm is Kilnsey Park. Situated near Skipton on the B6160 between

  • Tolerant Tony stands by his men

    Political Focus, with Bill Jacobs JACK STRAW and Robin Cook have both benefited from their boss Tony Blair's loyalty to his lieutenants in times of crisis. The Blackburn MP's problems with his son William and drugs might have persuaded a lesser Prime

  • Green funeral services

    FUNERAL director Alec Baker is going green in his new venture. Alec has set up his Burnley firm after almost 15 years in the funeral business. And as well as offering conventional funerals, Alec specialises in ecological services. The services include

  • Who is shielding brutal killer?

    THE brutal killer of James McParland is being shielded by someone in the area police believe. Det Supt Bob Denmark, the man leading the murder inquiry, said: "I am still convinced the offender is likely to live locally and I am convinced someone is shielding

  • New cinema wins 'Oscar' for boosting town

    HOLLYWOOD Park cinema has won an "Oscar" of its own - the Mayor's Award for Excellence. The £5 million nine-screen Apollo development at Burnley produced its own blockbuster, beating fierce competition from other schemes which have received commendations

  • TEN YEARS AGO: Heroes' welcome for the Dynamoes

    A CARNIVAL atmosphere greeted Wembley football heroes Colne Dynamoes as they returned home after their 1-0 FA Vase triumph over Yorkshire side Emley. Bunting in yellow and red decorated the town, and goalscorer Stuart Anderson said of the thousands gathered

  • Crash fuels fears of traffic speeds

    AN accident in which a bus shelter was demolished has fuelled residents' fears about the speed of traffic. More than 80 people have already signed a petition calling for measures, including a speed camera, to put the brake on cars and lorries going past

  • CRICKET: Spectators keen on South African visit

    LANCASHIRE have sold over 18,000 tickets for the Old Trafford Texaco Trophy International between England and South Africa on May 23. The game looks certain to be a sell-out which would mean receipts topping £500,000, easily a record for a one-day international

  • CRICKET: Immanuel pro is Settle-ing in

    OSWALDTWISTLE are hoping for better things in the Vaux Ribblesdale League this time around and both the team and their new professional have enjoyed a promising start. The opening day of the season saw them record a nine wicket win over Blackburn Northern

  • Time for cuckoos

    ONCE again, spring has sprung, heralded on cue by the cuckoo - if, along with other creatures, it has not already been silenced by wretched morons with air guns. Meanwhile, I would be obliged to know the whereabouts of a clock with the distinction of

  • CRICKET: Scuderi lands an Italian job

    JOE SCUDERI is chasing the unlikely cricketing double of the Lancashire League and the European Cup this summer. As well as hoping to guide Colne to their first league crown since 1959, the South Australian will also be spearheading Italy's bid for European

  • Timeless magic?

    UNTIL now, they have been religiously applied by millions, more as daily acts of hope, than of faith. But, now, science tells the adherents to this worldwide ritual that their prayers are indeed answered. For research has shown that those anti-wrinkle

  • Trust the electorate on voting methods

    READING Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans' comments (LET, April 20), I did not know whether to laugh or be astonished at his nerve and audacity in questioning what was wrong with the present voting system used at elections. Correct me if I'm wrong, Nigel,

  • Dying days for political dinosaurs

    THE Good Friday peace agreement for Northern Ireland is coming under heavy fire from its opponents as the date for the referendum north and south of the border now lies less than a month away. And for its brokers, the British and Irish governments, and

  • Tenants must have choice

    MISMANAGEMENT of housing finances and the failure of the borough's housing services to implement and administer appropriate policies and procedures in respect of allocations, repairs and improvements during recent years, has resulted in the degeneration

  • Launch concert tonight

    THE top music festival in the Ribble Valley kicks off with a launch concert tonight. The Goldberg Ensemble will take to the stage at St Wilfrid's Church, in picturesque Ribchester, for the launch of this year's Ribchester Music Festival. The event has

  • Honour for His Honour

    A DISTRICT judge has retired after seven years' service in Blackburn. Judge Ian Belcher was transferred from the Wigan Group of Courts to Blackburn in 1991. He attended Manchester Grammar School before qualifying as a solicitor at Manchester University

  • Residents shocked by mystery explosions

    MYSTERY "explosions'' shattered the night's peace in the Coal Clough area of Burnley. Residents came out on to the streets after the loud bangs were heard, first in Every Street and half an hour later in Coal Clough Lane, a couple of hundred yards away

  • ROVERS: Swedish star set for Premiership bow

    ANDERS Andersson looks certain to make his first Premiership start for Blackburn Rovers as Roy Hodgson sifts through the wreckage of his squad to put together a team he hopes will be capable of getting back on track for Europe against Wimbledon at Ewood

  • ROVERS: Joe develops supply line of young talent

    Blackburn Rovers v Wimbledon - Peter Whie's big match preview ALEX Ferguson's youth policy might have the highest profile but Joe Kinnear will arive at Ewood tomorrow leading a Wimbledon squad packed with home-grown stars. And, if there is a secret to

  • CLARETS: Waddle hit by new striker crisis

    ANDY Payton is out of Burnley's survival battle at Bournemouth tomorrow, forcing player-boss Chris Waddle into a major rethink over his strike force. Payton has gone down with a groin strain, leaving Burnley with only one recognised striker in Andy Cooke

  • CLARETS: Three steps to heaven for Waddle

    Bournemouth v Burnley - Pete Oliver's big match preview CHRIS WADDLE'S singing career has been well documented but he could be persuaded to rush out a version of Three Steps To Heaven if his Burnley side guarantee their survival over the final three games