• Andrew pines for East Lancs!

    A FURNITURE firm has come home! Andrew Cronshaw left his home town eight years ago to set up the Pine Factory in East Sussex where he had previously been working. And now Andrew has opened a factory and showroom at Oxford Mill, Accrington. "I wanted to

  • Engine fuelling hope

    THE first of a new breed of engine has entered service head of schedule. The new version of the Rolls-Royce RB211-524 engine, which the firm's Barnoldswick site manufactures components for, powered a Boeing 747-400 on a flight from Hong Kong to Bangkok

  • Lawyers' diploma success

    LAWYERS Beverley Jenkinson, Jonathan Bridge and Des Draper are the toast of their office. The three, who work for solicitors Farleys, have each been awarded a Diploma in Personal Injury Litigation by the Metropolitan University of Manchester. The course

  • Eid event says thank-you

    THE Muslim festival of Eid was celebrated with a special event at Nelson Civic Theatre. The Pendle-based Kashmir Working Group organised the celebration to thank people who helped the group raise awareness in the area of the people in Kashmir. The KWG

  • FIVE YEARS AGO: Praise for Telegraph

    THE Lancashire Evening Telegraph's comments on the decision to put VAT on fuel bills were praised in a heated Parliamentary debate. Pendle MP Gordon Prentice said: "The Lancashire Evening Telegraph was spot on when it said that VAT on fuel was forced

  • TEN YEARS AGO: Soccer thug alert

    CRACK police squads were placed on "thug alert" for Blackburn Rovers' promotion clash with Crystal Palace. More than 30 Palace hooligans were arrested in dawn raids, following a three-month undercover investigation. Meanwhile, van driver Roy Waddington

  • Appeal for witnesses to indecent assault on woman

    A 36-year-old woman was grabbed, indecently assaulted and then wrestled to the floor in Colne on Saturday. Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area of Townley Street and Windsor Street at 1.45am to come forward if they saw a man, described

  • Nicola's dream World Cup kick-off ticket

    THE WORLD Cup dream is set to become a reality for a Blackburn schoolgirl this summer. Soccer fan Nicola Hayes, 14, has won the top prize in a competition and will have the eyes of the world on her when she leads two teams out for a vital match during

  • Shake-up call over law on probes into death blazes

    A LANCASHIRE fire chief has revealed brigade investigators face a "minefield" when they are called in to probe fatal blazes. The lack of any legal powers has been highlighted as major problem by Lancashire's assistant chief fire officer John Williamson

  • CRICKET: Enfield's spot of Botha

    Lancashire League: Enfield 139-9, Burnley 190-8 - Andy Neild reports WHEN Burnley announced the signing of Anthony Botha as their professional, the rest of the Lancashire League were asking 'Anthony who?'. But the modest South African left arm spinner

  • Clergy is to blame

    REGARDING your report 'Bishop accuses Hague of escapism' (LET, April 18), I disagree with the bishop entirely. For I, too, feel nearer to my God in my garden and in the open countryside, than I ever did in church. But, then, it's hardly surprising, is

  • Killers must not profit from crime

    NO MATTER what value it may have as a serious analysis of the reason why children become killers, the book by journalist Gitta Sereny about Mary Bell, who as an 11-year-old in 1968 killed two small boys, has quite another effect. This is because Mary

  • Full steam ahead for East Lancs railways

    EVIDENTLY, a head of steam is building up behind the need to revive East Lancashire's railways. Decimated in the 1960s' surgery by Dr Beeching and then exposed to decades of neglect, our region's railways have been an overlooked asset for too long. But

  • 'Top Town' twist? Verdict still smarts after all these years

    Looking Back, with Eric Leaver IT WAS in 1932 that American boxing manager Joe Jacobs coined the famous phrase "We wuz robbed!" But 24 years later, most people in Blackburn - and, evidently, plenty more in other parts of the country - were expressing

  • CLARETS: Contract decision balance

    CHRIS WADDLE insists there are still contracts up for grabs at Turf Moor. He said that proposals put to the board for new deals for Paul Weller, Gerry Harrison, Damian Matthew and Mark Winstanley were only a starting point. And the Burnley-player boss

  • CLARETS: Relegation battle goes down to the wire

    TURF MOOR must brace itself for a relegation shoot-out with Plymouth next Saturday after a controversial 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth guaranteed a final day decider for the Clarets. A win at Oldham tomorrow night could leave Burnley still needing three points

  • Country firms' aid offer

    A PACKAGE of help for East Lancashire rural businesses is set to be unveiled. A range of support services including grants is being offered to help small and medium sized country-based businesses. And two seminars are being held in East Lancashire next

  • Town on scent of blooms victory

    GREEN-fingered residents in Accrington are gearing up to scoop a second major prize in the Britain in Bloom competition. The town is one of nine competing for the title of Britain's most colourful large town. Accrington was put forward to represent the

  • 'Use them or lose them' markets warning

    SHOPPERS are being urged to support their own town centres and in particular their own markets. The call to Rossendale people was made by council leader John McManus, who predicted people could lose the shops and stalls if they don't use them. He said

  • CRICKET: Atherton back to face Lara

    MIKE Atherton will relaunch his bid for a Test place against Warwickshire on Wednesday - with old adversary Brian Lara in the opposition. Athers has been out for a week after suffering a back spasm in the nets at Hove last Tuesday. He was set to return

  • CRICKET: Padiham go clear with maximum points

    Vaux Ribblesdale League PHIL Metcalfe batted through Padiham's innings scoring 62 not out as they went clear at the top of the Vaux Ribblesdale League. Club professional Mark Harvey captured five wickets as Ribblesdale Wanderers were shot out for 88 to

  • Three arrested in £20,000 booze and cigs swoop

    THREE MEN were arrested and almost £20,000 worth of alcohol and tobacco seized during a customs and excise operation in Burnley. A car and a minibus believed to have been used to transport the haul were also seized as part of the operation code-named

  • CRICKET: Pope lords over Angel

    Northern League RAIN put paid to Chorley's chase for runs against Morecambe in the opening Northern League fixture at Windsor Park on Saturday. A sparking 79 by the visitors' South African professional Steven Pope who shared an enterprising third wicket

  • 'Smash referee's windows' pundit blasted

    FORMER England international goalkeeper Phil Parkes has been blasted after appearing to urge Burnley fans to throw bricks through a referee's windows. Parkes made his on-air gaffe while commentating on Burnley's 2-1 away defeat at Bournemouth. Surrey

  • Roundabout solution

    SURELY, the simple solution to the Brownhill roundabout problem (LET, April 20) is to take up the block paving and replace it with grass lawn and a few flower beds. I am sure the gardeners would make a decent job of it. P YOUNG, Douglas Place, Blackburn

  • CRICKET: Unbeaten century for Arthurton

    Lancashire League A MAGNIFICENT unbeaten century from West Indian Keith Arthurton helped Rawtenstall pile up the runs against Church at Blackburn Road. Arthurton scored a stylish 103 as the visitors made 214-4 from 55 overs after winning the toss and

  • Children losing out

    IN his speech to the National Union of Teachers' conference, Education Secretary David Blunkett expressed concern for the majority of children whose parents cannot afford to send them to independent schools. If Mr Blunkett and the Labour Government was

  • No say for royals

    IN reply to Mr C A Bakewell's comments in 'Hypocrisy of royals' (Letters, April 22), he would appear to be ignorant of the British constitution. The royal family does not arrange for anyone to visit this country on a 'royal visit.' The Prime Minister

  • Mayor needs a walkabout

    AFTER the increase in council tax which, we are told, was to maintain services - some of which were being reviewed in an effort to cut costs - can I assume Blackburn Council has won the lottery? They have suddenly found the money for a new mayoral car

  • A matter of history

    REGARDING John Blunt's remarks (LET, April 15) that Ireland must grasp peace, for the first time I was in agreement with him. Then came his final statement that if the people of Ireland don't vote 'yes' to the agreement, they should be cut adrift and

  • ROVERS: Hodgson call for final Euro push

    ROY Hodgson has called for one final push from Blackburn Rovers who, amazingly, still have their European destiny in their own hands. For the manager admitted his team's form since January should really have seen their hopes blown apart by now. And he

  • ROVERS: Keeper's return is bright spot in dismal game

    Blackburn Rovers 0 Wimbledon 0 - Peter White's big match verdict FEW people left Ewood on Saturday with a sense of satisfaction - managers, players and particularly spectators were probably checking their ticket stubs to see if there was a refund in the

  • CLARETS: Refereeing decisions cost Burnley dearly

    Bournemouth 2 Burnley 1 - Pete Oliver's big match verdict OVER the course of a season you tend to get what you deserve and the league table rarely lies. But when everything boils down to one or two results to decide a club's fate at the sharp end of the