• Panaz nets fabrics contract worth £10m

    A FIVE year contract worth up to £10 million has been won by a fabrics firm. Panaz Ltd, based in Fence, has secured the deal to supply flame retardant upholstery fabrics to the Ministry of Defence. The rolling contract for curtain and upholstery material

  • High jump in para firm profits

    PARACHUTE to life raft group Wardle Storeys has seen profits jump. The firm, which employs more than 350 at its plants in Blackburn and Earby, announced pre-tax profits rose by 11.5 per cent to £5.4 million in the six months to March. Turnover increased

  • MP's tribute for dead teacher

    BURNLEY MP Peter Pike has paid tribute to Burnley St Theodore's High School headteacher, Christopher Meehan, who died last week after a two-year battle against cancer. Mr Pike said he was "a shining example to all" with his cheerfulness and fortitude.

  • Bid to build mosque

    PLANS to build a mosque next to an Islamic Education Centre in Holden Street, Clitheroe have been submitted to the Ribble Valley Council. The centre, at the end of a row of terrace houses in the middle of town, was given the go-ahead by councillors two

  • Cat poisonings spark fears for children's safety

    POLICE are investigating a spate of suspected cat poisonings in Rishton. Around half a dozen pets have become ill and been taken to vets by distressed owners from the Walmsley Avenue, Station Road and Shaw Brook Close area. Inspector Bob Ford of Great

  • TEN YEARS AGO: Killer dogs warning

    PARENTS received a warning that killer dogs preying on sheep might attack children next. William Brindle, chairman of the Accrington branch of the National Farmers' Union, said the dogs, which had slaughtered more than 20 lambs since Good Friday, might

  • RACING: Harry Barlow's Stable Whispers

    I SPOKE to Tim Easterby at Carlisle last week. Tim took over the reigns from his father Peter Easterby at Habton Grange stable, Great Habton, Malton in February 1996. He has had 30 winners during the National Hunt season, although his stable badly affected

  • National spotlight on crime-buster project

    TOP MPs were in Burnley today to see first hand the success of a revolutionary crime-busting initiative. MPs and civil servants from the Home Affairs Select Committee were shown how the Dordrecht Initiative -the first of its type in the UK - is working

  • Sight for sorry eyes

    SPRING is here. Every landscaped area in the town is a blaze of colour. The mauve of prawn cocktail crisp bags, the blue of salt and vinegar ones; the beige of pizza trays, the reds of cola cans and the sea of pink chewing gum. Wonderful! SAM SPENCE,

  • Japan: Time has moved on

    CA BAKEWELL (Letters, April 22) has let sentiment and anti-royalism cloud his logic. Emperor Akihito of Japan is a head of state whose country over the last 50 years has been a leading industrial power and a good employer of British people. Whatever the

  • Patten is the man

    TONY Blair's choice of Chris Patten to head the review of the Royal Ulster Constabulary may prove as controversial as the case for reform itself. But as debate swings between republican demands for the RUC to be disbanded and Unionist fears that the force

  • Clean-up has been pointless

    ONLY a few weeks ago, the council thoroughly cleared the streets behind our houses. It took some time and was a good job. However, at the weekend, some mindless morons dumped TVs, furniture, bedding and the like in the back lane. This is now the fourth

  • No simple answers to drug scourge

    IT IS far easier to spell out the extent of Britain's drugs problem than it is to put forward convincing solutions. It is not surprising, then, that in unveiling its White Paper strategy on fighting the drugs menace, the government acknowledges that there

  • Take the stage for a great time

    MANCHESTER Youth Theatre are holding auditions for their summer 1998 production to be staged at the Library Theatre in August. The company was established by the National Youth Theatre to cater for the developing actors and or anyone with an interest

  • Healing hands: Massage shakes off its sleazy image

    Tuesday Topic, with Christine Rutter FOR years the art of massage has been tainted by disreputable salons offering 'extras' to clients. But the hands-on treatment is shaking off its sleazy image and making a major comeback. "Massage did have a really

  • CLARETS: Waddle sweats on striker fitness

    BURNLEY'S lucky charm Andy Payton will undergo a late fitness check before Chris Waddle unveils his side for the first leg of the Clarets' double date with destiny at Oldham tonight. Payton, who has scored the winner in each of Burnley's last four league

  • CLARETS: Woods wants Burnley to land Brucie bonus!

    Oldham Athletic v Burnley - Pete Oliver's big match preview WITH SO much at stake it won't be a night for clowning around, but Oldham's recently installed goalkeeper can still be called upon to add a dash of colour to proceedings at Boundary Park tonight

  • Torotrack get in the fast track

    A FAST-GROWING technology firm is set to move to a new site as part of its expansion programme. Work has begun on a building for Torotrak at the Moss Side Development park in Leyland, and is expected to be completed by Autumn. Torotrak is currently developing

  • National post for race equality boss

    BURNLEY man Shahid Malik has become a commissioner with the Commission for Racial Equality - one of only 15 UK race chiefs. The appointment by Home Secretary comes just two months after Mr Malik - son of Burnley councillor and former Blackburn Racial

  • FIVE YEARS AGO: Parent power

    REBEL parents celebrated victory in the school places battle that rocked Darwen. Education bosses proposed that 60 extra places should be provided at Moorland High School after a month-long campaign by parents furious that their children were allocated

  • Kidney patients 'refused treatment'

    A CRISIS meeting has been organised amid claims that kidney patients are being refused treatment because of a lack of cash. Preston and District Kidney Patients' Association says there are deficiencies in the service offered at Royal Preston Hospital.

  • Horse in rescue drama

    A MAJOR rescue operation was launched after a horse was trapped on its back after plunging 30ft down a bank. Firefighters worked for more than two hours yesterday to secure the frightened animal and winch it back to safety. The 37-year-old horse - named

  • Remove sales restriction plea on bungalow

    COUNCILLORS are being asked to lift a restriction on the sale of a luxury bungalow, which could increase its value by almost 50 per cent. The four-bedroom, two-bathroom bungalow with jacuzzi was built in 1972, with a strict planning condition that it

  • Windows firm set to wage high court war on copycats

    GO-AHEAD Clitheroe firm Ultraframe has won a High Court action in a battle against companies that copy its products. And today company bosses warned that they will come down hard on any firms attempting to pirate their ideas. High Court judges found that

  • CRICKET: Marron defends Lancs washout

    LANCASHIRE groundsman Peter Marron today defended the latest Old Trafford Championship washout - and urged cricket chiefs to put back the start of the season. The last day of the match against Middlesex was officially abandoned at 12.30pm, even though

  • Praise from Paddy and an election prediction

    CUSTOMER panels involving up to 1,000 people will be set up in Pendle as part of a drive towards "grassroots" democracy. The scheme to give local people a greater say in council decisions was announced by the ruling Liberal Democrat administration during

  • MOTORSPORT: Why I quit - Barton

    BIKE ace Darren Barton has spoken of the 'disagreements' which forced him to quit the British 250cc championship and split with Mark Hodgson's RCD Motorsport team. The Darwen racer decided to quit just one race into the 1998 championship after winning

  • Will England be independent at last?

    UNLIKE Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, England has not got its own national party. This is proving to be a serious economic and political handicap, and is the reason why the people of England are faring badly in the allocation of resources and in

  • ROVERS: Flowers and Filan battle for selection

    JOHN Filan looks as though he has the edge over Tim Flowers to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tomorrow night, as Blackburn Rovers boss Roy Hodgson wrestles with his latest selection dilemma. Colin Hendry, Billy McKinlay and Garry Flitcroft will all return