• ROVERS: Berg tips old pals for top four finish

    HENNING Berg is tipping his old club to finish in the top four of the Premiership and turn their dream of a European place into reality. The former Blackburn Rovers star, now an essential part of Manchester United's treble-chasing squad, returned to Brockhall

  • CLARETS: Payton hoping to seal swap deal

    CLARETS target Andy Payton was today trying to iron out the contractual hitch with Huddersfield that has delayed his move to Burnley. The two clubs have agreed to swap strikers Payton and Paul Barnes. And both managers, Chris Waddle and Peter Jackson,

  • Irony of Blair's benefits blitz

    The John Blunt column WHETHER it means taking money off single mums, disabled people, parents or nanny-employing millionairess executives drawing a scandalous £20,000-a-week in maternity allowance, I'm all for Tony Blair's benefits cuts for anyone who

  • Chumbawamba Church service!

    Mark Templeton surfs the Net THEY have been haunting the charts for months with a chant that must be the bane of bar staff across the English-speaking world - the lager-whisky-vodka-cider refrain of Tub- thumping. And if you want to find out more about

  • Wind cheaters: Mill lodges provide welcome haven

    Nature Watch, with Ron Freethy IT is normally March which comes in like a lion, with strong winds often causing havoc to our homes and chaos on the roads. Wildlife also finds problems in such extreme conditions, although some trees benefit by being pruned

  • Meningitis: Be safe, not sorry

    JUST what is going on? Less than a week after writing about a meningitis tragedy, your front page (LET, January 7) carried another story, which could easily also have had a similar ending. I can well imagine your reporter's shock on hearing that the illness

  • Chuffed with greetings

    I THANK the Lancashire Evening Telegraph for the opportunity to send greetings to my relatives for the festive season via the Internet. My Mother and sister were 'chuffed' when they saw my greeting to them. Thanks for a good web site. Keep up the good

  • Stop this traffic nightmare, plead fed-up residents

    COLNE'S North Valley Road faces a massive problem - one that will continue to affect local residents and harrassed pedestrians for years until a proposed by-pass comes to their rescue. "We have been badly let down by Lancashire County Council which dumped

  • Clarets could go Tubthumping!

    BURNLEY Football Club were today urged to "get back up again" by their chart-topping fans Chumbawamba. The massive-selling group said adopting their summer smash single Tubthumping as an anthem could boost the side's luck and lift them off the bottom

  • Safety scheme gets go-ahead

    A THREE-YEAR £670,000 scheme to improve road safety in Burnley will get the green light from county councillors this week - providing the local council agrees to extra measures. The scheme is for the Stoneyholme and Daneshouse area, where between 1985

  • TEN YEARS AGO: Health cuts rejected

    HEALTH bosses in Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale rejected a devastating £1.9 million package of cuts - and put their own heads on the chopping block for their action. They unanimously threw out proposals to axe wards and slash more than 150 jobs - including

  • Guess who's coming to Deborah's TV dinner...

    SPANISH-style TV dinners mean far more than tapas by the telly for Deborah Chaplain and her husband Duncan. And tonight the amateur chef will share her culinary cravings with millions of viewers when she appears on Channel 4's popular fly-on-the-wall

  • 3,000 calls to dole cheat line

    MORE than 3,000 suspected dole cheats from East Lancashire and the surrounding area have been 'shopped' and referred to fraud investigators in the last 18 months. A free hot-line set up by the Benefits Agency has received 342,000 calls nationwide since

  • Directors keep on failing

    ALMOST one in three company directors in the region have been involved with at least one failed company, it has been revealed. And the North West is a blackspot for 'serial failure' directors who have several company collapses behind them. Figures compiled

  • Shop and save

    CUSTOMERS at Morrisons in Blackburn will soon be able to shop and save. The firm is following the example of rival supermarket chains by launching a bonus savings account. From January 17, the 'Midland At Morrisons' Bonus Savings Account', which can be

  • Food agency must be independent

    WITH public confidence in the safety of what we eat hammered by a flood of food scares over BSE, E.coli and salmonella, the announcement by the government of a New Food Standards Agency is a step that is patently overdue. However, what is vital is that

  • TV's festive turn-off

    WITH more repeats on TV over Christmas and New Year than a man with hiccups, thank heavens for my Lancashire Evening Telegraph to break the monotony. So I asked myself was All I Want For Christmas a Disney production starring the Spice Girls? Was In Bed

  • Phew! It's enough to give you the hump

    HEALTH campaigners and environmentalists have been quick to seize on a new report by medical experts claiming that air pollution, much of it traffic fumes, contributes to the deaths of up to 24,000 a year. The solution, they say, is to curb traffic. But

  • Fake'brand name' seizures soar in East Lancs

    SHOPPERS were today warned to beware the booming counterfeiting industry which is strengthening its grip on East Lancashire. Shock figures have revealed that the amount of fake goods seized more than doubled last year. The confiscation of hundreds of

  • Hepatitis victim sues over blood transfusion

    A WOMAN from East Lancashire who contracted hepatitis after allegedly being given contaminated blood is suing for compensation. Ann Gerrard, of Waterloo Street, Clayton-le-Moors, is among a group of people claiming damages from the National Blood Authority

  • Road safety plan from Oz may be adopted in Lancs

    A GROUND-BREAKING road safety scheme looks set to be imported from Australia to the streets of Lancashire. The county's highways experts are worried about the rising number of accidents. And they are looking at a pioneering project from Victoria State

  • Tesco unveils jobs boost hopes

    A JOBS boost could be in the pipeline for Rossendale after it was announced that a new Tesco supermarket could create 370 jobs The supermarket giant has confirmed plans to open a new superstore at a site at Newhallhey, Rawtenstall. The firm has struck

  • FIVE YEARS AGO: Deafeat for Cynthia bar

    SAUCY Cynthia Payne's plans to build a cafe-bar in Accrington dedicated to her outrageous life were thrown out by Hyndburn magistrates. Objectors produced a petition against the bar, saying that it would poke fun at judges, MPs and the police. "Madam

  • 'Walkies' helpers needed

    AN urgent appeal has been issued to find dog lovers who can help an elderly woman exercise her much-loved pet. The pensioner from Clayton-le-Moors called on the assistance of a national charity after becoming unable to take her labrador for regular walks

  • Job loss opened up horizons

    BEING made redundant opened a new door of opportunity for Jackie Warwick. Jackie, of Barrowford, launched her own business, Pendle Medical Supplies, after losing her job last year. The firm, launched the business under the FIrmBase business start-up scheme

  • Meet that deadline

    THE deadline is looming for taxpayers to sort out their finances. Accountants Kidsons Impey of Blackburn are warning that many people face fines if they do not meet the self assessment deadline of January 31. "Failure to submit your tax return will result