• Leigh look ahead

    IT'S business as usual at Hilton Park as Leigh step up their preparations for the Millennium Season. Chief Executive Mick Higgins, who has handed in his resignation to save money, has left for a two-week holiday in Florida. But, while he is away, work

  • In the mood for KO

    LEIGH SPORTSMEN, top of Division Two in the Leigh & District Amateur Football League, are in the mood for a knockout season. And they romped in 9-1 against Courts in the opening round of the Redwaters Coronation Cup. On target were Mick Barrington

  • 25 years ago

    From the Bury Times October 22, 1974 MURDER: Police hunting the killer of Bury garage owner and ladies' man Tom Hewitt, 30, eliminated a mystery phone caller from their inquiries. The woman, who rang Salford Infirmary to ask after him, left a false name

  • Life's rich tapestry

    A TAPESTRY created by pupils at a Stacksteads primary school will be viewed by millions of visitors to the Millennium Dome. Headteacher at St Joseph's RC School Margaret Donnelly said: "We understand that 1.5million children have been involved in making

  • Democracy: play your part

    MORE local groups and forums are being urged to join up and play their part on the borough's new area boards. All six of the boards, designed to boost local democracy, have now held their first meetings. So far, one decision which has been common to all

  • Boy,4, dies of meningitis

    THE son of a Blackburn ambulanceman has died of meningitis. Four-year-old Timothy Haworth died early today in Manchester's Pendlebury Children's Hospital after losing a brave battle against the disease. His death came as public health officials confirmed

  • Art school to be revived

    ON the day before an Oxford-educated barrister all but called Preston a 'town' of simpletons, plans were being drawn up to turn it back into a leading cultural centre. The Harris Institute, in Avenham, has laid empty for decades, but was once one of the

  • Crime fight hits cyberspace

    CRIMESTOPPERS Trust has introduced a revolutionary service to help fight crime and increase the service's success as the people's weapon against unlawful acts in the community. A new web site has been launched, containing the details of more than 30 serious

  • Time for loyalty

    I WAS saddened to hear about the loss of trade at St Mary's Market resulting in some stall closures and job losses. Many of these stall-holders have traded in St Helens for a long time and, through their hard work and commitment, they have been loyal

  • Lough, stock and smoking Hoppers...

    HOPPERS made it two wins in eight days over their Yorkshire rivals in this second round Tetley's Bitter Cup tie, which ended 32-22. What had looked to be a routine victory nearly turned sour as Hoppers let their opponents back into the game and it was

  • Ternent fumes after City striker link

    leak STAN TERNENT: Anger CLARETS v BRISTOL CITY: SHOOT TO PAGE 39 Stan slams Pulis leak as 'amateur' ism CLARETS: By PETE OLIVER CLARETS boss Stan Ternent is fuming after Bristol City leaked his interest in striker Steve Jones ahead of tomorrow's clash

  • Time we got the humps

    ONCE again it looks like a case of two steps forward and three steps back. I seem to remember the Star covering a story about how the local Tories had campaigned to get better traffic calming measures in Rainford. One of these was an orange strip in Mossborough

  • Garrison defence shot to pieces

    THE Hollands Amateur Shield proved a mixed bag for the Preston and District Football League teams this weekend. Leyland Town blasted four unanswered goals past Royal Garrison and Appley Bridge put three past Pennington to win 3-1. Hesketh Bank were beaten

  • The price traders pay

    I AM a trader on St Mary's Market and I would like your readers to know about the upset, and expense that our council has put us traders to. Paying market rent to the council for 20 years we were given notice to move - take it or leave it. We were put

  • Hell tenants get marching orders

    "TENANTS from hell" who terrorised neighbours on a Prestwich estate have been given their marching orders. They have 28 days to get out of their council homes on the Polefield Estate after housing chiefs obtained a possession order against them for anti-social

  • Food for thought

    I WRITE in response to Reverend John B Gordon who replied to my letter. Firstly, you say why did this pagan become a parent in the first place if he/she feels so strongly about this issue. Well to my knowledge choosing to become a parent and my opinion

  • Giant effort for good cause

    THE world's biggest barber's pole - fashioned from a specially-felled tall tree - is expected to be hoisted aloft on Friday, November 26. This attempt to gain entry into the Guinness Book of Records is being made by two Thatto Heath pals, Carl Dingsdale

  • Be safe on bonfire night

    DON'T buy fireworks in November - if you are planning to brighten up the new Millennium. That is just one piece of advice from Greater Manchester County Fire Service who are keen to reduce the number of accidents from fireworks and bonfires. People should

  • Standing room only

    AN overwhelming turn-out for the first meeting of the Bury East Area Board resulted in standing room only as dozens poured into the New Kershaw Centre venue on Monday. Representatives from organisations in the East, Moorside and Redvales Wards and local

  • Nice bricks - shame about the smell

    I WONDER if I may be allowed to make the following observations through your postbag. One Saturday I travelled to St Helens to do some shopping and also to have a look at the brickwork structure which fronts the 'soon-to-be-opened' World of Glass. As

  • Tackling horse crime

    POLICE are tackling a rise in equine crime with a campaign backed by Crimestoppers and the British Horse Driving Trials Association. The campaign is aimed at reducing the growing problem of tack and riding equipment thefts in Lancashire. BHDTA spokesman

  • They are not our masters

    RECENTLY I found myself in a debate - argument even - with a man who claimed that my home and garage was owned by Bury Council. Bury Council is a group of 48 councillors who do not, on winning election, purchase a share of the Metropolitan Borough of

  • Release for man wrongly jailed

    A MAN who was beaten into signing a false confession which led to a conviction for murder has been released from Leyland's Garth prison after 14 years behind bars. Trevor Campbell, 34, was wrongly convicted for stabbing a pensioner to death in 1985. His

  • Peanuts given to pensioners

    PENSIONERS have told the Government that they want "more than peanuts" after it was revealed that the annual increase in the basic pension will be just 73p a week. Inflation figures just announced show that there has been a 1.1 per cent increase in the

  • Girl attacked walking to school

    POLICE are warning girls to travel to school in groups after a 14-year-old girl was attacked as she walked down a narrow alleyway on her own. The girl was late for school and was approached by a man from behind as she walked down a passage adjacent to

  • Leader blamed for chaos

    LABOUR leader Peter Rankin has been accused of deliberately turning last week's full council meeting into chaos. The claim comes from independents Terry and Joyce Cartwright, who say Coun Rankin tried to enrage opposition members. During the six-and-a-half

  • Grinning Queen an imposter

    CROOKS are flooding Preston's shops with counterfeit £20 which depict The Queen with a huge grin, national counterfeit crimebusters have warned. The Citizen has learnt that one cocky conman walked into several stores in Deepdale Retail Park, buying hundreds

  • Why is Castlecroft tidier?

    WHILE walking around Bury Grounds and Castlecroft playing fields it was pleasing to see that the grass was neatly trimmed, as the verges have been for several weeks. How different to previous years when the ground was allowed to become overgrown. Could

  • Poetry? It was just filthy rubbish

    RECENTLY Britain staged a National Poetry Day. Towns and cities opened their doors to poets and poetry - described in the Oxford English Dictionary as "An elevated expression of elevated thought". So I went to Bury Art Gallery to enjoy an evening of beauty

  • Virgin's safety pledge

    THE safest trains in the world will soon be picking up passengers in Preston as part of a £2.1 billion investment programme. Virgin Trains, which runs services along the West Coast Main Line from London to Scotland - via Lancashire - will introduce the

  • SOCCER: Burnley Corporate League

    PARKS remain top of the Burnley Corporate Five-a-side League thanks to their 4-1 win over title rivals Cutmaster Swift in the top of the table clash to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season. The game of the night saw Acewell close the gap on

  • Vigilantes on the warpath

    A MAN charged with a string of sexual offences against children has been forced to flee after an angry mob tried to torch his home. Paul Andrew Birch, of New Rough Hey, Tanterton, appeared before Preston Magistrates last week, charged with four offences

  • TEN YEARS AGO: Beaches clean up

    NORTH West Water was to spend more than £147 million over the next 10 years on cleaning up the region's beaches. The cash was part of a massive UK investment programme, revealed to MPs by Environment Minister Michael Howard, to ensure that the nation's

  • FIVE YEARS AGO: Jobs axe shocker

    THE Ribble Valley was reeling from a shock closure announcement at one of it biggest employers. Longridge was to lose 105 jobs on November 1 when the Dairy Crest dairy shut. The company placed blame for the closure on the Government's deregulation of

  • BOWLS: Floodlit battles

    RIBBLESDALE Wanderers Bar-Be-Quick Floodlit Doubles latest qualifiers: B Robinson and T Glover (Turton) beat M Fieldhouse and B Beard (Barrow) 21-10; A Starkie and A Parnell (Bolton) beat N Waldie and N Hopwood (Blackpool) 21-13; N Fletcher and B Duncan

  • GOLF: Taylor targets European Cup date

    GOLF: Clitheroe's Kirsty Taylor could cap her best ever season by claiming a place in the women's European Cup team if she can continue her fine run of form in the final event of the season, the Marrakesh Palmeraie Open, which starts in Morocco today.

  • Hammers bid for Carlisle

    WEST Ham United could make a firm offer for Clark Carlisle as soon as Paul Beesley is fit again. The Premiership club has made no secret of the fact that they are interested in Carlisle and could offer around £800,000 for the young defender. Queens Park

  • Grant paid - finally

    FRENCHWOOD Allotment Society has finally been awarded services and cash worth around £2,000 a year from Preston Borough Council - and the Liberal Democrats and Labour are both claiming the credit. The package for the society includes free water provision

  • SOCCER: Junior round-up

    READSTONE UTD 1 GREAT HARWOOD ROVERS TIGERS 2 THIS was a very tight game with Gt Harwood Rovers eventually winning 2-1. The Great Harwood goals were scored by Christopher Mitchell. OSWALDTWISTLE ST MARY'S 1 GREAT HARWOOD ROVERS PANTHERS 1 TWO very evenly

  • Table tennis knockout

    DRAW for the first round of the Lytham St Annes and District Table Tennis handicap knockout competition to be played during week commencing November 1 (handicaps in brackets): Ansdell Arena C (54) v St Annes Lawn Tennis B, Ansdell Arena E (108) v Lytham

  • SOCCER: Knuzden Round-up

    ST JOSEPH'S 1 KNUZDEN YOUTH 3 KNUZDEN UNDER 13s made it six out of six and remain undefeated in the Saturday VMI Accrington and District Junior Leauge when they finally overcame a resolute St Joseph's side at Bullough Park. In the first period Knuzden

  • Pitching in for success

    YOUNG Lytham cricketers have said thank-you to two men who made it possible for a whole season to be played without a match being cancelled. Paul Ovitts, head groundsman at King Edward VII and Queen Mary School, and his assistant Tom Kitchen, prepared

  • Peter putts title on line!

    PETER Allan bridged a nine-year gap when he won the BS Property Developments Lancashire PGA Championship at Southport & Ainsdale. And he's hoping that history will repeat itself as he attempts to clinch the County Open title at De Vere Blackpool today

  • Killer bug claims Lee

    FAMILY and friends of local lad Lee Spark are devastated after the outgoing 23-year-old died from a flesh eating bug, which entered his body through a decaying tooth. Lee, who lived in Queensland Avenue, Sutton Heath, had gone to stay with his brother

  • Navy day at Lytham

    THE Royal Navy sailed into a Lytham school with a boat-load of opportunities open to students. More than 100 sixth form students from King Edward VII and Queen Mary School, Lytham, welcomed the Royal Navy presentation team, under the leadership of Lieutenant

  • Small-sided soccer update

    IN Division A of the Rossall Sixes League leaders Kings Arms FC beat Wyvale Warriors 4-0, while Real Bispham picked up three points from a walkover win. Macprint had a 2-0 win over Supreme Plastics and Untouchables had their first win of the season with

  • Plenty in reserve!

    MAKING that move from reserve action to the first team is a difficult one - but there's no-one better suited than reserve team coach Mike Davies to help the players rise through the ranks. For Mike, who was born in Manchester, has done it all himself.

  • Saints fans find their voice

    SAINTS' new indepependent supports group, ISSA, have published the first issue of their own magazine. It's a glossy, full-colour A4 size production, called Saints and Sinners and is priced at £2. The main feature of its eight pages is an interview with

  • England star's award shock

    TWO Blackpool schoolchildren have run away with prestigious awards for sporting excellence. England international Ciaron Donnelley may be more used to celebrating after scoring a goal, but he is now rejoicing after netting the Quayle Trophy. The Warbreck

  • Seasiders get Bury-ed!

    NIGEL Worthington again declared his commitment to Blackpool Football Club after a 0-5 trouncing at Bury on Saturday (Oct 16). The Shakers looked more than shaky for the first 20 minutes of a match which finished with the Seasiders routed and a number

  • Lytham St Annes hockey round-up

    LYTHAM ST ANNES 1ST XI 2, DISLEY 1ST XI 1 LYTHAM travelled to Manchester to take on a team who had enjoyed recent success against them. LSA started slowly, Disley controlled the mid-field for the first quarter and it was no surprise when they took the

  • Sidac on the rampage

    SIDAC, leaders of the Warrington League Premier Division romped to a 5-0 victory at Eagle Sports. Mike Clarke struck twice and the other goals came from Graham Mitchell, Graham Hewitt and Mike Travis. Second-placed Haydock were also in form, winning 4

  • Parent power

    RAISING funds for a needy cause is something the parents and pupils at Hall Park County Primary School, Lytham, really are top of the class at. When asked by the McMillan Windmill Appeal to front the campaign for the new cancer unit at Blackpool Victoria

  • Haydock on course for bumper year

    AMBITIOUS plans to make Haydock Park the best dual jumping and flat course in the country were unveiled this week. Managing director Richard Thomas said: "Improvements at Haydock over the past few years have lifted us to the very pinnacle of British racing

  • Pool player cheats death

    POLICE are trying to solve the mystery of a pool player who "lost" two weeks of his life before waking up in hospital to be told: "You almost died." Aaron Haine, 22, of Hapton, is recovering from a life-saving operation but can't remember how he was injured

  • Hounds throw it away

    Parr Hare & Hounds 8, Saddleworth A 28 DESPITE the final scoreline, this was a game the Hounds could, and should, have won. After dominating the opening quarter all they had to show for their efforts was a penalty goal by full-back Neil Briers. Hounds

  • Healthy approach to young drifters

    BLACKPOOL'S pioneering health care team for the homeless is setting up a clinic specially to reach out to the resort's young drifters. This is the latest in a series of health schemes for the homeless from the Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde Community Health

  • Inquiry a 'cosmetic exercise' - claim

    AN INQUIRY into the closure of an eating disorder clinic was branded "fundamentally flawed" after a government minister pulled the rug from under campaigners fighting to save it, claim health watchdogs. The shutdown of Burnley Health Trust's unit at Reedley

  • Finch shot down

    Rylands 50, Haresfinch 6 FINCH competed well for the first quarter as they strived to avoid a sixth successive defeat. But once Rylands had taken the lead with a converted try the visitors' heads dropped and the well-drilled home side quickly assumed

  • Art plan for South Shore

    SOUTH Shore can look forward to a £400,000 golden mile of art to form a unique gateway to the UK's premier resort. Blackpool Council and the Blackpool Challenge Partnership are planning one of the largest public art projects in the country to enhance

  • Council house rents warning

    HOUSE hunters on Burnley Council's waiting lists were today urged to grab a home before rents soar. People are being encouraged to beat the January 31 transfer deadline when every council property in town is handed over to the new Burnley and Padiham

  • Steve gets ahead

    THE Penguin rally team invited the public to their special test session in preparation of the Rally GB in Burton-in-Kendal on Tuesday. The spectators had the chance to see the new Proton Compact in action and were given the opportunity to sit alongside

  • Order of the boot

    Pilkington Recs A 38, Waterhead A 12 TITLE-chasing Recs virtually booted their way to victory with four of their first five tries coming from kicks. After falling behind to an early Waterhead score, veteran scrum-half Johnny Smith got Pilks moving. He

  • Bike aces claim crown

    A SIDECAR duo have collected a major prize - just 15 months after teaming up. But it could have been all so different after a 140 mph crash that could have left them both seriously injured. Newton engineer Pete Alton, aged 36, linked up with Crewe rider

  • Alan aims high

    LANCASTER darts ace Alan Warriner steps up to the oche this week for the World Grand Prix in Kent. The England international will be hoping to win his first game against Gary Mason and, if successful, will face the likes of Phil Taylor or Dennis Priestly

  • Youngsters in goal feast

    TWO under 11s sides served up a feast of goals. Eccleston United and Rainhill United shared 11 goals in their Rainhill BYrne Hire League encounter. RESULTS Under 15s: Agrevo 2 Sidac 0, Haydock 0 St Annes Rovers 9, Holt 4 Blackleyhurst 2, Knowsley South

  • A free night at the opera

    BLACKPOOL opera fans will delight at the divas, sopranos and tenors treading the boards at the Grand Theatre next month. Mozart's comic masterpiece The Marriage Of Figaro sweeps into town on November 2 followed by Verdi's much loved opera Nabucco on November

  • Sweet revenge for Park

    West Park 24, Aldwinians 8 THIS was sweet revenge for West Park as they dumped the NPI Cup holders out of this year's competition. Smarting from three defeats last term, when Aldwinians pipped them for promotion and knocked them out of the cup, Park were

  • Oyston waits for new year resolution

    OWEN OYSTON may have to wait until the new year before the Parole Board reconsiders his case - even though a High Court judge told them he regarded it as a matter of urgency. Now MP Dale Campbell-Savours is taking up the delay with the Parole Board. He

  • Vulcan are shot down

    Hoylake 39, Vulcan 0 MISSING seven first team regulars, Vulcan faced an uphill task. But straight form the kick-off they went on the offensive with the backs running the ball from deep. Millard, Bell and Hatton gave Rigby space to put a perfectly placed

  • A little paradise with individuality

    IN reply to J Taylor's letter describing Poulton as a boring place to shop (Citizen, September 30). What absolute nonsense. We have the most interesting shops on the Fylde Coast. We sell mostly everything anybody could possibly need and it is a fallacy

  • Parky faces tough fight

    INJURY-PLAGUED Gary Parkinson faces a tough battle to get back into first team action after spending nearly a year in the treatment room. Parky, 31, has spent an agonising year away from the first team after undergoing surgery to have his knee rebuilt

  • Needles danger

    HEALTH chiefs are keen to expand their needle exchange service to combat the incidence of dangerous syringes found tossed away by drug-users. Neighbourhood pharmacies have been recruited across the Fylde Coast to take part in the scheme, but it is entirely

  • No place like home for Town

    St Helens Town 3, Fleetwood Freeport 2 TOWN extended their fine home record with another three points on Saturday. But they had to work hard against set-piece specialists Fleetwood, whose throw-ins were as good as free-kicks as Butler and Archbold speared

  • Public keen to discuss future

    THORNTON and Poulton residents were keen to talk about the future of their towns at public meetings this week. Wyre MP Hilton Dawson arranged a meeting in each location - and was bowled over by the response with 150 turning up in Poulton and 75 in Thornton

  • Shock for title favourites

    AT the start of the season it looked as though Carr Mill FC would be odds-on favourites to take the St Helens Star Premier Division title in the St Helens Combination. But after their 2-1 home defeat by Penlake - their third successive reverse - it looks

  • Cancer: Fylde is worst hit

    MORE than a million people in the UK are currently living with cancer and the percentage in the Fylde is among the worst in the country according to a recent survey. A frightening one in four people die of the disease and one in three people will be affected

  • Oyston: No hope of parole

    OWEN Oyston may have to wait until the new year before the Parole Board reconsiders his case - even though a High Court judge told them he regarded it as a matter of urgency. Now MP Dale Campbell-Savours is taking up the delay with the Parole Board. He

  • CPS get file on arrest row officer

    POLICE investigating claims that a woman constable wrongfully arrested a man at an Accrington nightclub have passed a file on the matter to the Crown Prosecution Service. The officer, PC Kate Weaver, claimed Tsagher Mahmood, 25, swore at her before his

  • Grants jobs boost

    FLEETWOOD is set to benefit from a pioneering scheme promoting increased employment. The project, known as the Business Development Grant Scheme, encourages businesses to expand where possible by offering grants of up to £2,000 per each new job created

  • Miracle man is wheely great

    CYCLING postman Steve McEwan is back in the saddle in a big way after a miraculous recovery from a horrific accident that should have sidelined him for the season. But less than four months after tearing a calf muscle clean off the bone, mountain biker

  • Green acres

    ELLENBROOK is set to get a village green, shops, a nursery and medical centre. An overgrown patch, once part of Mosley Common pit site, is earmarked for development on the corner of Bridgewater and Newearth Road opposite the Red Lion pub and St Mary's

  • Maine man Ward set for return

    ASHLEY Ward looks set to return to the starting line-up for Blackburn Rovers against his old club Manchester City at Maine Road tomorrow. And full back Jeff Kenna and winger Damien Johnson could also be available again as Rovers bid to end a bitterly-disappointing

  • Deepdale Diary

    CAPTAIN marvel Sean Gregan and winger Lee Cartwright are said to be the target of an amazing double swoop by Graham Taylor's Watford. The Premiership club, who already have ex-PNE player Allan Smart on their books, are said to be scouring the lower leagues

  • Death fears as firework yobs target elderly

    A COUNCILLOR has called for Hyndburn residents to unite against yobs who he claims are deliberately scaring old people by setting off fireworks close to their homes. Coun John Wells said he feared an elderly person might die from a heart attack if the

  • Now's First Citizen Evelyne

    MAYORESS Councillor Evelyne Smith was officially installed as Mayor to succeed her late husband, Bill, at a special ceremony on Monday. She was nominated by Cllrs Christine Hitchen and Susan Turner at a meeting in Wigan Town Hall. Her daughter, Elaine

  • Rumours of PNE take-over

    A CONSORTIUM of businessmen are lining up an amazing bid to take control of Preston North End, it was claimed today. Speculation is rife within Lancashire's business community that a group - said to include clothing giant Matalan, millionaire tycoon Trevor

  • Hi-tech link for POs

    LEIGH and Tyldesley Post Offices are going hi-tech. The Silk Street and Johnson Street offices are among the first in the North West to have computer technology installed as part of a massive programme to automate all UK offices by the end of 2001. A

  • Squandered chances

    THE frustration of Preston boss David Moyes was understandable in the press box after the game - we all witnessed his side squander so many chances, writes Tom Parker. He will take some consolation, however, from the fact that at least chances are being

  • Michael makes a meal of it

    BLACKPOOL chef Michael Golowicz joined forces with 25 other gastronomic masters in a massive bid to raise funds for children. But the team made sure it wasn't a case of too many cooks spoiling the broth at the event held last week at Manchester's Granada

  • Research to stay clean

    A NEW research centre to help design products has been opened at a clean air firm. Envair, which produces specialist products for clean rooms for the health and pharmaceutical industries, has invested in the new facility at its Helmshore site. "The new

  • Hag Fold prepares for blitz

    RESIDENTS are to blitz Atherton's Hag Fold estate in a week-long clean-up campaign. The environment week comes in response to a Community Mapping Team survey on the estate in August, which listed removing rubbish as a top priority. The programme will

  • That sinking feeling!

    THE row over the final cost of Salt Ayre's swimming pool was finally settled this week, with the city council agreeing to pay an additional £1.4 million from the public purse. The news was greeted with dismay by many councillors who described it as a

  • Faiths united at town hall

    BELIEVERS from across the borough came together to share their views and build trust and respect with those of different opinions. Around 70 people attended the meeting of the Bury Inter-Faith Council, which was held at Bury Town Hall on Tuesday night

  • Post Office puts up the shutters

    LOWTON'S senior citizens turned up to collect their pensions on Monday to find the shutters down at the local Post Office. The Lowton St Mary's premises on St Helen's Road were closed after an interim sub-postmaster decided to quit. This week the Post

  • Residents urged to have their say

    RESIDENTS in one of the most deprived areas of Pendle are being urged to have their say on a major housing regeneration scheme due to start next year. Exhibitions and public meetings outlining various options for the renewal project, known as Nelson West

  • Profits up at Halstead

    RADCLIFFE-based James Halstead Group has posted improved pre-tax profits for the financial year ending June 30. And Group chairman Vincent Clare has described the year as "a good one . . . with progress on all fronts." Pre-tax profits, before exceptional

  • Conman preys on pensioner

    CALLOUS conmen stole jewellery and cash worth £220 from a 94-year-old Unsworth woman. One of the men called at the pensioner's house in Cunningham Drive and asked to retrieve an item from her back garden. She accompanied the man but on her return to the

  • Powerful stuff!

    IT was "green for go" this week when a Pilsworth-based power plant, producing electricity from tons of waste refuse, was officially launched. And the environmentally-friendly equipment reinforces Viridor Waste Management, formerly Terry Adams Ltd, as

  • Did you see raid?

    POLICE are appealing for witnesses to an armed robbery at the Nevins store in Cambridge Road on Sunday, October 17. Two men, armed with a hammer, burst into the store at about 9.30pm and threatened staff before forcing them to open a safe. The men - one

  • Fresh start for sports club

    A SPORTS club, which faced possible closure three years ago, will today celebrate a fresh start. Seedfield Sports Club in Parkinson Street will stage an open day starting at 3.45pm to mark the completion of a major refurbishment of the complex. In 1996

  • Car crime crackdown

    FOURTEEN people were arrested during a three-day clampdown on car crime in Whitefield. They were detained during a surveillance operation in the Livsey Street area. The crackdown, which was codenamed "Operation Redbridge", was mounted to tackle the problems

  • Leg it!

    MERSEYTRAVEL are calling on parents to leave their cars at home more often, following a report that many British children are obese before they even start school. Merseytravel Chair, Councillor Mark Dowd, said: "Some parents are almost killing their kids

  • Meet your greens!

    KEEN greens came out in their thousands to make Bury Environment Week a huge success. Children and adults alike got stuck into a range of events to show their commitment to the borough's surroundings. The week culminated in an Environment Fair, the biggest

  • Rocket patrol

    TRADING standards officers and the police are working together to stamp out sales of fireworks to underage youngsters and police will be mounting patrols to target any youths messing about with fireworks. As part of Operation Rocket, police officers will

  • Seen Marley?

    STAFF and customers at a computer firm are praying for the safe return of their 'adopted' pet cat, Marley. The three-year-old ginger tom has been looked after by Sue Smith, retail and account manager at Express Computers in Greenfield Road, Dentons Green

  • Follow the firework code

    ST HELENS Council is warning of the danger of fireworks - even sparklers - being in the wrong hands during bonfire celebrations. While there has been an overall drop of 28 per cent in fireworks-related injuries, incidents involving sparklers continue

  • Police sound alarm

    MERSEYSIDE Police are urging the business community and residents in St Helens to ensure they are prepared for the Millennium. With just three months to the celebrations, people are being encouraged to make certain that alarm systems have been checked

  • Heartening display

    BLACKPOOL manager Nigel Worthington was delighted with his side's performance against fellow strugglers Oldham on Tuesday night (Oct 19) - despite losing 2-1. After the drubbing by Bury, Bloomfield Road looked more like Fort Knox, with bouncers brought

  • Athletic on the march

    LEIGH ATHLETIC got it all right on Saturday. They bounced back from Thursday's 3-2 defeat against Pennington to humiliate a poor Rochdale side 13-0. The goals came from Wilson 3, Knowles 2, Marsh 2, Stead 2, Waller 2, Pickles and Lewis. Athletic Reserves

  • Borough launches arts survey

    ST HELENS could soon have its own 'Who's Who' of the arts world. Backed by funding from the North West Arts Board, St Helen's Council is carrying out a survey of arts activity and creative workers in the borough. Jo Broad has been appointed Arts Support

  • Boy,4, dies of meningitis

    THE son of a Blackburn ambulanceman has died of meningitis. Four-year-old Timothy Haworth died early today in Manchester's Pendlebury Children's Hospital after losing a brave battle against the disease. His death came as public health officials confirmed

  • Sports centre plan for baths

    FINAL plans are being prepared for a major new recreation and leisure development at Parr. The scheme envisages the expansion of the present indoor swimming pool to three times its size with additional facilities on land around it. It is estimated the

  • Supermum Sue is high on Tai

    SUPERFIT Astley mum Sue Johnson returned from a Chinese exercise to beat Britain's best. Sue teaches the ancient art of Tai Chi, a form of exercise which combines martial arts movements with relaxed breathing techniques. Since 1990 she has been a student

  • Ross gloss as RMI go top

    LEIGH RMI moved top of the Premiership after a battling 2-1 win at Hucknall Town. It was a hard-fought and deserved win against a side with few frills. "I was pleased with the way we adapted to the circumstances surrounding the game," said manager Steve

  • Today's the Day!

    A look back at events in history on October 22 with Mike Badham 2136BC: The first recorded solar eclipse happened, in China. The peasants thought a dragon was eating the sun, so they made as much noise as they could - and frightened it away. 1707: The

  • Crash at moors accident blackspot

    A BLACKSPOT road was closed for around an hour yesterday after two cars collided. The accident happened in Grane Road close to the Grey Mare pub just yards from the scene of an horrific crash which claimed the lives of two young Blackburn College students

  • Mark swoops in cliffhanger

    WINGER Mark Jones' 75th minute try forced a 14-14 draw for Leigh East against a better organised Barrow Island outfit. But the game was one to forget - not quite the thriller the scoreline might suggest. Jones' try kept the East's National Conference

  • Kosovo dog tale has happy ending

    SOLDIER Lance Corporal Steven Smith has fallen in love while on a six-month tour of duty as part of the International Kosovo Peacekeeping Force (KFOR). But it wasn't a local girl who captured his heart - it was a Kosovar dog which he rescued while serving

  • Towering achievement!

    A MASSIVE £200,000 restoration and refurbishment programme is planned for the borough's most prominent landmark. The council are putting together a bid to carry out work on Peel Tower. Proposals include housing a new visitor facility and a base for the

  • Clarets v Bristol City

    LENNY Johnrose has seized the opportunity with both hands following his return to the Clarets' starting line-up and will continue in midfield against Bristol City tomorrow. Johnrose had been one of the frustrated supporting cast since injury ruled him

  • Andrew's puds are pure gold!

    BLACK pudding king Andrew Holt has proved that not only do his puds taste amazing but they look out of this world as well. Andrew, who runs his own pudding company in Waterfoot, beat off the best in Europe once again with his secret pudding recipe with

  • Council pulls plug on town hall pub plan

    PENDLE council has lost out on £100,000 after the controversial sale of Barnoldswick Town Hall to a pub company was called off. Councillors decided last night to pull out of the deal with Preston-based Inns & Leisure after a months of arguments over

  • Heartbreak decision for arson victims

    A COUPLE left homeless by a blaze have been told they must say goodbye to their pet dogs. Blackburn with Darwen Council has offered to house the Wilkinsons on condition they do not bring along their pets. Stephen and Sylvia Wilkinson live on a notorious

  • West aims to bank a blank

    BRISTOL City ended an eight-hour wait for a goal when Brian Tinnion eventually found the net against Colchester United on Tuesday night. However, Colchester managed to bag an equaliser and City were booed off as their winless run extended to five games

  • Where parents fear to tread

    A ONCE popular park has been transformed into a "no go"area. Openshaw Park off Rochdale Road in Bury is, locals claim, unsafe after dark with thugs threatening park users, destroying saplings and wrecking the bowling greens. Mr Jimmy Hill of the Pimhole

  • Brig blast blues

    BAMBER BRIDGE made history with a thrilling 4-3 win over Lancaster City that sent the club into the first round of the FA Cup for the first time. The rollercoaster ride of a match almost proved too much for Brig boss Tony Greenwood who saw the match go

  • Ternent fumes after City striker link

    CLARETS boss Stan Ternent is fuming after Bristol City leaked his interest in striker Steve Jones ahead of tomorrow's clash between the two sides at Turf Moor. Ternent enquired about Jones, who recently moved to Ashton Gate from Charlton Athletic for

  • I want justice for my son

    THE family of a man viciously assaulted in Corfu are hoping action will finally be taken against his attacker - more than three months after the incident. Brennan Clemance, 18, of Surrey Road, Blackburn, was slashed across the head, face, throat and chest

  • Man City v Rovers

    MARK Kennedy made his 100th League appearance as Manchester City clambered over their rivals to the top of the First Division at Birmingham on Tuesday night. And, in most respects, it seems that the 23-year-old Republic of Ireland left winger is finally

  • Up-front dentist's fee hits raw nerve

    AN ANGRY father today criticised a dental surgery for refusing to book his five-year-old daughter in for treatment unless he paid a failed appointment fee up front. Little Kelsey Stirling has a painful abcess on one tooth and a cavity in another and was

  • Royle keeps check on Rovers

    JOE Royle is not the type of manager who pretends to ignore rivals' results. After each game he asks about the rest of the Division One results, and the fortunes of Blackburn Rovers is often his first question. Maybe it is the fact that Brian Kidd was

  • Andy Is a Diamond Geezer

    JEWELLER to the stars, Steven Stone has given a huge boost to Manchester United star Andy Cole's fund-raising efforts. The Whitefield-based businessman has donated a "diamond for Africa" to the newly launched Children's Fund to help children orphaned

  • Little champions

    IT'S a perfect picture of glowing health and happiness and we want to keep it that way. Smiling Sophie and James are just two of the hundreds of local schoolchildren who can give Fylde folk a massive boost in the fight against cancer. That's why the Blackpool

  • Nose bitten off in pub brawl

    A MAN had part of his nose bitten off and another sustained a fractured skull in separate attacks outside a Bury town centre pub. Now, detectives are appealing for information from witnesses to the assaults which both happened outside the Chicago Rock


    50/50 Dancing with MC's Duncan and Margaret, Tony's Ballroom, Town Hall Street, Blackburn, 7.30pm-11pm. Social Evening, Rhyddings Methodist Church, Oswaldtwistle, 7.30pm. Celebration meal, Bank Top Community Centre, Blackburn, 1.30pm. Spring Vale Rambling

  • Fond memories of capital adventure

    IT happened about 80 years ago, but the memory of her big visit to the capital city still burns brightly in the memory of Annie Parker. And she now wonders how many fellow survivors are still around to recall the Wembley Exhibition of her childhood when

  • Top artist's legacy to town

    RADCLIFFE could score a UK first with a million-pound museum showcasing "Standing Stones" sculptor Ulrich Ruckriem. The world-famous German artist says he will donate four pieces of work - worth more than £1 million - to the town if it can find a suitable

  • It's all about freedom of choice

    SOME of your correspondents are bewildered as to why in the year 1999 (of the Christian era) our children are still being instructed in religious propaganda. It is because the archaic law of blasphemous libel is still on the statute book even though the

  • Harry's plunge back in time

    TAKING a daredevil plunge from on high usually ended up with rebel schoolboy divers being yanked - kicking and struggling - from the choppy waters of the St Helens public baths, before being propelled into the streets outside. For those young Tarzans

  • A matter of faith

    I WOULD like to be afforded the opportunity to reply to 'British Democrat' (Letters, Sept. 30) who seems to have no knowledge of RE as taught in British schools. As Britain is becoming more and more a multi-racial society, this is definitely reflected

  • Head raps cost of college travel

    THE director of an aid agency with an annual turnover of £20million was the guest speaker at a school's celebration night. But the school's head teacher criticised the Government for stripping post-16 pupils of travel subsidy to colleges of higher education

  • Get a life, council!

    I FEEL that the council's "ban" on such events as the recent Ladies Night, organised by the Bury Times, is totally unjustified. I went to the Ladies Night and I haven't enjoyed myself so much for a long time. I found the show was tastefully done, and

  • Slap curfews on hooligans

    I AM writing to register my disgust at the sight that greeted staff and pupils returning to St Mark's CE Primary School in Bury after a recent weekend. Scores of windows had been broken in what can only be described as incredibly selfish and mindless

  • Dynamic duo missing

    LAUREL and Hardy fan Robert Kay found himself in a fine mess after prized statues of the famous comedy duo were stolen from his garden. Robert, of Oaktree Ave, Leyland, says he placed the antique statues in his garden, just days after restoring one -

  • Cash for war, not for safety

    THE recent terrible train disaster at Paddington was an accident which had been waiting to happen for at least 11 years and came despite the tragic warning at Southall two years ago. Following the 1988 Clapham disaster, Cecil Parkinson promised that its

  • Effort helped us all

    I WOULD like to thank everybody for their help in securing refusal of planning permission for the proposed Woodbank Cricket Club-BT Cellnet telecommunications mast. A special thanks must also go to our local councillor, Andrea Hughes, for her active participation

  • Jury is vital safeguard

    A PERSON'S historic right to have his or her case heard by a jury is under threat from government cost-cutting plans. This has serious implications for the criminal justice system. Not only will it remove an important safeguard in the system, but it will

  • Spies in the night

    TAXI drivers will install 'spy cameras' in a bid to discourage violent customers. Two black cabs in the Preston area have already been fitted with mini cameras, in an attempt to stop the spiralling number of attacks on taxi drivers. If the scheme proves

  • Let's make it special for Rita

    LEIGH'S Mrs Millennium, Rita Jones, has lost her battle against cancer. Rita, who for years ran Colliers Photographic Shop in Railway Road with her husband Brian, died on Saturday. Now business colleagues want to turn the town into a town of angels -

  • Extremist Christians on attack

    FANATICAL Christians are bombarding Preston's councillors with photocopied bible passages condemning homosexuality. The extremists believe homosexuality is wrong and want councillors to know that God doesn't approve either. Councillors have received several

  • Don't pop a perry

    WHAT would Edina and Patsy say? Tipple happy Preston folk are being duped into buying dodgy bolly! And Trading Standards chiefs have warned locals if they try and save money by buying Bollinger Millennium Champagne, they can expect their New Year parties

  • Mystery woman in cult drive

    A BLACK-haired woman is believed to be behind a sinister plot to recruit youngsters into a cult. The Citizen has learned that a woman calling herself Lucy Miller has been approaching students throughout Preston, trying to lure them into the Campus Ministries

  • Dirty old town

    I WRITE after reading with incredulity two recent articles in the Bury Times claiming that Bury is a brighter and cleaner place following a recent increase in spending by the council. Such a claim was made by Councillor Linda Harwood and if it is true

  • Yobs use bins to litter streets

    LITTER bins installed in a bid to tidy up a run-down Preston area are being used by yobs - to litter the streets even more. New bins were strategically placed throughout Deepdale after Preston Borough Council secured Single Regeneration Budget funding

  • Rumours of PNE take-over

    A CONSORTIUM of businessmen are lining up an amazing bid to take control of Preston North End, it was claimed today. Speculation is rife within Lancashire's business community that a group - said to include clothing giant Matalan, millionaire tycoon Trevor

  • Secrets of Kosovo in spotlight

    AN archivist from Preston is to travel to Kosovo in a bid to salvage what is left of the war-torn province's records. Bruce Jackson, who is Lancashire County Council's archivist, will make the 10-day trip in November to help preserve as many records as

  • Hi-tech mission for TA

    SOLDIERS from the Lancastrian and Cumbrian Volunteers (LCV) went on a hi-tech mission on their annual camp at Sennybridge, Wales. The infantry troops got kitted out in battle dress and went to attack the 'enemy', played by cadets, with support from visiting

  • Single lane for bypass

    AMENDED plans for the Broughton Bypass have been approved by Lancashire County Council. The decision was taken at last Friday's highways and transportation general purposes sub-committee. The main change from the scheme adopted in 1994 is that a single

  • Life on the outside

    WYMOTT Prison, Leyland, will host the country's first employer day for prisoners nextMonday. Liverpool, Everton and Tranmere Rovers football clubs, Lookers Vauxhall and Nationwide Building Society are among the employers who are planning to send representatives

  • Lee joins Seasiders

    BLACKPOOL FC has secured the services of David Lee on a temporary transfer from Wigan Athletic. David has played at the highest level both with Bolton Wanderers and Southampton. Manager Nigel Worthington hopes he will bring both quality and experience

  • Do not suffer in silence

    SCARED residents on a Preston housing estate are being told help is at hand. The reassuring message to locals on the Tanterton estate comes from landlord North British Housing Association in the wake of a Citizen story which revealed how a young woman

  • Too early for Guy Fawkes

    ROWDY youngsters on a Leyland estate are terrorising locals with fireworks. Residents claim their pets are terrified when youngsters set off loud bangers in parkland off Western Drive. One woman says her dog has even tried to climb into the washing machine

  • Friends mourn fireman's death

    JUST a year ago, Wendy Edwards experienced the happiest day of her life at a sleepy Preston church, marrying her partner of two-and-a-half-years, popular firefighter Stephen Edwards. Yesterday, just a week after celebrating her first wedding anniversary

  • NON-LEAGUE SOCCER: Club says sorry

    CLITHEROE have issued a full apology to the FNWT League management committee following comments made by boss Steve Parry over a rearranged fixture. Parry has been called before the committee to explain his comments and club chairman Steve Rush made the

  • Confidence boost for Scorpions

    AFTER last week's humiliating defeat at Shevington, Blackpool Scorpions needed a confidence booster in their Rugby League match against Lancaster Farms - and the game provided just the tonic as they strolled to a 14-74 victory. Teenager Ben Simpson started

  • Cemetery is a credit

    LAST year it was very upsetting to visit graves of loved ones at Radcliffe Cemetery as it was in such a dreadful condition. The cemetery is now back to what it used to be, and is a credit to the two lads maintaining it. A sincere "thank you" to them both

  • NON-LEAGUE SOCCER: Team news

    RAMSBOTTOM UNITED boss Ken Bridge has selection problems ahead of his side's FA Carlsberg Vase first round clash at Squires Gate tomorrow. New signing Mike Smith is cup-tied, Jamie Ramplin is suspended and Martin Hulme is the best man at a wedding. But

  • Mark completes hat-trick

    OLD Arnoldian Mark Buterworth, now a third year student reading engineering at Exeter University, is flying high after being awarded a Royal Air Force cadetship. Educated at Arnold junior and senior schools, Mark, of Blackpool Road, Ansdell, joins fellow

  • Drugs alert

    A DRUGS awareness day was held at Stoneyholme and Daneshouse Youth and Community Centre, Burnley, when people explored the drugs issue through art work and discussions. Several agencies were involved with the day which was arranged by Age Concern Lancashire

  • Pupils in bulb race

    SCHOOLCHILDREN across Blackpool are getting their spades and wellies out to beat the Millennium clock. More than 1,000 youngsters have volunteered to help park staff plant nearly 150,000 crocus bulbs in the last leg of a marathon event organised by Blackpool

  • Striker Payton could face charge

    BURNLEY striker Andy Payton could face prosecution following an incident when his car was stopped by police officers for a routine check, police revealed today. Lancashire police confirmed that at midnight on Sunday Mr Payton's Vauxhall Tigra car was

  • Son lost temper after racist slur

    A LANDLADY'S son who went to break up a New Year fracas and ended up lashing out, has walked free from court. Burnley Crown Court had heard how Paul Bradburn, 31, lost his temper after being subjected to racist remarks. Although he was holding a bottle

  • Schoolboys fail fitness test

    St Helens Schools under 13s 10, Hull 26 THE St Helens lads tired in the final quarter after the score had been locked at 10-10. And it allowed Hull to take the spoils. Try scorers for St Helens were Rob Burkhill and Craig Maddocks, who added a conversion

  • Head's exam result delight

    SEVENTY per cent of students at Burnley's Walshaw High School performed better in their GCSE exams than was predicted five years ago in standard tests. Head teacher Mrs Lila Towers told parents at the presentation evening: "Our figures show that 90 out

  • Portico defence key to success

    Portico 48, West Bank 6 THE key to this impressive victory was again Portico's defence. The Widnes side battled hard in the first period and held the Panthers to a 12-6 lead with tries from Neil Kearns and Mark Rigby, both converted by Craig Peel. The

  • Pilks find their form

    PILKINGTON under 16s hit top form as they beat Penlake 4-1 in the St Helens McDonald's JOL. And Rainhill United enjoyed a 3-1 victory over old rivals Whiston Juniors. RESULTS Under 16s Dawson Cup: Blackleyhurst 0 Dunnes Rovers 2. Under 16s: Rainhill United

  • Laura's on fairway to heaven

    TALENTED teenager Laura Johnstone is proving a big hit on the golf course after halving her handicap from 40 to 20 in just eight months. And the 16-year-old Cowley High School pupil is certainly following in her father's footsteps. Dad, David, a seven-handicapper

  • Siuna is a TV vet-eran

    MOVE over Rolf Harris - this St Annes vet has been in practice for her own TV performance. Siuna Whitehead, from the Veterinary Health Centre, Alexandra Road, St Annes, answered the call of a wild new TV series Vets To The Rescue which started on BBC

  • Heath draw Hornets' sting

    Halton Hornets 18, Thatto Heath Crusaders 26 HEATH were made to fight all the way for this Lancashire Cup victory by Division Four title hopefuls Halton. They started brightly, however, when centre Peter Derbyshire touched down after quick hands had produced

  • David wants more cash help

    BLACKPOOL South Conservatives hope their newly-selected prospective parliamentary candidate will be a cut above the rest. For 33-year-old David Morris is a hairdresser with a chain of salons around Greater Manchester. Married with a baby son, he lives

  • Heartening display

    BLACKPOOL manager Nigel Worthington was delighted with his side's performance against fellow strugglers Oldham on Tuesday night (Oct 19) - despite losing 2-1. After the drubbing by Bury, Bloomfield Road looked more like Fort Knox, with bouncers brought

  • Yickers enjoy cup stroll

    Haydock 40, Hindley 4 HAYDOCK reached the third round of the Lancashire Cup without too much trouble. They were always on top but took 15 minutes to score when Tither touched down in the corner and Haughey converted. Haydock were rocked by an injury to

  • Return of vandalism

    SOME time ago you published my letter about vandalism at Ashdell Bowling Green, Thornton. I must now write again regarding more vandalism - three more broken benches - at this lovely area. This is outright destruction by youths who are supposed to be

  • Brook go down fighting

    Eccles 32, Blackbrook 14 INJURY-hit Brook made Confernece first division high-flyers Eccles fight all the way for this success. Their 16-man squad never shirked its task, especially the pack, superbly led by stand-in skipper Steve Molyneux and man-of-the-match

  • I'll lay out Laila in three

    FLEETWOOD "assassin" Jane Couch has thrown the first punches in a war of words - promising to knock Laila Ali out in three rounds if they meet in March. Couch said negotiations to stage her dream fight with Muhammad Ali's daughter in March next year,

  • Christmas shelter gets green light

    LANCASTER'S Homeless and Housing Action Centre has been given the green light to hold their annual Christmas Shelter at Our Lady's High School. Last week, group co-ordinator Tony Hennessy told The Citizen it looked unlikely that the school would be able

  • Disabled face un-fare future

    WITH reference to the story about bus passes for the disabled (Citizen, October 7), I sympathise with Miss Taylor and I experienced a similar situation. In 1986 I was issued with a Lancashire County disabled bus pass, but when I became 65 it was taken

  • Christley victim of hate mail

    POLICE are investigating hate mail sent to former tourism officer David Christley, who this week heard that there will be an independent inquiry into his controversial dismissal. The vicious anonymous letter was sent to his home address and another letter

  • Not our cup of tea!

    THE people of Silverdale have been told to flush the toilet before they boil the kettle for a cup of tea! That's because many homes in the picturesque village are served by outdated lead water pipes which contaminate the water. North West Water have advised

  • It's kids' stuff!

    A NEW nursery opened this week at Blackpool and the Fylde's central Blackpool campus - with some messy results. Principal Reg Chapman got his hands dirty helping the 20 children whose parents all study at the college with their finger paintings. The brand

  • Now it's seven unbeaten!

    PRESTON continued their steady rise up Division Two and, in the process, extended their unbeaten run to seven games with a comfortable win against a below-par Millwall. A second half goal from Lee Cartwright put the travellers in front when terrible mix-up

  • Johnson opts for Scotland

    DAVID JOHNSON is in line for a baptism of fire after opting for Scotland as his international country. The Jamaican-born former Shakers striker can look forward to a place on the bench at the very least for the European Championship play-off tussle with

  • David to fight in Blackpool

    LOCAL Tory David Morris, 33, has been chosen by the Conservatives to fight for the Blackpool seat at the next Parliamentary General Election. He was the former chairman of the Northwest Area Young Conservatives and, two years ago, became Britain's youngest

  • Preston out to buzz the bees

    PRESTON return to Deepdale this weekend, looking to build on recent successes. Although manager David Moyes expressed disappointment after Saturday's draw - he firmly believes North End did enough to bury Scunthorpe - there is no denying North End are

  • Hello, who's a pretty confused boy then?

    WHEN Catherine Thomson heard a knock at her front door she didn't quite expect to see the visitor waiting on her doorstep. For when she opened the door of her home in Norfolk Grove, Church, she found a cockatiel sitting on the front step. Now Mrs Thomson

  • Prescot derby joy

    Prescot 29 Burtonwood 0 PRESCOT continued their good run with this comfortable victory over local rivals Burtonwood. Stand-off Chris Leigh took the scoring honours for the winners with a personal tally of 22 from a try, five penalties and a conversion

  • Peter's wheel power

    FYLDE heart transplant man Peter Mulloy has roared back to full fitness as a king of the road. The 55-year-old, who received a new heart last year after eight cardiac arrests, passed his test first time after just five days' intensive tuition and is now

  • Warnock fumes at defeat

    Reading 2, Bury 0 BURY'S first visit to the magnificent new Madejski Stadium ended in tears on Wednesday evening when they sank to a defeat they didn't really deserve. It was a real kick in the teeth for Neil Warnock's men after the euphoria of last weekend's

  • Bolly bubbles burst!

    WHAT would Edina and Patsy say? Tipple happy Blackpool folk are being duped into buying dodgy Bolly! And Trading Standards chiefs have warned locals if they try and save money by buying Bollinger Millennium Champagne, they can expect their New Year parties

  • Farewell to teacher James, 26

    SCHOOLCHILDREN, teachers and sports players were today set to attend the funeral of a popular PE teacher who was brought up in Oswaldtwistle. James Torevell, 26, coached young basketball players at Derby Storm - an activity he shared with fiancee Linda

  • Bury rock it to 'em

    Blackpool 0, Bury 5 ON BLACKPOOL'S Golden Mile back in the 1930s there was an immensely popular sideshow exhibit known as the Rector of Stiffkey. The story goes that this Norfolk clergyman had been turfed out of the Church of England for alleged misbehaviour

  • Write move for Jayne

    A POULTON writer is making her first splash in the movie world with a film about an elderly mermaid. Jayne Steel, of Beckdean Avenue, co-wrote the short film Mavis And The Mermaid, starring veteran comedian Eric Sykes and actress Sylvia Syms, which was

  • Club group is jumpin'

    NORTHERN Leisure, the group which owns Burnley's Genesis nightspot, has bought Rank Entertainment's nightclub business for £150 million. The deal boosts the Preston-based group's position as Britain's largest nightclub operator. The deal includes 37 nightclubs

  • Annie's MBE 'for all nurses'

    ANNIE ENGLAND this week received her MBE "on behalf of all nurses". The Lowton-born community nurse was named in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June. Annie, who has spent 33 years in the caring profession, said: "All I ever wanted to be was a hands-on

  • Baldly planning my millennium bash

    The Shelley Wright column THERE are exactly 10 weeks to go until Millennium Eve and the promise of one of the biggest parties the world has ever seen - but can you find anyone in East Lancashire who actually knows what they are going to be doing when

  • Keith's a regular at the Palace

    IT WAS almost a case of home from home when Blackpool lifeboat man Keith Horrocks visited Buckingham Palace last week. He was invited to a special reception hosted by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to pay tribute to the emergency services. This visit

  • One more week for awards

    YOU'VE got an extra week! The deadline for entries for the final quarter of the Lancashire Evening Telegraph East Lancashire Business Awards has been extended until next Friday. The awards build on the success of previous years but this year we have introduced

  • Chance for a fresh career

    WHEN Robert Holgate was made redundant he thought he would never get another job. The Atherton maintenance man had been out of work for over a year before a new chance came his way. He completed four weeks training as a school caretaker in Atherton alongside

  • Brig blast blues

    BAMBER BRIDGE made history with a thrilling 4-3 win over Lancaster City that sent the club into the first round of the FA Cup for the first time. The rollercoaster ride of a match almost proved too much for Brig boss Tony Greenwood who saw the match go

  • Mystery death probe

    A POST mortem on the decomposed body of a 48-year-old Prestwich man failed to establish a cause of death. The body of Mr James Goodman was discovered on Monday after a forced break in to his flat in Beech Croft, Prestwich. Mr Goodman, who was unemployed

  • Compassion not bribery, says Mary

    A LEIGH anti-abortionist has backed Scottish Catholic Church action this week to help a 12-year-old mum keep her baby. Mary Lavelle, secretary of the Leigh branch of The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, said: "This is compassion in action

  • Job seekers given a fair chance

    MORE than 1,200 job seekers swelled Bury College this week in a bid to snap up around 300 vacancies. Many local companies took part in the Jobs Fair to secure temporary staff for the busy Christms period. Companies involved included Asda, Boots, Megabowl

  • Ill-fated Edgaris going home

    TRAGIC pensioner Edgaris Baumanis is to return to the homeland he loved. But the trip will not be how he wished it. After fifty-five years in exile his ashes are to be returned to his cherished Latvia. Mr Baumanis was forced to flee his country during

  • Parcels force!

    THE Bury franchise of express parcel carrier ANC has reached the finals of the Daily Telegraph Energis Customer Service Awards 1999. Chosen from leading businesses throughout the UK, ANC was commended for its commitment to continually providing first

  • Accident blackspot crash injures drivers

    A BUSY main road was blocked for more than an hour after an accident involving two cars. Police said a VW Golf car was overtaking on the A682 Gisburn Road, Blacko, near the Moorcock Inn, when it was in collision with another vehicle. The Golf driver,

  • Tickle group score

    THE Summerseat-based Tickle Group/Brand ID have won a major £63,000 creative contract with Lancaster City Council and the £4.6 million River Lune Millennium Park Project. The Millennium Park Project, due to be completed in June 2000, will take the form

  • Band's Wembley big break

    POP band The Rubbish will play the biggest show of their careers when they support Status Quo tomorrow night. The Pendle group will open the show in front of a sellout 12,000 crowd, at London's Wembley Arena. As the only support of the evening, the ambitious

  • Fairfield road link call

    BURY'S new East Area Board is calling for a new link to the borough's new accident and emergency unit. Concerns were expressed on Monday evening over the expected increase in traffic to Fairfield General Hospital when the town's casualty unit moves there

  • Training scheme launched

    THE launch of the Bury Development Training and Education Support Project takes place today, October 22. Billed as an important development, the project aims to help small and medium sized companies in Bury to upgrade personal and professional skills

  • Tots toddle for toys

    ENERGETIC toddlers were raring to go and put their best foot forward to help raise money for their vandalised nursery. The charity trekkers (pictured) from Castlecroft Day Nursery wrapped up warmly from the October cold and took part in a sponsored toddle

  • Little champions

    IT'S a perfect picture of glowing health and happiness and we want to keep it that way. Smiling Sophie and James are just two of the hundreds of local schoolchildren who can give Fylde folk a massive boost in the fight against cancer. That's why the Blackpool

  • Art school to be revived

    ON the day before an Oxford-educated barrister all but called Preston a "town" full of simpletons, plans were being drawn up to turn it back into a leading cultural centre. The Harris Institute, in Avenham, has laid empty for decades, but was once one

  • Local firms shine at expo

    BURY firms showcased their wares at Business Voice '99. The two-day show, at Bolton's Reebok Stadium, attracted more than 1,000 visitors. Apart from the main exhibition, there were also a host of associated events including workshops and an e-commerce

  • A true lord of the ring

    ST HELENS Town Amateur Boxing Club ace Stephen Birch received a cracking 18th birthday present when he was named Best under-19s Boxer of The Year by the British Boxing Board of Control. The talented teenager was presented with the prestigious honour at

  • Flying high

    A HIGH flying mum of two has taken command of Bury's 1036 Squadron. Flight Lieutenant Elizabeth Thomas, who lives in the Myrtle Street area of Bury, has been appointed Commanding Officer of the borough's Air Training Corps. She takes over from Flt Lt

  • Council fury over Market delay

    TOWN hall bosses are demanding compensation from builders in charge of the £5 million revamp of Bury market. They are annoyed that the project, designed to cement Bury's position as the best market in the North West, is now six months behind schedule.

  • Council first for Julie

    BURY Council has appointed its first woman director. Ms Julie Goulding will lead the largest and biggest-spending department as director of personal and community services. She joins Bury next month to take control of education, social services and housing

  • Lest we forget

    ORGANISATIONS throughout the borough, as well as members of the public, are invited to join the Mayor of St Helens, Councillor Pat Jackson, in the council's Ceremony of Remembrance on Sunday, November 14, at the war memorial in Victoria Square. Those

  • Anger after school vandalised

    VANDALS have caused more than £1,000 worth of damage to a Ramsbottom school. Seventeen windows were smashed during the weekend attack on Woodhey High School and thieves broke in through one of the windows to steal equipment . It is believed they were

  • Higgins quits HIlton Park job

    LEIGH RL Chief Executive Mick Higgins has resigned as a cost-saving measure. He is, however, likely to remain as the club's chairman with Leigh RMI boss Chris Healey taking a more 'hands on' role in the running of Hilton Park business. Mr Higgins says

  • Shakers on the sick list

    IT'S a case of "all hands on deck" for under-the-weather Bury boss Neil Warnock this weekend as injuries and illness bite into the first team squad. A mystery stomach bug has affected the manager as well as strikers Paul Barnes and Ian Lawson, and defenders

  • Meet our Woman of the Year

    OVERWHELMED but absolutely delighted was how the new Bury Woman of the Year described herself after winning the prestigious title. Mrs Judith Taylor was stunned when she picked up the award at a special ceremony at the Elizabethan Suite yesterday afternoon

  • Doing genuine good with fakes

    A LORRY load of counterfeit 'designer' clothes with a street value of half a million pounds is bound for the Balkans - courtesy of St Helens Trading Standards Officers. The clothes were set to be destroyed after being confiscated but officers managed

  • They want you

    THE Territorial Army is holding a recruiting day at its local headquarters in Prescot Road on Saturday, October 30, between 10am and 4pm. The site is home to the Battery 103rd Regiment Royal Artillery, which provides ammunition and equipment to missile

  • Haven nearer to nature

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  • History woven in amazing coat

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