• Reporters should stick to facts

    IS PETER White upset because Neil Yates (Sports Letters, February 9) suggests that he is biased in favour of Blackburn Rovers? Will he sue the bold Mr Yates? If he does, I think anyone who has read his reports over the years would agree he is biased in

  • Ian lights way to greener future

    HOUSEHOLDER Ian Mack has literally seen the light since deciding to go green. He was presented with a commemorative barometer and supply of energy-saving light bulbs for being the first customer of Millenergy. Millenergy, a consortium of 13 Lancashire

  • Tennis 'centre of excellence' plan

    SPORTS fans are hoping to net support for a proposed tennis centre of excellence in Haslingden. People throughout Rossendale are being asked to support the bid for lottery funding for the £1.4 million project. Over the next few weeks signatures will be

  • Party time for Muslims

    THE Muslim festival of Eid was celebrated with a party at Bangor Street Community Centre, Blackburn, for more than 500 people. The Eid Milan - meaning get-together - party was organised by the Pakistan Welfare Organisation with guest speakers including

  • Fans must show their loyalty, too!

    WE ARE writing in response to the letter from Eddie Brandon (February 9) regarding the transfer request from Tim Flowers If Tim's transfer request caused Mr Brandon more joy than the terrific 3-1 victory over Aston Villa and the return of Chris Sutton

  • Standing risk at Ewood Park worries authorities

    COUNCIL chiefs have urged soccer supremos to crack down on away fans standing up at Ewood Park after claiming they were causing a serious safety risk. Blackburn with Darwen Council has written to the Football Licensing Authority (FLA) about the problem

  • Hoddle's Sutton rethink - Kidd

    BRIAN KIDD believes that Glenn Hoddle could well have given Chris Sutton an England recall if he had still been the national coach. The Rovers boss revealed today that he had spoken to the former England coach about Sutton just days after taking over

  • Purple patches don't last forever

    MR EDDIE Brandon (Sports Letters, February 9), the fantastically funny man whose sarcasm often appears on this page, really cracks me up -unfortunately, not because it is funny and entertaining, but because of his fickle and misinformed opinion. I agree

  • Schools soccer needs organising

    REGARDING your report 'Kidd must take lead' (LET, February 5), I delayed responding until reading 'Solutions'. While it is commendable to concentrate on Under-19s games, for it be totally effective, it is necessary to apply such measures, and more, in

  • Jobs cut pay fear

    HUNDREDS of Lancashire Royal Ordnance workers have been warned that they could face pay cuts this year because of falling orders. Company officials have told unions that the munitions manufacturer - which has already announced up to 160 job cuts at its

  • Unhappy Valentine date for Crook

    BOXING: Rossendale's Chris Crook lost his lightweight ABA Senior Championship contest against Altrincham's Lee Valentine by an 11-3 points decision in the North West Counties Finals at Preston last night. Crook, representing Lancashire Constabulary in

  • TEN YEARS AGO: Jobless total up

    UNEMPLOYMENT fell below two million nationwide for the first time in eight years, but East Lancashire's figures went against the trend with a slight increase. In Blackburn and Darwen, 5,831 people, around nine per cent, were unemployed, while 6,137 people

  • FIVE YEARS AGO: Disasters centre

    A HIGH tech command centre costing £376,000 was set up to help emergency services cope with major disasters. Nuclear Electric, which ran the Heysham power plant, funded the new centre at Lancashire police's Hutton headquarters. Nuclear Electric staff

  • Down by the Riverside with Phil lloyd

    THE ceasefire, when it came, was something of a relief. Yet another patched-up detachment of blue and white troops had barricaded themselves in, this time at the New Castle, and repelled the attacks of those loyal to The Dreadlocked One. King Brian the

  • Bad planning - rotten caring

    JUST days after this newspaper revealed how pettifogging planners' refusal of an access ramp forced a disabled Blackburn pensioner to do her banking in the street, we find a wheelchair-bound Ribble Valley mother having to do the same at Whalley. The reason

  • SOCCER: Burnley Sunday League

    THE Hodgson brothers of Cakeboards shot their side into an eight-point lead in Division Three of the Burnley Sunday League. Paul scored five and Andrew got two to complete a 7-2 rout of Commercial. This is their 10th victory out of 12 and puts them on

  • Nuisance parkers

    THERE has been a lot of controversy in Blackburn about A-boards and shops' displays on the pavements. The council has been able to do nothing about it even though it is illegal. And, now, apart from the illegal obstruction of the pavements, there is illegal

  • SOCCER: Blackburn Combination

    EWOOD Amateurs and Griffin Celtic continue their unrelenting chase for the title of the Colborne Trophies Premier Division, with neither willing to give ground to the other. Ewood swept to a convincing 8-1 win away to Crown Berger. Griffin had tougher

  • Lesson in geography

    THE reporters of the Lancashire Evening Telegraph continue to show their ignorance of the geography of Blackburn. Fairhope Court (LET, February 8) is not, nor ever has been in Bank Top. Bank Top is on the opposite side of Preston New Road. And yet the

  • NON-LEAGUE: Broom: Clubs must plan for future or go under

    A FORMER club chairman has called for a more positive, planned and dedicated approach from directors to take local non-League football into the millennium. And, as well as demanding better leadership from the top, ex-Nelson chairman Ken Broom stresses

  • Councillor's apology for absence . . . it's a girl!

    LIBERAL Democrat Mozaquir Ali had to miss Burnley Council's development control committee to take care of a little development of his own - his wife was having a baby. The Daneshouse ward member was called to Burnley General's maternity unit where wife

  • Sex assault story of tipsy girl, 13

    A SHOPKEEPER allegedly twice sexually assaulted a girl of 13 after taking her to a flat above the shop. Tahir Mohammed, 25, allegedly had a drinking contest with the girl, asked her if she was any good at giving massages and if she had ever performed

  • Difficulty of deadlines

    YOUNGSTERS in Accrington kept one eye on the clock as they worked flat out to complete our Deadline activity. NIE co-ordinator Rita Shaw spent the day at Hyndburn Park CP School challenging year 6 pupils to select news, information and advertisements

  • Fabrics firm seals Malta contract

    A CONTRACT worth more than £150,000 for a new hotel complex has been won by a Burnley fabrics firm. Panaz, which specialises in flame-retardant fabrics for curtains and upholstery, won the order for the Vivaldi Hotel in Malta. The firm will supply and

  • Fear over spray jobs recedes

    A MOVE to ban the use of PVC in car production which would have threatened hundreds of Lancashire jobs has been blocked. A European Union directive aimed to stop PVC being used on environmental grounds but the proposals threatened jobs at Wardle Storeys

  • Every word a winner

    THE half term holiday could be just the right time for a trip to the cinema and if you are wondering which movie to go for, read on to get the views of three young people whose entries were judged the winners in our film review competition. We teamed

  • Call for pay-out in A666 misery

    A CALL has been made for residents along the A666 to be compensated for the months of road works misery they have had to suffer. Blackburn with Darwen Council's majority Labour group will ask the Government to consider introducing laws to make utility

  • Jobs cut pay fear

    HUNDREDS of Lancashire Royal Ordnance workers have been warned that they could face pay cuts this year because of falling orders. Company officials have told unions that the munitions manufacturer - which has already announced up to 160 job cuts at its

  • Mind that language

    IN RESPONSE to Andy Neild's report on the crisis in non-League football (LET, February 11), apart from the money involved, one of the main reasons for the big decline below Conference level is the bad language and discipline of both the players and the

  • Health talks

    A DIABETES awareness scheme aimed at Asian women will be launched at St John's Centre, Victoria Street, Blackburn. The free eight-session programme starts at 5pm on March 2 with talks by health workers and guest speakers. Nasima Patel, community development

  • Women get the vote

    MORE than a century of male dominance was swept away after a Conservative club voted to give full membership to women. After 115 years, Beaconsfield Club, Stacksteads, has finally succumbed to girl power - the club's way of seeing in the new millennium

  • Super tour trouper Neil has the lot

    DURING this current triangular series in which England are competing, one of the outstanding successes of the tour has been the performances of Neil Fairbrother. He has shown calm, foresight and resilience in sometimes tense situations. The point made

  • Kidnap teacher happy to be alive

    A TEACHER who was taken hostage at gunpoint and bundled into a speedboat by kidnappers in Nigeria today told his East Lancashire-based sister: "I am so happy to be alive." Martin Westbury, 39, and his toddler son Benjamin are recovering at home after

  • Tragedy of death crash bike dad

    A MOTORCYCLIST who died instantly in a smash with a milk truck lived for his love of bikes, his wife revealed today. Police inquiries are continuing into the crash in which motor cyclist Brian Alliston died just before 7.40am yesterday. Mr Alliston, 47

  • Dementia victims to get more help

    HEALTH chiefs and council leaders are to put together a plan to give more help to elderly people suffering from mental illness. Members of Blackburn with Darwen Council's social services department became concerned about the lack of specialist help when

  • Fan base moves deserve applause

    IT IS about time that season ticket holders of Blackburn Rovers realised that the club is not a Manchester United or Arsenal, with people applying for season tickets and having to wait for years before they stand a small chance of succeeding. The plain

  • Rovers fan 'kicked unconscious'

    A FOOTBALL fan has told how he was set upon and kicked unconscious after Blackburn Rovers' crunch cup tie against Newcastle. And student Martin Jeffers is planning to complain to the chief constable of Northumbria amid claims that police failed to do

  • Rangers fuming after Bo-Bo swoop

    RANGERS boss Dick Advocaat has read the riot act to his scouting staff after being beaten by Blackburn Rovers in the chase for St Mirren's teenage starlets Burton O'Brien and David McNamee. The Glasgow giants, believed to be particularly keen on midfielder

  • Clarets hope for end to Howey transfer

    LEE Howey's protracted move to Northampton Town should go ahead this week - and for Burnley it won't come soon enough. The Clarets' defender completed a three-month loan spell at the Sixfields Stadium over a week ago but despite the two clubs agreeing

  • WHERE ARE THEY NOW: Graham Hawkins

    BEEN there, done it, watched the video, bought the T-shirt . . . Graham Hawkins is your man. Well, not many football managers can claim to have been thrown out of work by Saddam Hussein! The former Ewood central defender has not been employed full-time

  • Is game up for paying public?

    HAVING read the recent articles and letters concerning the situation at the Blackburn Arena, there still appears to be many questions unanswered. I have been a regular supporter of the Hawks for several years and, as a fan, I appreciate that money is

  • What's on: Events in East Lancs tomorrow

    Organ Recital, Blackburn Cathedral, 1pm-1.30pm. Craft Workshop for Young People - Craft Creatures, Burnley Mechanics, Manchester Road, Burnley, 10am-3pm. Blackburn Arts Club present "Play On!" Club Theatre, Gibraltar Street, 7.30pm. "Caribbean Calypso

  • Sons' appeal after mum, 78, attacked

    THE sons of a woman who was viciously assaulted at home have pleaded with the public: "Turn these thugs in." Thelma Isherwood, 78, was conned into opening her door by a thief posing as a workman. She was pushed down stairs at her home in Highfield Road

  • CRICKET: Gloucestershire track Rammy pro Harvey

    RAMSBOTTOM fear they could lose professional Ian Harvey to Gloucestershire. Peter Spencer, chairman of the Lancashire League club, confirmed the county had been in touch and hopes to know more by the end of the week. "At least they had the courtesy to

  • Cummings and Goings with Stephen Cummings

    ANOTHER poor result, another chorus of boos and another sea of saddened souls traipsing disconsolately down Brunshaw Road - probably to drown their sorrows. Alas and alack! Suffering and woe! Will the Clarets ever rediscover the form that moved the pundits

  • Challenge an experience

    FOR readers who relish a challenge, the British Heart Foundation World Experiences have two superb events this year - a 300km bike ride in Vietnam (May 16-25) and a 110km walk along the Great Wall of China (October 17-26). To join, participants must raise

  • NON-LEAGUE: It's not right to blame White

    FORMER Colne Dynamoes skipper Simon Westwell has slammed suggestions his old club are to blame for the current crisis in non-League football in East Lancashire. A number of leading non-League figures blamed Dynamoes for triggering off the spiralling wage

  • Fashion has deserted fur

    MANY top fashion designers are still using fur. Fashion is about moving with the times as well as evolving moral and ethical perceptions. Only 13 designers out of 120 have made a commitment not to use fur, including Stella McCartney. Wearing fur is not

  • Blair should beware doing a Gummer

    FOR all we know, genetically-modified food may well be as safe as Tony Blair seeks to assure us it is by saying he eats it himself. But, the trouble is, we don't know. What we do know, however, is that a survey of leading bioscientists showed only half

  • Disgraceful conduct

    AS I predicted, (Letters, February 4) Brian Foster, has now had his reappointment as chairman of Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale NHS Trust confirmed. Those who will be aware of attempts within the Labour party to firstly prevent his reappointment, then

  • SOCCER: Hyndburn and District Boys' League

    BLACKBURN Eagles maintained their 100 per cent record in the Under-13s section when they narrowly defeated title rivals Langho Juniors by the odd-goal-in-three. In the Under 15 Blue League honours remain even between title contenders Great Harwood Rovers

  • Town driving out punters

    IT is bad enough when people are trying to make a living and Burnley Council is trying and winning with charging for parking all over the town. But now they are clamping the traders. It is disgusting the way the council is driving people away from town

  • Abuse of free speech

    REGARDING Glenn Hoddle's sacking, both Kim Keogh and TJ Longstaff (Letters, February 10) give a variously confused and illogical interpretation of the affair. Mrs Keogh says that she believes in free speech. Don't we all? Hoddle, however, in what he said

  • Life sentence for Aids chimps

    IT was announced this month that an almost-extinct sub-species of chimpanzee - pan troglodytes troglodytes - had been identified as the original source of the HIV virus which causes Aids. It appears that the virus passed from them to humans via hunters

  • Broken gas main hits businesses

    FORTY businesses in Burnley were left without gas heating yesterday after contractors working on a water main ruptured an eight-inch main. It happened on Sunday morning and the cut-off lasted until yesterday afternoon, affecting premises in Curzon Street

  • Star treatment

    SUPERSTARS David Bowie and Placido Domingo will have a touch of Northern hospitality at tonight's Brit Awards - from Burnley girl Justine Russell. She said: "I will be responsible for making sure they have everything they need and making sure they get

  • Snub thumping!

    AN anarchist pop group who caused a Brit Awards storm by tipping water over Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott have been snubbed by organisers of this year's event. East Lancashire band Chumbawamba - who had a number one hit with Tubthumping - haven't

  • Clarets hope for end to Howey transfer

    LEE Howey's protracted move to Northampton Town should go ahead this week - and for Burnley it won't come soon enough. The Clarets' defender completed a three-month loan spell at the Sixfields Stadium over a week ago but despite the two clubs agreeing

  • Top Tory sees Typhoon work

    SHADOW Defence Secretary John Maples toured BAe at Samlesbury and saw the £3 million assembly engineering building where 300 employees are working on the Eurofighter Typhoon programme. "It gave us an opportunity to show the investment we have made in

  • Paper in the picture

    TWO tours of the Lancashire Evening Telegraph please, and make it snappy! The visit by pupils in years 5 and 6 at Sabden County Primary School extended their Newspapers in Education literacy project and combined it with their interest in high-tech photography

  • Kidnap teacher happy to be alive

    A TEACHER who was taken hostage at gunpoint and bundled into a speedboat by kidnappers in Nigeria today told his East Lancashire-based sister: "I am so happy to be alive." Martin Westbury, 39, and his toddler son Benjamin are recovering at home after