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  • Shamed mayor stands down

    PETER SWAINSTON, the Burnley mayor who resigned after an indecency conviction, is to stand down from Burnley Council. Coun Swainston, a Labour member for 23 years, today announced he will not seek re-election in Barclay ward at May's municipal polls.

  • Support for new centre if cash can be found

    RESIDENTS have been told they have councillors' support in their fight to get a new community centre to replace one that burnt down last year. A plea by people living in the Cloverhill area of Nelson for a new centre was backed by Pendle Council's Nelson

  • Firms get offer of extra expertise

    FIRMS in East Lancashire are being urged to forge links with universities to develop new products and services. The Teaching Company Scheme acts as a broker between companies and universities and to date more than 2,000 businesses have taken advantage

  • Why double need not mean trouble

    PARENTS of twins could soon get a helping hand thanks to the efforts of a sympathetic mum. Samantha Holden, of New Lane, Oswaldtwistle, knows all about the demands of bringing up two tiny toddlers, having seven-month-old twins herself called Maddie and

  • Top sales post for Paul

    PAUL Wood has been appointed sales director at Burnley-based Peter Scott Printers. Paul has previously worked at Watmough's Corporate Print and Litho-Tech Colour Printers, two of the UK's biggest producers of company reports. The firm was taken over in

  • Pressure mounts on Glenn Hoddle

    PLAYERS' chief Gordon Taylor and Blackburn Rovers chaplain Ken Howles today lead the attack on Glenn Hoddle. The England manager was expected to hear his fate today as the furore surrounding remarks about disabled and handicapped people intensified. Blackburn-based

  • Rovers: Sherwood claims are rubbish, says Hall

    ERIC Hall today rubbished claims that he was to blame for unsettling Blackburn Rovers skipper Tim Sherwood - to the point that the player's Ewood exit seems imminent. Hall, a close friend of Sherwood as well as his representative, is seen by many Rovers

  • Turmoil as half of tenants' group resigns

    A TROUBLED tenants' management group has been thrown into even more turmoil with the resignation of almost half its membership. Padiham and Hapton Area Management Committee has been running under the temporary leadership of chairman and Burnley Councillor

  • Shamed mayor stands down

    PETER SWAINSTON, the Burnley mayor who resigned after an indecency conviction, is to stand down from Burnley Council. Coun Swainston, a Labour member for 23 years, today announced he will not seek re-election in Barclay ward at May's municipal polls.

  • Bishops must go says MP

    BURNLEY MP Peter Pike has branded the right of Church of England bishops to sit in the House of Lords as 'nonsensical.' The Labour backbencher was supporting the reform of Parliament's Upper House in two stages and said the 'indefensible' voting rights

  • Chickens home to roost for Labour

    REGARDING your editorial (LET, January 26), it is true that Tony Blair's election promise was "no plan to increase taxes" but that cannot be the root cause of the savage cuts to public services, because, in addition to inheriting a strong economy, Labour

  • Statements repeated

    IAN Sutheran, General Manager of Castle Cement, Clitheroe (Letters, January 21), says that it is I who am guilty of issuing erroneous statements regarding HM Inspectorate of Pollution's withdrawal of the authorisation for Castle to burn 'Cemfuel' in Kiln

  • Talking rubbish

    Rubbish collection and street cleaning in Burnley and Padiham will come under the spotlight at Burnley and District Chamber of Trade meeting on February 22. Before the meeting, at Padiham Town Hall at 6pm, officers from Burnley Council will speak with

  • Mountain of concern

    AT last, Mohammed comes to the mountain. I refer, of course, to Councillor Mohammed Khan's reply (Letters, January 26) to your editorial and article on Blackburn with Darwen Council's housing policy (LET, January 19), it is a great pity and a sad reflection

  • Increases should pay for quality

    LOOSENING the tight rein on pay for 1.3 million public sector workers - teachers, doctors, nurses and armed forces among them - with inflation-busting awards of more than four per cent that will set benchmarks for the two million other public servants

  • Cold comfort

    IN fear of an upsurge in divorce proceedings, I thought I had better put the record straight. In reply to 'Wife of a gritter' (Letters, January 21), may I reassure her that her husband was indeed out gritting on the night of Monday, January 11 and early

  • FIVE YEARS AGO: Punishment avoided

    CRIMINALS escaped punishment for hundreds of crimes in East Lancashire despite admitting their guilt to police. Officers following Home Office guidelines for clearing up unsolved crimes were "writing off" a catalogue of offences, mainly burglaries and

  • TEN YEARS AGO: £6 million windfall

    BLACKBURN and Burnley were set to receive almost £6 million of government cash to regenerate run-down areas. The councils were asked to send in details of their planned projects before the exact amount of the grants from the Urban Programme were decided

  • Interchange plan comes under fire

    A MASSIVE scheme to create a bus and rail interchange in Clitheroe has come under fire from the town's civic society. The interchange scheme has been on the drawing board for many months and its aim will be to link rail and bus services in the town at

  • Action Man and Barbie mark the spot

    CHILDREN at Longridge Grant Maintained Primary School have taken part in the burial of a time capsule to mark the opening of a new supermarket in their town. The burial of the capsule, at the new Safeway store in Inglewhite Road, marks the completion

  • Select few wield power

    REGARDING Bramwell Speaks Out (LET, January 28), Tim Sherwood says he doesn't want to leave Blackburn Rovers, and that he is very disappointed at being unable to agree terms. Well, I don't know who he is trying to convince - perhaps he should look in

  • Cummings and Goings

    A fan's-eye view from Turf Moor, with Stephen Cummings ONE of the by-products of following the Clarets away from home is that it allows you to visit various nooks and crannies of this green and pleasant land which would otherwise remain unseen. Sometimes

  • Down by the Riverside

    A fan's-eye view from Ewood Park, with Phil Lloyd I'M GOING to talk about transfers this week. Frankly, my comments on referees in general and Mr N S Barry in particular would be unfit for publication in a family newspaper. I recall a time when new signings

  • Spring clean call at Ewood

    THAT great apologist for all things pertaining to Blackburn Rovers is at it again. Peter White (LET, January 27) suggests that Rovers are more sinned against that sinning, despite their quite appalling disciplinary record. I would agree with him that

  • Man, 25, found hanging in police cell

    A 25-YEAR-OLD Waterfoot man died after being found hanging in a Rawtenstall police station cell. David Hodgson, of King Street, was pronounced dead at Bury General Hospital last night. He had earlier been found unconscious in the cell. A police spokesman

  • Pots on parade

    AN identity parade of chimney pots is being held at Nelson Police Station. Police have arrested and bailed four men from the Manchester area and in the back of their vehicle they found 10 pots. Now they are to be put on display at Nelson station and anyone

  • Lights, camera, and action!

    "IT'S not just the film of the year, but film of the decade," claimed one enthusiastic young reviewer after seeing the sponsored viewing of Shakespeare in Love. Reviews for our competitions linked to free showings for schools at the Apollo Cinema, Burnley

  • School students given an insight

    A GROUP of Hyndburn students gained an insight into newspaper production on a tour of our head office and printing plant. The youngsters from year 10 at Norden High School, Rishton, spent a morning getting a close look at many departments, discovering

  • Pair are backed by the bankers

    TWO building society workers have been backed by bankers! Ian Beecroft, business development manager and Tracy Spencer, business analyst, have been awarded the Certificate in Mortgage Advice and Practice by the Chartered Institute of Bankers. The pair

  • Dynamic duo are going Dutch

    TWO computer buffs have gone international just months after launching their new venture. Navigator Solutions was set up by Burnley duo Mark Underwood and Chris Marsden to offer customers information technology services. And the firm has just clinched

  • Pub pair pocketed baby charity cash

    A PUB landlord and his wife pocketed almost £1,000 cash raised by customers to help save sick and premature babies, a court heard. Ricky and Tracey Bastable were snapped by local press photographers handing over a large "dummy" cheque for Burnley's special

  • Police appeal after 'skinhead' attack

    POLICE are appealing for information about three 'skinheads' who assaulted a youth in Thursby Road, Burnley. The 16-year-old student was at a bus shelter opposite Queen Victoria Nursing Home at about 2pm on Saturday, January 23, when a white L-registered

  • Meagre meal aids battle against polio

    A FRUGAL meal served up to Burnley Rotary Club has raised money to help fight polio in Africa. The club has handed over £500 for a national immunisation day. Part of the money was raised by having the frugal meal instead of the normal fare at their meeting

  • Principles 'sold out' in Burnley

    ENOUGH is enough. Not only has Burnley Council's Labour group sold out on its principles, it has thrown out its false teeth as well. What I can't understand is why a disgraced former Labour councillor has been selected by the Labour group to represent

  • CRICKET: Chucker Wilks backs Muralitharan

    SRI Lankan spin sensation Muttiah Muralitharan's future as Lancashire's overseas player may be not be cut and dried. But assuming he is permitted by his country to take up the Old Trafford post this summer then one thing is certain - he will be the most

  • Driver left injured cat

    I WOULD like to thank the driver whose car hit a cat on Whitebirk Road, Blackburn, late on Monday, January 18. Yes, he did stop to see what he had hit. He got out of his car, saw it was a cat then drove off, leaving the defenceless animal in the road

  • Hoddle talk is twaddle

    SO Glenn Hoddle has spoken. Why do one and another of these religious bigots come forward to sit in judgment on their fellow citizens? He tells us that disabled people are the cause of their own misfortune by having sinned in a former life and are now

  • Pressure mounts on Glenn Hoddle

    PLAYERS' chief Gordon Taylor and Blackburn Rovers chaplain Ken Howles today lead the attack on Glenn Hoddle. The England manager was expected to hear his fate today as the furore surrounding remarks about disabled and handicapped people intensified. Blackburn-based

  • County faces extra £2m schools' bill

    FINANCE bosses facing a £2million shortfall in the budget because of controversial government pay rises for teachers today made assurances there would be no increase in council tax in Lancashire. County Councillor Chris Cheetham, chairman of the finance

  • Sympathy after so sad scenes

    THOSE who witnessed the scenes at England's recent game against Sri Lanka must have been saddened at the spectacle of a team leaving the field. Out of order as it was, you have to feel sympathy for the bowler Muttiah Muralitharan who has sent down countless

  • Pickering back in Clarets action

    ALLY Pickering returns to action tonight as Burnley Reserves step up their bid to avoid relegation. An ankle injury ended Pickering's run of six first-team games following his move to Turf Moor in December. And he was on the sidelines again as Burnley

  • Sherwood claims are rubbish says Hall

    ERIC Hall today rubbished claims that he was to blame for unsettling Blackburn Rovers skipper Tim Sherwood - to the point that the player's Ewood exit seems imminent. Hall, a close friend of Sherwood as well as his representative, is seen by many Rovers

  • Mother's nightmare over child allegations

    AN angry woman today claimed a routine check up of her hyperactive daughter turned into a nightmare when a doctor accused her of hurting the toddler. Pamela Neary, 27, who has three other children, two of which also have special needs, says she was made

  • Super Mac is a legend

    I READ with great interest Stephen Cummings' article (LET, January 26) in which he mentioned the magnificent Jimmy McIlroy. As one privileged to be a personal friend of his, I agree with everything he wrote about him. I was one of the thousands of Burnley

  • Money mania the real problem

    REGARDING the Sherwood saga. There are pros and cons, rights and wrongs, but most of the problem lies, as in everything else these days, in money. It's up to clubs to make a stand. If a player has no desire to play for his country or team, so be it -

  • Don't expect out for 'nowt

    DOES Alan Kenyon (Sports Letters, January 26) not realise that for most of Rovers' home games so far this season 'Top Tenner' tickets have been available? Exactly how much does he expect to have to pay to watch Premiership football? Or is it perhaps that