• Granny flies again - in Concorde birthday treat

    PENSIONER Ada Bagshaw celebrated her 70th birthday in style - with a surprise trip on Concorde. Ada, of Railway Road, Brinscall, sipped champagne throughout the flight, which lasted one hour and 40 minutes from Heathrow. Her birthday was announced on

  • Ostenstad v Davies

    LAST season's Carling Opta Premiership statistics put Rovers' new man Egil Ostenstad head and shoulders above the player he replaces, Kevin Davies - and not simply in the amount of time they spent on the pitch, writes PETER WHITE. In goal terms alone,

  • Events in East Lancashire on Thursday, August 19th

    Hapton WI's Lancashire Night, Wordsworth House, Hapton, 7pm. Clog dancers, Lancashire dialect and hotpot. Sequence and Old Time Dancing, Chorley Town Hall, 7.30pm. CD Roadshow, Hollins Grove Congregational Church, Darwen, 1pm-3pm. Diabetic Association

  • 10 YEARS AGO: Trains out of action

    PASSENGERS faced cancellations on Inter City services from London to the north of England as 30 new locomotives stayed out of service. The Class 90 locos, costing £1 million each, were out of action because of a brake problem. The locos were built by

  • LOCAL CRICKET: Final is all washed out

    FRIDAY, August 13, proved unlucky for Attock and the Griffin's Head, the finalists in the Hyndburn Mayoral Challenge Six-a-side preliminary competition at Accrington CC. A heavy downpour at 6pm left the ground saturated. After a brief inspection at 6.30pm

  • NON LEAGUE SOCCER: Hesketh Bank 1 Padiham 2

    A 35-YARD strike direct from a free kick by Phil Malley three minutes from time, secured Padiham FC all three points from their West Lancashire Football League away fixture against Hesketh Bank FC and ended a frustrating afternoon for the Storks who had

  • LOCAL CRICKET: Accrington and District League

    NADEEM Ashraf of Millennium smashed the Accrington and District Cricket League batting record for most runs in a season on Saturday at Wilsons. The 26-year-old, left handed opening batsman also became the first player in the league's 99 season history

  • LOCAL CRICKET: Matloob is in seventh heaven

    MILLENNIUM'S Matloob Khan returned figures of 7-26, including two wickets in two balls as his side closed the gap on A Division leaders Attock by winning the only match to survive the weather. After the delayed start, opponents Taverners A batted first

  • Holiday problem

    WOULD the couple from Oswaldtwistle who purchased holiday weeks from the La Dorada Holiday Club in Benidorm, Spain, on June 9, please get in touch with us urgently as we are experiencing problems with the promises made and are unable to get a reply from

  • NON LEAGUE SOCCER: Accrington Stanley 1 Trafford 2

    FORMER Stanley striker Steve Shaughnessy returned to the Crown Ground to haunt the Reds as they went down to their second successive defeat. And Reds boss John Coleman needs to do some fine-tuning before Saturday's FA Cup tie with Peterloo Newtown. In

  • Relative to Australia

    I WOULD be grateful if readers could help in my attempt to trace a John Eccles. I have been approached by a Norman Bury, son of Jack, who lives in Australia. He is keen to complete a family and friends 'tree' and is anxious to contact a John Eccles, son

  • Candidates faceless

    REGARDING your Insight report (LET, August 3) on apathy over casting votes at elections, is it that people are too idle, will not make the effort, are not informed enough, or have a leave-it-to-someone-else stance? Or is it because candidates conduct

  • Glam gran Ada snaps to it

    GLAMOROUS great-granny Ada Gibson showed that it's never too late to pose for a fashion shoot. The 84-year-old from Clayton-le-Moors has tried her hand at stand-up comedy and singing at talent shows in recent years - and now she's posing for publicity

  • Five so lucky to get out alive

    FIVE people were lucky not to be killed after two house fires in Accrington early today. Firefighters said a sleeping woman had a narrow escape after a burning candle set fire to the duvet and couch she was sleeping on at her home in Hawksworth Road.

  • Bouncing along

    Staff at a foam firm are celebrating after a double success. Recticel Pendle was awarded the ISO9002 quality standards and the Investors in People accolade on the same day. The Nelson firm employs 90. Five other local employers have recently achieved

  • Quake death fears over parents

    A DISTRAUGHT pub licensee fears his parents could be dead after the massive Turkish earthquake tore through their home town, killing more than 100 people. Muzaffer Ozcelik, 34, joint licensee at the Whitaker's Arms in Burnley Road, Accrington, is anxiously

  • Woody woodpecker throng!

    Nature Watch, with Ron Freethy DURING the last year there have been many sightings of the great spotted woodpecker throughout East Lancashire. There are, however, three species of woodpecker which occur in our area but two are rather uncommon. This week

  • Disabled charity in cash booster

    A CHARITY which helps unemployed disabled adults start their own business is to receive a cash boost this week. The East Lancashire into Employment training centre based at Queen Street Mill Business Units, Burnley, provides advice, support and practical

  • Cash crisis creating slums of the future

    A LEADING Pendle councillor has accused the Government of creating the slums of the next century by cutting back on housing cash to local authorities. Liberal Democrat David Whipp said the Government was starving councils of cash to pay for housing repairs

  • Group is keen to talk rubbish

    AN East Lancashire environmental group will offer advice on how to reduce rubbish at an event this weekend. Great Harwood Prospects Panel will have a stall at the Civic Society's Crying of the Charter fair on Town Gate Square, Great Harwood, on Saturday

  • Calm the 'rat run' call by residents

    RESIDENTS from three different areas of Rossendale have all submitted petitions to the council asking for traffic calming measures near their homes. People living at Rochdale Road, Turn, Cowpe Road, Waterfoot, and Haworth Avenue and Barnes Avenue, Oakley

  • Clean sweep for council workers

    CLEANERS at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council brushed up on their studies to achieve a prestigious national qualification. Direct services department staff have passed their National Vocational Qualification level one in building cleaning. The course

  • New lease of life for old mill

    PLANS to demolish part of an old mill and to refurbish the rest of it have been given the go-ahead despite objections from residents. Part of Dale Mill on Burnley Road East, Waterfoot, will be knocked down while the rest of it will be split into smaller

  • Barn boogie bash raises charity cash

    A "BARN boogie" which attracted hundreds of people to a remote riding school in Pendle is expected to raise around £5,000 for local worthy causes. The annual dance organised by Nelson and Colne Round Table was held at Whitemoor Stables, Foulridge.. The

  • Paper mill jobs axed

    MAJOR job cuts are being made at a Blackburn paper mill less than two years after a huge investment. Workers at Sappi Europe's Blackburn mill have been told around 75 jobs will have to go in a major streamlining operation. The news comes just two years

  • Alert sounded over bogus callers

    BRITISH Gas today warned people to be on their guard after a series of incidents involving bogus callers. The reminder comes as energy advisors from the company prepare to visit homes throughout the town following the firm's expansion into the deregulated

  • Ostenstad wants silver, not gold

    Peter White on Rovers' new signing THE lure of the lire - Turkish lire - might have proved too tempting for a professional footballer with simple mercenary tendencies on his mind. But Egil Ostenstad landed at Ewood Park with his thoughts more on silver

  • Brass set for reserves

    CHRIS Brass could soften the blow of Steve Davis's absence through injury by making a successful return to action in the Clarets reserves at Turf Moor tonight. And Burnley's opening Pontin's League Premier Division game of the season against Grimsby Town

  • Community centre plan sparks safety fear

    SCHOOL staff and parents are protesting about plans to turn a factory into a community centre. Trustees of Masjid E Rizwan Muslim organisation want to convert the factory, which used to make vending machine products, for use as a centre for women's activities

  • Egil has landed

    BRIAN Kidd has dropped a broad hint that new arrival Egil Ostenstad and Ashley Ward will spearhead a Blackburn Rovers revival. Ward has started to join in football work with the rest of the squad while Ostenstad's signing, after two games where Rovers

  • Sheepdog trials help raise hospice cash

    SHEEPDOG trials raised more than £160 for the East Lancashire Hospice appeal for better day care facilities. Farmer and dog trainer Vincent Fox organised the day-long trials for about 50 dogs and their owners on his farm at Withgill, Clitheroe, last month

  • FIVE YEARS AGO: Workers sent home

    SIXTY workers at a furniture firm were sent home and claimed they were left without wages. The employees at Whitecort Industries plants at Darwen and Clayton-le-Moors said they were told to go home because the firm might be going into receivership. The

  • Beware the motorists' backlash

    BRITAIN'S 29 million motorists are reeling from yet another increase in fuel prices. Since the eve of the last Budget in March the price of a gallon of petrol has gone up by 49p and almost half of that is accounted for by extra tax. It is little wonder

  • COUNTY CRICKET: Yorkshire fury in lights fiasco

    YORKSHIRE captain David Byas was furious after the lights went out on the Phoenix at Old Trafford last night. Lancashire claimed their second Roses victory in six days in unusual circumstances, with one of the floodlights failing just as Neil Fairbrother

  • Lacking in compassion

    I READ with disgust and horror R Holden's pathetic attempt (Letters, July 28) to rationalise the need for fox hunting. One definition of sport indicates deriving pleasure from various activities - in this instance, the cruel chase and horrific death of

  • LOCAL CRICKET: I'll be back, says Shahid

    JENNINGS Ribblesdale League bowlers face another summer of punishment next year following the news that record-breaking batsman Shahid Nawaz is returning to Ribblesdale Wanderers for a third season. The Pakistani run-machine is poised to break the league's

  • Endowments led to ruin

    WHY are the sellers of endowment mortgages the only people who defend them? Possibly it is the fat commission they pay - up to five times that for repayment mortgages. Three out of every four endowments are surrendered before maturity - usually at a great

  • Reality of decline

    COUNCILLOR Peter Clarke (Letters, August 5) may be chairman of Hyndburn Council's Economic Development Board, but this does not make him all-knowing and an authority on urban development. I know the reality of Great Harwood's decline is the loss of industry

  • Jailed shop boss pays for his greed

    A DISGRACED former sub postmaster is being made to pay back the proceeds of his "greed" - starting with the keys to his £25,000 BMW. Richard Lofthouse is currently at Kirkham prison, serving a 27-month sentence, after pocketing almost £110,000 when he

  • Agency chief hears argument for cash

    DEVELOPMENT Agency chief Collette Turner toured one of Burnley's most deprived areas as community leaders made their bid for cash help. Mrs Turner, the new North West Agency's programme manager, heard Daneshouse ward representatives argue for a £25 million

  • Brass set for Clarets reserves outing

    CHRIS Brass could soften the blow of Steve Davis's absence through injury by making a successful return to action in the Clarets reserves at Turf Moor tonight. And Burnley's opening Pontin's League Premier Division game of the season against Grimsby Town

  • Egil has landed for Rovers

    BRIAN Kidd has dropped a broad hint that new arrival Egil Ostenstad and Ashley Ward will spearhead a Blackburn Rovers revival. Ward has started to join in football work with the rest of the squad while Ostenstad's signing, after two games where Rovers

  • Magic carpets!

    A FLOORCOVERINGS firm has landed two major contracts in a fast growing export market. Gaskells Textiles has secured deals with Dublin Airport and the Irish Tourist Board to add to the Accrington-based firm's expanding Southern Ireland customer base. The

  • Back as the boss

    CHRIS Sullivan has gone from trainee to being the boss! Chris joined Whitbread in 1979 and has just been made the leisure group North West's Regional Director, responsible for more than 12,500 staff in the region. And the promotion represented a Lancashire