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  • Collins back to jump start Pool

    POOL have been boosted in their bid for promotion by the return to fitness of midfielder Lee Collins ahead of Saturday's home league clash with York City. Collins (pictured) has been out of the reckoning for weeks with a groin injury and his return means

  • Rescue hope at the ELPM

    A RESCUE plan to save the East Lancashire Paper Mill has led to a mood of cautious optimism for its future. Earlier this month around 40 members of the 250-strong workforce were axed in a series of shock redundancies after the 140-year-old company went

  • Star team head to Phoenix

    PRESTON College's Men's Football Team is celebrating after reaching the national stages of the prestigious English Schools' Football Association Cup. The team has also been crowned North West British College Champions. Now they hope their success will

  • Do you want an elected Mayor?

    DO YOU think Blackpool needs an elected Mayor? The Citizen believes that the public should be consulted about the council's plans to "bring itself into the 21st century." This could mean the creation of a post of Mayor which the public could elect --

  • A little girl's dream

    ADORABLE Rachel Eaton must be one of the bravest children on the planet -- a little fighter who has captured the hearts of thousands of Citizen readers. Since this newspaper revealed the seven-year-old's battle against a crippling bone disease last year

  • What's On with Sue Gerrard

    THERE are some great shows coming our way, so make sure that you don't miss out by booking your seats early. AMERICAN Wrestling comes to the Theatre Royal on Sunday, January 28. The action starts at 7pm with top grapplers 'The Rock' alias Rock Steadfast

  • Knocking spots of Scots!

    THERE was light at the end of the tunnel this week for David Moyes' beleaguered squad following a convincing 5-1 drubbing of Scottish Premier side Kilmarnock. The first-string side, which included a number of trialists, have now returned from their Scottish

  • Just the ticket

    SOCCER: A Manchester United shirt signed by David Beckham is among the memorabilia up for grabs when Accrington Stanley hold their raffle draw on February 22. Stanley are still selling tickets as part of their "Save Our Shakers" campaign to raise money

  • Death plunge riddle of window cleaner

    THE reason why popular window cleaner David Bowman plunged to his death from his ladders will remain a mystery, an inquest heard. The ex-army physical training instructor died of head injuries sustained in the fall and there was nothing to suggest a brain

  • Family's fuming over gas mix-up

    AN angry householder is demanding action after receiving bills for gas he has never used. Craig Dolan moved into his rented home at Crompton Place, Blackburn, 18 months ago and since then has received several gas bills -- despite the fact that there are

  • Punters part with dough - for flour!

    POLICE today urged shoppers not to be tricked into buying camcorders from street sellers -- because many have turned out to be boxes of flour. People in Blackburn, Burnley and Pendle have been handing over cash to bogus salesmen pretending to sell electrical

  • Dean saying a fond farewell

    ONE of the most influential figures in East Lancashire's Christian community has announced his retirement. Dean of Blackburn, the Very Rev David Frayne, is to retire in September after nine year's service. Appointed in 1992 from a large parish church

  • Head for the hill country!

    A VISITORS' guide that aims to boost tourism in East Lancashire is launched next week. The 36-page booklet, which is printed as a newspaper, features ideas on a host of hotspots, new visitor attractions, walking and cycling, plus old favourites such as

  • Schools say it it's not tough at the TOP

    FIVE schools have proved they are at the top when it comes to sport. Highfield Primary, Chorley St Mary's, St Peter's and St Paul's, Brindle St Joseph's and Euxton St Mary's have become the first schools to deliver the Community TOP Programme in Chorley

  • A little girl's dream

    ADORABLE Rachel Eaton must be one of the bravest children on the planet -- a little fighter who has captured the hearts of thousands of Citizen readers. Since this newspaper revealed the seven-year-old's battle against a crippling bone disease last year

  • Pill protesters picket Boots

    PRO-LIFE campaigners are distributing hard-hitting leaflets to Fylde-area customers of Boots The Chemist slamming the contentious morning-after pill. They are also targeting the Government for making pharmacists "front-line abortion providers". The Society

  • Las Vegas - public have their say

    CONTROVERSIAL plans to turn Blackpool into the Las Vegas of Britain could be shaped by the public as council bosses canvas public opinion on the scheme. The Blackpool Challenge Partnership has already endorsed the casino plans but has now set up a working

  • Hooded man grabs woman

    A WOMAN was violently attacked and indecently assaulted in Lowther Gardens, Lytham, on January 16 at 8.41pm. The victim was walking along Church Road when she was approached from behind by a hooded man who forced her through a gate into Lowther Gardens

  • Hopes rise in the biscuit business

    THERE'S hope on the horizon for factory workers in Blackpool after months of living in fear of redundancies. The Horizon Biscuit Group, which owns a factory on Devonshire Road, is currently in the process of merging with Burton's Biscuits, which has factories

  • Courage Watch!

    LANCASHIRE Fire and Rescue Service has honoured a group of brave firefighters who risked their life in a rescue attempt. The officers received awards for their efforts in May last year when they attended a devastating fire in Talbot Road, Blackpool. Four

  • MP fights to save home

    WYRE MP Hilton Dawson is determined to champion the cause of the doomed Fylde Community home in Poulton with a special meeting tomorrow (January ). "I think it's a mistake to close the facility and we need to get round the table and see what we can do

  • Charity should not begin on the pitch!

    ALTHOUGH I think that local entertainer Tony Slater is smashing when it comes to raising money for good causes, I do think that he should stay away from performing for the good of footballers. To be taking part in a show to raise money for Lee Cartwright's

  • Mystery of historic picture

    A SCHOOL's historical calendar showing pictures of Rossendale now and then has been selling like hot cakes but the October picture has caused quite a mystery. Fearns Community High School, Stacksteads, has produced 2,000 copies of the calendar, but only

  • Collins back to jump start Pool

    POOL have been boosted in their bid for promotion by the return to fitness of midfielder Lee Collins ahead of Saturday's home league clash with York City. Collins (pictured) has been out of the reckoning for weeks with a groin injury and his return means

  • Short wait for Souey

    BLACKBURN boss Graeme Souness is sweating on the fitness of Craig Short ahead of Rovers' FA Cup clash with Derby at the weekend. The 32-year-old centre back has missed the last six weeks because of a persistent calf injury. But the former Derby man is

  • Long time at the bar!

    HEDLEY Haigh is still pulling pints at the age of 80 -- and you certainly couldn't accuse him of being Old Peculier! Believed to be the oldest barman in the Fylde, Hedley was honoured this week with a special party to thank him for his dedication to the

  • Paradise Found!

    "TONIGHT Matthew I'm going to be.... on TV!" Michelle Guinness, press officer for the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre NHS Trust has been on a tour of Israel with Stars In Their Eyes host Matthew Kelly for a national TV programme. Michelle, a writer, broadcaster

  • More twists than the Big One

    IN the world of Agatha Christie, where nearly everyone wears tweed and has terribly nice manners, cold-blooded murder is still a very nasty business. And when A Murder Is Announced opened at Blackpool Grand Theatre this week with the nostalgic "pips"

  • Yes Minister, it's all happening

    HEALTH Minister John Hutton took time out from his busy North West tour this week to view Blackpool's latest health projects. Blackpool North MP, Joan Humble, met with Mr Hutton on January 22 and conducted the tour that began at the Bispham Family Centre

  • Have you got a super teacher?

    MOST people can remember a teacher from their school days who made a big impact on their lives, and now pupils from the Fylde coast area are being given the chance to nominate them for the Teaching Awards 2001. The Teaching Awards are an independent charity

  • Lionel launches direct debit campaign

    LIONEL Vinyl, the official King of Disco, has loaned his face and support to Blackpool Borough Council to help launch their latest direct debit campaign. Approximately 4,000 national non-domestic rate (business rate) mandates and 40,000 council tax direct

  • Standpoint -- a view from the fans

    At this exciting time in Blackpool FC's history The Citizen is giving fans the opportunity to express their views about the future of the club by featuring regular articles by the fans in the stands called Standpoint. The opening feature is by members

  • Super Simpson sets up victory

    League Express BARLA National Cup, Second Round: Stanningley 16 Scorpions 20 THIS was the third year the Scorpions have entered the competition and a superb all-round performance saw them register their first win. The Scorpions squad included former Great

  • YMCA lead league

    YMCA U12s 1 SOUTH SHORE YOUTH 1 THE first half was end-to-end and both sides served up good entertainment on a pitch which was slippy on top. At the interval it was 0-0 and the deadlock was finally broken when the impressive Nicky Vann put YMCA ahead.

  • Lytham have a spring in their step

    Lytham 1st XI 3 Springfields 1st XI 2 LSA's top form continued with another good win over their local rivals Springfields. Their first 15 minutes were superb with good fast passing movements on a difficult sandy pitch. They were rewarded when an accurate

  • Lytham Ladies 1st XI 3 Garstang 1st XI 1

    LYTHAM responded well after last weeks poor performance with one of their best results of this seasons campaign. Ruth Blackburn opened the scoring following a well taken penalty corner routine involving a good one-two with Heidi Whitehead. The second

  • Inter-nest of legal eagles!

    GOT a legal problem? As an alternative to seeing a real live solicitor, there's now an excellent, smooth flowing website. I particularly liked the site for its ease of use. It proved to be very useful and contained lots of factual information. It offers

  • Flats plan go-ahead

    FIVE self-contained flats are to be created in a former nursing home in Wilpshire, following approval from Ribble Valley Borough Council's planning committee. Councillors gave the go-ahead for the building at 20 Ribchester Road, to be converted and for

  • Family tree and roots

    INTERESTED in your family's history? Contact www.thisislancashire.co.uk. You can look at the heritage of your family and the area in which they lived, while tracing your family routes on-line. The Lancashire family history and Heraldry society can help

  • Conmen steal old folks' cash

    A MAYORESS today blasted conmen who targeted two frail pensioners stealing £1,400 from them in less than two hours. Police and welfare bosses are now urging old people in Accrington to keep their doors locked and refuse entry to anyone who cannot produce

  • Star billing for 'pin-up' Tony

    AN Accrington policeman has been chosen as the face of the county's force in a new recruitment drive. And dog handler PC Tony Ellis said today it was a big shock seeing his face on huge advertising hoardings. PC Ellis, 37, was one of six officers to feature

  • House owners £1,000 better off - MP

    HOMEOWNERS in Hyndburn are on average £1,000 a year better off due to lower and more stable mortgage rates, according to local MP Greg Pope. Mr Pope said 26,300 householders in Hyndburn would benefit from the savings brought by the Labour Government.

  • Ten years ago: Express extra jobs

    AN announcement was made that 134 jobs had been created at Accrington-based Express Gifts. The extra staff on a new production line were taken on to cope with the increase in work following a £25million investment during the previous two years.

  • Bank 'support' draws protest

    DEMONSTRATORS from Preston's Action For Animals Group gathered outside the town's Royal Bank of Scotland to protest at the bank's involvement with an animal testing organisation. The protest in Fishergate was part of a nationwide campaign at branches

  • Princess Royal to visit Leyland

    HRH The Princess Royal will visit Leyland later this year to attend the launch of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in the North West of England, at the Faringdon Lodge Hotel, Stanifield Lane, on March 22. Ahead of this visit the princess -- who is

  • Football museum to open

    THE new National Football Museum, which is based at Deepdale, Preston, will open to the public on Friday, February 16. It will house collections of national and international football memorabilia including the FIFA Museum Collection -- recognised as the

  • Improve your game

    PRESTON College Sports Centre is running adult badminton courses for people interested in improving their game. All courses are taken by resident coach Laurie Bly, a county standard player, on Sunday mornings from 10am to noon. All equipment is provided

  • Make a splash

    PRESTON residents are being asked to get out their goggles and swimming trunks and make a splash to help raise £2m for cancer charities as part of the national BT Swimathon event. West View Leisure Centre, off Ribbleton Lane, Preston, is one of 500 swimming

  • Women priests pension rise call

    AN MP has called for women priests to receive a boost to their pensions -- or they face a life in poverty. Pendle MP Gordon Prentice told the House of Commons there was a concrete ceiling holding women down from taking posts as bishops or archbishops.

  • Tartan tales entertainment

    RON Jackson entertained guests for the 915th time at Pendle Heritage Centre with a talk on Scotland. Around 70 visitors gathered at the centre to listen to different aspects about the country, including castles, lochs, lakes and mountains. Geoff Ingham

  • Joy spreads through city!

    ONE of Lancaster City Council's newest employees has got on her bike to raise awareness about her role in improving the environment and quality of life for the district's residents. Dr Joy Grayson is Lancaster City Council's environmental co-ordinator

  • The gospel according to Matthew

    A LANCASTER vicar's wife is to appear on television quizzing Stars in their Eyes host Matthew Kelly about his spiritual beliefs. TV viewers will see Michelle Guinness, writer, broadcaster and wife of the Rev Peter Guinness, vicar of St Thomas' Lancaster

  • Pool repaired before summer

    COUNCIL workmen moved into Happy Mount Park this week to repair and upgrade the paddling pool. It is hoped the work will be finished well in advance of the hot weather and the summer season so the resort's tourists and locals can make the most of the

  • Vision of future for high street

    BIG-screen advertising could come to Burnley town centre as part of a £25,000 face-lift for pedestrianised St James' Street. Council chiefs are being urged to give the go-ahead changes to the "street furniture" scene near the Boots store to make the area

  • Escapee returns

    A PRISONER who made a death defying escape from Lancaster Castle Prison claims he did it becasue he was desperate to see a relative. Paul Ellwood Bell gave himself up just four days after making his dramatic bid for freedom and is now back in custody.

  • Beware the bag thieves in clubs and pubs

    PUB-GOERS and clubbers in Burnley are being warned to beware of bag thieves operating in the town centre. There have been a spate of incidents when bags, purses and mobile phones have been stolen from people out for the night. Sergeant Jon Bullas said

  • Auschwitz survivor to talk at Anti-Nazi meeting

    A 90-YEAR-OLD who survived the holocaust will be the key speaker at a meeting of the Burnley and Pendle Anti-Nazi League. Leon Greenman and his family were deported from Holland to Auschwitz, where his wife and child were sent to the gas chambers. Leon

  • Have a heart and join study

    VOLUNTEERS are being encouraged to take part in the world's largest ever study into family heart disease. The British Heart Foundation launched its 40th anniversary celebrations by announcing the £2.5 million study. It wants 2,000 families from across

  • Nurses to the rescue

    A GROUP of Spanish nurses have arrived in the country to work at Preston Royal Hospital, and Chorley and South Ribble District General Hospital. They are among the first contingent recruited from Spain as part of a unique agreement between the British

  • Inquiry into Broughton plan

    DEPUTY Prime Minister John Prescott is to preside over a public inquiry next Wednesday to look into controversial plans to turn the former Whittingham Hospital site near Preston into a prime housing development. Preston Borough Council planning specialists

  • Tesco leave GAP in town

    NEXT month the doors to Preston's Tesco Metro will close as the supermarket giant moves out to make way for fashion retailer GAP. But the closure of the popular town centre food and grocery store will leave a gap in the hearts of Preston's shoppers --

  • Boss runs the rule over academy starlets

    GRAEME Souness ran the rule over Rovers' Academy starlets last night as Rob Kelly's young guns drew 2-2 with Colchester in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup at Ewood. Souness was an interested observer in the Jack Walker stand as Rovers raced into

  • Mill fires safety peril

    NONE of the four factories involved in devastating fires which caused £15million worth of damage had sprinklers fitted, it was revealed today. Now fire chiefs have urged company bosses to reconsider their fire prevention plans as a survey showed only

  • Death trap paths still 'available'

    REGARDING your report about the closure of the 'death trap' footpath across the A56 dual carriageway at Haslingden, when this road was built, many other rights of way were cut through -- about 17 in total, from its junction with the A682 south of Haslingden

  • It's one rule for some...

    I SEE that £1 million in unpaid rents and council tax is being written off by Blackburn with Darwen Council (LET, January 10). We then read (LET, January 13) that Hyndnurn Council is writing off £17,500 in overclaimed expenses by councillors -- although

  • Write-off: it's up to voters

    HERE we are again with Blackburn with Darwen Council writing off a million pounds in debts (LET, January 10). It's the same every year and it's just not acceptable. Then there will be meetings on how much increased the new council tax will be for the

  • Yule TV was a switch-off

    IN RESPONSE to your article (LET, January 4) in which Janet Anderson, the MP for Darwen and Rossendale and also the media minister, said that the television over the Christmas period was excellent. Having spent most of Christmas in front of the box, next

  • Violinist reaches another high note

    VIOLINIST Clare Sutlieff (above) has added another string to her bow by being selected for a national orchestra. The talented musician, who goes to Westholme School in Blackburn, is joining the National Children's Chamber Orchestra. The 14-year-old, who

  • Computer cafe on the move

    PEOPLE living in some of the county's most isolated and disadvantaged communities will be able to learn how to use computers regardless of where they live. They will be given access to a mobile cyber-cafe, entitled Mobile Zone, which will comprise of

  • Pupils watch drama about drugs

    EX-HEROIN addicts performed a play about the dangers of addiction to teenagers at St Bede's RC High School. The four former drug users from the Blackburn charity THOMAS, Those on the Margins of a Society, showed how drug use could lead to debt, gun violence

  • Winnie Witch goes to school

    TEACHERS cast a spell over youngsters at a Blackburn infant school when they dressed up as part of Book Week celebrations. Staff at Audley Infants dressed up as book characters, including Winnie Witch and her cat Wilbur, to bring the stories to life.

  • New chairman

    A NEW chairman has been appointed by Hoghton, Higher Walton and Brindle Churches Together group. Joyce Hoyle will be inducted as chairman of the group tonight at All Saints Church, Higher Walton at 7.30pm. The service has been organised by Trinity Methodist

  • Bramwell's A to Z of sport

    YOU may want to take this news sitting down. More likely, though, you can start organising a street party. But this is the last Bramwell Speaks Out (and I'm quite aware of the extra three words that are commonly added to this title). In fact, it's more

  • Young Shaker is a rising star

    EVERY so often a player of genuine talent comes along. And, just at the right moment, one such youngster has emerged at Gigg Lane. Defender Chris Armstrong may look like he's just wandered out of the High School gates but he certainly doesn't play like

  • Events in East Lancashire on Friday, January 26

    The Lancashire Group of the Geologists' Association, Nelson and Colne College, 7pm. Jack Straw MP Surgeries, Ivy Street Community Centre, 4pm-5pm/5.30pm-6.30pm Audley Community Centre, Chester Street, both Blackburn. ME/CFS Support Group, Wilpshire Methodist

  • Callous disregard for elderly citizens

    I WAS able to listen to Mr Steve Pullen at the Blackpool Forum meeting on January 5. I was curious to hear his side of the argument as to why the rest homes in council control had to close and it transpired that it was considered, as there was a surplus

  • POOLLETTER-strachan-baines PM

    Reunion date I AM President of the Baines School Association, formerly called Baines Old Boys Association, whose members are both former pupils of Baines School, Poulton, and former/current staff. We are holding a reunion social on February 2 when we

  • Tough if you have to move

    I FEEL I have to reply to "Retired of Fleetwood" regarding the closure and transfer of residents in elderly homes. To my knowledge -- and having followed the case -- has it even been suggested that the homes the elderly were being sent to were not good

  • Dave is no walker on the fells

    THERE is a growing feeling that Dave Walker is about to join the big guns of fell running. On Saturday at the Keith Munton Memorial Boulsworth Hill Race he finished second behind another rising star, Siggy Gould of Bingley, but among those left in his

  • Robbo latest Preston casualty

    STEVE Robinson became the latest casualty as Preston face a crisis in midfield. The 26-year-old, who has also been filling in as striker this term since his £375,000 move from Bournemouth in the summer, hurt his ankle during a behind closed doors friendly

  • Eastwood helps to hit Nelson for six

    NELSON 0 MORECAMBE 6 FORMER Burnley player Phil Eastwood scored a hat-trick to send Nelson crashing out of the Marsden Challenge Trophy at Victoria Park. The Blues found Conference side Morecambe -- who play five divisions above them -- too strong as

  • Craig's denial

    SOCCER: Rovers midfielder Craig Hignett has denied a problem with the Ewood Park crowd. Hignett was reacting to a report of a section of the crowd's reaction to his performance against Sheffield Wednesday. He said: "I am not aware of any boo boys at Blackburn

  • Striker chase

    SOCCER: Bolton boss Sam Allardyce has admitted he is chasing a striker to bolster his promotion chasing squad -- but not Kevin Gallacher and Rod Wallace. Allardyce said: "It's an area we could do with adding a bit more spice to, just in case the boys

  • Town hall police 'beat'

    POLICE are going out on a new beat inside East Lancashire's town halls in a bid to beat rowdy youngsters and neighbours from hell. Officers are to be stationed inside Blackburn and Accrington town halls to join forces with council workers as part of the

  • Drive to ban lethal fireworks

    TRADING standards officers are campaigning to ban powerful and nuisance fireworks after record numbers of sales to under-18s in East Lancashire and more and more accidents. Lancashire County Council officers used teenagers aged 13 to 15 to try to buy

  • Talk about a sitting target!

    ANGLERS in East Lancashire are to be targeted by hunt saboteurs in a bid to get the sport banned. The move, by the North West Hunt Saboteurs Association, comes days after MPs voted to ban hunting following years of pressure from animal activists. Saboteurs

  • Joint Efforts is serious child's play

    A NEW approach to educating children about the dangers of drugs will be officially launched tomorrow. A board game puts players into various hypothetical situations and challenges them to deal with problems to highlight the perils of drug abuse. The Joint

  • A double dose of reality

    A CONTROVERSIAL double bill is set to hit Blackpool Grand Theatre next month (February) highlighting the grim reality of life on Britain's council estates. Dysfunctional families, bad housing, drug addiction, crime and the harsh reality of living below

  • Launching out

    THANKS to three life-savers who left hefty legacies for the RNLI, building work on the much needed new lifeboat station in St Annes looks set to begin in the autumn. But you don't have to wait until then to see it, because The Citizen can give you a sneak

  • Glam gran in for the double(glamour26)

    A STYLISH Fylde grandma who was voted most Glamorous Grandmother of Great Britain 20 years ago is in line to win the title all over again. Lilian Close, 67, from Tudor Road, St Annes, is set to compete with 19 others in the 2001 final of the competition

  • Flashback to Holocaust

    PUPILS at Hodgson High School had a living history lesson this week when a survivor of the Holocaust came to talk about his experiences. Paul Oppenheimer visited the school on January 22 in connection with the first-ever National Holocaust Memorial Day

  • Celebrity chefs' all-star menu

    Food News, with Sonja Karlsen GOURMET food and drink topped the menu at an East Lancashire restaurant as guests enjoyed a first class festival of food and wine. Diners at Northcote Manor, Langho, Blackburn, tucked into some delicious dishes, cooked up

  • Thanks for the help!

    THANKS to those in Preston who helped in a recent house-to-house collection for The National Kidney Research Fund. We raised £1,683.69 to be used for research into renal disease, kidney patient care and welfare and raising the public's awareness of the

  • Bridge work will cause hold-ups

    MOTORISTS are being warned to expect delays when work starts on a £700,000 project to improve an historical East Lancashire railway bridge. The Highways Agency has announced plans to close part of the A56 when improvement works begin on the Ewood Railway

  • Firm in move for old school

    A COMPANY is believed to have come forward with an interest in moving into Darwen Technical School after its renovation. The unnamed company is believed to have approached American owners Burbery International with a view to taking on the Union Street

  • Window firm is a top glass act

    WINDOW manufacturer Sovereign Group is moving further away from the public image of the double glazing salesman's "foot in the door" hard sell following a management buy-out. The Nelson-based firm will launch its own internet site this year to allow home-owners

  • Help at hand for budding Bransons

    NEW entrepreneurs can now get a helping hand to get their ventures off the ground. Blackburn with Darwen Council has launched its "Get Set" business start-up programme which offers a free package of help and support to people who want to start their own

  • Aerospace company flying high

    AN East Lancashire company is flying high after assembling part of the T45 Goshawk training plane. Brookhouse Aerospace Ltd has carried out the assembly of the side structure main panels for the BAE Systems manufacture aircraft. The T45 is supplied to

  • Star team head to Phoenix

    PRESTON College's Men's Football Team is celebrating after reaching the national stages of the prestigious English Schools' Football Association Cup. The team has also been crowned North West British College Champions. Now they hope their success will

  • Stan to bide his time

    BURNLEY boss Stan Ternent is ready to bide his time in the transfer market ready to launch an assault at promotion next season. The Clarets are on target to achieve their primary aim of staying in Division One. And once that's assured Ternent will look

  • Driver dies in bus depot accident

    A BLACKPOOL bus driver was killed on January 23 when he was struck by another bus in the depot after finishing his shift. Colin Baker, 61, from the Peel Corner, was declared dead at the scene by the ambulance crew. At around 6.10pm, Mr Baker-- who was

  • Toys galore for centre

    A FLEETWOOD day centre for families has received a donation of more than £400-worth of children's toys. The toy library at Anchorage Family Centre in Fleetwood is now bursting at the seams thanks to the donation by members of Fleetwood Working Men's Club

  • O'Hanlon for Blackpool

    FATHER Ted's eejit sidekick Father Dougal McGuire is on his way to Blackpool. See for yourself the versatility of actor Ardal O'Hanlon, pictured here, as The Citizen exclusively reveals the capable comic will stop off for a bit of stand up at Blackpool

  • Stan to bide his time

    BURNLEY boss Stan Ternent is ready to bide his time in the transfer market ready to launch an assault at promotion next season. The Clarets are on target to achieve their primary aim of staying in Division One. And once that's assured Ternent will look

  • Reserves defeated by Huddersfield

    Burnley Reserves 1, Huddersfield Town Reserves 4 THE Clarets fielded one of their strongest reserve line-ups of the season at Tuf Moor last night but couldn't avoid a comprehensive defeat to a near first-choice Huddersfield side. Former QPR front man

  • Launching out

    THANKS to three life-savers who left hefty legacies for the RNLI, building work on the much needed new lifeboat station in St Annes looks set to begin in the autumn. But you don't have to wait until then to see it, because The Citizen can give you a sneak

  • Glam gran in for the double(glamour26)

    A STYLISH Fylde grandma who was voted most Glamorous Grandmother of Great Britain 20 years ago is in line to win the title all over again. Lilian Close, 67, from Tudor Road, St Annes, is set to compete with 19 others in the 2001 final of the competition

  • Jobs fear at Town Hall

    A RADICAL cost-cutting plan designed to shake up the council's cultural services has angered town hall staff who fear their jobs are on the line. The controversial review of tourism, museums, leisure and the arts proposes the creation of one massivecultural

  • Rossall Reports

    IN Division A of the Rossall Monday Sixes it's very close as to who will win the championship with the top two teams in with a chance who will play each other in this final week so watch out for that game! Blackpool Area Divers are the current leaders

  • YMCA top tennis table after walkover

    ST ANNES YMCA A take over at the top of the Premier Division of the Lytham St Annes and District Table Tennis League following the Christmas break after being awarded a 10-0 walkover from Ansdell Arena C who were unable to raise a team for the match.

  • Accolade for Bispham Juniors

    BISPHAM Junior Football Federation are to receive the highest accolade in junior football when they attend Lancashire FA Headquarters in Leyland on February 1. Along with other successful clubs from around the country it is to receive the Football Association

  • Kings so close to cup triumph

    ATTACKING flair and outstanding goalkeeping gave a Lytham school a well deserved success in the Lancashire Under-18 men' hockey competition. Under the captaincy of Michael Hall, King Edward and Queen Mary School took the Association Plate as runners up

  • Coaching chance

    ANY young female football lovers who like to play the game have a great chance to improve their skills at a free girls football coaching day . It will be held at St Annes YMCA, St Albans Road, St Annes on February 22 from 1pm to 3pm. Girls can participate

  • Gregory serves up an American treat

    DURING a Christmas holiday to Florida, Gregory Whitehead aged 10 of Clifton Primary School met his tennis idols Venus and Serena Williams. Gregory competed in two tennis tournaments and received the third place consolation winners to play in the USTA

  • Don't lose your head

    THE Guinness Book of Records is the ultimate site for finding out about extraordinary facts and world records. I found a brilliant story about Mike -- the headless chicken. A farmer had beheaded the chicken, but despite being headless the chicken continued

  • Nelson touch of fame

    LOOKING for a pioneering music channel? Look no further than www.mtv.co.uk. The site is characteristically speedy in beefing up online content, with exclusive websites and documentaries alongside news and features. You can find out more about your favourite

  • It's just not sporting says centre

    LEISURE centre bosses have called foul over plans for a sporting centre of excellence. Roefield Leisure Centre, a registered charity, says Ribble Valley Council's plans to build six floodlit tennis and sports courts on an adjoining site would seriously

  • Dots and pieces...

    lIf like me, you checking your star signs, Thisislancashire.co.uk has its own page dedicated to star signs, updated daily for all your astrological needs. lWant to find celebrity home pages that dish the dirt? There are masses of links to official sites

  • Hamster jam session

    THE only pet I was allowed to keep as a child was a hamster. This is why I particularly liked the www.hamsterdance2.com/ The site is full of cute hamsters strutting their stuff to the funky hamster theme tune. The hamsters were all the craze last year

  • Day I danced at the White House

    AN American who hob-nobbed with Bill and Hillary Clinton at her birthday party today spoke about his trip for the first time -- and told how he also met Monica Lewinsky at the same bash. Florida-born Alan Ford, of Hope Street, Accrington, was invited

  • Alan's classy chassis

    HE may not have a garage the size of a small country, but Bentley-loving businessman Alan Greenhalgh could be the Ribble Valley's answer to the Sultan of Brunei! For the kitchen manufacturing boss and the Sultan have one thing in common -- a love of classic

  • Council jobs joy

    BLACKBURN Council staff were celebrating winning four contracts to safeguard 220 jobs. The housing section beat stiff competition to keep control of its housing management services, and the operations department kept control of repair and maintenance

  • Splashing effort, Josh

    SWIMMING ace Josh Tompkins is preparing to dive in at the deep end when he competes in the Biathle World Championships in Germany later this year. The British U18 champ (pictured), from Ashness Grove, Fulwood, is hoping to improve on last year's match

  • Spending our money

    WORK to prepare Preston council's annual budget is stepping up. Councillors are considering options for budget increases and reduction, before final agreement is reached at the full council meeting on Thursday February 22. Harold Parker, Preston Borough

  • Job boost for Norlec

    JOBS in Leyland could be created following the split of one of the town's companies from Acertec Engineering. A management consortium from Norlec Engineering, based at Moss Side Industrial Estate, in Leyland, has successfully bought the company from their

  • Former Citizen sub-editor dies

    A RESPECTED former Citizen sub-editor, Geoff Taylor has died. Mr Taylor, 77, worked part-time at the Chorley Town Crier, later the Chorley Citizen, before retiring from journalism in the late 1980s. The Coppull-born journalist -- one of four children

  • Chemists on weekend rota duty

    THE following duty chemists will be available for dispensing services on Sunday, January 28, between noon and 1pm (unless stated otherwise): Longster's Pharmacy, 578 Warrington Road, Rainhill; Taylor's Chemist, 191 West End Road, Haydock (10am to 8pm)

  • Brig in last eight

    TWO first half goals from Paul Ryan and Brad Pates guided Bamber Bridge through to the quarter-finals of the UniBond League Cup. Brig went up against Accrington Stanley on 12 minutes when Paul Ryan latched on to a poor clearance and unleashed a twenty-yard

  • Top girls!

    GIRLS from St Matthew's CofE Primary School, in New Hall Lane, Preston, have proved they are as tough as the lads on the pitch after scooping the Preston School's five-a-side championship on Sunday (January 21). The tournament took place at the sports

  • Team call

    FOOTBALLERS and teams are required to join Preston Junior five-a-side league in the seven and under, nine and under, 11 and under and 13 and under categories. Interested parties should contact Kevin on (01772) 250113 or Jim on (01772) 862569.

  • Keep our written history safe plea from MP

    AN EAST Lancashire MP Gordon Prentice wants regional and local newspapers such as the Lancashire Evening Telegraph to be preserved for people in a hundred years' time. He has been assured that books from the collection of the British Library are not being

  • Jack's brush with success

    A COUNCIL worker came close to sweeping the board at an awards ceremony to find the top street cleaner in the north west. Jack Manley, from Nelson, is a road sweeper for Pendle Borough Council and beat off 80 other entrants to finish runner-up in the

  • Candlelit vigil to be held to mark Holocaust

    A CANDLELIT vigil is being held in Nelson town centre to mark the country's first Holocaust Memorial Day. Organised by Pendle Council, the event was set up as a national mark of respect for all victims of Nazi persecution and will take place in the Place

  • Drinker's jail for indecent assault

    A 40-YEAR-OLD man who was resident at a Lancaster hostel for recovering alcoholics indecently assaulted a woman in front of other residents, a court heard. Preston Crown Court was told that Stephen Morris lowered his trousers and made an indecent suggestion

  • Paul's film to highlight slave trade

    A LANCASTER lecturer has left the classroom to visit war-torn Southern Sudan and expose the slave trade. Broadcast journalism lecturer, Paul Egglestone, has returned from filming a documentary to highlight the plight of hundreds of people caught up in

  • Nurses spice up their lives!

    A GROUP of more than 20 Spanish nurses arrived in the city this week and proclaimed: "We feel like the Spice Girls!" The nurses have been drafted in as part of a pilot scheme to cover a nursing shortage in local hospitals and their arrival has attracted

  • Weight for it!

    A MORECAMBE butcher is prepared to become a "metric martyr" in his fight to keep imperial weights and measures. Steve Fretwell from Bare has been closely following a landmark case in Sunderland where greengrocer Steven Thoburn faces a £2,000 fine or possible

  • Mill fires safety peril

    NONE of the four factories involved in devastating fires which caused £15million worth of damage had sprinklers fitted, it was revealed today. Now fire chiefs have urged company bosses to reconsider their fire prevention plans as a survey showed only

  • Prison for £500 hotel phone scam

    A CONMAN who booked into a Burnley hotel ran up a £500 phone bill in two days, ringing friends and chat-lines, a court heard. Burnley magistrates were told how Nicholas Paul Martin, 31, who was said to be planning a further scam at another hotel, got

  • House pair hunted

    POLICE want to trace two men who went into the home of an 86-year-old man in Ridge Avenue, Burnley. Although they were in the house for about five minutes they did not steal anything. Both men are white and about 5ft 10in. One is slim with short dark

  • Woman assaulted in alley

    POLICE are hunting a man who assaulted a woman and pushed her down an alley. At around 2pm on Tuesday January 16 a man aged 20-25 grabbed the woman's hair and pushed her into the alley. She managed the struggle free and the man apologised. He was 5ft

  • Hospitals to merge

    PLANS to merge Wrightington Hospital with Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust have been announced by Health Minister, Lord Hunt. The merger, say health chiefs, will help improve working partnerships and lead to better services for patients. The two existing NHS

  • Exposing the slave trade

    A LECTURER from the University of Central Lancashire left his hard up students behind to visit war-torn Southern Sudan -- to investigate the slave trade. Broadcast journalism lecturer, Paul Egglestone, has returned from filming a documentary to highlight

  • Alcock gets vote

    FARINGTON councillor Mark Alcock took up his new role as prospective Parliamentary candidate this week after a selection meeting by South Ribble Liberal Democrats. The 40-year-old father of three has lived in the constituency for more than 30 years and

  • Spot marked by mosaic

    SHOPPERS in Preston can take a ramble to a colourful mosaic in the centre of town as part of a new project to commemorate a historical location. The newly completed work of art is situated along one of the town's main pedestrian routes from the top of

  • The face on the streets

    POSH and Becks may be the look of Vogue but Lancashire Constabulary has collared a pin up of its own -- in the shape of dog handler Tony Ellis. The dashing police constable is the star of the force's latest recruitment drive and his face has been plastered

  • Souey faces Short wait

    BLACKBURN boss Graeme Souness is sweating on the fitness of Craig Short ahead of Rovers' FA Cup clash with Derby at the weekend. The 32-year-old centre back has missed the last six weeks because of a persistent calf injury. But the former Derby man is

  • Rovers haunted by phantom of Opara

    ROVERS YOUTH 2 COLCHESTER YOUTH 2 ROB Kelly's young guns face a tricky trip to Layer Road next Wednesday after livewire striker Lloyd Opara brought United back from the brink at Ewood last night. Colchester looked dead and buried after Rovers had raced

  • Town hall police 'beat'

    POLICE are going out on a new beat inside East Lancashire's town halls in a bid to beat rowdy youngsters and neighbours from hell. Officers are to be stationed inside Blackburn and Accrington town halls to join forces with council workers as part of the

  • Aftermath of 'quake horror

    HE horrific images of the rescue operation from El Salvador's earthquake will no doubt have been distressing for your readers. The death toll, the full extent of which is not yet clear, is continuing to rise. The earthquake itself is not the only threat

  • Loss should be debated

    AS a matter of principle, any large debt or loss by Blackburn with Darwen unitary authority should be debated by the whole council. With the new cabinet system, councillors have found it difficult to learn about the financial status of the various portfolios

  • Driven by ignorance

    IS it just me or do others see the same thing? Have the majority of motorists lost the ability to make a small gesture such as a wave or nod or smile when you have stopped or slowed down to allow them to join traffic or exit a minor junction? And why

  • Shakers duo on target

    BURY'S Ady Littlejohn and Andy Preece fired themselves into contention for a starting role against Swindon on Saturday by scoring for the reserves yesterday. The Shakers second string beat Halifax 3-1 at Radcliffe Boro's Stainton Park with Littlejohn

  • Get behind bobbies in the town hall

    THERE might, in the view of cynics, be a smack of gimmickry about having police officers 'on the beat' inside town halls -- a move that two East Lancashire councils are among the first in the country to adopt. But it is a smart step to improve and increase