• Fun day to help little Alex

    A WILD West shootout was the highlight of a fun day in aid of a four-year-old Blackburn girl's trip to Disneyland. Alex Cumberland suffers from the rare genetic Coffin Siris Syndrome, which means she has severe learning difficulties. Other attractions

  • Lots in a name for word-search winners

    VISITORS to the Lancashire County Council marquee at this year's Royal Lancashire Show were invited to win a prize in the word-search competition. The competition was a joint venture between two of the services that form part of the lifelong learning

  • We have a town to be proud of

    THE procession of floats on the Bank Holiday celebrating 150 years of Blackburn Corporation was excellent. The bright and colourful displays were a delight and so much enthusiasm was shown by all who took part. We have a town to be proud of and I look

  • Thanks for the Fiesta parade

    ON behalf of Blackburn People's Choir may I thank all who helped to make Blackburn's Fiesta parade such a spectacular success? We should particularly mention Action Factor, who produced such fantastic floats and costumes. Thanks also to the stewards and

  • Funding builds confidence

    AS participants in the Mardi Gras in Blackburn on Bank Holiday Monday, we would like to say a big thank-you for all the hard work to Action Factory, Community Development and the council. Without their combined input, community groups would not have the

  • Petition over noise levels

    MATT Gordon (LET, August 28) has every right to make his views known about the Up4it stage at the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival in Colne. But the petition presented to the Colne Area Committee contained 157 signatures, not 200. Of the 157, at

  • Playing field is clearly unlevel on the buses

    REGARDING the praise for 'kneeling buses,' as they are called (Letters, August 21), they are indeed a boon to the elderly, but, as a pensioner with many years service 'on the buses,' I must point out abnormalities in the public service system that probably

  • Vicars face the axe

    CHURCH bosses have begun axing vicar's posts and are preparing to merge parishes after being hit by a cash squeeze. And the Bishop of Blackburn, The Rt Rev Alan Chesters has set up a task force to look at how the financial problems in the church can be

  • Three more out for crippled RMI

    THERE'S no end in sight to the crippling injury list that has ruined Leigh RMI's start to the new Nationwide Conference campaign. Three more front-line player have been added to Steve Waywell's casualty list after Leigh's 3-1 defeat at Telford on Saturday

  • EXCLUSIVE: Rovers line up Lucas

    BLACKBURN boss Graeme Souness is closing in on Millwall midfielder Lucas Neill. The 23-year-old Australian international was at Brockhall today to begin a week-long trial after being slapped on the transfer-list following a bust up with Lions boss Mark

  • The fun will go on again

    BURNLEY Community Alliance are planning another fun day after the success of a similar event in Burnley Wood on Sunday. The alliance secured £2 million in funding from the Government's Single Regeneration Budget and is organising the days to consult residents

  • Gardens to grow neater from scheme

    IMPROVEMENTS to Thursby Gardens are planned in a £65,000 programme of environmental works in the Daneshouse and Stoneyholme renewal area of Burnley. Members of the council's executive committee will be asked tonight to approve the 2001/2 programme. It

  • Councillor 'held by police' threatens to sue

    BURNLEY councillor Andrew Holder has threatened to sue the police after allegedly being held against his will in Colne on Saturday. He was with a group of Anti Nazi League members getting ready to travel to Burnley to help with the distribution of leaflets

  • Purse snatch bid led to discovery of haul

    A MAN who tried to snatch a pensioner's purse ended up in even more trouble after his house was searched and police found the proceeds of three burglaries. Burnley Crown Court heard how "handler," Paul Plowright, 39, was responsible for a "catalogue,"

  • Talks to stop hospital closure

    A MEETING was held in Todmorden Town Hall to discuss ways of preventing the hospital where Harold Shipman started his career from being closed. The Friends of the Abraham Ormerod Centre are campaigning against Calderdale Health Authority's plans to close

  • Iron's a business Brian knows best

    EVEN in his wildest dreams Brian Rourke could not have imagined the success of the little ironsmith's business he set up in an empty hen house in 1961. In his first year of trading the business had a turnover of £534. Now, as it celebrates its 40th anniversary

  • Chef Paul launches Pendle Pie

    VISITORS to Nelson on Saturday had a tasty time at the town's third annual food festival. The event saw the launch of the Pendle Pie created by Lancashire Celebrity Chef Paul Heathcote and cooked by local bakers Philip and Andrew Bannister. The festival

  • Bigger Gospel Mission set for approval

    COUNCILLORS will be asked to go against the wishes of residents opposing plans for a new gospel mission hall in Barnoldswick during a meeting tonight. Barnoldswick Gospel Mission currently occupies a single-storey wooden hut in Hollins Hall, next to Valley

  • Bungalows project at mill site

    A DEVELOPMENT which would lead to the construction of 30 bungalows on land at the former Peerart Works, in Knotts Lane, Colne, could be approved on Thursday. The application relates to a cleared mill site bounded by Knotts Lane, and Henry, Hagg and Nicholas

  • £5m windfall for quality childcare

    YOUNG mums in deprived areas of East Lancashire who want to get back to work are set to benefit as part of a £5million boost to nursery education across the county. Lancashire County Council's Neighbourhood Nurseries Initiative has won massive Government

  • MP wants probe of double killing

    AN MP today slammed a southern police force for failing to reinvestigate a double murder -- six months after the East Lancashire man originally convicted of the crimes was cleared. Hyndburn MP Greg Pope spoke out as a spokesman for Hampshire Police revealed

  • CUMMINGS & GOINGS: No travel sickness for Clarets

    ANYBODY who has followed Burnley for more than a few years can scarcely begin to credit it. The most recent generation of Clarets supporters have grown up considering themselves lucky to get three away wins all season. So to claim a trio off consecutive

  • Ternent success fails to land award

    CLARETS Boss Stan Ternent has been overlooked for the Nationwide manager of the month award for August. Despite taking Burnley to their highest standing in the League since they led the old second division in 1973 as they moved top of Division One with

  • CRICKET: Five-star show from Schofield

    CHRIS SCHOFIELD showed why Lancashire are keen to keep him with a five-star show under the Old Trafford floodlights last night. But Neil Fairbrother, who like Schofield is out of contract at the end of the season, followed yet another one-day masterclass

  • Get a pizza the action at new-look Nico's

    THE new-look Nico's ristorante in Langho is offering Mediterranean food and the beer with a genuine Lancashire flavour. Nico Ricioppo used to run his restaurant at the rear of the former Spring Mill public house and has now taken over the whole building

  • Customers roll up to enjoy Swiss cuisine

    A CHEF has flown in from Switzerland to help cook up some culinary delights for the people of Hyndburn. Murray Robinson, 31, has been appointed head chef at The Albion, Whalley Road, Clayton-le-Moors. Murray was born in Burnley but moved to Switzerland

  • Marigolds blooms again

    AN entertainment venue has re-opened under new management with a massive re-vamp to help draw in the punters. Marigolds on The Green, Darwen was formerly open just for functions for private parties but is now going to open to the public for live entertainment

  • Ternent success fails to land award

    CLARETS boss Stan Ternent has been overlooked for the Nationwide manager of the month award for August. Despite taking Burnley to their highest standing in the League since they led the old second division in 1973 as they moved top of Division One with

  • Contract talk and ticket news

    PRESTON goalkeeper Tepi Moilanen has signed a new three-year deal at Deepdale, joining Rob Edwards and Graham Alexander in putting pen to paper on new contracts. North End have been allocated 1,000 seats in the uncovered Milton End for the clash at Portsmouth

  • Bring back those good old low tech days

    Why is it that, try as I might, I simply can't keep up with modern technology? As I say every time the office computer crashes and a huge posse from the department we call 'systems' come scurrying in my direction, there's a conspiracy at work. Someone

  • Lee's first class fashion

    A FORMER Darwen pupil has designs on his future after scoring top marks in his fashion degree. Lee Holmes, who used to attend Darwen Vale High School, in Blackburn Road, achieved a first class honours degree in Fashion Promotion from the University of

  • Two in court after girl,5, found

    TWO men have appeared in court today charged with the abduction of a five-year-old girl in Darwen on Sunday. Blackburn magistrates heard that the girl was found in the home of one of the men as a neighbour raised the alarm. And the court was told that

  • Classic cars in heritage drive

    A HISTORIC vehicle cavalcade of over 50 cars will be making its way from Helmshore Textile Museum in Rossendale to Towneley Hall, Burnley, on Sunday. The drive is part of European Heritage Weekend, organised by Lancashire County Council. The classic cars

  • Old man wakes to see thief

    POLICE are linking two incidents at sheltered accommodation in Old Street, Newchurch, on Saturday at 4.15pm. A 77-year-old man was asleep on his settee when he woke to find a man in his room walking off with his wallet and cash. The pensioner, who is

  • Advisors sought for business courses

    ADVISORS are being sought to help two school companies make successful businesses. Rossendale Enterprise Trust needs advisors for the young enterprise teams in high schools in Rawtenstall and Haslingden and is appealing for business people in the Valley

  • Pub raid terror

    TWO men burst into an Atherton pub and stole cash from a safe after threatening the landlord and his wife with a gun. The raiders, both wearing balaclavas, broke into the living quarters of Paddy's Hump in Tyldesley Road early yesterday morning. Police

  • Bid to save annual park bonfireShow YOUR here.

    A MEETING will be held by the Witton Park Bonfire Committee this evening to decide on the next step forward towards saving the annual fundraiser. Members from Blackburn Rotaract and the Rotary Clubs will meet to discuss who to approach next for help.

  • Women asked to help form police's strategy

    A NEW campaign to crack down on domestic violence is being launched by Lancashire police. The Women Influencing Safer Environments initiative (WISE) will ask women across the county to detail their experiences of domestic violence so the police can form

  • Accused son bailed after attack on vicar

    THE son of a former Blackburn church minister has been told to live with his uncle in Lancashire after allegedly stabbing his father at their home. Simeon Dagger, 24, appeared before magistrates at St Helens yesterday after being charged with attempted

  • LOCAL SOCCER: Blues search for first win

    CLITHEROE travel to Ramsbottom tonight still looking for their first win of the season. The 2-1 defeat at home to Prescot Cables on Saturday was the Blues' fourth defeat of the season - their third in the league. Their North West Counties First Division

  • Serious lesson from children

    IT is perhaps a worrying sign of the times that children as young as five need to educated about the dangers of substance abuse. But more worrying is that pupils at Intack Primary School in Blackburn seemingly knew more about the drugs culture in the

  • Birthday drink brings damages

    APPRENTICE mechanic Stephen Ryder damaged a car as he staggered home after a 12-pint birthday celebration. Blackburn magistrates ordered him to pay £150 compensation after he knocked the electric wing mirror off a car parked outside Blackburn library.

  • Plea for town from an ex-pat

    THIS morning, I was reading a book entitled 'Beautiful Blackburn 1963.' As an 'ex-pat' I would love to know what has happened to our once lovely, clean and tidy town, which is now only a reflection of its former self. My husband and I will, hopefully,

  • Firestarter on rampage alert

    FIREFIGHTERS were called out eight times last night to deal with a series of arson attacks. Fire crews in Atherton had to deal with two blazing cars, scorched bushes, burning rubbish and fires in wheelie bins. At about 7.30pm firefighters were called

  • Jobs axed at electronics firm

    ONE of Burnley's largest employers today told workers it was axing 63 jobs. TRW Automotive Electronics, formerly Lucas Varity, is hoping that the job losses will be met by voluntary redundancies from its 400-strong workforce at the Eastern Avenue plant

  • ROVER all VIEW: Can't disguise great weekend

    "ARE you Burnley in disguise?" sang a packed local, gleefully recalling that other famous goal feast on April 1, as the fifth flew in on Saturday evening in Munich. What a day's entertainment! You almost expected a group of Germans to walk in so you could

  • Pupils hot-foot it in fancy dress

    MORE than 700 students and staff, many in fancy dress, took part in a fun run at Towneley High School, Burnley. The annual event is held to raise funds for the school and involves completing a five miles course in Towneley Park and woods. New head of

  • Supermarket worker 'shamed' by £20 theft

    A SUPERMARKET worker who pocketed £20 had brought shame and embarrassment on himself and his family, a court was told. Burnley Magistrates heard how Abdul Shakoor, 18, was shortly due to start university and felt he had suffered enough because of the

  • College courses plan in park nursery

    QUEENS Park nursery, Burnley, could become a base for college courses in horticulture and care of small animals. Burnley Council's executive committee will be asked to give 'in principle' approval at their meeting tonight. The parks services unit has

  • Jobs axed at electronics firm

    ONE of Burnley's largest employers today told workers it was axing 63 jobs. TRW Automotive Electronics, formerly Lucas Varity, is hoping that the job losses will be met by voluntary redundancies from its 400-strong workforce at the Eastern Avenue plant

  • Week ten in custody for six on death charge

    SIX children charged with the manslaughter of pensioner Sheila Bridge will spend a tenth week in custody after their committal hearing was adjourned for a further week. The youngsters, aged between ten and 15, appeared separately at Reedley Youth Court

  • Ten years ago

    PICTURESQUE places in the Ribble Valley swept to victory in Lancashire's Best Kept Village competition. Chipping won the supreme champion class and neighbour Bashall Eaves won the hamlets class and the prestigious Granada Trophy.

  • Five years ago

    TWO sports clubs were celebrating grants from the North West Lottery Sports Fund. Blackburn Trampoline Club received £3,440 to help updating equipment and Newrad Fisheries in Darwen, was allocated £7,639 to help reinstate a disused fishing lake off Watery

  • They're all out for a lark

    Clayton-le-Moors' very own annual rock festival brought hundreds of listeners out in to the sun for Lark in the Park 2001. The concert held on Saturday in Mercer Park was a huge success with local groups and DJs keeping the crowds entertained for just

  • Woman robbed at knifepoint

    A WOMAN stole £220 of property from another female in a daylight knife attack. The attacker pounced from an old-style red Ford Escort, driven by a man close to the mini roundabout on the junction of Eagle Street and Paradise Street, Accrington. The victim

  • Need a chemist?

    CHEMISTS on duty on Sunday, August 5, are: Moss Side Pharmacy, Dunkirk Lane, Leyland, 10am-2pm; Boots, Fishergate, Preston, 10.30am-4.30pm; Moss Chemists, Asda, Fulwood, 10.30am-4.30pm; Moss Chemists, Sainsburys, Deepdale, 10.30am-4.30pm; Scholes Chemist

  • Class conscious

    PARENTS of children at Ivy Bank High School, Byron Street, Burnley, went back for extra classes last week. The Parents in Partnership evening was organised by the school to enable adults to help teachers in the classroom and involve them more in their

  • LOCAL CRICKET: Lighting the way for years to come

    AUSTRALIAN run-machine Matthew Mott believes floodlit cricket could become the future of the Lancashire League as Rawtenstall and Haslingden prepare to make history at the Worswick Memorial Ground tonight. For the first time in the Lancashire League's

  • Footie talk strictly off the menu

    FOR people who are NOT interested in football any weekend, Brewers Fayre is the place to be. The chain is offering freedom from football fever across its nationwide network for anyone wanting an escape. Anyone mentioning the game within earshot of diners

  • EXCLUSIVE: Rovers line up Lucas

    BLACKBURN boss Graeme Souness is closing in on Millwall midfielder Lucas Neill. The 23-year-old Australian international was at Brockhall today to begin a week-long trial after being slapped on the transfer-list following a bust up with Lions boss Mark

  • Preece's problems don't ease up

    A WEEKEND full-scale practice match involving every player in the first team squad told manager Andy Preece ... well, not that much really, writes Steve Canavan of the BOLTON EVENING NEWS. There was plenty of endeavour and commitment, said the boss, but

  • Four in cabbie attack

    A TAXI driver was badly hurt in an attack by four men in Darwen town centre. The men, aged between 18 and 25, got into the taxi in Blackburn on Darwen Street, at 1.55am on Saturday. The driver drove them to Darwen where he was attacked. One grabbed the

  • One-man show comes to Library Theatre

    PEOPLE are preparing to be entertained at a show hosted by Darwen Library Theatre. The one-man show -- Music Hall Variety and Me -- will be performed by the acclaimed entertainment comedian and producer Jack Seaton. The show is all about tracing the history

  • A day to remember

    MEMBERS of the Royal British Legion's Darwen branch will be celebrating their 80th anniversary on Friday. They will be having a private meal to mark their good work over the years. The celebrations follow their 75th anniversary, when members planted a

  • Burgled firm gets back on its feet

    A DARWEN firm is fighting back after more than £100,000 worth of vital equipment was stolen from their premises. Bosses at RHP Bearings, in Davyfield Road, were forced to lay off nine temporary members of staff after unique aluminium pattern mouldings

  • Pet shop is pick of 700 in national contest

    A PET shop in Rawtenstall has won a national award for helping to make people more aware of how to care for their pets. Next Tuesday Rossendale Dog Warden David East will be presenting Barbara Ingham and her staff from Pet's Corner in Bank Street with

  • Now it's time for Helen's rest

    SUPER singing mum Helen Booth is taking a well earned rest this week after her second TV appearance in just over a week on the talent show This Is My Moment. A delighted former Scary Spice Mel B welcomed pregnant Helen Booth back to the show and announced

  • A victory for Mike over jetty vandals

    VANDALS who wrecked a special jetty used by disabled water-skiers in Whitworth failed to spoil skier Mike Appleford's moment of glory. Manager Andrew Knowles, who runs Whitworth Ski Centre at Cowm Reservoir with his wife Flo, worked for hours to repair

  • Buy-out comes in the nick of time

    MORE than 200 Blackburn workers have escaped a major wave of redundancies after a management buy-out of their business. The American-owned Viasystems group has announced it will be axing 850 jobs at its manufacturing plants in the North East. But it is

  • Textiles business takes up the tune in centre

    BLACKBURN'S newest shop opened its doors yesterday -- just weeks after the previous occupant had moved out and taken a swipe at the town. Textile Direct has replaced Andy's Records in a prime shopping centre unit in Ainsworth Street, which overlooks the

  • Flag put to rest

    THE end of an era will be heralded tomorrow when the standard of the Normandy Landing Association is given a final resting place. In June the group announced that, after 27 years, that months' D-Day celebrations would be the last the Blackburn with District

  • Blaze school back in class

    PUPILS at a school which burned to the ground returned to the classroom today as their headteacher promised: "Our future starts here." And Viv Clark, the head of Brindle Gregson Lane Primary School, Bourne Row, Hoghton, revealed their new school could

  • School sorrow at missing sisters

    THE headteacher of an East Lancashire primary school today told of her sadness at the snatch of two pupils by their father. As pupils throughout the area returned to their desks following the summer break, Salam, 10 and Noor Al Momani, seven, were beginning

  • Horse champ clears pain hurdle

    A YOUNG horse rider who has cleared a massive pain barrier and landed in the most prestigious show ring in the country said today: "It's like a dream." Nicola Slater, 15, of Old Langho, near Blackburn, has beaten the best -- after weeks of agony in hospital

  • Drugs poster bombshell for police

    POLICE have launched a drugs crackdown after being alerted to the extent of the problem by schoolchildren. Police bosses sent a dedicated beat bobby to spend more time in the Whitebirk area of Blackburn after concern that local people had stopped reporting

  • LOCAL SOCCER: Harwood draw

    INJURY-RAVAGED Great Harwood drew 1-1 with Fleetwood Freeport at the Showground NWCL First Division last night. Shaun Bursnell opened the scoring for Denis Underwood's side on 11 minutes before Fleetwood's Kevin Barnes equalised in the 36th. "From 28

  • LOCAL SOCCER: Stanley snap up former Claret Morgan

    ACCRINGTON Stanley signed former Burnley defender Steve Morgan last night as they attempt to stop their defence leaking goals. The Reds have conceded 13 goals in their five opening UniBond Premier Division fixtures and boss John Coleman had to act quickly

  • Contract talk and ticket news

    PRESTON goalkeeper Tepi Moilanen has signed a new three-year deal at Deepdale, joining Rob Edwards and Graham Alexander in putting pen to paper on new contracts. North End have been allocated 1,000 seats in the uncovered Milton End for the clash at Portsmouth

  • Leigh merger bid looks doomed

    LEIGH Centurions' bid to take over the ailing London Broncos and move up into Super League looks doomed to failure. Super League clubs last night unanimously declared their opposition to relocate the Broncos outside the capital. The Broncos' future is

  • Hundreds join battle for lodges

    ANXIOUS residents stood shoulder to shoulder as battle plans were drawn up to protect five popular lodges. Nearly 300 people packed into Bolton Road Sports Club, Bury, on Sunday (Sept 2) to voice concerns for the Cockey Moor and Whitehead lodges. The