• Stand up to town hall officialdom

    WHAT sort of people live in this town? Small-minded, overawed by officialdom, and short of vision I would suggest, judging from personal experience. It appears impossible for them to rid themselves of the belief that the council "owns" the town when a

  • Wheely great for ill boy

    FOR MOST youngsters, just getting up for school on a dark, autumn morning is hard enough. But for one Fylde boy, the school run also meant an excruciating and almost impossible journey -- until now. Gregory Rothwell, nine, of Frobisher Drive, St Annes

  • Gray quits

    NORTH End chairman Bryan Gray has stood down from his post at the Deepdale outfit. At the club's Annual General Meeting, Gray did not seek re-election to the post he has held since his company, BAXI, became associated with North End. He cited personal

  • Disgust at lost ground

    I AM writing to express our disgust at the prospect of more valuable open ground being lost to housing construction such as in Ashton Gardens, St Annes. When will we learn we cannot get open land such as this back? Once it is developed no-one will ever

  • A miracle on my doorstep

    WHO says that miracles don't happen? I was about to put pen to paper to make a further "Bibles for Zambia" appeal when there was a knock at the door. Lo and behold -- 22 Bibles on the doorstep. God bless the lovely people responsible. So, yes indeed,

  • Stanley set sights on FA Cup glory

    JONATHAN SMITH is glad to see the back of Accrington Stanley's 'embarrassing' defensive form. And the 24-year-old hopes it can help the Crown Ground side get through to the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup - the last before the first round proper

  • Blind faith!

    BLACKBURN Mayor Coun John Williams may have thought he knew the town centre like the back of his hand, but a short trip complete with a blindfold changed that forever. Coun Williams, along with guide, Blackburn Lions Club president Harry Pennington, apprehensively

  • Optimism for town's future

    TOWN centre retail managers and council chiefs are confident that Blackpool can be transformed back into the bustling shopping centre it once was -- despite worrying moves in the pipe-line. One such development is the recent announcement of plans to further

  • New park boosts employment

    MORE than 100 jobs have been created with the opening of a new business park in Blackpool. A new Pizza Hut restaurant, Blockbuster video store and KFC restaurant and drive-through have been built on the former newspaper office site at the corner of Preston

  • Blazing a £25,000 trail

    FYLDE firefighters helped raise a flaming great £25,000 for their stricken counterparts in New York through a fundraising walking tour of Lancashire's fire stations. Firefighters and support staff from all stations in the county took part in the 500-mile-round

  • Offenders could be named and shamed

    RESIDENTS in Stacksteads who want to keep their area dog dirt free are being advised to name and shame offenders. Dog Warden David East was called in after St Joseph's Football Club had to suspend play in their match three times because the recreation

  • £1m lawsuit won't wreck takeover

    THE takeover of Bury Football Club will not be affected by a £1m lawsuit launched against the Shakers this week writes Steve Canavan of the Bolton Evening News Alex Tarsus and his consortium already knew about the pending lawsuit when they made a bid

  • 'Firsts' beat strong Doncaster

    THIS win in Division One of the Northern League was a good result as Doncaster included a number of players who normally act as substitutes for their 1st XI in National League Hockey. LSA created many chances early in the match and, after 25 minutes,

  • Helping to cope with death

    PROFESSIONAL help and advice is on hand for people coping with bereavement. Mary Kinsella, a qualified nurse and counsellor, has been appointed by Bury Health Care NHS Trust to lead a newly-established bereavement counselling service. The service will

  • Debts led cleaning boss to suicide

    A COMPANY director in financial difficulties was found dead in his fume-filled car the day after he attempted to cut his wrists. A verdict of suicide was recorded into the death of Mr Guy Morgan, at an inquest on Wednesday (Oct 10). His body was discovered

  • Book in for library fun

    THE magic of books and the Internet will turn into a family affair at libraries across Bury this weekend. As part of the national Family Learning Weekend, free web courses for children and their parents are being held, along with story readings for the

  • Grammar celebrates successful year

    ANOTHER year of high achievement in and out of the classroom was reflected on at the annual prizegiving night for Bury Grammar School (Boys). Professor John Garside, principal and vice-chancellor of UMIST, was welcomed as the special guest for the ceremony

  • Wardens set to join "can do" team

    COMMUNITY Safety Wardens (CSW) could soon be righting wrongs as well as reporting them. The wardens, who patrol Bury, Prestwich and the borough's other town centres, will have the opportunity to train to be part of a newly-created Techno Team. The idea

  • County honour for councillor

    FIVE former members of Lancashire County Council were given the title of Honorary Alderman in a special meeting last month. In recognition of his long and eminent service St Annes county councillor Eric Bamber, along with John Entwistle, Eileen Kershaw

  • Kickbox kids triumph

    A MARTIAL arts coach in Blackpool has praised his students for their kickboxing and karate success. Rob Campbell, chief coach at Blackpool Budokan, said students Jonathan Campbell-Taylor, Jordan Smith and Reece Lomas turned in "tremendous" performances

  • All aboard the £4m Blackpool train

    BLACKPOOL'S rail services got a boost with the launch of a new £4 million Virgin Voyager train on the 7.35am from North Station to Portsmouth. Before it left the shadow secretary of state for transport, Theresa May, and Virgin Trains' chief executive

  • Top award for your favourite newspaper

    THE Citizen has won an award in a prestigious competition in which hundreds of newspapers throughout the country took part. We were named runners up in the Free Newspaper of the Year awards organised by our parent company, Newsquest Media Ltd. The judges

  • Show off but Jimmy has last laugh

    COME HERE...There's more for Jimmy Cricket fans. The comedian's show was cancelled due to lack of demand last week but Jimmy had the last laugh. He sent out letters of apology and CDs to all 38 fans who had bought tickets for the show at the Lowther Pavilion

  • Andrew hitched to professional qualification

    NEWLY-WED Andrew Bates returned from his honeymoon to become a certified accountant. Andrew (22) joined Hollins-based accountants DTE Business Advisory Services Ltd in 1997. He had been working as a trainee accountant and achieved four A-levels.

  • FANS VIEW: Keep us in picture)

    COMMUNICATION is one of the major keys to success for any business, but unfortunately it seems to be lacking at Blackpool Football Club. Fans are always eager to be kept informed about even ordinary every-day club issues and leaving them largely in the

  • It'll be a champion night

    JOHN "Boy" Walton, the Embassy World Darts Champion, and Trina Gulliver, the first-ever Embassy Women's World Champion, have again joined forces as the Embassy World Darts Roadshow continues its 20-night UK tour in Cleveleys on October 17. As well as

  • Carleton stay ahead

    CARLETON 'A' were held to a 5-5 draw by St Annes YMCA 'A' in the Premier Division of the Lytham St Annes and District Table Tennis League, but remain one point ahead of their opponents at the top of the table. A further one point behind, in third place

  • Full points and they didn't play!

    BLACKPOOL SCORPIONS' first and second teams gained full points without playing last weekend when their respective opponents could not raise teams! But Scorpions' Under-14s went to league leaders Salford and lost 10-18. New signing Dean Kuzan was in the

  • Depression led to death

    A MAN who became depressed after he was badly injured in a road accident later committed suicide by throwing himself in front of a bus. An inquest was told David Mellalieu died in hospital two weeks after he had jumped in front of the bus in Blackburn

  • Grayson extends loan

    ROVERS have agreed to extend Simon Grayson's loan spell at Notts County by another month. Magpies boss Jocky Scott parted company with the Second Division club in midweek, throwing Grayson's future into doubt. However, former Preston striker Gary Brazil

  • Nurse's greenhouse is fit for a king

    AN off-duty nurse had a brush with royalty at the weekend but of the scaly kind. Mrs Carmel Cliffe discovered a 3ft long Californian King snake sleeping peacefully in a flower pot in a greenhouse on Saturday (Oct 6). At first, the mother-of-one thought

  • Market Museum moves a step closer

    RADCLIFFE is set to become a regional home to the arts under a radical shake-up of the Irwell Sculpture Trail. It means that the town's long-awaited Market Museum scheme is one step closer to reality. The sculpture trail partnership, comprising the councils

  • Dancer claims top ten moves

    VERSATILE Victoria Grabowski demonstrated dancing skills across the board, clinching first place at a prestigious dance school competition. Fifteen-year-old Victoria, of Parkhills Road, Bury, danced her way to the top at a contest held by the Judy Clegg

  • They're just potty about Harry

    YOUNG book fans had a "wizard" time at a special Harry Potter party held at Prestwich Library. Organised to coincide with National Children's Book Week, the event featured games, quizzes and activities based on the top children's series of stories. And

  • Boy dies in butane riddle

    A TEENAGER has died after being found collapsed in a suspected gas sniffing den. James Edward Mather, 14, of Melbourne Street, Oswaldtwistle, was found slumped in the hideaway by a friend, who dragged him 50 yards to an old people's home in a bid to raise

  • Death tragedy, two arrested

    TWO people have been arrested in connection with the death of a 13-year-old who died from an apparent drugs overdose. Police said a man and a woman -- both in their 30s believed to be from Darwen-- were arrested at 7.30am today on suspicion of abduction

  • Warren says "thank you"

    A NINE-year-old Radcliffe boy, who was devastated when burglars stole his treasured electric guitar and beloved PlayStation, has had his faith restored. Now Warren Leith, of Shirebrook Drive, who is recovering from a brain tumour, is spoilt for choice

  • More homes are let

    MORE tenants are being found for Bury Council's empty houses following a concerted 18-month effort. The number of vacant properties has now dropped below the Government's target, from nearly 350 in December, 1999, to 170 today. One reason was the introduction

  • Libraries look for more cash

    BURY'S libraries need an extra £575,000 over the next two years to meet new Government standards. Extended opening hours and more books will have to wait until councillors find the money during the annual budget wrangles. However, bosses forecast improvements

  • Nursing from the nations at Fairfield

    NEW overseas nurses recruited to work at Fairfield General Hospital have arerived in Bury. The group of 12, part of a central Government initiative to increase nurses in the NHS, are mainly from Malaysia with one from India and Zimbabwe. Angela Abbott

  • Hunt for bag robber

    AN opportunist thief is being hunted by police after stealing a handbag from a Bury shopper. The man, who is in his mid-20s, was riding a bicycle when he rode up to a 33-year-old woman who was putting shopping in her car at the Woodfields Retail Park

  • Amateur Oscars up for grabs

    FORGET Hollywood... Fleetwood is the place to be from October 15 when the curtain goes up on the 48th Theatre Festival. Amateur "Oscars" will be awarded to companies from across the whole of the UK performing classics, comedy and contemporary plays with

  • 'British Bulldog' takes to the ring

    WRESTLING fans can see former world champion Davey Boy Smith -- The British Bulldog -- take on American wrestlers Red Indian ring warrior Tatanka, 'Nature Boy' Dandy Rogers and more at Blackpool's Winter Gardens on Sunday, October 14. Lancashire-lad Smith

  • Dreams come true for magician Chris

    A MAGICAL mixture of illusions and dance is coming to Bispham this week. Teenage magician Chris Bowyer has teamed up with members of The Phyllis Davies School of Dancing to stage Dreams at Bispham High School. Chris said: "I did a show last year, which

  • Cash On Delivery...for charity

    CHARITY will have the last laugh when Blackpool Theatre Company stage the comedy Cash On Delivery by Michael Cooney. Director Alan Judge described the play as "a screwball comedy" and added: "Proceeds from our raffle will be donated to the Victoria Hospital

  • Brian is ready for Roses clash

    LOOK out for another War of the Roses! Only this time the two sides won't be armed with pikes and lances - they'll have snooker cues. Lancashire has always had thriving small-table snooker leagues in East Lancashire and on the Fylde Coast. But the only

  • Don't condemn, support the school cyclists

    REGARDING cycling to school, I think that your editorial (LET, September 28) was extremely negative. Of course, we do not want to see all school children suddenly set off next Monday morning on their bicycles -- even though I believe that this would be

  • Looking for a former squaddie

    IAM trying to trace Albert Morris, who lived with an aunt in either Blackburn or Preston in the 1950s. He did his National Service with the Army Catering Corps and was stationed in Singapore and, before that, near Penrith in Cumbria. I would love to trace

  • This week in 1976 25 years ago

    WHAT'S IN A NAME? 'Jubilee Way' was the named being suggested for Bury's south-west inner relief road to mark the Queen's Silver jubilee a year later. AND THE HEAVENS OPENED: Standpipes recently introduced in the Ramsbottom, Summerseat and Tottington

  • POLITICS: Rush of candidates expected

    VETERAN Burnley MP Peter Pike has confirmed that he will be stepping down at the next general election. The 64-year-old parliamentarian indicated when selected to fight the safe seat in June that he had no intention of going on for another full Parliament

  • Tribute to Sir William

    ARNOLD School has named its new computer room in honour of Sir William Lyons, founder of Jaguar Cars. Born in Blackpool in 1901, William Lyons was educated at the school and his daughter, Mrs Mary Rimell, returned recently for the unveiling of a special

  • EVENTS taking place in East Lancashire on Saturday, October 13

    A LOOK at events, from amateur theatre to rambles through our beautiful countryside. "Fiddler," Guide Conservative Club, School Lane, Guide, 8pm. Autumn Fair, St Silas Parish Centre, Preston New Road, Blackburn, 11am-3pm. Model Railway Exhibition, King

  • Thanks mate, you saved my life

    PARAMEDIC Steve Shimmin answered a 999 call to help save a man's life only to find his wife had beaten him to it. And Steve (36) from Bury, was doubly shocked to find the patient was his friend and neighbour Andy Loynes. The double coincidence occurred

  • Yobs: will no one take responsibility?

    POLITICIANS talk about how to tackle the ever-growing threat posed by international terrorism. What about the "terrorism" that takes place every day in almost every community in every borough in the country? Police admit that 60 per cent of their calls

  • Immigration: people are right to be concerned

    RAY Honeyford (Your Letters, Sept 28) refers to the Alice in Wonderland state of race relations in this country when anyone who opposes any more mass immigration is classed as a "racist". Geoff Brown of the Anti-Nazi League recently welcomed the "wave

  • Portable wards an insult to elderly

    I HAVE just read the front page of the Bury Times (October 2) with horror at the revelation that porta-wards have been erected on the roof of Fairfield Hospital to cope with a possible increase in elderly patients. I am disgusted to think that those in

  • Raised £330 for Christie's

    I WOULD like to thank the people of Ramsbottom for their generosity during our annual Flag Day street collection on Saturday, September 29. Our collection raised more than £330 for The Women's Trust for Cancer Research at Christie Hospital Manchester,

  • Islam is not "peaceful"

    MR Kaiserman (Your Letters, Sept 28) condemns violent action against terrorism. Can we assume he also condemns the Israelis for their violent revenge on the Palestinians, using tanks and helicopter gun ships? Or have the Israelis got special dispensation

  • We must treat people fairly

    THERE is no such thing as a multi-racial society. There is only one "race." The human race! And there is only one Earth. Our Earth. However, the national identity is larger than culture and faith. I emphasis the need for settlers to familiarise themselves

  • We can make a difference

    IT is four weeks since the attacks on America and we are being told that we are effectively at war. So where is the evidence of Civil Defence? Where is the Red Cross? Is the St. John Ambulance recruiting and training ready for an emergency? People watch

  • Someone stole my charity box

    I WOULD like to send a message to the person who entered my showroom on Bolton Street, Bury, and left with the charity donation box for the blind and partially-sighted shop nearby. This box contained just a few pounds which I intend to replace, along

  • Couldn't have been better

    I RECENTLY had to have surgery on my back and this was done at Fairfield Hospital, Bury. I was on ward 14 and it was a lovely, pleasant experience. The medical care was excellent, the staff were very caring and there was always a smiling face. People

  • FOR: Yes, scrap Bonfire Night in respect of victims

    THE events of September 11 are still so hard to believe that they will remain in the minds of millions for year to come. So should we then still celebrate a 400-year-old tradition of a failed plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament? "No", says the director

  • AGAINST: No, Bonfire Night should go ahead

    "REMEMBER, remember the 5th of November..." Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot have been a part of British tradition for nearly 400 years. The infamous events of the early 17th century have even been immortalised in a nursery rhyme. Fawkes was one of a

  • Moyes wants to make up

    NORTH End boss David Moyes has urged wantaway striker Jon Macken to think twice about any move -- and stay put at Deepdale with striking partner David Healy. Macken, who had suffered a poor start to the season due partly to injury, temporarily became

  • Still time to save Ashton Institute

    YOUR report of the Fylde Council meeting of October 1 highlights some of the deep emotions aroused by the Newfield Jones Homes plan to build flats on land in Ashton Gardens. All but a handful of councillors ignored the views of the people when they approved

  • Treatment of sick & disabled a scandal

    THOUSANDS of government registered chronic sick and disabled folk in Blackpool and their carers in the community have no proper representation to watch over their interests. The undemocratic treatment of them by officialdom, councillors and MPs is a hidden

  • No place for snakes

    I WAS on holiday in Blackpool in July with my grandchildren. I was very upset to see men with snakes outside Madame Tussauds and at Central Pier. People were having photographs taken with the snakes around their necks. I was appalled. I phoned the police

  • Excellent care

    THOSE familiar with Victoria Hospital will not be surprised that it received such high marks in the recent NHS national survey. The facilities and treatment are excellent and well complemented by the staff who are caring, cheerful and helpful. The food

  • Foyer of the future for a vital kick-start

    A £3.6 MILLION complex aimed at helping young people kick-start their lives is on course to open next year, it was revealed today. The Blackburn Foyer, which is under construction in Feilden Street, will provide safe and affordable accommodation for up

  • Death was caused by drowning

    AN inquest into the death of a two-year-old girl who died in a pool accident while on holiday in Greece proved that she did drown. And today, accident experts called for stricter safety guidelines at foreign hotels. Kirsty Wright, of Pilmuir Road, Blackburn

  • We'll meet visits target, says county

    SOCIAL services chiefs today pledged to visit all children on the Child Protection Register on time in the wake of figures which revealed they were among the worst performers in the country. Lancashire County Council was blasted by Childline, councillors

  • Hospital death: Nurses taken off duty

    TWO nurses at the Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool, have been suspended while a major inquiry into the death of an 18-month-old boy continues. Jake McGeough died in July, three days after being admitted to the hospital by his parents, Keira McGeough

  • Two arrested in kidnap probe

    TWO men have appeared before Blackburn magistrates following the alleged kidnapping of a Blackburn man in Greece. Dr Tahir Mahmood Zaman, a 35-year-old GP and his father Mohammed Zaman, 66, both of Washwood Heath, Birmingham, appeared yesterday charged

  • New bid for city status

    A NEW bid for Blackburn with Darwen to become the Golden Jubilee City was submitted today. Towns from across the UK have been asked to bid for the honour - to be announced next year - with rivals including Preston, Bolton and Blackpool. The borough failed

  • Off to serve the Queen...

    A HORSE described as "in a bad way" when she was rescued is now on her way to Buckingham Palace after being hand-picked to join the Royal Horse Artillery. Four-year-old Penny from Penny Hill Farm, Blackpool, has joined all the king's horses of the King's

  • Tory leader refuses executive offer

    HOPES for a more united front at Blackpool Borough Council have hit a stumbling block as Tories refuse to be part of the council's new cabinet. Conservatives have declined offers by council leader Roy Fisher to be part of the new executive committee because

  • The fight's not over!

    "WE SHALL not be moved," say supporters fighting to stop developers Newfield Jones Homes from building flats on part of Ashton Gardens in St Annes. The Supporters Of Ashton Gardens (SOAG) believe that their last hope lies in the fact that, although Newfield

  • Tory thumbs up for resort venue

    A SUBDUED Tory Party Conference came to its early conclusion in the resort on Wednesday, as the events of September 11 and the subsequent aftermath cast a sombre shadow over the occasion. With Parliament's recall on Monday (Oct 8) and the absence of many

  • 'Lights' weather is heavy going

    FYLDE folk call it "Illuminations weather" -- but the recent gales and rain have surprised even the most weathered locals. Seasonal storms have been battering the coast for several days, causing floods in Wrea Green and problems on Blackpool Prom. Illuminations

  • Residence upsets residents

    POULTON residents have welcomed a council decision to refuse to let a night club stay open longer on Sunday nights. Members of Wyre Borough Council's housing and environmental services (licensing) sub-committee decided at a meeting last week to refuse

  • Bobby 'base' at the Vic

    A POLICE "base" at Blackpool Victoria Hospital is being set up to treat the problem of violent behaviour in its new A&E department. The "Community Safety Office", to be situated next to the accident and emergency department will not be manned permanently

  • Death tragedy, two arrested

    TWO people have been arrested in connection with the death of a 13-year-old who died from an apparent drugs overdose. Police said a man and a woman -- both in their 30s believed to be from Darwen-- were arrested at 7.30am today on suspicion of abduction

  • Gray quits

    NORTH End chairman Bryan Gray has stood down from his post at the Deepdale outfit. At the club's Annual General Meeting, Gray did not seek re-election to the post he has held since his company, BAXI, became associated with North End. He cited personal

  • Grant's on a mission

    TONY GRANT has arrived at Turf Moor determined to prove to one person what he can do - himself. "I have not come here to prove anything to anyone else," he said. "I know what I can and can't do and it is a question of personal pride." And having played

  • Broadcasting benefits available for deaf people

    BLARING televisions, problems on the telephone and difficulties answering the doorbell could be a thing of the past for the deaf and hard of hearing. Help is at hand, with useful gadgets and information available from specialists at Bury Social Services

  • Community strategy is available for all to see

    THE Borough's blueprint for the future to make it the best possible place to live is to be launched next week. The public are being invited to Bury Town Hall on Monday (Oct 15) afternoon to view the council's Community Strategy and Local Community Plans

  • Get stuck on the "web"

    BURY Council is tackling a web of intrigue by explaining the workings of e-mails and the wonders of the internet. Bury's Metronet Week is being held at libraries throughout the borough, starting on Monday (Oct 15) to give people a taste of the latest

  • Man shot himself after death of his mother

    AN Ainsworth man, depressed following his mother's death, shot himself despite attempts to stop him, an inquest heard. Minutes before 41-year-old Carl Shepherd's death, his sister's fiance had tried to wrestle the gun away from him. Mr Shepherd, a self-employed

  • MEP opposes Europe controls

    THREATS to the growth of Blackpool Airport have been grounded after Euro-MPs refused to support controversial plans to impose maximum noise limits on airports across Europe. Airport authorities had argued that the proposal could have curbed investment

  • Council 'grounds' London flights

    BLACKPOOL-based airline Platinum Air has suspended flights from Blackpool to London after scheduled air services were prevented from operating at London's Biggin Hill Airport. The company, billed as Blackpool's own executive airline, ran flights to the

  • Pingu aims for stardom

    PINGU looks very pleased with himself -- and he has every reason to be yappy -- for the Tibetan terrier from Blackpool is top of the pups! Owned by Mike Gadsby, Elaine Macdonald and Gavin Roberston from Marton, Pingu is one of 31 finalists in the national

  • CRICKET: Leader of pack!

    ENGLAND all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has put himself forward as the surprise contender to replace John Crawley as Lancashire's new captain for the coming season. Flintoff has attempted to keep in touch with the turmoil at Old Trafford from Zimbabwe, where

  • Grant's on a mission

    TONY GRANT has arrived at Turf Moor determined to prove to one person what he can do - himself. "I have not come here to prove anything to anyone else," he said. "I know what I can and can't do and it is a question of personal pride." And having played

  • Graeme's a rising business star

    THE sky's the limit for an innovative Bury company which has been hailed as one of a new generation of business stars. AKYA Ltd, which is involved in the development of innovative technology, has emerged as one of the UK's top ten start-ups in a national

  • Firms focus on key issue

    IT'S the perennial question which has divided Bury company bosses for years: what is the biggest single issue facing businesses today? The answer, according to captains of industry in Bury, Bolton, Oldham, Rochdale and Wigan, is marketing, development

  • Just capital for Senior Hargreaves

    JUST capital. That's Bury-based ductwork specialists Senior Hargreaves which is part of an elite team engaged on the radical new Greater London Authority building. This is the first building on a prestige 13-acre site in the capital. The scheme is being

  • Safety first at work

    BURY businesses are being urged to play their part in helping reduce the horrifying toll of deaths and injuries in the workplace. They are being invited by Bolton and Bury Chamber to join this year's European Week for Safety and Health which will be launched

  • Car park scheme upsets residents

    RESIDENTS of a quiet St Annes cul-de-sac who fear their local green is to become a car park have attended a meeting of a housing organisation to voice their concerns. Homeowners on Preesall Close were invited to the meeting at the Civil Service Social

  • Council accused over vacancies

    A UNION today accused a council of pushing staff to their limits after it emerged some vacancies are left unfilled for three months to save £100,000 a year. Neville Davies, UNISON's regional officer for Burnley Council, said it had trimmed 200 jobs across

  • Missing cabs make me mad

    I AM so angry about the taxi services in Prestwich and Whitefield. Along with many of my friends, I am fed up with booking a cab to get home after a night out only to be left standing outside a club or pub. If these firms do not have a car available,

  • Suspect luggage scare closes centre

    PART of Nelson town centre was cordoned off by the police yesterday afternoon when a suspicious piece of luggage was discovered on a train stopped at the station. Local traffic and foot patrol officers temporarily sealed off the Station Road area at around

  • School hits the airwaves

    WATCH out Sarah Cox - the pupils of Ivy Bank High School are now on the airwaves in one of the first projects of its kind in the country. The new radio station, IBFM was launched at the Byron Street school in Burnley with a live broadcast by students

  • Berg ready to return

    DEFENSIVE king-pin Henning Berg today revealed he WILL be fit to face West Ham on Sunday. But Damien Duff has been ruled out for the visit of the Hammers after manager Graeme Souness confirmed this morning that the Republic of Ireland could be sidelined

  • Keep warm and save money

    ELDERLY people CAN keep warm and SAVE money this winter. That's the message from Age Concern in Bury who have come up with a few energy saving tips in a special energy pack designed for the borough's elderly. Hints include: Not setting the immersion heater

  • Lighting up the town

    THE bonfire crackled, the fireworks whizzed and £3,000 was raised for local charities. The annual Radcliffe Round Table extravaganza lit up the town on Saturday (Oct 6) night and was deemed a resounding success. "It's the best one we have staged in recent

  • Giant spider helps youngsters

    FORGET the Seven Wonders of the World, pupils at Christ Church Ainsworth Primary School have their own eight-legged marvel! They built a huge willow spider in the grounds of the Tommy Lane school and when it comes into leaf in the spring, they will use

  • Guard robbed on station

    A SECURITY guard struggled with two robbers when he was attacked on a Metrolink tram platform on Friday afternoon (Oct 5). He was emptying a ticket machine at Radcliffe when a man tried to snatch the cashbox from his grasp. A struggled ensued during which

  • Conmen target pensioner

    A PENSIONER was forced to hand over £50 to two ruthless "workmen." The thieves struck at 11.40am on Tuesday (Oct 9) in Maudsley Street, Bury, when they called at the home of a 75-year-old woman. According to police, the men claimed they were calling round

  • Safety first for Stand Lane

    RESIDENTS in Radcliffe's Stand Lane are being consulted on the latest package of measures aimed at putting safety first. The road has been identified as an accident blackspot, with 18 injuries over the last three years. Residents were consulted on an

  • Bowling along for charity

    BURY ten-pin bowlers will be hoping to hit the target for charity this month. The Megabowl at Pilsworth, which has been undergoing a £1 million refurbishment, will be taking part in a Penny-a-pinathon to raise money for Child of Achievement and more than

  • Hospital waiting lists reduced

    BURY'S hospitals bucked the national increase in waiting list figures by recording a reduction of 0.2 per cent. Nationwide, the number of patients waiting for treatment rose by 0.1 per cent in August compared to the previous month. Figures published this

  • Women head south to take on the nation

    CLITHEROE Ladies travel south this weekend to take part in the national final at Great Yarmouth with a lot of confidence after a stunning victory over Preston ladies last weekend. Clitheroe A (mens) qualified for the finals some time ago. But with work

  • Whistle Blower with Neil Yates

    WHEN will you give this Saturday's game some thought? Perhaps over your third mouthful of dupiaza at two o'clock Saturday morning in a dingy backstreet of your chosen town. Perhaps at eleven the next morning when you've finally committed your pin to the

  • Wean losers away from terrorists

    THE big problem is how to wean the global losers away from the terrorists when the planet cannot support this upgrading of the Third World to Western lifestyles (the global winners). The global village is at present unequal and finite. Resources may mean

  • Education will bring democracy

    IHAVE no doubt that with the proletariat now better educated and informed and more mobile, the days of unelected monarchs and political, military and religious dictators are coming to an end -- whether they like it or not. Towards the end of the 18th

  • Thank-you to hospital staff

    MAY I endorse the feelings of the board of the Blackburn, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley NHS Trust in their delight at the management's decision to give all their hospitals' staff an extra day's holiday for their hard work and dedication to duty (LET, October

  • Flag man would save frustrations

    AFTER suffering the frustrations and agonies of trying to traverse the highways and byways of Blackburn, I would ask that icon of traffic management, Councillor Ashley Whalley, to really modernise -- and have a man waving a red flag walk in front of every

  • Found, a friend from RAF days

    THANK you for publishing my request for information about the Wilson family (Letters, September 28). I am glad to say that after a gap of more than 40 years, I am once again in touch with John Wilson, my friend from my days in the RAF. BRIAN BARLOW, Holme

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    IT'S 7.30 in the morning and the piercing sound of the alarm clock has rudely grabbed me from the deepest of sleeps. Moments later I'm in the shower trying to wash away my drowsiness. But my disdain is rather more ground in. Getting up is the bane of

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    TALENTED musicians from Hodgson High School Technology College swept the board at Fleetwood Music and Arts Festival recently. Around 60 pupils from the school took part in the event and scored a number of noteworthy successes. First and second places

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    THORNTON Ecology Centre struck up the band to celebrate the centre's 10th Anniversary recently. Stanah School Band, conducted by the school's musical director Terry Roberts, entertained members of the public, parents, family and Ecology staff with a repertoire

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    TEACHERS at a Thornton Cleveleys school are going back to the classroom -- to brush up their computer skills. Staff at Millfield High School, Belvedere Road, will soon be using special study packs to brush up their information and communication technology