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  • Battling RMI stun leaders

    Dagenham and Redbridge 0 Leigh RMI 1 ON paper, Saturday's clash between Dagenham and Redbridge and Leigh was a footballing mis-match. The hosts, occupying top spot in the Nationwide Conference, had made an unbeaten start to the league having won five

  • SMUGGLER'S HAUL WILL GO DOWN DRAIN

    THOUSANDS of bottles of whisky, vodka and gin seized in a raid on a trading estate will be poured down the drain by Customs and Excise officials. They pounced on Ashok Blaggan as he was unloading containers full of illegal alcohol at Bealey industrial

  • Top post for Academy boss

    LEIGH Centurions' Academy team will not know until this weekend who their Grand Final opponents will be. The Hilton Park youngsters qualified for their second successive Grand Final with a rousing 28-14 win over Featherstone last Sunday. They will meet

  • 100 jobs go as local firm moves to Blackpool

    WORKERS at a troubled Holcombe Brook company are being given the chance to relocate to Blackpool or lose their jobs. That is the difficult decision being faced by nearly 100 workers at Arvin Industries Inc. which is preparing to move its car exhaust manufacturing

  • Big talent test

    BURY'S own musical battle, the annual Powersound competition, found the girls beating the boys. P6, the female group from Prestwich, won first place and the prize of £250 worth of equipment ahead of the Bury based male group, NAU-T. NAU-T won the consolation

  • Leyland Warriors round-up

    A ROUND-UP of the junior rugby scene. Leyland Warriors U8s 12 Wigan St Cuthberts 42 LEYLAND made a convincing start to the first game of the season as man of the match Danny MacLean went over the line. St Cuthberts pulled back two tries before Macca scored

  • Leave pony tails to mounted police

    A HAIR-raising proposal has been put forward by the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir John Stevens, to allow bobbies on the beat to grow pony tails. It's part of the force's strategy to attract ethnic minorities, like rastafarians. It could be adopted

  • EVEN SNAKES HAVE FEELINGS

    TEEN idol Britney Spears cavorting with a long, yellow python in front of a caged tiger stole the show at the recent MTV awards in New York. Goodness knows why. Some people will do anything to be the centre of attraction. OK she might not be frightened

  • Saints limp into play-offs

    Wigan 40 Saints 6 By MIKE CRITCHLEY HAVE Saints got enough juice left in the tank or sufficient fit troops to choose from to mount a serious challenge to retain their Super League crown for the third successive year? On this showing the answer would be

  • What's in a name

    IT seems Michelin tyres are still being pronounced Mitchelin. By now I thought they'd have followed the example of Nestlay (Nestles) and started uttering the more European sounding Mishellan.

  • Bombing them is not the solution

    NO political cause or grievance can justify or excuse the terrorist outrages inflicted on US citizens last week. It is difficult to come to terms with the mentality of those who took part in an action that was bound to lead not only to their own deaths

  • Shakers fans seem to have short memories

    I WRITE in reply to the four letters (August 24) regarding the sale of Manchester United souvenirs in the Bury FC club shop. Perhaps the next time Bury FC officials appear on United's doorstep with a begging bowl, and Terry Robinson et al. appeal to Bury-based

  • Potential not being realised

    THE official club line on the sale of Manchester United merchandise in the Bury FC shop is that it raises money for Bury Football Club. So before embarking on such a drastic step surely the board should ensure that all the current enterprises run by the

  • Hazardous walk to cemetery

    I VISIT Radcliffe cemetery frequently with my children, but getting there can be very hazardous. There are cars parked well onto the path, especially in the Meadowcroft area, so much so that I have to step into the road with my pram and my children and

  • Merc drivers are special!

    IN response to Mercedes' latest series of TV advertisements claiming that all their car owners are different types, I would like to point out three similarities that I have noticed during years of driving: They are blessed with superior vision, judging

  • Conference go-ahead

    BLACKPOOL has been given the big thumbs up for the forthcoming Conservative party conference and told it will take place as scheduled next month. Hoteliers and businesses in and around the resort breathed a huge sigh of relief when the Tory central office

  • FOR: Pendle Hill Hallowe'en celebrations should go ahead

    FOOT and Mouth has devastated many farms, businesses and tourism in East Lancashire. Many people judge the Pendle Hill's Hallowe'en tradition as the latest victim. DEFRA has been accused in the past of taking its time when deciding when to lift restrictions

  • An appalling act of carnage

    Dave Watts, has condemned the attack on the World Trade Centre as an appalling act of destruction and carnage. The St Helens North MP (right) expressed his deepest sympathy for the family and friends of the thousands of people believed to have beem killed

  • New faces will give us a boost

    A VERY mixed reception for Jon Macken last Saturday at Deepdale with some fans singing his name and others booing loudly. Surely this kind of situation is no good for anyone, something has got to be sorted out, one way or the other as soon as possible

  • Blues sure to be looking for a win

    NORTH End travel to Birmingham on Sunday for the televised league clash against the Blues. Fans will not need reminding of the controversial events that happened the last time these teams met, in the play-off semi-final at Deepdale, and the Blues are

  • No surrender to Europe

    OVER the weeks I have read letters about the EU and the Euro and should like to express my views. I am not anti EU. I am a member of the Federation of European Credit Management Association and a former credit manager for a group within a large export

  • Pets cost money

    I WRITE in support of Miss Witts' letter, "Poor pets suffer in a throw-away society" (Citizen August 24). I would advise anyone thinking of taking on a pet to firstly buy a book about caring for it and read up exactly what will be involved in its day-to-day

  • I can't support PDSA

    I HAVE cared for a stray cat for seven years. This cat was badly injured and because I fed it and let it sleep in my outhouse the PDSA said it wasn't able to get free treatment. I am a pensioner and cannot pay vets' prices but with the help of Cat Rescue

  • LOCAL SOCCER: Micky wants change of Vase luck

    MICKY Bartholomew doesn't have the best of luck with the FA Vase - but he is hoping his fortunes will change this season. The Stand striker played for Colne Dynamoes the season they clinched the coveted trophy but left before the Wembley final in 1988

  • LOCAL SOCCER: Stanley are the wingless wonders

    ACCRINGTON Stanley manager John Coleman hopes he has found the winning formula. After a shaky start to their UniBond Premier campaign, the Reds chief abandoned his winger policy and it has resulted in three wins - and 11 goals. "I have always used the

  • LOCAL SOCCER: Let's have a truce, Wilkes

    DARWEN manager Steve Wilkes is hoping to bury the hatchet with his Bacup counterpart Brent Peters when the two meet at the Anchor Ground in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase tomorrow. Wilkes is keen to put the two year 'feud' behind him when

  • LOCAL SOCCER: New boss aims to keep winning

    CLITHEROE'S new boss Lee Sculpher is enjoying being the gaffer at the moment - as long as his side keep winning. The 31-year-old took over following Dave Burgess's shock resignation last week and has so far chalked up two wins. He aims to make it a hat-trick

  • LOCAL SOCCER: Denis dreams of glory

    THE romance of the FA Vase returns for Denis Underwood as Great Harwood entertain North East Lancs side Shildon in the second round. Having reached the quarter finals as a player with Great Harwood and led Clitheroe to Wembley in 1996, Underwood knows

  • Police radio hits airwaves

    THE controversial police radio system Airwave has been given the green light for a national roll-out -- despite being plagued by problems. The announcement by BT and project managers from the Police Information Technology Organisation (PITO) that Airwave

  • God plays second fiddle to TV

    TELEVISION and football are worshipped more than God in many homes in Blackburn, according to a retiring vicar. The Rev Brian Stevenson, vicar of St Silas' church, in Preston New Road, conducts his final services on Sunday after 12 years in the parish

  • Tragic events led man to life of crime

    A MAN whose life had been blighted by tragedy turned to drugs and then crime to fund his addiction. But defence lawyer Sarah Perkins told Blackburn magistrates that Brian Shaun Collins was not a "bad man", despite his lengthy record. She told the magistrates

  • Injured minister set to return

    A FORMER Blackburn church minister seriously injured after allegedly being attacked by his son could return to work within the month church bosses said today. Rev Kenneth Dagger is still recovering from the incident at the vicarage of Southdene, Kirkby

  • One of the lucky ones

    A GRADUATE, who flew out to New York last week to start her first job, was one of the lucky few to escape injury after the twin towers of the World Trade Centre, in Manhattan, came crashing to the ground. Stunned Katy Greenbank, 22, of Lynton Avenue,

  • Re-markable!

    A STAGGERING 71 A-level English scripts from the Blackpool Sixth Form College have finally been re-marked and upgraded -- thanks to the persistence of college principal Jeff Holland and his staff. Although it may seem a long time since A-level results

  • Ice rink idea for Christmas

    BLACKPOOL shoppers could be walking in a winter wonderland this Christmas thanks to a n-ice idea from Blackpool Town Centre Forum. From November 22 the Olympia at the Winter Gardens is to be transformed into a gleaming 5,000 sq ft ice rink surrounded

  • A walking wonder

    THE SUN broke through rain clouds to shine on big hearted Fylde folk on Sunday as they stepped out for the annual British Heart Foundation Blackpool Walk. Blackpool's Deputy Mayor, Allan Matthews, officially gave the starting orders at 11am from the De

  • Religions united in sympathy

    AS AMERICA still reels from the shock of last Tuesday's terrorist attack, Muslims, Christians and Jews across the Fylde Coast have all expressed their horror at the events and sympathy for relatives of the dead. The Lancashire Council of Mosques and Churches

  • Getting to GRIPs with child crime

    A NEW Lancashire partnership is getting to grips with preventing children and young people committing crimes. And it is been piloted successfully in Blackpool and Fleetwood before being rolled out across other areas of the county. Lancashire police, the

  • Zoo joins great ape battle

    BLACKPOOL Zoo is collecting signatures on a petition and educating local school children about the dangers of animal extinction caused by hunting. So far more than 6,000 visitors have signed the petition at the zoo which, along with hundreds of other

  • Poor Chloe is all alone

    POOR Chloe the tabby is not feeling the cat's whiskers after spending five months in care -- a long time to be without a purr-fect home to call your own. At eight years old, Chloe is not used to children or other pets and has proved difficult to re-home

  • Don't let's create spiral of violence

    THE news of the attacks on the World Trade Centre filtered through as MEPs in Brussels were discussing American trade threats against Europe, because we insist that products containing genetically modified organisms should, in future, be clearly labelled

  • Rider badly injured

    A MOTORCYCLIST was badly injured in a road accident on Sunday morning Edward Derbyshire, 51, of Warwick Street, Leigh was riding his Honda 90 commuter bike when he was involved in a collision at 9.45am with a Ford Sierra in Twist Lane at its junction

  • Thanks for support

    MAY I express my thanks to all who took part in the Preston Flower Fair on Moor Park on 2nd September All allotment sites and their members, Preston Organic Gardeners, Guild Country Gardens and Preston Leisure Services for the use of the marquee and tables

  • Firemen blazing a trail for cash

    LANCASHIRE'S firefighters are to take part in a tour of all 40 of the county's fire stations to raise funds for the people of America touched by last week's disaster. Dressed in full uniform and with a fire engine acting as a support vehicle, firefighters

  • Blood on the carpet

    POLICE called to a house in the early hours found two injured man and blood on the sofa and carpet. Burnley magistrates heard how one man was sitting on the couch bleeding and another came from the bathroom holding the top of his head and was bloody and

  • Reunion of school's first pupils

    THE first pupils of Blackthorn School in Bacup are being invited to meet up for a Christmas reunion. Two years ago the class of '39 held a reunion to celebrate the diamond jubilee of the school and 54 people attended the A B & D Centre including a

  • Drinker drove with no tyre on wheel

    POLICE saw a van driving down Blackamoor Road, Blackburn, with no tyre on the front off-side wheel and a road traffic cone jammed under the wheel arch. Blackburn magistrates heard there were sparks flying from the metal wheel and when the driver got out

  • Health check for over 55s arranged

    A FREE health check day for the over 55's has been organised in Darwen. The event, which is part of Age Concern Week 2001, will take place at Derwent Hall from 10am to 2pm on October 5. Age Concern and Darwen Old People's Welfare Committee are working

  • Display is a free service

    BETWEEN September 24 to 28 there will be an information and display stand from Darwen Access Point in Darwen Town Hall foyer. DAP provides a free service of information, advice and guidance on employment, education and training opportunities, including

  • Credit union invitation

    THE DARWEN branch of the Credit Union is going from strength to strength and welcomes new members. The Darwen branch is open to anyone living in Darwen with Blackburn South, covering residents who live or work in the area bounded by Bolton Road, Roman

  • Smith backs Souness

    GRAEME Souness achieved stage one of his Ewood Park mission by winning promotion and Everton boss Walter Smith is backing him to bring more success to Rovers. The Blackburn manager welcomes his former assistant to Ewood Park tomorrow for the first ever

  • YOU SIXY THINGS!

    Radcliffe Borough 6 Trafford 1 RICHARD LANDON is fast earning the tag of "Mr Versatility" at Stainton Park. The former Plymouth and Macclesfield striker, signed by Radcliffe Borough in the summer, started life up front with Kevin Glendon's men, only to

  • DENNEY'S BEJING TO ASHTON EXTRAVAGANZA

    FROM the Unibond League to the World Student Games in Beijing, this is the incredible footballing life of striker Phil Denney, who now plays his football in the rugged surroundings of Ashton, writes GARY MURPHY. Phil represented Great Britain in the Games

  • GLENDON AIMS TO TAP INTO LEEK

    RADCLIFFE BOROUGH go to Leek Town tonight (Friday Sep 21) aiming to put the pressure on league leaders Rossendale United. The UniBond new boys have shot straight to the top of Division One and have opened up a four-point gap over second-placed Boro. But

  • TOP GUN WILCO WINGS IN TO NOTTS

    SEDGLEY PARK travel to Nottingham tomorrow for the first fixture between the clubs. Sedgley are in a good position, after two away games and a home fixture 'two wins out of three ain't bad', as they say. Another away win should be possible on Saturday

  • DJ's fight with BBC

    CONTROVERSIAL Prestwich DJ, James H. Reeve, has launched a campaign to try and clear his name three years after he was criticised by radio bosses for using racist language on air. But the former broadcaster for BBC GMR could face legal action after using

  • Fireworks may force guide dog to leave

    A BLIND man fears he could be forced to return his guide dog which has been traumatised by a series of firework-related incidents. Mr John Frost's labrador, Tose, is now so frightened and distressed that it is reluctant to go outside. The 79-year-old

  • Blind man treated after flat fire

    A BLIND pensioner was given oxygen after a cooker fire at his flat. The blaze damaged a grill pan in the 79-year-old man's home at the Waverley Place sheltered housing complex in School Street, Radcliffe. Because of his poor sense of smell, the man had

  • Centurions Academy kids just one game from glory

    Leigh Centurions 2 Featherstone 14 LEIGH Centurions Academy marched into their second consecutive Grand Final with a great home win over Featherstone, watched by a crowd of over 500 in the Major semi-final. After controlling the first 25 minutes of the

  • Miners get sweet revenge

    Leigh Miners Rangers 22, Oldham St Annes 12 MINERS Rangers went some way towards vanquishing the ghosts of the previous week as they edged a real nail-biter against local rivals St Annes. It was sweet revenge for the Miners who were on the wrong end of

  • Thank you very mulch!

    GO GREEN with Lancashire County Council and get a free compost bin. To help reduce the huge amount of rubbish sent to landfill every day, LCC along with HDRA Consultants are implementing the largest free home composting initiative in the UK encouraging

  • Killer burglar gets life

    A BLACKPOOL career burglar was jailed for life at the Old Bailey this week for murdering the owner of a house he was burgling. John Johnson, who had 43 previous burglary convictions, stabbed homeowner John Pettit with a screwdriver after he was discovered

  • Motorcyclist killed in Blackpool Crash

    A MOTORCYCLIST was killed in a road accident in Blackpool. John Stanley Cooper, aged 36, from Victory Road, Blackpool, died after his motorbike was in a collision with a Vauxhall Nova on September 20, at the junction of Talbot Road and Abingdon Street

  • Pressure is on for firefighters

    FIREFIGHTERS and their support staff in Chorley will help raise awareness of the 'silent killer' during a special campaign this month. They are supporting the first ever National Blood Pressure Testing Week. The aim is to shed more light on the dangers

  • CRICKET: Simmons shock over Crawley 'sacking'

    LANCASHIRE chairman Jack Simmons today denied that John Crawley has been sacked as captain. But he confirmed that the captaincy is top of the agenda for the next committee meeting on Monday week, and it still looks inevitable that the club will have a

  • Roberts must be stopped

    THE Clarets might be giving opposing defences nightmares but their attacking style has been allowing rival strikers plenty of chances. At Carrow Road tomorrow Iwan Roberts will be relishing the chance to take on Burnley's defence led by skipper Steve

  • Key appointments

    BOLTON and Bury Chamber has made two key appointments to its senior management team. Kay Gregson who was formerly head of membership, has moved to a newly-created post of director of customer services while Steve Horrocks is health and safety manager.

  • JUST the job!

    That was a well-attended Jobs Fair held in Bury which allowed a clutch of local companies the chance to fill hundreds of seasonal and permanent vacancies. Around 500 people took part in the fair which was held at Bury Town Hall. Bury mayor Councillor

  • Face further aggravation

    BURY taxpayers could face further aggravation if they fail to submit their self-assessment tax returns before the September 30 deadline, warns the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). People submitting forms to the Inland Revenue after

  • Club to check in at new hotel

    BURY Business Club has "booked" the town's newly-opened £12 million Village Hotel for its latest monthly meeting. The hotel is to host this month's event for the thriving club which regularly convenes in commercial or industrial premises to gain an insight

  • Save our school

    The campaign to keep open Parr High School swung back into action last week as pupils reaffirmed their battlecry to fight St Helens Council's decision to close it down. In early July this year, council bosses voted to close the school in August, 2002.

  • Clean bill of health for Ribble Valley

    THERE is no evidence to suggest that industry in Clitheroe, including Castle Cement, has caused severe illness or death, a three-year study by East Lancashire Health Authority has found. Dr Stephen Morton, director of public health, said: "It is not possible

  • Let's talk BEFORE you chop!

    CAMPAIGNERS fighting to save 41 trees at Clitheroe Castle from the axe will be able to have their say during a public consultation exercise -- after more than half have been felled. Ribble Valley Borough Council's community committee confirmed that following

  • £120,000 facelift for sports centre

    COUNCIL chiefs have agreed to budget for a £120,000 refurbishment programme of Longridge Sports Centre. Changing rooms at the Preston Road building, which adjoins Longridge High School, were recently renovated, with £21,000 already identified to improve

  • Yobs torch dog waste bins

    COUNCIL chiefs have urged residents and dog owners to be extra vigilant and report any suspicious activity after two dog waste bin were set on fire by vandals at a Longridge park. Earlier this year, Longridge Town Council asked for a replacement bin on

  • Council admits caravan site 'failure'

    RIBBLE Valley Borough Council has admitted it failed to "test the market" when seeking tenders to take on the running of Clitheroe's Edisford caravan site. The council's community committee agreed to extend the licence by one year to the Camping and Caravanning

  • Dream comes true for boys

    AN American dream became reality for two Lytham youngsters who flew to California this summer. King Edward VII and Queen Mary students James Green and Andrew Hookham, both 18, travelled to San Francisco three weeks after finishing their A levels, to stay

  • PR man Dick calls it a day

    HE'S been a clergyman, had his own radio show, been a news reporter and a PR guru--but now Dick Hatch is retiring. Dick, who celebrates his 65th birthday on Monday, this week retires from his position as assistant public relations officer at Wigan Council

  • Little jack's charity run

    A SIX-YEAR-OLD cystic fibrosis sufferer ran a children's marathon and raised almost £1000 for research into the illness. Little Jack Sumner of Hulme Road, Leigh ran the Great North Children's Run at Gateshead International Stadium last weekend. Jack,

  • MIDDLE AGED SEX OFFENDER SENT TO JAIL

    A 46 years old man was jailed and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders' register for having unlawful sex with a 14 year-old girl. Jailing Robert Russell for 18 months a judge told him the courts had a duty to protect young girls from the attentions of middle-aged

  • Banned thief goes to another town

    A PROLIFIC shoplifter who is banned from Accrington town centre under an anti-social behaviour order was caught stealing from a Blackburn town centre store. Aspin, 25, of Heyes Lane, Oswaldtwistle, pleaded guilty to stealing razor blades from Superdrug

  • Heroin killed girl, 16

    A TEENAGER died after injecting herself with heroin at her family home, an inquest was told. Charlene Dyson, aged 16, was discovered slumped over the bathroom sink at her Castle Street home in Tyldesley in July this year by her mother, Carole Bannister

  • Journalist Clive honoured by union

    FREELANCE journalist and former Journal group correspondent Clive Cook has been honoured by fellow professionals for a remarkable 62 years' membership of the National Union of Journalists. The Atherton man started his career in journalism aged 15 way

  • Tyldesley-born major dies, 73

    AN ARMY major who was born in a humble Tyldesley terrace and was awarded the MBE has died aged 73. Norman Allred was born in long-gone Alfred Street - but was brought up in Farnworth until he joined the forces at 17 and settled in Surrey. He worked in

  • Five years ago

    A MOTHER grabbed her toddler daughter and fled their house in Gillies Street, Accrington, after a smoke alarm alerted her to a blaze in the front room. Julie Thomson had dropped another child off at nursery and been home 10 minutes when the alarm sounded

  • Getting a grip on youth crime

    A NEW initiative to prevent children and young people committing crime has been established in Lancashire. The multi-agency Group Intervention Panel -- or GRIP for short -- involves police, the fire service, Railtrack, Lancashire County Council, Blackpool

  • Rolls' workers braced for bad news

    MORE than 1,000 workers at a Rolls Royce plant were today bracing themselves after the company warned of the impact the US terror attack would have on business. Staff at the Barnoldswick plant are waiting to hear whether their jobs are threatened in the

  • Volunteers need sponsors on 'Run For Sarah'

    STAFF at Pendle Leisure Centre are looking for sponsors for a "Run for Sarah" event. Led by gym instructor Tommy Gildert, they are planning to run the near 50 miles from Blackpool to Colne to raise money for a campaign to buy a sports limb for 13-year-old

  • LOCAL SOCCER: Swapping news

    NELSON manager John Bailey was hoping to get handy tips of Rossendale boss Jim McCluskie on how to beat Garforth Town. The Blues welcome North East Counties side to Victoria Park in the FA Vase second qualifying round tomorrow. Dale beat the Leeds side

  • LOCAL SOCCER: Lister doubt

    COLNE boss John Lister is the only injury doubt ahead of tomorrow's FA Vase clash against Whitley Bay. The manager said he is happy with the way his team is playing at the moment but admitted that the silly mistakes have to be cut out. He said: "We are

  • He needs help

    BURY Football Club manager Andy Preece is a nice chap but he needs someone to help him. He can't do it on his own. SUPPORTER

  • Helen looks back on a mixed season

    PRESTON runner Helen Pattinson has returned to the UK after a long and tiring athletics season. Although the 1500m runner had some success this year she was not entirely happy with her overall performance writes David Jones. "It was disappointing," said

  • Saints put their title on the line

    IT is do-or-die for Saints on Saturday night when they put their Super League trophy on the line in the sudden death Elimination play-off against the Leeds Rhinos at Knowsley Road (6.00pm). Injuries have cast a long shadow over Saints' preparations for

  • Prentice on fact finding visit to aero firm

    PENDLE MP Gordon Prentice was today visiting BAE Systems' Warton complex to see how the company is facing up to the crisis engulfing the aerospace industry following last week's terrorist attacks on the United States. British Airways has axed more than

  • Leap off stretcher to shout at police

    A MAN put on a stretcher by paramedics sat up, got to his feet and shouted: "What do you lot want?" Burnley magistrates heard. The court was told how David Bear, 41, who had been found lying on the pavement, was told by police to calm down but started

  • Neville's anguish over terror images

    THE terrorist outrage in New York last Tuesday sent a shudder down the spine of millions of people all over the world... but witnessing those horrific images sparked special anguish for one local man . When news flashed around the world, that two hijacked

  • Carnage brings home our links with States

    AS the flag atop the town hall flies at half-mast, Council Leader Marie Rimmer has condemned the "unspeakable atrocity" in New York last week, extending deepest sympathies to those affected by the attack. She said: "It is difficult to comprehend such

  • People power puts the spanner in firm's plans

    PEOPLE power won the day when councillors backed a residents' campaign to throw out an electroplating company's expansion plans. Nearly 40 residents from Healey Wood, Burnley, packed the town hall committee room and six used their right to speak. They

  • Emma follows in steps of the Incas

    HOSPITAL worker Emma Holmes left her office desk far behind today follow in the footsteps of the Incas. Emma, 20, who works in the corporate services department of Burnley Health Care NHS Trust, was due to fly out today to Madrid and then on to Peru with

  • Burglar behind bars for flouting probation orders

    A BURGLAR and thief who also flouted probation orders, is behind bars for a total of six months. David Mark Kelly, 26, had failed to respond to previous sentences, he was told by Burnley magistrates. Kelly, of Crowther Street, Burnley, had been convicted

  • Gallery closes for displays

    THE art gallery at Towneley Hall, Burnley, will be closed next month. The closure is to allow the installation of new displays and a lift as part of the Towneley Hall development plan funded by the Heritage Lottery and other partners, There will still

  • 'My brave friend who died a hero'

    LANCASHIRE fireman John Williamson has saluted the bravery of his friend, New York fire chief Peter Ganci, who dug himself out of the rubble of the World Trade Centre and continued to help others right up until his death. Mr Williamson, Lancashire's assistant

  • Muslims in call for calm

    MUSLIM religious leaders in Lancashire today condemned the terrorist attack on America and warned against a knee-jerk reaction from the USA and the rest of the world. Chairman of the Lancashire Council of Mosques, Ibrahim Master, said the Muslim community

  • 'You have got to fight it'

    A PRESTON housewife, who was told she had breast cancer three days before her silver wedding anniversary, is to take part in an awareness campaign to help other victims of the disease. Courageous Linda White, 53, of Ripon Street, Preston, had to put her

  • Above and beyond the call of duty...

    A PRESTON bobby has received a prestigious award for work above and beyond the call of duty. Police constable Mebs Ahmed, ethnic minority liaison office, at Lancashire Constabulary's headquarters in Hutton received the George Herbert Redman award at a

  • Smith backs Souness

    GRAEME Souness achieved stage one of his Ewood Park mission by winning promotion and Everton boss Walter Smith is backing him to bring more success to Rovers. The Blackburn manager welcomes his former assistant to Ewood Park tomorrow for the first ever

  • Goal shy Rovers

    ROVERS boss Graeme Souness may be in danger of sounding like a cracked record but his message remains a simple one. "We are playing better than our results suggest and we have to just start taking our chances," he insisted as he spoke ahead of tomorrow's

  • Religious leaders deliver message of peace

    MUSLIM and Christian faiths united this week to express their shared horror and condemnation after last week's terrorist acts in the US. About five religious leaders, including the Bishop of Bolton, presided during a sombre Prayers for Peace event at

  • Dust up!

    TWO defiant cleaning ladies today spoke of how they pinned a burglar against the wall to prevent him escaping and said: "Nobody steals from our school." The pair were on their regular after-hours mop-up shift at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Blackburn

  • Actor performs in familiar settings

    BURY actor Andrew Vincent is back on (nearly) home turf in a dramatic double bill at Bolton Octagon this week. Starting on Tuesday (Sept 18) he has been appearing in the Northern Broadsides productions of The Cracked Pot and Oedipus. Following the Bolton

  • Nicola proves she's a class act again!

    PRIZE pupil Nicola McDougall now has another certificate to frame in her growing gallery of awards. Nicola, of Summit Close, Fairfield, joined Coney Green High School two years ago, after attending Elms Bank High School in Whitefield. After overcoming

  • Puffin set to increase safety at crossing

    PEDESTRIANS in one part of Radcliffe have a new "friend" to see them safely across a busy road. A puffin crossing has been established at Ainsworth Road, with detectors to tell when people are waiting to cross. It then actively monitors their crossing

  • Hospital move a success

    THE borough's accident and emergency unit has successfully relocated to Fairfield Hospital. The transfer of the department took place in the early hours of Wednesday (Sept 19). Sandra Pumford, who was one of the commissioning team overlooking the move

  • History in the market

    CURIOUS visitors to Radcliffe Market may have noticed some of the goods on display were past their sell-by date by 4,000 years! Bury's museum development officer Mr Ronan Brindley manned a "stall" there earlier this month to generate interest in Radcliffe's

  • Bumper reunion plans

    FORMER pupils at Bury CE High School are inviting classmates to come together for a bumper 40th birthday bash. The party, to be held at The Met in Bury next April will be for school leavers from 1978, who last met for a reunion more than three years ago

  • Emergency services help two to safety

    A TAXI driver and his passenger were helped to safety from the wreckage of an accident in Radcliffe. Mr Shafqaut Hussain (35), from Bolton and Mrs Julie Moore (40), of Higher Ainsworth Road, Radcliffe, a passenger in the back of the taxi, were placed

  • Treats in store for cinema buffs

    FYLDE fans of the silver screen are looking forward to a year of cinematic treats now that Lytham St Annes Film Society's 54th season has begun. It started last Monday (September 17) with a screening of the award-winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

  • Kelvin shines

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  • Get into the groove!

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  • Ben can't stop Colts

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  • Blood and thunder!

    BLACKBURN secured a last minute victory against arch rivals Calder Vale in a match that was more like a battlefield rather than a rugby field. There was no love lost between the old enemies with two Calder Vale players sin-binned for some over zealous

  • Whistle Blower with Neil Yates

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  • Tales from the Touchline with Ian Fraser

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  • Daniel cleans up!

    DANIEL Bush completed a clean sweep at Clitheroe Tennis Club's finals day after lifting the boys singles and doubles titles and winning the mixed doubles. Daniel Bush used his extra experience to beat his younger opponent Mark Higson to win the boys'

  • One day, idiots will need help

    HAVING seen TV pictures of fire trucks and police going into devastated Lower New York to search for survivors and travelling through rows of people with signs saying 'You are our heroes,' what a far cry it is from the Fishmoor estate, in Blackburn, where

  • Scruffy appearance, careless behaviour

    IN answer to Mrs S Maynard and Katie Donnellan (Letters, September 10), I do not retract one word of my previous remarks about the appearance of today's women. I am not a misogynist -- far from it. But a woman who is careless about her appearance is nearly

  • Charity appeal raised £668

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  • Israeli 'move' the solution!

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  • Market traders on move

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  • Conference on home violence

    A CONFERENCE highlighting the problems of domestic violence in Asian communities will be held in Blackburn next week. Organised by the county-wide Network for Minority Ethnic Women, it will examine the religious and cultural sensitivities of domestic

  • Today's the day

    1745: Bonnie Prince Charlie defeated the English at the Battle of Prestonpans in Scotland. 1937: JRR Tolkein published The Hobbit. 1949: The Republic of Ireland beat England 2-0 at Goodison Park. It was England's first home defeat by a foreign football

  • LOFTY LATICS HIT NEW HEIGHTS

    NORTH WEST COUNTIES LEAGUE DIVISION TWO ALSAGER TOWN...1 STAND ATHLETIC...2 STAND ATHLETIC climbed into second place with their fourth straight win against high-flying Alsager and sent out the message that they are finding their feet in NW Counties football

  • SUPER STAND TAKE THE MICKEY

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  • SHAKERS RECALL INDIAN ACE

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  • SHAKERS WANT SINGH BACK ON SONG

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  • WREXHAM TRIP WAS SO PREDICTABLE

    Wrexham 1 Bury 0 IT was obvious we had arrived in Wales when the Hill Forecast was read out on the radio. The report - which reckoned it would be windy on the hills - was just like this game: predictable. Bury once again played well and had good chances

  • SUPER SEDGLEY CREAM KENDAL

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  • AFTER THE LORD MAYOR'S SHOW

    RAMSBOTTOM UTD 0 SALFORD CITY 1 North West Counties League Division One AS so often happens in football, a rousing five or six goal victory can be followed by a morale sapping defeat just days later. This is exactly what has happened to Ramsbottom Utd

  • JUST JAMIE: Talk about boredom...

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  • THANKS FOR NOTHING, REF!

    Maine Road 5 Ramsbottom United 4 RAMSBOTTOM threw away a great chance to pick up their first away win after conceding a further five goals on top of the eight conceded in the previous two games. Two up through Russ Brierley on three minutes and David

  • Logic leaves us stumped!

    WITH the onset of autumn as leaves prepare to fall, we are given a seasonal reminder of what a wonderful, eye-pleasing asset the trees in our community are as the splendour of them in full foliage is soon to disappear for months. How sad, then, it is

  • Tough ladies

    WELL done, the brave and feisty East Lancashire cleaning ladies, Susan Taylor and Elizabeth Hartley, who stopped a burglar getting away with loot at the school where they work. They pinned the thief to the wall and held him there until he was arrested

  • Young midfielder's double strike lifts the gloom

    Leigh RMI 3 Chester City 0 LEIGH RMI assistant manager Dave Miller watched youngster Michael Twiss tear Chester City apart at Hilton Park on Tuesday night and then declared that "he's only about 60 per cent fit." Former Manchester United and Port Vale

  • BECKS IS A COOL ICON, BUT TYKE THINKING IS HOT

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  • Off yer bike! and get on with housework

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  • For Nightscreen, read

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  • Now ve haf no vays of making zem laugh

    ICE cream makers Walls are to abandon the traditional jokes on their lolly sticks, because the Germans complained they don't understand them. It means they will no longer be faced with yarns like "What lies at the bottom of the sea and shivers? Nervous

  • It's tough trying to be a winner

    ONE of my fellow moaners in Tyldesley is, like me, delighted the kids are back in school. Peace at last. She says it's been bedlam in town centres with them whingeing at the tops of their voices, "I want, I want". I couldn't agree more, but the downside

  • Pie in the sky

    I HEARD on radio that we northerners are more likely to contract CJD, the human form of mad cow disease, because we eat more pies than southerners. What a load of old bull-ocks.

  • Decision was met with stunned silence

    I AM writing this letter having just returned from the planning committee meeting which rejected the proposal for a crematorium at Radcliffe cemetery. In 1997 I attended the meeting which gave outline planning permission. I came away with the impression

  • We offer our prayers for those who died

    AS members of the Muslim and Christian communities we wish to express our shared horror and condemnation of the acts of terrorism that took play in the USA last week. As with millions of others we offer our thoughts and prayers for those who have died

  • Another record in Christian Aid Week

    WE wish to thank the people of Bury and district for their support, not least in Christian Aid Week in May when, for the fifth successive year, an increase in the amount given was achieved. The house-to-house collection amounted to £20,546 and the final

  • Decline started when Bury took over

    I READ with a great deal of interest the article headed "Grim Picture of Radcliffe", never thinking for one moment that anyone would have the guts to state the obvious truth that Radcliffe people have been saying for ages. Then I came to the so-called

  • No more references

    I THINK it is about time we changed the unfair system of references when applying for jobs. It is a system which encourages petty, power-seeking individuals to ruin people's lives by giving them an unsatisfactory reference, often for reasons which are

  • Teacher remembers Popstars singer's debut

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  • AGAINST: The area should be closed to public

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  • Is it the end for Bjarki?

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  • Labour should apologise to all residents

    ONCE again we see "Spinning" Jack Croysdill, peddling his usual load of rubbish regarding a bus shelter on Westminster Road. If Mr Croysdill were to go to Westminster Road he would soon see that in fact there is NO bus shelter there! So how can a grateful

  • Walking on quicksand

    ONE of the rumours which continues to flow from the Town Hall concerning the recent so-called independent inquiry into allegations made against a Labour ex-council leader is that the whole business is now "out of time". Many believe that this refers to

  • Blackboard jungle

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  • Flawed concept

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  • LOCAL SOCCER: Fans urged to give Dale a try

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  • LOCAL SOCCER: Stanley swoop for trio

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  • LOCAL SOCCER: Magpies will respond to criticism

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  • LOCAL SOCCER: Big win soon

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  • LOCAL SOCCER: Rams need to act now

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  • Disco-style lights set to be life-saver

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  • New homes chance for derelict hall

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  • Head raps panic over AS exams

    A HEADMASTER has slammed Government ministers for panicking when they came under fire for the way they introduced new national exams. Dr David Hempsall, head of Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Blackburn, said the introduction of AS levels for 17-year-olds

  • MP cheers food test results

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  • One job 'Les' won't shirk

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  • Shop woman still in raiders terror

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  • Blackpool flying schools on terror alert

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  • Hope for the homeless

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  • Church prayers answered

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  • Marriage councillors

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  • Send us your holiday cards

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  • Should the North West be in charge?

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  • Bid to relive aircrew memories

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  • Footpaths re-open

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  • Station plan progress

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  • Great newspaper

    JUST a line to thank you so much for delivering your great newspaper -- The Citizen. Brenda Banner, Taylor Street, Broadgate, Preston.

  • Bike show support for US terror victims

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  • Tot ran in road as mother lay drunk

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  • 'Murder' on Rawtenstall express

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  • Diana's ex-butler to give charity speech

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  • Protest group claims homes victory

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  • Youngsters aiming for peak achievement

    CHILDREN aged 12 to 16 from Rossendale School will be scaling Britain's three highest peaks next week in a fund raising effort. The ten youngsters, who have behavioural difficulties, will be accompanied by five staff from the school above Turn Village

  • Sylvia's gift will help to save lives

    A DARWEN woman who lost her husband to a heart attack has donated a life-saving defibrillator to Darwen Leisure Centre in the hope that other lives may be saved. The defibrillator arrived at Darwen Leisure Centre a fortnight ago and is now up and running

  • Bike show support for US terror victims

    BIKERS who visit Europe's largest town centre motorbike show on Sunday will be helping to raise money for firefighters who lost their lives in the New York terrorist attack. All bikers involved in the ride-ins to Rossendale Valley Motorbike Show in Rawtenstall

  • Defendant wanted to kick boozing habit

    ALCOHOLIC Timothy Flintoff asked magistrates to send him to prison for longer than recommended so that he could compete a detoxification programme in prison. Blackburn magistrates heard that Flintoff, who had been drinking to excess since he was 16, didn't

  • Teenager deceived pawnbroker

    A TEENAGER got more than £500 in cash from a pawnbroker using stolen cheques. Burnley magistrates heard how Andrew Loveday told staff they were his weekly wages. Loveday, of All Saints Close, Loveclough, admitted handling stolen goods and two counts of

  • DEFEAT NOT AN OPTION FOR LEWIS

    EARLY tomorrow evening Bury's Ady Lewis will have a good idea just where his rollercoaster boxing career is heading -- to the stars or to the scrap heap. The man they call the Mighty Atom is well aware of the consquences of defeat against Belfast's Tommy

  • NOW THIS IS THE BIG ONE, SAYS PREECE

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  • Nik's the man

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  • A HAPPY RETURN FOR LAWSON

    SHAKERS' fans may be well chuffed to see Ian Lawson back at Gigg Lane, but that's nothing compared to the striker's delight at his return. "Lawse" put pen to paper on a two-year contract on Wednesday morning to end a miserable 18 months at Stockport County

  • TOMPEDO TOM SETS UK RECORD

    THOMAS Booth, the young swimmer dubbed "Tompedo", raced to the fastest time for 50m freestyle recorded in the UK this year. The 10-year-old Ramsbottom Rascal, who lives in the town, broke the record in the heats at the Central Lancashire age group competition

  • EURO FANS MISS OUT

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  • ANY PORT IN A STORM!

    A PORTUGESE midfielder has arrived at Bury on a two-week trial. George Santos, who plays for Boa Vista, is a 26-year-old who is described as having a superb footballing brain. He has intertnational clearance and played for the Shakers reserves against

  • £1,000 reward for stolen dogs

    A FATHER-OF-TWO is offering a £1,000 reward after thieves stole the family dog and her seven pups, leaving his young children devastated. Mr Shkeel Kayani, of Heywood Road, Prestwich, put up the cash reward for the safe return of new mum Sheba after the

  • Tribunal rejects former race chief's claim

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  • Javaid is first police race relations officer

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  • Town shrouded in silence

    A TOWN fell silent as a mark of respect to those whose lives were ripped apart by tragic events in America. In the aftermath of terrorist attacks that left more than 5,000 people dead or missing, Bury observed a moving three-minute silence at 11am on

  • Patricia takes her fight to Europe

    ALMOST 30 years after giving birth to two stillborn babies and being given a hysterectomy without her consent, Patricia Briody is now hoping that European justice will give her the rights and the surrogate child that the British legal system has denied

  • Derby date for classmates

    A DERBY School reunion for classmates from more than 40 years ago is to be expanded. Mrs Sylvia Cole, nee Burdaky, is masterminding the nostalgic get-together of pupils who were in the Lower Sixth at the new school from September 1959 to July 1960. But

  • Teen tackles blaze

    FIREFIGHTERS attended the scene of a weekend chip pan fire at a house in Church Street, Radcliffe. But when they arrived, they discovered a 17-year-old girl had extinguished the blaze. The teenager suffered shock and was given oxygen by fire officers,

  • Damp end to Atherton's title challenge

    THE curtain came down on the 2001 Redmayne Bentley Bolton Association cricket season at Higham Park on Saturday in the most disappointing of ways. Atherton's game against A&T was restricted to 34 overs of the A&T innings before torrential rain

  • Meet the magnificent King's Troop

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  • Bomb alert at hospital

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  • The Mayor is safe

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  • Mast plan sparks health fears

    TEACHERS, parents and governors of a Leyland primary school fear a mobile telephone mast, planned to be built nearby, could put children's health at risk. The proposed mast is set to be built at Greenbank Farm, opposite Lever House Lane School, Leyland

  • Nik's the man

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  • Thanks to Stan, says Worthington

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  • Burnley have got the job to do again

    FOR the second time in five days Burnley take their unbeaten away record to a side that has a 100 per cent record on their own ground. While the Clarets have won at Sheffield Wednesday, Millwall, Bradford and then Birmingham City, the Canaries have taken

  • Ghouls rob Shannon's grave

    THE MUM of little Shannon Peters, who was struck down by meningitis last November, is devastated that heartless ghouls have been stealing from her daughter's grave. Shannon's grieving family and friends have taken toys and wind chimes to the grave but

  • Link unveiled to serve five towns

    BUSINESS Link North Manchester will officially unveil itself at an event to be staged at the newly-opened Village Hotel in Bury next month. The organisation will serve the business communities of Bury, Bolton, Oldham, Rochdale and Wigan. And the event

  • Commitment to safety

    BURY-based fire resisting ductwork specialist Senior Hargreaves is more than demonstrating its firm commitment to safety. The company, which has its headquarters in Lord Street, has initiated a rolling training programme with independent providers FIRAS

  • Chamber chief's terrorism reaction

    BURY businesses have been touched both on a personal and commercial level following the terrorism acts in America. That's the message from Mr Andrew Ratcliff, chief executive of business support agency, Bolton and Bury Chamber. He said the tragedy had

  • Crucial crews on standby

    MORE than 800 pupils from St Helens primary schools will be put through their paces in ten emergency situations to raise their awareness of what to do when in a life-threatening situation. Crucial Crew, an inter-active experience run by St Helens Council

  • Pool fight back

    A LATE Graham Fenton goal rescued a point for the Seasiders to complete a spirited comeback in a game which, at one point, they were losing 2-0. But Steve McMahon's men had only themselves to blame for letting QPR get two ahead, with huge defensive blunders

  • Heath march to top

    Thatto Heath 62 Featherstone Lions 7 HEATH were in unstoppable form as they ran in 11 tries against the team they beat in last year's BARLA National Cup final. The game itself was dedicated to raising money for the fund set up to assist former Featherstone

  • Bob's all steamed up about a pump

    A HISTORY enthusiast is getting all steamed up about a half-ton antique pump which played an important part in Lancashire's heritage at the beginning of the century. Bob Smalley, 52, of Queen's Street, Great Harwood, was working as a tipper on a building

  • Bob's all steamed up about a pump

    A HISTORY enthusiast is getting all steamed up about a half-ton antique pump which played an important part in Lancashire's heritage at the beginning of the century. Bob Smalley, 52, of Queen's Street, Great Harwood, was working as a tipper on a building

  • Face-lift for sports centre

    COUNCIL chiefs have agreed to budget for a £120,000 refurbishment programme of Longridge Sports Centre. Changing rooms at the Preston Road building, which adjoins Longridge High School, were recently renovated, with £21,000 already identified to improve

  • LSH survive test

    Morley 23 Liverpool St Helens 28 THIS RFU Senior First Round Cup tie represented the sternest test yet for Eric Hughes young side. At the final whistle the sizeable travelling support cheered them off the park knowing that this was another significant

  • Jobs in jeopardy

    A QUESTION mark still hangs over the future of 450 engineering jobs. But 50 employees at another company now know for certain their depot will close in a fortnight. After a ballot on Friday workers accepted improved redundancy packages - up by around

  • £1m revamp for school

    NEARLY a million pounds will be spent on new classrooms and science labs at an Atherton high school. The 1,000 pupils who attend Hesketh Fletcher High, in Hamilton Street, will soon be able to benefit from six state-of-the-art refurbished science labs

  • Ten years ago

    WORKERS clocked off for the last time as yet another nail was driven into the coffin of the once thriving East Lancashire paper industry. Darwen Paper Mill, Balle Street, closed its doors for the final time after more than a century in the town.

  • People unite in respect

    CROWDS gathered at the Cenotaph in Preston town centre on Friday for a three minute silence in memory of the thousands killed in the world's worst terrorist attack in New York last week. People young and old, from varied religious backgrounds, united

  • Have your say on bus station

    MEMBERS of the Save Our Bus Station campaign (SOBS) are holding a public consultation meeting on Saturday, September 22, from 11am-3.30pm at Preston CVS, Prince's Building, Lancaster Road, Preston. Visitors will be shown a map of the Tithebarn area and

  • Less road, less tax?

    IT is reported that a scheme is afoot to reduce the number of lanes available to drivers. If this comes about will the road tax be reduced proportionally? A. P. TOBIAS

  • X-POP3-Rcpt: mdawber@voyager

    X-Originating-IP: 212.159.22.28 From: "Peter Scott" <rpeterscott@hotmail.com> To: mdawber@theboard.newsquest.co.uk Subject: Nightowls International Leagues Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2001 10:49:11 +0000 Mime-Version: 1.0 X-OriginalArrivalTime: 20 Sep 2001

  • Promising signs despite defeat

    THE CREDENTIALS of Preston's 1st XI were given their sternest test so far in their busy pre-season programme last Saturday at West Cliff. And despite this narrow defeat against Lytham, the cream of Preston's youth displayed all the rudimentary skills

  • Awards for brave cops

    TWO police officers who risked their lives to save a man from a house fire have received bravery awards. PC Michael Baker and PC Julie Fort based at Nelson police station, were presented with a commendation from the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society

  • Rita's fish idea nets a prize

    PRIZES have been presented to winners of competitions at the hugely successful Nelson Food Festival. They were handed out by the Mayor of Pendle Coun Colin Waite who commented: "This is part of our bid to boost local food businesses and put Lancashire

  • Winter payment reminder

    OLDER people in Pendle are being urged not to miss out on a £5 million hand-out. Over 60s who qualify for a £200 winter cash boost this week are being urged not to be left out in the cold. Last year 34,102 payments were made to older people in Pendle,

  • Show comes under fire

    COUNCIL officials have defended criticism over the organisation of St Helens Show, after local councillor John Beirne received over 80 complaints from residents. Coun Beirne, who represents the Sutton Park Drive Estate, received complaints of noise, litter

  • Help us trace these 32, police ask

    POLICE investigating the recent serious racial disorder in Burnley have released mugshots of 32 people they want to trace. The pictures of Asian and white men and youths were taken mainly from security and CCTV cameras in and around the town centre. Others

  • Mums agree to be locked up for a day

    ASDA colleagues from Burnley who braved a day in the cells raised £1,000 for leading children's charity NCH. Gillian Lingard, Fiona Burns and Lia Leone are all mums and agreed to spend a day in the cells at Padiham Police Station to raise money for NCH

  • Number's up for hoax callers

    FIRE chiefs are using text messages to cut the number of hoax calls, it was revealed today. After working to reduce the number of malicious calls, bosses at Lancashire Fire and Rescue fear the explosion of mobile phones is responsible for a slight rise

  • Angels need redeeming

    THE end of playtime whistle could soon be blown at a Preston pre-school after it was forced to relocate, dramatically reducing the number of children attending. The newly-named Little Angels playgroup, in Egerton Road, Ashton, is facing a drop in pupils

  • Splashing cash job for Beverley

    WATER sports enthusiast Beverley Taylor wants to make a big splash in her new job. The mother-of-two has just become a St Catherine's Hospice community fund-raiser for the South Ribble area. Beverley, 43, who lives in Fulwood, Preston, will be doing her

  • New eye in sky planned

    A NEW £2million police helicopter could soon be hovering in the skies over the county after Lancashire Police announced they were to bid for cash to replace their current one. Police say the present one has become too expensive to maintain after running

  • Eastern delights

    A NEW exhibition containing a range of Eastern delights has gone on display at Preston's Harris Museum and Art Gallery -- the first venue in Britain to show the works. The Chandrika exhibition is a huge collection of beautiful silver jewellery and ornaments

  • BNFL trainees's towering feat

    VISITORS to a small parish church in Preston have been granted a heavenly countryside view thanks to the help of a group of BNFL graduate trainees. Following a request from Father Giles Allen, of the Lund Church, a few hundred yards from BNFL's Springfields

  • Life is getting sticky for the Toffees

    AFTER a promising start to the new season, Everton has been hit by a triple blow that has left fans wondering if it will be yet another season of struggle. The Goodison faithful know that plenty of other clubs will suffer Premiership defeats at the hands

  • Lucas is arrogant - in a nice way!

    Blackburn manager Graeme Souness has described Australian defender Lucas Neill as arrogant - but in the best sense of the word. Souness likes players who are self-confident and he said: "He's got a thing about him - arrogance which I love in a player.

  • MP in New York as nightmare unfolds

    SHAUN Woodward, who was in New York at the time of the terrorist attacks on the city's World Trade Centre, has condemned what he called the "agents of evil" behind them. In a statement to the Star the St Helens South MP (seen below) said: "The events

  • Couple attacked by gang

    A GANG of thugs kicked and punched a man to the ground on The Rock, Bury, before turning on his wife and kicking her in the head. Janet Bailey (49), from Chesham Fold, is now too terrified to venture into Bury town centre after youths she believes were

  • Double swoop!

    LEIGH Centurions have finally got their men after a transfer chase going back over a year. They've landed former Great Britain international tourist Jon Roper from Castleford at the second attempt and finally persuaded Wigan's young reserve second rower

  • Depressed man found hanging

    A CORONER has recorded a verdict of suicide on a prominent member of the community who was found hanging in the garage of his home. Retired building society manager Mr Alan Bridge had suffered depression and anxiety following recent ill health. Mr Bridge

  • Top marks for helping crime victims

    COUNTER staff at Bury's police HQ give 100 per cent when dealing with victims of crime and they've a report to prove it! An independent survey by students from Bury College declared the civilian support staff "helpful, polite, smart and prompt" when dealing

  • Teachers to make learning English easier

    YOUNGSTERS from ethnic minorities will be given a greater chance of success, thanks to a new English course. Bury is playing a leading role in the North West, under a scheme to train teachers in teaching English as an additional language. Money to run

  • Couple desperate to get back home

    AN American couple holidaying in Bury are desperately trying to get back home to find out news about friends they fear might have been caught up in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre last week. Husband and wife Joe and Helen Taylor found their

  • Enjoying ten years!

    A BURY nursing and residential home, which has Europe's oldest living person among its residents, celebrated its tenth birthday in style. VIPs who attended the birthday bash at Chestnut Court included Bury North MP David Chaytor and the borough's mayor

  • Straw to fly out to Iran

    FOREIGN Secretary Jack Straw is to make a ground-breaking trip to Iran in the wake of the terrorist atrocities in America. Mr Straw said he was keen to bring the Middle Eastern country in line with the growing international coalition forming against world

  • Teed-off mayor helps raise thousands

    CHARITIES will benefit after the Mayor of Bury's annual golf tournament proved to be a big hit. The fund-raiser, held at Whitefield Golf Club, brought in around £2,100 for Councillor Paul Nesbit's chosen good causes of mental health and child welfare.

  • Shotgun fired in post office raid

    A SHOTGUN was fired during an aborted raid at a Prestwich post office this week. No one was injured after the firearm was discharged by one of two raiders, who struck at the Danesway sub post office on Tuesday (Sept 18). Now, detectives are hunting the

  • Crackdown on CD piracy

    TRADING standards officers have seized 150 counterfeit CDs in Bury in a crackdown on piracy. They visited nine car boot sales in the borough while taking part in a regional investigation with colleagues from across the North West. In total, inspectors

  • Concessions for over-60s

    GREATER Manchester transport bosses have praised plans to take equality aboard the buses. They have welcomed the news that the Government has introduced a Bill to the House of Lords which will allow men to receive a travel concession when they reach the

  • Cash boost fills

    IT'S all smiles for dentists and NHS patients alike after practices across the borough were given a slice of £365,000 to improve services. The grant from the Government funded Dental Modernisation Fund has gone towards upgrading their practices for the

  • More power to P6

    IT was second time lucky for girl group P6 who won the final of the Powersound 2001talent show. The teenage quartet comprising Frankie Ross, Emma Leatherbarrow, Hannah Bloor and Rachael Hudson triumphed in front of an audience of 400 at Radcliffe Civic

  • Sarah heads West

    IT was a case of East meets West for jet-setting students Sarah Wood and Sachiko Enokihara, who are trading places for the next six months. Sarah, of Bolton Road, Bury, sets off today for the "land of the rising sun", to learn about Japanese language,

  • Football club's future fouled

    MOTORISTS and horse riders are being blamed for putting a children's football club in jeopardy. Radcliffe Juniors Football Club is blaming damage to their pitch on car drivers, motorbikers, quadbikers and horseriders and is urging people to report them

  • Something for everyone at Mosses Open Day

    A DAY of fun demonstrations and activities is taking place all under one roof in Bury next weekend. A Mosses Open Day will give a taste of some of the pastimes and leisure pursuits which are regularly staged at the Cecil Street venue. Bury mayor Councillor

  • Pensioner dies five months after attack

    A RADCLIFFE pensioner has died five months after he was beaten unconscious in an attack. And on Tuesday (Sept 18), a Home Office pathologist carried out a post mortem into the death of Mr John Conwell (68). The previous day he died at the Chestnut Court

  • A Grand-iose line-up

    TALK about going out in style! Blackpool Grand Theatre has been left a fabulous legacy of entertainment by general manager Stephanie Sirr. Stephanie sets off for the new pastures of Nottingham Playhouse next month and last week unveiled a stunning array

  • Escape with old rocker Kid Creole

    ONCE upon a time there was a young teacher called August Darnell. He was very settled in his work and had everything a young man could want. But still he yearned for something more... And his dream came true as he switched careers and found fame as Kid

  • Jury return suicide verdict

    A JURY returned a verdict of suicide following a two-day inquest into a man who was found hanged in Prestwich Hospital. The body of patient Craig Haywood (25) had been discovered by staff in the toilets of the hospital's Edenfield Unit last December.

  • School gets £1m cash boost for new classrooms

    NEARLY a million pounds will be spent on new classrooms and science labs at an Atherton high school. The 1,000 pupils who attend Hesketh Fletcher High, Hamilton Street, will soon be able to benefit from six state-of-the-art refurbished science labs and

  • Be wary of the sleeping giant

    WITH the serious escalation in world events, our thoughts go out to the people directly affected by the catastrophe in America. Immediately after the event, President Bush promised to hunt down an elaborate network of terrorists operating from various

  • Thrash thugs who ambush our firefighters

    REGARDING your report (LET, September 14) the thugs who threw stones and bottles at firemen when they were putting out fires at Blackburn's Roman Road area want a good hiding and their parents need to be jailed. Twin Valley Homes Housing should evict

  • Muslim majority is peace-loving

    THE thoughts and sympathies of all sane-minded people go out to the British and American families who have lost loved ones in the horrendous incident in America. We must not, however, blame all Muslims for the action of the fanatics who committed this

  • Talks-in with the authors is a write coup for library

    A LINE-up of writers is one of the top autumn attractions at Blackburn Central Library. Local readers will have the chance to meet the people behind the books. The special series, 'All Sorts of Authors', which runs until November, involves the writers

  • Experts to probe nightclub blaze

    EXPERTS are investigating a blaze which badly damaged a nightclub this morning. A fire brigade spokesman said the incident was being treated as suspicious Firemen took an hour to control the outbreak at Afrika's Nightclub in Blackburn Road, Accrington

  • From bellies to bricks

    EVENING classes in East Lancs -- from belly dancing to bricklaying -- will be scrutinised by the Adult Learning Inspectorate to determine whether they offer a good standard of teaching and are value for money. The ALI inspectors will be aiming to ensure

  • Residents celebrate safer crossing zone

    RESIDENTS are celebrating the final touches being made to a zebra crossing in Blackburn. On Burnley Road, between Gore Street and Hereford Road, it has been funded by the Blackburn Regeneration Partnership through the Single Regeneration Budget and comes

  • Arrest setback for fresh start bid

    A MAN who came to Blackburn looking for a fresh start was arrested for shoplifting before he had even found somewhere to live. Blackburn magistrates heard that Richard Almanti was caught leaving Focus Do It All with a set of door handles down his trousers

  • Girl, eight 'victim of indecent assault'

    A MAN was due to appear in court today charged with 13 indecency offences involving an eight-year-old girl. Neil Anthony Pimblett, 32 of Merchants Quay, Blackburn, faces six allegations of inciting the girl to commit acts of gross indecency with him,

  • This week in 1976 25 years ago

    RSPCA RSVP: A £20,000 legacy from a Bury businesswoman to the RSPCA sparked off a move by the organisation's Bury branch to gain a share of the pot. Bury and District RSPCA chairman Mr Bill Tasker suggested the charity's HQ should give a least five per

  • BARRASS BLOW ROCKS SHAKERS

    MATT Barrass is out for the season after rupturing his cruciate ligament in Tuesday night's defeat at Wrexham. The young full back is said to be distraught. He has only just returned after missing the majority of last season with the same injury in the

  • WALSHAW ALMOST THERE

    WALSHAW took a giant step nearer retaining their Bolton Association championship with two victories at the weekend. At 70 for 5 at the halfway stage of the inning the Sycamore Road lads looked to be wobbling at Little Hulton on Saturday. But Gary Dyson

  • Gold star kids!

    BLACKPOOL'S Mereside Primary School has received a gold star from the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) for its progress over the past 20 months. The Langdale Road school impressed Ofsted inspectors so much they decided the school no longer needed

  • Getting to know you day

    NEW pupils at a Blackpool senior school got to know each other better at a special friendship day recently. Year seven students at St Mary's Catholic High school, St Walburga's Road, spent the morning playing ice-breaking games, writing profiles of themselves

  • Five show from Town

    Flixton 0 St Helens Town 3 WITH five wins from five league outings under their belt, St Helens Town take a break this weekend as hundreds of clubs embark upon the road to Villa Park in the Carlsberg FA Vase. Town's exploits in reaching the last 16 of