• EVENTS taking place in East Lancashire on Thursday, January 2

    A LOOK at events, from amateur theatre to rambles through our beautiful countryside. John Eddlestone Exhibition -- Blackburn 1963, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery. Until January 18. Ursula Hurst Exhibition, Lewis Textile Museum, Blackburn. Until January

  • Giving streets back to people

    IN recent years, East Lancashire has grown used to many kinds of traffic schemes designed to slow down traffic and make the roads safer -- from humps and mini-roundabouts to chicanes and 20 mph speed limits. But now comes a traffic engineering first for

  • How Paul's New Year brings hope

    FOR Paul Cullen Christmas Day used to bring nothing but frustration. Frustration that there was nowhere to go shoplifting. Frustration that he couldn't afford the heroin or speed he was addicted to. Frustration that while millions of families around the

  • Protesting over water 'poisoning'

    THIS is to register my dismay and to protest at the addition of fluoride into our drinking water (LET, December 23). It is unthinkable. A poison given indiscriminately. A health trust should have better responsibility and promote 'health' in other ways

  • Having a bash at publicans

    HOW considerate of Blackburn with Darwen Council, to ensure public safety in licensed premises over the festive period (LET, December 16). I think that everyone would like to see a high standard of health and safety in all pubs and clubs in the area.

  • Would a salt bin break the bank?

    NOW that Blackburn with Darwen Council has been named by the Audit Commission as one of the best local authorities (LET, December 12), will it have the freedom to grit the roads in time for the big freeze on the steep hills in our area? For while we have

  • Traffic problems now where none existed

    ALTHOUGH I agree with your Comment (LET, December 12) that people tend to send letters of complaint about councils rather than praise, it must, however, surely be admitted that in the case of Blackburn Council they do seem to have a 'death wish' when

  • Writer's latest moan takes the biscuit

    HARDLY a day goes by when Roy Davies (Letters, December 19) is not complaining about Darwen supposedly not getting its fair share. However, his latest moan takes the biscuit as he includes on his Blackburn spending list schemes that have not even happened

  • Care in the community is a reality

    MR B M Joyce (Letters, December 9) claimed that hospitals are having huge problems with discharges being delayed because of the inability of the county council to arrange services to enable someone to go home. I repeat that there is no problem with discharges

  • Burns husband fighting for life

    A WOMAN has been charged with attempted murder after her husband was left fighting for his life with severe burns following a night out. Susan Mary Jones, 44, of King Street, Haslingden, was expected to appear before Burnley Magistrates today. Police,

  • Patterson attacking gamble almost pays off

    Doncaster R 1 Leigh RMI 0 by Martyn Hindley A MISCUED shot from Jamie Paterson was the only difference between professional Doncaster and semi-pro Leigh RMI. Mark Patterson took charge of the Railwaymen for the first time in South Yorkshire just a day

  • Rovers left hamstrung

    BLACKBURN duo Craig Short and Damien Duff are facing a race against time to be fit for next week's Worthington Cup semi-final showdown with Manchester United after limping out of Saturday's game against West Ham. Duff and Short both had to be substituted

  • Form guide...

    The key stats and moments from the game against West Ham. BRAD FRIEDEL: Didn't have much to do other than pick the ball out of his net but didn't stand a chance for either goal....6 JOHN CURTIS: Looked a little rusty but that's only to be expected given

  • Ragged Rovers feel the strain

    THE Premiership celebrates its 10th anniversary this season and to mark the occasion current sponsors Barclaycard are planning to conduct a poll in order to create a Hall of Fame. Amongst the topics up for debate are the greatest goal of the decade, the

  • Actor Ian, 63, says: I've finally made it!

    SIR Ian McKellen today summed up the film success of Lord Of The Rings and admitted: "For the first time in my life I am really famous!" And the Burnley-born actor could be up against himself in a blockbuster box office battle of the white-bearded wizards

  • Shakers fail to take advantage

    Bury 1 Kidderminster 1 by Chris Hall SHAKERS' succession of unwanted Christmas presents continued to be unwrapped at Gigg Lane yesterday. After a dour draw with Rochdale and their Boxing Day blues at Shrewsbury, Bury's festive cheer was dealt a double

  • Old home in garden plan

    THE site of a demolished home in Nelson could be transformed into a public garden with a seating area. Two Pendle councillors in the Bradley Ward are of the town are asking the plans to be given serious thought. Councillors Mohammed Sakib and Mohammed

  • Reserve team needs new friends

    AN environmental group which oversees the conservation of a nature reserve in Nelson is looking for volunteers to help with its work. The group are hoping that more people will lend a hand helping preserve the natural habitat at Lomeshaye Marsh. By becoming


    GREAT Harwood Town suffered a Christmas hangover with a 5-0 drubbing at Holker Old Boys. The Barrow side scored three times in ten first half minutes as Town failed to reproduce the form that saw them inflict a Boxing Day defeat on NWCL Division Two high-fliers

  • Missing pensioner, 78, is safe

    A PENSIONER suffering from dementia who was reported missing from a relative's home has turned up safe and well. Emma Jones, aged 78, disappeared from a Prestwich house on Friday and police thought she may have tried to travel to her own home in Withington

  • Homeward bound

    The fact that Burnley's players and fans had to make the long trip to Brighton at the weekend was not ideal - except for skipper Paul Weller. Not only did he get to go back to his home town, he managed to make it a family affair with his nephews joining

  • Ternent stays positive

    CLARETS boss Stan Ternent was determined to look on the bright side as his team dropped two points with a late collapse at Brighton on Saturday. At 2-0 up with only a couple of minutes remaining, it should have been game over but a dramatic late double

  • Ternent stays positive

    CLARETS boss Stan Ternent was determined to look on the bright side as his team dropped two points with a late collapse at Brighton on Saturday. At 2-0 up with only a couple of minutes remaining, it should have been game over but a dramatic late double

  • Rovers left hamstrung

    BLACKBURN duo Craig Short and Damien Duff are facing a race against time to be fit for next week's Worthington Cup semi-final showdown with Manchester United after limping out of Saturday's game against West Ham. Duff and Short both had to be substituted

  • Battle in the Boardroom

    SALTERFORTH-BASED Silentnight provided the best story of corporate intrigue with a bitter battle for control of the business. The boardroom bust-up began when the Clarke family which had set up the beds to furniture company announced it wanted to buy

  • '2002' Retirements

    2002 saw the retirement of two of East Lancashire's best-known entrepreneurs -- Mavis Gradwell, the managing director of Altham-based corporate clothing specialist Simon Jersey, and John Lancaster, founder of the Ultraframe group in Clitheroe. Mavis,

  • End of an era

    AS the gates of the Michelin plant in Burnley closed for the last time in April, the town was given a jobs boost with the announcement that the site would be redeveloped into a business park. The factory, first opened in July 1960, was the jewel in Burnley's

  • We can work it out in 2003

    AGAINST an international backcloth of economic doom and gloom, business and industry in East Lancashire is heading for the New Year full of promise. That is the opinion of local business leaders who believe the region has shaken off most of the impact

  • This year I mean action - honestly

    AS an annual festivity, my dislike of Christmas is topped only by my hatred of New Year. All that middle-of-the-night razzmatazz, carousing and - will we ever escape them - fireworks. Fine of you've got something to shout about. But not if you haven't

  • Thank you for helping to save Lucky

    AN animal lover who faced a £1,000 bill after rescuing a cat maimed by fireworks today said a heartfelt thanks to people who donated money to the recovery fund. Maureen Savage, of Moggies on Stansfield Street, Darwen, said she could not thank people enough

  • Our church is not just for Christmas

    CHURCHES in Darwen today said they were facing the New Year with hope and optimism after a successful Christmas shattered the myth religion has lost its place in society. Members of a number of churches agreed television and presents had been among the

  • New unit will not bring new jobs

    A LARGE new industrial unit will be built in Rawtenstall. The 300 square metre unit will be built at Hill End Lane, off Bacup Road, in Clough Fold. However, it is unlikely that new jobs will be created for the area. When completed, the new building will

  • Arts workshop for the disabled and deaf

    AN arts workshop which aims to train leaders in a unique course for disabled and deaf people is now recruiting for its sixth course. It is run by a partnership between North West Disability Arts Forum and the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and

  • Store's £3,200 boost for Robyn appeal

    MONEY raised by staff at a Rossendale supermarket is helping a young girl receive specialist cancer treatment in America. On Saturday the Robyn Brooks Appeal was presented with a cheque for £3,200, raised when staff at Asda, Rawtenstall, set up a refreshment

  • Artists complete prestigious mural

    THREE Rossendale artists have completed a prestigious community project in Greater Manchester, for which they were chosen ahead of all other applicants in the UK . Robert Ashley, Bob Thompson and Andrew Holland undertook the creation of a huge mural in

  • Doorstep attack: man questioned

    DETECTIVES investigating a violent doorstep attack were due to question a 32-year-old man today. Lee Kenyon, 20, of Dyson Street, Blackburn, is recovering from serious head injuries which left him fighting for life in intensive care. He was found lying

  • 'Pay up for crimes' Act welcomed

    NEW legislation aimed at hitting criminals in the pocket has been welcomed by police and prosecutors in Lancashire. The Crown Prosecution Service for the county and Lancashire Constabulary have signed a service level agreement, which charts their approach

  • Village gets cash outlet at long last

    A TWO-YEAR battle to bring a cash machine to a Blackburn village has been won -- just in time for the annual sales! Residents of Cherry Tree will no longer have to travel miles to get their hands on ready money, thanks to a recently-installed cash machine

  • Safer streets with new Home Zones

    THE car is set to lose its crown as king of the road in one Blackburn district, when work begins on East Lancashire's first Home Zone. New playgrounds will be created in some streets, while roads will be narrowed and pavements made wider so drivers are

  • Late strikes seal it

    TWO goal in the last 12 minutes were enough to give Clitheroe another three points against lowly Atherton Collieries. A second game in three days looked to have taken its toll on the Blues as the visitors had the better of the first 10 minutes and were


    ROSSENDALE edged out their Yorkshire visitors in this highly entertaining game which produced seven goals. The goal tally could have been more but both sides were guilty of wasting good chances as neither defence got to grips with their opposing forwards


    PADIHAM came back from being a goal down after three minutes and a man down after 28 minutes to draw 1-1 with Darwen at the Anchor Ground on Saturday to end 2002 in second place in the North West Counties Football Leauge Second Division a point behind


    AFTER a disappointing performance against Clitheroe on Boxing Day, this was a chance for the Rams to put a much needed three points on the board against a team they had beaten two weeks previously. The Rams paraded new on-loan striker Glyn Barker from

  • EVENTS taking place in East Lancashire on Wednesday, January 1

    A LOOK at events, from amateur theatre to rambles through our beautiful countryside. New Year's Day Stroll meet Pepper Hill Barn Study Centre 2, Wycoller, 2pm. Padiham Photographic Society, Padiham Cricket Club, Arbory Drive, 7.30pm. Blackburn Rambling

  • ay sign which takes the cake

    OVER the past few years Darwen has had to put up with some real gaffes from Blackburn's direction. We have had Darwen Tower being called Blackburn Tower, a sign at Bull Hill stating 'Welcome to Blackburn,' signs on the Blackburn orbital road spelling

  • No future for the young of our town

    THE other night, I was travelling through Blackburn and noticed the 'brass ball' lit up in the new Darwen Street area. Later, as we went to the Library Theatre in Darwen and my granddaughter asked why Darwen's brass ball was not lit and why our Christmas

  • No Godmother for Cinderella

    AS pantomime season begins, how appropriate it was to see the new motorway service station in Darwen, signposted as 'Blackburn Services!' Once again, the Cinderella town of Darwen has been invited to scrub the floors, literally, while its ugly sister

  • Patriotism now dead and buried

    IF I hadn't already suspected it for a long time, the last few days running up to Christmas have now confirmed it -- this country has lost the plot with it's interpretation of what is, and is not, socially acceptable and/or 'politically correct.' First

  • Police appeal after girl, 16 'raped'

    A RAPE inquiry has been launched after a teenager revealed she was attacked in a park as she walked home from a Christmas night out. The incident happened as the 16-year-old made her way through Queen's Park, Blackburn, with a 15-year-old female friend

  • Terzis completes Sonny transfer

    LEIGH Centurions completed a happy Christmas by netting former St Helens and Great Britain star Sonny Nickle last night. And now the Centurions have their sights firmly fixed on another ex-international, Harvey Howard. Coach Paul Terzis finally got Nickle

  • Anxious wait for family

    THE family of a Burnley man seriously injured in a car crash are facing an anxious wait at his hospital bedside. Steven Morris, 48, of Printers Fold, Burnley, was cut from the wreckage of his Ford Escort on Friday morning. He was taken to Royal Preston

  • Travel company asks for user input

    A NEW service facility which aims to keep customers regularly informed of developments has been launched by Burnley and Pendle Travel. The new scheme will also enable them to feed back comments, suggestions and recommendations for service improvements

  • Burns husband fighting for life

    A WOMAN has been charged with attempted murder after her husband was left fighting for his life with severe burns following a night out. Susan Mary Jones, 44, of King Street, Haslingden, was expected to appear before Burnley Magistrates today. Police,

  • Throw kids in now, pleads cash-strapped Shakers chief

    SHAKERS co-chairman John Smith has urged manager Andy Preece to step-up the blooding of talented youngsters to cut the club's already water-tight wage bill. Preece is working wonders in the post-administration era at Gigg Lane, utilising loan deals and

  • Ram raid on post office

    A MAN was arrested after ram raiders targeted a cash point at the sub post office in Trawden today. Police said a car was reversed into the window of the Rock Post Office in Church Street at 3am. Norman Rushton, 58, husband of sub-post mistress Patricia

  • Puzzle of man who ran into path of taxi

    A 38-YEAR-OLD man remained critically ill in hospital today after he ran into the path of a taxi. Richard Elliot, of Cloverhill Road, Nelson, was struck by the vehicle in Railway Street at 2.55am on Saturday. Police said he ran into the road from the

  • Presents bring happiness

    REGARDING Christmas presents, I wholeheartedly agree with Winnie McKenna (Letters, December 20) as Christmas is a time to think about those less fortunate than ourselves. I for one would rather give to deserving causes, but I do not deprive children of

  • Where parking is a real treat

    I WOULD advise all those sick to the back teeth of trying to get into or around Blackburn and then are obliged to pay through the nose to park to give Accrington a visit. Once you've managed to negotiate the fabulous ring road in Blackburn you will be

  • True meaning is overshadowed

    REGARDING Winnie McKenna's remarks about Christmas gifts (Letters, December 20), in the days following Christmas, many people will be filling the shops trying to exchange or obtain refunds on many of the presents that have been searched long and hard

  • Anger over plan to build stables

    PLANS to build stables in Barnoldswick have been met by opposition from neighbouring residents. The plans have been recommended for approval despite fierce opposition from a number of neighbours who want to block the plans from getting the go-ahead. They

  • New home or ruin for croquet club

    ONE of East Lancashire's last remaining croquet clubs is appealing for a new home after it was told it must get out of its present one by Nelson and Colne College. The members of Pendle Croquet Club have played the genteel sport on lawns at the college

  • Conman steals £1,000 from pensioners

    POLICE are hunting a Christmas Day conman who escaped with £1,000 from an elderly couple in Accrington. Detectives investigating the theft also revealed how it was the second time the two 88-year-old pensioners have been targeted by bogus callers in two

  • Teenager in failed raid on post office escapes

    A TEENAGER escaped on a mountain bike after an unsuccessful raid on a sub-post office in Oswaldtwistle. The hooded raider kicked the 77 year old postmistress after jumping over the counter at the office on Stanhill Lane. He tried to force the door of

  • Fact file...

    A LOOK at the key moments from the game against Brighton. BURNLEY MARLON BERESFORD: Was hardly troubled until the mad closing minutes. Had handled everything well enough till then...7 DEAN WEST: Played his part in a solid defensive display but allowed

  • 60 seconds is a long time

    IT took Burnley's players eight hours to get down to Brighton on Friday afternoon for their first trip to the Withdean Stadium. But it took them just 60 seconds to toss away two points and a first away win for more than two months. And after being floored

  • The winners and losers in 2002

    LANCASHIRE supplied five of the North West's top earners. But for David Crossland, the one-time Burnley travel agent who went on to launch the international MyTravel holiday empire, the listing will ring a little hollow. Although a survey of the region's

  • Library theatre agenda

    DARWEN Library Theatre will be holding a wide range of show-stopping spectaculars in 2003. The movie Story of Darwen (part two), featuring the 1976 Gala, the Piano Smashing competition and the last Mayor's Ball at the baths was a sell out last year in

  • Residents launch petition over Big Mac path

    RESIDENTS of Redvers Road, Darwen, have started a petition against a footpath which links their homes to a new motorway service station and fast-food restaurant. Neighbours are furious about the unwanted path leading to the new McDonald's on the services

  • Police ask: Where are your kids?

    POLICE today issued an appeal to parents about a gang of youths terrorising a town centre and said: "Do you know where your children are at night?" The move comes after a group of juveniles went on the rampage in the Valley Centre, off Bank Street, Rawtenstall

  • Police new plea over 'cheerful' conman

    POLICE have renewed an appeal for information after a conman made off with the life savings of a 90-year-old woman. The man, who was described as "cheerful" by the victim, stole the money after pretending to deliver gifts from a charity. The man talked

  • Dancing in the sunshine

    A TEENAGER who scooped a scholarship at a theatre and dance academy is spending winter dancing in the Canary Islands. Emma Collinson, a former pupil at St. Wilfrid's High School, Blackburn, graduated and was commended from The London Studio Centre and

  • Leisure scheme's success opens doors

    MORE than 5,000 Blackburn neighbours will benefit from the success of a pilot leisure scheme. Blackburn with Darwen Council's sports outreach project in Shadsworth aimed to promote community health needs of local residents, including an improved quality

  • Baby and man left bruised by car crashes

    A BABY was injured and a man cut free from the wreckage of his car after two separate accidents at the same junction in the space of three hours. The 18-month-old child was taken to Blackburn Royal Infirmary after the car being driven by his father, Stuart

  • Author Josephine earns more than model Naomi!

    AN East Lancashire author has been named in a league table of Britain's top 100 highest-earning women. Blackburn-born Josephine Cox, 59, was placed higher than supermodel Naomi Campbell, actress Maggie Smith and comedienne Jennifer Saunders in the all-female

  • Fifth donation via the electronic mail

    A FIFTH donation has been made to the Magic Eye appeal over the Internet, boosting the total by a further £30. The cash was received by the Lancashire Evening Telegraph team on Christmas Eve, taking the total towards its new £270,000 target. Organisers

  • Big drive against bogus cab perils

    TWO pioneering taxi-safety schemes have won praise from the mother of missing estate agent Suzy Lamplugh. Blackburn with Darwen Council is working with private hire operators to put staff on town centre streets and Friday and Saturday nights to order


    GREAT Harwood Town suffered a Christmas hangover with a 5-0 drubbing at Holker Old Boys. The Barrow side scored three times in ten first half minutes as Town failed to reproduce the form that saw them inflict a Boxing Day defeat on NWCL Division Two high-fliers


    NELSON might easily have had this game sewn up by half time but for some outstanding saves by Mechanics keeper Stuart Barton. When Carl Howarth opened up the home defence after 20 minutes Sean Burnsell looked sure to score, but Barton denied him with

  • Early goals seal it for Bacup

    BACUP put themselves firmly in running for promotion from the NWCL second division after their fourth straight league win. They were ahead as early as the fourth minute when Paul Fildes broke down the right and delivered a deep cross to Lee Anderson who

  • Colne hold on despite late pressure

    COLNE grabbed their second away victory in two weeks with a hard working performance at Chadderton. The win was particularly pleasing for managers Andy Lawson and Dean Grice as several key players missed the game. Captain Sam Hayes was suspended and midfield

  • Strike duo cement lethal partnership

    ACCRINGTON STANLEY increased their lead at the top of the UniBond Premier Division to eight points with a convincing 3-0 victory over mid-table Gainsborough Trinity at the Crown Ground. The Reds took the lead thanks to a Paul Mullin header from a Lutel

  • Rooney shut out

    BOLTON'S porous defence celebrated the unlikely achievement of keeping the Premiership's hottest property at bay as they earned their first clean sheet in 15 matches drawing 0-0 at Everton. But Trotters boss Sam Allardyce had only words of praise for

  • A Black day for Brown's outfit

    IT WAS a nightmare Christmas for Preston North End boss Craig Brown, whose side have lost all three matches over the festive period without scoring a goal. On Saturday, it was Crystal Palace striker Tommy Black, who got Brown down as he responded to his

  • Market revamp is money well spent

    BURY'S famous market is bringing in more visitors thanks to its recent £5 million refurbishment. A MORI poll shows that Bury is bucking the national trend and increasing its popularity, with 250,000 people visiting the market every week. Councillor John