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  • School welcomed into Bury 'family'

    BURY has welcomed a new addition into its close-knit "Family' of Schools". The independent Manchester Jewish Grammar School in Prestwich will become a maintained school from November next year. The school is a single sex boys' school serving families

  • Spelling out their concern

    PUPILS at Wesley Methodist Primary School in Radcliffe don't need to spell out just how considerate they are to less fortunate children. The Forth Road school has chosen the NSPCC as its pet charity and its latest fundraising event was a sponsored spell

  • 300th birthday school reunion

    A REUNION for all former pupils and staff at Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School will be held in October to mark 300 years since the school was founded. The event is at the school on Saturday, October 4, from 12.30pm. Anyone interested should ring Emma

  • We can't afford extra care cash

    YOUR correspondent Herzl Hamburger (Your Letters, April 11) made several comments about Bury Council's approach to paying owners of private nursing and residential care homes. I thought readers may find it helpful to know the facts. Firstly, he asks why

  • I welcome her 'conversion'

    I WAS so pleased to learn that Councillor Dorothy Gunther and her Conservative colleagues in Ramsbottom have woken up to the problem evident to everyone else for the past few years; namely that local sub-post offices are essential to maintaining a service

  • Where's the oil in Yugoslavia?

    RECENT correspondents Elizabeth Tebbs and Julie Higson are like the nursery rhyme girl who was "very very good" or "horrid". If they did their homework they would not be in the coconut shy of the ridiculous. Chapter Seven of the UN Charter recognises

  • How to spend time and money

    I, ALONG with most pensioners, have been rocked by the massive increases in rates. While pensioners scrape to pay the latest demands, the County Council spends as if there was no tomorrow and Fylde has increased its take by 24per cent in two years. In

  • Dawson's up the creek on views

    HILTON Dawson writes (17.4.03): "I have seen diplomacy in action and know that it works... I hope that we can learn the lessons of this war." Diplomacy in the 1930s didn't prevent Japan from invading China or Mussolini from conquering Ethiopia; it didn't

  • We won't stop until it's over - Coleman

    AFTER being crowned UniBond Premiership champions on April 12 to earn a place in the Nationwide Conference, you'd expect John Coleman to have few, if any, cares in the world. But the Accrington Stanley manager was furious his side couldn't go one step

  • Champions climb the league ladder

    WALKER Farrimond Super League reigning champions Great Harwood moved up into third place in the division following a crushing 5-1 win over neighbours Alexandra. Since the early season setback at St Annes, the Lowerfold men have been in sparkling form

  • I'll do his washing!

    POPSTAR Kevin Simm is set to return to his Lancashire roots and headline Blackburn's biggest ever free music festival. And his mum will be so pleased to see him that she's even offered to do his dirty washing! Kevin, along with the other four members

  • Curtains for man judge sought to help

    LESS than half an hour after being given a chance to put his life in order Francis Taylor was caught shoplifting again in a curtain shop. But Blackburn magistrates heard Taylor committed the offence deliberately to get arrested after having second thoughts

  • Firearms amnesty success continues

    LANCASHIRE police today announced that almost 500 firearms have been handed to police in the county since the national amnesty began. During the third week, which included the Easter bank holiday, a total of 157 firearms were handed in. These included

  • Animal sanctuary stunned by theft

    CHARITY bosses were left stunned when heartless thieves stole a much-needed quad bike and trailer from a Blackpool horse sanctuary over Easter. The red Honda quad bike and RSPCA trailer were taken either late Saturday night or early Sunday morning from

  • TV Martin's killing time in Blackpool

    THE story of a notorious murder in Blackpool is set to be brought to the small screen in a new TV drama special. Former Eastenders star, Martin Kemp, has been signed up to play George Joseph Smith in the ITV drama, Brides In The Bath. Smith spent the

  • Tom's made of the write stuff

    A FOOTBALLING legend from the past winged his way to a Blackpool book store this month to sign copies of his autobiography. Tom Finney played for England in the 1950s and spent his entire career with his local team, Preston, where he is now club president

  • Boro rely on strength of Sampson

    RADCLIFFE Boro's promotion hopes received a double boost on Monday when a 3-1 victory took them back into second place in the Unibond Division One -- cashing in on Spennymoor United's defeat at Bishop Auckland in a morning kick-off. With Simon Canden's

  • Rammy star Mark takes top honour

    PLAYERS completed their season last Monday with the finals of the Bury District Table Tennis League end-of-season tournament and presentation of trophies at ELPM Social Club. The standard of play was high and the results were not without their surprises

  • Textile mill workers' jobs shock

    WORKERS at a Burnley textile mill have been told their jobs are on the line after bosses announced plans to move to Yorkshire. Representatives among the 120 staff at Northern Textiles in Sycamore Avenue today said they were shocked by the planned closure

  • Walk on part for singers

    "WALK on, walk on, with hope in your heart. . . .", you can probably sing along to You'll Never Walk Alone, but did you know that the song is from the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "Carousel"? This is just one of the many wonderful songs, written

  • Stars are on show

    STAR DJs, Lisa Lashes and Fergie, are heading to Blackpool's Syndicate Superclub this Saturday, in what promises to be a massive night. Because both DJs have other gigs the same night, 'Lashed' will start extra early, with clubbers allowed in from 9pm

  • Wilcox backs Rovers return

    FORMER Blackburn favourite Jason Wilcox today said Rovers could soon be challenging for a place in the Champions League under Graeme Souness. Wilcox and his Leeds United team-mates will attempt to scupper Rovers' chances of qualifying for next season's

  • Player search

    UNSWORTH FC Under 10s are looking for players for next season when the team will play 11-a-side and needs to strengthen accordingly. The team trains on Tuesday nights between 6pm to 7pm and plays on Saturday mornings. Anyone interested contact George

  • Girls eye final glory

    BURY girls take on Manchester United in the final of the Lancashire Under 14s competition at the County Ground in Leyland on Tuesday, kick off 6.30pm.

  • Shakers fail to deliver again

    Bury...0 Scunthorpe Utd...0: IT WAS another case of home discomfort for the Shakers as they failed to produce the goods once again at Gigg Lane. Bury have won just eight of their 22 home games to date and they let this one get away from them after dominating

  • Council beating rents backlog

    BURY is winning its fight to reduce the amount of money owed to it in rent arrears. The council has seen current and former tenancy arrears drop in the past 15 months by almost £500,000 after a renewed drive to tackle the problem. The improvement has

  • Transport chiefs target Bury drivers

    CAR drivers in Bury are being targeted by transport chiefs and asked: "Is your journey absolutely necessary." A campaign entitled Better Travel By Public Transport seeks to address a previously unrecognised facet of motoring behaviour -- the Needless

  • Clitheroe may lose pro for the season

    CLITHEROE could lose professional Shabbir Ahmed to the Pakistani one day squad. Ahmed has unexpectedly made it to the final 21 players taking part in a seven-day training camp this week, with 15 being selected for the forthcoming tour of Sri Lanka. The

  • Surgeon under scrutiny

    THE PLASTIC surgeon facing investigation after an operation left a Fylde footballer's wife fighting for her life has denied trying to avoid a UK ban by applying to be struck-off. Recent reports claim that Dr Gustaf Aniansson has applied for a "voluntary

  • Baby tug of love battle

    A FYLDE couple are at the centre of a tug-of-love battle after the surrogate mother of their baby daughter demanded the child back. As revealed exclsuively in theCitizen, Phil and Jennifer Bickerstaff, of Warton near Lytham, have drawn up a surrogacy

  • Theatrical first for top school

    KING Edward VII and Queen Mary School is set to stage a theatrical first in Lytham with a series of three outdoor plays in June. The School will bring two professional outdoor companies to the town for performances of classics and, in differing style,

  • Rally ho!

    THE Lancaster & Blackpool Honda Rally team attended the Twyford Wood Stages rally on Sunday April 20, it was 55 stage miles held over eight stages at Lincolnshire. It was a very difficult track with a narrow windy road that had trees and ditches either

  • Born and fled

    A TV series which brought millions of pounds into East Lancashire has dealt a blow to the local economy by slashing its filming in the area. The first series of BBC 1's Northern-based 1950s drama Born and Bred was recorded entirely on location in the

  • Postal worker held by armed raiders

    A POSTAL worker was held up at gunpoint by two men who demanded that he handed over sacks of mail. A worker at the Royal Mail office in Chester Street, Clitheroe, was unloading his van around 4.20am yesterday when he was approached by two gunmen. Both

  • Protests force council delay over 'Sainsbury' plan

    CONTROVERSIAL plans to build an eight-storey shop and apartment complex on the former Sainsbury's site in Prestwich have been put on hold. At a packed planning meeting on Tuesday, councillors decided to go back to the developers to ask if they could come

  • Regen cash plans are ok

    THE EAST Bury Initiative has had its plan for the next year approved by the North West Development Agency. The scheme, funded by the Single Regeneration Budget (SRB), prepares a Delivery Plan each year, and now their expertise and experience has been

  • Ged: A man to be so proud of

    A STEP-daughter paid the ultimate tribute to her father at his funeral and said: "I would pick him every time for my mum!" Brave Jenny made the heart-felt proclamation at Gerald Slevin's funeral in front more than 100 people in a packed Cannon Street

  • Last farewell to Phoebe

    A REBEL Labour county councillor was among mourners at the funeral of a woman who became the face of a campaign against care home closures. Coun George Slynn joined family and friends of Phoebe Hickey who died last Thursday. Mrs Hickey, 86, and her husband

  • Ten yeasr ago

    AMATEUR conjurer Peter Cunliffe appeared on TV's Surprise Surprise after a trick from his wily wife. Peter, of HIgher Croft Road, Darwen, found himself waving a magic wand in front of millions after boasting to Kathy he could be a magician.

  • Hollywood Iraq

    I WONDER how long it will be before an American studio produces a film featuring the war in Iraq, showing how their soldiers won it and omitting the part played by the British. Also, I wonder if they will have scenes showing all the "friendly-fire" deaths

  • It's run it again Sam, for charity

    G-MEX employee Sam Wass is preparing to make an exhibition of himself, all in the name of charity. The 26 year old exhibition sales executive from Prestwich is banking on running up a healthy sum for the Multiple Sclerosis Society when he takes to the

  • Bike challenge

    THE Pennine Bridleway Mountain Bike Challenge, which starts and finishes at Fearns Community High School, Booth Road, takes place on Sunday, May 25. The 47-mile route is strenuous and demanding, taking around seven hours. Riders must be over 18 years

  • 'Sue me' over votes row says Lib Dem

    A LIBERAL Democrat leader today challenged Labour to sue him as the row over Pendle elections fraud allegations flared up again. Members of Pendle Labour party have demanded an apology after members of the Liberal Democrats accused them of a postal voting

  • Reasons of safety close games area

    A POPULAR multi-purpose games area in Nelson has been closed due to health and safety reasons and to allow a full assessment of improvement work to be carried out. The site at Netherfield Road needs a new surface, fencing and floodlighting due to heavy

  • Player of the Season Award night

    THE Player of the Season Awards take place on Tuesday, May 6, in the Bury Social Club, 7.30pm. Tickets are available from the commercial offices and the social club priced £2.50.

  • Minister sees work done for abuse women

    A GOVERNMENT Minister was shown first-hand the work done by a Burnley group supporting women and children suffering domestic abuse. The Deputy Minister for Women, Barbara Roche MP, was given a tour of Burnley Women's Aid yesterday. According to a government

  • Fan Pike to probe crisis in football

    BURNLEY FC's cash crisis following the collapse of ITV Digital is to be raised in Parliament. MP Peter Pike is to take part in a major Westminster inquiry into football and its finances -- and his beloved Clarets are to give evidence. As secretary of

  • Steer clear of the Turf

    DRIVERS are being warned to stay away from Burnley Football Club's Turf Moor ground tomorrow. Traffic police are asking motorists who are not going to see the Clarets game against Sheffield Wednesday to help them keep roads clear. The game kicks off at

  • Flitcroft knows all about Mr Motivator

    BLACKBURN skipper Garry Flitcroft today said Peter Reid is the man to bring the good times back to Elland Road as Rovers prepare for a showdown with Leeds United tomorrow. Flitcroft knows all about Reid's qualities as a manager following a spell under

  • Ex-sailor's Royal Yacht reunion

    FORMER seaman Tom McCallion has received a right royal invitation. Tom (66) and his wife Maureen (64), of Beechfield Drive, Bury will be rubbing shoulders with senior members of the royal family, including the Queen and Princes Charles, Andrew and Edward

  • Unit plans on hold

    PLANNING councillors have put controversial hospital plans on hold so they can have a look at the site themselves. A 320-name petition protesting about the plans to build a new 32-bed unit at the Florence Nightingale Hospital in Elton has been delivered

  • It's run it again Sam, for charity

    G-MEX employee Sam Wass is preparing to make an exhibition of himself, all in the name of charity. The 26 year old exhibition sales executive from Prestwich is banking on running up a healthy sum for the Multiple Sclerosis Society when he takes to the

  • Jo's job to help families

    A PARENT liaison worker has been appointed for the North West by the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association. Jo Trask will produce and implement training programmes of information and support to parents of children with this rare condition. She is also aiming

  • used in pres 25/4 and bury

    Budget aid for elderly welcomed BURY Age Concern has welcomed last week's Budget when the Chancellor changed the rules for pensioners in hospital. It has also hailed the increase in the winter fuel payment for the over 80s and changes to the New Deal

  • Foot and mouth aid package

    A £50 MILLION aid plan to help rural Lancashire get over the effects of foot and mouth was unveiled today. Spearheaded by Lancashire County Council and initially bankrolled by £16million of government money, the Lancashire Rural Recovery Plan aims to

  • Daredevil pair's hotel rope trick for charity cash

    DAREDEVIL staff at a Bury company have been roped in to a charity fundraiser. Sarah Mills and Paula Twist, who work together at O2, will be abseiling 160 feet down the Renaissance Hotel in Manchester on Sunday to raise money for Cancer Research UK. "People

  • Tea party planners plea

    A CHARITY is looking for people to host occasional tea parties for small groups of elderly folk. Contact the Elderly helps alleviate the isolation often felt by older people who live alone by taking them to tea at a host's home one Sunday a month. But

  • Will TV hopeful Nick get a second chance?

    NICHOLAS Fuller's 15 minutes of TV fame didn't end in success but it was still a thrilling experience for the George Formby sound-alike. Nicholas, of Cedar Grove, Prestwich, appeared on Stars in Their Eyes -- Kids on Saturday night. He didn't win -- that

  • Theatrical first for top school

    KING Edward VII and Queen Mary School is set to stage a theatrical first in Lytham with a series of three outdoor plays in June. The School will bring two professional outdoor companies to the town for performances of classics and, in differing style,

  • Gulf War hero's virus riddle

    A GULF war hero is this week recovering in Cyprus after being struck down by a mystery virus. The proud parents of 19-years-old paratrooper Lee Foster were devastated on Easter Sunday when a Major from the British Military knocked on the door of their

  • BNP man was invited to quiz

    I WAS surprised that you gave the British National Party a platform over a social event such as my sixth annual borough quiz (LET, April 14). The BNP councillor, who was invited by the council, but omitted from my list of reminders, no longer lives at

  • Don't brush off Fluffy

    FLUFFY arrived at Manchester Dogs' Home via the Manchester Dog Warden after he was found wandering in the Gorton area of Greater Manchester. He is a black and tan cross German Shepherd. Fluffy has received some basic training as he will sit on command

  • Ex-Paras invited to drop in

    THE East Lancashire branch of the Parachute Regimental association is open to past and present members of the Parachute Regiment, as well as others who have served with an airborne unit. We meet on a monthly basis in Accrington and attend several events

  • Weekend teams

    Who is playing - and where CRICKET SATURDAY BURY I XI v Monton & Weaste at home, meet club 12.30pm, start 1.30pm. From: D. Leach (c), M. Mulgale, Q. Riaz, J. Towey, R. Saeed, J. Wiggans, P. Allen, A. Raza, J. McNaughton, S. Belston, M. Corral; scorer

  • Woeful United in seventh hell

    Clitheroe...7 Ramsbottom Utd...1: THIS may have been second-placed Clitheroe against 14th placed Ramsbottom but if you watched the first 35 minutes you could have been forgiven for not knowing which team was which. The Rams started off well enough. They

  • Soccer ZoneResults and tables

    MONDAY CUP COMPETITION SEMI-FINALS IN Group A, Celta Monica went through after beating Welcome Inn and Clarkies Shakers, despite losing to Blackley Juniors. In Group B, Three Lions went through after winning all three games against Raiders, Magnifico

  • Derek Fletcher Bowls Handicap

    DEREK Fletcher Bowling Handicap at Dobbies S & S Club. Start at 12.30pm with the final on Sunday, May 25 at 1pm. Prize money is £1,580 with £400 to the winner. SATURDAY, MAY 10 M. Yarwood (Bolton) v B. Hardman (Radcliffe); R. Tilley (Newton Heath

  • Bury Sunday league

    LATEST results PREMIER DIVISION - LEAGUE CUP Pleasant View 0, Garsdale 1. DIVISION THREE - LEAGUE CUP SEMI FINALS Hollins Bush 3, The Towler 1; Brown Cow Fairfield 2, Rostrons 1. DIVISION FOUR - LEAGUE CUP Bridge Inn 3, Swan Hotel 5. PREMIER DIVISION

  • Welcome cash to rebuild rural life

    THE foot and mouth disease epidemic that devastated dozens of Lancashire farms two years ago may be a fading nightmare for the public but a bitter legacy lingers yet in rural areas. There, the effects remain of the crisis that killed thousands of sheep

  • Fraud team trap NHS boss

    HEALTH officials got suspicious when they found that the clothing budget for patients at a mental health unit was overspent by £18,000. A regional NHS fraud investigation team was called in and discovered that the unit administrator had been fiddling

  • Down your street

    A LOOK at what is on around town and locally. LYTHAM CRAFTY kids can learn how to make mosaics at Artlounge, Dicconson Terrace this Saturday (April 26), 10am-noon, while adults can create a design portfolio in a 10am-4pm workshop. Life drawing and painting

  • Get political to save care homes

    I WRITE to support the views expressed by Anne Kahn (Care fees: system is 'divisive', Your Letters, April 11). I have good reason for this as my mother, an Alzheimer's sufferer, has been resident in Heathlands Village for seven years. She is looked after

  • People do not trust councillors

    AGAIN councillors Mike Connolly, executive member for health and social services, and John Byrne, leader of the council, have featured on this Letters page displaying their usual confrontational style and attacking people whose only "crime" is to defend

  • People who make a difference

    A VERY big thank-you to Trevor Jackson of Hollins Village. He's the brave chap who risked life and limb whilst planting daffodil bulbs in the hedgerow on Hollins Lane, Hollins Village, alongside Bury golf course. The fruits of his labour are now clear

  • Shameful to claim elderly will die

    AS a long-time carer, I have considerable experience of working with Bury social services and local politicians. I was therefore amazed and disgusted by a leaflet from one Conservative candidate. To me, this candidate seemed to be suggesting that elderly

  • Manager finds any excuse

    AFTER watching my beloved Shakers for 30 years, I thought I had heard every lame excuse given by many a Bury manager for a sub-standard performance. But surely Andy Preece's offering after the recent Carlisle game was the all-time great. Apparently, the

  • Spend cash to keep school

    NOW that the scheme to build a new school has seemingly fallen through, will Radcliffe High finally get some money spent on it to modernise it? It is a great building and has some dedicated teachers, but they need help to make it one of the best schools

  • Reduce it, but don't stop it

    AS someone without a car, the bus service has been a life-saver for me over the years. Despite living in Summerseat, an area not blessed with the most prolific of bus services, an adequate number of buses has always been available. Imagine my dismay then

  • Refit library opens

    IT'S debatable whether Bill Gates, the Microsoft billionaire, even knows where Blackburn is. But a little bit of the town's new-look library has been dedicated to him after his charitable foundation gave £28,000 for a computer suite. The 12 computers

  • Warning as mosque is told 'carry on'

    A MOSQUE'S leaders were today warned the religious centre would be shut down if they broke planning conditions. The move came as permission was given for Blackburn's small Shia Muslim community to continue using Jubilee Mill, Logwood Street, as a mosque

  • A smile of thanks for life-saver

    A LITTLE girl has met the teenage boy who saved her life - and given him a huge smile to say thank you. The six-year-old welcomed hero Paul Swift, 16, when he visited her at the children's ward of Queen's Park Hospital. Paul saved the life of the girl

  • Animal instincts

    JUST over a year ago the future of Blackpool's Longview animal sanctuary looked bleak. Funding for the Division Lane centre had dwindled and the morale of staff and volunteers was at rock bottom. But today it's a different story. Following an eleventh-hour

  • Nice and breezy does it

    ANYONE who has ever walked along Blackpool promenade knows what the wind feels like -- but the resort's latest public artwork will show what it looks like as well. Taking its inspiration from the illuminations, the £40,000 'The Sound Of The Wind Looks

  • Fury at dunes 'U-turn'

    CONTROVERSIAL plans to build on St Annes sand dunes could go ahead because of a council u-turn, a furious Fylde campaign group is claiming. And Defend the Dunes spokesman, Ralph Carter, claims a public inquiry into a proposed three-storey block of 18

  • Jet ski dad took safety precautions

    THE 'shocked and stunned' family of a man killed in a jet ski accident at Blackpool's North Pier say their father was taking the correct safety precautions. Ian Hales, 47 died when his Yamaha jet ski hit the pier's supports on Good Friday. His wife, Debbie

  • Hoping for solid gold chain reaction

    NEVER mind golden sands or the golden mile, Blackpool has got a new addition to its golden collection -- a hand-crafted, pure gold thong! Costing a tasteful £1,000, the kinky item -- which is constructed out of thousands of tiny 9ct gold chain links -

  • 'Compromise' as surgery axe falls

    CONTROVERSIAL plans to close a Rossendale village surgery will go ahead on June 1. But health chiefs say they have done all they can to accommodate patients at Edenfield surgery, Market Street, by coming up with a compromise deal. Transport arrangements

  • Intrepid Catherine goes on Inca trail

    INTREPID Catherine Ager will take on the biggest challenge of her life this year when she heads to Peru to hike across the Inca trail. Catherine, 24, of Lincoln Place, Haslingden, has already cycled across Israel and scaled the Himalayas for the charity

  • Doreen dishes out her loyalty money

    A DARWEN dinner lady has donated money from a long service award to The Christie Hospital, 13 years after her own personal battle with cancer. Doreen Quirke, 56, has been serving up dinners at Sudell Primary School for the past 20 years and was recently

  • Schools given £1m to spend on repairs

    ALMOST £1 million is being pumped into Darwen schools this year to give them a 'much-needed' facelift. Darwen Moorland High School and Darwen Vale are to be the main benefactors of the government money, receiving £200,000 and £300,000 respectively. Cladding

  • Home battle holds the key

    PROMOTION and relegation is at stake this year and a top position in each group after three rounds will determine competition in the top section in the second phase. After losing the first round at Sheffield a couple of weeks ago, the Goshen team produced

  • Spelling out their concern

    PUPILS at Wesley Methodist Primary School in Radcliffe don't need to spell out just how considerate they are to less fortunate children. The Forth Road school has chosen the NSPCC as its pet charity and its latest fundraising event was a sponsored spell

  • The joy of brass

    BRASSED off? Then enjoy the sounds of Blackpool Brass Band and the Joyful Chorus at a concert this Saturday night at Fleetwood United Reformed Church, Dronsfield Road, Fleetwood, pay on the door. The concert starts at 7.30pm and follows on from the brass

  • Branch debt to Ternent

    CLARETS star Graham Branch has high hopes that he will be given a new contract at Turf Moor for next season - and he would love to stay in the heart of the defence. "I don't really like the versatile label but I am really enjoying myself at centre back

  • Gigg serves up more stalemate misery

    SHAKERS 0, SCUNTHORPE 0: IT WAS another case of home discomfort for the Shakers as they failed to produce the goods once again at Gigg Lane writes Steve Bott Bury have won just eight of their 22 home games to date and they let this one get away from them

  • Candidates fight for 16 seats

    ONE-THIRD of Bury Council is up for grabs in the local elections next Thursday. Labour are defending 12 seats, the Conservatives three, and Liberal Democrats one. While no result is guaranteed, there are certain to be some new faces on the council: three

  • Shaking the dust off Bury FC's record-breaking Cup Final win

    AN ENTHRALLING 90 minutes of nostalgia was replayed to celebrate the centenary of Bury FC's record-breaking Cup Final victory. Around 400 townsfolk turned out to witness the blue and white carpet being rolled out in the club's honour to mark its 6-0 defeat

  • Bury soldier's life on front line

    BURY soldier Fusilier Thomas Stanley has spent the last few weeks in the heat of the desert and the heat of battle as he took part in the liberation of southern Iraq with other British troops deployed to the region. Thomas, aged 22, is serving with the

  • Missing man gets life for Nat's murder

    A THIRD man has been jailed for life for the murder of a former Prestwich businessman. Nat Jacobs was stabbed 17 times in March 2001 when three men burst into his employment agency in Chester Road, Hulme. John Gray (19), from Hulme, and Christopher Lambe

  • Cheryl's taking tea with royalty

    GOLDEN girl Cheryl Cohen has been invited for tea with the Queen. Cheryl (24), of The Drive, Prestwich will receive her Duke of Edinburgh Gold award at a Buckingham Palace garden party in July. It has been ten years since Cheryl started out on the Duke

  • Branch debt to Ternent

    CLARETS star Graham Branch has high hopes that he will be given a new contract at Turf Moor for next season - and he would love to stay in the heart of the defence. "I don't really like the versatile label but I am really enjoying myself at centre back

  • Looking after number one!

    SAM Ellis may have been a teenage star for Sheffield Wednesday in the 1966 FA Cup Final at Wembley but he confessed there is little room for sentiment in football today. His first club, one of the biggest names in Division One, has just been relegated

  • Fan Pike to probe crisis in football

    BURNLEY FC's cash crisis following the collapse of ITV Digital is to be raised in Parliament. MP Peter Pike is to take part in a major Westminster inquiry into football and its finances -- and his beloved Clarets are to give evidence. As secretary of

  • Man agrees to street ban

    A TRAMP banned from the streets of Lytham and Ansdell has abandoned his court appeal against an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO). Simon Frodsham, 33, of no fixed abode, has now agreed to comply with the five year order after withdrawing his appeal during

  • Merge could create 'City of Fylde'

    A 'CITY of Fylde' council, stretching from Garstang to Lytham, could provide many local services in the future, a local council claims. Wyre Borough Council is planning to consult with the public over a possible 'merger' with Blackpool and Fylde. Another

  • McMahon's youth policy pays off

    A LAST-GASP strike from Scott Taylor rescued a point for Pool and left opponents Mansfield facing almost certain relegation. In an entertaining game, Steve McMahon's men looked much more interested than in recent weeks -- assisted by a few new faces to

  • No spice as Seasiders lose to Posh

    POOL slipped to their seventh defeat in nine games thanks to a solitary goal in the first half by David Farrell. Most players in Tangerine looked like they couldn't wait for the season to end, as this was a performance that lacked both effort and interest

  • Foot and mouth aid package

    A £50 MILLION aid plan to help rural Lancashire get over the effects of foot and mouth was unveiled today. Spearheaded by Lancashire County Council and initially bankrolled by £16million of government money, the Lancashire Rural Recovery Plan aims to

  • Five years ago

    THE golden cross which tops Blackburn Cathedral spire was given a fresh coat of paint as part of the project to rebuild the lantern tower. The tower was replaced with a new one featuring 56 sparkling stained glass panels.

  • A dramatic conspiracy theory

    THE official story behind the bombing of a Pan Am flight over Lockerbie in 1988 is controversially challenged in this new play at the Library Theatre. Lockerbie 103 deals with the growing concern that the man currently in jail for the attack was not the

  • Crazy to pay rail bosses

    GIVEN the appalling health and safety record of our privatised railways, I was staggered to learn that the Strategic Rail Authority is to compensate operating companies for losses as a result of the RMT union's health and safety strike. What crazy logic

  • Remarkable change

    THERE has been a great deal of criticism of Bury Council's record on rent collection and arrears. I would like to congratulate all concerned following the decision of the Best Value Inspectorate to award the authority two stars in that area of their administration

  • Never better

    I ATTEND two clinics at Fairfield Hospital and have never had better care. I don't know where I would be if it wasn't for the doctors and staff there. ANN WEBSTER, Harwood Crescent, Tottington.

  • Switch on and CCTV is live

    THE streets of Radcliffe are now safer following Tuesday's official switch-on of a new, all-seeing network of CCTV cameras. Radcliffe -- as well as Prestwich -- has benefited from the latest crime fighting scheme after the Bury Community Safety Partnership

  • Local Gallipoli heroes honoured

    ON the morning of April 25, 1915, eleven Lancashire Fusilier (LF) officers and 350 of their men were gunned down on the beaches of Gallipoli. Yet, despite heavy casualties and withering fire from Turkish defence positions, the 1st Battalion of the Lancashire

  • Fun day

    A HOST of fun activities for the whole family are being staged at Burrs Country Park on Sunday May 4. Face painting, pond dipping, art activities, circus skills and willow weaving are among free attractions at the Countryside Fun Day from 11am-3pm. For

  • Shaking the dust off Bury FC's record-breaking Cup Final win

    AN ENTHRALLING 90 minutes of nostalgia was replayed to celebrate the centenary of Bury FC's record-breaking Cup Final victory. Around 400 townsfolk turned out to witness the blue and white carpet being rolled out in the club's honour to mark its 6-0 defeat

  • Manager finds any excuse

    AFTER watching my beloved Shakers for 30 years, I thought I had heard every lame excuse given by many a Bury manager for a sub-standard performance. But surely Andy Preece's offering after the recent Carlisle game was the all-time great. Apparently, the

  • Fraud victims' payback bid

    VICTIMS of disgraced financial adviser Kevan Berry have launched a bid to claw back some of the £500,000 he stole from them. Berry used his role at Briercliffe-based Bowland Financial Management to obtain the life-savings of people from across East Lancashire

  • Textile mill workers' jobs shock

    WORKERS at a Burnley textile mill have been told their jobs are on the line after bosses announced plans to move to Yorkshire. Representatives among the 120 staff at Northern Textiles in Sycamore Avenue today said they were shocked by the planned closure

  • Wilcox backs Rovers return

    FORMER Blackburn favourite Jason Wilcox today said Rovers could soon be challenging for a place in the Champions League under Graeme Souness. Wilcox and his Leeds United team-mates will attempt to scupper Rovers' chances of qualifying for next season's

  • Masters award

    A LOCAL woman has received a cash scholarship to help her achieve her masters degree. Anne Dormer (41) of Holly Street, Summerseat, is a specialist heart failure nurse at Oldham Royal Infirmary. She said: "A masters degree will advance my knowledge and

  • Cemetery safety checks ordered

    CEMETERIES staff are to carry out safety checks on all memorials and headstones in Bury, Radcliffe and Ramsbottom. The council has announced plans for inspections in every cemetery to try to identify unsafe structures and remedy any problems found. This

  • Born and fled

    A TV series which brought millions of pounds into East Lancashire has dealt a blow to the local economy by slashing its filming in the area. The first series of BBC 1's Northern-based 1950s drama Born and Bred was recorded entirely on location in the

  • Youth dies after crash

    A TWENTY-year-old Bury man has been named as the victim of a head-on crash in Bolton. Greg Williams of Watling Street, Bury -- on the Seddons Farm Estate -- died after being admitted to Royal Bolton Hospital following the crash last Thursday in Bradshaw

  • Pam's PUPS gets £500 cash boost

    ANIMAL campaigner Pamela Pearson is to be given a £500 boost this week. Pamela, from Elm Street, Bury is the volunteer Lancashire organiser of the PUPS - Prevent Unwanted Pets - charity. And this week she will be presented with £500 from the Co-op Charitable

  • Dinner time raises £1,000

    RED Rose Month, the fundraising drive for Bury Hospice, goes from strength to strength. Since its launch on April 1 money-making events such as a fancy dress bowling evening and a sponsored run up Holcombe Hill have already taken place. Socially -- as

  • Young urged to vote

    NEARLY 5,000 young people in the borough are entitled to vote for the first time in the local elections. And the Electoral Commission is urging those in Radcliffe to make their voice heard so they get a say in how Bury is run. Spokesman Nicole Smith said

  • Is there a hidden agenda?

    REGARDING your report headlined "Widow's home targeted in brick attack," (LET, April 16), as a long time resident of the Ashworth Street estate in Blackburn, of which Shaw Close is a part, I take issue with some of the statements in the article, particularly

  • Our heritage is being denied us

    MY wife and I are absolutely disgusted that the Union Jack flag is banned from Burnley and Padiham town halls (LET, April 10) it is a disgrace! Let us remember that this country was once referred to as Great Britain -- a country whose residents were born

  • Councillors should listen to voters

    I AM appalled at Burnley councillors for refusing to hoist the Union flag high above the Town Hall (LET, April 10). We have hundreds of servicemen fighting in Iraq and we need to show our honour and respect for them. What this Labour-controlled council

  • Well bred Gez

    GEZ is a black cross breed dog who arrived at Manchester Dogs' Home in January 2003. He was handed into Manchester Police Station, after he was found wandering in the Harpurhey area. Gez is a very friendly dog who loves to play with his toys and he will

  • No surprises as Fishpool cruise

    THERE were neither shocks nor relatively close results in the Bury Royunders League First Division on Monday. Reigning champions, Fishpool A, stormed to an innings win from Bury West. Elton Vale B, beaten by Ramsbottom ladies in the cup last week, were

  • Spot on for dominoes KO

    THE dominoes knockout take place on Monday when two pairs from each venue will qualify. GARSDALE: Official C. Brown: C. Brown & R. Barnes (B Cow Burrs); S. Hill & B. Kay (Church Inn); P. Hutchinson & T. Heapy (Church Inn); M. Seeley &

  • Warriors hold trials

    BRANDLESHOLME Warriors football club is holding Under 7s trials for next season for boys or girls under seven years on September 1 at Woodhey High School, Ramsbottom at 6.30pm on Thursdays, May 8, 15, 22 and 29. The club is also recruiting for its other

  • Stand up laughs

    SOME of the best new comedy talent is in Preston next month. The Stand and Deliver Comedy Club, at the University of Central Lancashire's students union venue hall, is holding its first ever comedy weekender starting on May 2. When the club opened its