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  • Soccer glory

    HA YEAR 7 team from Golborne High School won the U12s Wigan Inter-Schools soccer tournament. The girls now go forward represent Wigan in the Manchester Youth Games next month. In order to qualify the girls had to play eight matches. They conceded no goals

  • U-turn on bin collections

    PUBLIC protests have forced town hall bosses to do a U-turn and bring back the regular "weekly" bin collections. They admit that the controversial recycling policy has proved unpopular with many residents, and are reinstating the original service for

  • Leigh has lost a great leading lady

    LEIGH has lost its principal lady of the theatre. Dorothy Kane, better known as Dorothy Galvin, the shining star of St Josephs' Players for half a century, died on Monday. During her lifetime she turned her back on stage and screen stardom, but as a teacher

  • School trophy in loving memory

    THE spirit of brave young Isis Naomi Shaw will live on through a school trophy to be awarded in her memory. When Isis died last Christmas morning, having succumbed to the effects of cystic fibrosis which she had courageously fought throughout her 12 short

  • School fields could be sold for housing

    A GOLBORNE councillor fears that village primary school land could be sold off for housing. Plans are in the pipeline to rebuild Golborne Junior and Infants' School which has a backlog of repairs totalling over £800,000. Wigan's education director, Ged

  • Playing the name game

    HAVING a conversation with my parents is not simple when they talk about their neighbours. I never know which one they're on about. In their short row on St Helens Road there are four Steves and two Bobs so it's not easy when I'm told Steve said this

  • Sorry Hannah

    I HAVE an apology to make to Leigh Harriers' golden girl Hannah Warburton. Last week the junior schools' international started the track season in fine form by winning the county 1500m title -- but for some reason was renamed Helen. I'm pleased to put

  • School wins top arts award

    STAFF and pupils at a Tyldesley school can take a bow after winning a golden honour. Fred Longworth High has once again been recognised for its work in arts education by receiving one of only 476 top Artsmark Awards announced this year. The award recognises

  • Town gears up for big summer carnival

    THE final touches are being made to this year's Radcliffe Carnival. Programmes are now on sale for the weekend of events at the Red Bank playing fields, in Unsworth Street, on June 5 and 6. The procession of floats, along with the parade, will take place

  • Kennedy backing for team-mate

    GOALKEEPER Jon Kennedy has backed team-mate Andy Procter to make a name for himself on the international scene. Accrington Stanley midfielder Procter is expected to make his England National Game XI debut tonight in a 'goodwill' game with Iraq at Macclesfield's

  • Keep it quiet!

    SCHOOLCHILDREN are being targeted as part of a new drive to crack down on noisy neighbours who make life hell for residents. Last year, Blackburn with Darwen Council served 20 noise abatement notices and led four prosecutions, three seizures and two anti-social

  • Force 'shamed' over cruelty

    LANCASHIRE Constabulary has been "named and shamed" by the chief constable of North Wales for its record on tackling animal cruelty. But police bosses in the county today defended their stance of not employing a full-time wildlife officer. Richard Brunstrom

  • Crackdown on drink violence

    A MAJOR police operation to tackle binge drinking and alcohol-related violence in East Lancashire begins this bank holiday weekend. 'Nightsafe' is a response to the government's recently announced plans to get tough on the problems which blight many town

  • Bar damaged by fridge blaze

    A POPULAR town centre bar was badly damaged in a blaze early today. The bar area of Baroque, in Northgate, Blackburn, was affected after an electical fault on a fridge at 3.45am. Firefighters said the venue was saved from more severe damage because it

  • Probe into rented homes

    From the Radcliffe Times of May 28, 1954: An information bureau to advise tenants living in rent restricted houses was to be set up by Radcliffe Labour Party and the Radcliffe Trades Council. After 15 years as secretary of the National Union of Teachers

  • Brace of bad luck so costly

    Central Lancashire League: RADCLIFFE slumped to to back-to-back defeats at the weekend. Norden left the Racecourse with four points on Saturday and Werneth capped a miserable weekend for Graeme Simpson's side when they sent them stumbling out of the Wood

  • MP on wrong end of a beating by Iraq

    LEIGH MP Andy Burnham was unable to transfer his political prowess to the football pitch when his House of Commons team was thrashed 11-0 by the Iraqi national side. Mr Burnham played as the parliamentary centre-forward in a match described by the Labour

  • Group celebrates 25 years with a thank you

    A VOLUNTARY help group has celebrated its silver jubilee with a list of thank yous. Leigh and District Welfare Rights Group praised the supporters and advisers throughout the years and Wigan Council for its backing in keeping the organisation afloat during

  • McDonald's 'Bin It' to clean up town

    FAST food giant McDonald's has launched its national community clean-up campaign. Leigh restaurant manager Paul Britland-Jones said: "We are all looking forward to the event, and working with Westleigh High School to make a real difference to the local

  • Cash for best blooms

    GREEN-FINGERED council estate residents can cash in on an amateur gardening contest. Now in its second year, Wigan's Borough in Bloom project encourages people to make their gardens blossom in a free to enter competition. Best overall garden Best communal

  • Charity walk

    DURING Hospice Week 2004 (June 12-20) Freemasons of West Lancashire will take part in a charity walk in aid of hospices throughout the North West. The trek begins in Barrow on June 12 and will head south, visiting each hospice down to Prescot. On Tuesday

  • Art chance for teenagers

    YOUNG people are being offered the chance to enhance their artistic talents. Up to £1500 per organisation can be made available for groups interested in developing an arts-related project. The money, distributed by Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust's arts

  • £38m work planned in homes shake-up

    PLANS for the biggest ever shake-up of housing in Rossendale have been revealed. Rossendale Council is preparing to change the way it looks after its housing stock to try and make £38million worth of improvements to its 4,200 houses. It's Home Choice

  • Firm fears more delays over plans

    BOSSES at a Rossendale company have been left bemused by a council's response to its offer to buy land to expand. Bacup-based engineering specialists, Pennine Group, wants to build its new corporate HQ at Futures Park, as well as retaining its current

  • Lampard's dad at match of the day

    THE father of an England football hero was involved in an entirely different kind of match when he came to Rossendale. As England and Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard junior gears up for this summer's Euro 2004 football championships, his father, Frank

  • Father and son on drug trade charges

    A FATHER and son from East Lancashire who were arrested in South America have been charged with alleged drugs trafficking offences. James Thomas, 56, and his son Lee, 23, both from Rawtenstall, were charged last week by officers in Ecuador. Lee has been

  • Police get tough on crime 'victim' cheats

    BURY police police are cracking down on people who make false crime reports. Using new legislation, bogus crime "victims" could be issued with £80 penalty notices as an alternative to prosecution by the courts. The crackdown comes after a number of people

  • Haulage firm races ahead

    GROWING transport firm Kenyon Road Haulage is investing £200,000 on expanding its Blackburn base to cope with a surge in demand for its services. The family-owned business has doubled the size of its operations by expanding onto previously unused land

  • Clarets close in on new manager

    BURNLEY will hold final interviews this weekend before naming their new manager early next week. An emergency board meeting last night resulted in the nine-man short-list being whittled down to just two targets, with favourite Ronnie Moore almost certain

  • Rovers set for Dickov

    BLACKBURN Rovers will today make a formal offer for the Leicester City striker Paul Dickov. Rovers chief executive John Williams met the player and his representatives for talks in Manchester yesterday. And the club are now set to follow up their interest

  • Radcliffe Mixed Darts League

    LATEST results MAY 12 PREMIER SECTION Masons A 4(9), Stopes Tavern 5(3); Queen Anne 5(5), Bridge Tavern 4(0) Shirt 6(0), Top Bull 3(3); Staff of Life 5(1), White Boar A (4(2); Victoria 4(2), Black Bull 5(1). HIGH SCORES: E. Heston (Top Bull) 140; T. Thompson

  • Fourths edge friendly

    WITH Beech Walk looking likely to be a cricket-free zone last Sunday, a friendly arranged at short notice gave Leigh Fourths a morale-boosting victory in a close fought game against the Leigh CC Pub League team. Having been invited to bat, the Fourths

  • Tea party date

    CHOWBENT Unitarian Chapel members hopes to raise funds for Derian House Children's Hospice next month when they take part in Britain's biggest tea party. As part of National Hospice Week they invite you to help boost a deserving cause by joining them

  • College setting up unique academy

    Golf round-up, with NICK SMITH. . . MYERSCOUGH College's plans to set up a unique golfing academy in East Lancashire have moved a step closer. They will start using their Burnley centre at Towneley Hall as a base for golf studies students on a full-time

  • I ran risk of being Turfed out of Burnley

    FEW Burnley youngsters in recent years have generated such excitement as Richard Chaplow. The teenage star has been wrapped in cotton wool, while rocketing from Turf Moor trainee to England Under 21 international in under a year. Now, for the first time

  • Scouts get site for adventure

    A PLACE of adventure for thousands of Radcliffe youngsters over the years, Giants Seat was opened a half century ago. Four years work by the Radcliffe Boy Scouts Association had taken place before the camp was first used in May 1954. The guest of honour

  • Nice one United Utilities

    WATER bosses company have sent out letters of apology to residents whose water was cut off most of the other Friday after a main burst in Market Street, Atherton, turning the main road into a river. Any compo going with it?

  • Couple find their country dream

    A BUSINESS couple have fulfilled their life-long ambition after selling their five-bedroom semi and buying a country hotel. Gerard and Deborah Wright, aged 46 and 45, got a six-figure bank loan to buy Langho's Petre Lodge Country Hotel and restaurant,

  • IS this the dirtiest home in East Lancashire?

    Student mum Julie Holden came bottom of the class when her home was inspected by television's cleaning professors. And she needed the magic of Channel 4's How Clean is Your House? dirtbusters Kim and Aggie to transform her home in Mayfield Avenue, Clitheroe

  • Stonyhurst joy as old boy lands top BBC job

    THE BBC'S new director general was educated at a top Ribble Valley school, it emerged today. Mark Thompson, who is leaving Channel Four to take over running the BBC, attended Stonyhurst College in Hurst Green between 1970 and 1975, staff said. From there

  • School trophy in loving memory

    THE spirit of brave young Isis Naomi Shaw will live on through a school trophy to be awarded in her memory. When Isis died last Christmas morning, having succumbed to the effects of cystic fibrosis which she had courageously fought throughout her 12 short

  • School fields could be sold for housing

    A GOLBORNE councillor fears that village primary school land could be sold off for housing. Plans are in the pipeline to rebuild Golborne Junior and Infants' School which has a backlog of repairs totalling over £800,000. Wigan's education director, Ged

  • Flower festival is church highlight

    THIS year Christ Church, Pennington is celebrating 150 years of ministry to the church and local community since the church was first dedicated on June 12, 1854. The Leigh church has organised a range of celebratory events. The first of these was a highly

  • Super mum Hazel's a star in the classroom

    IT'S not often that a mum brings home more homework than her kids but in Hazel Murray's case studying has become part of her everyday routine. Now the super scholar has been praised by the Soroptimists International Society for her efforts to give her

  • Collapse driver 'a hero'

    A MOTOCROSS competitor died after collapsing in front of his family at the end of a day competing in his favourite sport. And today Stephen Astin was hailed as a hero for staying conscious long enough to pull over to the side of the road in his van --

  • Players in search of masterpiece

    CLOSET art critic June Lee is searching for a spirited little masterpiece to put the finishing touches to a play. "The Wings of Love", Stephen Pearson's passionate painting, features prominently in the production of the TV classic Abigail's Party which

  • Banned under new sex law

    AN Accrington man has been banned from contacting children under 18 as part of a new sex offences order. The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, is said to be the first person in the country to be controlled by the new Sex Offences Act 2003

  • Flower festival is church highlight

    THIS year Christ Church, Pennington is celebrating 150 years of ministry to the church and local community since the church was first dedicated on June 12, 1854. The Leigh church has organised a range of celebratory events. The first of these was a highly

  • 25 years ago

    THE Blackburn military tattoo suffered a scare when a hot air balloon crashed back to earth shortly after being launched from the Witton Park event. Meanwhile work began on the £500,000 Padiham to Barrowford bypass. Work involved extending the Padiham

  • Charity tower ordeal

    TWO PADIHAM firefighters are scaling the heights in the name of charity. Retained firefighters Phil Gardner, 44, and Byron Entwistle, 20, both from Padiham, will spend 50 hours cooped up in the drill tower to raise funds for Booth Hall and Pendlebury

  • Matisse's cutting-edge art on show

    HIS work has inspired millions and featured in high-profile exhibitions across the world. But the latest exhibition of work by French master Henri Matisse is now set to arrive in Burnley. Matisse: Drawing with Scissors is a national touring exhibition

  • Padiham and Hapton Bulletin

    PLANS have been submitted for the two agricultural buildings on next to Hambledon Road, Hapton. The parish council has viewed the plans and wants to know what will be housed in the buildings. Plans were also submitted for a single storey extension at

  • Boost for pub watch scheme

    MEMBERS of Padiham's Pub Watch scheme now have new radios to enable them to keep in touch and pass on information about potential troublemakers. The radios, which will eventually be rolled out to all the Padiham Pub Watch members, have been paid for by

  • Birthday boy Bryan is still a true Rover

    Andy Neild talks to Rovers legend on his 70th birthday. . . BLACKBURN Rovers legend Bryan Douglas looked back on his glorious career today and said proudly: "I wouldn't change anything for the world." Douglas took time out from his 70th birthday celebrations

  • Rovers set for Dickov

    BLACKBURN Rovers will today make a formal offer for the Leicester City striker Paul Dickov. Rovers chief executive John Williams met the player and his representatives for talks in Manchester yesterday. And the club are now set to follow up their interest

  • He'll paint heaven claret and blue!

    FORMER Clarets manager Stan Ternent joined club chiefs, ex-players and supporters to say a final goodbye to a fan who lived for the club. People lined the streets outside Turf Moor as a mark of respect for Shaun Parker, 37, of West View Avenue, Padiham

  • Bid to boost safety on busy road

    MORE traffic calming measures are to be introduced on one of Radcliffe's busiest accident blackspots. Warning signs, hatched markings and Textureflex surfacing have already been added to Bolton Road in a bid to slow traffic. Now five pedestrian refuges

  • Firefighters to vote on industrial action as dispute goes on

    FIREFIGHTERS across the borough will vote next week on whether to strike. The ballot follows a refusal by firefighters at certain stations to use new anti-terrorist equipment until a 3.5 per cent pay increase due last November is paid. In response, Greater

  • Baby death father is due to be sentenced

    A 22-YEAR-OLD man is due to be sentenced on Thursday afternoon for the manslaughter of his five-week-old daughter. Andrew Ashurst, of Formby Avenue, Atherton, pleaded guilty to shaking baby Leah Marie Aldridge to death when he appeared in court earlier

  • Charity provides a vital service

    MANY people who have experienced cancer will have been helped by Macmillan Cancer Relief. All the help Macmillan provides is free of charge. This is only possible because of the support we get from our amazing 70,000 volunteers. Across the country volunteers

  • Where are the traffic patrols?

    I THOROUGHLY agree with the comments made by E Kelly (LET, May 21) regarding the risk illegally-parked cars are to other road users in the Whalley Range area. I would like to point out another area of Blackburn that suffers from a similar problem, that

  • Milkman Richard has no complaints

    THE SOUND of horses' hooves every morning was a familiar one to customers of one well-loved Radcliffe milkman. Mr Richard Greenhalgh, of Outwood Farm, was the oldest milk roundsman in the town half a century ago. He was also one of only two farmers in

  • Local lad takes humorous look at life!

    BORN in Radcliffe, a black pudding fan, Shakers supporter and a well-known businessman, There's no-one more loyal to his roots than Gordon Lomax, apart from the fact that he now lives in Florida! But home is where the heart is they say, and Gordon's northern

  • GB duo's impressive African adventure

    Athletics round-up, with ANDY McALLISTER. . . LOCAL athletes Derek Lee and Richard Robb have helped Great Britain to win two bronze medals at the World Learning Disability Cross Country Championships in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The men ran on consecutive

  • Another crash is a timely reminder

    YET another serious road accident on Water Street, Radcliffe on Friday evening must prompt the traffic planners to look urgently at this busy section of the A665. Speeding, as always, is the main problem. For many drivers, the sight of four lanes is the

  • Kennels are full to bursting because of heartless owners

    I DON'T know how people can be so heartless as to dump their trusting family pet so they can take a few day's break. Following the recent Bank Holiday, Manchester Dogs' Home tell me the kennels are full to bursting because so many uncaring owners have

  • Love him or loath him, but you can't forget George

    ONE of the borough's greatest stars, George Formby, was born 100 years ago this week. People either love him or hate him, but the world's greatest ukelele player and greatest all round entertainer in the first half of the 20th century has never been forgotten

  • Super mum Hazel's a star in the classroom

    IT'S not often that a mum brings home more homework than her kids but in Hazel Murray's case studying has become part of her everyday routine. Now the super scholar has been praised by the Soroptimists International Society for her efforts to give her

  • CYCLING: Whitehead on top in the Lakes

    RACING cyclist Stuart Whitehead of Langho and a member of the North Lancashire Road Club, produced one of his best performances ever on Sunday in winning a 50 mile time trial in the Lake District . Although now aged 42 and riding in the veteran section

  • Jessica is 'op' star on internet

    TWENTY years ago William MacNeal, now 31, underwent a painful tonsillectomy using the traditional method. This involves cutting and pulling out the tonsils with scissors or a knife then using temperatures of around 300 degrees to seal the blood vessels

  • Terror attack on churchgoer, 71

    A TERRIFIED 71-year-old was attacked and robbed as she left church after lighting a candle for her sick daughter. A thug waited for his victim to leave St. Joseph's RC Church, off Audley Range, Blackburn, before pouncing on her yesterday. She was violently

  • Jade journey to the land of the vampires

    A BLACKBURN school pupil is off to Transylvania after being chosen for a prestigious travel grant. Jade Hundziak, 18, of Grimsargh, who goes to Westholme School, has won one of just seven travel awards given by the Independent Schools Travel Association

  • Hospice charity drive

    CHOWBENT Unitarian Chapel hope to raise funds for Derian House Children's Hospice next month as part of Britain's biggest tea party. As part of National Hospice Week they be serving tea between 3pm and 5pm on Friday, June 18 at the new hall in Alderfold

  • It's a Den deal for Boro

    POWERFUL striker Phil Denney has turned his back on Conference football to sign for Radcliffe Boro. The 24-year-old front-runner was courted by Leigh RMI and Northwich Victoria but has linked up with manager Kevin Glendon after coming to the end of his

  • School wins top arts award

    STAFF and pupils at a Tyldesley school can take a bow after winning a golden honour. Fred Longworth High has once again been recognised for its work in arts education by receiving one of only 476 top Artsmark Awards announced this year. The award recognises

  • James is up, up and away thanks to generous locals

    A SEVERELY disabled youngster is set to fly abroad for a well-deserved break thanks to kind-hearted people from Atherton and Leigh. Ten-year-old James Kirby was struck down by meningitis as a baby, leaving him paralysed from the neck down, blind and deaf

  • Can you help fight booze?

    A PROJECT which supports women with booze problems is seeking volunteers to help develop a new advocacy service. The Leigh-based Willow Project wants to recruit helpers with a few hours to spare each month who are willing to try to boost the confidence

  • WI back tree plant campaign

    MEMBERS of a village women's group will each have a tree planted in a WI wood in one of the world's poorest countries. Thanks to Yorkshire Tea, which has been providing Culcheth WI with a free year's supply of brews since 1990, work has started on developing

  • Atherton firm keeps big MOD contract

    AN Atherton company has retained a £371,000 contract to supply protective clothing to the Ministry of Defence over the next three years. Cosalt:Ballyclare, of Swan Island, Arley Way, which has been protecting Army, Navy and RAF Aircrews against the elements

  • Showing rubbish the red card...

    VOLUNTEERS joined workers from United Utilities to clean-up part of Atherton. Engineers teamed up with the Atherton Litter Free Group to help their Cleaner Greener Campaign and this litter-pick follows United Utilities improvements to Atherton Brook which

  • Guild raises £135

    LEIGH Townswomen's Guild's first charity event of the season raised £135 for Leukaemia Research thanks to a concert by the Deep Harmony Male Voice Choir. The next moneyraiser will be an afternoon tea in the Derby Room, Leigh Library, on June 10 at 2pm

  • Caroline Grace

    CHOWBENT Unitarian Chapel members hopes to raise funds for Derian House Children's Hospice next month when they take part in Britain's biggest tea party. As part of National Hospice Week they invite you to help boost a deserving cause by joining them

  • Green bid targets dog owners

    GREEN go-getters from Chowbent J & I Eco team are helping educate dog owners. They are busy designing a poster advising them not to let their pets foul playing fields. The poster competiton was the idea of Cllr Mark Aldred who earmarked Brighter Borough

  • Hospice charity drive

    CHOWBENT Unitarian Chapel hope to raise funds for Derian House Children's Hospice next month as part of Britain's biggest tea party. As part of National Hospice Week they be serving tea between 3pm and 5pm on Friday, June 18 at the new hall in Alderfold

  • Bright spot

    BETTER street lights costing £45,000 have brightened life on Westleigh housing estate. A recent survey revealed nearly twice as many locals on the "Trees" estate are happy with the lighting compared to the results of a questionnaire two years ago.

  • Charity fair

    A CRAFT and gift fair will be open in Leigh Library between 10m and 3pm on June 5 to raise funds for Derian House, the NW children's hospice. Admission is free.

  • Hands off our name, say Darreners

    A CAMPAIGN to make sure Darwen does not fall off the municipal map has been launched by councillors. Darreners were fuming when the Boundary Committee said a new council made up of Blackburn and Darwen and Hyndburn authorities would be called Blackburn

  • Amir's Athens test

    BURY boxer Amir Khan's medal prospects will be put to the test when he steps into the ring in Athens in a pre-Olympic Games tournament. Great Britain's only boxing representative at the Olympics in August, is still only a novice when it comes down to

  • Soccer zone

    ALL the results BURY TUESDAY LEAGUE TABLES WEEK SIX DIVISION A P W D L F A Pt Zinc Allblacks... 6 5 1 0 40 12 16 AJK Carpets... 6 5 0 1 36 8 15 Parkfield FC... 6 5 0 1 38 13 15 KIAV ... 6 3 1 2 36 29 10 Blue Bell... 6 2 0 4 21 26 6 Top Scorers... 6 2

  • Boro fans dust down their boots

    RADCLIFFE Boro supporters organised a soccer tournament at the weekend with fans of other club's at their sports complex. Ten teams entered and were split into groups of five, with Boro fielding two teams. However, both of Boro's sides struggled and won

  • We are the champions of Radcliffe!

    RADCLIFFE Hall Primary School are celebrating after winning the Radcliffe Juniors Schools League title. Despite being one of the larger schools in the borough, they have struggled to win the elusive trophy. But a good team spirit has seen the side beat

  • Early wickets cost Leigh victory chance

    LEIGH CC made a disastrous start to their game at Sefton Park, losing their first five wickets for only 38 runs on a decent looking wicket. The home side's pace attack of Whelan and Poskett proved a real handful and only Gareth Cross of the early order

  • Harriers win a semi thriller

    IN this years Holden Cup competition Leigh Sportsman Harriers were drawn away against a high-flying Parkside Golborne team in a thrilling semi-final match which was full of incident. The Harriers started well and were the first to score with a penalty

  • A&T mauled by leaders

    ASTLEY and Tyldesley were the latest side to fell the full power of Bolton Association leaders Elton. The unbeaten Bury side made it six wins out of seven with a seven wicket success with a massive 12 overs to spare. Mark Goddard gave A&T a tough

  • Pet ban for man who killed cat

    A WHITEFIELD man who killed a stray cat because he said it was "vermin" was tagged and banned from keeping animals by magistrates. Paul Hill shot the cat several times with an air gun after it had been trapped in a bedroom in his girlfriend's house and

  • Chilton leads the charge

    MARK Chilton led the way as Lancashire fought back into a strong position on the second day of their County Championship clash with Middlesex at Old Trafford. The opener fell just seven runs short of his second century of the season as the Red Rose side

  • Clarets close in on new manager

    BURNLEY will hold final interviews this weekend before naming their new manager early next week. An emergency board meeting last night resulted in the nine-man short-list being whittled down to just two targets, with favourite Ronnie Moore almost certain

  • Volunteers praised at opening ceremony

    ANOTHER institution in the town was celebrating the opening of a new headquarters 50 years ago this week (May 26). Radcliffe's Civil Defence Corps were opening their new training and social centre at Allen's Green. Civil defence leaders from surrounding

  • Getting rid of the hump

    I AVOIDED using Holden Road while those awful road humps were in place. This week I was amazed to discover that they had in fact ALL been lifted. What a much easier journey to Tyldesley it is -- and, I feel, much less dangerous. I hope the road is left

  • Scoring and missing their political goals

    ON Monday a visiting Foreign Minister was giving me a polite but hard time as to why our Prime Minister was not able to attend an important international conference being hosted - for the first time - by his country. "All the other P5 heads of government

  • Road repairs to keep castle safe

    REPAIRS have been promised to a town centre road after engineers found a way of patching it up without putting historic Clitheroe Castle at risk. Lancashire County Council said repairs to Parson Lane had been held up because the normal way of digging

  • Prayers answered

    COMMUNITY leaders in the Ribble Valley today welcomed news that local Muslims are to be allowed to use the borough's council chamber for Friday prayers. Ribble Valley Council has given the go-ahead to use its Clitheroe council chamber for Friday worship

  • Staff in court over robbery claim

    THREE men have appeared before Bury magistrates accused of concocting a robbery story to dishonestly obtain more £1,300 cash from their employers. Andrew Bennett, aged 19, of The Terrace, Prestwich, Gary Holmes, aged 21, of Minerva Street, Huddersfield

  • Old soldier George remembers his fallen brother with pride

    THE 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings will be marked on June 6. LESLEY RICHARDS talks to war veteran George Culshaw who survived four years of conflict himself but lost his brother in action SIXTY years may have dimmed the memories of the few surviving

  • Doctor runs surgery from wooden shed

    FAMILY doctors are in turmoil after discovering plans to provide up to the minute care at the new Leigh Health Park have been hit by a lack of funding. Twenty thousand patients, four practices and 10 GPs will be affected if the second phase of development

  • 'Sven's' TV role wows the kids

    THE Journal's 'Sven' look-alike scored a hit with youngsters when he made a guest appearance on children's TV. Colin Lyne, a photographer for the Journal and sister paper the Bolton Evening News, appeared as the Swedish England manager for a football

  • Dorothy's final curtain comes down

    THE Grand Dame of Leigh theatre died on Monday at the age of 83. For Dorothy Kane, who thrilled thousands of children and inspired hundreds more to tread the boards, the final curtain came down peacefully in Leigh Infirmary, surrounded by her family.

  • Alarm over teen booze

    HUNDREDS of parents have received letters from police warning them that their youngsters will be arrested if they are caught boozing on the streets this summer. The move, in Accrington and Oswaldtwistle, comes just weeks after one of the borough's police

  • Police turn up heat on off-road riders

    POLICE are turning up the pressure on rough riders who disregard the law. Motorcycle officers mounted on Suzuki DRZ 400 trail machines will make regular patrols in the area and throughout problem areas of Greater Manchester in an effort to combat nuisance

  • RSPCA creature discomfort alert

    EXOTIC pets are being starved and kept in inadequate conditions as their owners do not understand how to care for them, the RSPCA has claimed. The charity's new Handle With Care campaign is aimed at preventing the mistreatment of pets such as snakes,

  • Guild raises £135

    LEIGH Townswomen's Guild's first charity event of the season raised £135 for Leukaemia Research thanks to a concert by the Deep Harmony Male Voice Choir. The next moneyraiser will be an afternoon tea in the Derby Room, Leigh Library, on June 10 at 2pm

  • 10 years ago

    BIRTHDAY girl Alice Moss got a surprise when her daughter Jean jetted in from the USA for the first time in 33 years. Jean left her former home in Oswald Street, Blackburn in 1961 to take a nannying job in America and Alice, who turned 90 that day, had

  • 50 years ago

    PUPILS moved into the new Ashleigh County Primary School, Darwen after Bolton Road Primary School closed leaving youngsters with nowhere to go. The building had to be renovated after dry rot and decay had attacked the upper floors.

  • Protest bid for Friends

    A LEADING Pendle environmental campaigner will attempt to persuade a national pressure group to back an anti-fluoride campaign. The Pendle Friends of the Earth (FoE) group is to second a motion to oppose compulsory water fluoridisation at the FoE annual

  • Festival plan for fun walks

    A WALKING Festival for Pendle is being organised this year. The event, the first in Pendle, will run from Friday, September 3, to Monday, September 6. Each day will feature five different walks of varying lengths throughout the borough, some easy and

  • Calico mill was a world beater

    BURNLEY was one of, if not the, leading manufacturing towns of cotton goods in the 20th century. The town has a long history. Set in the valley of the River Brun and Calder it was a collection of small settlements but rapid growth came with the development

  • Town gears up for big summer carnival

    THE final touches are being made to this year's Radcliffe Carnival. Programmes are now on sale for the weekend of events at the Red Bank playing fields, in Unsworth Street, on June 5 and 6. The procession of floats, along with the parade, will take place

  • He'll paint heaven claret and blue!

    FORMER Clarets manager Stan Ternent joined club chiefs, ex-players and supporters to say a final goodbye to a fan who lived for the club. People lined the streets outside Turf Moor as a mark of respect for Shaun Parker, 37, of West View Avenue, Padiham

  • Jailed sex fiend put on offenders register

    A SEX fiend who raped two schoolgirls and made them pregnant has been banned from working with children. Paul Hill, 37, was brought back to Burnley Crown Court yesterday where the disqualification order was made by Judge Stuart Baker. Hill was last Friday

  • Old soldier George remembers his fallen brother with pride

    THE 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings will be marked on June 6. LESLEY RICHARDS talks to war veteran George Culshaw who survived four years of conflict himself but lost his brother in action SIXTY years may have dimmed the memories of the few surviving

  • Dorothy's final curtain comes down

    THE Grand Dame of Leigh theatre died on Monday at the age of 83. For Dorothy Kane, who thrilled thousands of children and inspired hundreds more to tread the boards, the final curtain came down peacefully in Leigh Infirmary, surrounded by her family.

  • Terror attack on churchgoer, 71

    A TERRIFIED 71-year-old was attacked and robbed as she left church after lighting a candle for her sick daughter. A thug waited for his victim to leave St. Joseph's RC Church, off Audley Range, Blackburn, before pouncing on her yesterday. She was violently

  • Law should be equally applied

    FOR quite some time I have been convinced that motorists in Lancashire have been persecuted by Lancashire Police owing to there being approximately three times as many Gatsos located in Lancashire as most other counties. That means motorists in Lancs

  • 'Improvements' will lead to town's gridlock

    SO the council thinks the changes in the roads around Eanam are already making a difference? Well I suppose you could say there is a difference. It is causing more congestion as does most things it does to the roads in the town. A "congestion-busting

  • Get tough on parkers

    I FEEL I must strongly agree with E Kelly's letter (LET, May 21). I have been so frustrated with the illegal parking on Whalley Range. Until recently I worked as a mobile carer and had to use Whalley Range quite a few times during the week, day and night

  • 'Polls' apart, but who will fill Town Hall seats?

    NEXT month's council elections could see power shifts at more than one East Lancashire town hall. Even before nominations were announced the all-postal ballot was causing more controversy than any of its predecessors. DANNY BRIERLEY examines the issues

  • Air service here to stay

    THE future looked bleak for the North West Air Ambulance when Government funding for the flying emergency service ran out earlier this year. But yesterday people who owe their lives to the air ambulance gathered to celebrate its fifth birthday and were

  • Leigh Ospreys Y.A.C

    rTHE Leigh Ospreys Juniors were overall winners of the NJAA knockout qualifier at Bradshaw Hall Fisheries against three other teams. Leigh had two section winners, a second and a fourth in section. Twelve-year-old Chris Birchall was a section winner along

  • Vital service has to stay airborne

    OVER five years the North West Air Ambulance has more than proved itself in East Lancashire. From industrial accidents and serious motorway crashes to casualties stranded on isolated moorland the helicopter has shown how it can swoop in to get people

  • Austrian girls answer call to aid firm of weavers

    LONG before Britain joined the European Union, movement of labour between nations was already important to Radcliffe employers. In 1954, fifteen Austrian girls came to the town at the behest of the firm JC Hamer and Co. Ltd. It was nine years after their

  • Last letter from the trenches

    A LETTER from the trenches tells the poignant story of a First World War soldier who was all too aware of his likely fate. Private Thomas Hubbard wrote a letter to his father two weeks before an allied attack on Montauban, Flanders. Aged 24, he was fatally

  • Veteran Ron wants end to First World War shame

    A FORMER soldier wants pardons for 300 First World War soldiers sentenced to be shot at dawn. Ron Shambley is writing to the Ministry of Defence, calling for action to be taken to clear the names of soldiers who were executed during the 1914-1918 conflict