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  • Service? Our fans don't make it on to second base!

    "HI, I'm John and I'm your waiter for the evening. Anything you need, just give me a nod." And with those words, John had scuttled off with my drinks order while I settled into the plush leather seat and scanned the impressive menu, which bragged buffalo

  • Paedophile is back in prison

    A DANGEROUS paedophile was back in jail today after he had gone on the run. Michael Andrew Wilson, 44, who has five convictions for sex offences against boys since 1983, was released from his latest prison sentence last Friday -- only to go missing from

  • Drug crimes on the rise

    DRUG crime in Darwen has risen 37 per cent in the last six months despite reports of other offences falling. But police chiefs today pledged to crack the problem and bring to justice the drug dealers and drug makers. And they claimed the reason for the

  • Single review: The Rifles - Local Boy (Right Hook)

    IT'S only a short hop from the angry mod throb of The Jam to the ramshackle punk of The Libertines. But it's in this gap that you'll find the third single from The Rifles. The London quartet have stepped up a gear by roping in The Lightning Seeds' Ian

  • Single review: Ironweed - Down To My Grave (Fat Northerner)

    YOU may not have heard of Aniff Akinola aka Ironweed, but chances are you've danced to his music before - he had a hand in tracks like Voodoo Ray, The Key The Secret and Baddest Ruffest. Down To My Grave is a big departure from the dancefloor, though

  • Single review: The Race - Amersham Road (Shifty Disco)

    SHIFTY DISCO'S knack for discovering hot new bands is as fine-tuned as ever judging by this second single from melodic indie types The Race. The lyrics give you some idea of their Reading quintet's joyful tone - 'you are incredible' and 'you are so wonderful

  • Bands battle

    UPCOMING Lancashire bands are competing for two days recording time in a top studio and a contract with a music PR company in a battle-of-the-bands competition. The next heat is in Blackpool on October 13, The Strummer Live Music Series takes place every

  • The Race - Amersham Road (Shifty Disco)

    SHIFTY DISCO'S knack for discovering hot new bands is as fine-tuned as ever judging by this second single from melodic indie types The Race. The lyrics give you some idea of their Reading quintet's joyful tone - 'you are incredible' and 'you are so wonderful

  • The Glitterati party

    BRASH rock'n'rollers The Glitterati have worked with Guns'N'Roses producer Mike Clink and toured with the likes of Jet, Kings Of Leon, The Datsuns and Avril Lavigne, They're striking out on their own, though, with a tour that comes to Preston on October

  • Bob Sinclar feat Gary Pine - Love Generation (Defected)

    IT'S never too late for a big summer dance anthem - when they're as good as this latest from French DJ Bob Sinclar, at least. The deep reggae vocals from Gary Pine, one of Bob Marley's Wailers, are the vital ingredient, floating on a sea of whistling

  • We'll rock Robbie

    FRANK Sinclair has warned that Burnley are out to make it a miserable Turf Moor return for Robbie Blake and Ian Moore. The two former Clarets strikers have now joined forces at Leeds United, who cross the Pennines for a lunchtime showdown on Saturday.

  • Row over £350,000 pub plan

    TOWN planners have been urged to back plans for the £350,000 restoration of a Grade II-listed Ribble Valley village pub. National pub chain Punch Taverns has applied to Ribble Valley Council for permission to carry out a major refurbishment of the Talbot

  • Farmers 'union' in 7-store deal

    THE cream of Ribble Valley milk producers has secured a deal supplying a national supermarket chain with locally-sourced milk. Bowland Fresh, a firm made up of 15 farms in the Forest of Bowland, has agreed to supply seven of Asda's Lancashire stores,

  • Rape hell over for dad-of-3

    A MAN today told of his "five months of hell" after multiple rape charges against him were dropped. Mark Walsh, 26, was due to face six allegations of rape at Burnley Crown Court but saw the case thrown out after the prosecution offered no evidence. Mr

  • Beware of the Russian witch

    Baba Yaga is a crazy Russian witch who flies through the air in a pestle and mortar. She delights in catching children and setting them tough challenges. Those who fail are in big trouble! Her house rampages through the woods on a pair of chicken legs

  • Action on eyesore

    A GRADE II-listed hotel which has become an "eyesore" is set to be turned into 14 apartments. The re-development of the Groves Hotel, one of Nelson's most historic buildings, will make the town more attractive to visitors, according to councillors. A

  • I will prove critics wrong

    BLACKBURN Rovers midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen has hit back at claims that he's allowed his fame to go to his head. Rosenborg coach Nils Arne Eggen launched a scathing attack on Pedersen and his international team-mate John Arne Riise in the wake of

  • Quake charity conman

    AN "INHUMAN" thief has been blasted for using the devastating earthquake in Pakistan to con people out of cash. Officers are probing two reports in Nelson that a bogus caller is knocking on doors claiming to be collecting for the earthquake appeal, but

  • Faith in human nature restored

    MAY I send my heartfelt thanks to the lady who handed in my wallet containing cash and other items to the police station on Wednesday, October 5? My faith in human nature has been restored. ALLAN KENYON, Cicely Court, Blackburn.

  • Golden boy Thomas wins season opener

    THOMAS Gold of Rossendale Harriers was the first cross country winner of the new season as the Red Rose League kicked off in rainy Bury. Thomas came home in the under 11 race, a non-league race which was a taster for the youngest competitors. His team

  • 84 per cent of the county's speed cameras are dummies!

    ROAD safety bosses today admitted that eight in ten speed cameras in Lancashire are 'dummies' not capable of catching drivers. Now MPs fear motorists will take risks and speed past cameras, safe in the knowledge they are unlikely to be caught. But drivers

  • Veteran Frank's return voyage

    A NAVY veteran from Rossendale is to make an emotional return to the scene of a wartime tragedy to pay his respects to fallen comrades. Frank Dickinson, 80, from Ramsbottom, will return to Papua New Guinea on Sunday to pay tribute to more than 20 of his

  • Single review: Hard-Fi - Living For The Weekend (Necessary)

    THE latest update on the surprisingly humdrum lives of the Mercury-nominated mod combo mines a familiar theme - sleepwalking through a week of work to live it up at the weekend. Clearly they've watched Quadrophenia a lot. At least the Staines devils have

  • Lancashire gig guide

    Your diary of the big gigs coming to Lancashire soon, including the likes of Status Quo, White Stripes, Paul Weller, Turin Brakes, Blondie and Jerry Lee Lewis. OCTOBER 13 Viva Voce, 53 Degrees, Preston, £3.50-£6 The Senton Bombs, The Unknown, The Logicals

  • I will prove critics wrong

    BLACKBURN Rovers midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen has hit back at claims that he's allowed his fame to go to his head. Rosenborg coach Nils Arne Eggen launched a scathing attack on Pedersen and his international team-mate John Arne Riise in the wake of

  • We'll rock Robbie

    FRANK Sinclair has warned that Burnley are out to make it a miserable Turf Moor return for Robbie Blake and Ian Moore. The two former Clarets strikers have now joined forces at Leeds United, who cross the Pennines for a lunchtime showdown on Saturday.

  • Truly individual troubadour

    NEW YORK'S Thomas Truax is a troubadour - but not like any you've ever seen before. Truax (pronounced troo-aks) is the inventor of strange self-made instruments. See him and them in Lancaster on October 14. As well as his now legendary Hornicator - a

  • Mull agenda

    NOT for nothing is the Tour of Mull known as The Best Rally In The World. Few events can match the unique challenge of rallying on the Scottish Isle - and few events are more popular. A total of 160 crews are heading for Mull - many from East Lancashire

  • Lorries access route is 'daft'

    A SENIOR Lancashire county councillor has admitted that plans for an access road to a proposed recycling facility in Huncoat are "daft". But Coun Tony Martin said that until the Government agreed to create a new access off the M65, it was the best solution

  • Quake charity conman

    AN "INHUMAN" thief has been blasted for using the devastating earthquake in Pakistan to con people out of cash. Officers are probing two reports in Nelson that a bogus caller is knocking on doors claiming to be collecting for the earthquake appeal, but

  • Quake charity conman

    AN "INHUMAN" thief has been blasted for using the devastating earthquake in Pakistan to con people out of cash. Officers are probing two reports in Nelson that a bogus caller is knocking on doors claiming to be collecting for the earthquake appeal, but

  • Axeman 'about to attack' police

    A PLAIN clothes police sergeant was threatened with an axe after he called at a man's Burnley home over a police complaint, a jury heard. Sgt Stephen Holgate was seen by colleagues backing down the garden path as Michael Bates, 27, held the axe above

  • 84 per cent of the county's speed cameras are dummies!

    ROAD safety bosses today admitted that eight in ten speed cameras in Lancashire are 'dummies' not capable of catching drivers. Now MPs fear motorists will take risks and speed past cameras, safe in the knowledge they are unlikely to be caught. But drivers

  • Burial ground could be an example to all

    IN response to Brian Race (LET, October 3). Here are some much needed counter-arguments to his objections re the multi-faith burial ground: 1. The increased traffic on the A59 will be minimal due to the proposed minibus service Mr Esa has offered to provide

  • Some of us are in favour of the plan

    THE letters printed in the letters section are so biased towards the objections for the woodland burial ground off the A59, isn't it about time we heard from the many people that do not oppose the application? Please let us have some views from those

  • Taxi drivers must learn to keep calm

    WITH regard to the article in the LET, October 4, "Taxi driver attacks passenger," the judge stated it was sad to see the driver in court as he had no previous convictions so was able to give community service instead of prison. I would like to think

  • Why was Walter out on his own?

    JACK Straw's brief comments in his article (LET, September 29), hardly did justice to the cowardly act perpetrated by hired heavies against a solitary elderly pensioner during Jack Straw's speech at the Labour Party Conference. What was surprising, given

  • Compensation claims worry

    TODAY we reveal that compensation claims against our local hospitals are on the rise. Bosses at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust tell us more and more people are taking legal action against them. As a result, the Trust is having to spend somewhere