• Biscuits

    From Raymond Winston Aspden, Fairfield Street, Accrington. Variety list is very long Spoilt for choice, simply can't go wrong, Savoury, plain, crisp, crumbly or sweet Any kind just go down a treat. Biscuits of all forms love to munch Present favourite

  • Pedersen set for new deal

    BLACKBURN boss Mark Hughes is planning to open contract talks with Morten Gamst Pedersen in the next few weeks. The Rovers chief is keen to offer the Norwegian international a new deal as a reward for some impressive displays in the Premiership over

  • Major deal with chain for brewery

    A Burnley-based brewery has won a major deal to supply the pub and hotel operator Mitchell's of Lancaster. Moorhouses clinched the agreement for Premier Bitter under Mitchell's "preferred supplier" listing that gives access to its 55 traditional inns

  • NHS call staff boost

    SEVEN more staff have been taken on at an East Lancashire NHS call centre after complaints from patients that they were unable to get through. The Blackburn centre which serves all of East Lancashire now has 17 full-time staff to take calls from

  • Riders' safety scheme launch

    THE world's fastest biker is backing a campaign which will give Lancashire riders the chance to avoid prosecution for motoring offences by taking a special course. Nick Sanders, the fastest man to travel around the world on a bike, backed the groundbreaking

  • Events joined in record attempt

    ORGANISERS of a Rossendale festival have combined two major events in a bid to attract a record crowd to this year's event. The multi-cultural Rossendale Mela and Festival has been incorporated into the Rossendale Weekend with the venue moving from Whitaker

  • I have a good feeling about Blackburn

    WHAT a wet week, but it's been fine for me. I was so pleased the Queen got such a warm welcome on her visit to Blackburn but sadly I didn't get to meet her. I'm quite sure that she would have mentioned this omission! Blackburn is getting itself in

  • Cuts help trust to side-step EU rules

    CONTROVERSIAL cuts to East Lancashire's hospitals will help bosses cut back on hiring 68 extra doctors, it has been revealed. Taking key services away from the area's two main hospitals will allow chiefs to side-step tough new EU employment laws. The

  • Dying days made comfortable

    MY HUSBAND recently died in Queens Park Hospital, Ward C8, where he received wonderful treatment and kindness from all the staff. We were kept informed of every aspect, from the consultant to the most junior nurse and always a smile from the tea lady

  • Yobs have too much spare time

    WHAT a sorry state our world is in when yobs are shooting and injuring beautiful swans, geese and even pet ducks. All these are very lovely birds, who give pleasure to old and young alike. What a good idea it would be for the hooligans to partake in

  • A muddy great show

    MORE than 5,000 families braved the rain and hail to attend the 139th Great Harwood Agricultural Show. And although the numbers on the gates were down 2,000 on last year's figures, organisers said the support by local people had been fantastic. The

  • New chief to be chosen

    The new police chief for Cumbria and Lancashire will be chosen in early September, Coun Malcolm Doherty has said. Coun Doherty, chairman of the Lancashire Police Authority, made the announcement ahead of the forces' merger next spring. The forces

  • Music Live brings a ray of sunshine

    DARWEN Music Live drew to a close yesterday and, despite the showers, organisers said it was a "resounding success." The weekend's wet weather could not dampen the crowd's spirits as they turned out in their thousands to watch the likes of Gone Beggin

  • Appeal to shop friends with knives

    TEENAGERS are being urged to shop friends who carry weapons as part of a knife amnesty. Crimestoppers has produced a new website aimed at young people to encourage co-operation. Lancashire Crime-stoppers bosses are hoping teenagers help get knives

  • Suicide jumper rescue trio get honour

    THREE police officers who saved this suicide jumper's life are to receive the chief constable's commendation for outstanding bravery. Sgt Rachel Baines and PCs Neil Cookson and Stephen Wallwork have been honoured following the dramatic rescue last October

  • The county’s biggest art gallery

    BURNLEY's neighbourhoods are to be transformed into East Lancashire's largest art gallery as youngsters' visions of the future are projected onto the sides of 12 buildings. From terraced housing to community centres, the shows, called Picture This'

  • Infant school merger to be decided

    COUNCILLORS will be asked to approve plans to merge Barden infant and junior departments as part of the new multi-million pound Barden Learning Campus in Burnley. The decision on Thursday by Lancashire County Council could also rubber-stamp the merger

  • Heroes of siege to be honoured

    NINE police officers are to receive Chief Constable's commendations for outstanding bravery following last year's 17-hour Rawstenstall armed siege. PCs David Lomas, who was shot with more than 60 pellets by gunman Steven Hensby, Matthew Walton, Philip

  • Groups cash in to take on crime

    CASH is available to help groups across Pendle set up projects which will tackle crime and anti social behaviour in their neighbourhoods. Pendle Community Safety Partnership has set up the Local Area Grants Scheme for new community safety projects in

  • Trafalgar Day to be annual event

    AN event celebrating the life of Lord Nelson in the town that bears his name is set to become a permanent fixture in its calendar. Following the success of last year's Trafalgar Day those behind the event in Nelson want to make the celebration an annual

  • Council steps in to help school

    HELP has come from Calderdale Council after Todmorden High School missed out on a Government grant to rebuild the now outdated building. The authority has included the high school in its top five which need attention and allocated £3.5million to spend

  • Pompey cool on Cotterill link

    STEVE Cotterill is "highly unlikely" to quit Burnley for Portsmouth this summer. A story in a national newspaper claimed Pompey boss Harry Redknapp was lining up Cotterill for a role as his number two at Fratton Park. But the Telegraph understands

  • Enfield get Inter groove

    NO fewer than seven Lancashire League sides are through to the quarter finals of the Inter League Challenge Trophy on another rain affected day. Holders Littleborough are the only Central Lancashire League side to survive by virtue of a 3-1 win in a

  • Future’s bright for Chorley

    CHORLEY Harriers is a club on the crest of a wave and their recent successes have spanned the generations. The town doesn't have its own running track, but that didn't stop James Bretherton and Alison Leonard from winning five gold medals at the recent

  • Zimbabwe swap for students

    A RIBBLE Valley student is helping to raise awareness of the plight of young people in strife-torn Zimbabwe. Stonyhurst College pupil Tim Lewis, 17, of Hurst Green, is one of 10 sixth form pupils at the Lancashire college taking part in a twinning programme

  • Re-offenders ask for help

    YOUNG offenders in Lancashire have been interviewed by officials in a bid to find out why they keep committing crime. And they told workers that official bodies must work more closely together to help them get back on the straight and narrow. The

  • Opportunity for a new nature reserve

    A LOT has happened since work on the new Pendle Local Plan started back in 2002, and of particular significance has been the shift in policy by Elevate and the council away from the large-scale demolition of terraced houses to renovation instead. When

  • Why is there so little civic pride?

    HAVING recently moved to Blackburn with Darwen, I was very disappointed at the very poor support given to the Civic Sunday on May 21. Thanks and appreciation is due to the few schools which brought representatives and the other organisations represented

  • Child obesity is fault of parents

    THE story (LET May 13) We're Licked,' really made me angry. We have always had ice-cream sellers on our streets, before the vans we had horse drawn carts. But now they could go out of business because it will be illegal to trade near school gates between

  • Yobs have too much spare time

    WHAT a sorry state our world is in when yobs are shooting and injuring beautiful swans, geese and even pet ducks. All these are very lovely birds, who give pleasure to old and young alike. What a good idea it would be for the hooligans to partake in

  • Machete pair raid off-licence

    A DARWEN off-licence was targeted by armed robbers just two weeks after it was taken over by new owners. And today the new boss said he would do all he could to ensure the crooks were caught. Staff at Dixons News in Anyon Street, were preparing

  • Patient missed off op list

    A PATIENT had to wait eight months for surgery because an NHS bungle meant he was not added the waiting list. The patient who has not been named should have been put on the list for surgery on July 14 last year. But red-faced bosses only spotted their

  • Riots-hit town still divided

    A MAJOR report into Burnley's progress since the riots of five years ago is set to be launched tomorrow. The report, Burnley the Real Story, has been produced by Burnley Action Partnership (BAP) and charts the town's progress across health, education

  • Trapped spaniel saved from culvert

    FIREFIGHTERS today had a new crew member at their station a black spaniel they rescued from a culvert! The wet pooch had been stuck in the River Darwen until passers-by heard its whimpers and alerted Blackburn firefighters. The White Watch crew arrived

  • Parking fury of disabled mum of two

    A DISABLED woman who parked in a visitors' bay when all her street's permit parking spaces were full has hit out at officials for giving her a ticket. Today disability rights campaigners accused parking attendants of sticking too rigidly to their rules

  • 'Earache' teacher dies at 49

    A SCHOOL teacher has died of a brain tumour just two weeks after going to the doctor with earache. Paul Metcalfe, 49, a long-serving teacher at White Ash School, Oswaldtwistle, told family he had a sinus problem. But he was suffering from a brain tumour

  • MARIA WELCH of Penwortham, Preston

    I am seeking information from anyone who knew Maggie (Peggy) Staveley, Hilda Singleton or Alice Gregson, all from the Longridge area. Any information or memories, no matter how small, would be helpful. Maria Welch.

  • DEBBIE WOOD of Toronto, Canada

    I was the Canadian who went to Billinge Grammar School, back in the early 70's. Does anyone remember me? Debbie Wood.


    I am looking for my cousins Rennie, Robert, Marjorie and Linda Berry, all originally from Colne. Their parents were Jesse and Rama who at some point lived in The Crescent (Colne). Linda's surname may now be Ward. It would be nice to hear from any

  • BILLY HANNA of Friendswood, United States

    Can anyone help me find my sister? Her name was Elizable Hanna. Born in N Ireland, moved to Blackburn in 1947, married name Holden. Billy Hanna.


    I am looking for the people who lived at 28 Duck Street and 34 Moorland Crescent in Clitheroe during the 1940's. Surname I have is Merrington. Caz Brown.

  • Queen visit

    The Queen talks to the crowds. Picture by Stephen Oliver.

  • Queen visit

    A close-up of the Queen on Church Street. Picture by Stephen Oliver.

  • Queen visit

    The Queen waves to the crowds in Blackburn. Picture by Stephen Oliver.

  • Queen visit

    The Queen in conversation on Church Street. Picture by Stephen Oliver.

  • Queen visit

    The Queen is welcomed to Blackburn by cadets lining the route the train station platform. Picture by Gavin Redhead.