• From 'boy racer' to driving tutor

    A SERIOUS road accident that left a young man with permanent injuries paved the way for him to become one of the country's youngest driving instructors. Carl Green became a qualified driving instructor at just 22, nine months after he was involved in

  • Children are learning it’s good 2-talk

    AN East Lancashire primary school is at the centre of a unique multi-language experiment. Computer software will allow Asian heritage pupils whose first language is not English to work in their mother tongue. If successful, it is hoped that the pioneering

  • He’s got a black magic tribute

    ONE of the hardest working bands in the UK comes to Blackburn on May 11 recreating the infectious rhythms of Santana. "I really don't like the description tribute band," said Marcos Rodriguez, lead singer and guitarist of VivaSantana, "but that's the

  • Witton rape 'proves case for database'

    A NOTORIOUS rape case has been cited as a prime example of the importance of a national DNA database. Without advances in DNA technology, sex beasts like Graham Darbyshire, who was at liberty for 11 years after raping a woman in Witton Park, Blackburn

  • Landowner in clean-up win

    A BUSINESSMAN has won his fight against a legal notice which wrongly ordered him to clean up thousands of pounds of waste near his home. Blackburn with Darwen Council had included the home of Paul Room, 39, of Lower Whitehalgh Barn, off Stockclough

  • Candle and gift business set to grow

    A CANDLE and gift business is set to expand just two years after it was set up - almost by accident! A closing down sale at a home and garden furniture superstore was the catalyst for Sarah Lord, 36, to set up Izzie Lizzie's two years ago. Now Sarah's

  • Entries wanted for first film festival

    BUDDING film makers are invited to enter the first ever Bacup Film Festival. The event aims to showcase short films by emerging independent film makers from the UK, in association with the North West Academy of Arts. Short films and documentaries are

  • Contact Looking Back

    Do you have pictures or a story to tell of yesteryear? We would love to hear from you. Contact Gill Johnson. * Call 01254 298223 * Email * Write to Features Desk, Editorial, Lancashire Telegraph, High Street

  • Listed building status refused

    A BID to make a former surgery a listed building has been rejected. English Heritage has refused to give listed status to the building in the controversial Redearth triangle. Residents, who have obtained compulsory purchase orders to stop demolition

  • Branch signs off with a goal

    CLARETS past and present, and almost 2,000 supporters, turned out to celebrate the Burnley career of Graham Branch at his testimonial match. The versatile Scouser was roared out through a guard of honour formed by current and former Burnley team-mates

  • Branch bids fond farewell

    GRAHAM Branch broke down in tears as he signed off his Burnley career. The versatile veteran, who has served the Clarets for eight and a half years, got a rapturous reception from an almost 2,000-strong crowd during his testimonial match at Turf Moor

  • Souvenir found of town’s past

    AN historic souvenir of Darwen 100 years ago has been discovered during a house clearance. Brenda Cronshaw, of Brenda's Collectables, in Darwen Three Day Market, found the tea towel during a house clearance and now wants some information about its history

  • Man jailed for models theft

    A MAN who stole a collection of model motorcycles has been jailed for 21 months for burglary. Preston crown court heard that Brian Greenwood, 36, stole the collection from the garage of a house in Livingstone Road, Blackburn. He was spotted by the

  • Mum’s the word for teenage career girls

    TEENAGE mums in Blackburn and Darwen have proved that having a baby need not be a barrier to getting on in life. Pre-parenting and parenting courses have provided a gateway for young parents to forge new careers. Following the completion of the AQA

  • Best real beer crown is regained

    AN Accrington club has hit the heights again by claiming a prestigious award. Sydney Street Working Men's Club was named Club of the Year by the East Lancs Branch of the Campaign For Real Ale. The is the fourth time the club has received this award

  • Jailed children: family distress

    A CAMPAIGN group has spoken out about the difficulties facing families whose children have been locked up. Following the start of the inquest into the death of Burnley teen Adam Rickwood, Lucy Gampell, director of Action for Prisoners' Families, said

  • Friend tells of knife death horror

    A MAN who was in the room when his friend suffered a fatal knife wound has spoken of his horror at what happened. Tony Houghton was one of four people arrested as police launched a murder inquiry following the incident but has now been released without

  • My Turf gongs for rollercoaster season

    AS it's the time of year when awards are being dished out, this column sees no reason why it shouldn't join in the fun. So here goes. Player of the Season: Andy Gray. Never mind that he missed over two months of the campaign. Without his 14 goals

  • End of Roed if you play Rovers

    IT seems to have happened quite a few times over the years that I've supported Rovers. There's always a good chance that if you lose badly at home to Blackburn you will be parting company with your manager. So it proved for Glenn Roeder, who from the

  • Man charged with terrorism offences

    A 42-year-old man accused of sending a bottle containing caustic soda in a package to a Blackburn councillor appeared before court today charged under anti terrorism laws. Steven Kerr Robinson, 42, of Robert Street, Tyldesley, Manchester, is also accused

  • £5,250 for hospice funds

    HOSPICE Care for Burnley and Pendle received a cheque for £5,250 from one of their newer fundraising groups. Indigo Hospice Fundraising Group in Colne named the group after the business run by two of the group members. Indigo Financial Services, owned

  • Son fined £75 for damaging loo seat

    A MAN has been fined after he damaged a door and toilet seat at his mother's house. Matthew Adrian Stephenson, 19, of Queen Street, Accrington, admitted criminal damage. He was fined £75 and ordered to pay £100 compensation and £65 costs. Philippa

  • Trawden show 'must go on'

    ROAD-closure charges will not force Pendle's biggest agricultural show out of business, a councillor has promised. Organisers of Trawden Show has been warned they would have to apply for official traffic control for this year's show, but were told by

  • Great to see Rovers still in with a shout

    The final weekend of the Premiership season is nearly upon us, and after Rovers excellent win on the road against Newcastle, I think Mark Hughes and his team should emerge with great credit for still being in contention for a European place at such a

  • Driver critical after crash

    A MAN is critically ill in hospital after his car hit a wall and lamp post. Ross Hill, 20, was driving his Vauxhall Corsa along Market Street, Whitworth, about 5.30am on Saturday when the incident occurred. Police said that Mr Hill lost control of the

  • Tributes to Jane Young

    Friends of Burnley teenager Jane Young, who has died in New Zealand, said she had been a 'brilliant friend' who was full of life. Jane had attended Wellfield C of E Primary School, Ightenhill, and spent a year at Ivy Bank High School before moving to

  • Burnley teen 'murdered' by New Zealand driver

    Click here to post your tributes to Jane. A Burnley teenager, whose family emigrated to New Zealand, has died after being 'mowed down' when a car ploughed into a group of party-goers. Jane Young, 16, was outside a house party in St Albans, Christchurch

  • Was it Intentional?

    It was on the reservation things were being stolen from the Indian chief's wigwam, And the man who came under suspicion was known as Cherokee Sam. They caught him one night, all the tribe saw him entering the chief's tepee, He had fallen into the

  • Candles theory in mosque fire

    A MOSQUE and community centre at the corner of Bath Street and Thompson Street, Bank Top, Blackburn, was badly damaged by fire yesterday. Initial investigations suggest the blaze was started by candles. However, inquiries are continuing.

  • Comedy recalls boarding house days

    DARWEN'S St Cuthbert's Amateur Dramatic Society's latest production, of Good Old Summertime takes place from May 9 to 12. A comedy set in an Edwardian seaside boarding house, Good Old Summertime features colourful characters including a domineering

  • Love or money poser

    BLACKBURN Drama Club will tackle The Heiress for its last production of the season, from May 16 to 19. Written by Ruth and Augustus Goetz, it is the story of Catherine, a young naive woman who lives with her father Dr Sloper. Catherine's mother

  • Musical magic

    TAKE a trip back in time and around the world with The Magic of the Musical with Barnoldswick Gilbert & Sullivan Society from May 17 to 19. The society has won rave reviews for its productions over the years and is determined The Magic of the Musical

  • Victoria’s Empire, BBC1

    YOU can just imagine the scene. Victoria Wood is shown into her agent's office having been told he has a proposal to put to her. "Now then Victoria," says the agent. "I know you'll want to think about this but I thought I'd mention it. "The BBC would

  • Knife girl gets away with fine

    A 19-YEAR-OLD woman escaped with a fine after she threatened police with a knife. The incident happened in Reed Street, Burnley, at 2.30am on Sunday after officers went to investigate reports of a couple fighting. They said they were threatened by a

  • Thousands flock to scarecrow festival

    CROWDS descended on Waddington yesterday for the start of the 6th annual Scarecrow Festival. Almost every pub, home and business in the area created scarecrows and competed to be the best to draw in crowds from across the North West. The Lower

  • Get into recycling habit

    There's all this hoo-ha about rubbish collections. I stamp on big plastic milk bottles to make them flat so that I can get more in - no not my bin - Bill's boot. For he now does a twice weekly run to the recycling centre taking stacks of paper and

  • Poll debacle is a vote for the simple method

    GO into a booth, put a cross on your ballot paper and that's it. Voting this way is simple, private and it works. Postal voting is open to abuse. it's not private and it's not working. Then at last week's elections up in Scotland they had more

  • Time

    It nibbles away, at each of our years, Ingesting our months one by one, Our weeks are a part of it's diet, with days gobbled up as they run. There is no way that we can control it, To reduce, or to increase its trend, With none of us here when it

  • Car rolls over and ploughs into hedge

    A 22-year-old man was airlifted to hospital after he lost control of his car and ploughed through a hedge. The man was travelling along Longridge Road in Chipping in his BMW 318 at around 3pm on Saturday when the accident happened. The car rolled

  • Party a tribute to mum and dad

    A COUPLE held an open air garden party to raise money for charity. Over 130 people crammed into Sue Ireland and Steve Byrne's back garden in Talbot Road, Accrington, for the Bank Holiday Cancer Research event. Competitions including guess how many peas

  • Failure of BNP is good for our society

    All three main parties are finding good things and bad things in the council elections results from Thursday. It's been good for the Tories but they've lost some councils to the Liberal Democrats and only made small progress in East Lancs. It's been

  • Lorry damage 'suspicious'

    A SUSPICIOUS fire at Travis builders' yard, Bank Hill, Blackburn, damaged a lorry on Saturday night. The cabin was destroyed and its freight box damaged by the fire. There was no sign of a break-in but the lorry's diesel pump appeared to have been

  • Crowds flock to May Day festival

    HUNDREDS of people gathered for Burnley's annual May Day festival. The festivities began with a parade from behind the town hall up to Towneley Park. Speeches were made by MP John McDonnell, who has declared as a Labour leadership contender.

  • No time to gamble

    MARK Hughes has admitted the pressure of trying to qualify for Europe means it is highly unlikely any of the club's promising young players will feature during the final week of the season. In an ideal world, the forward-thinking Blackburn boss would

  • Film violence affects minds

    ON April 28 you published my letter in reply to Rachel' on the subject of Virginia. In that letter I highlighted the USA as being hooked' on violence for entertainment. On Sunday, April 29, I took three five minute samplings of the film Shaft. In those

  • Crowds flock to scarecrow event

    THE first annual Scarecrow festival took place in Padiham yesterday. The festival was organised by the Stonemoor Bottom Residents' Group and took place in Stonemoor Green. The group vowed to make the festival a bigger and better event next year. With

  • Hope springs for ‘water farmers’

    MANY generations of Lancashire folk have sworn by the refreshing qualities of the ancient waters drawn from underneath the Forest of Bowland. Now farmer David Gardner and his family are hoping the age-old springs could one day become as renowned as

  • Parking ticket so pathetic

    TO issue Mr Ming Fu (LT, May 1) with a £30 parking ticket for parking in the town centre while he was organising a Chinese Lion Dance to fetch some colour and culture to this dreary town we call Blackburn beggars belief. He also provided free of charge

  • Dog walkers should clean up

    As a responsible dog walker who always cleans up after my dog, please could the person(s) responsible for leaving the dog mess in the middle of the narrow path around Foulridge reservoir be a little bit more thoughtful to other walkers and pick up the

  • Politicians should work together

    SOME 42,412 people voted in the Blackburn with Darwen area on Thursday, with the big three pulling in 36,989 (87.2 per cent) of those votes. In fourth and fifth place though came For Darwen with 2,483 votes (5.9 per cent) and the BNP with 1854 (4.4

  • Stateside move for Blackburn star McGlyn

    TEENAGER Steven McGlynn has realised every young golfer's dream by landing a sports scholarship in America. The up-and-coming Rishton star, winner of the ELGA Junior Championship in 2003 and a regular performer for Lancashire and England Boys, heads

  • Jennings lines up defence

    WBU welterweight champion Michael Jennings will defend his title at the O2 Arena on July 14. The Chorley champ, who wrestled the title from Takaloo at the Millennium Stadium last month, is expected to face Ross Minter, son of former middleweight champion

  • Double deal but three go at Stanley

    PHIL Edwards and Leighton McGivern have signed new one-year deals at Accrington Stanley. They have joined goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin in committing themselves to another season at the Fraser Eagle Stadium. That takes the number of players contracted for

  • Tractor Boys in for striker Jeffers

    Ipswich Town have made an approach to sign Franny Jeffers and they hope to get an answer from Blackburn Rovers at some point next week. Ipswich chairman David Sheepshanks confirmed he has made a move for the striker, who has impressed during a loan

  • Pendle duo hit form

    PENDLE athletes Eleanor Markendale and James Blackburn were winners at the Lancashire Combined Events Championships held at Blackpool. The fixture incorporated the Lancashire Schools and Lancashire County Championships and both of these athletes were

  • Dismal Lancs fall to Colly and co

    Durham's England trio upstaged their Lancashire counterparts to win the Friends Provident Trophy match at Chester-le-Street by 57 runs. Paul Collingwood made 74, Liam Plunkett hammered 33 runs and removed Mal Loye and Brad Hodge, while Steve Harmison

  • Justice has been done as Boston go down

    FOLLOWING on from the celebrations at the Fraser Eagle Stadium last weekend it was always going to be a bit of an anti-climatic end to the season at MK Dons. The Stanley boss used the tie to blood young Grant and also gave Dunbavin some much-needed match

  • Police's bid to trace pedestrian's final movements

    Police investigating the death of a pedestrian killed on the M66 motorway are appealing for information about his final movements. Brett Lee Wright, 22, was in collision with a HGV travelling on the M66 southbound carriageway at 8.20pm on Thursday April