• Nick's plan for golfing break

    CHORLEY'S Nick Dougherty revealed he is going to take a nine-week break after completing his final tournament of 2007. The 25-year-old Shaw Hill professional ended a superb year - in which he landed the Alfred Dunhill Championship - with a joint 12th

  • Families' outrage over graveyard plan

    SHOCKED families have urged council bosses not to dig up their relatives' graves to make way for a new road. And the descendants of people buried at St Peter's cemetery, Blackburn, have accused officials of insensitivity after only finding out about

  • Primary school crisis in Pendle

    THE number of spaces available for children starting primary school in Nelson is critical' and could run out within two years, according to a report. Nelson will be eight places short of the 428 children expected to start primary school in 2009 under

  • Capita's council contract axed

    THE company given the job of running Blackburn with Darwen Council's computer service has been stripped of the contract. The outsourcing firm Capita runs a number of services for the council, including highways. But following concerns about the way

  • School’s ‘fantastic work’

    ROSSENDALE and Darwen's Prospective Parliamentary candidate has hit out over claims that Gordon Brown would specifically praise a Rawtenstall school. Jake Berry was angered that the PM failed to praise Alder Grange Community and Technology School in

  • Young eyes up England

    MARK Young's emphatic victory in the Mitsushiba Northern Order of Merit has provided him with the confidence to take his game to a higher level next season. The 26-year-old Clitheroe hot-shot, who clinched the title by a massive 590 points, said: "I'm

  • Maybe, Could Be...?

    Oasis Tribute Band, "Definitely Maybe" are appearing at Haslingden Cricket Club on Friday, 16th November with tickets costing £8. Contact 01706 325278. And at the Farmers Glory on Wednesday 14th November it's the "Moorland Folk" with "Minder" on Friday

  • Youth in court for stealing railway track

    A YOUTH has appeared in court after attempting to steal disused sections of a railway track. The 17-year-old boy from Burnley was caught trying to remove sections of the track, which had been left in a car park near to the railway line at Cliviger on

  • Rossendale radio licence bid

    ROSSENDALE Radio has applied for a community radio licence from OFCOM. Tony Nixon and Brendon Hamer, who run the station from Haslingden Community Link and Children's Centre, in Haslingden, have had their bid for the station accepted. If they get the

  • Street project success

    A PROJECT has been hailed for helping to transform both streets and communities. The Up My Street initiative was launched in spring 2007 by Pendle Council and focused on a terraced row of houses in Nelson and a street of 17 houses in Colne. Both streets

  • Jail for man in horrific attack on rival

    A TEENAGER who smashed up a rival's face after getting the better of him in a fight was today starting a 45-week jail term. Rhys Holmes, 18, left victim Benjamin O'Neill with horrific fractures after the pair agreed to go down a Burnley back alley and

  • Buttons leads the way over racial integration

    A PANTOMIME is helping moves towards racial integration by featuring an Asian actor in the role of Buttons in Cinderella. The move by the artistic team at the Thwaites Empire Theatre, Blackburn, is believed to be the first time an Asian man has performed

  • Christmas Fair

    The Baptist Church on New Lane in Oswaldtwistle is holding a Christmas Fair at the end of November. The event is being held to raise funds for the Eastern European Street Children. The Fair takes place on Saturday November 24 from 1pm until 6pm.

  • Suspected spy denies trying to make a bomb

    1 A SUSPECTED spy has insisted that he was not trying to make a bomb at his home. Peter Hill, 23, who was arrested for allegedly attempting to sell military documents to Russia, spoke out through his solicitor after appearing in court charged with

  • BAZAAR 2007

    Saturday 17 November, Central Methodist Church 10-4pm, Fee Admission. Come along, enjoy the atmosphere and start yopur Christmas Shopping early! Bric-a-Brac, Toys, Cakes, Books, Jewellery, Chocolates, Crafts, Raffle, Games etc. There is also a Cafe serving

  • 2,000 trees planted to help the environment

    TWO thousand trees are to be planted in Darwen to boost the environment. The Woodland Trust has enlisted help from local schools and scouts to plant the trees in the 40 hectare site in Polyphemus Wood, between Eccleshill and the Chapels. Yesterday,

  • Match analysis: Leicester City 0 Burnley 1

    STEVE Davis had no hesitation in dedicating the first win of the post-Steve Cotterill era to the former Burnley manager. The players, regretful that their poor performance and subsequent home defeat to Hull City had ultimately led to a parting of ways

  • Bacup Borough 0 Salford City 4

    BACUP Borough exited the Vodkat League Cup after being routed by Salford in the second round. Jon Robinson scored a brace for the visitors, while Carl Lomax also hit the scoresheet.

  • Rossendale United 4 Skelmersdale 1

    ROSSENDALE continued their good run of form by beating Skelmersdale for the second time in the space of five days. The Stags outclassed their West Lancashire rivals - after beating them in the FA United Co-operative Challenge Trophy on Tuesday. Striker

  • Ashton Town 1 Colne 2

    Colne edged their way into the next round of the League Cup thanks to a fortuitous goal in the dying seconds of the match. On 10 minutes, Liam Garbutt opened the scoring when he was first to react to Gavin Cooper's corner and he smashed the ball home

  • Heroin dealer spared prison

    A HEROIN dealer caught out supplying to an undercover cop in Operation Nimrod may be the first to be spared jail. Nicholas Fallon, 26, who has lost a leg through his own addiction to hard drugs, was now clean of heroin, on methadone and working with

  • Chorley 2 Ossett Albion 2

    In a dramatic finish, Chorley salvaged a precious point against high-flying Albion, Stephen Burke bagging his second opportunist goal of the game in the fifth minute of added time. The never-say-die Magpies had seen an interval lead overturned by a lively

  • Ramsbottom United 2 Kirkham & Wesham 0

    The Rams saw off a spirited challenge from their second division opponents in the second round of the Vodkat League Cup. And after last Tuesday evenings events surrounding Brendon O'Shaughnessey and his bizarre sending off against Ashton Athletic, it

  • Darwen 2 Nelson 0

    It was an unhappy return for Nelson manager and former Darwen favourite Denny Khan, as his new club were beaten in this Vodkat League cup tie. Nelson had a chance to open the scoring on three minutes after Joe Darwin was impeded by his own defender as

  • Clitheroe 2 FC United 1

    CLITHEROE boss Neil Reynolds revealed that his side's FA Trophy troubles inspired the Blues to a sensational victory over promotion-favourites FC United at Shawbridge. The Blues delivered a terrific performance in front 1,245 spectators and, in the meantime

  • Attacked partner's plea for leniency

    A MAN who beat up his long-term partner was spared immediate jail after she told a court he had never been violent towards her before. Elaine Florentine went into the witness box at Burnley Crown Court to tell a judge she and Glen Chadwick were still

  • Hughes backs United to defend the title

    MARK Hughes is backing Manchester United to defend their Premier League title after they underlined their credentials by beating Blackburn yesterday. Sir Alex Ferguson's side returned to the top of the table following the 2-0 win at Old Trafford. And

  • Man in court on barmaid murder charge

    A MAN has appeared in court in Australia charged with the murder of a former Whalley pub barmaid. Ty Ronald Delavale denied strangling his girlfriend Anya Campbell between July 27 and August 1 when he appeared in Perth Magistrates Court via videolink

  • Lisette donates her running total to hospice

    TEACHING assistant Lisette Wilson took part in the Great North Run and raised £400 for Pendleside Hospice. Lisette, of Richmond Avenue, Burnley, has worked at Springhill Community Primary School for seven years and is also in charge of the breakfast

  • Youngsters given taste of justice

    A GROUP of schoolchildren were given a taste of justice when they appeared before magistrates. But the youngsters from Barnoldswick CE Primary School had not been taken to Reedley Magistrates because they had committed a crime. They were taking part

  • Formula for success

    FORT Vale Engineering has received recognition in a scheme which rewards manufacturing in the north west. The Nelson-based company has been highly commended in the Product Innovation Award category in The Manufacturing Institute's 2007 Business Awards

  • Paul carves out a new career

    A FURNITURE designer who swapped the hustle and bustle of London for rural Lancashire is looking to take his business to the next level. For eight years Paul Case, 34, was a city accountant, but found himself increasingly stressed and dissatisfied with

  • Bentley becomes Betnley!

    EAGLE-EYED Blackburn Rovers fans may have noticed something amiss with David Bentley's shirt at Manchester United yesterday. As our photo shows, the England star was wearing a shirt bearing the name 'Betnley' instead of 'Bentley'.

  • Sophie's final goodbye

    MOURNERS wrote goodbye messages on the coffin of alleged murder victim Sophie Lancaster as condolences from around the world were shown on a projector screen. Hundreds of people from across the country gathered at The Riverside Centre, Whitworth, for

  • Match analysis: Manchester United 2 Blackburn Rovers 0

    IT may have been Remembrance Day but this was an occasion Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes and his players will quickly want to forget. Two goals from Manchester United's irrepressible winger Cristiano Ronaldo, in a devastating two-minute spell

  • Tenor in 'famous faces' choir

    A BACUP tenor is to join a host of celebrities raising cash for The Prince's Trust this Christmas. Sean Ruane, who released his first solo CD called She Moved Thro' the Fair in 2004, will be involved in the famous faces' choir on ITV's Britain Sings

  • Davis savours 'greatest' day

    STEVE Davis made almost 400 appearances for Burnley, won three promotions and captained the side in the last of his three spells at Turf Moor. But he revealed winning his first game in charge is his best Clarets achievement to date. The 39-year-old

  • Winners claim their awards

    ANDREW Smith, Bernard Reidy and Jon Finch scooped the Lancashire Telegraph awards at the Lancashire Cricket League's annual presentation night. Lowerhouse's Finch won the Telegraph batting tankard with a superb knock of 123 against Rawtenstall. Veteran

  • Ex-managers in running for new jobs

    Former Burnley manager Steve Cotterill is among the frontrunners for the Leicester City job, according to reports. Meanwhile, his predecessor at Turf Moor, Stan Ternent, has been linked with the manager's job at Wrexham.

  • First of three books

    A FORMER RSPCA inspector is sharing his experiences in the first of three books chronicling almost four decades with the society. Frank Milner left his job as an ambulance man in Blackburn to join the RSPCA in 1954. It began a life dedicated to improving

  • Pay-as-you-throw 'won't be introduced in Pendle'

    CONTROVERSIAL pay-as-you-throw schemes will not be introduced in Pendle, according to local councillors. Pendle's ruling Liberal Democrats say that they are opposed to introducing measures that would see residents charged according to the amount of waste

  • Man charged with nine counts of fraud

    A MAN has been charged in connection with a fraud which saw companies allegedly conned out of hundreds of thousands of pounds. Edward Van Vessem, originally from Blackburn, was arrested by officers from Lancashire Police's serious and organised crime

  • Help for homeless

    A VITAL cash injection will be used by an East Lancashire charity to buy 24 assistance packages for the homeless. The Yorkshire Building Society donated £1,200 to Maundy Relief, based in Abbey Street, Accrington, which offers a range of services to those

  • 'Don't let dyslexia hold you back'

    A MAN with dyslexia, who became an award-winning apprentice, has urged people not to let the condition hold them back. David Airey, 22, from Blackburn, was diagnosed with dyslexia when he was a five-year-old pupil at Meadowhead Junior School, Anglesey

  • Gray: Take a gamble on Davis as new boss

    GOAL hero Andy Gray believes Steve Davis is the man for the Burnley hot-seat after guiding the Clarets to victory in his first game as caretaker boss. Gray, who took his tally for the season to 10 with his 24th minute winner at Leicester City, says former

  • Alcoholic’s threat to shoot in 999 call

    AN alcoholic made a 999 call but threatened that anyone who attended his house would be shot or have the dogs set on them. Blackburn magistrates heard that paramedics and two police officers did go to the home of Stephen Gordon Craysforth where they


    Peter BYROM Remembering our dearly loved son and brother on his 38th birthday. Memory forms its pictures, And in them all you stay Forever in our hearts, Today as yesterday. Mum, Dad, Jacqueline, John, Daniel and Ruby.


    Martha Patricia JONES Special birthday memories. A daily thought, A silent tear, A secret wish that you were here. An empty space that no one can fill, We miss you and always will. All our love from Sam, Enid, Marlene, Jim and family xxx


    William Stanley (Stan) HOLLIDAY On Wednesday, November 7, 2007, peacefully at Old Gates Nursing Home, with his loving family by his side. Fortified by the Rites of Holy Mother Church, Stan aged 70 years. The dear husband of Sheila, much loved father of


    John Westwell (Jack) LAYCOCK on Tuesday, November 6, 2007, suddenly in hospital, Jack aged 77 years of Rishton. The deeply treasured husband of Joyce, much adored dad of Susan and Duncan, very special father-in-law of Ann-Marie, loved and loving pops


    Marjorie JOPSON Ian, Kathryn and family wish to express their sincere thanks to all relatives, friends and neighbours for cards of condolence, kind expressions of sympathy and donations received during their time of sorrow, also special thanks to all


    Raymond WALMSLEY On Wednesday, November 7, 2007, peacefully in hospital, Raymond aged 84 years. Beloved husband of the late Hilda, much loved dad of Mark and Joanne, devoted grandad of Lisa and Hannah, also a dear brother of the late Alan. Funeral service


    Jack GREEN On Thursday, November 8, 2007, suddenly in Royal Blackburn Hospital, Jack aged 70 years. Beloved husband of the late Lily, dearest dad of Linda and David, much loved grandad of Shelly, Anthony, Davey, Matthew, Michael, Joe and Anna. Funeral


    Winifred McGREAL On Thursday, November 8, 2007, in hospital, surrounded by her loving family, Winnie the much loved wife of John, loving mother of Mary, devoted grandmother to Michelle and Steven, great-nana to Ella, also a dear sister-in-law and aunt


    Joseph (Joe) MERCER On Wednesday, November 7, 2007, a lovely man who passed away at his home, Whitecliffe Care Centre, Blackburn, Joe aged 99 years. Who will be loved and remembered by Pat, Sharon, Lorraine, Susan, Pamela, Katrina, Dionne, Monica, Sarah


    Keith ARMSTRONG Peacefully on Thursday, November 8, 2007, at Royal Blackburn Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Keith the much loved companion of Joyce, father of Keith, Terry, Jennifer, Robert, John and Ann, father-in-law of Diane, Melanie, Philip


    Esther LONGLEY Treasured memories of a loving mum and grandma, died November 12, 2003 Always in our thoughts. Love Pam and Elaine. xx


    Cole William CARUS Happy 1st birthday sweetheart. Love and kisses, Nana and Grandad Carus, Great-grandad and Nana Wilkshire, Great-nana Carus, Uncle Jaf and Auntie Jo. xxx


    John HILLMAN Birthday memories of a dear dad, November 12. It isn't what we write, Or even what we say, It's how we feel inside, As we think of you today. We talk about you often, And think about you still, You have not been forgotten, And you


    Rosa DUNSTAN Ann, Harry and the family of the late Rosa wish to express their sincere gratitude to all relatives, friends and neighbours for their kind messages of sympathy and cards of condolence at this time of great sadness. Special thanks to Dr. Hancock

  • DREW

    Kathleen DREW On Thursday, November 8, 2007, peacefully in the Royal Blackburn Hospital, Blackburn and of Great Harwood, Kathleen aged 84 years. Beloved wife of the late Mervyn, much loved mother of Linda, Alan, Alison, Margaret and the late John, mother-in-law


    Jane (Jean) CHALMERS BRAMLEY Freda and Geoffrey wish to express their sincere thanks for cards of condolence, kind messages of support given by all relatives and friends. Also special thanks to all staff of Hollymount Nursing Home for all their care and

  • Airline's record profits

    FLYBE, the airline owned by the family of Blackburn Rovers benefactor Jack Walker, has announced record results. Europe's largest low-cost regional carrier recorded pre-tax profits of £15.6million for the year ending March 2007, a £20million improvement

  • Not Strictly Come Dancing

    Malcolm Hebden AKA Norris from Coronation Street performing his quick step with dance partner Kathy McArdle

  • Speculation hots up

    Several more names have been linked with the Burnley manager's job over weekend. Scunthorpe boss Nigel Adkins has been one name touted, while Manchester United coach Mike Phelan has also been linked. Peter Reid, Ian Holloway and Martin Allen are still

  • Not Strictly Come Dancing

    Malcolm Hebden AKA Norris from Coronation Street performing his quick step with dance partner Kathy McArdle

  • We need more maps of town

    I AM pleased Mrs Johnson (LT, November 6) has quite recently corrected my letter about lack of availability for street maps of Blackburn for visitors. How our paths failed to cross I don't know, or why I was informed no street map was available, who

  • Not Strictly Come Dancing

    Malcolm Hebden AKA Norris from Coronation Street performing his quick step with dance partner Kathy McArdle

  • Councillor needs to pick his words

    AT the last Blackburn with Darwen Council meeting I voted in support of Councillor Johnson and against the Labour group's censure motion. I did so because, having read the article involved, I could see nothing racist in it. His point was not that immigrants

  • Clients’ welfare being ignored

    I WAS appalled to learn from the article on October 31 about proposed plans for private firms to take over care homes for people with learning disabilities. My son is a client in one of these homes and may I say is totally happy and content with the

  • Goths: Look beneath make-up

    YOUNG people should not be condemned because of the way they dress. Fashion and fads have gone on for centuries. My 13-year-old granddaughter loves the goth fashion. All week she goes to school dressed in a smart school uniform. Come Saturday and wow

  • MP and health boss not being realistic

    I READ with interest Jack Straw's comments in respect of the closure of the Burnley A&E and that people's views were psychological'. Well, both he and Jo Cubbon want to get real,' neither of them are in touch with what is really happening on a day to

  • VIDEO: Five arrested in early morning drugs raids

    FIVE people have been arrested on suspicion of drug dealing following another morning of raids in Blackburn. Police executed warrants at seven addresses in Blackburn and five people were arrested, all of whom will be questioned about suspected drug supply

  • Coleman gutted at FA Cup exit

    ACCRINGTON Stanley boss John Coleman bemoaned the individual errors that ultimately cost his side a spot in the next round of the FA Cup. The Reds were on course to complete another giant-killing against Huddersfield Town and were cruising thanks to

  • Sophie's funeral to take place today

    THE funeral of Sophie Lancaster will be held this morning. The 20-year-old, who died after being attacked in Stubbylee Park, Bacup, in August, will be remembered with a humanist ceremony at the Riverside Centre, Market Street, Whitworth. Police believe

  • I wonder whether someone REALLY IS watching me

    MY car insurance is due this month and, as usual, I've been bombarded with letters from companies inviting me to sign up with them. Some are quite eye-catching, with the invitation printed on a number plate. Others are more run-of-the-mill, but claim

  • Hughes blames individual errors

    BLACKBURN boss Mark Hughes said Rovers paid the price for two bad defensive errors as their eight-match unbeaten run came grinding to a halt at Old Trafford yesterday. Rovers lost 2-0 to Manchester United after Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice in the space

  • Hard to fathom sacrifice of Darwen lads of yesteryear

    IT was Remembrance Sunday yesterday. I wore my poppy with pride and walked through the old cemetery to pause in front of some of the gravestones which mark those who died in two world wars. It's easy now to look back on those dark days and admire the

  • Stars in strictly soap dancing!

    SOAP stars from East Lancashire put on their dancing shoes in a bid to raise cash for children across the county. Burnley's Malcolm Hebden, who plays Norris in Coronation Street, quick-stepped his way into the limelight in a version of the hit BBC show

  • Album: Led Zeppelin - Mothership

    Unless you've been living under a stone, you'll know Led Zeppelin reformed for a one-off concert. Tickets were rare so most will have to make do with this compilation. Fans have argued over the tracklisting, which omits some classics, but it was

  • Album: Spice Girls - Greatest Hits

    perfect stocking fodder, whether you're going to one of the reunion shows or not. To be honest, some of the songs have dated, but anyone who loved them first time around won't care. They'll be too busy dusting off their platform trainers and union

  • Single: The Whip – Sister Siam

    ACCORDING to the hype, electro-Mancs The Whip are in everybody's "Ones To Watch" lists. With Sister Siam's plinky-plonky beats, screechy bleeps and some badly delivered lyrics that recall The Chemical Brothers' worst collaborations, this suggests that

  • Shock over 'spy's' arrest

    FORMER schoolfriends and neighbours of alleged Russian spy Peter Hill expressed their shock and bewilderment at his arrest. One former classmate, who asked not to be identified, said he was "amazed" to hear of his arrest. He said: "I was good friends

  • East Lancs man 'spying for Russia'

    AN EAST Lancashire man has been arrested on suspicion of spying for the Russians. Peter Stephen Hill, 23, a former Territorial Army trooper in the Royal Armoured Corps, was arrested by police under the Official Secrets Act for allegedly attempting to