• The Revenger's Tragedy @ Royal Exchange, Manchester

    JUST in case you're in any doubt what to expect, the programme for the Revenger's Tragedy has a blood splattered look about it and depicts a sombre looking Stephen Tompkinson cuddling up to a skeleton. But nothing can truly prepare you for the emotional

  • Burnley bus driver stole £29,000 from elderly passenger

    A BURNLEY bus driver befriended a confused elderly passenger before stealing her £29,000 life savings. David Jowett, 64, met spinster Lilllian Tempest after she would ride around Burnley on his bus on her free pass every day as she was lonely. Miss

  • Blackburn town centre road closure plan

    A BUSY road through Blackburn town centre could be closed in a move traders say would be the "final nail in the coffin" for shops. Council bosses are looking to stop Railway Road being a through route with barriers set up near Blackburn Train Station

  • Rossendale taxi fares to rise

    TAXI fares are set to rise for travellers in Rossendale - the only question which remains is by how much. Rival proposals have been drafted, by both cabbies leaders and borough council licensing chiefs, which could see fares rise by up to 17 per cent

  • The Band Plays On

    As part of the Rossendale Weekend, Haslingden and Helmshore Brass Band will be playing at Marl Pits Sports Complex, Rawtenstall from 7 - 9pm on Saturday, 21st June. They will play music in a "proms in the park" setting so take your own chairs and picnic

  • Man charged with murder of Burnley student

    A 40-YEAR-old man has been charged with the murder of a Burnley student. Keith Roy Erskine, of Osprey Court, Trafford, Manchester, was last night charged with the murder and robbery of David Brown, a former Burnley College student who died on September

  • East Lancs police sergeant 'killed himself'

    A POLICE sergeant killed himself after taking months off work with depression, an inquest heard. Sergeant Craig Illingworth, 45, who had served for 27 years across East Lancashire, was found hanged by his wife Christine at their home in Gisburn Road,

  • Africa tour for Stonyhurst girls

    TWENTY-ONE pupils from Stonyhurst are set to go on a hockey trip of a lifetime when they fly to South Africa on tour. The Stonyhurst girls fly from London in July to play Under 17s and Under 16s matches against three schools in Cape Town and two in Durban

  • Mini football boost for junior league

    A JUNIOR football league is celebrating after announcing it will introduce small-sided football next season. The Warburton Youth League held an important meeting last week to get mini football up and running across Burnley. League organisers know the

  • Bacup teenager in court over Stacksteads death crash

    A TEENAGE girl has appeared before magistrates charged with causing the death of a friend in a road crash in East Lancashire. Kayleigh Ann Goodwin, 18, appeared before Rossendale magistrates accused of causing the death of Craig Cronshaw by dangerous

  • QEGS soccer sixes is the talk of the Town

    A GROUP of sixth form pupils from QEGS fly out to work in the Townships of South Africa next month knowing they have successfully completed phase one of their mission. And if the organisational skills they showed to run the school's first ever six-a-side

  • Hyndburn Council overspend will be £2.3m

    JUST two months into the financial year, an East Lancashire council has announced that it will overspend by £2.3million. Now Hyndburn Council has unveiled a package of cuts in a bid to claw back the funds. Council bosses have blamed the withdrawal of

  • Barlick's answer to Glastonbury

    Not impressed with the line up for Glastonbury this year? Have no fear; just make your way to Barnoldswick Town Square on the 21st JUNE 2008 To take part in an out doors mid summer music event festival !!! The event has been organized by Barnoldswick

  • Padiham man 'threatened to shoot his mum'

    A MAN pointed a gun in his mother's face and threatened to shoot her, a court was told. Burnley Magistrates heard how John Clark, 25, struck his mother in the mouth with the butt of the air rifle, bursting her lip. The defendant, who turned to alcohol

  • Darwen FC settles radio station debt

    DARWEN FC have settled a debt to a local radio station which had left the club possibly facing a winding up order. The club was given a deadline of tomorrow to respond to solicitors acting on behalf of The Bee radio station. But two days before the

  • Fun for youngsters on summer nights

    A PILOT project offering summer holiday fun for youngsters has been unveiled in Haslingden. Supporters of the Haslingden Community Link initiative say it is one of the few such schemes to cater for 11 and 12 -year-olds. In partnership with the Rossendale

  • 25 bodies exhumed from Darwen Academy site

    TWENTY-five separate human remains have now been exhumed from the multi-million pound Darwen Academy construction site. Archaeologists and a Lancashire County Council analyst found the bodies in shallow graves around four feet deep. They discovered

  • Crackdown on smokers who ignore ban in Burnley

    COUNCIL bosses in Burnley have vowed to get tough on people who flout the smoking ban in the bus station and taxis. Almost a year after the law was brought in, town hall chiefs have hailed it a success and are yet to prosecute anyone under the new regulations

  • Ants found in Blackburn store's Chinese takeaway

    A SHOCKED customer found ants in their Chinese takeaway, a court heard. The tiny insects had invaded the cellar where Zen Zen Fish and Chips stored its food containers. A case against the store, in Redlam, Blackburn, was brought by Blackburn with

  • 30 jobs axed as Clitheroe carpet firm goes into administration

    THIRTY jobs have been axed after a carpet manufacturer was placed into administration. Around half the workforce at Stalwart Commission Carpets, Primrose Works, Clitheroe, were made redundant when the company called in administrators Kroll on June 12

  • 'Darwen home torched over computer game row'

    A MAN torched a home causing £100,000 of damage following a row over a children's computer game, a court heard. Jack Costello, 34, smashed windows at the home in Anchor Avenue, Darwen, and poured petrol inside before setting it alight, the prosecution

  • Burnley project makes Lottery semi-final

    A BURNLEY project that helps youths involved in street crime and gangs has reached the semi-finals of The National Lottery Awards 2008. Leap Confronting Conflict: Gangs & Territorialism, will battle it out gainst other Lottery-funded projects from across

  • New Blackburn school plan 'will cause traffic problems'

    HOSPITAL bosses are warning a flagship new school will cause dangerous traffic holdups. They say traffic generated by the new East Blackburn Community School will restrict access to Royal Blackburn Hospital, "reducing the efficiency" of the service.

  • Ribblesdale umpire explains controversial decision

    RIBBLESDALE League umpire Steve Wignall has defended his controversial decision to dismiss Barnoldswick professional Clinton Peake. The 61-year-old official raised his right arm after the ball struck him on the shoulder at square leg, looped into the

  • Man rescued in Whitworth blaze scare

    Fire crew rescued a man from his bed after the living room in his Whitworth home caught alight. Retained crew attended the scene in Hill Top at 7.55pm on Monday and entered the house using breathing apparatus. The man was asleep in an upstairs room

  • Gisburn racehorse finishes first after water treatment

    A RACEHORSE who vets said would never run again has won a major competition thanks to innovative water therapy treatment. Golden Snoopy was crippled in both front legs by recurring tendon injuries, which flared up four years ago. But after undergoing

  • Should Haslingden alley gates be shut?

    FRESH consultations have been demanded over the controversial proposed closure of a Haslingden thoroughfare. Proposals to shut Gallaghers Gates, off Manchester Road, amid allegations that the alley has become a haven for drug dealers and yobs, have bitterly

  • East Lancashire petrol stations feel the pinch

    PETROL stations in East Lancashire were beginning to feel the pinch as the fuel tanker drivers' strike entered its fourth day. The walkout by drivers delivering fuel to Shell garages, supported by a go-slow protest on the M6 and wildcat stoppages across

  • 5 youths arrested following Nelson assault

    A MAN was assaulted in the street after he tried to break up a fight, police said. Police have arrested five youths over the attack, where the man was punched in the face at the junction of Pine Street and Barkerhouse Road, Nelson. The man went out

  • Three-car crash closes Preston New Road at Mellor

    A MAJOR East Lancashire road was blocked off after a car crash this morning. Three vehicles were involved in the crash on Preston New Road in Mellor just before 10am. Although no-one was seriously injured, an elderly couple and two men were taken to

  • Review: Leyland Band @ St Mary's RC Church, Leyland

    The modern circular church of St Mary’s in Leyland was the venue for a RNLI fundraising concert on Sunday, June 15, and home-turf for the renowned Leyland Band. After a dutiful God Save the Queen to mark HRH’s birthday, the concert began with

  • Three cars hit by fuel thieves in Burnley

    THREE cars from two properties in a Burnley street were hit by petrol thieves. The cars, in Brooklands Road, had quantities of fuel taken while parked overnight on Saturday and Sunday. In one incident, a Ford Focus had its petrol cap forced and £40

  • Hurled rock smashes into car in Darwen

    POLICE are hunting a vandal who threw a rock at a driver's windscreen, causing him to swerve off the road. The driver, a Darwen man in his 30s, was travelling along Goose House Lane on Friday when the rock was hurled directly at him, possibly from a

  • 'Pennine Lancashire' wish list

    AN AMBITIOUS shopping list - including multi-million pound rail schemes and a new university - has been drawn up by council bosses working together as Pennine Lancashire'. An early draft of the Pennine Lancashire multi-area agreement, which should

  • Coyle aims to thrash out a deal for Hearts winger

    BURNLEY remain at loggerheads with Hearts over their valuation of left winger Andrew Driver, after having two bids turned down. Clarets manager Owen Coyle has made no secret of his admiration of the Oldham-born star, but after being thwarted by the Scottish

  • At last...someone makes a stand for our freedoms

    SO, at last, we have David Davis MP making a stand, sticking up for what he thinks is right - and I don't care if it's a stunt or not. I'm just so glad that our liberties are at last to be debated, talked about and brought out into the open, so we can

  • Looking back on an explosive week of bombshells

    That was the week that was - and the Westminster hothouse was certainly set all agog. On Wednesday the Commons passed the 42 days clause in the Prevention of Terrorism Bill by just nine votes - the number of Northern Irelanders from Dr Paisley's party

  • Barnoldswick girl, 16, punched in face on bus in Nelson

    POLICE have appealed for witnesses after a Barnoldswick teenager was punched in the face on the bus. The 16-year-old was left with bruising to her face after the unprovoked attack which took place as the bus pulled into Nelson bus station. A woman started

  • Searson in great form

    The Harry Aspinall Memorial Fell Race is usually a pretty low key affair supported mostly by visitors to the Stacksteads Country Fair, and runners from the organising club. This year, though, Ross-endale Harriers pulled off something of a coup by staging

  • Blackburn family’s brick attacks terror

    A family has been left living in fear after two brick attacks on their home in a week. Yobs smashed the first of two windows at the house in Windermere Close, Blackburn, at 10.30pm, when a half-brick missed hitting a 21-year-old woman by seconds. The

  • Blackburn poet back to his roots

    A BLACKBURN-born poet has returned to his roots with a collection of poems that is inspired by the town. The award-winning poet Mark Ward has just published Thunder Alley, Sonnets and other Poems, which explores contemporary Blackburn, as well as the

  • Councillor explains why Blackburn bridge cost £12m

    A leading councillor has said Blackburn's new £12million Freckleton Street bridge "could have been built more cheaply". Coun Alan Cottam, executive member for regeneration, said "one or two million" pounds could have been saved if it the bridge, set

  • Lancashire Crimestoppers has 1 in 4 success

    A QUARTER of all calls to the confidential Lancashire Crimestoppers hotline now results in a suspect being charged, police have revealed. Home Office figures put Lancashire as the joint top performing Crimestoppers board in the country along with the

  • Marjorie Hosker

    IN MEMORIAM Marjorie HOSKER In memory of my beloved Marjorie, departed this earth on the morning of June 17, 2005. Lovely, kind and the most wonderful partner anyone could ever have. She will live on in my heart forever. Neil.


    Robert (Bob) HAWTHORNTHWAITE To my dear husband I gift I cannot give to you, It is your special day, But your not here to share it, You had to go away, So Bob here's a card for you, I wish you were still here, But I send you birthday wishes, As I


    Frank NEVISON On June 4, 2008, peacefully and with dignity, in the loving care of Withy Grove House Care Home, Bamber Bridge, formerly of Bowling Green Close, Darwen and Guide, Blackburn, Frank aged 100 years. The beloved husband of the late Hilda and


    Tony MILLIGAN Still missed, loved and remembered every day. From Michael, Susan, Carol, Janet and Paul. God Bless, Grandad. Love Sarah, Paul, Amy and Fay.


    John and Martha O'ROURKE Still love you. Won't forget you. Love, son Thomas.


    Arthur Leonard COLEMAN June comes with sad regrets. When you died on June 14, 1993, It brings very memories we will never forget. You closed your eyes without saying goodbye, Our love for you will never die. In Mind. From your daughter Hilary, granddaughter


    BOLTON DAVIES Kirsty and Dougie are pleased to announce the safe arrival of Lucas Alan on June 12, 2008 weighing 9lb9oz. A welcome little baby brother for Jack. Thanks to all staff involved at Royal Blackburn Hospital.


    Doris HAYES Ther family of the late Doris Hayes wish to thank all relatives, friends and neighbours for their kind expressions of sympathy, cards of condolence and donations received at this sad time. Special thanks to the ambulance service for their


    Tony AUSTIN On Friday, June 13, 2008, suddenly Tony aged 67 years of Great Harwood. The loving husband of Val, loving father of Damian and Richard, father-in-law of Melissa and Elizabeth, grandfather of Edward, Theo, Harvey, Winona and Lucy. Reposing


    Emma Kate GREENHALGH-YATES The family of the late Emma Greenhalgh-Yates would like to thank all relatives, friends and neighbours for their kind expressions of sympathy and cards of condolence. Special thanks to Dr. Rao and the staff of Christies, Manchester


    Thomas (Tommy) STRAHAN Peacefully in hospital on Saturday, June 14, 2008, and of Ullswater Close, Blackburn, Tommy aged 75 years. The beloved husband of Jean, loving dad of Billy and Darren also a loving grandad and great- grandad. Reposing in the Talbot


    David CUNLIFFE On Wednesday, June 11, 2008 after a short illness patiently borne, david aged 70 years of Nelson. Son of Mrs Henrietta Cunliffe. The loving husband of Tricia, father to Grant, Melanie, Amanda and Jamieson, special grandfather to Jessica


    James ROSCOE Amy would like to express her sincere thanks to her son Jim and daughter-in-law Lynn for their love and support during their recent time of sorrow. All relatives, friends and neighbours for cards of condolence, messages of sympathy, floral


    Richard GODLEY The family of the late Richard Godley wish to express their sincere thanks to all relatives, friends and neighbours for cards of condolence, kind expressions of sympathy and donations received for The East Lancs Deaf Society during their


    Joan BRAND On Saturday June 14, 2008, peacefully in hospital and of Fleetwood, formerly of Blackburn Joan aged 81 years. The beloved wife of John, loving mum of Linda, Kevin and Darrell. She will be sadly missed by all her family and friends. Funeral

  • Tom Gould

    21 Tom GOULD Happy 21st Birthday Love from Mum, Dad and Billie xxx


    Colin WATSON Loving memories of my dear husband, who died 12 months ago today. Remembering you is easy, We do it every day, Missing you is the heartache, That never goes away. Your wife Dorothy and family.


    Maureen BOLTON On Friday, suddenly but peacefully in hospital and of Johnston Street, Blackburn, Maureen aged 64 years. Beloved wife of David, mum to Sharon and Pete, David and Lorraine, grandma to Leah and Chelsea, sister to Mary, Frank and Flo, and


    Tracy SMITH Treasured memories of a dear sister who fell asleep on June 17, 2007. Those special years will not return, When we could of been together, But with the love that is in our hearts You will be with us forever Love and miss you always Gary, John

  • WARD

    Evelyn WARD On Friday, June 13, 2008, at the Royal Blackburn Hospital, after a brave fight against illness and of Lammack, Blackburn, Evelyn aged 88 years. The dearly loved wife of the late George, the beloved mother of Cynthia, loving mother-in-law to


    Tony DIXON Happy 60th birthday Tony. Lots of love from Jean. xx Happy Birthday! Lots of love, from all your children and grandchildren. xxx


    Jack SLATER Moira and family would like to thank all family, friends and neighbours for cards of condolence and floral tributes following the sad loss of her husband and father to Jeanette, John, Michelle, Corrine and loving grandfather and great-great


    Arthur KENNY May and Arthur would like to thank all friends for their messages of condolence and donations received at this sad time and to all who attended Arthur's funeral especially June and Chris. Thanks also to Rev Carl Schaefer for words of


    Jacqueline DUXBURY On June 14, 2008 peacefully in hospital Jacqueline aged 62 years of Clayton -le-Moors. The beloved wife of Ian, loved mother of Lesley, grandmother of John and Mandy, sister of Valerie and a friend to many. The service and cremation


    Peter MCKINNON The family of the late Peter McKinnon would like to thank all relatives and friends for their cards of sympathy, messages of condolence and flowers received in Peter's memory. Special thanks to Rev Phillip Knowles for his kind words


    Audrey JACKSON On Sunday, June 8, 2008, peacefully in hospital and of Accrington, Audrey aged 72 years. The much loved and cherished wife of the late David, beloved mother of Paul and Christine, dear mother-in-law of Jackie, doting grandma of Daniel,


    Marjorie WHITE Michael and family would like to express their sincere thanks to relatives, many friends and neighbours who attended Marjorie's funeral and for the many beautiful cards, flowers and donations received during their time of sorrow. Special

  • Darwen girl is Lancashire's top learner

    A DARWEN teenager won the Lancashire Learner of the Year award for Further Education at this year's North West Learner Awards. Elizabeth Ritchie, 16, from Darwen, is a first year National Diploma student in animal care at Myerscough College, and studies

  • Confidence is the key

    EAST Lancashire's hospitals have had a torrid time over the past month. The trust, which manages both Burnley General and Blackburn Royal Infirmary, has received criticism for spending £500,000 on agency workers in just one month, exceeding its planned

  • A home draw for Crawshawbooth's Phil Neville

    FOOTBALL star Phil Neville is planning to build a multi-million pound mansion - despite still not selling his £4million home in Rossendale. The Everton captain and England international has applied to Bolton Council for permission for a six-bedroom spread

  • Darwen horse rider earns Beijing selection

    Darwen-based Felicity Coulthard was yesterday nominated to represent Great Britain in the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. Coulthard, 24, is set to make her Paralympic debut this summer in Hong Kong, having been nominated for her first Games. The animal

  • So thankful for hospital care

    I WOULD just like to say that I was taken into the Royal Blackburn Hospital a few weeks ago, but I did not know what to expect as I've read so many things about it. But I never came across anything except kindness and nothing was too much to ask of sister

  • All college staff fighting cuts

    AS one of the college staff members who enjoyed a protest picnic' in support of our national campaign for an inflation-proof wage increase, I thought your article (Blackburn College lecturers' protest picnic over pay) was well informed and accurate in

  • Bus planners on wrong road

    Leaflets about Blackburn with Darwen's proposed bus route from Darwen to Accrington are being delivered between June and July to residents. The meeting for everyone in Darwen was Monday June 16 from 6 to 8pm, yet, until I was informed by a person from

  • Salford man arrested following Darwen bank raid

    A 25-year-old Salford man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery in connection with the raid on Lloyds TSB, Darwen, on June 5. Two men in balaclavas and armed with machetes and a crowbar forced staff in the bank to hand over cash boxes and bags containing

  • Flintoff on the way back with Lancashire reserves outing

    LANCASHIRE and England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff will make his come-back from injury with a strong-looking Red Rose second team against their Durham counterparts today. The 30-year-old has not played any cricket since suffering a side strain playing

  • Clitheroe make three signings

    CLITHEROE have made three summer signings as they prepare for the new season. And Blues chairman Carl Garner is confident the club only needs another one or two players to make a push for promotion. Left-back Owen Roberts has joined from Leigh RMI,

  • Clitheroe pre-season friendlies

    Clitheroe have arranged a number of friendly matches. The games take place at Shawbridge, against Northwich Victoria on July 9 - as part of the Joel Byrom deal, Hyde (July 12), Bradford Park Avenue (July 19) and Buxton (August 9). The Blues will

  • Union leaders vow to fight Accrington job cuts

    UNION leaders have vowed to fight plans to cut 260 jobs from an Accrington call centre run by travel firm Thomas Cook. The Transport Salaried Staffs Association said the decision to cut jobs based at the Globe Centre as a "body blow" to the local economy

  • Accrington Stanley laugh off Okocha link

    ACCRINGTON Stanley have laughed off speculation linking them with a move for former Hull City and Nigeria creator Jay-Jay Okocha. The ex-Bolton playmaker, 34, is looking for a new club after being released by the Premier League-bound Tigers. But Stanley

  • Blackburn Rovers may face Ince fight

    BLACKBURN Rovers face a fight with the Premier League if they choose to appoint Paul Ince as the club's next manager. A Premier League spokesman has confirmed to the Lancashire Telegraph that Rovers would need to seek a special dispensation before Ince

  • Clarets agree deal with Rangers for Lafferty

    KYLE Lafferty looks set to be heading out of Turf Moor after Burnley agreed a cash-plus-player deal with Rangers. The Clarets are set to receive a £3m fee for the Northern Ireland striker, with a further £250,000 payable on appearances and a sell-on

  • Blackburn Rovers chairman meets mystery target

    BLACKBURN Rovers chairman John Williams will make a special trip abroad today to interview a mystery candidate as part of his on-going search for a new manager. After holding talks with the former England manager Steve McClaren yesterday, Williams is

  • Longridge pub row man had an axe

    A Longridge man armed himself with an axe after row at the town's Old Oak pub. Michael Potter had earlier sought to act as a peacemaker, trying to quell a disturbance, Preston Crown Court heard. Later he spotted two men in the street, one with a

  • Petition and cash tribute to Wilpshire crash victim Ashley

    FRIENDS and family of a music lover killed in a horrific car crash handed over 300 signatures to the Lancashire Telegraph's Wasted Lives campaign petition. Last night the group also presented the Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital, Pendlebury with the