• Charity challenge in memory of Colne lifeguard

    A TEAM of cyclists will ride the length of the Leeds-Liverpool canal in 24 hours in memory of a lifeguard who died in a car crash two years ago. Tom Petty, 25, died, along with his girlfriend Jessica Foxley, 21, and friend Philip Wright, 25, when their

  • Rawtenstall pupils in safety talks

    PUPILS at a Rawtenstall primary school have been given safety talks by local police officers. Community Beat Manager PC Mick Jones and PCSO Ian Pickles went into St James the Less Primary School on Wednesday to speak to children about the role

  • Bacup boy’s family raise money to thank air ambulance

    A 10-YEAR-OLD boy who was left in a coma after being hit by a car presented a cheque today to the North West Air Ambulance as a thank you for saving his life. Tyler Eaton was playing football near his home in Hammerton Green, Bacup, when he

  • Darwen moors scrambler bikes warning

    POLICE have received several reports about the use of motorbikes at the Manor Road entrance to the Moors leading up to Darwen Tower. A local horse riding group have reported concerns after several of their members were startled by the bikes in the

  • Review: James Taylor @ MEN Arena, Manchester

    WOULD it work? The legendary James Taylor, the man with a guitar who has written 150 songs, be able to hold an audience at the huge MEN Arena. I am pleased to report, yes it did: James Taylor who appeared on stage looking like a genial headmaster had

  • New Blackburn health centre opens

    A NEW £1.8million health centre opened in Blackburn today - ending a two-year wait. The Waterside Health and Wellbeing Centre was originally meant to launch in July 2009. But construction stalled because of uncertainty over the availability

  • Crown Paints backs manufacturing drive

    A MAJOR Darwen employer has backed a ‘very positive’ Government drive to support manufacturing excellence in the region. But Crown Paints said more needed to be done to encourage children to take up a career in the sector. The decorative coatings

  • What's on: Darwen Pedal Car Grand Prix 2011

    After a successful first event last year, the Darwen Pedal Car Grand Prix returns on Sunday, July 10. Race organiser Coun Phil Jones of Darwen Town Council, which is funding the event, said that more than 14 teams were signed up. He said

  • Mahmood happy to concentrate on Lancashire

    Lancashire paceman Sajid Mahmood believes he is currently in the form of his life – and puts it down to the fact he has stopped worrying about earning an England place. The 29-year-old last represented his country in 2009, a one-day international against

  • Darwen ready for their big weekend

    Darwen kick start their big weekend tomorrow to kick-start their assault on the Northern Premier League’s Lancashire Cup spots fully refreshed after a fortnight without a game. John Cordingley’s men were inactive last weekend as they had their open

  • Ribblesdale League Saturday preview

    LEADERS Barnoldswick enter into Victory Park battle with wobbling Baxenden tomorrow ready to try and blow their title rivals away in the league’s match of the day. Bash have lost three league games on the bounce and were also deposited out of the Ramsbottom

  • Review: Holy Rollers (15)

    Based on the true story of Jewish drug mules who smuggled ecstasy into the United States from Europe, Kevin Asch’s drama headlines Jesse Eisenberg in a very different guise to his Oscar-nominated role in The Social Network. Sam Gold (Eisenberg) is a

  • Review: Super (18)

    Written and directed by James Gunn, this raucous and potty-mouthed comedy follows an everyman who transforms into a superhero, even though he doesn’t have any remarkable powers worthy of his fetching red spandex costume. Short order cook Frank D’

  • Review: The Tree Of Life (12A)

    Running time: 138 mins. Starring: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken, Tye Sheridan, Laramie Eppler, Fiona Shaw, Irene Bedard, Jessica Fuselier. Director: Terrence Malick. In a career spanning almost four decades, Illinois-born

  • McConville leaves Accrington Stanley for Stockport

    ACCRINGTON Stanley forward Sean McConville has joined Stockport County. The 22-year-old had been in talks with Stanley over a new deal but has instead opted to drop down a division after Blue Square Premier outfit Stockport offered him a higher

  • Five sign new Accrington Stanley deals

    ACCRINGTON Stanley have confirmed that five players have signed new deals. Andy Procter, Luke Joyce and Dean Winnard have put pen to paper on two-year contracts, while Ian Dunbavin and Alan Burton have signed deals until next summer.

  • Chorley musician's poignant song for mum he lost

    AN INTERNATIONAL recording artist has spoken of the devastating effects dementia, the disease which afflicted his mother in the last years of her life. Rick Guard, 35, is a contemporary jazz singer and songwriter who has worked with Ronan Keating, Russell

  • Ex-detective chief is new NHS East Lancashire chairman

    BOB Huntbach has been appointed as the new chairman of NHS East Lancashire. Mr Huntbach has been a non-executive director for the Primary Care Trust since it was founded in 2006. The former police officer rose to the position of detective superintendent

  • They’re right to get tough on dog dirt

    IN the past few years, there has been a sea change in the habits of dog owners. Our paths, streets and parks are far cleaner than they used to be – but not clean enough. There is still a minority of irresponsible owners who let their dogs foul in

  • Hyndburn Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate joins Labour

    The Liberal Democrat candidate for Hyndburn at last year's General Election has joined the Labour Party. Andrew Rankine polled 5,033 in last year's election, 11.79% of the vote, putting him in third place behind Labour's Graham Jones and the Conservatives

  • Reason to leave the EU now

    It's not often that I’m completely irate over what the government does, but giving train building to a firm in Germany really takes the biscuit! Whatever happened to British jobs going to British people? Talk about trying to save the economy and doing

  • Burnley store opens again after huge fire

    A FURNITURE store has re-opened less than a month after a blaze tore through its warehouse and showroom. It is believed that the fire on June 8, which destroyed some of the buildings at the Spring Garden Mill Shopping Outlet in Plumbe Street, Burnley

  • Lasting fear of dog attacks

    I refer to the story (LT, July 4) regarding the horrific experience suffered by Jodie and her owner when they were out for a walk and attacked by another dog. How irresponsible of the owners of the dog which was responsible for Jodie’s injuries to allow

  • ‘Eye for an eye’ is the answer

    THE debate about hanging and suitable punishments will continue until this government does some-thing positive such as return capital punishment for all murderers and yobs who set about people for no reason. The same should apply to the cruel treatment

  • Campaign launched to stop closure of Colne recycling centre

    A councillor has urged residents to fight plans to shut Colne’s household waste recycling centre. The Regent Street site in Colne is one of three in East Lancashire facing closure as part of cost-cutting measures. The others are at Great

  • Curfew for Burnley dad who threatened police with machete

    A DRUNKEN dad who threatened police in a ‘Shameless-style’ stand-off shouted he would put a machete in an officer's head, a court heard. Mark Tomlinson, 26, had been hanging out of the front bedroom after locking himself in a house, was swearing and

  • Nelson schoolgirl fighting for place in Olympics

    A SCHOOLGIRL with a talent for martial arts has launched a bid to compete in the London Olympics next year. Fresh from being crowned British taekwondo champion in the under 49kg category, Aneila Afsar now has her sights set on the world’s biggest sporting

  • Bacup paedophile loses sentence appeal

    A PREDATORY paedophile who abused and photographed a string of young girls in a ‘campaign of depravity’ has been told by top judges he was lucky to avoid a life sentence. An Appeal Court judge said Barry Mark Eves’ crimes were ‘about as bad a case of

  • East Lancashire fears over trespass danger craze

    HISTORIC buildings across East Lancashire are being targeted by ‘urban explorers’ who trespass and post reports and photographs online. Yesterday the Lancashire Telegraph revealed how a group of three men climbed to the top of the 279ft India

  • The beach was great and the ice-cream good

    IF you want value for money then head to the nearest beach. This weekend I escaped to Lytham St Annes and I must say it was certainly well worth the visit. Unlike some other places where they completely rip you off as soon as you park up, I was pleasantly

  • The Colne Dynamoes story: Part two

    COLNE Dynamoes were more than just a football team. They were a phenomenon who rose from the Sunday morning park pitches to an unforgettable FA Vase triumph at Wembley stadium and the verge of the Football Conference. In the second of a three-part series

  • More support for anti-smoking laws, Lancashire group says

    THERE is more support for smoke-free legislation in Lancashire four years on from when it was first introduced, new figures show. The Tobacco Free Lancashire group said 78 per cent of the population backed the law. Janet Walton, from

  • Blackburn Market food court named Foodilicious

    AN 11-year-old has come up with the winning name for the new Blackburn Market food court. A series of competitions saw schoolchildren from across the borough put on their thinking caps to not only rename the eating area, but also to design a new market

  • Darwen pupil Sam’s a technology star

    A 16-year-old Darwen Aldridge Community Academy pupil is celebrating winning a national award for his “academic brilliance”. Sam Exton, a year 11 student, scooped the technology prize in the inaugural Academy Excellence Awards for his essay themed

  • Blackburn contestant reaches Miss England final

    MISS Blackburn has asked Lancashire Telegraph readers to help her clinch the Miss England crown. Harriet Noakley progressed through the semi-final stage of the contest last month. The 23-year-old, who will graduate from a student radiography

  • Tolerance game launched by Sophie Lancaster's mother

    THE mother of murdered gap year student Sophie Lancaster has launched an educational game which encourages children to be tolerant. Sophie, 20, was kicked and stamped to death by a gang of drunken teenagers in Stubbylee Park, Bacup in August

  • Blackburn Rovers weekend debate

    EVERY week throughout the summer, the Lancashire Telegraph will be posing a topical question to Blackburn Rovers supporters over the comings and goings at Ewood Park. This week's question is: Are Venky’s right to abandon their chase

  • Blackburn Rovers blog: No need to panic yet in silly season

    WHAT is it about the football silly season that sends your average, sensible person into a nervous wreck, as they gorge on every single bit of speculation about their club? Fiction can easily be turned into fact at this time of the summer,

  • Review: New Tricks, BBC1

    IT surely can’t be coincidental that the return of TV’s unlikeliest hit series was marked with a storyline about old fossils. Clearly the writers of New Tricks decided that the time had come to sit back, enjoy their success and give a knowing nod to

  • What's on: Trouble at'Mill

    BRINGING a little fun to folk, the band Trouble at’Mill will be playing the Civic Arts Centre in Oswaldtwistle on July 16. The band, based at the village of Gregson Lane, consists of husband and wife team George and Bernadette Dixon, bass player Denis

  • Chorley set for Preston North End opener

    Garry Flitcroft’s Chorley kick off their pre-season games tomorrow when they play host to Preston. The teams will compete for the Jack Kirkland Memorial Trophy, in honour of former Chorley chairman and PNE fan. North End boss Phil Brown has promised

  • Fletcher signs two-year contract with Burnley

    YOUNG striker Wes Fletcher has committed himself to the Clarets by agreeing a new two-year deal at Turf Moor. The 20-year-old joins fellow former youth-team players McCann and Alex McDonald in agreeing fresh terms since the Clarets returned to start

  • Review: Dr Dee: An English Opera @ Palace Theatre, Manchester

    FORGET Pop Star to Opera Star on the TV, this is the real thing. Blur’s Damon Albarn has teamed up with award-winning director Rufus Norris in this special commission which is one of the flagship offerings of the Manchester International festival

  • Oswaldtwistle paedophile jailed for ten years

    AN OSWALDTWISTLE paedophile who abused two schoolgirls and left them both traumatised has been locked up for 10 years. Robert Foulkes, 60, subjected his victims to repeated sex acts. He was caught out last December, when the mother of one of the

  • 5 per cent drop in shoppers visiting Burnley

    A DROP in the number of people visiting Burnley town centre has been blamed on the new shopping centres in Blackburn and Bury. Footfall in the town is down five per cent between the first six months of this year compared to the same period last year

  • Arson attack on derelict Burnley building

    YOUTHS broke into a former morgue last night and set it on fire. The derelict building, which was part of the old Burnley Victoria Hospital on Salus Street, went up in flame at around 9pm. Salus Street, Burnley Black smoke

  • Blackburn Rovers owners not big name hunting

    Blackburn Rovers owners Venky’s have again insisted they are not chasing ‘big-name signings’ this summer as they vow to fund Steve Kean's efforts in the transfer market. As revealed in the Lancashire Telegraph yesterday, Rovers are closing

  • Darwen residents’ anger at smelly drains

    ‘DISGUSTING’ blocked drains are causing homes to flood and a road to smell, residents claim. People living in the Heys Lane area of Darwen said that drains in the road had not been cleared for over 20 years, and were now completely blocked

  • Zero-tolerance dog mess policy in Burnley

    A ZERO tolerance approach to dog mess in Burnley will see people hauled into court for failing to clean up after their pets. Council bosses have warned that anyone caught will be prosecuted. In the latest prosecutions, eight dog owners were fined

  • Rishton roll back the years for charity

    THE years will be rolled back at Rishton tonight as the club’s two most recent Lancashire League championship winning sides lock horns at Blackburn Road. The game is all in aid of charity and a cheque will be handed over to a representative

  • Lancashire League Twenty20 final preview

    JONATHAN Fielding says the main focus for his Ramsbottom outfit is retaining Lancashire League title – but admits he still wants to claim a second piece of silverware for the season tonight. Fielding’s Ramsbottom host Nelson at Acre Bottom

  • Big win for Lancashire

    Lancashire stayed top of the Northern Counties League with an emphatic 14.5-3.5 demolition of Cumbria at Royal Lytham & St Annes on Sunday. The Red Rose won nine of their 12 singles matches, with two others halved. Pleasington pair Jon Hurst and Michael

  • Townend falls just short

    Brogan Townend fell short in her bid to defend her Pleasington Putter crown at the weekend, though she proved East Lancashire’s top performer at the presitigious event. The title went to Katherine O’Connor of Tadmarton Heath GC, in Oxfordshire, with

  • Taylor sensational in Sardinia

    CHORLEY teen sensation Emily Taylor is proving the leading light for England in the European girls’ team championship at Is Molas, Sardinia. The team completed the 36-hole strokeplay qualifying on three-over par. They were three ahead of second-placed

  • Acorn Trophy is the sweetest for Foster

    LEGENDARY Lancashire amateur Trevor Foster described last weekend’s Acorn Trophy triumph at Accrington as ‘one of the sweetest’ tournament victories of his distinguished career – coming after a recent hip operation. The 51-year-old, one of East Lancashire

  • Bowls: Feni to raise the roof

    Feniscowles Bowling Club is holding a charity mixed doubles round robin event in aid of the East Lancs Hospice Raise the Roof Appeal. The competition, sponsored by Great Harwood Windows, takes place on Sunday, July 24, 10am start. The event is open to

  • Bell: It's a mistake if you quit Accrington Stanley

    JIMMY Bell has warned nephew Sean McConville that he would be making ‘a terrible career move’ if he decides to quit Accrington Stanley and join Stockport. McConville is currently out of contract but had been close to finalising a new deal

  • Croquet: Mixed day for Pendle

    The Pendle and Craven croquet team of Geoff and Maureen Whitaker, Jonty Parkinson and Robert Hall managed to even the scores in the doubles matches but lost 10 of the singles to an on-form Culcheth as they went down 12-6. The Full Lawn handicap team of

  • Bowls: Alex Classic set for action

    The Alexandra Classic bowls into action tomorrow at the Alexandra Hotel, Dukes Brow. Play begins at 6pm and continues on Sunday and next weekend.

  • Howe to give a chance to all his Burnley squad

    THE battle to win a place in Eddie Howe’s first team plans begins on Saturday, as Burnley play their first pre-season friendly of the summer. The slate has been wiped clean following the disappointment of missing out on the play-offs last term

  • Blackburn Rovers set for a passage to India

    Blackburn Rovers will become the first Premier League team to tour India when they travel to Pune later this month. Steve Kean’s squad will spend a few days withVenky’s to mark the end of a four-city junior tournament that will be held throughout

  • Accrington unveil new share issue

    ACCRINGTON have confirmed plans to hold a share issue to raise funds and give the community a greater role at the club. Ilyas Khan completed his takeover of Stanley in April and has talked for some time about his desire for a share issue and is also

  • Roberts is up for the fight for Blackburn Rovers

    JASON Roberts is relishing the prospect of a fierce battle for places next season – but insists he is more than confident he can continue to prove any doubters wrong. The striker is part of the Blackburn Rovers squad being put through their paces on

  • Cruel burglar targets vulnerable Ribble Valley pensioner

    A 'VULNERABLE' 80-year-old man has been targeted by a conman who stole a large amount of cash. Detectives have warned elderly people to be on their guard following the 'distraction burglary' involving a bogus caller. The elderly victim