• Free swimming for Burnley youngsters during holidays

    FREE summer holiday swims have been lined up for Burnley and Padiham youngsters thanks to the legacy of a 19th century brewing magnate. Pool sessions at the St Peter's Centre in Burnley and Padiham Leisure Centre for the under 16s will be covered

  • Nelson florist competes to be best in country

    A FLORIST from Nelson is in the running for a prestigious award given to those tipped to blossom into experts in their chosen field. Milly Davey, who works at Going Dutch in Nelson, will represent the North West in the grand final of the Interflora

  • Worries over East Lancashire Remploy sites

    ALMOST 50 disabled workers could lose their jobs at a manufacturing firm, according to a union. An independent report on the future of Remploy, which provides jobs for people with disabilities, has made a number of recommendations to help find

  • Lancashire police reassure motorists over referrals

    LANCASHIRE Police have reassured motorists in the wake of an MP’s revelations on rocketing car insurance premiums. Blackburn MP Jack Straw revealed last month that the industry’s ‘dirty secret’ was the insurance companies themselves were selling on

  • Darwen police concern over 'witness resistance'

    DETECTIVES investigating a serious assault in Darwen say they are coming up against resistance from people in the town. A 47-year-old chef suffered serious head injuries during the incident in the early hours of Sunday, June 5. Police

  • East Lancashire care home residents face anxious wait

    ALMOST 1,000 residents and staff at Southern Cross care homes in East Lancashire must wait to see who will take over running the properties. The cash-strapped operator, which has 752 homes and 31,000 residents in total, announced it would close

  • New Burnley head's vow to know name of every child

    A NEW headteacher has vowed to get back into the classroom and learn every pupil by name when he takes change. Bob Wakefield, who is due to begin his headship at Shuttleworth College, Burnley, from September has revealed his plans to teach

  • Tour de France rider to launch Clitheroe charity challenge

    CYCLING star Geraint Thomas will be making a pit stop in the Ribble Valley for a new 100-mile charity cycle challenge. The top Welsh pedaller, who received an MBE for his contribution to the sport, will be greeting riders at the Cross Pennine

  • Hyndburn Used Furniture Store hot on eco fuel

    A HYNDBURN business is now being fuelled by wood pellets and solar power after buying a new bio mass boiler. The specialist environmental boiler was put in place at Hyndburn Used Furniture Store to provide heat and hot water. It was transported from

  • Arrest over robbery at Hyndburn fuel station

    A MAN has been arrested in connection with a robbery in which a petrol pump attendant fought back with a bottle of wine. Derek Greenwood struggled with an intruder at Texaco garage, Church, last Thursday night, with the masked raider escaping with

  • Dignitaries get in the Zone for Blackburn youth project

    DIGNITARIES and founder patrons of the new £8million Blackburn Youth Zone got a first chance to see how building work is progressing. The project, which will offer a range of top-quality activities as well as practical social service-type support to

  • Blitz on Lancashire under-age booze sellers

    ROGUE traders who sell booze to kids are being targeted in a major crackdown in Lancashire. Lancashire’s Trading Standards team will join forces with officers from the Special Constabulary to run test purchase exercises. Anyone pub or shop caught

  • Clitheroe charity shop's vintage and designer sale

    THE East Lancs Hospice shop in Clitheroe is holding a ladies vintage and designer clothing sale. Running until July 25, it features 1960s, 1970s and 1980s clothing, shoes and accessories, with labels like Diane Von Furstenberg, David Emanuel

  • Blackburn Rovers search for the next Phil Jones

    BLACKBURN Rovers’ academy scholars had only been back at Brockhall from their summer break for just a few minutes when a couple of them were told in no uncertain terms their new haircuts had to go. “We are not only their football coaches,"

  • Colne cannabis dealer had no assets

    A CANNABIS dealer who supplied a friend or friend will not face a proceeds of crime hearing. Burnley Crown Court heard how Alan Woods, 34, had no assets. The court had earlier been told Woods, 34, had been bulk buying the drug, but since his

  • New Nelson homes 'will help regeneration'

    A NEW housing development at a gateway to Nelson will help regenerate the town, according to property consultants. The Reedyford Mill site, in the Bradley area, is to be replaced with 134 new houses. Permission has been granted for 90 two-three bedroom

  • Ribblesdale League Saturday round-up

    SUPER Salesbury professional Susantha Pradeep stole the headlines with a majestic display to lift his side to a fourth Ribblesdale League win of the season on Saturday - but his efforts were in danger of being overshadowed by events at the top

  • Report: Tockholes Gala 2011

    VILLAGERS enjoyed the summer sunshine at the annual Tockholes Gala on Saturday. There were dozens of stalls, while the Bolton Brass Band entertained the crowds. The Bolton Mountain Rescue Team were the charity beneficiaries. The event

  • Burnley boss in praise of MacDonald's goal return

    YOUNG Burnley striker Alex MacDonald earned praise from manager Eddie Howe for making a goalscoring return to first team action. The 21-year-old has spent the last couple of seasons in the Clarets wilderness, after first breaking onto the scene

  • Report: Darwen Pedal Car Grand Prix 2011

    DARWEN town centre looked like a scene from Wacky Races yesterday for the second annual Pedal Car Grand Prix. Thirteen teams raced the town's streets at the same time as Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone. Some of the elaborate creations

  • Fire in back yard in Nelson

    FIREFIGHTERS had to put out a blaze in the back yard of a house in Moore Street, Nelson in the early hours of yesterday morning. Moore Street, Nelson They said a mattress had been set alight and that the fire spread to a gate, causing damage

  • Haslingden fire started by incense stick

    THOUSANDS of pounds worth of damage was caused to a house last night when a blaze started by an incense stick destroyed a bedroom. Children at the house in Wells Street, Haslingden, had left the sticks smouldering in a cupboard full of clothes

  • Whitworth twin town visitors takes in tour

    ROSSENDALE MP Jake Berry gave a delegation from Whitworth’s German twin town of Kandel a guided tour of Westminster. He said: “It gave me great pleasure to welcome the visitors to Parliament. "I think it is important to maintain these grassroots

  • Hot weather blamed for hot tempers

    Now I know why motorists in Continental cities behave so badly – why, in Rome, Madrid, and Athens, they shout and sound their horns like there’s no tomorrow. It’s the warmer climate. The recent heatwave – however short – turned the roads into melting

  • Deposit warning for tenants

    TENANTS should check that their deposit is protected by their landlord. The message was issued by Burnley and Pendle based Petty’s Lettings after figures revealed that up to a million private sector tenants with combined deposits worth up to £1billion

  • Success at the double for Bacup pupils

    PUPILS at a Bacup high school have had double cause for celebration after winning two competitions in the space of a week. Connor Johnston, Jo-Anne Clayton, Sophie Tattersall and James Harwood, all year-eight pupils at Fearns Community Sports College

  • 'Astonishing' results at Windermere School

    STUDENTS and staff at Windermere School are celebrating after achieving ‘astonishing’ International Baccalaureate grades. Headmaster Ian Lavender was ‘absolutely delighted’ after the school improved its IB grades for the third successive year

  • Blackburn shop Grays unveils its new focus

    AN historic shop closed one of its stores in the town at the weekend. Grays' Penny Street menswear shop had been opened for 47 years. But bosses had to move out after the move of Blackburn market to a new £8million site in Church Street last month

  • Pigeons beware the elegant predator

    It’s not so long ago that the peregrine became all but extinct in Britain mainly due to the use of poisonous agricultural chemicals. In recent years such chemicals have been replaced by less toxic substances and this elegant bird of prey has shown a

  • Blackburn kidnap helper given suspended sentence

    A MOTHER-of-two who joined in the kidnap of a man after getting involved with two dangerous criminals has walked free from court. Catherine McGeough, 32, had driven the two men to where victim Aziz Akram was in Blackburn. The men were angry with the

  • North v South transport spending divide grows

    THERE is a widening north-south divide in spending on transport, according to new figures. Spending in London is close to triple the outlay in the north of England and West Midlands, said the Passenger Transport Executive Group. PTEG said an analysis

  • Review: The Parkers Arms, Newton-in-Bowland

    Address: The Parkers Arms, Newton-in-Bowland, BB7 3DY. Phone number: 01200 446236. Lancashire Telegraph review by Kimberley Hall from July 9, 2011. “I think it's one of those places where the man I'll settle the bill

  • Howe happy with Burnley's pre-season so far

    BURNLEY manager Eddie Howe was pleased with the overall performance in the first of Burnley’s six pre-season friendlies at Altrincham on Saturday. Howe said: “It was a good work-out. We scored some good goals in the first half and looked very

  • Accrington Stanley skipper stays loyal to cause

    ANDY Procter has revealed that he turned down bigger financial offers from Stevenage and Leyton Orient to sign a new deal at Accrington Stanley. The 28-year-old became one of five players to put pen to paper on a new contract at the Crown

  • Tom joins Blackburn law firm as specialist in litigation

    A BLACKBURN-based law firm has appointed a new litigation specialist to deal with a rise in commercial disputes caused by the economic turmoil. Garricks, which is Lancashire’s newest commercial law firm, has appointed Tom Smith to its dispute resolution

  • Burnley's balance of power moving to Flood

    BRENDAN Flood is set to become Burnley’s majority shareholder, the Lancashire Telegraph understands. Flood, the operational director, is in the process of buying shares from chairman Barry Kilby. However it will not signal any boardroom

  • Former Bournemouth keeper handed Burnley trial

    Burnley have offered a trial to former Bournemouth goalkeeper Jon Stewart. Although the 22-year-old was sacked for misconduct by the Cherries in April, three months after Howe left for the Turf Moor hotseat, the Clarets boss sees potential

  • Ramsbottom win Lancashire League Twenty20 trophy

    RAMSBOTTOM beat the rain to raise aloft the Lancashire League Twenty20 trophy on Friday night as they eased past heartbroken Nelson at a wet Acre Bottom. Jonathan Fielding’s men, winners of the competition last season, won the match by 10 wickets

  • Lancashire hit top form to crush Notts

    An unbroken 97-run partnership between Steven Croft and Tom Smith helped impressive Lancashire crush Nottinghamshire by nine wickets in their FLt20 match at Old Trafford. In a match reduced to 15 overs per side because of early afternoon rain, Lancashire

  • Chorley 0 Preston North End 2

    THERE was a bumper turn out at Victory Park as Preston North End comfortably retained the Jack Kirkland Trophy in the annual pre-season challenge against Chorley. A crowd of 1,502 saw Preston, relegated from the Championship last season, open

  • Blackburn flasher hunted by police

    A MAN who was seen touching himself inappropriately in public is being hunted by police. Police said an elderly woman had just arrived home at her flat in Swallow Drive, Blackburn, when she saw the man at the bottom of the steps. She told officers

  • The rule is that beards don’t rule

    THERE’S nothing new about schools and teenagers clashing over what they look like when they go to school. Different styles of clothing, make-up and jewellery are all frequent areas of confrontation between teachers and pupils not to mention definitions

  • More patient satisfaction

    Regarding the letter from Josie Slater about her treatment at Royal Blackburn Hospital, I, too have had excellent service every time I go to Blackburn Royal. People are too quick to criticise. I understand that people have bad experiences, but

  • Blackburn Rovers games change for TV

    BLACKBURN Rovers' trip to Fulham in September has been put back a day as one of three of their fixtures chosen in the first batch of TV selections. Rovers will now play at Craven Cottage on Sunday September 11, kick off 4pm. Their home

  • Shocking figures on cyclist deaths

    I have been doing some basic research on sentences given to drivers who hit and kill cyclists. Whilst these are rare events, you will find it quite shocking to learn that drivers proven to have been at fault rarely get prison, rarely anything more

  • Olsson wants to help Blackburn Rovers into top 10

    MARTIN Olsson believes Blackburn Rovers will be stronger for last season's struggles as he sets his sights on a top half Premier League finish. The Swedish international defender is part of the Rovers squad who return to pre-season training

  • Circular rail route best

    Mrs Nixon of Todmorden (LT, July 7) is concerned that reinstatement of the Todmorden Curve will not benefit the citizens of Todmorden itself. I am sure she is worrying unnecessarily. Should the day ever come when the Curve is reinstated, Burnley

  • Blackburn battler Anne’s all fired up for dragon racing

    NINE years ago, Anne Holt was told she had weeks to live. But she beat breast cancer and took up a new sport which doctors said would help her recovery. Now Anne, nicknamed Braveheart by her husband – is set to compete for Great Britain in the Dragon

  • Rethink on road speed through Hapton

    HIGHWAYS chiefs at Lancashire County Council are to meet with councillors in Hapton to discuss speed limits on a main road through the village. Plans to reduce the limit on part of the A679 Burnley Road from 60mph to 50mph have been given the

  • Blackburn with Darwen grass cutting slashed

    COUNCIL teams are cutting one-metre strips of grass rather than whole verges because of funding cuts. Residents have complained to Blackburn with Darwen Council saying the approach is leaving unsafe and unsightly areas of land outside their homes.

  • Broken-down train at Burnley causes delays

    A BROKEN down train at Burnley Manchester Road station caused major rail disruption across East Lancashire this morning. The Northern Rail train between on the York to Blackpool line broke down just before 9am. A replacement bus service was running

  • Burnley defender set for Preston North End switch today

    BURNLEY defender Clarke Carlisle is today set to complete his move to rivals Preston North End, in what is likely to be a season-long loan. The Preston-born 32-year-old, a hero of the 2009 promotion-winning team, has been in talks with his

  • Praise for Paterson in Burnley's friendly win

    Eddie Howe highlighted the performance of fit-again front man Martin Paterson in the 4-2 friendly win at Altrincham. Paterson is hoping to put the injury nightmares of the last two seasons behind him and scored to give the Clarets a 3-0 half-time

  • Win Tickets to the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park

    Cheshire is the ‘Home of England’s Finest Gardens’, and here is your chance to explore what they have to offer - at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park. (July 20-24). Cheshire’s Gardens of Distinction are providing one

  • Win Tickets to Manchester’s Key 103 LIVE Concert

    Win Tickets to Manchester’s Key 103 LIVE Concert Newsquest Northwest has teamed up with Key 103 to promote their great competition to our readers. Enter now for your chance to win one of five pairs of tickets to this year’s star studded spectacular

  • Padiham women save life of man rescued from canal

    A GROUP of quick-thinking walkers who leapt into action to save a man from drowning have been hailed heroes by fire chiefs. Pamela Edwards, 50, was out walking with her family alongside the Leeds Liverpool Canal when she heard screams for help

  • Ribble Valley boy banned from class for having a beard

    A SCHOOLBOY has been banned from class for having a beard. Harrison ‘Harry’ Cerami, 15, is a ‘big lad who looks like a man’ and ‘wants to have a nice, trimmed beard’, according to his mum. Ribblesdale High School, Clitheroe, reprimanded

  • Lancashire police set for Westminster rally

    UP TO 50 Lancashire police officers will confront MPs during a rally at Westminster against proposed cuts. The Lancashire contingent will join around 2,000 colleagues from across the force to protest at the impending loss of thousands of posts