• Snapshot shows us the way things were

    THE image above will be instantly recognisable to anyone who was around prior to the 1970s in the Accrington Road/Gannow Lane districts of Burnley. It was taken in 1978, on the lower section of Cog Lane that has now been obliterated by the motorway


    IT’S back to school this week in our weekly glimpse at the way we were. Today, we step back more than 60 years and take a look at pupils from St Joseph’s Primary School, Blackburn, in 1952. Here they are in the flagged school playground in

  • Perms, bouffants and ‘puff balls’ – epitome of style

    THE arrival of the 1960s heralded a battle of the hairstyles. Top hairdressers in Germany, Austria and France were all vying for haute coiffure supremacy, with brand new fashion styles, which were being copied by stylists throughout East Lancashire

  • Brave firefighter cheats death at building blaze

    A BURNLEY fire chief took quick evasive action to save his life during a fire back in 1960. Assistant divisional officer, Herbert White, rammed his head through a house window – luckily, he was wearing his helmet at the time – to protect himself

  • HOLD THE FRONT PAGE: Murder probe aided by the Yard

    MAKING the headlines today was the grisly tale of a Blackburn murder after a man was found battered to death in a pawnbroker’s shop in Eanam. Police discovered the body of Fred Gallagher in the early hours of the morning after he failed to return

  • VINTAGE STYLE: Looking back at the thirties

    THE 1930’s saw the rise of the Hollywood star and she began to influence the outfits of everyday women. Marlene Dietrich in her androgynous tuxedos, and Katharine Hepburn in her flowing trousers and make-up-free face were a breath of fresh air.

  • Ribble Valley MP shares concern for destiny of dairy farms

    RIBBLE Valley MP Nigel Evans has argued for a “fair deal” for dairy farmers, in the face of a new price war between supermarkets. Mr Evans said dairy farmers are facing a bigger challenge, with milk quotas being removed by the EU. MORE TOP

  • Village quiz

    THE Mellor Village Quiz will be held this year on Friday, February 13, in the school hall starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £6.50 each and will include a meat and potato pie supper. The quizmaster will be Rev Roland Nicholson and there will be a

  • Ladies’ afternoon

    SAMLESBURY PALS Group will hold a ladies’ afternoon tea on Thursday, February 5, in the Grill Room at the New Samlesbury Hotel. It will start at 3pm and costs £11.50 per head. Anyone wishing to go can contact Grace Redmayne on 01772 877307.

  • Timely memo

    PARENTS at a Ribble Valley school have been reminded to make sure their children arrive in time for the start of the day. Longridge CE Primary School in Berry Lane wrote in the weekly newsletter to parents asking them to make sure their children

  • Forces event

    A CHARITY event is due to be staged in Longridge at the end of the month. The event, in aid of Help for Heroes, will be held at the Royal British Legion Club in Towneley Road, Longridge, on Saturday, January 31. The fundraiser will include

  • Clitheroe teenager tagged after swinging punches at doorman

    A TEENAGER swung punches at a doorman after being thrown out of a Clitheroe pub, Blackburn magistrates heard. Daniel Thomas Munn, 19, continued to struggle with police officers outside the White Lion, in Market Place, as they took him to the ground

  • Flats scheme for restaurant

    THE first restaurant set up by an East Lancashire celebrity chef could be converted into flats. A bid to convert the The Longridge Restaurant in Higher Road, Longridge, has been submitted for approval to Ribble Valley Borough Council. The business

  • East Lancashire student accepted on pathway law course

    A STUDENT from Nelson and Colne College sixth form is celebrating after being accepted into the Sutton Trust’s Pathway to Law programme at the University of Manchester. Hannah Fielding, who is from Great Harwood, is currently studying for A Levels

  • Jobs go as Electricity North West moves to cut costs

    ELECTRICITY bosses have confirmed more than 50 agency and contractor posts, and a number of permanent positions, are under threat across the North West after future operational costs were slashed by their official watchdog. But management at Electricity

  • East Lancashire dairy farmers warn of pneumonia risk to cows

    DAIRY farmers across East Lancashire are bracing themselves for a period of changeable weather which increases the risk of pneumonia in herds. Temperatures swinging from one extreme to the other, which the region has experience in recent weeks,

  • 78-year-old Blackburn man charged with rape

    A 78-YEAR-OLD man has appeared at crown court charged with rape. The case of Arthur Procter, of Ferrier Close, Blackburn, was adjourned until March 30 for a plea and case management hearing at Preston Crown Court. MORE TOP STORIES: On this

  • Ridiculous idea

    RE,£2 MILLION Blackburn Islamic girls boarding school gets go-ahead This is disgusting. I don’t think there are any all Christian or all Catholic high schools left in Blackburn anymore. Personally I’m an Atheist but this bending over backwards to accommodate

  • They don’t help

    RE,£2 MILLION Blackburn Islamic girls boarding school gets go-ahead I am a female Muslim, but I am British and proud of it above everything else. These schools do nothing to help integration within British culture. They isolate and breed contempt

  • New school a positive move

    RE, £2 MILLION Blackburn Islamic girls boarding school gets go-ahead With recent comments from senior politicians indicating Imams must do more to inculcate British values in the Muslim population, this move must be seen as very positive. The school

  • Switch-off is big decision

    RE, VICTORY: Notorious M65 junction to be re-lit following serious safety concerns I am not convinced that lighting the highway will prevent accidents, but I am content if it reduces them. The question then arises of how long that the lights will

  • Pond should be cared for

    RE, ANGER as Blackburn pupils’ daily bus fares could rise to £4.50 As a taxpayer I am more than happy to pay for state schools for every child. I am not happy to pay to subsidise children passing perfectly good state schools to go to a school chosen

  • When the fare really is unfair

    RE, ANGER as Blackburn pupils’ daily bus fares could rise to £4.50 I don’t actually pass perfectly good state schools – I pass two privately-run academies. I don’t have an imaginary friend, I have faith, and as such I want my child’s curriculum

  • It is Shear folly

    RE, THUNDERSNOW hits East Lancashire I spent eight years at St Mary’s College and no buses, not even single deckers, ever went anywhere near the stretch of Shear Brow below St James’s Road, even in ideal conditions. What has changed, apart from maybe

  • Pond should be cared for

    I AM writing about the silt issue of Sunnyhurst Wood’s pond. I’ve read about this and its costs over the last few years. My memory of over 40 years ago is of my children and friends watching two men who regularly cleared the pond with two spades

  • Non-urgent cases waste time at A&E, it must stop

    THE NHS 111 non-emergency helpline is failing in its aims according to doctors. Workers are failing to signpost patients not needing urgent care to more appropriate services such as local walk-in centres and GP surgeries, to the annoyance of hospital

  • Passers-by sniff out £89k cannabis farm

    PASSERS-BY who reported smelling a pungent ‘herbal’ aroma coming from a Chorley house led police to uncover a cannabis farm worth £89,000. On March 29, Community Beat manager, PC Debs Collier investigated a strong smell of cannabis coming from

  • Conservatives suggest new 'town council' for Ramsbottom

    A NEW “town council” has been suggested for Ramsbottom – 41 years after the area last looked after some of its own affairs. Conservative borough councillors Ian Bevan and Rob Hodgkinson are behind the suggested authority, which could help to oversee

  • Burnley MP calls for prayer prior to meetings

    BURNLEY MP Gordon Birtwistle has revealed he would like prayers to be said before council meetings. Mr Birtwistle, who is still a councillor on Burnley Borough Council, was speaking in a House of Commons debate on the Local Government Religious

  • National retailer The Range set to open doors to public

    A NATIONAL retailer will open the doors of its new store in Burnley next week. The Range will officially open the shop at the Ashfield Retail Centre on Friday, January 30, at 9am. Around 100 jobs are to be created at the store which will be

  • Jenny Cook achieves I.C.F.M qualification

    Jenny Cook A.M.I.C.F.M. Assoc. CIPD, Fleet Manager at KeyFleet, has achieved her second tier of qualification through the Institute of Car Fleet Management – the professional qualification for fleet managers in the UK. KeyFleet, the Lancashire based

  • Crow Wood charity ball hailed a huge success!

    CROW Wood Managing Director Andrew Brown, has this week announced that the annual charity ball held in Bertram’s Restaurant raised £11,869 Mr. Brown hailed the amount raised as fantastic and said that the money raised would benefit Pendleside Hospice

  • ‘Hilarity’ at WI

    MEMBERS of Great Harwood Women’s Institute were treated to a “very different” talk at a recent meeting. Preston woman Joanne Halliwell gave an adaption of life as ‘Betsy the Scullery Maid’ at Bank Mill House, in Church Street. Spokeswoman Sue

  • Family bids a fond farewell

    THE family of a Blackburn man who lost his battle with cancer earlier this month have said their goodbyes. Danny Clark, of Hozier Street, died at home on Saturday, January 10, aged 43. A funeral service was held at Accrington Crematorium at

  • Children's film club to launch at Accrington Town Hall

    A CHILDREN’S film club is to launch at Accrington Town Hall, it was announced. Opening in March, the club will be mainly aimed at families with pre-school-aged children. A spokesman said: “It will allow little ones to experience the magic and

  • At the oche

    DARTS and dominoes tournaments will be held at Darwen Subscription Bowling Club on Friday. The competitions, which cost £3 and £2 respectively to enter, will begin at the Anyon Street venue from 8.15pm. The darts champion will take home £80

  • Live concert

    BAND Catalina Winemixer is set to take to the stage at a Darwen pub on Saturday. The group, which performs covers of a host of indie, rock and Britpop classics, will play at the Park Pub, in Cemetery Lane, from 9pm. The venue’s weekend entertainment

  • Website revamp

    DARWEN Town Council deputy chairman Pete Hollings has promised residents its new website will soon have links to the body’s full minutes, contacts and agendas and would be accessible via smartphones and tablets. He said that the redesign was ‘still

  • Pub events

    THE Sunnyhurst pub in Darwen has two events this week for customers. Tonight sees the regular Wednesday Quiz Night starting at 9pm with a jackpot up to £200 plus spot prizes and a free supper. On Saturday night its hosts a Burns Burger evening

  • Valentine’s quiz night

    A QUIZ night will be held in Darwen on Valentine’s Day. The Saturday, February 14, event is at 7.30pm at the Central United Reformed Church in Duckworth Street. The subjects will range from the history of Darwen, to love, musicals, religion

  • Councillor hits back at Darwen MP's comments on bus fees

    BOROUGH education boss Dave Harling Executive has accused Darwen MP Jake Berry of “scaremongering” over a consultation that could see subsidies for pupils’ bus fares to faith schools outside the town scrapped. He hit back at the Tory backbencher

  • Tickets still available for launch of new Darwen comedy night

    TICKETS are still available for the launch of a new comedy night in Darwen later this month. Comedy @Darwen Library Theatre’s first show will be on Saturday, January 31, with Northern Irish comedian Martin Mor, who has a string of Edinburgh Fringe

  • Darwen teacher sells toys to give charity cash boost

    A DARWEN primary school teacher has raised money for charity by knitting toy penguins. Michelle Farnworth, who teaches the ash class at St Peter’s CofE Primary School, in Turncroft Road, created ‘Monty’ penguins which which were sold to other members

  • Huncoat war memorial move plan sparks row

    HUNCOAT’S war memorial would be open to “vandalism and misuse” if it is moved as proposed, it has been claimed. Plans to move the cenotaph from the top of a hill near Higher Gate to the corner of Lower Gate Road and Station Road were given the

  • Blackburn Rovers Academy make it back-to-back wins

    BLACKBURN Rovers Academy’s perfect start to the New Year continued on Saturday as they made it back-to-back victories for the first time this season. Fresh from winning 3-1 at home to Wolves, Brian Carey’s side beat Everton 1-0 at Finch Farm thanks

  • Train cancelled due to 'signalling problems'

    EAST Lancashire commuters are facing delays this morning after a train was cancelled. Bosses at Northern Rail said the train leaving Manchester Victoria at 7.26am, and which was due to arrive in Blackburn at 8.24am had been cancelled because of

  • Plan for new Darwen homes sparks protest storm

    PLANS to build two semi-detached homes on an empty plot of land in Sunnyhurst have caused a storm of protest. Eleven letters of objection and a petition opposing the scheme on Harwood Street have been received by Blackburn with Darwen council.

  • FURTHER DELAYS: Motorists driven to despair at traffic lights

    BURNLEY motorists have criticised the new sets of traffic lights at a busy roundabout after suffering further delays. Exasperated drivers have been left dealing with long delays at peak times since the four new sets of signals at Barracks roundabout