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  • Seven-up Phoenix draw Bees' sting

    Rampant Manchester Phoenix returned to winning ways with a 7-0 thrashing of basement side Bracknell Bees. read more

  • Pair of fraudsters returning to stage in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels the Musical

    RETURN to the Riviera with critically-acclaimed musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels next May. read more

  • Families flocking to winter wonderland

    A CHRISTMAS theme park has opened its doors, complete with family rides, Sooty, Sweep, Soo and a festive circus. read more

  • Police ready to tackle busy Christmas period The Bolton News: (14704577)

    DECEMBER Is a very busy month for most people as the Christmas festivities get underway, and for police in Bolton it is no different. read more

  • 84 new jobs at Westhoughton distribution centre

    OAKWOOD Distribution has announced the creation of eighty-four new jobs at its distribution centre in Westhoughton. read more

  • Community spirit inspires charity calendars

    WHEN it comes to thriving local communities and villages that are held dear by their residents you do not get much more thriving than Little Lever. read more

  • Society’s aim is to help you find your lost family history

    CHRISTMAS is a time for family and sharing stories. read more

  • Home has some old snaps for new owner

    By Gayle McBain read more

  • Memories of treats at former ice cream parlour

    WHEN Stuart Manning saw our recent photograph of Market Street it brought back happy memories, he says, of weekend treats at Tognarellis ice cream parlour. read more

  • Can you shed light on mystery photograph discovery?

    WHEN a Looking Back reader spotted these photographs in the attic of her new home she wanted to know more. read more

  • The sadness of war for family with links to television stars

    LAST week we featured a Bolton family with links to celebrities Johnny and Zoe Ball. read more

  • Shoppers take to the town centre to seek out mini skirts

    THERE was a time when shops in Bolton town centre would not need shutters and proved hugely popular to local folk doing a bit of "window shopping" in the evening. read more

  • Then and now

    THIS atmospheric old photograph was taken in 1949 so just four years after the end of World War Two. read more

  • Church lays on Christmas feast for convicts who transformed grounds

    PARISHIONERS showed the true spirit of Christmas as they laid on a festive feast for a group of criminals who have transformed their church grounds. read more

  • Amir deserves his superfight, but Mayweather v Pacquaio is a must

    AMIR Khan is already one of Bolton’s greatest ever sporting heroes. read more

  • Police budget to be slashed by further £28 million next year

    POLICING in Bolton is set to be hit once again by government cuts with GMP's budget set to be slashed by a further £28 million next year. read more

  • Amir Khan expresses sadness at school massacre

    BOXER Amir Khan has spoken of his sadness at the loss of more than 100 young lives in the Peshawar school massacre. read more

  • mavis steele

    MAVIS YVONNE STEELE Peacefully passed away with her loving family by her side in Farnworth Care Home on Tuesday 9th December 2014 aged 84 years. Mavis, beloved wife of the late John , Much loved mum of Malcolm, Alan, Colin and Val, a devoted nanna and great nanna, loved mother in law of Penny, Janet and Janet, a very dear sister of Olive and also a dear aunty. Mavis will be sadly missed by all her family Cortege will leave Farnworth CO-OP Chapel of Rest on Monday 22nd December at 11:15 for service and committal at Overdale Crematorium West Chapel at 12.00 noon. Flowers acceptable. All enquiries to Co-operative Funeralcare Farnworth and Walkden, 175-177 Albert Road, Farnworth, Bolton BL4 9HP Tel 573280. read more

  • stephen parkinson

    STEPHEN PARKINSON The family of the late Stephen Parkinson wish to express their sincere thanks to relatives, friends, neighbours and past carers for the kindness and sympathy shown to them during their sad loss. Also for the cards and letters of condolence and donations received for Mencap and Alzheimers Society. Special thanks to the dedicated staff at Gorsey Clough Nursing Home. Sincere thanks to Rev. Nigel Adkinson for a comforting service and to the staff at Bolton Co-operative Funeralcare for funeral arrangements. read more

  • George Hayes

    GEORGE HAYES On 12th December 2014 asleep in hospital aged 72 years. Now at peace with Mary. Service and Committal at Overdale East Chapel, Monday 22nd December at 3.15pm. All enquiries to Howarth's Funeral Service, 'Balfron House', 2-4 Balmoral Road, Farnworth, Bolton BL4 9HR Tel 707755 read more

  • Constance Hilda Seddon

    CONSTANCE HILDA SEDDON Peter, daughter Janet and the family of the late Hilda wish to thank all relatives, friends and neighbours for their kindness, expressions of sympathy, cards of condolence and beautiful flower tributes, also for the donations to the British Heart Foundation. Thank you to the doctors and all concerned in Hilda's care. Special thanks to the Reverend Father David Schofield and all at the Co-operative Funeralcare on Crompton Way for their personal care and support. read more

  • Winifred Haughton

    WINIFRED HAUGHTON (NEE) KAYE Passed away peacefully at St. Catherine`s Care Home Horwich on 11th December aged 98 years. Beloved wife of the late Albert and loving mother of Frank. Sister to Edna and the late Fred. Much loved auntie will be sadly missed. Service and Committal at Overdale Crematorium West Chapel on Friday 19th December 2pm. Family flowers only please, donations if desired to St. Catherine`s Care Home.All enquiries to Deighan`s Funeral Parlour, 81 Mason Street, Horwich. BL6 5RB. TEL: 01204 694999 read more

  • Margaret Beryl Berry

    MARGARET BERYL BERRY Peacefully in hospital on 10th December 2014, BERYL aged 86 years, Much Loved Sister of Brenda, Stanley and Colin, Loving Sister in Law of Ron, a dear Auntie to Gail, Colin, Hilary, Kaye and Andrew Forever in our thoughts Funeral service to take place on Wednesday December 24th 2014 at St Andrews Church, Bromley Cross at 11.00am followed by committal at Overdale Crematorium West Chapel at 12.00noon. All enquiries and floral tributes to the Co-operative Funeralcare, Crompton Chapel, Crompton Way, Bolton, BL1 8NZ. Tel 01204 307151 read more


    JOAN SHAW Passed away peacefully on the 13th December 2014. JOAN, Beloved wife to both the late Dennis and Walter, loving mother to Heather and mother in law to Andrew, a dear nanna and great nanna. Joan will be sadly missed by all her family and friends. Service and committal will take place in Overdale Crematorium East Chapel on Friday 19th December 2014 at 10:15am. Family flowers only please but donations if desired can be made to Alzheimer’s Society. (please note only cheques made payable to the charity accepted, no cash) All enquiries and cheque donations to Shaw and Son Funeral Directors, The Old Parsonage, 20 Park Street, Bolton, BL1 4BD Tel: 01204 526218. read more


    CHRIS DALE On 15th December 2014 peacefully at Bolton Hospice and of Harwood, aged 50 years. Beloved husband of Sam and loving dad of Joe, Georgina and Susie. The service and committal will be at Radcliffe Crematorium on Tuesday 23rd December at 4.00pm. All enquries to Silletts funeral directors Spring Lane Radcliffe Tel: 0161 723 2383. read more

  • Frances Margaret Bolton

    FRANCES MARGARET BOLTON (NEE GLYNN) Died suddenly on 9th December 2014 aged 72 years. Beloved Wife of the late Raymond, Much loved Mum, Grandma, Great Grandma Loving Sister, Sister in Law, Auntie and a Wonderful Friend to many. Funeral service to take place on Friday December 19th 2014 for service and committal at Overdale Crematorium West Chapel at 3.30pm. Family flowers only please donations if desired to Bury Downs Syndrome Support Group (cheques made payable to the charity) .All enquiries to the Co-operative Funeralcare, Crompton Chapel, Crompton Way, Bolton, BL1 8NZ. Tel 01204 307151 read more

  • Geoffrey Stuart Thomson

    GEOFFREY STUART (Geoff) THOMSON Late of Langford Thomson Ltd The family are very sad to announce that Geoff died peacefully at home on Saturday 13th December 2014. Funeral service and committal will be held at Preston Crematorium on Tuesday 23rd December at 11.15am. Family flowers only please. To be in repose at and all enquiries to L. Stewart, Dimond and Son, 2 Bridge Street, Garstang, Preston, PR3 1YB. Tel 01995 602316. read more

  • Barry William (Barry Jay) Lloyd

    LLOYD WILLIAM BARRY (BARRY JAY) Passed away peacefully in Chorley District Hospital on 13th December 2014 aged 70 years. Dearly loved husband of Marilyn. Very dear father of Nicola and Paul. Dear father in law of Shaun and Nicola. Loving grandad of Lucie, Oliver, Evelyn and Alice. Dear brother of Barbara. Dear brother in law of Alan, Christine and Jeff. Dear son in law of June. A dear uncle and friend of many. Funeral Service to be held at St Georges Church, Chorley followed by cremation at Charnock Richard Crematorium. Date and time to be confirmed. Family flowers only and Donations if desired to Cancer Research. Enq Carl and Brett Kenyon, Meridian Funeral Home. Tel. 01257 234377. read more

  • kenneth cox

    KENNETH COX On December 11th 2014 suddenly at his home in Lostock, Ken aged 85 years. The dearly loved husband of the late Vera, loving father of Malcolm, dear father in law of Denise and a devoted grandad of Matthew, Edward & Elizabeth and great grandad of Isabella, service New Chapel United Reformed Church, Horwhich, Friday December 19th at 2pm Prior to committal Overdale West Chapel 3pm. No flowers by request please. Donations in lieu if so desired may be sent for New Chapel United Reformed Church. Enquiries and donations to the Livesey Funeral Service, Church Street, Horwich Tel 696311. read more


    FREDA OBERTELLI (FORMERLY WAINMAN) The family of the late Freda would like to express their sincere thanks to all relatives, friends and neighbours for their kind messages of sympathy, cards of condolence, flowers and donations received during their recent sad loss. Special thanks to Dr Bradford, District Nurses, to Reverend Carolyn Lawrance for her lovely service and to Bernadette and Ian at Birtwistle’s Funeral Service for their professional and dignified arrangements. read more

  • Police ready for Mad Friday descent on Bolton town centre

    THOUSANDS of revellers will descend on Bolton town centre for Mad Friday — and police say they are ready. read more

  • We are trapped by serfdom and lacky-ism

    AN excellent letter from Andrew Davidson, December 15. All good points particularly when Andrew reminds us that you can't spend what you don't have. Can I respectfully develop: UK plc is at fault allowing this situation to happen both at government level and at individual level. read more

  • Bolton at Home needs a better system

    I READ with interest your article and comments posted by your readers, regarding the so-called Christmas cards sent by Bolton At Home reminding tenants of their rent arrears. read more

  • Jamie Thomas fires Bolton Wanderers under-18s into FA Youth Cup fourth round

    IN-form striker Jamie Thomas was the matchwinner as Wanderers under-18sbeat Portsmouth to secure progress in the FA Youth Cup on Tuesday night. read more

  • VIDEO: Little Lever charity box thief caught on CCTV

    CCTV cameras have caught the moment a thief smashed his way into a DIY store before stealing six charity boxes from the counter. read more

  • University objects to plans for new student accommodation

    NEW student accommodation looks set to be built on derelict land in the centre of Bolton — despite objections from the University of Bolton. read more

  • We must welcome refugees and asylum seekers

    I HAVE been saddened and disappointed to see letters arguing against immigrants, especially refugees and asylum seekers. read more

  • Children put on nativity play - in a supermarket

    CHILDREN brought smiles to the faces of Christmas shoppers when they put on their school nativity play — in a supermarket. read more

  • Divers honour London Olympics with underwater fun

    FIFTY divers took the plunge to pay homage to the 2012 London Olympics. read more

  • Woman dies after being stabbed in chest The Bolton News:

    A WOMAN has died after being stabbed in the chest. read more

  • Woman dies after being stabbed in chest The Bolton News:

    A WOMAN has died after being stabbed in the chest. read more

  • REVIEW: WHP Presents...The Warehouse Project, Store Street, Manchester

    WHP Presents... read more

  • Rats leaving a sinking ship?

    NOVEMBER 2014, Bolton Council Chief Executive, Sean Harriss produced a report recommending cuts of up to £43m over the next two years with the loss of 500 jobs. Just four weeks later Mr Harriss announces he is to leave Bolton for the London Borough of Lambeth. Rats and sinking ship spring to mind! read more

  • Council needs to use money wisely for recruitment

    Re the announcement that Bolton Council Chief Executive Sean Harriss is to move to Lambeth Council in London. read more

  • Ambulance wait was unacceptable

    RE the accident on Monday, December 15 at the crossing between Thynne St and Newport St in which a pedestrian was knocked down and received head injuries. read more

  • Is the worst over for Wanderers after FFP success?

    FINANCIAL Fair Play has been an elephant in the room for Wanderers since the phrase first passed into football’s lexicon a few years ago. read more

  • Protesters to deliver their own 'unfestive' Christmas cards to 'insensitive' Bolton at Home bosses

    CAMPAIGNERS will hit back at Bolton at Home's "insensitive" Christmas cards tomorrow by delivering their own cards to the organisation's offices. read more

  • Bolton's 4 most wanted - December 17, 2014

    EACH week police ask for help from readers of The Bolton News to find their most wanted suspects. read more

  • Train death teenager 'could have been bullied online'

    A TEENAGER who died after jumping in front of a train had seemed in a normal happy mood on the morning of his death, an inquest heard. read more

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