NATHAN Blake took his cue from Colin Todd to set the scene for a love affair with the club he admits he once hated.
SIR: The Stroke Association is urgently looking for people in your area who have recently incorporated exercise into their lifestyle, to take part in research for Stroke Week (September 30-October 6).
WIGAN'S young forward Steve Barrow is faced with a dilemma today.
SIR: Bolton is in the category of large towns with city style and rich history.
KATH Gleaves got the surprise of her life when she turned up at a "Beatles Revival Night" only to discover it was her own 40th birthday party!
CHICKENPOX is doing the rounds again in the Bolton area. But staff at Bolton Therapy Centre can help ease your child's suffering. Homoeopathy gently stimulates the body's own healing, explained Steffie Price - a homoeopath at the centre - thus helping a child recover more easily and quickly from any childhood illness.
A DEVASTATED businessman today vowed to leave town after his premises were wrecked by flooding.
TWO men were killed when a light aircraft crashed seconds after making an unauthorised take off from Barton Aerodrome today. The pilot and a passenger - both in their 30s - died instantly. Airport officials said the plane took off without permission, two hours before any flights were allowed.
THE Bolton League title looks to be a straight fight between Tonge and Farnworth.
AN MP is to join with the RAC in a bid to crack down on car clampers.
GOLBORNE strengthened their grip at the top of the Bolton Association as the weather washed away Clifton's challenge.
THE race is on to build Bolton's first multi-screen cinema.
HEALTH bosses in Bolton and Wigan are going out to public consultation in a bid to shape maternity services most effectively.
A BOLTON MP claims crime levels could be chopped if police chiefs accept his blue-print for getting more bobbies on the beat.
THE streets of Bolton were alive with the sound of music again this weekend as the town hosted the annual Busking Bolton competition. The contest's growing reputation attracted some of the best street entertainers in the North-west to show off their talents. A wide variety of acts took part in the competition, ranging from a traditional one man band to folk and rock groups, battling it out for a share of the £1,000 prize money.
THE end of a season that promised so much has only left Leigh with more questions than answers.
SIR: I went to Bolton's opening game at Port Vale. Being a nice day and not too confident of victory, I though I'd make the trip all the same.
SIR: May I draw the attention of those of your readers who relish a challenge to the British Heart Foundation Israel and Jordan Experiences. This programme of nine-day (4/5 cycling days) escorted bike rides across Israel or Jordan, is being staged during 1997 to raise funds for further vital research into heart disease - the UK's biggest killer.
OLD master Mark Carter has already repayed his twilight year contract - with probably the scrappiest goal he has ever scored!
WANDERERS looked down on their Division One rivals today determined to make the most of their flying start.
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A CRACKDOWN on car clampers is long overdue.
THE Department of Health has been wise to obtain an interim injunction banning the sale and distribution of a video which shows NHS operations.
POLICE are hunting a driver who left an elderly pedestrian for dead after a hit-and-run accident in Bolton last night. Kenneth Bell, aged 62, was carried on the bonnet and roof of the car before being catapulted into the road.
DRIVER Harry O'Byrne was expecting to run into trouble when he returned his Toyota Carolla to the garage complaining of rust.
MORE than 2,000 victims of nuisance phone callers were helped by the BT malicious calls bureau last month. Specially trained staff at the Blackburn-based bureau provide advice for phone pest victims.
BOLTON-born soap star Paul Nicholls has clinched a new contract on top soap Eastenders.
TWO 14-year-old boys and a youth of 15 were arrested after a 73-year-old woman was mugged on Bolton's Oldhams Estate at the weekend.
RADCLIFFE Boro's season got off to a disappointing start in a 1-0 defeat at Worksop.
EVEN with the added boost of late signing Dave Ridings, Leigh RMI opened the new campaign with a disappointing defeat against Droylsden at Hilton Park.
SIR: I have just been to visit our new Bolton District Hospital, an excellent job, except for the John Mackay Clinic.
A NORWEB employee who performed a citizen's arrest on a suspected joy rider has been praised by police.