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  • Don't bank on a bumper wage rise in '98

    SALARY rises in the North-west during 1998 are likely to be below the current inflation rate, it is claimed. read more

  • Out of place

    SIR: You recently carried the story of a 14-year-old girl who was raped twice after being abducted from a night club. I am sure that most people will hope that the rapists are caught soon and punished adequately read more

  • Sailor docks with Wigan peers...

    THE capture of Test star Wendell Sailor was made right under the noses of Brisbane Broncos. read more

  • Can they deliver?

    SIR: The Labour government has promised long term sustainable economic growth. The government has also promised to keep inflation in check. Now there is evidently a contradiction here. For economic growth can only be achieved by expanding the amount of money in circulation. Such an expansion of the money supply is bound to have a negative effect on the nation's balance of payments, which will, in turn, undermine investor confidence. Failure to attract investment will in turn require a contraction of the money supply, which will, in turn, retard economic growth. So can Labour deliver on its promises? read more

  • Your super service

    SIR: Thanks for a great year of reporting the news from Bolton and beyond. Those of us who live elswhere and cannot get access to news from home by any other method appreciate the service you are providing on the internet. In a world where most of the news reported is either bad (or in bad taste in the case of tabloid journalism) your balanced news reports should be applauded. Please continue your efforts as they are appreciated I assure you. read more

  • Zero level

    SIR: The time has come to bring drinking levels down to zero levels. There is no excuse for drinking and driving today. This would save some two hundred plus lives per year. Also, when one of our leading entertainers has to make jokes about drink drivers, then we have sunk to new depths. read more

  • Great meal

    SIR: The festive meal I won for 10 people at the Mill House restaurant at Middlebrook was excellent and I would like to thank all concerned for a wonderful evening. read more

  • Animal shelter appeals for unwanted toys

    BOLTONIANS are being urged by Britain's biggest veterinary charity to hand over their unwanted Christmas gifts to raise money for the treatment of needy pets. read more

  • Volunteers write new chapter for library

    PEOPLE power has ensured that the book hasn't been closed on Britain's smallest public lending library. read more

  • Horwich asset

    SIR: I was surprised to read the comments of Horwich Conservative Association spokesman Ivan Cooper, with reference to the "under use" of Horwich Resource Centre. Where has Mr Cooper been? Does he visit the centre at midnight? The Centre is positively buzzing in most of its working hours. read more

  • Daily power

    Courtesy costs nothing, read more

  • Battle goes on for Nicky

    MEMORIES of an explosive Lancashire derby, referred to at the time as the Battle of Turf Moor, were revived today...more than three years on. read more

  • Jail on your doorstep will be a real booster!

    PRISON bosses claim their controversial new jail will mean more open spaces for surrounding residents. read more

  • Tea in a can: It's a good cuppa, say testers

    BOLTON is the first town in Britain to be treated to hot tea - in CANS. Brooke Bond launched the new brew exclusively in Bolton yesterday, promising a taste to revive and refresh. And town tea lovers generally gave the cuppa-in-the-can the thumbs up when the BEN gave them a free sample. read more

  • Pulling power

    SIR: I would like to compliment Mr Phil Holland on his sterling voluntary work for Guide Dogs for the Blind and to thank him for his illuminating facts and figures (BEN January 2). read more

  • Dad warns drivers after thief takes children

    DETECTIVES were continuing their hunt today for a man who stole a car and drove off while the owner's children were asleep inside. As reported in yesterday's BEN, John Berry's children were driven for almost 30 minutes before they were dumped unhurt in Radcliffe. read more

  • Babewatch break for the 'Liam Gallagher of the modelling world'

    A FORMER Bolton caretaker is set to star in a new fly-on-the-wall documentary series about modelling. read more

  • Choir's on song - in Bolton, USA

    MEMBERS of Bolton's Cottontown Chorus felt at home on recent concert tour of America after ending up - in Bolton! read more

  • Post family in kidnap ordeal

    A POSTMASTER and his family were kidnapped by raiders who burst into their Astley home last night. read more

  • Diabetic drivers face a bleak New Year

    DIABETICS in Bolton who drive for a living could be set to lose their jobs because of a new ruling. Insulin users will no longer be able to drive vehicles over 3.5 tonnes in weight. Many diabetics are known to be driving for a living and although the ban does not affect people who take tablets to control their diabetes it does affect those who use insulin. read more

  • School helps war victim kids to enjoy Christmas

    PUPILS and teachers at Turton High School collected more than 100 Christmas boxes for children in war-torn countries. read more

  • A lack of loos

    SIR: Over the past few weeks I have read several articles in your paper about dogs fouling (possibly from cat or budgie owners). read more

  • The devils next door

    IT'S been Neighbours from Hell week on TV - but it's no laughing matter if you live next door to one. Both BBC 1 and Granada began screening new series about hellish neighbours (the former at 9.30pm and the latter at 8.30pm, both on Mondays.) And the incidents were truly awful. read more

  • From the BEN files

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  • Deputy PM to officially open new stadium

    DEPUTY Prime Minister John Prescott will give his seal of approval to Wanderers' new Reebok Stadium on Saturday. read more

  • Local shoppers spend millions in the record festive spree

    BOLTON folk went spending crazy over Christmas - withdrawing millions from banks. Shoppers took more than £2m alone from cash machines at the Royal Bank of Scotland's town centre branch. And retailers today said they almost buckled under the strain of people looking for bargains over the festive period. read more

  • Put his own house in order

    SIR: As a father my sympathies would normally go out to any parent in Jack Straw's situation, but I have no sympathy with a man who since becoming Home Secretary has preached to the nation of parental responsibilities and of even taking parents to court for their children's crimes. He also spoke of curfews and zero tolerance to drug dealers. In fact at a recent meeting of ACPO, the chief police officers association they suggested a change in the law, that all drug dealers should be assumed guilty and have to prove their innocence. As Home Secretary, Jack Straw is in charge of the police. read more

  • Magic moments inspire RMI draw

    Altrincham 2, Leigh RMI 2 TWO moments of sheer quality breathed life back into a lacklustre Leigh RMI, as they picked themselves up off the floor to share the points at rainswept Altrincham last night and extended their unbeaten run to nine games. read more

  • People power triumphs

    WITH true Brit spirit the people of Ainsworth are showing that people power can beat the system. read more

  • Just a phone call away

    THE DELAY which resulted when a driver abandoned his bus in the middle of the road after a row, might have been avoided if there had been a mobile phone available. read more

  • This ban is not fair

    THE BAN which the British Government has imposed on some drivers who use insulin for diabetes is wholly unacceptable. read more

  • Expert business advice proves a real tonic for health company

    BOLTON and District Hospital Saturday Council is singing the praises of the local Business Link. read more

  • Here's quantity and quality . . .

    THREE trainees at a Bolton firm of quantity surveyors are celebrating after completing their qualifications at Bolton College. read more

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