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  • Thanks for op

    I had an operation at the Royal Bolton Hospital for the removal of a cataract in August of last year. read more

  • Gordon Sharrock's Reebok Dairy

    SATURDAY read more

  • League is wide open behind Watford and Fulham - Sam

    SAM Allardyce admitted this week that the nerves are jangling after seven games produced only six points for his side. read more

  • Wanderers star too speedy

    BOLTON Wanderers and former Blackburn Rovers star, Per Frandsen, was fined £40 with £35 costs by Blackburn Magistrates after pleading guilty by letter to speeding on the Grane Road at Belthorn. The court heard that Frandsen was clocked doing 55 in a 40mph zone. He would have been dealt with by a fixed penalty notice but he is the holder of a Danish driving licence. read more

  • Murdered mum: DJ in court

    A LOCAL radio DJ has made a further appeared in court charged with the murder of a Bolton woman. read more

  • Primary school pupils get taste of france

    PRIMARY school pupils had a taste of life across the English Channel when they took part in a 'French Bath' at Harper Green School, Farnworth. read more

  • Top awards for young dancers

    THE dedication and commitment of dance class members who have been training at the Frances Bleasdale School of Dancing, Bolton, since the age of three, was rewarded recently when they all received top grades of Honours for the Cecchetti Ballet Gold Performance Award and top grades of distinction for their grade four 'Modern'. read more

  • Man, 23, on cycle death charge

    A MAN has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving following an incident in Horwich on Wednesday night. read more

  • Children's Barbie queue!

    BARBIEMANIA erupted as hundreds of her fans packed into Woolworths to see the real life version of the world-famous doll. read more

  • Eagles hunt elusive victory

    IT seems a long time ago that Crystal Palace were in the top-flight alongside their decorated London neighbours like Arsenal and Spurs. A very long time! read more

  • Ricardo's happy return

    HE'S only made three brief appearances this season but already Ricardo Gardner is putting the buzz back into Wanderers. read more

  • Give Kevin an England chance - Sam

    SAM Allardyce has urged England to include Kevin Nolan in their under 21s squad - to safeguard him for the future. read more

  • Do-gooders win

    AGAIN the elderly and pet-baiting season is on us, ie fireworks. And every year the period gets longer and louder, and the quality of life which is already rock bottom is made that much worse. read more

  • Call to vets

    THE BRITISH Korean Veterans Association is trying to contact those former members of HM Armed Forces who served in Korea/Japan during the Korean War 1950-1953, and also, those members of the Peace Keeping Force that served in these two places at a later date, including the Merchant Navy, NAAFI and Red Cross. read more

  • Get real over best mums

    I READ in the BEN on October 24, "Cherie wins vote for best mother". Cherie Booth beats Madonna and Posh Spice. What a load of old poppycock. I am one of 11 children, and my mum worked hard at bringing us up single-handed. read more

  • Nothing wrong with elitism

    I WAS delighted to read that Miss Jane Panton (headmistress of Bolton School Girls' Division) has hit back at Gordon Brown's "appalling misrepresentation" of the subject of universities favouring students from private schools. Could anyone but Mr Brown be so myopic as to believe that such a thing would happen in our oh-so-egalitarian nation, where the politically-correct liberalist-left have infiltrated and now control every major institution -- the Church, media, health service and, most of all, the education system (which is precisely why our society is in the mess it is in)? The opposite is far likelier to be the case, where a child is awarded a place at a top university because she went to a state school or speaks with a working class accent. read more

  • 'Camcops' go to war on crime

    "CAMCOPS" are waging war on town centre teenage muggers who are terrorising other youngsters. read more

  • Pollock back at the Reebok

    CRYSTAL Palace midfielder Jamie Pollock returns to his former club today intent on getting three much-needed points for his new side. read more

  • Eidur good time at Reebok

    EIDUR Gudjohnsen has paid a glowing tribute to Bolton Wanderers for the part the club played in reviving his shattered career. read more

  • Bolton Fives chance

    BOLTON Wanderers may no longer be in the Worthington Cup, but their fans have kept the club's cup interest alive by winning through to the Third Round of the Worthington Fives -- a new tournament running alongside the Worthington Cup giving supporters the chance to represent their professional club in a national 5-a-side competition. read more

  • Sad trip home for writer Ruth

    BOLTON'S best-selling author Ruth Hamilton had a sad pilgrimage back to her home town this week. read more

  • Park moth breeders are over the moon

    RARE moths have been successfully bred at the butterfly house in Moss Bank Park -- the first time in the British Isles this year. read more

  • 'We saw our colleague harassed' tribunal told

    TWO former work colleagues of an Irishman who claims he was racially abused said they frequently saw their friend being harassed. read more

  • No tiger in the tanks

    Were you there when the petrol ran out? read more

  • Town backs parking firm

    BOLTON Council has given its support to an under-fire company which has been hit by controversy. read more

  • BEN OPINION: Top priority on the trains

    PROPOSALS for a new rail station are usually good news, and the possibility of Westhoughton getting a station at Dobb Brow is generally welcome. read more

  • Superhuman science for 'bionic' man

    A RIVETING new TV series in body science has had a 'bionic' Bolton man glued to the screen. read more

  • Karen Stephen reviews the week on TV

    JASMUHEEN, aka Ellen Greve, is a glamorous blonde spiritualist who lives in Australia. She also professes to have eaten nothing for sevenyears and lives solely on "God's light", WITNESS, CH4, Sunday. read more

  • Young voices given chance to speak up for their community

    CRIME busting youngsters in Little Hulton have formed a ground breaking action group to tackle the problem in their neighbourhood. read more

  • Butcher Greg gets taste for gold at food 'Olympics'

    THERE may not have been the razzmatazz of Sydney. read more

  • Grieving parents in plea for stiffer sentences

    HEARTBROKEN parents of a dead drug addict today urged courts to impose stiffer jail terms to help wean users off killer narcotics. read more

  • 'Neglected' ward pins hopes on new centre

    RESIDENTS of a "neglected" Bolton ward are confident a planned community centre will give their area a much-needed heart. read more

  • BEN OPINION: David's hope

    MANY of us will have been riveted to the TV screens by Superhuman, Professor Robert Winston's remarkable new series about the human body. read more

  • Taking heart . . .

    RESIDENTS of a "neglected" Bolton ward are confident a planned community centre will give their area a much-needed heart. read more

  • Internet child porn pervert jailed

    A FATHER accused of downloading child porn images from the internet was jailed for 18 months following his conviction after trial. read more

  • Two late goals costs Wanderers dear

    FULL-TIME: Wanderers 3, Crystal Palace 3 read more

  • 'Yer thi!', a basic term of local dialect

    NO doubt you recall the dialect story I used a couple of weeks ago, and that I did not know what the term 'Yer thi' meant. I printed a couple of answers from readers a few days later, and since, I have received a letter from Mr Fred Sharples, of Lee Bank, Westhoughton. read more

  • Full suite of furniture for £50

    THESE days we hear so much about 'rip off' Britain, and the way that prices here seem to be so much more than in other countries, so I am delighted to be able to tell you of a three piece suite and cushions for £25 10s, two dining chairs for £2 15s, and a sideboard for £21 19s. read more

  • From the BEN files...

    25 YEARS AGO read more

  • Memories of a long childhood walk - in verse!

    WHEN Mr Arnold Harrison wrote a few weeks ago about his childhood, and a visit to Deane Clough, it brought back memories to Mrs Joyce E. Robinson, who used to live in Bolton, came back to live here, and then returned to Somerset because she could not settle again in Bolton. read more

  • Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Roddy Smythe

    A BOLTON TV production company looks set to take the television world by storm with its latest comedy sci-fi project. read more

  • Second rail station would make town 'best served in region'

    WESTHOUGHTON is in line for another rail station which would make it the best served town in the North-west. read more

  • Salute to Bolton's brave blue line

    BRAVE Bolton bobbies including one officer who tackled a man armed with a machete and another who had a gun pointed at him, are being commended for their actions in the line of duty. read more

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