Bolton town centre - don't knock it until you've tried it

The Bolton News:

8:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

AND so it's over for another year.

RHS Drives Wives Mad

11:36am Friday 29th August 2014

Why do men who retire often become grumpy and difficult - to the exasperation of their wives?

Loyal Stu Deserves Success

11:34am Friday 29th August 2014

Comedian Stu Francis is a Boltonian through and through and always supports his hometown

Keep Festival Spirit Going

11:32am Friday 29th August 2014

The town's Food and Drink Festival has again brought thousands of people into the town centre - the trick now is to keep them coming

So Over Bucket Challenge

11:26am Friday 29th August 2014

The ice bucket challenge for charity is laudable but now very over-hyped - so can we please stop?

Hurray - Cilla's Back in Corrie!

11:23am Friday 29th August 2014

Actress Wendy Peters returns to The Street as the awful Cilla Battersby-Brown

Stop This Abusive Control

11:21am Friday 29th August 2014

Controlling behaviour is a significant part of domestic abuse but now the Government is trying to criminalise this

DAVID PYE'S COLUMN: Rooney was the obvious choice as captain but can he lead the team?

The Bolton News: SHOT SHY: Wayne Rooney has scored just one goal in three World Cup finals

5:00am Friday 29th August 2014

WE have a new England captain ready for yet another fresh start following a dismal World Cup campaign and the task has fallen to the obvious choice of Wayne Rooney.

In my next life I want to come an Italian

8:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

I HAVE decided in my next life I want to come back Italian.

CRAIG NELSON COLUMN: Lancashire hoping to have a Blast

The Bolton News: Freddie Flintoff is the big name in action for England

5:50am Saturday 23rd August 2014

LANCASHIRE go into today’s T20 Blast Finals Day at Edgbaston brimming with confidence that this could finally be their year.

DAVID PYE COLUMN: Fergie and Cook are rare examples of patience paying dividends in sport

The Bolton News: Alastair Cook

5:10am Friday 22nd August 2014

PATIENCE is a virtue but rarely one that is applied in sporting circles – just ask ex-Huddersfield boss Mark Robins.

NEIL BONNAR: All amateur cricket leagues need to live in harmony for wider good of local game

The Bolton News: Local youth cricket

2:00pm Thursday 21st August 2014

LOCAL cricket is in danger of disappearing up its own silly point.

Role Maid For Sue

10:37am Thursday 21st August 2014

Octagon favourite Sue Johnston is joining the cast of Downton Abbey for its latest series

Theatre Church Under Threat

10:35am Thursday 21st August 2014

The former Theatre Church which was home to many local am-dram groups could be demolished

Caroline's Cool Under Fire

9:59am Thursday 21st August 2014

Reporter Caroline Wyatt is doing a tough job in a war zone but she continues to be professional

Village Life For Maxine

9:57am Thursday 21st August 2014

Bolton actress Maxine Peake is back on screen in a new series of The Village - and better than ever

Why Live Our Lives on Facebook?

9:56am Thursday 21st August 2014

The way that every trivial matter is recorded on social media today is a compulsive and probably unhealthy trend

Laughing at people caked in mud at festivals - don't - they're having a brilliant time

The Bolton News:

8:00am Saturday 16th August 2014

WE'VE all seen them, those images of people wading through in a sea of mud at a festival.

CRAIG NELSON: Cricket's production line is running at full throttle in the Bolton League

The Bolton News: Josh Bohannon

12:00pm Saturday 16th August 2014

THE ECB is currently at the forefront of a national debate over the future of local cricket, with the key question of how to increase the number of youngsters taking up the sport dominating the agenda.

DAVID PYE: England football team should be taken back out on the road

The Bolton News: David Pye

6:07pm Friday 15th August 2014

FOOTBALL clubs around the country are again likely to have problems filling their grounds regularly this season as fans continue to feel the pinch of costly ticket prices.

Get Duo Darn The Vic

1:06pm Friday 15th August 2014

Popular singers Chas and Dave are unimpressed with the Cockney provenance of EastEnders

Don't Scrap This Gem!

1:05pm Friday 15th August 2014

A new TV programme about a Bolton scrapyard is introducing us to a warm-hearted bunch of individuals

Johnny's A Top Tumbler

1:03pm Friday 15th August 2014

Actor Johnny Partridge looks set to do well in new TV reality show Tumble

Mixed Messages on Drinking

1:01pm Friday 15th August 2014

Even more Government guide lines on how much alcohol is safe is bound to confuse people

CRAIG NELSON'S COLUMN: Bury chairman Stewart Day trying to allay fears of doubters

The Bolton News: BOARD Bury chairman Stewart Day, left, and chief executive Glenn Thomas

8:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

IT is no coincidence Bury chairman Stewart Day has chosen the week leading up to today’s big kick-off to give fans a revealing insight into the inner workings of the club’s summer transfer dealings.

DAVID PYE: Hope abounds as the regular Saturday football fix returns

The Bolton News: David Pye

12:00pm Friday 8th August 2014

THE waiting is almost over – the new football season kicks off this weekend and I cannot wait.

Summer cravings – in moderation

The Bolton News: Claire Kopicki

8:35am Friday 8th August 2014

WHEN we wake up in the morning and the suns shining, it makes us feel great.

Motivation is the key to a better life

The Bolton News: Claire Kopicki

9:06am Monday 4th August 2014

STAYING motivated when you are trying to make positive changes to your diet and lifestyle can be tough.

CRAIG NELSON COLUMN: There is always going to be a place for the Commonwealth Games

The Bolton News: Usain Bolt set to compete at Glasgow games

7:50am Saturday 2nd August 2014

THE Times opened up a can of worms this week when it reported derogatory comments about the Commonwealth Games claimed to have been made by Usain Bolt.

NEIL BONNAR: Chess is not a sport... but what constitutes a sport?

The Bolton News:

9:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

IS chess a sport? Bolton MP Yasmin Qureshi thinks so, and has got a group together in Parliament to get it recognised as one.

Research Not My Cup Of Tea

5:44pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

The length of time you leave your teabag in the cup is quite a tetchy subject - and very individual

Let's Keep Quiet Carriages

5:43pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

It's a shame that some train companies are getting rid of "quiet carriages" because we desperately need a spot of peace today

Courts Are Love All

5:41pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

The new tennis courts at Moss Bank Park are proving a hit with sports' fans of all ages

Female Fans For Romeo Andy

5:39pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

Emmerdale's Andy Sugden is now a big hit with females - both on and off screen

Police Phone Check Welcome

5:37pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

We have now become so phone-obsessed that every driver in a crash will have their phone checked by police to see if they have broken the law

Sitting at a desk for long periods of time can cause posture and back problems

The Bolton News: Claire Kopicki

11:38am Monday 28th July 2014

SITTING at a desk for a long period of time is not great for your body.

Customer service - we need to get a "wee bit" better at it

The Bolton News: Edinburgh Castle

8:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

HOW often do we accept the awful customer service that sadly our country is “famous” for?

CRAIG NELSON: I don't so much wonder how people do the Ironman, but why?

The Bolton News:

11:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

I AM sure the thousands of Boltonians who lined the route of this year’s Ironman UK will, like me, have been impressed by the feats of human endurance.

NEIL BONNAR: Is homesickness a serious cause for concern or just another football fad?

The Bolton News: Andy Robinson could be on his way to Wanderers

12:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014

PINK boots. You’ve got to be good to wear them.

Keep Loom Bands At Home

11:42am Thursday 24th July 2014

Loom bands are now a huge craze with youngsters but they really don't belong in the classroom

Teutonic Talent

11:38am Thursday 24th July 2014

German-owned store Aldi is definitely helping local families' budgets when it comes to schoolwear

We Love Ironman UK!

11:35am Thursday 24th July 2014

Ironman UK has made its home in Bolton - and local people love that fact

Cheryl's A Canny Lass

11:29am Thursday 24th July 2014

Cheryl Cole's public profile is getting a boost currently but it's all part of a cleverly constructed career

Keep A Watch For Holiday Kids

11:28am Thursday 24th July 2014

Now that the long school holidays are here it's up to local communities to keep an eye open for the welfare of youngsters

Get your kids active in holidays

The Bolton News: Claire Kopicki

9:12am Monday 21st July 2014

SUMMER holidays are a great way to get yourselves and the kids active.

Roadworks - please can someone make them stop

The Bolton News: ROADWORKS: Hagley residents are facing six months of roadworks in their village. SP

3:29pm Sunday 20th July 2014

BEFORE I begin I have to confess that I am not the world's most patient driver.

Last Sight Of The Proms?

5:39pm Friday 18th July 2014

Proms are firmly established for secondary school pupils but having them for primary school youngsters is just a pointless expense

Protect Media Freedom!

5:37pm Friday 18th July 2014

The latest Google ruling is already threatening hard-won media freedom in the UK

Food Over Fashion at M & S

5:35pm Friday 18th July 2014

A trip to spend a gift voucher at Marks & Spencer's didn't end in the usual way

Les Set For Corrie Stay?

5:33pm Friday 18th July 2014

Comedian Les Dennis is turning in a fine acting performance in our favourite Northern soap

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