• Bridgewater School branching out

    Pupils at Bridgewater School in Worsley are planting for the future to commemorate the past. They took part in a tree planting ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of the Blackrod-based construction firm Allen Group which has pledged to plant 50 trees

  • 'Lifeline' centre opens for young carers

    A LEADING charity opens the doors to a "lifeline" for the borough's young carers today. Barnardo's Bolton Young Carers' Project is aimed at children and young people who take responsibility for a parent or relative who is disabled, ill or experiencing

  • New-born twin for Vicky, 2,

    DELIGHTED Bolton parents Janice and Christopher Thomas are celebrating the birth of their "miracle" baby son. Nicholas James Thomas was born yesterday and is the biological twin of his two-year-old sister Victoria. As revealed exclusively in Saturday's

  • Council refused cash for security

    BOLTON education bosses have been snubbed in their efforts to improve school security. A cash bid from Bolton Education Authority after the Dunblane massacre for money to install security cameras in schools has been turned down by the Government. But

  • Scouts forced to take to the hills

    A SPATE of break-ins is forcing three Bolton Scout leaders to hit the heights this weekend. The Bury New Road premises of the 15th Bolton East Scout Group has been broken into six times in the past few months. The thieves have stolen tents and stoves,

  • Super Steve

    KEARSLEY'S Steve Davies hit a magnificent 122 not out to earn the Bolton League a 78 run victory over the Manchester Association at Bolton Cricket Club. Davies opened the Bolton innings and dominated the batting as he hit 12 fours and a six in his side's

  • Anger at council's park 'vandalism '

    A FURIOUS resident claims Bolton council's efforts to tackle vandals are decimating a green oasis. Margaret Leigh is furious that lush foliage is being ripped up in Tonge Park so that vandals have no hiding place. But parks bosses say the removal of tall

  • Boy lucky to live after shock from lamp post

    A YOUNG boy was lucky to be alive last night after he touched a live wire in a vandalised street lamp. Ricky James Williams, aged four, was sent flying by the electric shock and burnt his fingers. He was treated at Bolton Royal Infirmary, given a heart

  • Prostitute blackmailed client

    A BOLTON prostitute who threatened to expose "embarrassing" photographs of one of her customers unless he provided her with money was jailed for 12 months at Bolton Crown Court. Julie Gilligan, 31, of Gilnow Grove, Bolton, pleaded guilty to blackmail

  • People power is the key for Wigan

    The next meeting of the Rugby League Council, which should decide whether to fast-track South Wales and Huddersfield, has been set for next Friday. Jeff Grayshon has retired from the game after 28 years. Grayshon, who played until he was 45, resigned

  • Walter calls it a day

    A POPULAR Bolton hairdresser has hung up his scissors after almost half a century of business. Walter Russell, aged 69, set up his barber's shop in Chorley Old Road, in 1947 and cut hair until he closed the business last week. He followed in the family

  • MPs furious over water meter cut-offs

    UNITED Utilities have been rapped by MPs for insisting on introducing pre-payment meters for water into homes of the poor. Six MPs, led by Rossendale and Darwen's Janet Anderson, have condemned the firm for cutting dozens of people off from water when

  • Safety first

    THERE is no doubt that 1996 will be remembered as a year of chilling horror where little children, who should have been in complete safety at school, were injured and killed. First there was the bloodbath among youngters at the primary school in the Scottish

  • Keep talking

    THE hearts of everyone who wants peace in Ireland will be heavy today. Scenes of violence continued last night in Belfast after Unionist anger had got out of hand about the refusal of the RUC to allow Orangemen at Drumcree to parade past nationalist areas

  • 6d to learn violin

    I RECENTLY mentioned Joe Hill, conductor at the Grand Theatre. I know that we have already in Looking Back covered the local theatres in great detail, so I don't want to encourage more letters on the same subject; however, I heard from Mrs Lily Walton

  • The good old days of the trams

    WHENEVER I mention trams in this column there is a lot of interest. It is one of those subjects which bring back the feeling of the 'good old days' to many people, even though they went out of existence in Bolton during the 1940s (the trams, that is,

  • Wanted star stays at Bury

    CHRIS Lucketti is preparing to return to pre-season training tomorrow still a Bury player. Reports suggesting a deal with Notts County has been struck are without foundation while a number of other clubs believed to be interested are yet to make a firm

  • 200 new jobs for babycare firm?

    EXPANSION at Supercover (Bolton) Ltd could mean another 200 jobs by 2001 - 100 of them in Farnworth. Managing Director Andrew Kluge and Operations Manager Geoff Garner announced future plans at a special presentation to employees, families and invited

  • Dear mum, I've had a disastrous time!

    A BOLTON plasterer left to look after his mother's house while she is away on holiday is facing a major redecorating job before she flies home - after a "comedy of errors" fire. Gary Hilton, aged 36, is looking after mother Norah's home in Derby Street

  • Replace N-west line's 'Puffing Billies' says MP

    THE West Coast main line's "Puffing Billies" must be replaced by modern trains, transport minister John Watts has been told. Pendle MP Gordon Prentice last night demanded action to modernise the key link between London and Glasgow and the North West.

  • Couple hurt in 'stinger' crash

    A POLICE car shredded its tyres and careered out of control into another vehicle last night after a high speed chase went wrong. The police Ford Mondeo chasing a stolen car drove over a stinger anti-theft device and crashed into a young couple's Vauxhall

  • Champagne treat after 50 years at barbers

    A BOLTON pensioner got more than a just a trim when he walked into his favourite barber's shop. Harry Sladen, aged 75, of Green Lane, Great Lever, has had his hair cut at Stan Pickles' barber's shop more than 1,000 times over the last 50 years. Little


    The world's full of ups and downs, It's giving people many frowns. There's not a lot to smile about, There's not much hope, plenty of doubt. Our minds are constantly amazed, To see and hear of people crazed. Enough to shoot down one another, Such a Brother

  • Irene's tribute to a legend

    VIVACIOUS Irene Smith has been chosen to play the lead role of Marie Lloyd in a new production about the Music Hall star's life -ZSing a Rude Song. It's not surprising that Irene loves to tread the boards. Her parents, Beatrice and John Schofield were

  • Open your mind to Sondheim

    Side by Side by Sondheim, Nohow Productions, Smithills Great Hall. Runs to Saturday. IF you think you don't like Sondheim, this is the show and the company to change your mind. Side by Side by SondheimZprovides the sort of sophisticated material upon

  • It's slick work by police...

    A policeman tracked down a portable generator snatched from a back garden - by following a trail of oily footprints. The officer was called after the generator was reported stolen from a house in Hatfield Road, Brownlow Fold, Bolton, yesterday. A 25-year-old

  • Room at top for adventure freaks

    SET in an idyllic valley in one of Lakeland's wildest settings, sits the Longsleddale Outdoor Pursuits Centre. Two 17th century barns have been the buildings from which thousands of children and adults from central and south east Lancashire have set out

  • Bolton Worldwide Netlist

    You're on the Internet and you're interested in Bolton? Then consider registering with the Bolton Worldwide Netlist, a unique directory of Internet users around the world with a common interest in the town of Bolton. BWN is being built and managed by

  • 25 YEARS AGO

    From the Evening News, July 8, 1971 LOUIS Armstrong lay in state in a military armoury in Manhattan today to allow his countless friends and fans to pay their last homage. 'Satchmo' Armstrong, who died on Tuesday, two days after his 71st birthday, will

  • Todd happy with rethink

    BOLTON Wanderers manager Colin Todd today welcomed the new Football League ruling which allows Division One clubs with three or more players on international duty to automatically postpone games. The rule used to apply to teams with at least two players

  • Shakers get their man

    BURY today splashed out a huge six-figure fee for Rochdale's highly-rated defender Paul Butler. The Shakers, who have been strangely quiet over the summer, finally got their man when they agreed the massive price tag with their Third Division neighbours