• Suitable staff at a premium

    NORTH-WEST bosses are finding that demand for appropiately skilled labour is fierce. Many firms are unable to find suitable staff, it has been revealed in the latest quarterly economic survey for the North-west Chambers of Commerce and the Royal Bank

  • On this day - October 17

    1651: Charles II, defeated by Cromwell at Worcester, fled to France, destitute and friendless. 1777: British commander General Burgoyne surrendered at Saratoga in the American War of Independence. 1849: Frederic Chopin, Polish pianist and composer, died

  • Ban is needed

    IN reply to a letter regarding fireworks, our opinion is that fireworks should be sold only for organised displays and banned from sale at corner shops and newsagents. As I sit here writing this, they are going off around us at 9am. This has been going

  • Wartime noise

    AS November 5 looms up once again, new laws at this time are rather late, as the "boomers" started in September. On going into a newsagents at the beginning of September, asking about fireworks, I was informed they were on sale all through the year (new

  • Apply the law more strictly

    WITH reference to the article on fireworks (Bolton Evening News page 17, October 9). I am in favour of a complete fireworks ban and also believe that Trading Standards should apply the law more strictly. In Heywood Park in Great Lever, children and teenagers

  • Fawkes was a quiet guy...

    UP to last year, when my dog, after a series of strokes, the latest being very severe, had to be put to sleep, I, like so many pet owners, dreaded this time of year. Fireworks, which once were limited to Bonfire Night in November, and which, incidentally

  • Rocket blast killed my dog

    I THINK fireworks should be banned completely, and, if that is not possible, restricted to November 5 only. That way we would only have one day of stress for our pets. I feel very strongly about this as a few years ago my dog was eating her dinner in

  • Girls' houses at Crowthorne School

    As you probably already know, Crowthorne School, the "Children's Home on the Moors" as it was sometimes called, closed down recently. This picture, taken at the beginning of the last century, shows the girls' houses (if that is so, why are those boys

  • October 16-17

    From the Evening News, October 17, 1992 - DEVASTATED Bolton education chiefs today announced that 300 jobs are set to be axed next year as the national jobless crisis deepened. They are planning to make cuts of £6.5 million which they fear will rip apart

  • Mother's anguish as body found on sun isle

    A MOTHER whose son has been missing in Ibiza since last summer was today awaiting results of DNA tests on a body found on the island. Jeffrey Hodgson, aged 40, from Stockport, went missing on the first day of a trip to the Spanish island with his parents

  • Hospital security get knife-proof vests

    KNIFE-proof body armour is now being worn by security staff at the Royal Bolton Hospital to protect them against violent patients. The new slash-resistant vests have been given to 12 security guards after a number of blades were discovered. Bosses said

  • Deane fail to rise to challenge

    BOLTON Golf Association champions Deane were shown little mercy when they played an annual challenge match. Deane took on the BGA but only two of their 12 players were successful as they crashed to a 10-1 defeat. Results: Richard Kilshaw (Cho) beat Jamie

  • Wanderers in search for disabled footballers

    WANDERERS will be holding further 'Ability Counts' coaching sessions at St Joseph's High School and Sports College for advanced disabled footballers. The programme will commence on Friday, November 1 in the school's sports hall between 6-7pm. Wanderers

  • Dean returns to Reebok coaching role

    DEAN Crombie is back on Wanderers' books for the third time. The former Burnden favourite, who was a member of the Fourth Division promotion winning squad of 1988, has returned to the club on the academy staff. He has quit his role as a soccer agent to

  • Anne back to basics for national temp week

    RECRUITMENT agency boss Anne Powell spent a day working as an admin assistant at Bolton Wanderers. Anne, who is branch manager for Aptus Personnel Ltd in Bolton, took part in National Temporary Workers Week. Wanderers' personnel and training manager Margaret

  • School bids to scupper closure plan

    A SCHOOL praised by Government inspectors is vowing to fight council proposals to close it down. Dukesgate Primary School, in Earlsdon Crescent, Little Hulton, has been earmarked for closure because pupil numbers are predicted to plummet in in the area

  • Student in degree row could sue

    A MATURE student who was at the centre of a debate over what constitutes good art may sue Bolton Institute over his degree classification. Bob Burden claims he received a 2:2 degree from the Institute this summer in Visual Arts partly because he refused

  • £1m freehold

    THE freehold interest on 26 flats and semi detached houses at Siddaw Common and Miriam Grove, been sold for £1m by the Leeds office of Allsop & Coe to Fergal Gaughran of Urban Swing Limited.

  • Father Arthur's farewell

    PARISH priest Father Arthur Mulcahy has retired from St Ambrose Barlow RC Church, Astley. Father Mulcahy, aged 75, held his final mass there last Saturday -- 10 years to the day since he began his ministry there. During his time at St Ambrose, the parish

  • Farewell to mum Zoe

    THE funeral of young Bolton mother, Zoe Greenhalgh, was due to take place today. Hundreds of mourners were expected to turn up at St Thomas's Church, Eskrick Street, Halliwell, Bolton at 1.30pm. Zoe, who leaves behind a young husband, Chris and two year

  • Learn to save planet and cash

    BOLTON residents can learn how to save money, energy and the planet at a roadshow. An Energy Efficiency Roadshow is at the Market Place until Tuesday. Representatives from the Greater Manchester North Energy Efficiency Advice Centre will be on hand to

  • Chapter ends for librarian Joan

    A WELL known librarian in Leigh has retired. Leigh's senior assistant librarian Joan Montford has said farewell after 28 years service. Part of her busy role at the town centre library involved telling stories to children. She even hand-painted her favourite

  • Whites middle men give Sam major spur

    Wanderers Res 1 Leeds United Res 3 - PAUL Warhurst and Ricardo Gardner gave Sam Allardyce a welcome boost when they played their way back into the Premiership reckoning last night. The duo made successful comebacks from injury at Gigg Lane and can expect

  • Bolton back on track after win

    Lytham 14, Bolton RUFC 17 - AFTER last week's poor showing against Didsbury, Bolton were determined to put together a strong team performance against a dangerous Lytham side. The mood before the match was calm and constructive and, for 70 mins, this is

  • Wage cuts stir Hornets nest

    WATFORD are living proof that there is too much money in football. Three games ago the players had to take a wage cut to help keep the club financially afloat. Striker Tommy Smith says the pay cut has brought the players closer together and created a

  • Jane's big comeback

    PLAYERS from the south of England have long maintained a stranglehold on the national tennis title but Lancashire's Jane O'Donoghue may change the form book when the Hastings Direct National Tennis Championships returns to Bolton Arena next week. The

  • Basketball aces set for the top

    AFTER relegation from the Manchester Premier League Bolton Basketball Club tipped off their bid to gain immediate promotion with a home clash against Canutes second team. Mike Nichols attacked from the start, scoring the first nine points to set the tone

  • Hospice to stage beauty fundraiser

    BOLTON Hospice is to stage a charity spectacular beauty evening to raise funds. The event will be held on Wednesday (Oct 23) and will be officially opened by Bolton Wanderers star Mike Whitlow. Activities include makeovers, hair demonstrations, Indian

  • Search to find 'bright spark'

    BOLTON'S Mayor, Cllr John Walsh, will join hundreds of shoppers in the town to compete for the title of Bolton's "Brightest Spark" on Saturday. The British Gas event, in aid of Save the Children, will give people the chance to reveal their trivia knowledge

  • Wanderers award winner dies, age 65

    Club man Eric Boardman of Manchester League Premier Division Atherton Town has died. Aged 65 Eric had been with the Howe Bridge outfit since it's formation in the 60s and played a massive part in the club's development. His dedicated service to the club

  • Top ref in town

    PREMIER League referee Jeff Winter is guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Bolton Referees Society at Tonge Moor Conservative Club, tonight, start 7.45pm.

  • Soap stars back launch of youth sex health service

    EMMERDALE stars are backing a new service to help young people with sexual health problems. Wigan and Leigh's Brook Advisory Service's new integrated information service, supported by Turton High School pupil and actress Sammy Winward and Kelvin Fletcher

  • Stormy world of The Hurricane

    IS Alex Higgins a "genius"? That is one of the adjectives used by the publishers of Bill Borrows' book 'The Hurricane', to describe the former world snooker champion. This apparent "genius", well known to be rather short of cash these days, was offered

  • Edwina to meet young achievers

    EX-Conservative Minister Edwina Currie is due to visit the region to meet 12 young people who have been short-listed for achievement awards. The group were nominated for the Merseyside and Cheshire Young Achievers Awards and their success in the arts,

  • Charity success

    A CHARITY ball raised £20,000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Around 600 guests attended the glittering event held at the De Vere Whites Hotel at Bolton's Reebok Stadium. An auction on the night raised more than £13,000 and among the items was a candle

  • Extra eye ops in Lancaster

    AROUND 800 extra eye operations will be carried out at a hospital in the North this month, the first of which is due to take place later today. A medical team has flown in from South Africa to perform cataract operations at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary

  • Police seek witnesses to ram raid

    RAM raiders stole a large haul of tools after crashing a car into a motoring accessories business. The thieves removed anti-ram security bollards from outside the front of the premises of Factor 1 Ltd on the Burnden Industrial Estate. A car was then driven

  • Drugs case moved

    A MAN has appeared in court charged with intent to supply heroin. Justin Strachan, aged 32, of no fixed abode, was remanded in custody after his appearance at Bolton Magistrates' Court yesterday. The case was transferred to Wigan Magistrates' Court where

  • Robin finds writing is child's play

    ROBIN Kingsland, who has been stepping out on stage in Bolton as one of Hollywood's famous hell-raising Rat Pack, spoke today of his other career -- as a children's writer. Robin has been appearing in The Octagon's current production Rat Pack Confidential

  • Love lights the way for Jenny and Mike

    A BLIND couple made a romantic return to Bolton Guide Dogs Centre, where they first met 25 years ago. Mike Hall, aged 51 and wife Jenny, aged 53, were invited to Bolton's Lowndes Street headquarters to celebrate their joint 50 years as guide dog owners

  • Sam checks out-of-work World Cup star

    SAM Allardyce re-emphasised the special requirements of the Premiership as he ran the rule over an unemployed World Cup striker - and suggested he may not come up to scratch. The Wanderers' boss is giving a trial to Milan Osterc, the 27-year-old Slovenian

  • Looking for action

    A TEENAGE footballer is looking for a Sunday league side. Any team needing a right back should contact Robert on 01942 819765.

  • Euro advice at launch of export club

    A NEW North Manchester Export Network was launched this week at the Ramada Jarvis Hotel, Blackrod. The Network has been formed by the four North Manchester Chambers of Commerce -- Bolton and Bury, Oldham, Rochdale and Wigan -- and Business Link North

  • Eggs warning for consumers

    PEOPLE in the North West region are being warned to cook eggs properly before eating them after two outbreaks of salmonella food poisoning which have already claimed one life. The unusual strain of salmonella, enteritidis PT 14b, has made more than 150

  • Banger misery

    I REFER to the article by Gayle Evans in the Bolton Evening News on October 9, and append my views thereon: 1. Shops proposing to sell fireworks should have to pay a high registration fee, and the premises should be inspected in the interests of safety

  • Fireworks are just like a bombing raid

    AFTER reading the article "Partial fireworks ban on cards" (Wednesday, October 9), I must admit that it left me somewhat confused. If I may quote from the article. "Bolton shops were found to have been selling fireworks illegally to children under the

  • Mill girls ready for Blackpool day out

    Off on a picnic to Blackpool . . . these girls from the Swan Lane Mill, Bolton, in 1964 seemed intent on having a good time. The picture was sent to me by Mr Charles Sharp, of Fairacres, Harwood, who tells me that his wife Elizabeth (Bet) is on the left

  • October 17-18

    From the Evening News, October 17, 1992 - BOLTON sports centre in Silverwell Street will shut down next year. Councillors took the controversial decision last night because of financial reasons, which could mean the town centre being left with no facilities

  • What's on TV on Thursday

    GOLF: World Matchplay Championship from Wentworth - BBC2 1100, 1530; Walt Disney World Resort Golf Classic from Florida - Sky Sports 2 2000. RACING: From Newmarket - Channel 4. SOCCER: Women's World Cup qualifier, England v France - Sky Sports 1 1930.

  • Feast of tennis

    MOST of the top players in British tennis will be in action at the Bolton Arena for the nine-day Hastings Direct National Tennis Championships which start on Friday. Defending national champions Lee Childs and Hannah Collin will be bidding for a hat-trick

  • What the papers say on Thursday

    DAILY MIRROR: Bungling goalkeeper David Seaman made a shocking error as Sven-Goran Eriksson's luck ran out at the St Mary's stadium last night. THE SUN: Heartless cricket chiefs have banned a bat sticker which promotes a children's charity in memory of

  • Ex-Wanderers ace McAdams dies, aged 68

    BILLY McAdams, the former Wanderers and Northern Ireland centre-forward, has died at the age of 68. The Irish international, who replaced Nat Lofthouse in the number nine shirt at Burnden Park, died in Furness General Hospital having lived in the Barrow

  • Governors needed

    BOLTON Community College is looking for three business people to fill its board of governors. Visit the college's website at, call principal Alison Bowes on 01204 453300 for an informal discussion or forward a brief

  • Woman punched by boy

    A TEENAGER punched a woman before demanding the keys to her car. The 39-year-old woman was getting into her BMW in Pilsworth Road, Bury, when the attacker hit her over the back of her head. He ran away without taking the car when a passer-by approached

  • All aboard the late night bus

    THE night bus, which has been popular with late-night revellers travelling from Bolton to Manchester, is to be extended. The Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority is considering launching a subsidised bus route between the city and Wigan. The

  • One World celebration

    BOLTON celebrates One World Week with a celebration at the Walker Suite in the Victoria Hall tonight (Thursday) at 7pm. Global Market is a lively evening of multicultural entertainment including dance, drama, song, stalls, food tasting and refreshments

  • Planning bids before the council

    63034/02 -- Mr M Fazal, 53 Campbell Street, Farnworth. Erection of single storey extension at rear of dwelling to form enlarged kitchen. 62996/02 -- Mr Lee Hodgkinson, 4 Rose Grove, Kearsley. Erection of a single storey extension at side to form dining

  • Drink shops swoop planned

    UNDERCOVER operations are being planned to catch off-licences selling booze to under age drinkers. Trading Standards officers were disappointed that a 15-years-old volunteer managed to buy high strength alcohol in four out of seven visits to premises

  • What to do in Bolton on...

    Friday BOLTON MUSEUM, ART GALLERY & AQUARIUM, Le Mans Crescent, Bolton. Tel: 332211. Open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Admission free. Wildlife Attractions Bolton Aquarium For unique views into the aquatic world visit

  • Fireworks petition

    A TOTAL of 6,000 people from the Leigh and Wigan area have signed a national fireworks petition which has been handed to Prime Minister Tony Blair. Collected for Wigan borough MPs Andy Burnham, Ian McCartney and Neil Turner, it calls for key reforms to

  • £11m to get ay traffic on the move

    NEARLY £11 million is to be spent in the North-west to beat congestion and improve safety on motorways and trunk roads. The biggest scheme in the region, announced by Transport Secretary Alistair Darling, is a £3.4m widening of the M62 between Simister

  • Man accused of causing three people to take poison

    A MAN appeared before magistrates accused of attempting to poison three people. Christopher Allen, of Nookfields, Harwood, spoke only to confirm his name and address during the brief hearing at Bolton Magistrates Court yesterday. The 38-year-old is facing

  • Goal ace needs to learn, says Preece

    BURY'S teenage striker David Nugent is set for another taste of first team action after escaping suspension. The 17-year-old enhanced his growing reputation with a beautifully taken goal against Darlington last weekend only to face a three-match spell

  • Wendy gets national accolade

    AN award winning teacher has been honoured at a national conference. Wendy Nunns, from Blackrod Primary School, scooped first prize in the North-west heats of the Teacher of the Year competition. The Year Two teacher was receiving further congratulations

  • Mask more football uglies

    I WAS gutted to see Facundo Sava celebrate scoring for Fulham by running around wearing a mask. Where were all the masks when facially challenged players like Peter Beardsley, Ian Dowie and Ian Rush were about? I couldn't understand people having a go

  • Beeb must honour our golden girl

    IF Paula Radcliffe doesn't win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award we might as well all pack up and go home. Last weekend's shattering of the world marathon record in Chicago added yet another title to the collection for a woman who until this

  • Stats obvious...but it quiets the cynics

    STILL on Manchester's 'Big Two' a study undertaken at Manchester University has revealed that - surprise, surprise - United do have fans in Manchester and not all City fans live within a few miles radius of Maine Road. How much money it cost to tell us

  • United's "Sally Gunnell" to clear biggest hurdle?

    THE Manchester derby doesn't need any side issues to stoke up the fans' interest. But the prospect of Diego Forlan coming up against the Manchester City defence is a mouthwatering prospect. The Uruguayan striker's 32-game United career has so far failed

  • Governors needed

    BOLTON Community College is looking for three business people to fill its board of governors. Visit the college's website at, call principal Alison Bowes on 01204 453300 for an informal discussion or forward a brief

  • Youngsters brave windy weather in charity walk

    A TEAM of 85 children braved windy weather to take part in a sponsored walk for charity. The boys and girls from the reception and nursery classes of Eatock primary school in Daisy Hill completed laps of their playground to raise cash for Cancer Research

  • Rabbit celebrates his 100th

    PETER Rabbit celebrates his 100th birthday this year and the Bolton National Trust Association is holding a lecture in his honour on Thursday (Oct 24) at 7.30pm at Bolton School Arts and Conference Centre. Tales of the cheeky rabbit were first published

  • Junior Rugby League Under 12's

    Hindley Under12's 4, Leigh Miners Rangers 6 - Although not at their best the Miners Rangers came awy from Hindley with a win. Hindley led 4-0 at half time. After the break Sean Marsh broke the line of defence and raced 50 metres to score under the posts

  • Mets' miserable start continues

    Clock Face 58 Bolton Mets 4: BOLTON Mets LFC struggled to their fourth consecutive defeat with a heavy loss in St Helens. But this was a valiant performance from the Bolton lads who could only muster 12 players, with three still carrying injuries from

  • Games in brief

    Westhoughton Lions U11s 16, Mayfield Mustangs U11s 10 - AFTER going behind to an early try Lions fought back strongly to clinch an impressive win over Mayfield. Michael Brett and a David Parkinson brace pushed them in front and a concerted defensive effort

  • October 15-16

    From the Evening News, October 15, 1992 - AN FA Cup winner's medal, presented to a Bolton Wanderers' player at the legendary 1923 "White Horse Final", fetched £3,000 at an auction yesterday. The medal, won by left-back Alex Finney when the Wanderers beat

  • £3m cash for sport

    SPORTS and PE facilities in the North West are to get a £3m cash injection from the New Opportunities Fund. More than £2.8m is being made available to education authorities across the region for development work on new sporting facilities. The Abraham

  • Crisis deepens at holiday firm

    THE crisis at struggling holiday operator MyTravel, the former Rochdale-based Airtours, deepened today after the group issued its second profits warning in just 18 days. Investors were sent packing as the group warned of worse-than-expected trading and

  • Festive trees that will light up a life . . .

    FESTIVE lights in Bolton's Victoria Square will be doing more than simply boosting seasonal spirit this year. One of the Christmas trees will be adorned with lights to aid funds for Bolton Hospice by thousands of pounds. The hospice's Light Up A Life

  • Hotel blaze - staff to face new probe

    FIRE investigators are to reinterview staff at Bolton's Moat House Hotel in connection with a massive blaze which killed two pensioners. The interviews are being undertaken with fire chiefs considering taking legal action against the hotel which was set

  • It's skates on for festive ice rink

    VICTORIA Square looks set to be transformed into an ice-skating winter wonderland this Christmas. Town centre visitors will be able to try out their skating skills when a festive ice rink opens in the square from November 28 until December 28. The eight

  • Thumbs up for safer parking

    A TOWN centre car park has seen a 10 per cent increase in business since women-only and family parking spaces were both introduced. In January Apcoa's Bow Street car park introduced 29 women-only spaces and 56 family spaces. The scheme has proved to be

  • Bed rail trap woman was 14th fatal victim

    A WOMAN who died after she suffocated when she partly fell out of her bed and became trapped, was the latest victim of a series of tragic accidents involving hospital style beds, an inquest heard. A jury at Bolton Coroner's Court heard how 13 people have

  • Page 2

    £3m cash for sport SPORTS and PE facilities in the North West are to get a £3m cash injection from the New Opportunities Fund. More than £2.8m is being made available to education authorities across the region for development work on new sporting facilities

  • Team Horse Odds

    1 CAUGHT NAPPING...The Tatling 12-1 7 48.87+ 2 MUSTANGS... 4 39.00+ 3 WHITE ARMY...Blue Star 7-2 5 36.75+ 4 FAST FILLIES... 4 35.00+ 5 TENERIFE FOUR... 7 31.25+ 6 BOOTH STEEL... 3 31.00+ 7 TONGE FOLD TIPSTERS... 6 29.00+ 8 ALBION WOOD... 5 28.41+ 9 PIEMAN

  • Top sale

    ROSE Hill United Reformed Church is holding a table top sale of books, toys and household items at Bradford Road, Great Lever, on Saturday November 2 at 10 am. All proceeds are for the breast cancer appeal.

  • Disgraced Keane considers appeal

    ROY Keane has two weeks to decide whether to appeal against the £150,000 fine and five-match ban he must serve following his double disciplinary setback at the Reebok Stadium. The Irishman's attempt to clear his name from two Football Association disrepute

  • Tofting: What was said in court

    STIG Tofting was found guilty of striking the owner of the Cafe Ketchup and a chef, during a party for the Danish squad after the team's World Cup defeat by England. His agent Karsten Aabrink said: "Stig loves Bolton, he loves the club and he wants to

  • Winter rounders - report & results

    THE WEATHER was again kind for the second week of Winter Rounders, but despite having six players back from holiday, Royal Hotel could only muster five to play Mytham Ladies in the John Smiths Farnworth League, and again conceded. Fortunately, most of