• Remploy goes on the internet

    REMPLOY Automotive has launched its own website to give customers greater access to the company's services. The site - - provides information for clients, potential customers and the public. Dedicated sections give details

  • Tax warning for eBay fans

    USERS of auction site eBay could be brought to the attention of tax collectors and excise agents, experts are warning. London investment manager Nick Train describes eBay as "part of the black economy" and warns that it will not be long before it is subject

  • Greyhound track sold in £50m deal

    Leisure entrepreneur Luke Johnsonhas won the multi-million pound race to buy six greyhound tracks, including a site in Manchester, put up for sale by gaming group Wembley. Mr Johnson's investment vehicle Risk Capital Partners will acquire the tracks at

  • Businesses benefit from good cashflow

    BUSINESSES in Greater Manchester are among the most effective in Britain at managing their cashflow and are reaping the benefits of increased liquidity, according to a leading UK financier. Research undertaken by asset-based lending specialist Lloyds

  • Bank hails £9bn record profits

    Banking giant HSBC today unveiled annual profits of £9.18 billion - the biggest figure recorded by a UK-based bank. The group, which generates around one-fifth of its earnings from the UK, said it had been "another good year" after the profits figure

  • Still got the hump over road

    FOLLOWING a recent letter from Cllr Mrs L Byrne, criticising my earlier complaint that consultation about traffic calming measures was too selective, it should be clear that the disquiet in Breightmet over the arbitrary use of "traffic humps" has not

  • Time to live and let live

    LAST Friday morning I was unfortunate enough to have to listen to Brian Iddon's comment on radio regarding fox hunting. His comments just put the hunting ban in the perspective when he said "now hunting with dogs is banned, huntsmen and the like can still

  • Discrimination against mixed sex partners

    A CHANGE to the law is about to be enacted, giving lesbian partners the same rights as married couples. A similar law is already in existence for homosexual partners. While I am strongly in favour for equal rights for everybody regarding dissolution of

  • On this day February 28

    1900: General Buller relieved Ladysmith after a 118-day siege in the Boer War. 1912: The world's first parachute jump from an aeroplane was made over Missouri, USA, by Albert Berry. 1940: Sandy's Half Hour began on radio, with Sandy MacPherson - the first

  • Walk in crocuses

    A CANCER charity is encouraging people to take part in a crocus walk on Mother's Day. Breakthrough Breast Cancer is inviting Bolton people to be at Moses Gate Country Park on Sunday, March 6, at 11am for the sponsored walk. The two Weight Watchers classes

  • House plans deferred

    PLANS to build two semi-detached houses on Scholes Bank in Horwich have been deferred. The proposals to build the homes with driveway parking need further analysis by council officers. The houses would have two storeys at the front and three at the rear

  • A dramatic time for students

    DRAMA students at Canon Slade School in Bradshaw, Bolton, shared the stage with youngsters from Essex when students from Redbridge Drama Centre took part in a series of workshops. The visit was organised as part of an exchange programme. Pupils from Canon

  • Ink cartridges help save lives

    BOLTON Mountain Rescue Team is appealing for companies to donate used ink cartridges to raise money for their day-to-day running. The group is asking organisations for any used inkjet, laserjet, fax or photocopier cartridges. For each cartridge which

  • Bromley Cross car accident

    WE have been asked to point out that an accident reported in the Friday, January 14 edition of the Bolton Evening News, was not a hit and run. The driver of the car, Mr Alan Hallworth of Lea Gate, Harwood, did in fact stop and help an injured pedestrian

  • Disabled ramp boost for library

    PLANNING chiefs in Horwich have approved plans to install a ramp at Horwich Library to allow access for disabled people. The ramp will be located at the side entrance of the Jones Street building and it would extend near to the trees between the library

  • Sir Ian joins anti Myanmar campaign

    LORD of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen has joined a campaign urging tourists to boycott Myanmar because of its appalling human right record. The former Bolton School pupil, has joined politicians including Tony Blair in signing up to the "I'm Not Going

  • Squash aids kids' health

    MINI squash is an ideal way of introducing children to the concept of keeping fit. Horwich Leisure Centre has just started its Saturday Junior Squash Club for nine to 13-year-olds, with the aim of showing youngsters the game and helping them take exercise

  • Town plays fair for farmers

    WHEN it comes to giving practical support to some of the world's poorest countries, Bolton is certainly on the ball. To herald Fairtrade Fortnight, which begins on Tuesday, every school in the area is receiving a Fairtrade football, made without the use

  • Kick by kick at St James' Park

    12 mins: Wanderers are forced into a major reshuffle after Hunt is stretchered off with a disclocated shoulder caused by the ball rebounding off Faye in a firm but fair challenge. 23 mins: Penalty appeals are waved away as Stelios is pushed to the ground

  • All the match stats

    WHO rated - who didn't JUSSI JAASKELAINEN 6 Excellent saves to deny Shearer, Dyer and Bowyer; little he could do about the goals. NICKY HUNT 5 Was up for it until stretchered off with shoulder trouble. TAL BEN HAIM 7 Stood up well to the Shearer-Ameobi

  • Souness blast at media mischief

    GRAEME Souness claimed the media had "made a bit of mischief" for him over his reported criticism of Wanderers "long ball tactics" when the two sides met at the Reebok earlier in the season. Then Souness complained that Wanderers played an "in your face

  • Sam's fadeaway blow

    SAM Allardyce could not hide the disappointment that came from his side's Jekyll and Hyde performance at St James's Park on Sunday. After falling behind to Lee Bowyer's early goal and losing defender Nicky Hunt with a dislocated shoulder, Wanderers finished

  • The Big Match Verdict by Gordon Sharrock

    NEWCASTLE UNITED 2, WANDERERS 1: IT really did sound too good to be true. Forty-eight hours after Sam Allardyce ambitiously suggested Wanderers had the ability to finish in the top four of the Premiership, events conspired to turn his words into nothing

  • We've gone radio ga ga

    PUPILS at a Bolton primary school have been going "radio ga ga". Youngsters at St Osmund's and St Andrew's Primary School in Breightmet have set up their own radio station - with the help of the internet. They have recorded interviews, songs and shows

  • What's on

    Palace Theatre, Manchester: Love Shack A modern musical featuring 25 well known songs and three erstwhile pop stars. Faye Tozer (Steps), Jon Lee (S Club 7) and Noel Sullivan (Hearsay) perform in this tale of an impending wedding which go slightly off

  • Is it really money first?

    MR Gartside would do well to spend time trying to find out why more people didn't go to the tie by actually asking them. Many comments I've read suggest that a large number of fans don't really feel part of the club. To show the club does not learn, I

  • Can I have his seat?

    HAVING been a season ticket holder for 10 years, unfortunately my circumstances have changed and, much as I would love to, I can no longer afford to support the Wanderers. To pay £20 for a ticket to the last round of the FA Cup would have meant spending

  • I can't sleep at night

    I think chairman Gartside is beginning to believe his own publicity. I am one of the 7,000 season ticket holders who have let themselves down. I feel so bad about this I can't sleep at night, after all I only paid £450 without a ball being kicked in June

  • Stuart at the double

    DAISY HILL 2, ASHTON TOWN 3: A double strike from Stuart Cartridge couldn't prevent Daisy Hill from defeat in a five-goal thriller in North West Counties Two. The Daisy Hill man levelled the scores after Phil Holland had fired the visitors in front on

  • Shotshy Shakers draw blank again

    SOUTHEND 1, SHAKERS 0: A fifth game in the last six without a goal resulted in a third successive defeat for the shotshy Shakers. However, it was a far better display than the defeats against Mansfield Town and Rushden & Diamonds with just a lack

  • Extra time to name sporting heroes

    SPORTING groups across the borough have been given more time to submit the names of the sporting heroes they want to appear on the borough's tribute to sport. The council, which is asking teams and organisations to produce a list of the people they believe

  • Smoking cause of one in five cancer deaths

    ONE in five of all cancer deaths in Europe is due to smoking. New figures have revealed that 20 per cent of all cancer deaths in Europe are lung cancer, with the overwhelming majority of cases caused by smoking. The figures, released by the International

  • Hospital's new oasis of calm

    YOUNG people have transformed a waste ground into a tranquil oasis for hospital patients after they designed a garden. Up to 17 people from the Prince's Trust took part in the three month project to construct a Chinese themed garden in the grounds of

  • Reluctant 'yes' to flats

    TOWN councillors in Horwich say their hands are tied over plans to build 22 apartments on a road they believed is over-crowded. Horwich Town Council has approved plans to build a new development at the former site of Chorley New Road Infants School because

  • Check out North-west road conditions now

    WORSENING weather is causing some delays on North-west roads on Monday. Check out the latest conditions with our traffic updates, roadworks and weather report links: Highways Agency Traffic alerts, or Met Office weather warnings

  • Quiz fan Tony scoops £32,000

    A BELMONT pub quiz fan is celebrating a £32,000 windfall after his appearance on the television show Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Tony Ramsden was watched by millions as he gambled on the £64,000 question in the popular quiz on Saturday. He lost but

  • Home hopes high

    Housebuilder Persimmon today said there had been a revival in the housing market early this year as it reported record profits. The group said pre-tax profits in the year to December 31 had risen 33 per cent to £470.4 million, despite a more challenging

  • Boost for pub chain

    PUB operator Jennings has announced an increase in turnover ahead of plans for a greater presence in Bolton. In the five months to January, 2005, according to unaudited management accounts, total turnover for the business increased by 5.5 per cent on

  • A fine idea to pay for road schemes

    WHAT happens to all the money that has accrued through fines paid by poor drivers? There should be a pot that the council should be able to take from council tax payers and good drivers should not have to contribute to road schemes. I have read in this

  • Trials long overdue for tenants

    FOR years, on these pages, I have questioned why tenants are not given trial tenancies when they are offered accommodation. During a 12-month period, I argued, tenants should have to prove their suitability to live in the property and the community. Strict

  • 'Spy cameras' wanted in Bolton

    10 years ago from the Evening News February 28, 1995: RESIDENTS on Bolton's Mancroft Avenue estate have voted overwhelmingly in favour of installing "spy cameras" to fight crime. Cllr Brian Iddon, chairman of Bolton's housing committee, said he was not

  • Litter spies trap pupils

    SPY vans have been placed outside Bolton schools to trap young litter louts. The move has resulted in 60 pupils being handed £50 fixed penalty fines. Two secondary schools were targeted to crack down on youngsters dropping rubbish in surrounding streets

  • Gareth ready for Red Rose challenge

    GARETH Cross could be the next Bolton wicketkeeper to feature for Lancashire. The 20-year-old, who played at Bolton Association side Clifton before moving to Leigh Cricket Club, will be understudy to Warren Hegg, who was signed by Lancashire from Tonge

  • Proud Chilton ready to make his mark

    NEW Lancashire captain Mark Chilton will turn to his predecessor Warren Hegg for help as he bids to lead the club back to the County Championship's top flight at the first attempt. Chilton has taken on the skipper's job -- with the experienced Stuart

  • Law eager to give Lancs a new start

    STUART Law believes that Lancashire have a chance to make a new start to recover from a "shambolic" season. The 36-year-old batsman, Lancashire's new vice-captain, is looking for promotion back to the County Championship First Division following relegation

  • Truants will cost parents £100

    PARENTS are being told to ensure their children attend school - or end up with a fine. From Monday, truancy officers will be patrolling Bolton's streets to check pupils are attending school. If they are not, and are found to regularly skip classes, their

  • Buddy bench scheme for lonely pupils

    LONELY schoolchildren are to be offered the hand of friendship by fellow pupils after the launch of "buddy" benches. Trained buddies will approach a child who sits on buddy benches and invite them to play games. The project is being pioneered at Blackrod

  • Guild women net £750

    MEMBERS of Westhoughton Town Women's Guild have raised £750 for Bolton Stroke Unit. They took part in a series fundraising events, including a president's dinner. Women's Guild president Shiela Glassbrook will present the cheque to representatives of

  • Fire burns sleeping resident's hand

    A MAN is recovering in hospital suffering from severe burns to his hands after his bed caught fire early on Sunday. Michael Darrenman, aged 20, had fallen asleep while a candle was burning just yards from his bed at a terraced house in Plodder Lane, Farnworth

  • Race for women

    THE 19th Liverpool Women's 10k race takes place on Sunday, May 15, starting at 11am from the city's picturesque Sefton Park. The race is expected to attract more than 3,500 runners, and all finishers will receive a medal. For an entry form and sponsorship

  • Evenings of fun on way for young farmers

    WEDNESDAY evenings need no longer be dull for 11 to 26 year olds - when Turton Young Farmers start holding weekly meetings. The meetings will be held in St James' Church Hall, Edgworth, at 8pm, and are open to farmers and everyone else. The varied plans

  • Walk in crocuses

    A CANCER charity is encouraging people to take part in a crocus walk on Mother's Day. Breakthrough Breast Cancer is inviting Bolton people to be at Moses Gate Country Park on Sunday, March 6, at 11am for the sponsored walk. The two Weight Watchers classes

  • Diamond evening at Mayor's ball

    STARS In Your Eyes singer Gary Ryan helped make the Mayor's annual charity ball a huge success when he appeared as music legend Neil Diamond. Mr Ryan was joined on stage by Bolton act Four for One who played a selection of songs dating from the 1960s

  • Driver racially abused policewoman

    A TAX officer from Bolton Council racially abused a policewoman as she struggled to arrest him on suspicion of drink driving. Steven Payne verbally abused the police officer as she attempted to handcuff him, Bury magistrates were told. Payne, aged 34,

  • Quiz fan Tony scoops £32,000

    A BELMONT pub quiz fan is celebrating a £32,000 windfall after his appearance on the television show Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Tony Ramsden was watched by millions as he gambled on the £64,000 question in the popular quiz on Saturday. He lost but

  • More children seek help to beat bullies

    AN anti-bullying hotline for Bolton children has seen a 14 per cent increase in calls since the start of the New Year. The Bully Free Zone helpline has received 16 calls from distressed youngsters who have been bullied in the last two months - two more

  • Tears of a slug prompt debate by Alan Calvert

    ACCORDING to a professor of English at Nottingham University we Britons have lost the skill of conversation. Prof Ronald Carter says: "We have got used to chatter and have stopped making the effort to reach any more significant conversational depth."

  • Early morning video nasty for Centurions

    LEIGH CENTURIONS 6, SALFORD CITY REDS 32: Instead of enjoying a relaxing day off, the entire Leigh Centurions' squad was back at work at 7.30am on Sunday morning. Less than 12 hours after slipping to a humiliating six-try home defeat coach Darren Abram

  • Women's health dominates the week

    HEALTH is at the centre of local International Women's Day Festival events next weekend. On Saturday, a casual off road bike ride with fully qualified instructors will start from the Waggon Road Play Centre in Waggon Road at 1pm. If you don't own your

  • Nightmare even trying to get tickets

    SO Mr Gartside feels let down and bitterly disappointed by the stayaway fans. Welcome to the supporters' world Mr Gartside, we've been let down year in, year out by false promises. Every season we get promised money for players usually starting May, and

  • I wish I lived so close

    I think Mr Garside was right to query where the fans were against Fulham. I was there and the week before against Middlesbrough. I have seen season ticket holders asking for free entry because they pay £500 a year for the seat that they sit on and only

  • Decision time over Cardiff

    I ATTENDED the Fulham tie, as did one of my sons, and we are both season ticket holders. My eldest son wanted to attend but had to decide between the cost of raising a young family or the extra cost of attending an FA Cup game. Having already paid out

  • Half-term family there in spirit

    I WAS incensed when I read that Phil Gartside was "bitterly disappointed'' that 7,000 season ticket holders were among those who did not attend the Fulham match, and were therefore "a letdown to the team and themselves''. I and my son are two of those

  • Bring back the drummers!

    What do the people of Bolton want? 16,000 for an FA Cup 5th Round tie is scandalous. We have the best team my generation, and I am 50, have ever seen. We have the best "pound for pound" manager in the league, and we are challenging on two fronts for a

  • Loyalty has been severely dented

    Mr Gartside's questions about why fans did not attend the FA Cup match are offensive. I cannot blame those who were very badly let down last year when, though season ticket holders, they did not get tickets for the Carling Cup Final. I was one of those

  • Steve Daley is guest speaker

    FORMER Manchester City midfielder Steve Daley will be the guest speaker at a sportsman's dinner in aid of the Pimhole Community Farm project. The event will be held on Friday at Dobbies Sports & Social Club, Bradley Fold, Radcliffe and tickets are

  • Bowles injury drama at Maine Road

    MAINE ROAD 1, ATHERTON COLLS 0 (match abandoned after 68 mins): A serious injury to Atherton's Lee Bowles caused the game to be abandoned with 22 minutes remaining at Maine Road. Bowles was left with a badly fractured cheekbone and lay motionless for

  • Dull draw fails to lift gloom

    ATHERTON LR 0, SQUIRE'S GATE 0: A clean sheet was perhaps the only positive Atherton could take out of this dull game at Crilly Park. Neither side produced a shot on target throughout 90 minutes of football, with fragmented football the order of the day

  • Foster strikes, but Boro fade

    WITTON ALBION 4, RADCLIFFE BORO 1: It was another day to forget for luckless Radcliffe Borough, as they crashed to a heavy defeat against Cheshire outfit Witton Albion. Lee Spike gave Albion the lead early on, capitalising on a lucky deflection off Steve

  • Now RMI have that winning habit

    FARBOROUGH 0, LEIGH RMI 1: RMI manager Steve Bleasdale is singing the praises of his reformed defence after they kept Farnborough at bay to record a second successive away win. Gary Williams provided the only goal for the Railwaymen on the hour, sweeping

  • A proud day in history of town

    I WAS delighted on Thursday to attend the ceremony marking the creation of the University of Bolton. The event, which started with a fanfare of music at the Town Hall, was an occasion that all of Bolton could be proud of. It has taken many years for the

  • While you are sleeping

    GINNIA Roberts has been in a coma for more than four years. But her mother Sue, who provides round-the-clock care for her 13 year-old daughter, has never given up. Sue Bury tells Karen Stephen her amazing story of hope and courage. SUE Bury puts on her

  • He's done it again

    SHOPPERS looked on horrified as a man staged his second protest on a town centre rooftop in a week. The 34-year-old clambered up scaffolding on a building in Knowsley Street, to begin a five-hour sit-in next to a chimney 80ft up on Saturday afternoon.

  • Boy, 4, crushed by bus wheels

    A BOY was killed after he was thrown under the wheels of a bus following an accident near his home. Jordan Hynes, aged four, was hit by a car and catapulted into the path of the bus in Wigan Road, Leigh. He was crushed under its wheels. Jordan was taken

  • Town plays fair for farmers

    WHEN it comes to giving practical support to some of the world's poorest countries, Bolton is certainly on the ball. To herald Fairtrade Fortnight, which begins on Tuesday, every school in the area is receiving a Fairtrade football, made without the use

  • For hire: Room fit for a queen

    PEOPLE will have an opportunity to enjoy surroundings fit for royalty when one of Bolton Town Hall's most prestigious rooms is opened up to the general public. Residents will be able to hire The Banqueting Hall once used as a reception room by the Queen

  • Making way for the third agers

    WITH a mixture of free time now that the kids have grown up, a few spare pounds in their pocket and a social conscience, "baby boomers" (people born within five years of the end of World War II) are taking up exciting and interesting hobbies or attempting

  • Broadway stage for Opera North

    The Broadway musical "One Touch of Venus" receives its first full-scale British staging presented by Opera North at the Lowry, Salford Quays. The original production ran for 567 performances on Broadway in 1943 with Mary Martin in the title role. It was

  • Wanderers match ref in horseracing probe

    PREMIERSHIP referee Mike Dean, who was due to take charge of Wanderers' game at Newcastle, is the subject of an internal investigation from his bosses into claims he abused his profile for financial gain as the head of a horse-racing operation. The 36