• Cooking up a festival to remember

    THE first ever Bolton Food and Drink Festival was officially launched with a special Taste of Bolton' lunch. The festival, which looks set to become an annual event, is being held as part of the ninth Manchester Food and Drink Festival, which launched

  • 165 jobs go at Bolton factory

    WORKERS at one of the region's oldest manufacturers discovered today all 165 jobs at the factory have been lost. Management at Sandusky Walmsley on Crompton Way told the remaining staff at the site that no buyer for the business had come forward, and

  • Jack Straw: Read his full comments here

    Blackburn MP Jack Straw's plea for Muslim women not to wear veils has been condemned within the Asian community of his constituency. His comments that women who visit his surgeries should be prepared for "face to face" contact were criticised as "misjudged

  • Houses ‘too expensive’ for young people

    YOUNG people in Bolton are being forced to buy homes away from the areas they were brought up in because of rocketing prices. The houses in Bolton which young people can afford are often old and of poor quality - and they do not want to live in them.

  • Bob Dylan Day inTotty

    Bob Dylan in Bury? Not quite, but the next best thing... Bob Dylan Day at The Hark to Towler, Tottington, near Bury is putting on a Tribute to Bob Dylan Day on Sunday, October 15, from 2pm. This is part of the national Oxjam Festival, a month long

  • The drug that saved my sight — by nurse

    A FORMER nurse who was virtually blind in both eyes has praised a "wonder-drug" which she says has saved her sight. Pauline Edwards is one of only a handful of patients across the country to be given Avastin, a drug which is licensed to treat bowel and

  • £10,000 jewels haul taken from home

    JEWELLERY worth £10,000 was stolen by sneak thieves who broke in to a house while the owners were away. Among a haul of distinctive jewellery are diamond rings, and necklaces set in gold and silver. Police believe the thieves will have tried to sell

  • Crowd queues up for a new M&S

    HUNDREDS of people queued in the rain to be the first shoppers at the new Marks and Spencer store at Middlebrook. Showers of confetti greeted the official cutting of the ribbon at 10am by store manager Joanne Creswell. And shoppers were given a champagne

  • Young 'priced out of town'

    YOUNG people in Bolton are being forced to buy homes away from the areas they were brought up in because of rocketing prices. The houses in Bolton which young people can afford are often old and of poor quality - and they do not want to live in them.

  • Tribute to brave officers

    A POLICE officer shot in the head and face during an armed siege has been recognised for his bravery. PC David Lomas, of the Lancashire Police Authority, was shot while trying to arrest a suicidal man at a house in Rawtenstall, Lancashire, in July last

  • Big Sam has Max on his side

    MAX Clifford insisted today that Sam Allardyce had "absolutely nothing to hide" in the face of "bung" allegations. The world famous celebrity publicist is helping the Wanderers boss fight to maintain his public image in the wake of the BBC TV Panorama

  • Protesters are given hope in refuge battle

    BANNER-WAVING protesters gathered at Bolton Town Hall to oppose plans for a women's refuge in Farnworth. The planned three-storey building, to be run by Bolton charity Fortalice, would house 22 women and their children who have suffered domestic violence

  • Blaze warehouse to be demolished

    A DERELICT warehouse which was engulfed in flames during a dramatic blaze is being demolished. The building, on Hanover Street in the town centre began to collapse after the blaze tore through it on Wednesday morning. The building's owner, KD3 began

  • Police step up hunt for armed raiders

    DETECTIVES are continuing to search for gangs of masked raiders who escaped with £37,500 in three separate armed robberies. The robbers wielded weapons, including a machete and a handgun, as they struck across Bolton in the space of two hours on Tuesday

  • Breast cancer screening call

    WOMEN above the age of 70 are being urged to continue having breast cancer screenings. At present, family doctors invite only women aged between 50 and 70 to attend a screening appointment every three years. But experts in Bolton are encouraging women

  • Caught in the act

    A MAN caught on camera buying drink for youngsters is being hunted by police. They have released pictures of the smartly-dressed man captured by a CCTV camera buying cans of beer in the Bargain Booze store in Darwen Road, Bromley Cross, on Friday, September

  • Retirement on the agenda

    THE International Day of the Older Person was marked by a special meeting of the Bolton Over 50s Federation. Speakers and entertainment were lined up at the Friends Meeting House in Silverwell Street, in Bolton town centre. Two people from South Africa

  • Medical lecture at university

    THE annual lecture on the medical profession takes place at The University of Bolton's Deane Campus next month. The lecture - The Medical Profession in the 21st Century - by Professor Sir Graeme Catto, president of the General Medical Council, will be

  • The jab that can save lives

    WITH the weather turning, elderly people should be making plans to protect themselves against the potentially deadly winter flu virus. Every year, hundreds of people needlessly suffer serious illness or die because they are not prepared for the cold

  • Charity arranges help for the aged

    THE Help the Aged charity wants older people to make sure they are taking advantage of advice available on issues related to aging. The charity offers advice on everything from home shopping and equity release to care fees, funeral plans and insurance

  • Pupils on stage

    Youngsters in school always enjoy treading the boards, and in the 70s and 80s it no was different, as the pictures here show. There is a magical line-up of pupils at the George Tomlinson School, Kearsley. They were performing pantomime "Aladdin" in

  • Eager for an early ban

    EMPLOYERS in England were urged today not to wait until next year before banning smoking in their workplaces in a bid to protect the health of their staff. The TUC said firms should not put off the "inevitable" ban, which is due to come into force in

  • Salon visits by inspectors

    HAIRDRESSERS across Bolton are to be targeted by health and safety inspectors in a bid to combat work-related skin disease. Inspectors from Bolton Council will be visiting hundreds of businesses to raise awareness of occupational dermatitis during the

  • Lecture from former IBM man

    THE former chairman of IBM UK, Sir Anthony Cleaver, is set to reveal the secrets of his success to an audience of North-west business leaders. Sir Anthony is chairman of a number of organisations including the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and

  • Agency backs Josh to be king of jungle

    A BOLTON marketing agency has helped to raise funds in the fight against multiple sclerosis by putting a jungle marathon runner into the spotlight. Cube3 Marketing in Breightmet Street conducted a publicity campaign with television, radio, newspapers

  • Boss gets tough after late defeat

    KARL Marginson has warned his players after rivals Salford City ended their 100 per cent start to the season: Shape up or ship out. The Gigg Lane outfit failed to re-write the North West Counties League record books when they slipped to their first defeat

  • Clevelands founder dies at the age of 84

    THE founder of Clevelands Preparatory School, who was also a fomer director of Bolton Wanderers, has died at the age of 84. Jack Lightbown, who founded the independent school in Chorley New Road, Bolton, in 1964, died at his home in Lytham St Annes.

  • Parents lead the way on kids' jabs

    PARENTS in Bolton are leading the way in ensuring that their children receive vital vaccinations. Last year 97 per cent of children aged two received jabs to protect them from polio, tetanus and diphtheria, compared to a national average of 94 per cent

  • Fireworks up in smoke

    A MASSIVE stack of illegally sold fireworks were dramatically destroyed to mark the start of the first ever firework amnesty. Sparks flew and a huge plume of smoke drifted across a field as 1.5 tonnes of fireworks illegally sold to youngsters were set

  • Pupils board walking bus

    PARENTS left their cars at home and jumped aboard "walking buses" with their children. The buses have adult "drivers" at the front and adult "conductors" bringing up the rear. The children walk to school in a group along a set route picking up additional

  • Festival foods welcome

    FOOD donations will be welcomed at the harvest festival service for St Bartholomew's church in Church Street, Westhoughton, on Sunday. Non-perishable items will be accepted and distributed to causes throughout Bolton. The service starts at 10am.

  • Egyptian fabrics are kept preserved

    IT is hard to believe these fragments of cloth are almost 2,000 years old and originate from the Coptic period of Egyptian history. Would that the cotton clothes we wear today lasted so long. These well-preserved fragments are the latest in our series

  • Town’s first Irish festival

    REVELLERS will be able to drink a pint or two and soak up some Celtic sounds this weekend with the launch of Bolton's first Irish Festival. Manchester-based Irish group Tara O'Carolan And Her 15 Piece Traditional Irish Band will be touring pubs in Bolton

  • Police warning over Old Trafford international

    A MAJOR policing operation has been launched ahead of the England v Macedonia match at Old Trafford on Saturday. Greater Manchester Police has sent out 160 letters to people with football banning orders locally, reminding them to stay away from Manchester

  • Celebrity chef’s 7-course feast

    A SEVEN-course feast will be served up as part of the first ever Bolton Food and Drink Festival. The festival, which starts today, will celebrate all that is good in local food and drink. Top chefs, pubs, restaurants, quality suppliers and Fairtrade

  • This lot will never be starry, starry Knights

    WHERE are they now? used to be a popular feature in newspapers. It involved sports personalities of yesteryear, pictured in their heyday, before salaries soared into the stratosphere, especially in Premiership football. The stars involved were usually

  • Healthy eating takes weight off the mind

    WEIGHT watchers has been helping people achieve their weight loss goals for more than 40 years. From very humble beginnings it has grown into a huge organisation - capturing the imaginations of millions worldwide. There are meetings all over Bolton

  • Firework danger

    THERE was a time when the use of fireworks was restricted to November 5 and officially organised events. These days, it appears they are let off by anyone at any time of the year - though not always legally. Fire safety officers have destroyed 1.5 tonnes

  • Sad to hear Phoenix will lose premises

    I WAS amazed to read in The Bolton News about the uncertainty surrounding the Phoenix Theatre, in Bark Street, after extolling its virtues in an earlier edition - "Welcome to the Phoenix, opening doors for young people in the North-west". Are we still

  • A good time without drink

    VIDEO footage shows a man buying alcohol in a Bromley Cross shop then handing it to a group of youths outside. Given the amount of trouble being experienced by residents at the hands of drunken underage gangs, buying drink for them is highly irresponsible

  • Too much fluoride in body already

    RE "Bolton needs water fluoride - chief dentist", The Bolton News, October 3. Bolton needs fluoridated water like a hole in the head. Fluoride is a cumulative poison, and has never been shown to be an essential element for humans. The first sign of

  • No access for pedestrians

    THE creation of 1,200 new jobs on the Wingates industrial estate is good news. But this site has very poor accessibility for pedestrians leaving the nearby Westhoughton railway station and the adjacent bus stops on Church Street. There is a very narrow

  • We’ll soon be left with no buses at all

    I WAS appalled to read the article "Estate suffers cuts to buses", referring to cuts on the 570 bus service. Let's take a look at the facts surrounding buses serving the Morris Green area. Services 554 and 570 are both hourly, with no evening and no

  • Councillors should be independent of party

    Isn't it time to start a campaign to rid Bolton Council of party politics? For the 50 or so years I've lived in the town, we've had a succession of councils led by one party or another - and, to be quite frank, just look at the mess they've left Bolton

  • At risk of the sack thanks to late trains

    WITH reference to train cancellations, highlighted recently in The Bolton News. The 0821 Blackburn to Victoria is horrendous. There have been two cancellations in as many weeks, citing "unit failure" as the reason. Blackburn / Darwen local authorities

  • Man faces £1m fraud trial

    A HORWICH man who has been charged with deception offences totalling more than £1 million has been committed to crown court for trial. Melvyn Newton, aged 48, of Bridge Street, Horwich, has been charged with eight counts of obtaining money transfers

  • Funeral date for accident victim

    THE funeral of a man who was killed in an horrific road accident will take place next week. William Colloff, aged 39, died after his van was hit when a lorry crossed the central reservation on the M61 near Farnworth, on Monday, September 18. He had

  • Cash up for grabs

    GRANTS of up to £1,000 are available to fund community projects and activities which will benefit residents in and around the Great Lever Management Pathfinder area. The closing date for the current round of grants is Monday, October 16. For more information

  • Police car hit in crash, man, 53, arrested

    A DRIVER was injured in a three-car collision after he was pulled over by police to take a breath test. The 36-year-old man was sitting in the back of the police car when it was hit by a Renault Clio on Snydale Way, Bolton, near the A58 junction with

  • Macc boss Ian will have to learn fast - Casper

    CHRIS Casper has passed on a message of support for the newest manager in League Two - even if the offer only lasts for seven days. The Bury chief has backed Ian Brightwell, now caretaker manager at the Shakers' next opponents Macclesfield Town to impress

  • Big selling stars set to thrill golden oldie fans

    A FEAST for golden oldie fans is on the cards when an all star line up of David Essex, David Cassidy, The Osmonds and Showaddywaddy take to the stage at the MEN Arena next April. The show follows the success of this year's Once In A Lifetime show featuring

  • We want Glynn for good - Casper

    CHRIS Casper is hoping to keep on-loan striker Glynn Hurst at the club on a permanent basis. The Shrewsbury man has been a revelation in his temporary spell at Gigg Lane - scoring four goals in his first three starts. Now the Bury boss is hoping showdown

  • Sir Ian is an Extra tonight

    ACCLAIMED actor Sir Ian Mckellen will be appearing on the BBCs hit television series Extras tonight. The star of hit films such as Lord of the Rings, who is also a former Bolton School old boy, will be appearing as himself in the show devised by Ricky

  • We can reach play-offs - Wilson

    RADCLIFFE Boro's influential midfielder Scott Wilson is hoping the players can bottle their performances in the second half at Burscough on Tuesday and use it as a springboard for the rest of the season. Boro put in one of their best performances of

  • Boro bounce back, and boss is delighted

    ALL of a sudden, things are looking a lot more rosier at Stainton Park for Radcliffe Boro after two draws on the road in a week. A 0-0 draw with Grantham was followed up with an impressive 2-2 draw at big-spending Burscough on Tuesday night, and manager

  • Mum’s plea to missing Becky

    A MUM is appealing for her missing 13-year-old daughter to get in touch. Fears for the safety of Becky Molineux have grown since she disappeared 16 days ago. Now, her mother Gillian Molineux is making a desperate plea for information in a bid to trace

  • Thompson completes Team GB staff

    Great Britain Ice Hockey Head Coach Paul Thompson has completed his line-up of Senior National Team coaching staff with the appointments of Milton Keynes Player/Coach Nick Poole and Dundee Stars Head Coach Roger Hunt as associate coaches. Thompson said

  • Anelka gets France call-up

    NICOLAS Anelka is back in the international fold. The Reebok record signing has been recalled to the France squad for the Euro 2008 qualifiers against Scotland at Hampden Park tomorrow and the Faroe Islands in Sochaux next Wednesday. Anelka, who made