• Birthday boom for training centre

    THERE was a double celebration for a training company's 20th birthday. Training for Today, based in Lever Street, Bolton, combined the landmark event with an open day and the official opening of its new, expanded offices. Councillor Walter Hall, the

  • Sanu serving up a recipe for success

    RESTAURANT owner Sanu Miah spent a long time finding the right spot for his new restaurant. Although he lives in Rochdale he did not want to open a restaurant in his home town. He said: "It's a small place and I didn't feel it was the right place

  • Little man with a big kick

    THAI boxing coach and anti-bullying campaigner Sandy Holt is to appear in a documentary about high-achieving small people. Sandy, who runs Bolton Thai Boxing Club, is 5ft 6ins tall and will appear in the Channel Five documentary, The Size of the Man

  • Man stole his brother’s car

    A MAN who stole his brother's car rather than walk to the video store has been banned from driving. Fakhir Hussein, aged 20, of Chorley Old Road, Bolton, was caught driving his brother's Vauxhall Astra without a licence or insurance by police community

  • Dragon dance to celebrate start of the Year of the Pig

    MANCHESTER will mark the Chinese New Year in style by staging a traditional dragon dance in Chinatown. Thousands are expected to turn out for the dragon parade, from Albert Square to Chinatown, on February 18, from 1pm. Events to usher in the Year

  • Stricter hygiene rules for tattooists

    TATTOOISTS and cosmetic piercers are to receive letters from Bolton Council warning them they must follow strict professional guidelines. The move comes after reports that young people in Bolton and neighbouring boroughs are having tattoos before the

  • Man ordered to keep the peace

    A 42-YEAR-OLD man has been bound over to keep the peace for six months. Raymond McIntyre, was arrested at the home he shares with his aunt in Arlington Street, Lever Edge on February 6. Police were called after he became drunk and aggressive. He

  • Boyfriend hurled cup at wall during disturbance

    A JOBLESS man has been bound over to keep the peace after hurling a cup at a wall inside his girlfriend's home. Simon Mason, aged 24, appeared at Bolton Magistrates' Court and pleaded guilty to being likely to cause breach of the peace. He was arrested

  • Bolton switched on about digital

    ALMOST nine in 10 people in Bolton know their TV signal is to change when the Granada TV region switches to digital in 2009. Latest figures show 87 per cent of people are aware the analogue service will be turned off, following a TV, radio and print

  • Frankie Laine memories for our Colin

    THE death of legendary American singer Frankie Laine in San Diego ended a friendship of more than 30 years for a Bolton photographer who captured him in pictures. The Bolton News photographer Colin Lyne spoke of his sadness at the death of the singer

  • They’re off!

    A BRAVE cancer patient is urging more women than ever to join her and take part in this year's Bolton Race for Life. Amanda d'Argue, who is just two months away from completing a year-long course of the cancer wonder-drug Herceptin, put on her running

  • Fundraising night boost for pupils’ Zulu trip

    PUPILS from St Joseph's RC High School have boosted funds to take them to South Africa after an entertaining evening at Horwich RMI club. Local soul band Brassed Off played and businesses including G&J Seddons, 3DK and Asda donated prizes. The event

  • ‘Spy on tippers’

    SHARP-eyed residents are needed to help the council tackle fly-tipping at two litter strewn areas. Back Manor Street and Upper Wilton Street, Prestwich have suffered from dumped rubbish and Bury council wants people to take the registration of vehicles

  • Alf does his bit for charity appeal

    A PENSIONER has raised more than £600 for the Garden of Tranquillity appeal. Despite his wife being seriously ill, 85-year-old Alf Hales felt so strongly about The Bolton News' campaign to transform the run-down gardens at Bolton Hospice that he did

  • ‘Ice bandits’ in car crimewave

    POLICE have issued another warning to motorists defrosting their vehicles in the cold winter mornings after a car was stolen in Bolton. A yellow Mini Cooper, registration VA02 UZG, was stolen from the Bradshaw area at around 7am on Tuesday. The owner

  • Plan to preserve real Coronation Street

    A SCHEME to preserve the real Coronation Street have been unveiled. Salford City Council wants to give conservation status to the area surrounding the street in Ordsall. Coronation Street is in the heart of the estate, which was built around 1900

  • Cool with Phil at the Albert Halls

    COMEDIAN Phil Cool is performing at the Albert Halls in Bolton on Saturday night. The Chorley-born impressionist worked the pub circuits for years before he shot to fame in the late 1980s, and a number of television shows followed. The show starts

  • Parks ideal for summer events

    Community groups, charities, schools and businesses are being invited by Bury Council to use the borough's parks for summer events. Cllr John Byrne, the council's executive member for the environment said: "Bury's parks have been transformed over the

  • Police target street louts

    TEENAGE louts and street drinkers are being targeted in a crackdown on crime by police in Astley Bridge. Residents and business owners around the Holland Street and Blackburn Road areas have complained that the surrounding streets have become a haven

  • Singer on coast road to fame

    BOLTON singer Tony Finbarr-Smith is hoping that getting through to the finals of one of the country's biggest talent contests will set him on the road to music fame. Tony, a 25-year-old IT technician for BT, impressed judges in the auditions for South

  • £750,000 for cancer screening

    A LIFE-SAVING screening programme is to be launched in Bolton later this month. The Royal Bolton Hospital will in be given £750,000 a year for the next three years to screen 700,000 people from Bolton, Wigan and Salford who are at risk of developing

  • A word to the smug Valentine

    Are you looking forward to Valentine's Day? Hahahaha. If anyone single is reading, unhand that Swan Vesta. I'm kidding. I realise that, to you, this is like saying: "Are you looking forward to the Apocalypse, I hear it's going to be lovely and warm."

  • Halting the sorry trade in people

    HUMAN trafficking - a modern version of slavery - is one of the world's fastest growing industries, involving more than 2.4 million people worldwide, half of which are children sold-on for a life of forced labour, sexual exploitation, slavery, servitude

  • Councillors are listening to their constituents

    I REFER to the article about the proposed Crompton Way road safety scheme. (The Bolton News, February 3) Between 2003 and 2006, there were 19 accidents on the stretch of Crompton Way between Tonge Moor Road and Thicketford Road, resulting in 27 casualties

  • Living proof that race money is well spent

    AMANDA D'Argue is living proof of the value of research into the causes of cancer and potential cures. Despite undergoing treatment for cancer, she will line up with 4,000 other Bolton women in the Race For Life, which organisers hope will equal

  • Town MPs should back baby unit

    JUST when everybody thought the decision to expand the neonatal, baby and children's services at the Royal Bolton Hospital into a regional super unit was cut and dried, there has been a political hitch. Salford and Bury maternity units, backed by their

  • Journeys will take longer

    With reference to the story about Crompton Way, if the majority of accidents are at junctions then changing to one lane will make no difference because this is due to driver error. Why are we wasting good road space? There will be no difference to

  • Road safety should concern all parties

    WITH reference to the furore over the plans to reduce Crompton Way from two lanes to one, it strikes me as absurd that Cllr Nick Peel should dismiss Conservative objections on the grounds that they "have nothing to do with this ward". Such a scheme on

  • A strategy change would cut traffic

    WHY is it that the Labour Government in Bolton thinks that slowing all traffic down will make life better? I am referring, of course, to the proposal to change the stretch of Crompton Way from two lanes to one and reducing the speed limit from 40 to

  • Opposition to scheme is irresponsible

    IT was encouraging to hear of the council's decision to proceed with a new traffic management system on Crompton Way, which will make this road safer by the introduction of cycle lanes, a 30mph speed limit, and the reduction of two lanes of traffic to

  • Highway proposal will cause more congestion

    I REFER to the article on the proposals for Crompton Way, The Bolton News, February 3. Cllr Nick Peel states that he is annoyed that Cllr Byrne has the audacity to call in the proposals for Crompton Way as it is in his ward. I was under the impression

  • Leaders boost title dream

    LEADERS Bolton began the business end of the season with a bang as they cruised to a convincing 4-0 victory against long-standing rivals Lytham St Annes, who were forced to play most of the game with 10 men. A head injury to a Lytham player just five

  • Leaders stage great fightback

    Bolton Ladies staged a brilliant fightback to keep their title hopes on course in their top-of-the-table clash with LA Metros. The league leaders suffered a terrible start and trailed 4-0 after just 20 minutes, but Bolton staged a superb comeback to

  • Ace Tom starts off in style

    MIDDLE distance runner, Tom Lancashire, began his season in style when he chopped eight seconds off his personal best time for 3,000m. The Turton 21-year-old opened up his 2007 campaign with a confidence-boosting run in New York Although Tom finished

  • Cheeky Rafa knows exactly what he is saying

    RAFAEL Benitez was totally disrespectful to Everton Football Club, its history and their fans when he called them a "small club" to a national television audience. Managers say some cheeky things after a frustrating result and that is exactly what Benitez

  • Super bored by Super Bowl

    Sunday was a bad night for anyone not interested in American Football. A colleague of mine came home from the late shift and searched around the television channels for some sport to chill out to. He turned on Sky Sports 1 to find live coverage of the

  • MOTD under the spotlight

    THE Bolton News is giving Match of the Day the Big Brother treatment for allegedly failing to give Wanderers as much coverage as other teams. Whether Bolton get fair treatment on the BBC's Premiership highlights show or not is not known. But it is certainly

  • What was all the fuss about

    IT feels like a lifetime ago since the transfer window closed, but it's just eight days. And there's been about as much action in the transfer market at most Premiership clubs during those eight days as there was throughout January. The transfer window

  • ENGLAND COMMENT: Bulldog spirit was missing

    THE one thing fans will not forgive England for is a lack of the bulldog spirit. That's why boos rained down on Old Trafford as the final whistle blew last night. England produced another timid performance which has typified the national side over the

  • NW escapes as snow blankets the UK

    The North-west seems to have escaped the worst of the weather as a blanket of heavy snow fell across many parts of the UK. As the Met Office issued a severe weather warning for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, industry chiefs warned that transport

  • Andranik: I can reach Premiership standard

    ANDRANIK Teimourian believes he is on target to become a first team regular for Wanderers next season. The high tempo midfielder, who was a complete unknown before he featured in Iran's World Cup campaign in Germany last summer, has already played his

  • Rebels paint the town red

    FC UNITED warmed up for their title run in with some shooting practice of a different kind. The prolific Reds, who now trail NWCL Division One leaders Salford City by just one point with six games in hand after Saturday's 2-1 win at Bacup Borough, enjoyed

  • Extra cash to fight Muslim extremism

    BOLTON has been selected as one 50 local authorities in the UK which will benefit from cash to help fund the fight against Muslim extremism. A £5 million fund has been unveiled as part of what Prime Minister Tony Blair has called a "radical and head-on

  • Health clinic

    A GENERAL health and well-being clinic for young people takes place at The Parallel in Churchgate, Bolton tomorrow. The clinic, which includes advice on sexual health and contraception, runs from 3.30pm to 6pm.

  • Sitting pretty on Chitty

    A FANTASMAGORICAL piece of machinery wings its way in to carry the stars of a school production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The 8ft car is a replica of the one made famous by Dick Van Dyke's inventor character in the classic film. The creators of the

  • School closure decision on Wednesday

    A FORMAL decision to close a Church of England primary school is expected to be made next Wednesday. Bolton education chiefs will present their case to shut Christ Church School, Harwood, to the final decision-making body, the Schools Organisation Committee

  • REVIEW: A taut piece of classic theatre

    Sleuth, The Marco Players Chorley Old Road Methodist Church. Until Saturday. REGULAR consumers of local amateur theatre will have been anticipating this production for months. Rest assured that this show takes the already formidable reputation of our

  • Christening party turned into a wedding party

    THEY had invited friends and family to the mediaeval-style christening of their son Michael Joseph. But the guests were amazed when Denise Kelly and Mick Howarth surprised them all - and got married, too. The double celebration took place at Our Lady

  • Repair work starts on arson-hit health centre

    REPAIR work has started on a health centre targeted by arsonists on Tuesday. It is expected to be the middle of next week before Halliwell Health and Children's Centre can re-open. Managers and staff have been working hard to find alternative locations

  • Man due in court on terror charge

    A MAN arrested in a series of anti-terror raids in Bolton is due in court today. Omar Altimimi, aged 37, is charged with four offences under the Terrorism Act 2000, which relate to allegedly possessing articles and collecting information for terrorist

  • Sentences quashed on violent drinkers

    FOUR drinkers jailed after they were involved in a violent incident outside a Manchester pub have been freed after a hearing at London's Appeal Court. Hannah Rose McAtee, aged 28, of St James Street, Farnworth, Bolton, and her sister, Claire McAtee,

  • Fans react to chairman's warning over missing fans

    PHIL Gartside has warned Wanderers fans they could lose Nicolas Anelka if they don't start packing the Reebok. The Bolton chairman fears the world class striker could become disillusioned if crowds don't start to pick up. "If we want to keep players

  • Setback for baby super-centre plan

    THE move to make the Royal Bolton Hospital a super-centre for the treatment of babies and children has hit a setback. After winning a battle to be named as one of this region's three centres of excellence for neonatal, baby and children's services, hospital

  • Valentine's Day sex toys stolen from van

    THIEVES stole a £2,000 haul of sex toys that were on their way to Bolton in time for Valentine's Day. The thieves struck as the van belonging to the Nice N Naughty adult sex shop was parked in Liverpool city centre on Tuesday. Thirty-six sex toys,

  • Care home to close

    AN OLD people's home blacklisted by Bolton Council after a report criticised its standard of care is to close. Residents at Haulgh Cottage, in Radcliffe Road, The Haulgh, will be rehomed. A team from the Commission for Social Care Inspection, which

  • Secret camera sting snares bus attack louts

    A NINE-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl broke into a parked bus and pelted the inside with eggs. This picture, released by police, shows the bus which appeared to have broken down by the roadside - but was actually part of a decoy operation targeting

  • Library in day of nostalgia

    LITTLE Lever Library is inviting people to indulge in a touch of nostalgia on Tuesday, February 27. The library is hosting a Local History Day featuring collections of old photographs, maps and free refreshments. People will be able to chat to old friends

  • Who loves you...?

    In just a few short days lots of people will be sending valentine's cards and presents to the ones they love. Some will be signing them "love from ?" I never did understand that. Why would you not want the person you are in love with to know? How else

  • Crimewatch probe into Horwich bank raid

    A bank woman who was assaulted during an armed robbery in Horwich and a police officer who was shot at will be speaking for the first time on BBC's Crimewatch tonight. A reconstruction of the incident will also be played on the programme at 9pm.