• Volunteers could save Animal World

    I AM extremely angry that Bolton Council is closing Animal World — an attraction that gives so much pleasure to children. It has picked a soft target to save £80,000. That amount could probably be saved by employing one less bureaucrat. It

  • Correct to condemn

    HOW right ex-referee Mark Halsey, pictured, is in condemning the football authorities for trying to prevent him from expressing his views on the game, and refereeing in particular, after winning his battle with cancer. At a time when there is a

  • BBC should know better

    THE BBC thinks so much of itself, “when an MP uses language like that, it shows the tone of a party” said the Tory puppet Matthew Parris, when talking about UKIP this week. How true his words are. Maybe he remembers a Tory MP calling the policemen

  • Who to trust in Horwich?

    WHAT does Cllr Steven Rock possibly hope to achieve by constantly telling every man and his dog what goes on in the meetings between the three warring parties in Horwich? His latest ‘kiss and tell’ over the Christmas lights is, frankly, pathetic

  • Advice is right as firm moves in

    A FIRM which handles claims for businesses affected by the bank interest rate swap scandal has relocated to Bolton. Seneca Banking Consultants has moved to Stone Cross House in Churchgate. It is currently managing more than 170 claims against

  • Gun wielding robbers target travel agents

    STAFF at a travel agents were forced to hand over money by gun-wielding robbers. The robbery took place at Thomas Cook in Market Street, Atherton on Monday just before 5pm. Two men entered the store and made demands for money. They left the

  • Paramore rock Phones4U Arena

    Paramore (Support from Eliza the Bear and Charli xcx) 20 September 2013 Phones 4U Arena, Manchester It may be three years since they last did a show in Manchester, but three-piece pop-rock band Paramore still know how to draw in the big

  • Jade Lomas Anderson's parents back new danger dogs campaign

    THE parents of a teenager mauled to death by a pack of dogs in Atherton are backing a new campaign to reduce the risk of similar attacks. Jade Lomas Anderson, 14, died after she was attacked by two bull mastiffs and two Staffordshire bull terriers

  • JUNIOR MATCH: Bullets fight back to draw with Rangers

    IT had everything – drama, a late fightback...even your fair share of pink, luminous green and orange boots. These junior stars of Section A of the Bolton and Bury Junior Football League certainly have bright futures ahead of them after their impressive

  • Woman admits £56,000 benefit fraud

    A WOMAN swindled almost £56,000 over a six-year period by claiming her husband did not live with her. Bolton magistrates were told that Julie Harrison, aged 47, first applied for benefits at the Job Centre in February, 2006 by claiming she was

  • Prolific Bolton train station bike thief jailed

    A PROLIFIC thief who stole bikes from Bolton train station has been ordered to do 80 hours of unpaid work. Peter Gray, of South Street, Great Lever, persistently stole bicycles from cyclists at the station in Trinity Street. He was arrested

  • Brothers sent to separate schools after application blunder

    A MUM says is having to keep her son at home after he was refused a place at the primary school attended by his brother. Lisa Whelan says she is at a loss as to what to do after education chiefs said there was no room for four-year-old Joe Burgoyne

  • Mayor leads tours around Bolton Town Hall

    THE Mayor of Bolton is giving tours of Bolton Town Hall — Vickie Scullard went along to find out more. THE Town Hall is as important to Bolton as the likes of Fred Dibnah, Nat Lofthouse and Peter Kay — but, sadly, these days it is probably the

  • Vandals ruin car park near beauty spot

    A PRIME beauty spot in Bolton is being ruined by vandals targeting its car park because of lax security at night, according to residents. The car park at Horrocks Hill Wood is consistently damaged by egg-throwing litter louts, who take advantage

  • St Ethelbert's RC School in Deane told to make improvements

    A SCHOOL which three years ago was marked as “good with outstanding features” has been judged to “require improvement”. However, St Ethelbert’s RC Primary School, in Deane, said an action plan to raise standards was already in place. Ofsted

  • Halloween treats almost as popular as Christmas delights

    CRUMBS! When it comes to celebrations a Bolton bakery expert reckons that Halloween could be taking over from Christmas for Boltonians. Sandra Ogden, head of retail and marketing operations for Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery in Lostock, said: “We’ve

  • WEST LANCASHIRE LEAGUE: Eagley soaring high

    EAGLEY continue to fly the flag for Bolton after a 3-2 win over Crooklands lifted them to third in the Premier Division. Recent signing from Bolton County, Mitch Leece, showed why he is at the top of the scoring charts by registering his seventh

  • Misfiring Whites are desperate for goals

    THE inability of the Wanderers defence to keep a clean sheet remains a source of frustration to manager Dougie Freedman after his team conceded three more at Brighton on Saturday. But the boss has also highlighted the lack of penetration at the

  • NORTH WEST COUNTIES: Holt late show enough for Atherton LR

    Atherton Laburnum Rovers progressed into the first round proper of the FA Vase and an away trip to Maine Road next month after a well-deserved 1-0 home victory against Shirebrook Town on Saturday. The visitors went into the match on the back of

  • Chris Eagles winging his way back for Bolton Wanderers

    DOUGIE Freedman hopes the return to regular action of Chris Eagles can be the spark that ignites a much-needed change in fortunes for Wanderers. The 27-year-old winger has started the last three games after a month on the sidelines following an

  • Dougie Freedman: I'm up for the fight to lift Bolton Wanderers

    WANDERERS manager Dougie Freedman is ready to scrap to steer Wanderers clear of the Championship’s bottom three. A fifth defeat of the campaign at Brighton on Saturday increased the pressure on the Scot whose side prop up the division with a return

  • MANCHESTER LEAGUE: Rico stars for super Hindsford

    HINDSFORD sent a message to the rest of the Premier Division that they can achieve a hat-trick of title wins when they returned to the top of the table with a resounding 3-1 win at Manchester Gregorians. Despite again being forced to make changes

  • Youngsters campaign to have skate park built in Harwood

    A GROUP of children are calling on Bolton Council for support to get a skate park built in Harwood. Such has been the dedication of the youngsters’ campaign that they have won praise from a local councillor and one of their parent’s has joked: