• Kelly Tidy's cutting blow

    KELLY Tidy missed the cut at the Kristianstad Ahus Ladies Open in Sweden yesterday. The 22-year-old Bolton golfer carded an eight over par second-round score of 80 to finish on 13 over par for the tournament, three shots shy of the target to make

  • Mourners fill church for 'fearless' doctor's funeral

    MOURNERS filled St Anne’s Church in Chapeltown to pay their respects to a “fearless” and “determined” GP who died while climbing a Scottish mountain. Friends, relatives and former colleagues of Dr Ian James attended his funeral yesterday, after

  • Man arrested after 'street fight' in Tonge Moor

    A 29-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested on suspicion of affray after an alleged street fight. Police swarmed to Tonge Moor Road at the junction with Starkie Road, at about 3.50pm today following reports of four or five men “scrapping” in the street

  • Scrap yard worker who dealt stolen metal avoids jail

    A SCRAP yard manager has avoided jail after he admitted dealing in stolen metal when he was caught in a police sting. Paul Lever, aged 48, was arrested following a police "day of action", when nearly 400 officers raided businesses across Greater

  • One of the country's first 'e-cig cafes' opens in Bolton

    A VAPING cafe — thought to be one of the first in the country — has opened in Bolton. The Flavour Vapour cafe in Manchester Road, Burnden, sells e-cigarrettes alongside hot and cold drinks and cakes. The opening follows the launch of the country

  • REVIEW: The Merry Widow, Three Towns Operatic Society, Leigh

    The Merry Widow The Three Towns Operatic Society, St Joseph’s Hall, Chapel Street, Leigh Ends Saturday WITH an enchanting score and believable storyline, Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow is brought to life in the latest production by The Three

  • Fire warning over candles left burning

    FIREFIGHTERS are warning residents about the dangers of leaving burning candles unattended. Crews from Bolton North were called to a shop in Halliwell Road at about 2am yesterday after a neighbour had mistaken a candle left in a window for a fire

  • Anti-fracking meeting

    ANTI fracking campaigners will hold an awareness evening at Daisy Hill Cricket Club on Tuesday, May 20. Bolton Against Fracking will host a film screening and speakers as it is confirmed tests will take place in Glazebury, 11 miles from Westhoughton

  • Roadworks

    MOTORISTS could be further disrupted by an extended programme of work in Halliwell Road. Bolton Council is reconstructing a footpath in the road and the project is expected to run until Friday, May 23.

  • Assault on policeman

    A LADYBRIDGE man who assaulted a policeman has been fined by magistrates. Andrew Booth, aged 47, of Armadale Road, admitted assaulting Nicholas Hill, a constable in the line of duty, on February 11 in Bolton. Appearing at Bolton Magistrates

  • Sir Ian’s X-men wish

    SIR Ian McKellen has revealed he wants to carry on playing Magneto in future X-Men films. The 74-year-old, who went to Bolton School, spoke of his desire to continue the role at the premiere of Days Of Future Past, the seventh in the film’s franchise

  • Axe for three trees

    THREE trees will be felled along a Harwood road. Paul Calvert told Bolton Council of his plans to cut down two leylandii and one willow tree after the roots buckled a boundary wall in Riding Gate, which is set to be rebuilt. Council officers

  • Fun club for children

    CHILDREN can take part in fun activities at Johnson Fold Community Primary School’s after school club on Monday. These activities include sports, music, conversation and art. The club is open from 3pm and is suitable for ages five to 11.

  • Club to show film

    BOLTON Socialist Club will host a screening of “The Selfish Giant” in its Red Cinema today. The British award-winning drama, produced in 2012, will be shown at 7.45pm at the centre in Wood Street. Tomorrow, a lunch will be held between noon and

  • Tracking device bid ‘disgrace’

    A UKIP MEP has labelled EU plans to fit new cars with a tracking device as ‘an absolute disgrace’. Paul Nuttall, Euro MP for the North West, said the UK government has admitted it cannot do anything to stop British drivers having to carry the devices

  • Fundraisers for hospice

    TWO fundraising events in aid of Bolton Hospice will take place next week. The first event is a race night on Friday, May 23, at the Victory Reform Club in Chorley Old Road. Entry is by ticket only at £3 each. This is followed by a 10-and-a-half

  • Disabled getting sporting chance

    INVESTMENT from Sport England is creating more opportunities for disabled people to play sport, according to a Bolton MP. Julie Hilling, pictured, MP for Bolton West, took part in activities at the Parliamentary reception with the organisation

  • Couple’s go-ahead

    AN EGERTON couple can now start work on building a detached garage and garden store, after plans were approved by Bolton Council. Mr and Mrs Fogg successfully applied for permission for the new structures at their home in Longworth Lane.

  • Cash for animals

    A CHARITY that campaigns on behalf of animals in captivity raised nearly £300 during a collection. The Captive Animals Protection Society held a collection at the charity canopy in Bolton town centre on May 3, raising £293.

  • Advice on dementia

    PEOPLE with dementia and their carers can get advice at Breightmet Library on Thursday. Information will be available from 10am to 4pm and there will be a “memory box” event from 10am until noon. This will reveal how a memory box can help people

  • Cancer hospital is praised for its care

    THE Christie has been praised by health chiefs for its care of dying patients. The cancer hospital scored well in the National Care of the Dying Audit for Hospitals for its organisation of care. Dr Richard Berman, The Christie’s consultant

  • Family fun day

    A CHILDREN’S charity will mark its 10th anniversary by holding a family fun day on Saturday, May 24. Wipe Your Tears, which supports terminally ill children and their families, will host the event at Queens Park, Spa Road, Bolton, from noon to

  • Monday club to be held at school

    JOHNSON Fold Primary School in Worston Avenue is holding a club for children aged five to 11 on Monday evenings. The Monday club is run during term time from 5pm to 7pm. Children can take part in activities such as arts, crafts, games and sports

  • Birthday tea

    HORWICH Moor Methodist Church will celebrate its 145th anniversary on Sunday with a special service at 2.30pm followed by afternoon tea and is inviting people to share in the special day and join in the worship.

  • Town Hall tour

    CHILDREN from a Halliwell primary school will be shown behind the scenes of Bolton Town Hall on Monday. Members of the Oxford Grove School Council have been invited to meet the Mayor of Bolton Cllr Colin Shaw.

  • Maxine’s ‘Oscars’

    BOLTON actress Maxine Peake handed out “Oscars” to students for their animation and video work. The Silk star was appearing at an awards event for Salford City College’s Pendleton Sixth Form Centre where prizes were awarded for excellence across

  • Trust will help with weight loss

    BOLTON NHS Foundation Trust is holding a free 10-week RiteWeight programme at the Nutrition and Dietetic Department in Ashburner Street. The sessions are running until June 9 and offer advice and support for adults wanting to manage their weight

  • Flower-power sale

    GREEN-FINGERED residents can go to a plant sale in Blackrod. Stalls selling bedding plants and hanging baskets will open from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, together with a book stall.

  • Mayor at blind society open day

    BOLTON Society for Blind People will hold an open day on Thursday at their base in Ainsworth Lane, Tonge Moor. The Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Colin Shaw, and his wife Dee will attend the event from 10.30am. The couple chose the charity as one of their

  • Farmers’ market

    FOOD and craft lovers can look forward to a farmers’ market in Tonge Fold. Locally sourced produce will be on offer from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, May 31, at Trinity Methodist Church in Bury Road, and lunches will be served between 11.30am and 1.30pm.There

  • Martial arts

    CHILDREN aged three to six are invitied to try out a free first session at Tiger Tots martial arts at Wadsworth Industrial Estate in Great Lever. The classes, held on a Wednesday at 5pm are recognised by the Learning and Skills Council and teach

  • Bus fare price cut announced

    BUS passengers living in New Bury, Little Hulton and Walkden are set to benefit from a price cut. From today, First Manchester has reduced the price of a weekly ticket for sections of some routes, from £13.50 to £10. The discount will apply

  • Tory man welcomes new jobless figures

    PROSPECTIVE Tory MP Chris Green has welcomed news that unemployment has dropped in Bolton. The number of people claiming jobseekers allowance has dropped to its lowest rate in five years. Mr Green, who is standing against the incumbent Labour

  • Aztecs talk

    THE legacy of the Aztecs will be the theme of an art talk at Bolton central library. Chloe Sawyer will be the guest speaker on Tuesday, June 3.

  • moves into TV market as World Cup fever looms

    WHITE goods giant is hoping to benefit from World Cup fever by adding television sales to its growing empire ahead of a summer of sport. Today started selling television and audio visual accessories from some of the top manufacturers

  • Vote to stop the cuts and preserve our liberties

    LOCAL trade unions and anti-cuts campaigners in Bolton are calling on people to ensure they cast their vote in the local and European elections, due to be held next Thursday, May 22. Here in the North West many ordinary people are feeling the pinch

  • Beware of pickpockets

    ON Sunday morning, May 11, myself and my son went to visit the Market car boot sale. I parked my car on the Market car park. Walking down to the car boot sale, there was an awful smell that the poor market traders have to put up with. There

  • Trustees are only link

    THE story relating to Breathing Monitors, “Cash lifeline for poorly youngsters” (May 15), is a little inaccurate and I should like to correct the text. The Trust, of which I am a trustee and featured in the story, is called The Bradshaw Gass Trust

  • Simple – do not eat meat

    RITA Biscoff is perfectly correct (Letters, Cruelty of halal/kosher, May 13). All slaughter is inhumane. Until we have CCTV cameras in all slaughter houses, animals will continue to be abused before they are slaughtered. Organic or not, halal

  • Driving ban for bus driver who hit 91-year-old woman

    THE driver of a bus which hit a 91-year-old woman on a pedestrian crossing at Bolton bus station has been disqualified from driving buses for a year. As well as the ban, Adrian Bass has had his professional driving licence revoked by a hearing

  • VIDEO: Watch 19-year-old Mr Bolton show off his muscles

    TEENAGER George Armstrong strong-armed his way past 60 fellow beefcakes to be crowned Mr Bolton in his hometown. George, aged 18, out-muscled older and more experienced competitors to land the title at the fourth annual Mr Bolton, which was held

  • Shakers swoop to bring Nicky back home

    BURY have announced the signing of former terrace favourite Nicky Adams on a three-year deal. The energetic Bolton-born midfielder has signed for an undisclosed fee from Rotherham United. Adams made the switch to the Championship-chasing Millers

  • Drunken yob smashed Westhoughton shop windows

    A man who admitted drunkenly smashing two shop windows “remembers little of his crimes”, a court was told. Craig Jeffrey pleaded guilty to damaging windows, worth £700, at Tanfastic and The Chippy, in Market Street, Westhoughton, in quick succession

  • 8 plays that you can see at Octagon theatre next season

    THE Octagon theatre has announced its new season for 2014/15. The plays range from dramas about World War One to comedies by Noel Coward and Michael Frayn. Here artistic director David Thacker talks about the productions in detail.

  • Two slimmers can fit into one pair of old 'fat' trousers

    TWO super slimmers have lost so much weight together they can both fit into an old pair of their “fat” trousers. Friends Alison Brennan and Paula Edwards have lost six and five stone respectively at their local Slimming World class at Harwood Meadows

  • Tributes to doctor who died while climbing Scottish mountain

    TRIBUTES have been paid to a “good, old-fashioned GP” who died while climbing a mountain in Scotland. A champion for the elderly, Dr Ian James was known as a pillar of the community in Edgworth and Bolton. Dr James was also known for his love

  • Review: Les Miserables - CATS Youth Theatre

    Les Miserables CATS Youth Theatre St Catherine’s Academy, Stitch-mi-Lane, Harwood CATS Youth Theatre continues to go from strength to strength and this outstanding production did not disappoint the audience and the standing ovation at the end

  • Kearsley drink-driver banned for 20 months

    A KEARSLEY drink- driver was banned for 20 months and forced to pay court costs of more than £1,000. Jevon Eccles, aged 24, of Gerrard Street, was found guilty by Bolton magistrates of two of four charges facing him, all of which he denied.

  • Harwood woman's epic bike rides for Parkinson's disease

    JOANNE Lever had not ridden a bike for 20 years when she decided to get back in the saddle and cycle from Land’s End to Twickenham. Now she is back on two wheels as she prepares to ride more than 300 miles, from London to Paris, to raise money

  • Bolton's big names turn out to welcome new Horwich mayor

    BOLTON'S top brass were out in force to see cllr Richard Silvester take up his role as the new mayor of Horwich. The leader of the council, the mayor and mayoress of Bolton, MP Julie Hilling and dignitaries from neighbouring parishes made their

  • joseph maguire

    JOSEPH MAGUIRE 16th May 2002 Treasured Memories of a precious Father and Grandfather Never Forgotten Forever in our Hearts Paul, Rebecca & Katie-Rose xxxxxxx

  • Joseph Maguire

    JOSEPH MAGUIRE 16th May 2002 No one knows the pain we bear, When we all meet and you're not there, We laugh, we talk, we play our parts, But behind it all lie broken hearts. - Very sadly missed by your loving daughter Ann Marie, son in law Kenny and

  • john stephen braddock

    JOHN STEPHEN BRADDOCK 7th May Peacefully in hospital, John aged 58 yrs, beloved son of the late John & Lillian, loving father of Lee, dear nephew & cousin, good friend to Marie, friend to many and missed by all. funeral Monday 19th May at Overdale at

  • james coffey

    JAMES COFFEY On May 11, 2014, peacefully in Shannon Court Nursing Home James (Jim) aged 77 years. Dearly loved husband of the late Vera, much loved and missed dad to Debra, James and Steven, dear father in law to Stephanie, devoted grandad to Megan,


    PHYLLIS PARKER The family wish to express their sincere thanks to friends for their kindness and cards of condolence shown to them in their sad loss. Thanks to Reverend Terry Litherland for conducting the service, The Livesey Funeral Service for their


    GEOFFREY MALCOLM COCKERILL Aged 73 years, suddenly on April 29, 2014, whilst on holiday in Tenerife. Loving husband of Gloria, dearly loved father of Gary, Stephen and Martin, dear grandfather to Rebecca, Amy, Zoe, Daniel, Matthew and Katie, beloved


    HUGH JOHN DICKSON C.A. On May 14, 2014, peacefully in hospital and of Westhoughton, Hugh aged 75 years. Much loved husband of Carol, proud and devoted dad and step dad to Lisa, Lindsay and Joshua, Michele, Nicola and Carl, loved and respected father


    JOHN (JACK) STACEY Suddenly in Royal Bolton Hospital on April 29, 2014, John (Jack) aged 89 years. Beloved husband of Jean, much loved father of David and Linda, a loving grandfather to Mark, Helen, Erin and Melissa. Always loved

  • Adrian Mark Biddle

    ADRIAN MARK BIDDLE Treasured memories of Adrian died May 17, 1989. Time passes but memories stay, We miss you Adrian every day. Love Mum, Angela, Ken, Mark, Grandma, Aunties, Uncles and Cousins.

  • Joseph Maguire

    JOSEPH MAGUIRE May 16, 2002. The moment that you passed away, My heart was torn in two, One side filled with heartache, The other died with you. I often lie awake at night, When the world is fast asleep, And take a walk down memory lane, With tears

  • . miracle prayer

    MIRACLE PRAYER Dear heart of Jesus in the past, I've asked for many favours, This time I ask for a special one, (mention here), Take it dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your own broken heart, where your Father sees it, Then, in His merciful eyes


    STANLEY WEST Frances and family wish to thank everyone for the abundance of cards, letters, words of condolence, flowers and generous donations received during the time of their deep sorrow. For all who attended the beautiful mass at St. Teresa's and


    ANNIE TRUMAN The family of the late Annie Truman wish to express their sincere thanks to all their relatives and especially their nieces Jen and Prim, also to Brenda who is a true friend to Annie. Everyone has shown such kindness and sympathy to us


    MARY DANIEL On May 13, 2014, peacefully and Fortified by the Rites of Holy Mother Church, Mary. Beloved and devoted daughter to the late James and Sarah, a dear sister to the late William, Winifred and Helen, a caring and loving aunt and a dear friend