• THWAITES HAMER CUP: Realistic Farnworth look to Bridge gap

    FARNWORTH captain Simon Booth is hoping lightning does not strike twice as his side prepare to defend the Thwaites Hamer Cup. The 2013 winners go into their first round match at home to Astley Bridge tomorrow on the back of some decent form, after

  • BOLTON ASSOCIATION: New knockout competition gets underway

    A DOZEN clubs begin their campaigns to be the first winners of a new cup tomorrow. The 40/40 Sunday competition has been introduced to give teams the chance to play more games after the league programme was cut from 26 to 22 matches this season

  • Zero hours: A reason to go to polls

    ESTHER McVey, the Conservative Employment Minister, claims that unemployment is at a five-year low, but fails to acknowledge that increasing numbers of jobs are part time or based on zero hours contracts. Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat Business

  • No one to sort trouble

    I was in Bolton town centre on Thursday and witnessed a lot of scared shoppers. The reason? A full-scale argument between women, shouting at each other the length of Victoria Square. Also there was a group of men, about 20 to 30, congregated

  • Cons of the capitalists

    Re Andrew Davidson’s letter of May 15. Yes, the economy seems to be on the up, but this is being paid for by the people who can least afford it — the low-paid, the old, the sick and the unemployed. They are the ones being screwed into the floor

  • Both wrong on slaughter

    I WON’T get too involved in the halal argument, but I would like to say one thing to either camp in this absurd debate. Firstly to Bolton South East MP Yasmin Qureshi, who claims the halal method is proven to be pain free for the animal being slaughtered

  • £200 fines for people caught dropping cigarette ends

    LARGE fines have been issued to people caught dropping cigarette ends in Bolton. Ronald Marron, aged 54, Marie Louise Jane Watt, aged 35, and Mohammed Sattar, aged 19, were all dealt with by Bolton Magistrates Court after being seen littering by

  • Gala dinner to launch Amir Khan's new charity

    A BLACK-TIE launch of boxing hero Amir Khan’s new charity will take place at the Reebok Stadium. The gala dinner will be on Saturday, June 14, with all funds raised going to the new Amir Khan Foundation. The foundation, which aims to support

  • Farnworth bus gets Wi-Fi

    FIRST Bus took to Victoria Square to get customers on board with alterations to their services. Hundreds of commuters enjoying the early summer sunshine received information about a number of improvements being brought in. The 501 service between

  • Three die every day due to organ shortage - and you can help

    ORGAN donor chiefs are calling on more Boltonians to sign up to save a life. NHS Blood and Transplant has praised The Bolton News campaign for helping to sign up 1,500 new donors for the Organ Donor Register. Now they are calling for more people

  • Westhoughton hosts vintage fashion show

    THERE was plenty of catwalk glamour in Westhoughton when a charity fashion show was held in the town. Vibrant Vintage — a local shop selling vintage clothing — organised the event to raise money for Senior Solutions, a Westhoughton-based organisation

  • Think you're funny? Prove it

    COMIC actress Sue Devaney is encouraging budding stand-ups in Bolton to enter a competition to find the town’s next big thing. People of any age can enter the Comedy Club contest at Crompton Place by sending in a joke, short stand-up routine or

  • New Wanderers recruits help heal old wounds

    IT is not by accident that there has been a familiar look about the players Dougie Freedman has ticked off his shopping list in the last couple of weeks. Neil Danns, Liam Trotter, Liam Feeney – and to an extent his former team-mate Dorian Dervite

  • Man fractured girlfriend's skull 'because she was late home'

    AN angry lover fractured his girlfriend's skull - because she came home later than agreed after a night out, a court heard. Michael Saunders walked away after punching Linda Groves and leaving her unconscious in the street, Bolton Crown Court was


    EDNA BROOKS Died peacefully at her home in Fair Oak, Hampshire (late of Great Lever, Bolton) on Sunday , May 4, aged 99. Much loved mother of Gillian, Roger and Susan, grandmother and great grandmother


    ELSIE RIDINGS (nee Carroll/Conway) On April 26, 2014 at her home in Bispham, Elsie aged 93 years. Loving partner of the late Bob, loving mum to Melvyn and the late Paul, loving and caring nanna to Darren and Craig and a devoted great nanna, a dear sister

  • linda stirling

    LINDA STIRLING Passed away May 18, 2008. A loving sister. Loved ones never leave us, For you are always there, In the hearts of those who loved you, Who you gave your loving care, A prayer, a tear is all we can give, These you shall have as long as

  • REVIEW: Brassed Off, Octagon Theatre, Bolton

    BRASSED OFF The Octagon Theatre, Bolton Until Saturday, June 14 WHEN a film was released in 1996 about the woes of the members of a colliery brass band facing the closure of their pit, it struck a chord with many. And theatregoers from