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15:07, 21 APR 2015
Daughter pays tribute to 'lovely and clever' mum and says quality of life with Alzheimer's was improved by staying in her home of 60 years
Doreen Lamb, from Accrington, was secretary to the chief education officer of Hyndburn council before she retired
Toy retailer set to open in time for Christmas after gaining planning consent
Smyths Toys will provide 30 permanent jobs when it opens at the Peel Centre
Smyths toy store plan back on the table
Developers have ‘satisfied’ several key planning concerns over a possible toy store at the Peel Centre at Whitebirk
Looking back: Digging in on the Coppice and a Church chimney's demise
Accrington's old covered market, winning first-aiders, and volunteers planting trees on the Coppice all feature in this week's photo gallery, using archive photos taken by former Accrington Observer photographer Garth Dawson.
Accrington and Rossendale College
Search on for 25 Accrington Carnival Queens
Carnival organisers are on the lookout for a 2015 queen as well as every queen over the past 50 years.
Concern over toy store proposal
Smyth’s Toys have submitted an application to Hyndburn planning chiefs to open a 1,394sm store at the Peel Centre on Whitebirk Drive, near Knuzden.
Retail boss gives her views on way forward
Hyndburn council's retail boss sits down with the Observer to spell out the vision for Accrington town centre.
Multimillion pound town centre bus station gets moving
The £6.4m bus station, which will be located on the site of Crawshaw Street car park, is part of the £40m Pennine Reach Scheme to improve transport links between Hyndburn and Blackburn.
New bus station work set to start
The Crawshaw Street car park – the site of the new station - will be permanently closed off from Friday, January 30 with building work to start in the first week of February. Preparation works on surrounding streets have already been undertaken by utilities companies
Police appeal for help to trace two men
Samuel Cunningham, 19, is wanted in connection with an assault and making threats in the Accrington area in December.
Bosses told £1.5m revamp plans could ‘kill’ town
Hyndburn council has voted to move forward with the £1.5million Accrington Townscape Heritage Initiative, which will see empty town centre properties brought back into use, and create a new town square which will commemorate the losses of the Accrington Pals.
Storage Hunter star Jesse to deliver Christmas card to young artist
Accrington Market Online is calling on children to get arty this Christmas by designing their very own Christmas card.
‘Disaster’ warning over £10m town plan
The town is set to be transformed with £10m of investment after plans to move the bus station and revamp the town centre were approved.
Foal rescued from eight foot hole
Crews from Hyndburn and Darwen used large animal rescue equipment to raise the foal trapped in part of a disused building behind Express Gifts in Church.
Plans approved for controversial Accrington bus station scheme
Work on the £6.4m scheme to create a new bus station in Crawshaw Street is due to begin next year after the Secretary of State approved plans following a public enquiry.
‘We were right’ says bins chief
Around 3,600 homes in Baxenden and the Peel area of Accrington were left without bin collections for four weeks last month due to strike action by binmen over pay.
Bus station site ‘will leave us in the cold’ claims
The fury has been prompted by a town centre map which was produced for a public inquiry held last month into whether a new bus station at Crawshaw Street should be given planning permission.
'Rats and foxes' fear after bins are left out for weeks
Residents and councillors said they have seen rats and foxes snooping around overflowing bins and an increase in fly-tipping on back streets.
Swans poison probe
The birds, which have royal protection under the Countryside and Wildlife act, were spotted in distress by members of the public near a towpath in Church.
VIDEO: Bins not collected for ONE month
All waste services across Hyndburn had to be cancelled last Thursday after not enough staff came into work due to a row with the government over pay rises.
Traders vent fury over bus station
Members of the public and business owners told a two-day public inquiry that the scheme to create a new bus station in Crawshaw Street will suck trade away from Peel Street, Warner Street and the east of the town centre.
Public inquiry for new Accrington bus station due to begin
The four-day hearing will be chaired by a government planning inspector at Accrington Town Hall from Tuesday, June 17.
UKIP cause big upset in Hyndburn
The biggest casualties of UKIP's rise were Labour's deputy council leader Clare Pritchard, at the hands of her father Malcolm, and veteran Conservative councillor Doug Hayes.
Accrington Town Hall
Healthy living event next week
Experts will be on hand to offer advice and practical help