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10:23, 6 FEB 2013
Rishton couple scoop £3.5m Lotto jackpot
Geoff, 61, and Hilary Bennette, 54, are now planning how to spend their new found fortune with globe-trotting travel and a Mini Cooper topping the shopping list.
A mountain of cash to raise
Today the Observer launches a bid to raise more than £500,000 to build a new centre for the Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team.
Reporter Simon’s climbing high for a fabulous cause
As one thousand walkers prepare to climb Pendle Hill, reporter Simon Thacker explains why he’ll be digging out his walking boots and joining them.
Northern Final joy for Mill Hill
Mill Hill Under 13 boys were victorious at the Tesco Cup Northern Regional Final in Manchester last weekend.
Two hurt in M65 motorway collision
A motorist smashed through the central barriers of the M65 motorway and collided with a Tesco delivery van travelling in the opposite direction after swerving to avoid a loose wheel.
Holidaymaker’s Tunisian riot hell
A holidaymaker from Accrington has spoken of the chaos in Tunisia where clashes between armed police and anti-government protesters left dozens dead.
Tesco evacuated following New Years Eve explosion
Hundreds of shoppers were evacuated from a Tesco store in Accrington on New Years Eve following an explosion which happened when a pipe feeding a refrigeration unit ruptured.
Brave Terry Claus his way back to health
A man achieved his dream of becoming one of Santa’s helpers a year after he almost died.
New multi-million pound Tesco finally opens
Staff at Accrington’s new 24-hour Tesco superstore made a grand gesture to local good causes to celebrate its opening.
Supermarket giant Tesco given go-ahead for extra sales space
Controversial plans for Accrington’s soon-to-be-opened Tesco store to increase its retail space have been passed by planning chiefs – just days before it is due to open.
£10m plan to revamp Accrington Arndale
Ambitious plans for a £10 million expansion of Accrington’s Arndale Centre have been unveiled.
Market traders split over Wednesday opening
Accrington market hall traders remain fiercely divided over the temporary trial of six-day opening.
Families to suffer as cuts bite hard
Families in Hyndburn were this week hit with a triple whammy of cuts as the Government’s belt-tightening begins to bite.
Number of jobseekers in Hyndburn drops to two-year low
The number of jobseekers in Hyndburn has fallen to a two-year low. A total of 1,744 people were claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) in September, representing 3.4 per cent of the working age population.
Historic day as times change for market
The first Wednesday opening at Accrington Market Hall has been hailed a success, after traders finally signed leases introducing a six-day week.
Book tribute to heroic soldier brother
A brother’s poignant tale of how a soldier was murdered by terrorists during ‘The Troubles’ has been published almost two decades after his death.
Town facing up to more cuts
Council bosses have performed a U-turn over a new enterprise hub at Great Harwood town hall.
Store to be taken over by supermarket
Great Harwood Co-op is to be taken over by supermarket giants Morrisons from next month.
Shock report has ward among most deprived
One of the two most deprived wards in Lancashire is in Hyndburn, according to a shocking report identifying widening inequalities between the county’s rich and poor.
Tesco start 500-job recruitment
Hundreds of jobs are set to be offered to the long-term unemployed after Tesco bosses began a recruitment drive for the new Accrington store.
Supermarkets battle it out
Plans for a multi-million pound extension to Accrington’s main shopping centre have been unveiled.
Guide jets off to Falklands to mark centenary
A girl guide volunteer has jetted off to the Falkland Islands as part of an international programme to celebrate the movement's centenary.
Unsung heroes of the big freeze
WHEN an elderly woman was leaving hospital to get home on Christmas Eve, she faced a difficult situation when the ambulance service struggled to get her through the snow and ice, just 200 yards away from her front door.
Brickworks grind to halt once more
HUNCOAT’S historic Nori brickworks has ground to a halt again due to a slump in orders.