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United Utilities unveil £120m investment in Blackburn and Darwen waste water treatment

Blackburn Citizen: United Utilities said there was a problem with a valve on a large trunk main

11:57am Monday 2nd March 2015

BOSSES at United Utilities have unveiled part of the plans for a £120million investment in waste water treatment in Blackburn and Darwen.

Darwen Aldridge Community Academy pupils teach in Uganda

Blackburn Citizen:

11:25am Monday 2nd March 2015

WHILE their colleagues enjoyed a break from work and studies, 17 students and four staff from a Darwen sixth form spent their half-term holiday teaching in some of the poorest slum areas of Uganda.

Safety plea as bollards refused outside school

Blackburn Citizen:

8:00am Saturday 28th February 2015

ROSSENDALE MP Jake Berry has called for urgent action to improve safety outside a school following the council turning down his request for bollards.

Brothers in battle to save Darwen restaurant sign - despite only being open for a week...

Blackburn Citizen:

6:00am Saturday 28th February 2015

BOSSES at a new Darwen restaurant have launched a petition to save their sign.

Former Blackburn bar to become Lancashire’s first ‘digital fabrication’ facility

Blackburn Citizen:

3:18pm Friday 27th February 2015

A FORMER bar will be transformed into Lancashire’s first ‘digital fabrication’ facility after £275,000 of grant funding was confirmed.

Band performs despite £2,500 worth of equipment stolen from car

Blackburn Citizen:

2:50pm Friday 27th February 2015

A BAND left devastated after most of their equipment was stolen from the back of a car managed to find some of the kit and take to the stage once more.

Darwen metal firm to rescue as 100 jobs spared

Blackburn Citizen: WEC continues to grow

1:40pm Friday 27th February 2015

MORE than 100 workers have kept their jobs after Darwen metal fabrication business WEC brought an ailing firm out of administration.

Darwen pupils raise funds to help save girl’s sight

Blackburn Citizen:

2:10pm Thursday 26th February 2015

BIG-hearted children at a Hoddlesden primary school have helped an appeal to send a 10-year-old girl to the US in a bid to save her sight.

BIG LOTTERY FUND: £164,000 handed out to East Lancashire youngsters’ groups

Blackburn Citizen:

2:54pm Wednesday 25th February 2015

ALMOST £165,000 has been awarded to community groups in East Lancashire through the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards For All programme.

OUTSTANDING STUDENT: Darwen teen clinches top prize for engineering

Blackburn Citizen:

12:50pm Wednesday 25th February 2015

A DARWEN schoolgirl was named ‘outstanding student’ in a county-wide manufacturing contest run by aerospace giant BAE Systems.

COST-CUTTING: Lancashire police set to lose helicopter base

Blackburn Citizen:

2:50pm Tuesday 24th February 2015

LANCASHIRE’S police helicopter base is to close as part of a cost-cutting move by the force nationally.

Members launch drive to revamp one of Darwen’s last remaining social clubs

Blackburn Citizen:

12:56pm Tuesday 24th February 2015

BOSSES at one of Darwen’s last remaining social clubs have launched a fundraising campaign to secure its future.

Dan Clough column: Cautious approach is Blackburn Rovers' major downfall

Blackburn Citizen:

10:30am Tuesday 24th February 2015

THAT impressive 4-1 demolition of Stoke is now well and truly consigned to the history books and, instead of using it as a catalyst to greater things in the league, we have all but thrown away any slim hopes we had of a last ditch run at the play-offs.

Controversial Blackburn school expansion officially opened

Blackburn Citizen:

10:05am Tuesday 24th February 2015

A SCHOOL expansion that caused a row when work was started without permission has been officially opened.

VIDEO: American hip hop artist Fatman Scoop opens new Darwen diner

Blackburn Citizen:

3:30pm Monday 23rd February 2015

AMERICAN Grammy Award-winning hip hop artist Fatman Scoop opened a new diner in Darwen this weekend.

Software firm receives £5m of orders for its equipment

Blackburn Citizen:

2:40pm Monday 23rd February 2015

A BURNLEY firm that provides unique software to CCTV control rooms has received £5million worth of orders for its revolutionary new equipment.

Five-year Darwen church window repairs complete

Blackburn Citizen:

1:28pm Monday 23rd February 2015

A FIVE-YEAR £160,000 project to repair a historic church stained glass window has finally come to an end.

Organised dog fighting in Lancashire doubles in space of 12 months - despite 180-year ban

Blackburn Citizen:

6:00am Monday 23rd February 2015

REPORTS of organised dog fighting in Lancashire almost doubled in the space of 12 months, despite the savage pursuit being banned for 180 years.

Darwen takeaway damaged by ‘severe’ blaze

Blackburn Citizen:

6:00am Saturday 21st February 2015

A TAKEAWAY was gutted after a “severe” fire broke out in the middle of the night.

Hunt launched after two ‘good Samaritans’ help disabled Darwen woman

Blackburn Citizen:

1:50pm Friday 20th February 2015

A PENSIONER who was left stranded when her electric wheelchair broke down on a busy road is trying to find two young ‘good Samaritans’ who stayed with her until a taxi arrived.

Large pile of rubbish dumped on Blackburn car park - right behind 'no fly-tipping' sign...

Blackburn Citizen:

6:10am Friday 20th February 2015

A LARGE pile of rubbish has been dumped in a car park – right behind a sign that reads ‘no littering or fly-tipping’.

LOCKDOWN: Explosion fears as country lane closed due to fire

Blackburn Citizen:

9:00am Friday 20th February 2015

A MILE-AND-A-HALF stretch of country lane linking two villages was closed for three hours after a fire broke out near a farm.

HOT IN HERRE: Hip hop superstar Nelly set to perform in Darwen

Blackburn Citizen:

6:10am Friday 20th February 2015

HIP hop superstar Nelly will perform a 30-minute set at a Darwen nightclub this year, it has been announced.

New security systems as Darwen Cricket Club broken into twice in a week

Blackburn Citizen:

9:50am Thursday 19th February 2015

BOSSES at Darwen Cricket Club will be investing in new security systems after the pavilion was broken into twice in a week.

Burnley fans queue round the block to meet Premier League heroes

Blackburn Citizen:

3:03pm Wednesday 18th February 2015

CLARETS fans queued round the block to meet their Premier League heroes in Burnley town centre.

Empty Darwen offices set to be turned into housing

Blackburn Citizen:

6:00am Wednesday 18th February 2015

AN OFFICE building that has been empty for years and the wasteland around it will be turned into housing after planning consent was granted.

Darwen park splinter group ‘might be only way’

Blackburn Citizen:

11:40am Tuesday 17th February 2015

DARWEN’S Whitehall Park could soon have two groups of volunteers — but it appears unlikely they would be working in much unison.

Dan Clough column: Blackburn Rovers put Stoke City in the Shade, and I missed it...

Blackburn Citizen:

10:02am Tuesday 17th February 2015

I AM ashamed to admit that, being an ‘old romantic’, I missed Saturday’s game because I had agreed to take the missus out to watch Fifty Shades of Grey on Valentine’s Day.

VIDEO: Police arrest man after freeing suspected slave

Blackburn Citizen:

8:00am Wednesday 18th February 2015

POLICE investigating one of the first modern day slavery cases in East Lancashire have arrested a man from Nelson.

Man talked down from M65 bridge by 'Good Samaritan'

Blackburn Citizen:

4:09pm Monday 16th February 2015

A MAN threatened to jump on to a busy motorway but was talked to safety by a 'Good Samaritan'.

Man airlifted to hospital after two-car smash

Blackburn Citizen: An air ambulance over East Lancashire

3:25pm Monday 16th February 2015

A MAN thought to be in his 60s has been airlifted to hospital following a two-car collision in Clitheroe.

DARWEN SPITFIRE: Award-winning brewery's ale to be enjoyed at Houses of Parliament pub

Blackburn Citizen:

9:45am Monday 16th February 2015

THE country’s most important politicians will soon be quaffing pints of Darwen ale as they look to relax after a busy day in Parliament.

Wardens to patrol Blackburn streets in bid to cut anti-social behaviour

Blackburn Citizen:

1:43pm Friday 13th February 2015

TOWN centre wardens will be patrolling the streets of Blackburn later this year to cut anti-social behaviour.

BURGERS & SHAKES: New Darwen diner to dish out US classics

Blackburn Citizen:

6:00am Friday 13th February 2015

A THRIVING family-owned Darwen takeaway, restaurant and bar business is to continue its expansion when an American diner opens next week.

Darwen ‘eyesore’ up for sale despite owner securing planning permission to build homes

Blackburn Citizen:

2:30pm Thursday 12th February 2015

THE site of an arson-hit former factory will be sold at auction despite its owner having planning permission to build two homes there.

Elderly Darwen residents knitting blankets for the needy

Blackburn Citizen:

2:10pm Wednesday 11th February 2015

BLANKETS knitted by elderly residents of a Darwen care home will be taken to Ghana and given to the poor.

Skilled artist has exhibited work in New York, London and Australia - now she's painting Blackburn...

Blackburn Citizen:

2:12pm Tuesday 10th February 2015

ARTIST Hayley Welsh has exhibited her work in New York, London and Australia - now she is busy brightening up East Lancashire.

Perfect send off for keen Darwen rider as 100 cyclists follow funeral procession

Blackburn Citizen:

1:14pm Tuesday 10th February 2015

A KEEN cyclist was given the perfect send-off when fellow riders joined his funeral procession.

Ambitious plans to launch virtual museum featuring thousands of Darwen artefacts

Blackburn Citizen:

12:55pm Tuesday 10th February 2015

AMBITIOUS plans to launch a virtual museum featuring thousands of Darwen artefacts have been unveiled by a local history group.

Dan Clough column: Watford result not the one we wanted but performances have improved

Blackburn Citizen:

10:00am Tuesday 10th February 2015

THE realist in me says there is no chance Rovers will be in the ‘top-six shake-up’ come the end of the season.

UPDATE: M65 traffic brought to standstill as woman threatened to jump off bridge

Blackburn Citizen:

9:08am Tuesday 10th February 2015

TRAFFIC was brought to a standstill as a woman threatened to jump from an M65 footbridge, police said.

Alastair Campbell: Burnley can avoid relegation this season

Blackburn Citizen:

1:00pm Monday 9th February 2015

ALASTAIR Campbell believes Burnley can avoid relegation this season – because of statistics put together by his son.

LIFELINE: New foodbank and soup kitchen to open in Darwen

Blackburn Citizen:

12:30pm Monday 9th February 2015

A NEW foodbank and soup kitchen offering vital lifelines to poverty-stricken people across Darwen will open next month.

Contest marks 175 years of Blackburn and Darwen brass band

Blackburn Citizen:

7:00am Saturday 7th February 2015

COUNCIL bosses are planning a brass band contest in Darwen this year in honour of one of the town’s bands celebrating its 175th anniversary year.

Darwen-based e-cigarette firm’s growth set to continue

Blackburn Citizen:

2:02pm Friday 6th February 2015

A DARWEN-based electronic cigarette firm has continued its growth by taking on 13 new staff.

Tributes paid to crown green bowler who was once on the books of Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn Citizen:

5:29pm Thursday 5th February 2015

A CROWN green bowler who was once on the books of Blackburn Rovers has died aged 72.

Darwen UKIP candidate quizzed by town council but fails to give specific answers...

Blackburn Citizen: UKIP logo  (7942121)

9:38am Thursday 5th February 2015

UKIP’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Darwen at the General Election was unable to give any specific plans for the town during a question and answer session with town councillors.

Dan Clough column: Blackburn Rovers have to build on Fulham win

Blackburn Citizen:

11:13am Tuesday 3rd February 2015

THE knives are safely back in the drawer for now, but Gary Bowyer needs Rovers to go on a run or they will be out and as sharp as ever in the weeks to come.

Dan Clough column: Gary Bowyer is like Marmite among Blackburn Rovers supporters at the moment

Blackburn Citizen:

9:58am Tuesday 13th January 2015

I NEVER agree with Rovers fans booing the team off the pitch but after a shocking performance and result like Sunday’s it is understandable.

Darwen Gambia volunteers to install floodlights so villagers can play at night

Blackburn Citizen:

2:57pm Thursday 8th January 2015

VOLUNTEERS from Darwen will put up 12 floodlights to provide people in an African village with a way of playing football in the evenings.

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