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90-year-old former firefighter shoots off hose as birthday treat

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide:

12:45pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A 90-YEAR-OLD former firefighter turned back the clock and donned a blue uniform and yellow jacket again — more than 50 years after he retired.

Fears over change to Fairfield Hospital bus route

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Fairfield Hospital

12:39pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

CAMPAIGNERS say that a change to the route of a bus serving Fairfield Hospital meaning it will no longer serve the hospital grounds, will adversely affect elderly patients.

Do you have a hidden private pumping station in your back garden?

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide:

12:27pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A search for hidden pumping stations in Bury is being carried out.

Widower bikes from Manchester to Blackpool in Superman outfit in memory of wife

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide:

12:24pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A GRIEVING widower made a super-human effort to raise money in memory of his late wife.

Drunken teenager pointed 'curved foot-long sword' at baby during terrifying shop attack

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Bolton Crown Court

5:16pm Thursday 24th July 2014

AN eight-month-old boy and his shopkeeper parents had a machete pointed at them by a drunken teenager at a Bury off-licence, a court heard.

Affetside bus service saved

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: One of the new 'rosso' buses

5:21pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

PLANNED changes to a bus route which threatened to leave Affetside without a regular service have been scrapped.

9,000 women clock up £500,000 for charity!

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide:

5:19pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

FUNDRAISERS across Bury got together to fight cancer by completing the Race for Life at Heaton Park, Prestwich, at the weekend.

Row over future of Bury's green belt land

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: IMPROVEMENT The Elizabethan Suite at Bury Town Hall, one of the borough’s four civic venues

4:53pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A ROW has broken out over the future of Bury’s Green Belt — after a bid to make council policy state that it is inappropriate to build on such land was voted down.

Ramsbottom gets its own local shopping smartphone app

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Police urge smartphone users to install tracker

4:49pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

INDEPENDENT businesses in Ramsbottom have signed up to a new mobile app to encourage people to shop locally.

Dispute sinks plans for war memorial wall

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Bury Times news

4:44pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A PROJECT to build a memorial wall commemorating Ramsbottom’s fallen has been scrapped after a dispute between the church and organisers.

New benefits system 'will have no adverse effect' in Bury, say councillors

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Bryant is alleged to have made false statements to the Department for Work and Pensions

5:42pm Monday 21st July 2014

RESIDENTS worried about the shake up of the benefit system and the introduction of universal credit have been reassured by councillors.

Councillors 'turned down chance to talk to government about cuts', it is claimed

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Bury Times news

5:37pm Monday 21st July 2014

BURY'S ruling Labour group has turned down the chance to meet a government minister to discuss how cuts are affecting the town, Conservative councillors claim. 

Police hunt man who breached restraining order

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide:

4:39pm Friday 18th July 2014

POLICE are hunting a Bury man who has breached his restraining order.

Mental health unit patients' artwork on display

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide:

4:50pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

PATIENTS at a mental health unit at Fairfield Hospital in Bury have created a range of powerful artwork which chronicles their problems and experiences.

Don’t ban zero-hour contracts, insists MP

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Bury North MP David Nuttall

4:48pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

BANNING controversial zero-hour contracts would be counter-productive to employees and businesses, according to a Bury MP.

Dead fish found in river Irwell after diesel spill from Tesco petrol station

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide:

4:41pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

DOZENS of dead fish have been found on the River Irwell after a diesel spill from a supermarket petrol station.

Bury swimmer is new face of leukaemia charity

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide:

4:28pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

A TALENTED Bury swimmer whose mother has battled leukaemia has become the face of a charity which aims to combat the disease.

Fairfield medical secretary gets award from Olympic rowing star James Cracknell

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide:

4:27pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

A MEDICAL secretary at Fairfield Hospital has received a coveted award from an Olympic star.

Memorial garden opened for popular Whitefield teaching assistant

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide:

4:19pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

A GARDEN has been opened in memory of a much-loved classroom assistant at a Whitefield primary school after she died just days after being diagnosed with cancer.

UPDATED: Seven arrested after drugs raids at houses in Bury

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Off-road biker in critical condition after car smash

4:00pm Monday 14th July 2014

SEVEN people have been charged following drugs raids on several addresses in Bury.

Angry residents protest over bus route changes

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: One of the new 'rosso' buses

4:06pm Friday 11th July 2014

ANGRY residents turned out in force to protest over planned changes to a bus service which would leave Affetside without a regular pick-up.

Three generations honour Bury Grammar School captains

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide:

4:03pm Friday 11th July 2014

THREE generations of a family made an emotional visit to a school for a special assembly to honour its captains from 100 years ago.

Council buildings like a 'desert' as staff strike

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: The Bury NUT members march through Manchester

1:03pm Thursday 10th July 2014

BURY is on shutdown as council staff, teachers and firefighters go on strike on today.

Full list of schools and council services affected as staff strike

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Hundreds of teachers stage one-day strike

8:53am Thursday 10th July 2014

SCHOOLS and council services in Bury are set to grind to a halt as teachers and council staff strike today.

Relaxing Sunday trading laws 'would encourage more people to go to church'

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: The 12th Century St Lawrence's Church in Evesham's Abbey Park.

5:21pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

A RELAXATION of Sunday trading laws could encourage more people to go to church, according to a Bury MP.

Fears over planning 'free-for-all' in Bury

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Bury Times news

5:16pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

THE suspension of crunch meetings to decide the future of Bury’s housing needs could lead to a planning “free-for-all”, according to a councillor.

Dance troupe helps improve area featured in controversial documentary

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide:

6:01pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

A DANCE troupe which aims to offer youngsters a chance to socialise as well as keep fit and healthy is making its mark in Bury.

Government's offer to fund road repairs after budget cuts is 'ironic'

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: £286k to spend on potholes

5:55pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

A BURY councillor has slammed government funding of nearly £250,000 to tackle the town’s potholes, claiming “it’s like taking £20 off us and giving us a fiver back”.

'Mindless' vandals damage 30 cars in Prestwich

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Off-road biker in critical condition after car smash

10:02am Sunday 6th July 2014

THOUSANDS of pounds worth of damage has been done to up to 30 cars in Prestwich in acts “mindless” vandalism.

Drunk man climbs up 80ft crane after night out

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: House fire in Halliwell

9:45am Saturday 5th July 2014

A DRUNK man climbed to the top of an 80ft crane on The Rock after a night out.

Diesel spill contaminates River Irwell

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Bury Times news

8:24pm Friday 4th July 2014

A DIESEL spill has polluted the River Irwell — leading to concerns from Bury anglers.

Car sets on fire as it waits to be towed away after crash

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: House fire in Halliwell

6:45pm Friday 4th July 2014

A CAR set on fire while it was about to be towed away after a crash.

VIDEO: Bury couple's 'Happy' wedding video is an internet hit

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide:

2:55pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

A “HAPPY” couple have created an extraordinary keepsake from their wedding in Mexico — and it has become an internet smash-hit.

Bid to 'save' Bury Hospice as it struggles to raise £3 million needed to keep it running

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Bury Hospice in Rochdale Old Road

9:35am Thursday 3rd July 2014

BURY Hospice is facing a funding crisis — sparking campaigners to launch a bid to “save” it.

Twins serve up dinner for prime minister David Cameron

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide:

5:23pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

TWO former Bury students found themselves cooking for two of the world’s most powerful men — but it nearly became a “Hell’s Kitchen”.

New information released in the hunt for killer at Parklife Festival

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: New information released in the hunt for killer at Parklife Festival

5:14pm Thursday 26th June 2014

NEW information has been released by police investigating the death of a reveller at Parklife Festival in a bid to track down his killer.

Hospital transport run by bus company is failing vulnerable 'because of poor timekeeping'

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Arriva is hoping to win French train contracts

4:30pm Thursday 26th June 2014

VULNERABLE patients in Bury who use hospital transport are being failed due to poor timekeeping, according to a health watchdog.

Jimmy Savile sexually abused girl at Prestwich Psychiatric Hospital

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Jimmy Savile

11:00am Thursday 26th June 2014

JIMMY Savile sexually abused a girl at Prestwich Psychiatric Hospital — and threatened that he would have her locked up there if she told anyone about it, according to a shocking report.

VIDEO: Fire destroys couple's garden just days before their wedding

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: The fire in Belgrave Drive, Radcliffe

5:36pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

A FIRE ripped through the garden of a couple’s house in Radcliffe — just days before they are set to tie the knot.

Woman donates equipment to stroke unit at Fairfield Hospital

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: From back left, Sandra Black, ward sister Mandy Chesney and ward sister Denise Knowles, front, Joanne Wells with daughter Olivia

5:23pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

A KIND-hearted woman has donated four pieces of equipment to the stroke unit at Fairfield Hospital in memory of her late grandmother.

Nurse gets royal award for work

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Lesley Royle-Pryor receives the award from Jane Cummings

5:03pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

A LONG-SERVING Bury nurse has received a “royal” title in recognition of her dedication to care.

Final headline act for Ramsbottom Festival announced

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Jazzie B from Soul II Soul

10:01am Tuesday 24th June 2014

DANCE band Soul II Soul have been announced as the final headline act for this year’s Ramsbottom Festival.

Historic plate returns to Bury

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Betty Walsh presents the commemorative plate to front of house supervisor Stephen Walton at Bury Art Gallery

5:10pm Monday 23rd June 2014

AN ex-pat whose grandfather’s firm built Bury Art Gallery has returned to the town to hand over a commemorative plate — more than 100 years since it was opened.

Friends help save elderly woman's life in Bury house fire

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Jason Murphy and Harry Owen

4:05pm Friday 20th June 2014

FRIENDS helped save the life of an elderly woman — after seeing smoke pouring out of the house while on their way back from watching England’s opening World Cup match.

Family's emotional appeal to trace Robert Hart's Parklife festival killer

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Robert’s sister Rachel North, mum Elaine Hart and brother Richard Hart

3:31pm Friday 20th June 2014

THE family of a man who died after he was attacked at Parklife have made an emotional appeal to track down his killer.

Fairfield could become 'local hospital' in shake-up of health services

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Fairfield Hospital

3:26pm Friday 20th June 2014

FAIRFIELD Hospital could be classed as a "local hospital" under plans to alter health care services across Greater Manchester.

East Lancashire Railway turned into Hogwarts for the day

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Professor McGonagoll leads Brownies from the Hogwarts Express at the East Lancashire Railway in Bury during the Brownies Big Birthday bash

5:04pm Thursday 19th June 2014

GROUPS of Brownies were transformed into wizards and witches for the day with the help of the East Lancashire Railway.

£20,000 reward for information on Parklife Weekender death

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: An e-fit of the man wanted in connection with the death of Robert Hart at the Parklife Weekender.

1:01pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

THE ORGANISERS of the Parklife Weekender have offered a £20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man responsible for the death of Robert Hart.

Competition win for Ramsbottom scouts proved to be just capital

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Members of Holcombe Brook Scouts Group

11:48am Thursday 12th June 2014

A GROUP of lucky scouts from Ramsbottom will travel to London to take up ‘grandstand’ seats to watch the famous ‘Trooping of the Colour’ ceremony.

Dynamic duo set to take to the running track in aid of a good cause

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Liz Hodgkinson and Zena Shuttleworth are running the We Love Manchester 10k

11:18am Thursday 12th June 2014

TWO Bury Council workers are swapping the office for the running track to raise money for Age UK Bury.

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