I am trying to override the master page elements. When I select 'overide all master page items' only the page number at the top releases. The footer doesn't. I have tried applying the 'blank' in the master pages and the top goes but the footer item doesn't. I have made a new master page without the footer but when I apply it to the page the footer still remains. When I built this page in cs3 I released the footer items - they are still there but the footer has reapplied when I opened it in cs5. No elements are locked.
Think I sorted it out. Because this is a right had page of facing pages and both pages have different masters, the footer was flush with the left hand edge of the right page so was keeping elements of the master used on the left had page. This used to happen in the first version of InDesign and was fixed in CS3 but seems to be back again .... go figure.
Thanks heaps for responding to my query anyway.