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Bolton School Boys’ Division, which is part of the Bolton Station Development Partnership, provided actors, artists and musicians to entertain at the Bolton Station Community Gala, held at the town’s railway station and transport interchange. The Saturday celebration marked 50 years, to the day, since the last steam train left the town’s locomotive sheds on Crescent Road and celebrated all things relating to public transport.

In collaboration with RoughHouse Young Company, actors from across the year groups of the Boys’ Division, performed ‘My Room, My Bolton’, a specially commissioned play inspired by Bolton’s part in the 1930s Mass Observation Project (you can watch a brief excerpt from the play here). Travellers and rail enthusiasts were halted in their tracks as boys took their play to the general public, performing on the concourse of the town’s transport Interchange and then handing out jam and scones to the audience! Alongside ‘the stage’, Year 7 boys’ stunning train artwork was also displayed and, later in the day, former pupil and singer James Edgington delivered a wonderful set of pop classics.

The action-packed gala also included vintage bus rides, a miniature railway, poetry, 35 stalls including face-painting as well as live music and theatre. It was the culmination of the coming together of a number of groups to breathe live back into the railway station as a community hub. Further exciting developments of space in the railway station are planned for the near future.

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