Bolton School Senior Boys

School Supports Steam Celebration

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Bolton School pupils and staff will help to mark the 50th anniversary of the last day of steam power in Bolton this weekend. A Community Gala is being held at Bolton Rail Station and Interchange on Saturday 30 June, half a century after the last steam train rolled out of Bolton’s loco sheds in Crescent Road, Great Lever, and provided the final steam service to operate from the town.

As part of the Bolton Station Community Development Partnership, the school will provide live music and displays of pupils’ artwork created for the event.

There will also be a performance of ‘My Room, My Bolton’ from the School’s Young Company. This piece of theatre was commissioned from RoughHouse Theatre, the School’s Company in Residence, and is based on the Mass Observation project which took place in Bolton 80 years ago. Using the original Mass Observation project material and new responses from the Bolton School and wider town community, RoughHouse has created “a love letter to the town and people of Bolton” which will be performed at the Rail Station.

In addition to Bolton School’s varied entertainment, there will be a miniature railway, short rides around town aboard a vintage Bolton Corporation double-decker bus, a display of historic photographs and memorabilia, more than 40 stalls including face-painting and food, poetry, additional live musical performances, and more theatre from Octagon Theatre’s Connect youth groups and the company performing Jack and the Beanstalk this summer at the Albert Halls Bolton.

Information about Bolton School and Bolton School Services Ltd (Patterdale Hall, BSS Leisure, BSS Coaches, Bolton School Weddings & Events, and Kidzone wraparound childcare) will also be available from a stall in the Interchange.

The Community Gala will take place at Bolton Rail Station and Interchange on Saturday 30 June from 10.30am to 4.00pm.

The event has been organised by Bolton Station Community Development Partnership, which includes Transport for Greater Manchester, Network Rail, Northern, Bolton Rail Users’ Group, Community Rail Manchester, Bolton Library and Museum Service, Octagon Theatre, University of Bolton, Bolton at Home, Bolton School and other community groups from across the town.

Partnership chair Professor Paul Salverson said, “This event reaffirms the continuing importance of railways in our community. We are marking an event of 50 years ago but looking to the future as well, when electric trains start running from Bolton.”

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