Centenary Celebration of Flag-flying at Bolton School
Monday, 28 May 2012
Dr Sheila Fisher, a governor at Bolton School, has officially launched the new Bolton School flagpole, with help from a Cub, a Scout and an Explorer Scout from the 19th Bolton Scout Group (Bolton School). The School was celebrating 100 years of flying flags from its Chorley New Road campus.
A new flagpole has recently been installed, which sits proudly atop the iconic turret towers of the Centre Arch. The first flagpole was gifted to the School by Fred Tillotson, the nephew of Lord Leverhulme, who served as both Editor of the Bolton Evening News and Chairman of Governors at Bolton School. It is just 100 years ago since the first flag flew in celebration of the baronetcy of William Hesketh Lever, the benefactor of Bolton School. It was his vision that, in 1915, brought together the Bolton Grammar School for Boys and the Bolton High School for Girls to become Bolton School (Girls' Division and Boys' Division).
Over the next week, Bolton School will fly its own flag and then on Friday, when the Olympic torch passes the school, the Paralympic flag in celebration of Old Boy and President of the International Paralympic Committee, Sir Phillip Craven. Over the forthcoming Bank Holiday weekend, the Union Flag will fly for the Queen's 60th jubilee celebrations.
In 2015, the School will mark the 100 years since being endowed as Bolton School by Lord Leverhulme and, in 2016, it will then celebrate 500 years since it was first founded.