A tribute to the life and career of Bolton’s Lion of Vienna, Nat Lofthouse, is to be held in his hometown.
Bolton Museum has collaborated with Nat’s family to create a special three-month long exhibition, entitled Nat Lofthouse: A Celebration.
Supported by BWFC, the exhibition will run from July 30 to October 29 and is hoping to attract fans from far and wide.
Visitors to the exhibition, which has been programmed in especially following Nat’s death in January, will have the opportunity to view photographs and memorabilia associated with his long and successful career.
The exhibition at Bolton Museum will be free to attend and will be based on collections belonging to his proud family.
Fans will also get the chance to take part in this memorable event by contributing their own memories of the sporting hero.
Once the exhibition is up and running, the museum will be looking for any objects associated with Nat’s time at Bolton Wanderers so they can be displayed alongside the family’s items for all to enjoy.
Anyone interested in taking part in the exhibition should email the museum or telephone 01204 332211. Any items temporarily donated will be returned at the end of the exhibition.
Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Adult Services, Councillor Sufrana Bashir-Ismail, said: “Nat Lofthouse was a true hero to generations of Boltonians. When Nat passed away in January, thousands turned out to mourn the loss of one of England’s greatest sportsmen.”
“It is with great pride that Bolton Museum presents Nat Lofthouse: A Celebration, enabling his fans, friends and family to celebrate and commemorate his superb career. We are grateful to Nat’s family for their support in allowing us to display family items and I hope that football fans from across the country will visit the exhibition and help us honour the memory of The Lion of Vienna.”
Jeff Lofthouse, Nat’s son, said: “My sister, Vivien, and I would like to thank Bolton Museum for their efforts in bringing this exhibition to the town centre and making it available to the football fans and people of Bolton.
“We were only too pleased to assist and provide some of our father’s memorabilia. We hope that, like us, people visiting will feel as proud of his achievements as he was in representing his one and only town and club, as well as his country.”
BWFC Chairman, Phil Gartside, said: "The exhibition is a fitting celebration of Nat and all that he achieved for Bolton Wanderers and England.
“To be able to share this is fantastic, and thanks must go to Nat's family for their generosity in enabling it to happen by providing such a wealth of memorabilia.”