Bolton Council has created a permanent reminder of the Queen’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations by naming its new pavilion after the sovereign.
The newly completed pavilion in the revamped Queen’s Park will now be known as the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Pavilion.
It is thought to be one of the first major projects to mark the Jubilee in this way in the North West.
It will be officially opened on February 26 by the Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Noel Spencer - a day of Jubilee celebration for the town with a Jubilee Civic Service also taking place at the parish church in the afternoon.
Work on the QEII Pavilion has been completed as part of the latest phase of the Queen’s Park Lottery Project, which involved the creation of the pavilion and refurbishment of the existing Park Lodge.
The £600,000 cost for the construction of the pavilion is being met partly from the £4.2m grant which the council received from the Lottery Fund in 2009 for the restoration of the whole of Queens Park, as well £250,000 of Area Based Grant funding from the council, previously allocated in 2010.
The refurbishment of the Grade II listed Lodge building has cost approximately £330,000. This money also came from the Lottery Project.
As required by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the lodge, built originally as the Assistant Head Gardener’s residence, will primarily be occupied by council staff associated with Queens Park and the Parks Service and will also be used by partners working in and around Queens Park and in the wider Halliwell community.
The QEII Pavilion provides a community-focused facility comprising a café; toilet facilities incorporating special facilities for disabled adults and children and a large multi-functional activity room, which will be available for hire by local community groups, partner organisations and businesses.
An activity room, along with a separate consulting room will also be used by partners delivering services to the local community.
The café will initially be open at weekends and then seven days a week from March 31.
Those attending the opening ceremony at 11.30am will hear opening words from The Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Noel Spencer and a Prayer of Dedication by the Bishop of Bolton, followed by the unveiling of a plaque.
Bolton Air Cadet Band will be on hand to entertain the crowds and pupils from Gilnow Primary School Choir will sing.
Leader of the Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “I am delighted to be able to announce that the new Pavilion will be named to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s reign. This is already an exciting year for Bolton and the opening of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Pavilion is another key event for the town.
“I am particularly pleased to see this latest project opening in the park – which is in my own local area and one I know well. I hope the people of Halliwell and Bolton as a whole, will use this facility which is just a short walk from the busy town centre.”
Work already completed on the park as part of the overall project includes:
- The restoration of Dobson Bridge
- Dredging and refilling of the Queen’s Park lakes
- Re-installing hooped fencing around the lakes which was common in Victorian times
- Construction of new and larger children’s play area.
Future works will include new perimeter railings to the park, new entrance gates at Chorley New Road, a new car park, renovation of the amphitheatre, the reinstatement of a decorative Victorian style fountain and the creation of a World Garden which will provide a venue for art installations, cultural events and small scale performances.