Elephants return to town centre 

29/03/16
Octagon Court

Bolton Council has returned the cast iron elephants to the town centre, as part of the work on Octagon Court play area.

The elephants, which originally sat on top of the Bolton Bleachworks on Chorley Street and later on the charity canopy on Victoria Square, have now been given a coat of paint and a new home in a corner of the play area.

As the elephants collectively weigh over 1 tonne, they have been positioned on top of a specially constructed steel structure on the corner of the Octagon Square shops.

A new information board directly below the elephants tells the story of these elephants and also the brightly coloured elephants from Newport Street, which will soon be joining their pachyderm pals in the play area.

The new play area will be situated in Octagon Court and includes a large multi-use play structure with climbing frames and a slide, as well as two elephant-shaped rockers.

The elephant theme will be continued with elephant footprints carved into paving stones across the square.

As part of the project, Octagon Court is also being repaved in sandstone and new LED lighting columns will be installed.

Councillor Cliff Morris, Leader of Bolton Council said: “We’re really pleased to be returning the cast iron elephants to the town centre and unveiling this information board on the history of the elephants in and around our town.

Work is due to complete soon on the play area and we hope to open it in the spring.”

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