Bolton Central Library’s newly refurbished lecture theatre will be formally opened by former poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion.
A free event will take place at the lecture theatre on Wednesday, November 3 from 5pm until 6.30pm, at which Sir Andrew will read from his new collection of poems, Laurels and Donkeys.
Laurels and Donkeys is a collection of war poems which presents scenes from various conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries – from the First World War to the war in Afghanistan.
Films showing Bolton’s illustrious history will also be shown at the event, and the Mayor of Bolton, Councillor John Byrne, will officially open the newly refurbished theatre.
The films, dating back to 1914, include: the Great Military Review of Bolton, produced by the Electric Cinema of Bolton; Lord Derby Inspecting Ex-Serviceman; and Lord Derby Visiting Farnworth that was produced by JE Hallam in 1940, an appeal by the Mayor of Bolton for help for soldiers in Russia that was produced in 1943 and a film called ‘Calling Blighty’ where soldiers from the North West of England who are stationed in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) send messages back to their families. The films are part of the collection of the Northwest Film Archive.
The work to refurbish the Lecture Theatre began in November 2009 and finished in February, with the Fine Arts society the first organisation to make use of the facilities.
The work included: upgrades to lighting, with the restoration of the original fittings; improvements to the sound systems; decoration; and new flooring. Local architects Bradshaw, Gass and Hope were appointed to design and implement the work
Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Adult and Community Services, Councillor Elaine Sherrington, said: “We are delighted to welcome Andrew Motion to Bolton Central Library. This opening will be the start of a fantastic programme of public events that will take place in the newly refurbished Lecture Theatre over the coming months, from lunchtime talks to film screenings, provide a valuable service to the people of Bolton.”
Tickets to this event are free and are available at Bolton Central Library.