Bolton’s newly appointed Mayor will be officially welcomed in a traditional civic parade on Sunday, May 22.
Councillor Noel Spencer MBE will form part of a procession that will make its way through the town centre to Bolton Parish Church.
Residents and well-wishers are encouraged to watch the parade, which this year will be led by parade commander Major Taylor-Jane Fox of the 216 Battery Royal Artillery (Volunteers) Bolton.
Many of the soldiers on parade will have taken part in an operational tour of Afghanistan, including soldiers from the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, who are joining the proceedings for the first time.
The parade will form up on Victoria Square at 12.20pm and the civic party will assemble on the town hall steps by 12.30pm.
At 12.35pm, the procession will leave the square and make its way to the church via Hotel Street, Mealhouse Lane, Deansgate and into Churchgate.
Joining the procession will be The Hoover Bolton Band and The Lancashire Artillery RA (V) Band, along with local sea cadets, representatives from the emergency services, local scout and guide groups and other dignitaries and organisations.
The service at Bolton Parish Church will start at 1pm and will be followed by refreshments served in the town hall for those taking part in the parade.
New Mayor, Councillor Noel Spencer, said: “Civic Sunday is always a spectacular event and gives the people of Bolton the chance to welcome the new First Citizen and pay their respect to the armed forces and other such organisations.
“I am particularly proud to welcome the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment for the first time and welcome back Major Taylor-Jane Fox from the 216 Battery Royal Artillery (Volunteers) as parade commander, and would urge everyone to come along and share in the town’s civic pride and show their support for the soldiers and others on parade.”