New mayor to lead Sunday parade 

Bolton's new mayor and mayoress, Councillors John and Linda Byrne
Bolton's new mayor and mayoress, Councillors John and Linda Byrne

Bolton’s new Mayor will process through the town centre as part of the Civic Sunday celebrations this Sunday, May 23.

The traditional event usually attracts hundreds of participants and well-wishers as the new incumbent is welcomed to the role.

This year’s first citizen is Councillor John Byrne, who has received the chains of office from former Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Norman Critchley, at a special ceremony today (May 19).

On Civic Sunday, he will walk out onto the town hall steps at around 2.30pm - accompanied by other civic dignitaries - to meet the parade.

This year there will be two bands involved in the procession: the Lancashire Artillery RA (V) and the Hoover (Bolton) Band.

The procession will set off from Victoria Square at 2.35pm and make its way to Bolton Parish Church, where a service will commence at 3pm.

The service will be conducted by the vicar of Bolton, Rev Matt Thompson and will feature songs by the children of Leverhulme CP School. Both the Mayor and Chief Executive, Sean Harriss, will read lessons. 

The new mayor, Councillor John Byrne, encouraged people to come along and be part of the event, saying: “Civic Sunday will be really special for me, in my new role as Bolton’s mayor. I would love for as many people as possible to be a part of the occasion.”

All those wishing to join the parade should go to Le Mans Crescent by 2.10pm and report to the parade marshal.

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