A special event will be taking place this Saturday (May 29) to celebrate the erection of new heraldic plaques at King George’s Field, Deane.
Young people from the Wellfield Project – run on the Willows Estate – have applied for money from the government’s Youth Opportunities fund, and held a fundraising event, to enable Bolton Council to buy new King George’s Heraldic plaques that had stood in the field for more than 60 years.
To celebrate the erection of the plaques, an event has been organised on the field, situated off Quebec Street, on Saturday, from 1pm until 4pm. Activities include: a climbing wall; arts and crafts; team games; and one of the council’s mobile activity boxes, which can act as a meeting place for young people, will be on site.
Anyone aged four or above is welcome, but children under the age of eight will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18.
King George’s Field, was one of the country’s 471 public open spaces dedicated to King George V after his death in 1936. When the scheme was created, it was explicitly stated that the fields must be used for outdoor games, sports and pastimes, and the council continues to make sure this is the case.
Following traditional lines, the plaque comprises two panels, the left has a lion, holding a royal shield, with the words 'George V, A.D. 1910-1936’ underneath, and on the right is a unicorn holding a similar shield with the words 'King George’s Field' underneath.
Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Executive Member for Children’s Services, said: “It is great to see young people coming together to raise money for such a worthy cause. The plaque remembers the history of the field and the area, and everyone involved should be very proud.”
For further information, please contact the council on 01204 333333.