Victoria Square in Bolton will be the first showpiece stop for the Olympic Torch as it arrives in Bolton for its overnight stay next Thursday.
As the Olympic flame blazes through Bolton on its way to Queens Park on May 31, it will form the centrepiece of a second celebration being held in Victoria Square to coincide with the ticketed concert being held in the park.
The Victoria Square celebration will be just as exciting as the ticketed event and will be open to everyone and forms part of the Bolton Council 2012 Year of Sport celebrations
The excitement begins at noon and continues all day until 7.30pm. Among the attractions are the Bolton and District Pipe Band; the Swaminarayan Pipe Band and Corus Brass who will line up and play on the square for the big moment when the torch arrives - and representing the great diversity of Bolton at the same time.
Throughout the day there will be singers, dancers, choirs, bands and even balloon modellers performing on the stage that will be situated in front of the town hall, and in the streets surrounding Victoria Square. There will also be a big screen showing highlights of Olympic events on the day and showcasing local events during the Bolton Year of Sport 2012.
The aim is simple – to create a carnival atmosphere and get the town ready for one of its proudest moments – as it welcomes the Olympic torch for its overnight stay in the borough.
The torch itself will arrive in the Square at approx 6.35pm and there will be a live torchbearer handover on the main stage at 6.40pm to the sound of a special fanfare composed and performed by Corus Brass, before the flame heads off to Queens Park on the final leg of its journey for the day.
Chair of London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Lord Sebastian Coe, said: “The celebrations give the whole family a chance to share the excitement of the Olympic Games as we count down to the opening ceremony.
“The event in Victoria Square is set for an exciting line-up, including performances from talented local people who will give the celebration a distinct feel.”
Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, added: “We’ve got fantastic local talent performing in Victoria Square. I’m sure they will receive a very warm welcome from the crowd and will do Bolton proud on this very special day for the town.
“You need to have a ticket for the event in Queens Park but the Victoria Square celebrations are the next best thing on the day and will be free for everyone – so come down to the town centre and enjoy the build-up.”
For more information visit the website on the right.
Full list of events on day:
Noon MC on stage to talk about the programme for the day
Noon Sporting activities commence with schools
Noon Balloon modeller in and around town centre
Noon Cafe Society perform in town centre top of Oxford St & RBS x 45 mins
12.15pm Big Dance Initiative perform at south side of Victoria Square (VSQ) x 15 mins
12.40pm Kearsley Academy Dancers perform at south side of VSQ x 15 mins
12.45pm Woody One Man Band performs strolling in town centre x 45 mins
13.00pm Bolton’s Big Dance Initiative perform at south side of VSQ x 15 mins
13.20pm Kearsley Academy Dancers perform at south side of VSQ x 15 mins
13.30pm Cafe Society perform in town centre Market St & M&S x 45 mins
13.45pm Big Dance Initiative perform at south side of VSQ x 15 mins
14.00pm BMX Displays at south side of VSQ x 10 mins
14.15pm Woody One Man Band performs strolling in town centre x 45 mins
14.30pm BMX displays at south side of VSQ x 10 mins
15.00pm BMX Displays at south side of VSQ x 10 mins
15.00pm Cafe Society perform in town centre outside Market Place and RBS x 45 mins
15.30pm BMX Displays from Castle hill, Bolton at south side of VSQ x 10 mins
15.45pm Woody One Man Band performs strolling in town centre x 45 mins
16.30pm Bolton and District Pipe Band perform at south side of VSQ x 30 mins
17.05pm Krishna Mandir, from Deane Road, perform on stage x 6 mins
17.20pm Gilnow School choir perform three songs x 10 mins
17.35pm Interfaith Volunteers from Bolton Interfaith Council perform the Butterfly Dance x 5 mins
17.45pm Interfaith Ambassadors perform Jai Ho x 5 mins
18.00pm Live Loud and Dancing, from Vintage in Knowsley Street perform on stage x 30 mins
18.00pm Groups lining south side of Town Hall to position:
Swaminarayan Pipe Band, Deane Road, Bolton
Kearsley Academy Dancers
18.00pm Bolton and District Pipe Band line north side of Town Hall to position
18.37pm Torch bearer (TB) arrives at south side of Town Hall to colourful welcome
Swaminarayan Pipe Band to play as TB makes their way along VSQ South
18.39pm Once Corus Brass see TB come onto VSQ they begin to play fanfare
18.40pm Live torchbearer hand over on stage, with fanfare from Corus Brass
Corus Brass continue to play until TB leaves VSQ
18.41pm Bolton and District Pipe Band play as TB passes on north side of Town Hall
MC stays on stage to give commentary as TB makes their way to QP
19.00pm Father and Son perform on stage x 15 mins
19.15pm The Choir That Rocks perform x 15 mins
19.30pm MC brings event to a close