Olympic flame burns bright in Bolton 

Amir Khan
Amir lights the cauldron with the Olympic Flame

Bolton glowed with pride as the Olympic torch relay made its way through the town.

Despite the  rain, thousands of people lined the streets to welcome the torch bearers as they carried the official flame for the London 2012 games. The torch entered Westhoughton, Bolton  at around 5.40pm, carried by Heath Reilly and entered Queen’s Park at around 7.10pm, carried by Bolton boxer Amir Khan.

From noon, up to 5000 people in Victoria Square were entertained by a host of local talent, including Bolton and District Pipe Band, the Swaminarayan Pipe Band and a variety of dancers, singers and entertainers. A huge screen transmitted Olympic highlights throughout the day and the torch itself made an appearance, carried by former Olympic swimmer Martyn Woodroffe.

Up to 10,000 people also converged on Queen’s Park to enjoy a fantastic evening concert with performances from The Wombats, Twist and Pulse and Laura White. Entertainment continued in both Victoria Square and Queen’s Park until 7.30pm.

The torch will stay in Bolton overnight and leaves Victoria Square at 6.06am, travelling through Horwich and towards Chorley.

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