Bolton's whole community joined together to celebrate all that is great about the borough in the first ever One Bolton Match Day.
The One Bolton Match Day brought together young people, families and communities to watch Bolton Wanderers play West Ham United on Saturday, April 9 at the Reebok stadium.
The day was organised by Bolton Council and Bolton Wanderers Football Club to celebrate the anniversary of One Bolton. One Bolton is about celebrating the strength of Bolton's diversity and the community coming together to ensure Bolton continues to be a great place to live and work.
More than 1,500 free tickets were given to schools, sports and community groups, whilst many other groups snapped up discounted tickets, packing out the stadium and leading to Bolton Wanderers biggest home crowd of the season. And it was a great result for the Wanderers, who beat West Ham 3-0.
A packed programme of entertainment wowed the crowds from a variety of groups including the Sunshine St Dancers, Monica Ballani Bollywood Dancers, Halliwell St Dancers and the Bolton Majorettes. There was also music provided by the Bourbon St Roofraisers and the Eagley St Brass Band.
As part of the celebrations, faith, business and community leaders joined a special conference to reaffirm their commitment to community cohesion and to working with One Bolton to develop new ideas for making the town an even better place.
Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “We would like to thank all schools, sports and community groups who joined together to make the day such a success. We'd also like to thank all the faith, community and business leaders who took part in our special conference to celebrate the anniversary of One Bolton.
As well as celebrating the anniversary of One Bolton, there was some great entertainment both on and off the pitch and a much-deserved win for Wanderers.
We'd like to encourage everyone who came to the match to get involved in our next exciting event, the One Bolton 5K run, where we will be having another day of brilliant entertainment and people will be able to raise money for the charity of their choice."
Chairman of Bolton Wanderers, Phil Gartside said: “One Bolton is a tremendous project which celebrates all that it is great about our town and we are delighted to be involved in celebrating its first anniversary. It was a great day, and really pleasing that so many people attended the match with a crowd of nearly 26,000, and it was capped off by a brilliant result for the team as we head to Wembley at the weekend."
The One Bolton 5k run will take place on Sunday, May 8 at the Reebok stadium.
Participants of all ages and all fitness levels are encouraged to get involved in supporting their chosen charity as well as supporting Bolton as a whole.
Up to 1500 people can enter to run, jog or walk five kilometres to raise funds for a charity of their choice, or alternatively people can take part in a 2012 metre fun, inspired by the 2012 Olympics.
Anyone wanting to take part should visit the link on the right or contact Elspeth Doyle on 01942 265 849.