Comedian Dave Spikey has signed the ‘One Bolton’ pledge, which celebrates community cohesion, while recognising diversity.
A number of Bolton celebrities have also already signed the ‘One Bolton’ pledge online, including Sara Cox; Amir Khan; Stu Francis; Paul Heathcote and Laura White. However, Dave is the first celebrity to sign in person and confirm his commitment to the pledge.
The pledge offers people a way to demonstrate their commitment to Bolton as a welcoming and tolerant town and says: “We celebrate the diversity of Bolton and unite to create One Bolton, recognising differences, celebrating communities and commit to encouraging harmony.”
Leaders from faith groups and the community together with political and business leaders have already signed the pledge, including key partners such as Bolton CVS and Bolton Wanderers.
Dave Spikey said: “It’s the people that make a town and an area special. Bolton is a friendly and welcoming place, where people always look on the bright side and are ready to have a laugh and help each other out. I always feel proud to say I’m a Boltonian and am delighted to sign this pledge."
Councillor Rosa Kay, Bolton Council Executive Member for HR and Diversity added: “Bolton is a town with a proud history of welcoming new communities and celebrating diversity. We’d like to thank all the faith group leaders, community leaders, political leaders and business leaders who have signed the pledge and continue to promote it amongst their communities, as their involvement is critical in encouraging all Boltonians to stand up and be counted, sign the pledge and celebrate all that’s great about Bolton.”
The pledge is also directly linked to the Big Bolton Fund (BBF) and encourages supporters of One Bolton to pledge money to the fund, which in turn will be used to support local community programmes across the borough.
The pledge can be signed online using the link top right of this page, where residents can learn all about the pledge and its supporters and donate money to the BBF. Alternatively, residents can show their support by texting PLEDGE to 70007. Texts cost £3, plus the cost of a standard message and £2.55 will be donated directly to the BBF.
The Bolton Vision conference in December will also be focusing on the One Bolton pledge, with all delegates who haven’t already done so being encouraged to sign up to the pledge.