People called Crompton invited to join historic walk to celebrate life of Samuel Crompton (From This Is Lancashire)
People called Crompton invited to join historic walk to celebrate life of Samuel Crompton
CALLING all Cromptons — an historic walk awaits you next month to help celebrate the life of an illustrious ancestor.
As part of the events to mark the birth on December 3, 1753, of inventor Samuel Crompton, a walk around the Crompton Trail is being organised on that day.
A Blue Badge guide will take a party of 25 people around the five main local landmarks which figured in the life of the famous Boltonian.
The free walk starts at the town hall and finishes at his birthplace in Firwood Fold with a cup of tea and a cake.
“We’d particularly like to hear from local people called Crompton as this walk has special significance for them,” said Cllr Sufrana Bashir-Ismail, who is a member of the Friends of Firwood Fold and has been organising the campaign to celebrate Crompton’s 260th anniversary.
Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis by calling the Albert Halls’ box-office on 01204 334400.
The walk is just one of several events planned to celebrate the birth of the man who invented the Spinnng Mule which revolutionised the textile industry and put Bolton on the international map.
On December 3, the Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Colin Shaw, will open a children’s art exhibition in the Market Place to run until the end of December.
The work on display will be from pupils at primary schools in Crompton Ward including The Valley, St Thomas’s, St Columba’s and St Paul’s and results from in-school sessions by Bolton-based artist Pete Marsh.
There will also be a small Crompton exhibition in Bolton Library.
On Saturday, November 30, there will be Home-Made in Bolton — a free day of fun events at Bolton Museum from 11am to 3pm to mark locally-made work and inventions.
This will include contemporary crafts, costumed storytelling, craft activities linked to textiles and other activities around inventions.
Also on December 3 there will be carol singing at Hall i’th’ Wood, where Crompton lived and worked on his mule.
Singers will go through the estate to the community area where a new playground will be officially opened.
There will also be a photographic exhibition in Crompton Place shopping centre in January by Digital Photography, linked to the Crompton story as well as recording the anniversary events.
Cllr Bashir-Ismail said that the groups involved in organising the events had been very enthusiastic. She added: “We just wanted local people to appreciate this very special man who was born in poor circumstances, but whose invention made such a difference to people all over the world.”
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