Programme of summer events in Bolton to mark Great War

Cllr John Walsh, at the war memorial in Victoria Square, will be in charge of events commemorating the start of World War One

Cllr John Walsh, at the war memorial in Victoria Square, will be in charge of events commemorating the start of World War One

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , deputy editor

A SUMMER of events to commemorate World War One is being organised in Bolton, with the public invited to church services and a candlelit vigil.

As the town remembers its fallen from the Great War of 1914 to 1918, the aim will be to focus on today’s young people.

Cllr John Walsh is organising the special services, which start in June with Armed Forced Week, culminating in Armed Forces Day, with a spectacular display in Victoria Square, and followed a special August weekend.

He is co-ordinating events after being asked by Bolton Council leader, Cllr Cliff Morris, to lead the town’s efforts for the anniversary.

Cllr Walsh, who is also a church warden at Bolton Parish Church and president of the United Veterans, said: “We wanted a series of events that would be appropriate to the occasion and to mark Bolton’s position in Greater Manchester and the region — we have a proud tradition and we want to build on that.”

He stressed the events were to bring everyone together although, he said, there would be an emphasis on young people.

Armed Forces Week starts on Monday, June 23, with a flag raising above the town hall at 11am.

On Saturday, June 28, a five-hour event will be held in Victoria Square involving armed forces and cadets from the borough.

There will be demon-strations, inter-cadet competitions and displays from the armed services, and Cllr Walsh hopes to have an exhibition from schools with a war theme.

The major commem-oration will start in August, to coincide with the declaration of war 100 years ago.

A civic service will be held at Bolton Parish Church on Sunday, August 3, at 6.30pm, led by the Rev Matt Thompson.

There will be a guard of honour in the grounds leading to the church, and again Cllr Walsh wants to make sure as many young people from the cadets, guides and scouts are involved.

He said: “I am anxious to engage as many young people as possible in the event.” At the service a candle will be lit.

The following day, Monday, August 4, there will be a memorial service in Victoria Square at 11am, when a wreath will be laid at the war memorial followed by the firing of maroons and a two-minute silence.

At 10pm, Cllr Walsh will be inviting the public, and anyone who had relatives involved in the war, to join him in the parish church grounds.

At 11pm, the candle lit the previous day will be extinguished to mark the declaration of war. As a memorial, an oak tree will be planted in the grounds.

Cllr Walsh said he was looking for Bolton people to contribute to the occasion by loaning memorabilia and artefacts to be displayed in the church.

“We want this to be as borough-wide as possible,” he added.

  • Anyone wanting to contribute can contact Janet Dickinson, Mayor’s Officer, Mayor’s Parlour, Bolton Town Hall, on 01204 331001.

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8:45am Sat 22 Feb 14

JustBecause says...

Young people are not bothered, it's history, try focusing your efforts on the desaster that is the future, Morris has declared war on Bolton and is winning...... Fingers crossed this has no money from the council attached to it.

As far as I am concerned wars should be forgotten.
Young people are not bothered, it's history, try focusing your efforts on the desaster that is the future, Morris has declared war on Bolton and is winning...... Fingers crossed this has no money from the council attached to it. As far as I am concerned wars should be forgotten. JustBecause
  • Score: -19

3:06pm Sat 22 Feb 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

Have some respect for the men, women and children who died for this country of whom are peoples relatives! You little ignorant ****
Have some respect for the men, women and children who died for this country of whom are peoples relatives! You little ignorant **** FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 9

4:49pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Puffin-Billy says...

Is this going to be a time of mourning and commemoration - or some kind of flaming party ...?
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And what have bleeding "Competitions" got to do with the tragedy that is war...........???
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Children should not be marching in the streets of Bolton.
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And they certainly should not be wearing military uniform or carrying military weapons in places of Christian worship -Parish Church or no Parish Church!
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That is profoundly Un-Christian, and Un-Christlike.
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I also hope that Cllr John Walsh, who I am sure is a Christian man of peace, will be amongst the first of our "Great and Good" to speak out against the proposed expansion of the arms trade in Bolton.
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Sadly there are both politicians and indeed clergy in Bolton, who are only too willing to promote the arms trade, to militarise children, and to get them to work for the arms industry, which is one of the gretest causes of suffering in the world.
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Whilst on the other hand the very same people are to be found on every possible public occasion, strutting their stuff, shedding crocodile tears,, and pontificating about how terrible war is.
>>>>>>>>>>>>
Getting children to wear military uniforms (cadets) and to practice using military firearms (i.e. to practice killing people), is a disgrace to any civilised society; it is an act of disrespect to all who died in the First World War, and it is profoundly un - Christian.
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The proposed "Commemoration" of the First World War should remain just that.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>
It should not be an occasion to celebrate the relative merits of this or that killing machine, or to attempt to justify the actions of one side or the other.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>
It should not be an occasion for promoting jingoism or flag waving, the very sentiments that caused the deaths of millions.
>>>>>>>>>>>>
The Commemoration should be an occasion for demonstrations of regret, and of mourning , not celebrations and competitions.
>>>>>>>>>>>>
Sadly, the proposed "Commemoration" shows all the signs of turning into a circus, in which lots of beer will be drunk, and pretty blonde-haired blue-eyed girls (preferably Christians) will sing sentimental songs on telly making us all misty - eyed.; just another occasion to promote jingoism, and to attempt to justify the suffering of millions of soldiers and civilians.
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‘Was it for this the clay grew tall?
—O what made fatuous sunbeams toil
To break earth’s sleep at all?’
Wilfred Owen
Is this going to be a time of mourning and commemoration - or some kind of flaming party ...? >>>>>>>>>>>> And what have bleeding "Competitions" got to do with the tragedy that is war...........??? >>>>>>>>>>>> Children should not be marching in the streets of Bolton. >>>>>>>>>>>> And they certainly should not be wearing military uniform or carrying military weapons in places of Christian worship -Parish Church or no Parish Church! >>>>>>>>>>>> That is profoundly Un-Christian, and Un-Christlike. >>>>>>>>>>> I also hope that Cllr John Walsh, who I am sure is a Christian man of peace, will be amongst the first of our "Great and Good" to speak out against the proposed expansion of the arms trade in Bolton. >>>>>>>>>>>> Sadly there are both politicians and indeed clergy in Bolton, who are only too willing to promote the arms trade, to militarise children, and to get them to work for the arms industry, which is one of the gretest causes of suffering in the world. >>>>>>>>>>>> Whilst on the other hand the very same people are to be found on every possible public occasion, strutting their stuff, shedding crocodile tears,, and pontificating about how terrible war is. >>>>>>>>>>>> Getting children to wear military uniforms (cadets) and to practice using military firearms (i.e. to practice killing people), is a disgrace to any civilised society; it is an act of disrespect to all who died in the First World War, and it is profoundly un - Christian. >>>>>>>>>>>> The proposed "Commemoration" of the First World War should remain just that. >>>>>>>>>>>>> It should not be an occasion to celebrate the relative merits of this or that killing machine, or to attempt to justify the actions of one side or the other. >>>>>>>>>>>>> It should not be an occasion for promoting jingoism or flag waving, the very sentiments that caused the deaths of millions. >>>>>>>>>>>> The Commemoration should be an occasion for demonstrations of regret, and of mourning , not celebrations and competitions. >>>>>>>>>>>> Sadly, the proposed "Commemoration" shows all the signs of turning into a circus, in which lots of beer will be drunk, and pretty blonde-haired blue-eyed girls (preferably Christians) will sing sentimental songs on telly making us all misty - eyed.; just another occasion to promote jingoism, and to attempt to justify the suffering of millions of soldiers and civilians. >>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Was it for this the clay grew tall? —O what made fatuous sunbeams toil To break earth’s sleep at all?’ Wilfred Owen Puffin-Billy
  • Score: -2

6:07pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Puffin-Billy says...

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children… This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron."— Former U.S. President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, in a speech on April 16, 1953
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The First World War was on of one of the most unmitigated disasters ever to befall western civilisation, and it led to the Second World War.
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What we are about to commemorate this year are the deaths, mutilations, gassing, burnings, and the destruction of men and women's minds and bodies.
>>>>>
There should not be any strutting about, or "demonstrations, "inter-cadet competitions" or any other displays of playing soldiers on the part of cadets, or of military personnel from the armed services.
>>>>>
The Commemoration should not be an occasion for promoting the interests of the arms trade through "war-gaming" on the streets of Bolton.
>>>>>
'If any question why we died
Tell them, because our fathers lied.'..............
...........Rudyard Kipling.
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children… This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron."— Former U.S. President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, in a speech on April 16, 1953 >>>>> The First World War was on of one of the most unmitigated disasters ever to befall western civilisation, and it led to the Second World War. >>>>> What we are about to commemorate this year are the deaths, mutilations, gassing, burnings, and the destruction of men and women's minds and bodies. >>>>> There should not be any strutting about, or "demonstrations, "inter-cadet competitions" or any other displays of playing soldiers on the part of cadets, or of military personnel from the armed services. >>>>> The Commemoration should not be an occasion for promoting the interests of the arms trade through "war-gaming" on the streets of Bolton. >>>>> 'If any question why we died Tell them, because our fathers lied.'.............. ...........Rudyard Kipling. Puffin-Billy
  • Score: 0

11:52am Mon 24 Feb 14

Jim271 says...

War is only great to those who have never experienced it.
War is only great to those who have never experienced it. Jim271
  • Score: 2

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