MORE than 600 people enjoyed a cocktail party with a twist to celebrate the launch of the Macron Stadium.

The Italian sportswear firm Macron, which manufacturers and sponsors the Bolton Wanderers football kit, also has the naming rights to the stadium.

The event, at the Bolton Whites Hotel, was an Italian-inspired affair with white carpet, stilt walkers, Champagne served by a woman suspended in a chandelier, violinists, an aerial duo act and a fire show.

General manager Suzanne Speak said: “As we are now part of the Macron Stadium, we really wanted a theme that paid homage to the new sponsors and that also showed off the hotel’s Premier Suite at its very best.

“The guests seemed to enjoy the entertainment which was non-stop from the moment they walked through the door.”