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Bolton continues to celebrate one of the most exciting weekends in its history this Sunday and Monday, June 3 and 4.
The town is preparing to light five fantastic flames to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, as well as hosting a Jubilee Party in a local park to which everyone is invited.
The beacons follow ‘hot' on the heels of another flame – none other than the Olympic torch itself – which arrived in the borough on Thursday evening and was the focus of a fabulous ticketed celebration concert in Queens Park and Victoria Square in Bolton town centre. The flame blazed its way out of the borough this morning to continue its 8000 mile journey round the UK.
The Jubilee beacons which will glow at five locations across the borough (listed below) on the evening of Monday, June 4 at 10pm at the height of the four day bank holiday celebrations to mark the Queen's 60 year reign.
At two of the locations, civic dignitaries will be on hand to celebrate the lighting of the flames.
Today, Leader of the Council, Councillor Cliff Morris said: "We have welcomed the world to Bolton this week as the Olympic flame arrived in the borough. It is also particularly special that the torch arrived with us at the start of our celebrations for the Queens Diamond Jubilee.
"Bolton was the first place in the country to name a new building after the Queen in her special year - The Queen Elizabeth 2 Diamond Jubilee Pavilion situated in Queens Park.
"And on Monday night communities all across Bolton will celebrate the Jubilee in grand style by lighting a series of the five beacons to mark her 60th year on the throne as part of the national bid to light 2012 beacons across the UK for Jubilee.”
The Jubilee Party will take place in Queens Park (Park Road entrance) in Bolton on Sunday June 3. Near the QE2 Pavilion crowds will gather from midday to 3pm to be entertained by Song Smith Solar (a solar powered band) and the Bourbon Street Roof Raisers (a strolling jazz band). There will be plenty of children's games and activities and kids' fairground rides.
Everyone attending the party should bring their own food or packed lunch, but the popular QE2 Pavilion café will be open. The café started serving earlier this year and is now open seven days a week. On Sunday it will serve food and drinks as well as Fredericks ice cream
1/ Bolton Arena
2/ Horrocks Woods, Scout Road – car park adjacent to Horrock's Hill Farm
3/ The Wellsprings building, Civic Centre
4/ Swan Business Centre, Higher Swan Lane, Bolton
5/ Mercure Last Drop Village Hotel and Spa, Bromley Cross