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

Italian sportswear firm Macron now manufacturers and sponsors the Bolton Wanderers football kit, as well as now having the naming rights to the stadium, formerly the Reebok. 

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

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

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