6 reasons why Bolton is better than Chorley

Bolton vs Chorley - we highlight some of the towns' contrasting merits...

Bolton vs Chorley - we highlight some of the towns' contrasting merits...

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IN attempt to stoke up the recent escalation of tensions between Bolton and Chorley, we have drawn up a list of six comparisons between the two towns.

It started when Chorley Council lit up one of Bolton's favourite landmarks - Rivington Pike - in red to promote Chorley.

Then we reported last week how one Horwich resident had suggested the town might benefit from cutting its ties with Bolton and moving to become part of Chorley - where chiefs are themselves considering leaving Lancashire County Council and going it alone as a unitary authority.

So would Horwich be wise to chase Chorley’s charms or should it stick with its Bolton base?

We have drawn up some of the key battlegrounds between the two areas, with our reporters Liam Thorp (who loves Bolton) and Dale Haslam (who lives in Chorley) making their respective cases for the two towns.

1. Bolton Wanderers vs Chorley FC

Most Whites fans must find it increasingly hard to believe that it was less than ten years ago that big Sam Allardyce steered the side to a sixth place finish in the Premier League and qualification for the Europa League.

The Bolton News: The new Macron sign at the Reebok Stadium.

Despite the drop to the Championship, the club remain very well supported in the town and the faithful will continue to turn out in their droves at the newly named Macron this season, hoping for a promotion push.

The Bolton News:

Fresh from blitzing the competition in Northern Premier League last season, Chorley FC are gearing up for life in the dizzy heights of the Conference North.

The Magpies are a massive source of local pride in Chorley, but it is worth mentioning that their heroic manager, Garry Flitcroft, is a Boltonian.

2. Jason Kenny vs Sir Bradley Wiggins

In the shadow of the 19th-century Chorley Town Hall – just down from Gala Bingo – lies a golden post box, painted in honour of cyclist hero Sir Bradley Wiggins, a Chorley resident, shortly after he won a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics.

The Bolton News: HONOURED: Cyclist Bradley Wiggins

It is impressive but, then again, Bolton does have two gold post boxes.

The darling of Bolton, Farnworth-born Jason Kenny has secured three Olympic gold medals as well as a delightful cycling ladyfriend (Laura Trott) in his short career.

The town has honoured him by naming the flagship leisure and health centre, formerly called Bolton one, as the Jason Kenny Centre.

The 26-year old hotshot also has TWO golden post boxes dedicated to him - take that Wiggo!

Actually, Wiggo does have two gold post boxes, but one of them isn't in Chorley.

The Bolton News: Jason Kenny with his gold medals

3. Bolton Market vs Chorley Market

Shoppers flock to Bolton’s popular market place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays to avail themselves of a smorgasbord of goods including food and drink from around the globe.

The council recently underwent a much-anticipated £4.5 million revamp and if you want to pick up a new hat at the same time as some chilli-infused halloumi cheese, this is the place for you.

The Bolton News:

Take a stroll through Chorley town centre on any given Tuesday and you will see the Flat Iron Car Park crammed with bargain hunters, filing in between dozens of stalls offering deals on everything from fish to frocks.

It is busy on Saturdays too, as the pedestrianised section of the town centre stages its own market day, where passionate fruit salesman shout the latest deals to would-be customers.

The Bolton News:

4. Queens Park vs Astley Park

Bolton boasts several picturesque parks including Leverhulme and Moss Bank.

Queen’s Park, situated near to the town centre, is a sprawling haven for families, joggers, cyclists and the odd duck enthusiast.

The park, which contains a grand amphitheatre, recently underwent a £4.3 million upgrade and can now boast an outdoor gym, for the town’s sturdier characters.

The Bolton News:

A local sense of pride comes in the fact that former Queen front man Freddie Mercury once appeared at the park.

Boasting the picturesque country house Astley Hall, Astley Park is truly the jewel in Chorley’s crown.

With its own lake and even a petting zoo for children, thousands of visitors take a stroll through this urban oasis each year, with the annual Chorley Carnival celebrations as a highlight.

This year, an outdoor Shakespeare production has proved to be a real coup for the park.

The Bolton News: Queens Park.

5. Carrs pasties vs Chorley Cakes

The Carr family have been creating their fulsomely filled, beautifully baked pasties in Bolton for generations.

Those in the know believe there is no alternative to a soft, thin and melt-in-your mouth Carrs — a treat at any time of the day.

The Bolton News:

You simply have not tasted Chorley unless you have bitten into a good old fashioned Chorley cake; that flattened, fruit-filled treat that has sweet-toothed snack hunters coming back for more. Go out and try one right now – and thank me later. Delicious!

The Bolton News: PASTIE MAN: John Carr, managing director of Carrs Pasties, is proud of his product, baked in their thousands

6. Bolton FM vs Chorley FM

Bolton FM is a successful community radio station that operates from an office above Bolton Market, broadcasting 24 hours-a-day.

Chorley FM, arguably what the town is now best known for, was once a little-known station, but was made a household name by one of Bolton's most famous sons, Peter Kay, as a fictional station in Max and Paddy and That Peter Kay Thing.

Who could forget its slogans, "Chorley FM - coming in your ears" and "where the listener comes first"?

Well, Chorley FM could, apparently, as they had a bit of a spat with Peter Kay, and now use the highly unamusing slogan "real local radio". Yawn.

The Bolton News: Peter Kay, who is celebrating his 40th birthday today

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1:51pm Fri 8 Aug 14

buskersball says...

you're skating on thin ice here!

And are you sure there's 'a local sense of pride' that Freddie Mercury played in the park. More like a sense of disbelief.
PS And I was there, and it wasnt very good if I remember correctly
you're skating on thin ice here! And are you sure there's 'a local sense of pride' that Freddie Mercury played in the park. More like a sense of disbelief. PS And I was there, and it wasnt very good if I remember correctly buskersball
  • Score: 7

2:22pm Fri 8 Aug 14

hopey_73 says...

Rivington is in Chorley, it was left to the people of Bolton by Lord Leverhulme, but Bolton gave it to Chorley. Poor reporting!
Rivington is in Chorley, it was left to the people of Bolton by Lord Leverhulme, but Bolton gave it to Chorley. Poor reporting! hopey_73
  • Score: 8

2:23pm Fri 8 Aug 14

stereo_world says...

Great, now do Chorley Citizen vs Bolton News.
Great, now do Chorley Citizen vs Bolton News. stereo_world
  • Score: 12

2:32pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Anne Crompton, Community Correspondent says...

hopey_73 wrote:
Rivington is in Chorley, it was left to the people of Bolton by Lord Leverhulme, but Bolton gave it to Chorley. Poor reporting!
Bolton did Not, I repeat not give it to the people of Chorley! This came about with the boundary moves which took place leaving Bolton and Horwich in Greater Manchester whilst Chorley was still in Lancashire. Poor reporting? More like poor knowledge on your part!
[quote][p][bold]hopey_73[/bold] wrote: Rivington is in Chorley, it was left to the people of Bolton by Lord Leverhulme, but Bolton gave it to Chorley. Poor reporting![/p][/quote]Bolton did Not, I repeat not give it to the people of Chorley! This came about with the boundary moves which took place leaving Bolton and Horwich in Greater Manchester whilst Chorley was still in Lancashire. Poor reporting? More like poor knowledge on your part! Anne Crompton, Community Correspondent
  • Score: 4

2:35pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Anne Crompton, Community Correspondent says...

By the way Bolton News - Bolton market is also open on Fridays and has been for some time. From your copy, I am wondering just which side you support - you are the Bolton News after all!
By the way Bolton News - Bolton market is also open on Fridays and has been for some time. From your copy, I am wondering just which side you support - you are the Bolton News after all! Anne Crompton, Community Correspondent
  • Score: 5

2:45pm Fri 8 Aug 14

buskersball says...

Are we talking the park or the parish?
Are we talking the park or the parish? buskersball
  • Score: 0

2:50pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Julian Thorpe says...

Anne Crompton, Community Correspondent wrote:
By the way Bolton News - Bolton market is also open on Fridays and has been for some time. From your copy, I am wondering just which side you support - you are the Bolton News after all!
Good spot! It is indeed open Fridays.

FYI - this article is written by two people - one making the case for Bolton and one for Chorley. But we know Bolton is better.
[quote][p][bold]Anne Crompton, Community Correspondent[/bold] wrote: By the way Bolton News - Bolton market is also open on Fridays and has been for some time. From your copy, I am wondering just which side you support - you are the Bolton News after all![/p][/quote]Good spot! It is indeed open Fridays. FYI - this article is written by two people - one making the case for Bolton and one for Chorley. But we know Bolton is better. Julian Thorpe
  • Score: -5

2:55pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Cheeseware says...

Chorleys' Park has a petting zoo whereas Bolton closed Animal World at Moss Bank Park. The only one I would agree with would be that Carrs Pasties are better than Chorley Cakes
Chorleys' Park has a petting zoo whereas Bolton closed Animal World at Moss Bank Park. The only one I would agree with would be that Carrs Pasties are better than Chorley Cakes Cheeseware
  • Score: 5

2:57pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Phil from Smithills says...

Anne Crompton, Community Correspondent wrote:
hopey_73 wrote:
Rivington is in Chorley, it was left to the people of Bolton by Lord Leverhulme, but Bolton gave it to Chorley. Poor reporting!
Bolton did Not, I repeat not give it to the people of Chorley! This came about with the boundary moves which took place leaving Bolton and Horwich in Greater Manchester whilst Chorley was still in Lancashire. Poor reporting? More like poor knowledge on your part!
Bolton certainly did not give Rivington to Chorley, under the 1974 Local Government Re-Organisation Act., Rivington was placed under the administration of Chorley in the administrative county of Lancashire.

Bolton, although still part of the traditional county of Lancashire, was placed in the administrative county of Gtr Manchester, which also straddles the borders of Cheshire.

Lancashire traditional county was divided into administrative counties but still remain in the traditional county of Lancashire, although some do straddle other counties ie. Yorkshire, which was also divided into administrative counties , yet we still refer to it ,by its traditional county name of Yorkshire.
[quote][p][bold]Anne Crompton, Community Correspondent[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hopey_73[/bold] wrote: Rivington is in Chorley, it was left to the people of Bolton by Lord Leverhulme, but Bolton gave it to Chorley. Poor reporting![/p][/quote]Bolton did Not, I repeat not give it to the people of Chorley! This came about with the boundary moves which took place leaving Bolton and Horwich in Greater Manchester whilst Chorley was still in Lancashire. Poor reporting? More like poor knowledge on your part![/p][/quote]Bolton certainly did not give Rivington to Chorley, under the 1974 Local Government Re-Organisation Act., Rivington was placed under the administration of Chorley in the administrative county of Lancashire. Bolton, although still part of the traditional county of Lancashire, was placed in the administrative county of Gtr Manchester, which also straddles the borders of Cheshire. Lancashire traditional county was divided into administrative counties but still remain in the traditional county of Lancashire, although some do straddle other counties ie. Yorkshire, which was also divided into administrative counties , yet we still refer to it ,by its traditional county name of Yorkshire. Phil from Smithills
  • Score: 1

2:57pm Fri 8 Aug 14

brian jones says...

Fulsomely filled pasties? Do you know what the word fulsome means?
Fulsomely filled pasties? Do you know what the word fulsome means? brian jones
  • Score: 6

3:07pm Fri 8 Aug 14

hopey_73 says...

Anne Crompton, Community Correspondent wrote:
hopey_73 wrote:
Rivington is in Chorley, it was left to the people of Bolton by Lord Leverhulme, but Bolton gave it to Chorley. Poor reporting!
Bolton did Not, I repeat not give it to the people of Chorley! This came about with the boundary moves which took place leaving Bolton and Horwich in Greater Manchester whilst Chorley was still in Lancashire. Poor reporting? More like poor knowledge on your part!
So it is in Chorley then?
[quote][p][bold]Anne Crompton, Community Correspondent[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hopey_73[/bold] wrote: Rivington is in Chorley, it was left to the people of Bolton by Lord Leverhulme, but Bolton gave it to Chorley. Poor reporting![/p][/quote]Bolton did Not, I repeat not give it to the people of Chorley! This came about with the boundary moves which took place leaving Bolton and Horwich in Greater Manchester whilst Chorley was still in Lancashire. Poor reporting? More like poor knowledge on your part![/p][/quote]So it is in Chorley then? hopey_73
  • Score: 0

3:11pm Fri 8 Aug 14

piszoff says...

Time for a gagging order, don't want the CONsellor's taking side. Would disgrace the whole of the democratic meaning of the country.
Time for a gagging order, don't want the CONsellor's taking side. Would disgrace the whole of the democratic meaning of the country. piszoff
  • Score: 0

4:01pm Fri 8 Aug 14

keggard says...

Boltons that bad I hear the people of Africa are holding a concert to raise awareness for our plight
Boltons that bad I hear the people of Africa are holding a concert to raise awareness for our plight keggard
  • Score: 10

6:57pm Fri 8 Aug 14

wsw69 says...

Bolton News, you are insulting peoples intelligence in trying to convince anyone that Bolton is a better town than Chorley. Chorley would still look better if it was bombed.

I'm Bolton born and bred but Chorley, and Lancashire as a whole, are much better towns and regions.

Bolton is a complete dump, filthy, dull, over-run with horrendous takeaways and pound shops, run by idiots devoid of any imagination whatsoever. It's totally b0ll0xed and anyone who can't see that is in cloud cuckoo land.

Sadly, the only good thing at the moment about this one horse town is the way out.
Bolton News, you are insulting peoples intelligence in trying to convince anyone that Bolton is a better town than Chorley. Chorley would still look better if it was bombed. I'm Bolton born and bred but Chorley, and Lancashire as a whole, are much better towns and regions. Bolton is a complete dump, filthy, dull, over-run with horrendous takeaways and pound shops, run by idiots devoid of any imagination whatsoever. It's totally b0ll0xed and anyone who can't see that is in cloud cuckoo land. Sadly, the only good thing at the moment about this one horse town is the way out. wsw69
  • Score: 14

2:46am Sat 9 Aug 14

Lynn57 says...

wsw69 wrote:
Bolton News, you are insulting peoples intelligence in trying to convince anyone that Bolton is a better town than Chorley. Chorley would still look better if it was bombed.

I'm Bolton born and bred but Chorley, and Lancashire as a whole, are much better towns and regions.

Bolton is a complete dump, filthy, dull, over-run with horrendous takeaways and pound shops, run by idiots devoid of any imagination whatsoever. It's totally b0ll0xed and anyone who can't see that is in cloud cuckoo land.

Sadly, the only good thing at the moment about this one horse town is the way out.
Carr's pasties are paste filled crap, ridiculous comparison of food as one is sweet the other savoury. Both towns are dumps, however Chorley has nicer surrounding areas.
[quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: Bolton News, you are insulting peoples intelligence in trying to convince anyone that Bolton is a better town than Chorley. Chorley would still look better if it was bombed. I'm Bolton born and bred but Chorley, and Lancashire as a whole, are much better towns and regions. Bolton is a complete dump, filthy, dull, over-run with horrendous takeaways and pound shops, run by idiots devoid of any imagination whatsoever. It's totally b0ll0xed and anyone who can't see that is in cloud cuckoo land. Sadly, the only good thing at the moment about this one horse town is the way out.[/p][/quote]Carr's pasties are paste filled crap, ridiculous comparison of food as one is sweet the other savoury. Both towns are dumps, however Chorley has nicer surrounding areas. Lynn57
  • Score: 1

8:57am Sat 9 Aug 14

Mr. Reasonable says...

Chorley town centre is nowhere near as dirty and squalid as Bolton town centre. A trip to Chorley can be enjoyed while one to Bolton is endured.
Chorley town centre is nowhere near as dirty and squalid as Bolton town centre. A trip to Chorley can be enjoyed while one to Bolton is endured. Mr. Reasonable
  • Score: 8

9:56am Sat 9 Aug 14

Ernagy2 says...

I have to say I prefer Bolton town centre to Chorleys, despite the takeaways and the pound shops. I'm surprised that the Town Hall and particularly Le Mans Crescent isn't brought up in the article. Still the loveliest part of Bolton and you could go 1000's of miles around the world and not see such good architecture .

According to one expert Bolton Parish church is "the finest example of a Victorian Church in the country".

I have to say Astley park is better than any of Bolton's parks at the moment. Queens park is a building site, Moss Bank Park looks a dump and lets not even talk about Leverhulme Park!

Bolton Market is slowly dieing a death due to the Councillors who are reducing it's space each passing year and I suspect can't wait to move it out of site. It will be virtually wiped out now that the bus station is moving to it's new place and will be tricky to get to in the long run.

Bolton council is determined to destroy it's history and architecture it seems, witness how Clarendon school was conveniently allowed to be burnt down, despite the police warning the councillors of a risk of vandalism.

Chorley Council seem to have a more go ahead approach, wanting to promote the town, bringing out door plays e.g. recent Shakespeare production, lighting up the pike etc. At least they're trying to attract investment. Bolton council on the other hand sit back and let the town fall apart. The Council seemingly only interested in building Mosques.

Now you decide whether it's Bolton Council or Chorley Council?
I have to say I prefer Bolton town centre to Chorleys, despite the takeaways and the pound shops. I'm surprised that the Town Hall and particularly Le Mans Crescent isn't brought up in the article. Still the loveliest part of Bolton and you could go 1000's of miles around the world and not see such good architecture . According to one expert Bolton Parish church is "the finest example of a Victorian Church in the country". I have to say Astley park is better than any of Bolton's parks at the moment. Queens park is a building site, Moss Bank Park looks a dump and lets not even talk about Leverhulme Park! Bolton Market is slowly dieing a death due to the Councillors who are reducing it's space each passing year and I suspect can't wait to move it out of site. It will be virtually wiped out now that the bus station is moving to it's new place and will be tricky to get to in the long run. Bolton council is determined to destroy it's history and architecture it seems, witness how Clarendon school was conveniently allowed to be burnt down, despite the police warning the councillors of a risk of vandalism. Chorley Council seem to have a more go ahead approach, wanting to promote the town, bringing out door plays e.g. recent Shakespeare production, lighting up the pike etc. At least they're trying to attract investment. Bolton council on the other hand sit back and let the town fall apart. The Council seemingly only interested in building Mosques. Now you decide whether it's Bolton Council or Chorley Council? Ernagy2
  • Score: 2

11:57am Sat 9 Aug 14

wsw69 says...

Mr. Reasonable wrote:
Chorley town centre is nowhere near as dirty and squalid as Bolton town centre. A trip to Chorley can be enjoyed while one to Bolton is endured.
You have hit the nail on the head.
[quote][p][bold]Mr. Reasonable[/bold] wrote: Chorley town centre is nowhere near as dirty and squalid as Bolton town centre. A trip to Chorley can be enjoyed while one to Bolton is endured.[/p][/quote]You have hit the nail on the head. wsw69
  • Score: 3

8:58pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Steven Chadwick says...

Chorley blitzed the Northern Premier League last season? They won the title by 1 point on the final day of the season!
Chorley blitzed the Northern Premier League last season? They won the title by 1 point on the final day of the season! Steven Chadwick
  • Score: 0

9:24pm Sat 9 Aug 14

the judgement day says...

Surely this article could have shoe horned in "Theo from Olympus chippy" comparing his chips with those of a Chorley takeaway
Surely this article could have shoe horned in "Theo from Olympus chippy" comparing his chips with those of a Chorley takeaway the judgement day
  • Score: -2

12:53pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Townleys says...

Ernagy2 wrote:
I have to say I prefer Bolton town centre to Chorleys, despite the takeaways and the pound shops. I'm surprised that the Town Hall and particularly Le Mans Crescent isn't brought up in the article. Still the loveliest part of Bolton and you could go 1000's of miles around the world and not see such good architecture .

According to one expert Bolton Parish church is "the finest example of a Victorian Church in the country".

I have to say Astley park is better than any of Bolton's parks at the moment. Queens park is a building site, Moss Bank Park looks a dump and lets not even talk about Leverhulme Park!

Bolton Market is slowly dieing a death due to the Councillors who are reducing it's space each passing year and I suspect can't wait to move it out of site. It will be virtually wiped out now that the bus station is moving to it's new place and will be tricky to get to in the long run.

Bolton council is determined to destroy it's history and architecture it seems, witness how Clarendon school was conveniently allowed to be burnt down, despite the police warning the councillors of a risk of vandalism.

Chorley Council seem to have a more go ahead approach, wanting to promote the town, bringing out door plays e.g. recent Shakespeare production, lighting up the pike etc. At least they're trying to attract investment. Bolton council on the other hand sit back and let the town fall apart. The Council seemingly only interested in building Mosques.

Now you decide whether it's Bolton Council or Chorley Council?
I Live near Portsmouth these days and the Guildhall is a replica of Bolton Town Hall. So you don't have to go to far to see equal architecture.
[quote][p][bold]Ernagy2[/bold] wrote: I have to say I prefer Bolton town centre to Chorleys, despite the takeaways and the pound shops. I'm surprised that the Town Hall and particularly Le Mans Crescent isn't brought up in the article. Still the loveliest part of Bolton and you could go 1000's of miles around the world and not see such good architecture . According to one expert Bolton Parish church is "the finest example of a Victorian Church in the country". I have to say Astley park is better than any of Bolton's parks at the moment. Queens park is a building site, Moss Bank Park looks a dump and lets not even talk about Leverhulme Park! Bolton Market is slowly dieing a death due to the Councillors who are reducing it's space each passing year and I suspect can't wait to move it out of site. It will be virtually wiped out now that the bus station is moving to it's new place and will be tricky to get to in the long run. Bolton council is determined to destroy it's history and architecture it seems, witness how Clarendon school was conveniently allowed to be burnt down, despite the police warning the councillors of a risk of vandalism. Chorley Council seem to have a more go ahead approach, wanting to promote the town, bringing out door plays e.g. recent Shakespeare production, lighting up the pike etc. At least they're trying to attract investment. Bolton council on the other hand sit back and let the town fall apart. The Council seemingly only interested in building Mosques. Now you decide whether it's Bolton Council or Chorley Council?[/p][/quote]I Live near Portsmouth these days and the Guildhall is a replica of Bolton Town Hall. So you don't have to go to far to see equal architecture. Townleys
  • Score: 0

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