Bolton marks Lancashire Day with presentation of red rose

The Bolton News: Councillor John Walsh, left hands a red rose to the Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton, Cllr  Colin Shaw and Dee Shaw Councillor John Walsh, left hands a red rose to the Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton, Cllr Colin Shaw and Dee Shaw

A COUNCILLOR has continued the tradition of marking Lancashire Day by presenting the Mayor of Bolton with a red rose.

Cllr John Walsh has no doubts over whether his home town falls under Greater Manchester or Lancashire — he is sticking to his Lancashire roots.

Cllr Walsh read the Lancashire Proclamation to Cllr Colin Shaw and Dee Shaw, Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton, in the town hall to mark Lancashire Day, which fell on Wednesday, November 27.

He then presented a red rose — the symbol of Lancashire — to Cllr Shaw.

Bolton was moved to Greater Manchester in 1974 but Cllr Walsh disagrees with new border.

Cllr Walsh, who is a member of Friends of Real Lancashire, said: “I am a Lancastrian brought up in Lancashire. The importance of the history should not be overlooked.

“Friends of Real Lancashire worked hard to keep the hearts of Lancashire. It is right that we should remember our history. I am proud of being a Lancastrian. History can’t be unwritten by a boundary. I still put Bolton, Lancashire, when I write my address.”

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9:42am Tue 3 Dec 13

Phil from Smithills says...

Well done Cllr John Walsh., we all should remember, that the Local Government Reorganisation Act 1974 did not abolish the traditional county of Lancashire as its a county Palatine,but introduced administrative ones within Lancashire to administer the county.

We are not alone in this situation, on the other side of the Pennines., they too were divided into administrative counties, but we still refer to it, by its traditional county name Yorkshire. The principle of that same act of 1974 applies to both sides of the Pennines.
Well done Cllr John Walsh., we all should remember, that the Local Government Reorganisation Act 1974 did not abolish the traditional county of Lancashire as its a county Palatine,but introduced administrative ones within Lancashire to administer the county. We are not alone in this situation, on the other side of the Pennines., they too were divided into administrative counties, but we still refer to it, by its traditional county name Yorkshire. The principle of that same act of 1974 applies to both sides of the Pennines. Phil from Smithills

12:13pm Tue 3 Dec 13

oftbewildered2 says...

next year we could have a Town Crier reading out the Lancashire Proclamation from the TH steps and red roses on sale - with proceeds to the Mayor's charity. Well, it would be nice ...................
next year we could have a Town Crier reading out the Lancashire Proclamation from the TH steps and red roses on sale - with proceeds to the Mayor's charity. Well, it would be nice ................... oftbewildered2

1:37pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Phil from Smithills says...

A town crier used to read out the Lancashire Proclamation on the town hall steps, he was Bob Sherrington but he died some years ago he was in his early nineties. He also went around the pitch at Burnden Park in town crier's attire, on some match days

But you suggestion should be considered.
A town crier used to read out the Lancashire Proclamation on the town hall steps, he was Bob Sherrington but he died some years ago he was in his early nineties. He also went around the pitch at Burnden Park in town crier's attire, on some match days But you suggestion should be considered. Phil from Smithills

4:12pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Bowden Boy says...

I fly the Lancashire Flag at the front of my house every year on the 27 of November. It is still there now.

Proud to be a Lancastrian.
I fly the Lancashire Flag at the front of my house every year on the 27 of November. It is still there now. Proud to be a Lancastrian. Bowden Boy

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