Crowds flock to Bolton town centre to enjoy giant ferris wheel and Christmas markets

The Bolton News: The giant ferris wheel in Victoria Square The giant ferris wheel in Victoria Square

VERY rarely will you be able ride a ferris wheel, pet some camels and go ice-skating all in one trip to your local town square.

No wonder then that, despite a misty and sodden day, Bolton gave a resounding thumbs-up to Bolton Council’s ambitious Winter Wonderland.

Dozens of people braved miserable conditions queueing to be among the first to sample panoramic views of Bolton from atop the 100ft high wheel.

There was scarcely any criticism of the entertainment, despite the camels not quite timing their arrival right.

The Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Colin Shaw, was supposed to be accompanied by the three kings and camels as he unveiled the giant wheel — but instead cut a comparatively lonely figure cutting the red ribbon.

The camels had been held up. Never mind — they had come a long way after all.

More important was the reaction from the public.

This is, after all, an attempt by council chiefs to make the town a more interesting place to do the Christmas shopping.

I can say, having sampled the Wonderland on behalf of The Bolton News, that I will stay away from the retail parks this year.

The wheel may lack the finesse and plethora of sights available on the London Eye but, in its own way, it had more charm.

Open to the elements, you feel as if you are floating above the town when you start to come down and, up at the top, it moves deceptively quickly.

Wait for a clear day, or an evening with stars twinkling in the sky, and even someone with a fear of heights would enjoy it.

Back on the ground, albeit with slightly slippery footing, people should not be afraid to try something new and utilise Bolton’s ice rink, back for a second year running.

As a willing, but hopeless, skater, I was not relishing the prospect of taking to the ice for the first time since I was 12 with grinning photographers, colleagues and press officers looking on.

But, in the safe hands of Tony Boynton and his team, I was trained up in just a few minutes to skate a slow circuit of the rink, alone and unaided.

I know, not a big deal. But it feels a lot more important as you’re clambering out of the rink, I can tell you. As Mr Boynton told me afterwards: “We don’t just let people slide around, clinging to the sides.

“We’ve got marshals going round helping the people who look like they’re struggling.

“We’ve had big groups of kids and managed to teach all of them to skate on their own by the end of the class. People won’t enjoy it if all they do is slip and slide next to the wall, but they might come back if they learn to skate while they’re here.”

Santa’s Grotto and the four-day festive market round off the activities, ensuring all ages and interests are catered for.

As one visitor, Ruth Porritt, aged 76, from Deane, pointed out: “It’s something Bolton can show off.

“Some people I know came up from Bristol and they got a great impression of the town.

“It is absolutely marvellous. They have really pushed the boat out with this one.”

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8:27pm Thu 12 Dec 13

dougie kay says...

a very impresive crowd indeed . surprisingly no one was hurt by a mad rush forward by the six or seven people that crowded the area round the ice rink and ferris wheel Then again as the saying goe's three is a crowd
a very impresive crowd indeed . surprisingly no one was hurt by a mad rush forward by the six or seven people that crowded the area round the ice rink and ferris wheel Then again as the saying goe's three is a crowd dougie kay

8:50pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Hectoriva says...

Great effort Bolton Council, a celebration of Christmas we can all be proud of
Great effort Bolton Council, a celebration of Christmas we can all be proud of Hectoriva

9:38pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Cumisky says...

I have just moved to Bolton after years living in major cities such as Paris and Moscow, I didn't expect much, but in the month I have been here I have been surprised again and again at what the town has to offer.
Well done the council for believing in Bolton.
I have just moved to Bolton after years living in major cities such as Paris and Moscow, I didn't expect much, but in the month I have been here I have been surprised again and again at what the town has to offer. Well done the council for believing in Bolton. Cumisky

10:17pm Thu 12 Dec 13

W1NGM4N says...

Cumisky wrote:
I have just moved to Bolton after years living in major cities such as Paris and Moscow, I didn't expect much, but in the month I have been here I have been surprised again and again at what the town has to offer.
Well done the council for believing in Bolton.
You left Paris n Moscow to come n live in Bolton of all places? THAT TAKES SOME DOING!
[quote][p][bold]Cumisky[/bold] wrote: I have just moved to Bolton after years living in major cities such as Paris and Moscow, I didn't expect much, but in the month I have been here I have been surprised again and again at what the town has to offer. Well done the council for believing in Bolton.[/p][/quote]You left Paris n Moscow to come n live in Bolton of all places? THAT TAKES SOME DOING! W1NGM4N

12:32am Fri 13 Dec 13

Antg123 says...

Yep great, was this placed near the empty closed down shops in bolton? well done bolton for spending money in the wrong places, what a great place to shop ....... we have a charity shop ooh sorry about 9 of those a bright house to enable people in debt to "afford" more items they cant afford to get in more debt and about 50 places to eat super our town has so very much to offer!
Yep great, was this placed near the empty closed down shops in bolton? well done bolton for spending money in the wrong places, what a great place to shop ....... we have a charity shop ooh sorry about 9 of those a bright house to enable people in debt to "afford" more items they cant afford to get in more debt and about 50 places to eat super our town has so very much to offer! Antg123

12:37am Fri 13 Dec 13

melloj says...

Great you'll be treated to a great view of - wait for it. Farnworth, Daubill, Deane, Great lever and what other ----hole town I can't remember. Who'd want to go up to see that????
Great you'll be treated to a great view of - wait for it. Farnworth, Daubill, Deane, Great lever and what other ----hole town I can't remember. Who'd want to go up to see that???? melloj

1:40am Fri 13 Dec 13

chris25 says...

why dont these moaners have a bit of pride in there town.
why dont these moaners have a bit of pride in there town. chris25

2:46am Fri 13 Dec 13

limey redneck says...

BOLTON MAY HAVE ITS PROBLEMS, BUT IF ALL THESE MOANING MORONS SHUT UP FOR A MOMENT & STEP BACK, THEY WOULD SEE THAT BOLTON COUNCIL IS AT LEAST TRYING TO LIFT THE TOWNSPEOPLES SPIRITS FOR CHRISTMAS. THE VIEW FROM THE TOP OF THE FERRIS WHEEL WOULD STILL BE IMPRESSIVE DAY TOWARDS RIVINGTON OR AT NIGHT WITH A CLEAR SKY & WATCH THE STARS. FANTASTIC EFFORT BY BOLTON COUNCIL.
BOLTON MAY HAVE ITS PROBLEMS, BUT IF ALL THESE MOANING MORONS SHUT UP FOR A MOMENT & STEP BACK, THEY WOULD SEE THAT BOLTON COUNCIL IS AT LEAST TRYING TO LIFT THE TOWNSPEOPLES SPIRITS FOR CHRISTMAS. THE VIEW FROM THE TOP OF THE FERRIS WHEEL WOULD STILL BE IMPRESSIVE DAY TOWARDS RIVINGTON OR AT NIGHT WITH A CLEAR SKY & WATCH THE STARS. FANTASTIC EFFORT BY BOLTON COUNCIL. limey redneck

11:59am Fri 13 Dec 13

MarkP27 says...

YES!!!! Bolton is open for business at Christmas. Unfortunately everywhere else opened in November and have been so busy that they are closing up early and going home. Unless Bolton is unique and everyone there only shops in the final 10 days? But with a ferris wheel and lights which have no Christian link at all - it is difficult to understand exactly what Bolton Council are trying to promote or achieve here!?!?!?!?
YES!!!! Bolton is open for business at Christmas. Unfortunately everywhere else opened in November and have been so busy that they are closing up early and going home. Unless Bolton is unique and everyone there only shops in the final 10 days? But with a ferris wheel and lights which have no Christian link at all - it is difficult to understand exactly what Bolton Council are trying to promote or achieve here!?!?!?!? MarkP27

12:16pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Jim271 says...

You cannot polish a T*RD.
You cannot polish a T*RD. Jim271

12:58pm Fri 13 Dec 13

cliff4treasurer says...

Crowds flock to Bolton?
Missing when the picture was taken then , obviously moved onto the charity shops no doubt?
"Bolton council trying to cheer people up for xmas"
Have they all resigned!
YOU COULDN'T MAKE THIS TRIPE UP.
Crowds flock to Bolton? Missing when the picture was taken then , obviously moved onto the charity shops no doubt? "Bolton council trying to cheer people up for xmas" Have they all resigned! YOU COULDN'T MAKE THIS TRIPE UP. cliff4treasurer

5:44pm Fri 13 Dec 13

VIGILANTE VIC says...

HURRY UP AND GET ON IT BEFORE SCRAP MEN MOVE IN :-)
HURRY UP AND GET ON IT BEFORE SCRAP MEN MOVE IN :-) VIGILANTE VIC

5:49pm Fri 13 Dec 13

lv8151 says...

Jim271 wrote:
You cannot polish a T*RD.
maybe not but you can roll it in glitter and hope for the best
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: You cannot polish a T*RD.[/p][/quote]maybe not but you can roll it in glitter and hope for the best lv8151

5:59pm Fri 13 Dec 13

VIGILANTE VIC says...

lv8151 wrote:
Jim271 wrote:
You cannot polish a T*RD.
maybe not but you can roll it in glitter and hope for the best
LOL :-)
[quote][p][bold]lv8151[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: You cannot polish a T*RD.[/p][/quote]maybe not but you can roll it in glitter and hope for the best[/p][/quote]LOL :-) VIGILANTE VIC

11:30pm Fri 13 Dec 13

W1NGM4N says...

It's aaaaaryt nothing special! Went up n all you can see is the construction work n demolition of buildings on Newport street! Rather go on the London eye! Even the Blackpool wheel is better! I WANT A REFUND!
It's aaaaaryt nothing special! Went up n all you can see is the construction work n demolition of buildings on Newport street! Rather go on the London eye! Even the Blackpool wheel is better! I WANT A REFUND! W1NGM4N

11:36pm Fri 13 Dec 13

W1NGM4N says...

chris25 wrote:
why dont these moaners have a bit of pride in there town.
Why? Coz we preferred it when it was like before with the market hall stalls, proper market, all the shops open n buzzing, even had decent Xmas lights back then. But NO someone had to come and stick there finger in it n now they trying to amend it, but you can't amend a broken heart!

Everything will be back to normal after Christmas
[quote][p][bold]chris25[/bold] wrote: why dont these moaners have a bit of pride in there town.[/p][/quote]Why? Coz we preferred it when it was like before with the market hall stalls, proper market, all the shops open n buzzing, even had decent Xmas lights back then. But NO someone had to come and stick there finger in it n now they trying to amend it, but you can't amend a broken heart! Everything will be back to normal after Christmas W1NGM4N

12:09am Sat 14 Dec 13

W1NGM4N says...

limey redneck wrote:
BOLTON MAY HAVE ITS PROBLEMS, BUT IF ALL THESE MOANING MORONS SHUT UP FOR A MOMENT & STEP BACK, THEY WOULD SEE THAT BOLTON COUNCIL IS AT LEAST TRYING TO LIFT THE TOWNSPEOPLES SPIRITS FOR CHRISTMAS. THE VIEW FROM THE TOP OF THE FERRIS WHEEL WOULD STILL BE IMPRESSIVE DAY TOWARDS RIVINGTON OR AT NIGHT WITH A CLEAR SKY & WATCH THE STARS. FANTASTIC EFFORT BY BOLTON COUNCIL.
watch the stars? Is that why u sit on the wheel? LMFAO . You can do that by standing on the ground with your feet together n tilting your head up so you looking at the sky...Simple!!! All you can see is diggers on Newport street n chimneys n a grey cloud above you! N by the way your CAPS is on!
[quote][p][bold]limey redneck[/bold] wrote: BOLTON MAY HAVE ITS PROBLEMS, BUT IF ALL THESE MOANING MORONS SHUT UP FOR A MOMENT & STEP BACK, THEY WOULD SEE THAT BOLTON COUNCIL IS AT LEAST TRYING TO LIFT THE TOWNSPEOPLES SPIRITS FOR CHRISTMAS. THE VIEW FROM THE TOP OF THE FERRIS WHEEL WOULD STILL BE IMPRESSIVE DAY TOWARDS RIVINGTON OR AT NIGHT WITH A CLEAR SKY & WATCH THE STARS. FANTASTIC EFFORT BY BOLTON COUNCIL.[/p][/quote]watch the stars? Is that why u sit on the wheel? LMFAO . You can do that by standing on the ground with your feet together n tilting your head up so you looking at the sky...Simple!!! All you can see is diggers on Newport street n chimneys n a grey cloud above you! N by the way your CAPS is on! W1NGM4N

12:43pm Sat 14 Dec 13

boltonnut says...

It looks like it's falling over,leaning to the left.I hope it does't fall on any of Boltons beloved councillors,what would Bolton do without them?????????? Here's hopeing for a happy 2014.
It looks like it's falling over,leaning to the left.I hope it does't fall on any of Boltons beloved councillors,what would Bolton do without them?????????? Here's hopeing for a happy 2014. boltonnut

2:45pm Sat 14 Dec 13

ncc_22 says...

bunch of miserable gits. why dont you get out n have some fun and try supporting your town for once. all you moaners are not really helping by staying away. you negative people are the ones dragging the town down all you do is winge even when is about something good. GET A GRIP!!!
bunch of miserable gits. why dont you get out n have some fun and try supporting your town for once. all you moaners are not really helping by staying away. you negative people are the ones dragging the town down all you do is winge even when is about something good. GET A GRIP!!! ncc_22

8:08am Sun 15 Dec 13

Wigan Trotter says...

chris25 wrote:
why dont these moaners have a bit of pride in there town.
Sad people and every town and City has it share!
[quote][p][bold]chris25[/bold] wrote: why dont these moaners have a bit of pride in there town.[/p][/quote]Sad people and every town and City has it share! Wigan Trotter

2:21pm Sun 15 Dec 13

arrian says...

well, i'm just back from Bolton. the Ferris wheel looks great, quite a few waiting to go on, same with the ice rink, and Santas' grotto was doing exceptionally well , judging by the queue. lots of family enjoyment for once.
anyway, my question is this: where have they hidden the Christmas Markets? I searched and I searched, but I didn't find them! a couple of cake stalls and jewelry stalls, but that was it! oh, well, off to Manchester after all.
well, i'm just back from Bolton. the Ferris wheel looks great, quite a few waiting to go on, same with the ice rink, and Santas' grotto was doing exceptionally well , judging by the queue. lots of family enjoyment for once. anyway, my question is this: where have they hidden the Christmas Markets? I searched and I searched, but I didn't find them! a couple of cake stalls and jewelry stalls, but that was it! oh, well, off to Manchester after all. arrian

6:48pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Comment777 says...

chris25 wrote:
why dont these moaners have a bit of pride in there town.
Because there is NO reason to be!!!
[quote][p][bold]chris25[/bold] wrote: why dont these moaners have a bit of pride in there town.[/p][/quote]Because there is NO reason to be!!! Comment777

6:53pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Comment777 says...

ncc_22 wrote:
bunch of miserable gits. why dont you get out n have some fun and try supporting your town for once. all you moaners are not really helping by staying away. you negative people are the ones dragging the town down all you do is winge even when is about something good. GET A GRIP!!!
They will not support the Town as a protest at what has been done to a once magnificent shopping centre...why carry on paying councillors who benefit from undeserved salaries whether they are successful or not ...DO NOT SHOP IN BOLTON, BRING THE LANDLORDS AND COUNCILLORS TO THEIR KNEES..it is all and what they deserve!!!!
[quote][p][bold]ncc_22[/bold] wrote: bunch of miserable gits. why dont you get out n have some fun and try supporting your town for once. all you moaners are not really helping by staying away. you negative people are the ones dragging the town down all you do is winge even when is about something good. GET A GRIP!!![/p][/quote]They will not support the Town as a protest at what has been done to a once magnificent shopping centre...why carry on paying councillors who benefit from undeserved salaries whether they are successful or not ...DO NOT SHOP IN BOLTON, BRING THE LANDLORDS AND COUNCILLORS TO THEIR KNEES..it is all and what they deserve!!!! Comment777

8:48am Mon 16 Dec 13

serendipity2 says...

The product is c r a p so why would I shop there to support a labour council that has run the town into the ground literally and only caters for refugees and mosques typical is calling it a winter wonderland b 0 llocks its christmas in my house and in Bury.
Sorry I used to love Bolton but its broken beyond repair both socially and economically.
White British my grandparents lived here in the 30s and the town is alien to myself and many,
The product is c r a p so why would I shop there to support a labour council that has run the town into the ground literally and only caters for refugees and mosques typical is calling it a winter wonderland b 0 llocks its christmas in my house and in Bury. Sorry I used to love Bolton but its broken beyond repair both socially and economically. White British my grandparents lived here in the 30s and the town is alien to myself and many, serendipity2

4:24pm Mon 16 Dec 13

MasterOfPuppets says...

Antg123 wrote:
Yep great, was this placed near the empty closed down shops in bolton? well done bolton for spending money in the wrong places, what a great place to shop ....... we have a charity shop ooh sorry about 9 of those a bright house to enable people in debt to "afford" more items they cant afford to get in more debt and about 50 places to eat super our town has so very much to offer!
X-Records.
[quote][p][bold]Antg123[/bold] wrote: Yep great, was this placed near the empty closed down shops in bolton? well done bolton for spending money in the wrong places, what a great place to shop ....... we have a charity shop ooh sorry about 9 of those a bright house to enable people in debt to "afford" more items they cant afford to get in more debt and about 50 places to eat super our town has so very much to offer![/p][/quote]X-Records. MasterOfPuppets

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