Police and bars gear up for ‘Mad Friday’
THOUSANDS of people will flock to Bolton town centre tomorrow for one of the busiest nights of the year.
The last Friday before Christmas is often known as “Mad Friday” because of the huge numbers of drinkers and party-goers who venture out on office Christmas parties, and others who are celebrating breaking up from work for the festive period.
Bolton’s pubs, clubs and bars are preparing for the expected additional customers with extra staff and security, and there will be an increased police presence in the town centre.
Police have said that although they are “extending a warm welcome” to people visiting Bolton’s night spots, they will deal with any alcohol-related crime in a “swift and robust” manner.
Bolton’s most senior police officer Chief Supt David Hull said: “The weekend before Christmas is always a busy and challenging weekend, but hopefully one that will be remembered for all the right reasons by revellers and police officers alike.
“I want people to come into the town and have a good time. We would ask you to pace yourself and drink responsibility. Because of the increased numbers of people expected, we will of course have additional resources in place.”
The vast numbers of people in the town centre will provide a boost to the local night-time economy.
Carol Rialas, manager of J2 bar and nightclub in Mawdsley Street said: “We always have a fantastic ‘Mad Friday’ — it was a great night last year.
“We prepare by putting on extra staff and security on the night and all staff are briefed and highly trained in customer vigilance in terms of drunkenness — we are confident with our experienced team that the night will run smoothly.”
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Blind Tiger bar is also be hoping for a busy night.
Events manager Dawn Price said: “It’s always one of the busiest nights for us — breaking up from work gives people that inevitable sense of release.”
And Bolton councillor Nick Peel is hoping party-goers enjoy their time in Bolton responsibly. He said: “I hope people have a good time and make sure they respect other people whilst they do so and behave well.”
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