You've heard of the selfie - now try the new Bolton craze: the 'bolfie'

You've heard of the selfie - now try the new Bolton craze: the 'bolfie'

Liam Thorp with his bolfie taken at the town hall

Elaine O’Flynn tries a bolfie with the elephants in Newport Street

Charlotte Dobson's bolfie at Bolton Museum

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THE craze for selfies has swept the nation.

Social network websites such as Facebook and Twitter are full of the self-portraits — and the word selfie even made it into the Oxford English Dictionary for the first time last year.

And now there is a new fad set to take Bolton by storm — the “bolfie”.

People from across the town are being asked to show what Bolton means to them by taking a selfie in front of a borough landmark — a “bolfie”.

That could be the town hall, the Reebok Stadium, Smithills Hall, Bolton Central Library and Museum, Bolton Parish Church, the Spirit of Sport statue, the elephants in Newport Street, top of Rivington Pike — you name it, if it is a Bolton landmark people can be pictured in front of it.

The groundbreaking digital art project can also be a nostalgic take on Bolton’s heritage, landmarks and events, or a modern view of trends, activities and culture.

Residents are being encouraged to share their pictures and videos online.

The results will be used to create a light show to be projected from Cheadle Square on to the arches at the back of Le Mans Crescent, on March 17, from 7.30pm.

Photos will be used as part of a Greater Manchester light display in Manchester City Centre on March 29.

The Let’s Go Global event is supported by Bolton at Home and Bolton Council, with funding from the Arts Council England and the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities.

Gaynor Cox, arts officer for Bolton at Home, said: “This project will focus on people and places to showcase what makes us proud about Bolton. We want as much material as we can get and we’re asking people to submit their Bolfies and other content online.

“This will give us some great content to create a powerful light show that encompasses everything that makes Bolton the place it is.”

Bolton’s light show is being led by Breightmet’s Mr One Million group with support from local community interest company thebox.tv.

The group — which is behind the short Bolton-based film drama of the same name — and thebox.tv have already been involved in two design workshops led by External Galleries and created a dedicated Facebook page which is at facebook.com/boltonbigdigital.

Cllr Akhtar Zaman, cabinet member of economy, development and regeneration, added: “This project gives local people the unique opportunity to contribute to a light show about Bolton.”

Mr One Million is using the #bolfie hashtag on Twitter so people can submit their “bolfies”.

Others can be submitted through the Big Digital Project website bigdigitalproject.co.uk or via the Facebook page or directly to the artists pwalkersculptor@msn.com or andy@wildstrawberry.com.

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1:54pm Wed 12 Feb 14

The Priceshagger says...

Charlotte Dobson - Ding Dong!!! :-)
Charlotte Dobson - Ding Dong!!! :-) The Priceshagger
  • Score: 7

2:44pm Wed 12 Feb 14

cosmicma says...

nothing new about this it's been going on for years people taking photos of themselves at famous landmarks
mind you taking photo's of yourself near a bolton landmark might be a little different but certainly not new
nothing new about this it's been going on for years people taking photos of themselves at famous landmarks mind you taking photo's of yourself near a bolton landmark might be a little different but certainly not new cosmicma
  • Score: 7

2:49pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Jim271 says...

great until with it being Bolton, someone snatches your phone.
great until with it being Bolton, someone snatches your phone. Jim271
  • Score: 12

5:51pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Don Kiddick says...

The Priceshagger wrote:
Charlotte Dobson - Ding Dong!!! :-)
Agreed ! No trakky, no scrawped back hair, possibly no Timberlands, unlikely to have kebab and fag breath and possibly no prams over-flowing with multi-father benefits-fodder.

Quite a catch then.
[quote][p][bold]The Priceshagger[/bold] wrote: Charlotte Dobson - Ding Dong!!! :-)[/p][/quote]Agreed ! No trakky, no scrawped back hair, possibly no Timberlands, unlikely to have kebab and fag breath and possibly no prams over-flowing with multi-father benefits-fodder. Quite a catch then. Don Kiddick
  • Score: 4

9:19pm Wed 12 Feb 14

127001 says...

The Priceshagger wrote:
Charlotte Dobson - Ding Dong!!! :-)
nah, Miranda Newey!
[quote][p][bold]The Priceshagger[/bold] wrote: Charlotte Dobson - Ding Dong!!! :-)[/p][/quote]nah, Miranda Newey! 127001
  • Score: 7

9:37am Fri 14 Feb 14

Reebok Rhythm says...

Jim271 wrote:
great until with it being Bolton, someone snatches your phone.
lol Jim! So you're noy going to be taking a 'Bolfie' any time soon? Oh go on! I reckon you should take one standing in front of the Legendary Fred Dibnah commemorative statue.
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: great until with it being Bolton, someone snatches your phone.[/p][/quote]lol Jim! So you're noy going to be taking a 'Bolfie' any time soon? Oh go on! I reckon you should take one standing in front of the Legendary Fred Dibnah commemorative statue. Reebok Rhythm
  • Score: 1

2:15pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Flycatcher says...

Unhappy residents of Bolton ought to use this to take their 'Bolfie' in front of the most clapped out parts of Bolton they can find, see whether they project those and give a true picture show of Bolton....
Unhappy residents of Bolton ought to use this to take their 'Bolfie' in front of the most clapped out parts of Bolton they can find, see whether they project those and give a true picture show of Bolton.... Flycatcher
  • Score: 1

3:12am Sun 16 Feb 14

JB1126 says...

There are insufficient landmarks left for Boltonians to be proud of and that would provide a really good description of Bolton thanks to the Council allowing historic buildings to be demolished or repurposed into pound shops and the like. A once proud town changing into a ghost town.
There are insufficient landmarks left for Boltonians to be proud of and that would provide a really good description of Bolton thanks to the Council allowing historic buildings to be demolished or repurposed into pound shops and the like. A once proud town changing into a ghost town. JB1126
  • Score: 0

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