The day Freddie Mercury played at Queens Park

The Bolton News: Bolton Council wants to hear people's memories of Queens Park Bolton Council wants to hear people's memories of Queens Park

FOR some, it will be the moment rock star Freddie Mercury performed on stage. For others it may be simply playing in the paddling pool, their first ice cream, or learning to ride a bike.

Whatever your favourite memories of Queens Park, Bolton Council wants to hear from residents so their stories of the historic beauty spot can be recorded for a new film.

For generations, the park has been a place where Bolton families have gone to play, relax, have a picnic and feed the ducks and many Boltonians hold treasured memories of visiting the park over the years.

Queens Park was opened in 1866 by the Earl of Bradford and has undergone a £4.3 million refurbishment in recent years.

After securing lottery funding in 2009, the council has carried out work including the dredging and re-filling of lakes, improving the children’s play area, renovating the park’s amphitheatre and creating a new car park.

The work has been welcomed by Bolton’s Civic Trust.

Chairman Richard Shirres said: “We welcome this work to enhance Bolton’s green space, especially here because it is a Grade II listed Victorian Park with a river. The prospect also of a restored fountain, as part of the work, is to be commended.

“We hope a little of the £4.3 million can be earmarked for outreach work in the surrounding community to help promote stewardship of the park.”

The council is now planning to capture and preserve people’s park stories on a DVD that will be a permanent record for future generations — as well as marking the refurbishment of the park.

Filming and recording will take place during June and the council wants to invite people of all ages with stories they want to share to get involved.

The council would also like to hear from anyone who has old photographs showing the park that could be loaned and included in the film.

Cllr Nick Peel, executive cabinet member for environmental services, said: “We’re really excited to be putting together this film of people’s memories of the park, which celebrates the refurbishment of Queens Park and its restoration to its former Victorian glory.

“We’d love to hear from any residents who remember using the paddling pool, the big slide, learning to ride their bike, or who have any other memories of the park they would like to share.”

The council is working with a local film company, thebox.tv to produce the footage. Contact Francesca at thebox.tv either by phone 07535 516502 or email francesca@thevideobox.tv with your memories.

The film will be archived as part of the Heritage Lottery project and Manchester Libraries archive.

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12:22pm Mon 9 Jun 14

buskersball says...

Will rock concerts be allowed to take place again? If not, its a bit hypocritical to go with the 'Freddie Mercury played here' theme.
Will rock concerts be allowed to take place again? If not, its a bit hypocritical to go with the 'Freddie Mercury played here' theme. buskersball
  • Score: 8

12:50pm Mon 9 Jun 14

boltonnut says...

I will always associate Queens Park with music.On Sunday mornings our dad would take us to the park,we would sit on the "pie crust" and listen to the marching bands.My father could tell if it was The Boys Brigade playing up Deane or the Church Lads Brigade playing up Halliwell somewhere,just listening to the church bells pealing around the town was enjoyable.We also visited the band shell to listen to brass bands.Queens Park must have been instrumental,(pun intended) in my love of flowers and plants,I really enjoyed the floral clock and loved visiting the conservatory.
I will always associate Queens Park with music.On Sunday mornings our dad would take us to the park,we would sit on the "pie crust" and listen to the marching bands.My father could tell if it was The Boys Brigade playing up Deane or the Church Lads Brigade playing up Halliwell somewhere,just listening to the church bells pealing around the town was enjoyable.We also visited the band shell to listen to brass bands.Queens Park must have been instrumental,(pun intended) in my love of flowers and plants,I really enjoyed the floral clock and loved visiting the conservatory. boltonnut
  • Score: 4

1:38pm Mon 9 Jun 14

ImmuneGrab says...

Buskersball,

There is a yearly music festival on the park, held by a youth group called the Rockit! Project. You should check it out.
NOTE: Dodgy Fender Strats are not allowed.
Buskersball, There is a yearly music festival on the park, held by a youth group called the Rockit! Project. You should check it out. NOTE: Dodgy Fender Strats are not allowed. ImmuneGrab
  • Score: -1

4:09pm Mon 9 Jun 14

OriginalAngryDad says...

boltonnut wrote:
I will always associate Queens Park with music.On Sunday mornings our dad would take us to the park,we would sit on the "pie crust" and listen to the marching bands.My father could tell if it was The Boys Brigade playing up Deane or the Church Lads Brigade playing up Halliwell somewhere,just listening to the church bells pealing around the town was enjoyable.We also visited the band shell to listen to brass bands.Queens Park must have been instrumental,(pun intended) in my love of flowers and plants,I really enjoyed the floral clock and loved visiting the conservatory.
That you, Biggie?
[quote][p][bold]boltonnut[/bold] wrote: I will always associate Queens Park with music.On Sunday mornings our dad would take us to the park,we would sit on the "pie crust" and listen to the marching bands.My father could tell if it was The Boys Brigade playing up Deane or the Church Lads Brigade playing up Halliwell somewhere,just listening to the church bells pealing around the town was enjoyable.We also visited the band shell to listen to brass bands.Queens Park must have been instrumental,(pun intended) in my love of flowers and plants,I really enjoyed the floral clock and loved visiting the conservatory.[/p][/quote]That you, Biggie? OriginalAngryDad
  • Score: 2

4:27pm Mon 9 Jun 14

oohmygiddyaunt says...

They need to have wardens to stop the numpties on their mopeds screaming about, and to stop the skunk smoking potty mouthed "rude boys innit" from spoiling the place.

P.S Your Mobile site sucks. BIG TIME. its forever moving up and down due to the endless tripe you call advertising loading up!! you want readers lower the extortionate price. you want ONLINE or MOBILE readers make it viewer friendly and more fluid. Even MEN's better. its free and they do an app.
They need to have wardens to stop the numpties on their mopeds screaming about, and to stop the skunk smoking potty mouthed "rude boys innit" from spoiling the place. P.S Your Mobile site sucks. BIG TIME. its forever moving up and down due to the endless tripe you call advertising loading up!! you want readers lower the extortionate price. you want ONLINE or MOBILE readers make it viewer friendly and more fluid. Even MEN's better. its free and they do an app. oohmygiddyaunt
  • Score: 7

6:09pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Ernagy2 says...

There's an ampitheatre which could hold out door plays - I'm surprised this isn't used more. The park those is somewhat disconnected from the centre of town. There's also a lack of awareness of what is happening locally.
There's an ampitheatre which could hold out door plays - I'm surprised this isn't used more. The park those is somewhat disconnected from the centre of town. There's also a lack of awareness of what is happening locally. Ernagy2
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