Plug pulled on Big Weekend after damage to the park

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BOLTON’S One Big Weekend show will not go ahead after last year’s event caused thousands of pounds of damage.

The event usually takes place in September, but last year the land at Leverhulme Park was damaged in the wet weather.

Large vehicles being brought on to the grass is thought to have caused the damage.

Bolton Council decided the land could not be used again, and organiser Kurt Hill, of Northwest Fun Fairs, has been unable to find another suitable location.

In previous years, the event has seen part of the park transformed into a beach, complete with sand, donkey rides, candy floss and seafood.

It has also seen huge fireworks displays, live bands, quad bikes, market stalls and owl and hawk displays.

Emmerdale and Hollyoaks stars have also opened the event and crowds of 20,000 have flocked to it.

Mr Hill said: “We were waiting until it was dry to start promoting this year’s event.

“We have not been able to find another location, so unfortunately it cannot go ahead this year. We keep getting calls to the office asking about it, so we need to publicise that it won’t be happening.

“It is a shame, as we do not know what the weather will be like.

“We are not going to give up because we really want to stay in Bolton, so we hope to find a new venue as it is a great event.”

A council spokesman said: “Last year’s One Big Weekend event caused a considerable amount of damage to Leverhulme Park, due to the amount of rain in September and a number of heavy vehicles brought on to the grass.

“We therefore took the decision some months ago that the park was not a suitable site for this type of event at this time of year and informed Mr Hill and Northwest Fun Fairs of our decision.

“Mr Hill has paid a £2,000 deposit towards the cost of repairing last year’s damage, but it is likely to be considerably more than that.”

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3:41pm Sat 1 Sep 12

ziggyboo22 says...

what a joke its a park its going to get muddy, i remember the good old days of Bolton Show, real family event BRING BACK BOLTON SHOW
what a joke its a park its going to get muddy, i remember the good old days of Bolton Show, real family event BRING BACK BOLTON SHOW ziggyboo22
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1:30am Sun 2 Sep 12

wild one says...

What a crock of crap? why keep the park? i last kicked a football 10 plus years ago.....no feker uses the place no more.... FAT MORRIS..YOUR A DISGACE TO THIS TOWN...
What a crock of crap? why keep the park? i last kicked a football 10 plus years ago.....no feker uses the place no more.... FAT MORRIS..YOUR A DISGACE TO THIS TOWN... wild one
  • Score: 0

9:04am Mon 3 Sep 12

Towny1981 says...

ziggyboo22 wrote:
what a joke its a park its going to get muddy, i remember the good old days of Bolton Show, real family event BRING BACK BOLTON SHOW
Bolton Show....of a fashion...went ahead last year. It wasn't as good as I remember it being when I was young but it was still an effort of sorts. The kids had a great day, unfortunately mainly due to the over-priced fairground rides that monopolised much of the show. But still, if it goes ahead this year it might evolve into something akin to it's former glory. The Army's death slide was always awesome! Back to this story, come on BMBC, we citizens need stuff like this to take our minds off all the grim sh** we have to put up with. Find another venue. We can just about tolerate reality so long as we have something nice to look forward to.

Hakuna Matata
[quote][p][bold]ziggyboo22[/bold] wrote: what a joke its a park its going to get muddy, i remember the good old days of Bolton Show, real family event BRING BACK BOLTON SHOW[/p][/quote]Bolton Show....of a fashion...went ahead last year. It wasn't as good as I remember it being when I was young but it was still an effort of sorts. The kids had a great day, unfortunately mainly due to the over-priced fairground rides that monopolised much of the show. But still, if it goes ahead this year it might evolve into something akin to it's former glory. The Army's death slide was always awesome! Back to this story, come on BMBC, we citizens need stuff like this to take our minds off all the grim sh** we have to put up with. Find another venue. We can just about tolerate reality so long as we have something nice to look forward to. Hakuna Matata Towny1981
  • Score: 4

9:05am Mon 3 Sep 12

Horwich Observer says...

Surely they could afford a bit of grass seed or turf from the money made from such event...............
killjoys
Surely they could afford a bit of grass seed or turf from the money made from such event............... killjoys Horwich Observer
  • Score: 2

10:43am Mon 3 Sep 12

BWFC71 says...

They cant afford to repair the park from now on as the money has already been spent as wage increases for Morris and his cronies - whilst normal stafff either are on a pay-freeze or pay cut or lost their job!! PS Cllr Cliff Morris how are you finding the time to do your 3 jobs, all with decent pay more than the average working man???
They cant afford to repair the park from now on as the money has already been spent as wage increases for Morris and his cronies - whilst normal stafff either are on a pay-freeze or pay cut or lost their job!! PS Cllr Cliff Morris how are you finding the time to do your 3 jobs, all with decent pay more than the average working man??? BWFC71
  • Score: 6

1:11pm Mon 3 Sep 12

Harry-Joe says...

Its grass!!!!! How much does it cost to replace or regrow?!!
Its grass!!!!! How much does it cost to replace or regrow?!! Harry-Joe
  • Score: 1

1:12pm Mon 3 Sep 12

Harry-Joe says...

Prob hundreds of thousands as the council will be doing it. Bet It costs about £50K just to decide that it needs doing!
JOKERS!
Prob hundreds of thousands as the council will be doing it. Bet It costs about £50K just to decide that it needs doing! JOKERS! Harry-Joe
  • Score: 0

9:12pm Tue 4 Sep 12

P_Polly says...

for f's sake no community any more...councillors shouldnt get rusty washers.....
for f's sake no community any more...councillors shouldnt get rusty washers..... P_Polly
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1:41pm Wed 5 Sep 12

Isobelle says...

When I read that headline I was expecting the story to be about vandalism. What on earth do they expect when the ask vehicles to drive onto grass when its wet? And why on earth does it have to cost thousands of £s to put right? I guess this decision was made by the same people who have cut children's resources in the town. As ever, people are denied valuable services (which I think a family day at the park/fairground is) while the fat cats keep on feeding. I'd be interested to know how much valuable art the council is storing in it's cellars...
When I read that headline I was expecting the story to be about vandalism. What on earth do they expect when the ask vehicles to drive onto grass when its wet? And why on earth does it have to cost thousands of £s to put right? I guess this decision was made by the same people who have cut children's resources in the town. As ever, people are denied valuable services (which I think a family day at the park/fairground is) while the fat cats keep on feeding. I'd be interested to know how much valuable art the council is storing in it's cellars... Isobelle
  • Score: 1

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