Psychedelic rock band Purson to play gig in Bromley Cross

The Bolton News: Purson will play The Railway Venue, Bromley Cross

4:59pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A psychedelic rock band fronted by a 23-year-old electric guitar virtuoso inspired by ‘60s and ‘70s music is coming to Bromley Cross.

Play that tackles homophobia in football to be staged at Octagon Theatre

The Bolton News: Rob Ward as Kyle in  Away From Home

4:43pm Thursday 17th April 2014

FOOTBALL fan Rob Ward is no stranger to hearing homophobic language at the match.

Adlington group to stage Jesus Christ Superstar

The Bolton News: Cast members of Jesus Christ Superstar

4:33pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A CAST of more than 50 will take to the stage for a rock opera which loosely charts the final days of Jesus’ life.

Fred Dibnah's widow to appear in Titanic film

The Bolton News: Sheila Dibnah with cameraman Clive Turner at Southampton Docks

9:39am Thursday 17th April 2014

THE widow of national treasure Fred Dibnah features in a promotional film for The British Titanic Society’s new website.

Bolton stroke survivor narrowly misses out on Countdown victory

The Bolton News: Stroke survivor Trevor Grundy prepares for his appearance on Countdown

9:20am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A STROKE survivor from Bolton who appeared on Countdown was pipped to the post to win the show despite taking an early lead and finding a nine-letter word.

Emmerdale star backing health and fitness drive

The Bolton News: Ian Harrison, Gareth Price and Sammy Winward at V1ntage Health and Wellness Studio

9:12am Tuesday 15th April 2014

WITH a starring role in popular soap Emmerdale and a young daughter to care for, Sammy Winward knows the importance of keeping fit and healthy.

Dawn Dawson students to perform show songs at Albert Halls

The Bolton News: Dawson’s Academy youngsters who will reprise their performance of CBBC’s Sport Relief Does Glee Club last month

8:45pm Sunday 13th April 2014

STARS of the future will take to the stage for a feelgood musical extravaganza.

Dave Spikey to judge in search for Bolton's next comedy talent

The Bolton News: Dave Spikey will be judging the competition – which will lead to a performance by the winner at the Octagon

8:37pm Sunday 13th April 2014

Dave Spikey is backing a search to find the town’s next big comic talent.

Video: Bolton band releases England World Cup song

The Bolton News: Shakeys Brother, from left, Sam Robinson, Mark Capstick, James McNulty, Joe Wilkins and Phil Parker

12:00pm Friday 11th April 2014

ROCK band Shakeys Brother are aiming to top the charts and inspire England’s footballers to World Cup glory in Rio this summer.

Revealed: Brass bands that will star in Octagon's Brassed Off production

The Bolton News: The late Pete Postlethwaite in the Brassed Off film

9:18am Friday 11th April 2014

ROUSING and traditional music will ring out at the Octagon thanks to three talented brass bands.

Pubs, clubs and theatres ready for fun this Easter

The Bolton News: Mangers from Bolton's town centre venues are gearing up for B Festival

4:15pm Thursday 10th April 2014

GET cracking and enjoy a host of events in Bolton and beyond over the Easter holidays.

West End actors ready for roles in two warm and witty plays at Octagon Theatre

The Bolton News: Clare Foster, who is appearing in Duet for One and Separation

4:09pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A STAGE and screen actress told how playing the role of a talented violinist struck down by multiple sclerosis (MS) has left her feeling humbled.

Celebrity chefs announced for this year's Bolton Food and Drink Festival

The Bolton News: John Torode

10:00am Thursday 10th April 2014

THE superstar line-up for this year’s Bolton Food and Drink Festival has been revealed.

Westlife star Shane Filan to perform at Bolton Albert Halls

The Bolton News: Westlife star Shane Filan will be performing in York early next year

9:36am Thursday 10th April 2014

WESTLIFE star Shane Filan will visit Bolton as part of his solo UK tour later this year.

Kearsley Youth Brass Band gets £10,000 for music project

The Bolton News: Kara Boyes from Kearsley Youth Brass Band

9:18am Thursday 10th April 2014

A GRANT of £10,000 has proved music to the ears of Kearsley Youth Brass Band.

Church play retells Easter story and asks 'where does the blame lie?'

The Bolton News: Members of the cast of The Blame

8:39am Wednesday 9th April 2014

THE Easter story — told through the eyes of those who knew Jesus best — is being performed at The Bridge Church and Conference Centre in The Haulgh.

Maxine Peake's BAFTA nomination for The Village

The Bolton News: Maxine Peake

11:12am Wednesday 9th April 2014

MAXINE Peake has been nominated in the leading actress category in this year’s British Academy Television Awards for her role in BBC1 epic period drama The Village.

Bromley Cross actor stars in Scooby Doo musical

The Bolton News: Scooby Doo! The Mystery of the Pyramid stars, from left, Louise Wright, Julia Cave, Josh Little and Eddie Arnold with some of their canine and not-so-canine pals

11:10am Wednesday 9th April 2014

ACTOR Josh Little is bringing mystery and mayhem to the stage with the help of a much-loved Great Dane.

Camelot might have been in Wigan - but this production is definitely in Bolton

The Bolton News: A 1972 production of Camelot

7:40am Monday 7th April 2014

NEWS that the mythical court of King Arthur could be much closer to home than first thought has added extra drama and magic to an am-dram group’s next production.

Classic car rally held in Bolton town centre

The Bolton News: Fred Dibhan’s daughters Lorna Dibnah, back, and Jayne Stott with his granddaughter Isobel Brown

9:24am Monday 7th April 2014

FRED Dibnah’s Land Rover and a 100-year-old Ford Model T were just two of the vintage vehicles which took to the road in the Mayor of Bolton’s charity classic car run.

Theatre director Elizabeth Newman tells how neurological condition shattered her dreams of becoming a ballet dancer

The Bolton News: Elizabeth Newman is just happy to be able to work at the Octagon in Bolton

9:07am Saturday 5th April 2014

WHEN the Octagon Theatre’s Elizabeth Newman was just a teenager she was told she would never walk again.

Bolton FM presenter spends final night sleeping in Asda

The Bolton News: From left, Matthew Davidge, of Bolton FM, Cllr Colin Shaw, Mayor of Bolton, and Cllr Christine Root, Mayor of Horwich

7:00am Saturday 5th April 2014

A RADIO presenter spent his final night sleeping among the groceries and shopping trolleys of a supermarket.

Will our Vernon take over from Brucie on Strictly?

The Bolton News: Vernon Kay and Tess Daly are ambassadors for the Prince’s Trust

6:46pm Friday 4th April 2014

VERNON Kay is one of the hot favourites to take over as co-host of Strictly Come Dancing - after it was announced that Sir Bruce Forsyth was stepping down as presenter of the hit BBC One series.

X Factor auditions coming to Bolton

The Bolton News: Barrians – have you got The X Factor? (4847986)

3:46pm Friday 4th April 2014

X FACTOR hopefuls can audition for the next series of the show this month – right here in Bolton.

Coronation Street opens to public

The Bolton News: Coronation Street

11:35am Thursday 3rd April 2014

FROM the Rovers Return to Roy’s Rolls, it is one of the country’s most famous streets.

Couples ready for Strictly Learn to Dance final this weekend

The Bolton News: Liam Thorp and his dance partner Cathy Brown at the final practice. Photograph by

9:12am Thursday 3rd April 2014

ELEVEN couples will put their best foot forward and step out in front of hundreds of people for the Bolton Hospice Strictly Learn to Dance final show this weekend.

Octagon bosses welcome tax relief for theatre industry

The Bolton News: The Octagon Theatre

9:30am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

THE Octagon Theatre has welcomed plans to introduce tax relief for the industry.

Bolton youngsters to dance in Lord of the Flies stage show

The Bolton News: Tom McKay, aged 11, gets ready for the show

9:25am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

TALENTED young dancers from Bolton will grace the stage tonight in a thrilling new dance production of a classic novel.

Fans left baffled by ending of 'last ever' episode of Silk

The Bolton News: LEGAL ROLE: Maxine Peake in Silk

3:59pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

FANS of courtroom drama Silk have been left wondering if it will return after the final episode left several unanswered questions.

Young stars to perform Shakespeare comedy at Octagon Theatre

The Bolton News: The cast of Twelfth Night

11:56am Tuesday 1st April 2014

A BOLTON theatre is bringing the language of Shakespeare to life for budding young actors.

Bolton cinema to screen new Muppet movie for World Autism Awareness Day

The Bolton News: ABOVE: The Muppets abroad … before the accident.

6:45pm Monday 31st March 2014

A BOLTON cinema is showing a special screening of the Muppets latest animated adventure, to coincide with World Autism Awareness Day.

Last ever episode of Silk to be shown tonight

The Bolton News: LEGAL ROLE: Maxine Peake in Silk

9:00am Monday 31st March 2014

FANS of Maxine Peake can catch her in the final episode of hit courtroom drama Silk tonight.

Hollywood stars filming in Bolton town centre

The Bolton News: Hollywood stars filming in Bolton town centre

4:56pm Sunday 23rd March 2014

HOLLYWOOD stars Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy were in Bolton town centre filiming scenes for a BBC period drama.

Maxine Peake swaps the courtroom for the ballroom - as a Strictly Hospice judge

The Bolton News: Maxine Peake will be a judge at Strictly Hospice

7:00am Sunday 23rd March 2014

BOLTON actress Maxine Peake will swap the courtoom for the ballroom when she joins the judging panel for Bolton Hospice’s Strictly Learn to Dance contest in April.

Maxine Peake tells of demise of TV legal drama Silk

The Bolton News: Maxine Peake

9:30am Friday 21st March 2014

The final episode of the current series of Silk, starring Bolton’s Maxine Peake, will be the last ever.

Teenagers nominated for film festival award for short movie

The Bolton News: A scene from Unarmed Combat

9:13am Thursday 20th March 2014

THEY may only be 17 but pals Sam Steele and Ross Gibson are already cutting it in the world of movies.

Author teams up with descendant of Booths supermarket founder

The Bolton News: Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree

6:30am Tuesday 18th March 2014

AN author teamed up with the great-great-grandson of a supermarket founder to write a story of love, loss and food production.

Filming starts on Paddy McGuinness' new TV show

The Bolton News: Paddy McGuinness

10:03am Monday 17th March 2014

FILMING has started on Paddy McGuinness’ new television show.

The Voice singer Vicky Jones entertains shoppers at Market Place

The Bolton News: Vicky Jones entertains the crowds while the models strut their stuff on the catwalk

8:49am Monday 17th March 2014

THE Voice star Vicky Jones was the star attraction at Bolton’s Market Place as part of a Style Saturday fashion event.

Octagon gives castle to am-dram group's Camelot production

The Bolton News: The castle which was used in the Octagon’s Christmas production of Robin Hood

6:00am Sunday 16th March 2014

NO production of the Arthurian legend is complete without the castle keep — and thanks to the Octagon Theatre the staging of Camelot the musical will be simply magical.

Comedian searches for her dad and finds a 1990s pop star

The Bolton News: Sophie Willan turns detective in her comedy show

11:50am Saturday 15th March 2014

A BOLTON comedian has hit the road for a show which sees her hunting for her dad and finding a 1990s pop star.

Illusionist Richard De Vere's funeral to be held in Thailand

The Bolton News: Brilliant entertainer Richard De Vere has died

2:02pm Friday 14th March 2014

THE funeral of Bolton-born illusionist Richard De Vere will take place in Thailand on Monday.

Coronation Street star has a bit of How's Yer Father at Asda in Astley Bridge

The Bolton News: Former Coronation Street star Sean Wilson samples some of his award-winning cheese with shopper Nicola Williams at the Asda store

3:30pm Friday 14th March 2014

A SOAP star turned cheesemaker treated shoppers to samples of his award-winning products.

Amir Khan and Tulisa get chummy at Drake gig

The Bolton News: Amir Khan and Tulisa Contostavlos

12:21pm Thursday 13th March 2014

AMIR Khan has a new best friend in former XFactor judge Tulisa Contostavlos if this photo is anything to go by.

The Taste winner cooks for Manchester United star Ryan Giggs

The Bolton News: Ryan Giggs with Debbie Halls-Evans

11:19am Thursday 13th March 2014

DEBBIE Halls-Evans has just won TV cookery show The Taste and now she has been given her first chef role — working at Ryan Giggs’ restaurant in Worsley.

James Edgington creates musical theatre show at the Octagon

The Bolton News: James Edgington

8:33am Thursday 13th March 2014

A TASTE of Broadway and the West End is coming to Bolton.

Paddy McGuinness comes up with dating tips to advertise Creme Eggs

The Bolton News: Paddy McGuinness, gets the needle as he has a Creme Egg ‘tattoo’ on his arm

11:26am Thursday 13th March 2014

TV dating show host Paddy McGuinness has shared his top tips for the perfect fling this spring.

Horwich chef Debbie Halls-Evans wins The Taste

The Bolton News: Debbie Halls-Evans, who has won The Taste

10:10pm Tuesday 11th March 2014

SUCCESS tastes sweet for Bolton’s Debbie Halls-Evans who has been crowned the first UK winner of Channel 4 cookery show The Taste.

Bolton illusionist Richard De Vere dies suddenly in Thailand

The Bolton News: Richard De Vere with Schnorbitz

9:39am Tuesday 11th March 2014

BOLTON illusionist Richard De Vere has died suddenly while on holiday in Thailand.

The Voice singer Vicky Jones to entertain shoppers in Bolton town centre

The Bolton News: Vicky Jones

5:17pm Tuesday 11th March 2014

SINGER Vicky Jones will entertain shoppers in Bolton on Saturday, ahead of going on tour with McBusted.

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