Full list of BATS award winners

The Bolton News:

11:32am Monday 1st September 2014

A YEAR of dedication and talent both on and off the theatre stage was celebrated at a prestigious awards ceremony in Bolton on Friday night.

Bolton actor's Shakespearean role with four-legged co-star

The Bolton News:

10:23am Monday 1st September 2014

LIKE many people, actor Roger Morlidge’s first experience of Shakespeare was in a school classroom and far from enjoyable.

£100,000 dance scholarship for Bolton's 'real-life Billy Elliot'

The Bolton News:

6:00am Sunday 31st August 2014

BOLTON’S answer to Billy Elliot has beaten thousands of hopefuls to win a dance school scholarship worth more than £100,000.

3,000 sign petition demanding Ofcom investigation into Helen Wood's Big Brother win

The Bolton News:

8:44am Saturday 30th August 2014

AN ONLINE petition has been submitted calling for communications watchdogs to investigate Helen Wood’s Big Brother victory.

Paddy McGuinness lands radio DJ slot

The Bolton News: Paddy McGuinness

8:55am Saturday 30th August 2014

BOLTON presenter Paddy McGuinness has landed a stint as a radio DJ.

Westhoughton band's song features on Soccer AM

The Bolton News:

8:48am Saturday 30th August 2014

WITH a new band behind him and airtime on popular football show Soccer AM, the future is looking bright for singer-songwriter Jordan Allen.

The Haulgh teenager aiming for Miss Teen Great Britain title

The Bolton News:

8:20am Saturday 30th August 2014

A KINDHEARTED youngster is hoping her luck will be in at a beauty contest this weekend.

Peter Kay switches on Blackpool illuminations

The Bolton News:

7:56am Saturday 30th August 2014

Peter Kay switched on Blackpool illuminations in front of thousands and declared it 'an honour'.

Young chefs impress Michael Caines

The Bolton News:

9:30am Saturday 30th August 2014

YOUNG cooks wowed renowned chef Michael Caines at this year’s Bolton Food and Drink Festival.

From scrap to TV stardom: Metro Salvage staff win hearts of nation on BBC reality show Scrappers

The Bolton News:

6:00am Friday 29th August 2014

LOVEABLE rogue Lewis O’Boyle and his work pals at Metro Salvage have won the hearts of the nation.

Stage stars honoured at BATS awards

The Bolton News:

11:57pm Friday 29th August 2014

FROM a Tennessee Williams classic to a thriller and much-loved musicals, the stars of Bolton’s theatre scene were honoured for their roles in a raft of productions.

Soul diva Martha Reeves bringing sounds of Motown to Bolton

The Bolton News:

3:58pm Friday 29th August 2014

WITH a career spanning more than 50 years, Motown legend Martha Reeves knows a thing or two about the music business.

Concert to remember fallen of First World War

The Bolton News:

3:47pm Friday 29th August 2014

CLASSICAL music written in response to the horrors of the First World War will be played at a concert this weekend.

Peter Kay to switch on Blackpool illuminations tonight

The Bolton News:

9:58am Friday 29th August 2014

BOLTON comedy legend Peter Kay will be switching on the “big light” in Blackpool tonight.

Maxine Peake overcomes her fear of Shakespeare for new Hamlet role

The Bolton News:

9:32am Friday 29th August 2014

AS she prepares to take on the iconic title role of Hamlet, Maxine Peake admits she was “frightened to death” of performing Shakespeare’s work for a long time.

Bolton School transformed into Hogwarts for TV wedding

The Bolton News:

7:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

BOLTON School was transformed into Hogwarts for a Harry Potter-themed wedding reception on a reality TV show.

Top 5 things to do in and around Bolton this weekend

The Bolton News:

4:57pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Here's our guide to what you can do in and around Bolton this weekend.

Bolton dance DJ releases new single and becomes a dad in two days

The Bolton News:

8:20am Thursday 28th August 2014

PROMISING dance DJ Al English is “the daddy” — after he released a new record and became a father in the space of two days.

Film classics to be screened in Bolton thanks to £3,500 grant

The Bolton News:

7:20am Thursday 28th August 2014

A SEASON of movie classics will be screened in Bolton.

Bolton's amateur theatre scene gearing up for annual award ceremony

The Bolton News:

7:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

EXCITEMENT is building as the stars of Bolton’s amateur theatre scene prepare to pick up their awards at an annual ceremony.

VIDEO: Bolton celebrities do the ice bucket challenge: Amir Khan, Danny Jones, Bolton Wanderers players - and Kevin Davies nominates Phil Gartside

The Bolton News:

3:35pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

AMIR Khan, Danny Jones, Kevin Davies and a host of Bolton Wanderers first team players are the latest local stars to take part in the ice bucket challenge.

Food and drink festival attracts record 153,000 visitors

The Bolton News:

9:44am Wednesday 27th August 2014

A RECORD 153,227 people flocked to this year’s Bolton Food and Drink Festival — smashing targets for the number of visitors expected.

Bolton's amateur theatre groups fear being left out in cold

The Bolton News:

9:37am Wednesday 27th August 2014

MEMBERS of Bolton’s thriving dance and theatre community say the planned closure of the Albert Halls for a year highlights the need for a dedicated performance venue in the town.

Ice Bucket Challenge: X-Men star Sir Ian McKellen takes part

The Bolton News:

11:55am Monday 25th August 2014

SIR Ian McKellen accepted the ice bucket challenge in his typical flamboyant style — although best friend Sir Patrick Stewart was nowhere to be seen.

Buskathon in memory of well-known Bolton landlady

The Bolton News:

6:00am Monday 25th August 2014

A BUSKATHON in memory of a colourful Bolton character saw dozens of musicians pick up an instrument.

Masterchef star John Torode vows to cook "best steak in the world" at Bolton Food Festival

The Bolton News: Masterchef's John Torode.

10:55am Sunday 24th August 2014

MASTERCHEF star John Torode has laid down the gauntlet — by saying he will cook “the best steak in the world” at his demonstration at Bolton Food and Drink Festival today.

Titanic actor to appear at Bolton theatre in poignant war drama

The Bolton News:

3:09pm Friday 22nd August 2014

FROM Martin Scorsese to James Cameron, actor Richard Graham has worked with some of the film world’s best directors.

James Martin - 'make sure you protect Bolton Market'

The Bolton News:

2:00pm Friday 22nd August 2014

CELEBRITY chef James Martin has urged people to protect the future of Bolton Market, ahead of his visit to the town this weekend.

Show must go on for Stepping Out actress

The Bolton News:

9:12am Friday 22nd August 2014

THEATRE group regular Judith Armstrong is not going to let a broken elbow stop her from Stepping Out.

£6.5 million transformation of Albert Halls - including upmarket restaurant

The Bolton News:

6:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

BOLTON’S Albert Halls will be completely transformed as part of a £6.5 million revamp.

'Winning Big Brother was a godsend', says Helen Wood

The Bolton News:

6:43pm Thursday 21st August 2014

BOLTON hair and beauty salon owner Helen Wood has called her shock Big Brother victory "a godsend".

Top 5 things to do in and around Bolton this weekend

The Bolton News: Top chefs at Gloucester Quays Food Festival

5:16pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Here's our guide to what you can do in and around Bolton this weekend.

Theatre Church 'is a hazard' and owners 'have no choice but to demolish it'

The Bolton News:

8:26am Thursday 21st August 2014

THE owners of the former Theatre Church say they have no choice but to demolish the building because it is in such a bad state of repair.

Bolton Beer Festival to return in October - and organisers hope it will be a record-breaker

The Bolton News:

8:21am Thursday 21st August 2014

ORGANISERS of Bolton Beer Festival are hoping to rise a glass to yet another record-breaking windfall in October.

Two-day event in Hall i'th' Wood commemorates World War One

The Bolton News:

8:18am Thursday 21st August 2014

A PLAY re-enacting the horrors of war and a poppy-making workshop formed part of a two-day event marking the centenary of World War One.

This year's Bolton Food and Drink Festival will be 'most-family friendly yet'

The Bolton News:

4:41pm Thursday 21st August 2014

THIS year’s Bolton Food and Drink Festival will be the most family friendly festival to date — with a new children’s zone ready to thrill young foodies.

Bid to get Fred Dibnah's machinery steaming again

The Bolton News:

12:08pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

STEAM could inject new life into Fred Dibnah’s former engines as conservationists launch a fundraising drive to return the Bolton steeplejack’s machinery to its former glory.

Teenage singer following in footsteps of Ed Sheeran

The Bolton News:

11:50am Wednesday 20th August 2014

A TEENAGE singer is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his music idol Ed Sheeran.

Town set for a taste of success at Bolton Food and Drink Festival

The Bolton News:

9:54am Wednesday 20th August 2014

TASTE buds are twitching at Bolton Market ahead of the town’s food and drink festival.

In pictures: Diversity Festival in Queens Park

The Bolton News:

12:14pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

MORE than 1,500 people enjoyed a free family festival to celebrate Bolton's rich cultural diversity.

130,000 visitors expected at Bolton Food and Drink Festival this weekend - here's your guide to everything that's happening

The Bolton News:

10:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

FOODIES get ready — Bolton Food and Drink Festival is just around the corner.

Golf legend Tony Jacklin to tell life story in Bolton

The Bolton News:

9:21am Tuesday 19th August 2014

WHEN golfer Tony Jacklin comes to Bolton next month, he will not be short of a tale or two to tell.

Horwich actor's play tackles depression

The Bolton News:

8:14am Tuesday 19th August 2014

A TEENAGE actor from Horwich has written a play in a bid to tackle the stigma around depression.

Plan to demolish Theatre Church WILL be debated by council

The Bolton News:

6:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

PLANS to demolish the former Theatre Church and build nine houses on the site will be debated by councillors — following a raft of objections to the proposals.

In pictures: Sci-fi fair at Holiday Inn, Bolton

The Bolton News:

9:52am Tuesday 19th August 2014

THE force was strong among comic book fanatics packed into a sci-fi fair in Bolton.

'I will change my ways', says Big Brother winner Helen Wood

The Bolton News:

1:41pm Monday 18th August 2014

HELEN Wood told viewers she would change her ways after being “embarrassed” at her behaviour on Big Brother.

How Bolton is becoming a reality TV star

The Bolton News:

1:53pm Monday 18th August 2014

IT was hard to escape Bolton on the television on Friday night.

Kids enjoy funfair in Spa Road

The Bolton News:

11:00am Saturday 16th August 2014

FAMILIES are enjoying all the fun of the fair in Bolton this week.

UPDATED: Bolton's Helen Wood is winner of Big Brother 2014

The Bolton News:

6:04pm Friday 15th August 2014

BOLTON'S Helen Wood is the winner of TV reality show Big Brother 2014.

Maxine Peake joins Peterloo massacre walk

The Bolton News:

11:58am Friday 15th August 2014

WALKERS in Bolton will follow in the footsteps of campaigners who marched to St Peter’s Field to call for parliamentary reforms to remember the victims of the infamous Peterloo Massacre.

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