THE family of Bill Naughton watched the launch of the Live From Worktown festival as it honoured the iconic playwright with a screening of Spring And Port Wine.

The Bolton writer's son Larry was in the audience at Bolton Little Theatre as several artists took to the stage to perform various works.

And the audience was also treated to a screening of the film adaptation of Spring And Port Wine.

The film, a version of the play by Naughton, follows the story of a a stern father and lenient mother try to deal with the ups and downs of their four children's lives in working class Bolton.

Many of the scenes from the film were shot in and around the Bolton area.

The event was part of Live From Worktown's Naughton Season — a programme celebrating the writer 25 years after his death.

Bill Naughton has been described as a key figure in post-Second World War English literary life.

As well as Spring And Port Wine, he is best known for writing the screenplay for the original Alfie film. His work reflected significant changes in consciousness and society in 1950s and 1960s Britain.

On Saturday, Bolton Central Library will be hosting the group for an event called Bill Naughton's Significance As A Writer.

It will feature a lecture by Professor David Rudd, described as a national authority on Bill Naughton, and access to original documents in Bolton Council's archive.

The collection includes a wealth of original material including manuscripts, film treatments, works in progress, letters, notes and scribbles.

The lecture will take place at Bolton Central Library at 2pm.