In 1988 the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Bolton as part of the town’s 150th birthday celebrations.

The celebrations marked Bolton’s incorporation as a borough by Queen Victoria in October 1838.

During this royal visit the Queen officially opened the £40 million Market Place centre and the £5.5 million Water Place.

Her Majesty spent four-and-a-half hours in Bolton town centre during this visit and there was a walkabout watched by cheering crowds. Primary school children between the ages of nine and 11 were given the morning off to stand in Blackhorse Street as the royal party drove along the road.

This meant there were more than 6,000 flag waving youngsters to greet the royal party.