FOUR poets will have their work displayed on the pillars of Bolton railway station in full view of passengers.

Emma Byron, Sally James, Ibby Ismail and John Keane, all based in Bolton, will also have their creative work included in a special anthology together with others who entered the Bolton Community Station Partnership competition.

The competition was judged by members of the Partnership, the University of Bolton and Live from Worktown.

Speaking about his poem, "Ali Ismail: A Journey", Ibby Ismail said: "As a family we are Bolton through and through.

"My dad always loved being a part of Bolton and working in rail which he was immensely proud of when he was alive and I'm sure he is smiling down now knowing he is a part of Bolton after his passing."

Discussing her poem, "hope is a train about to leave a station", Emma Byron said:

“I feel delighted and privileged to have had my poem selected and I hope that it can make someone feel positive if they read it on a cold, dark morning.”

The Competition was organised by Julie Levy of Bolton Station Community Partnership and Dave Morgan from Live from Worktown and funded by Transport for Greater Manchester

The contest is the first part of a two-part competition with the second for the 24 years and under age category now open for entries.

Children, young people and young adults are all encouraged to submit and there are four remaining spaces for their poems on the station platform pillars.

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