ONE of Bolton’s most unique attractions - closed since the start of the first lockdown - is set to make waves again.

Bolton Aquarium, which recently celebrated its 80th anniversary, has remained shuttered since the end of March 2020.

While Bolton Museum upstairs was able to reopen briefly, the confined nature of the aquarium didn’t lend itself to social distancing.

But now with the all-clear given to a relaunch, staff are having a relaunch, albeit with some necessary precautions.

Aquarium officer Pete Liptrot told The Bolton News it’s not been quiet behind the scenes in the meantime.

A striking resident Arthur, a Henle’s Spotted stingray, has sired two offspring in recent weeks. One has suffered a traumatic start in life, losing an eye, and been dubbed ‘Plucky’.

For those wanting to catch up with everything from the stingrays to the minnows, staff will be taking visitors down in ‘bubbles’ from today.

Meanwhile Bolton Museum is taking the opportunity to kickstart not one but two exhibitions. World of Colours will take visitors on a tour across the rainbow, using exhibits not always on display.

A museum spokesman said: “This bright and engaging exhibition tells you about colours, how it is produced and how it is used by plants and animals, including us humans.”

And a showcase has been arranged for Bolton photographer Don Tonge’s stunning 70s images of the town in another gallery. Smithills Hall and Hall i’th Wood Museum reopen on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.