Bolton’s past, present and future will be brought into sharp focus in a new exhibition.

Arts and heritage organisation, Live from Worktown and Bolton Community Rail Partnership have linked up to present 'Interchange: The Heart of Bolton' at the Platform Five Gallery at Bolton Train Station.

It will explore the changing face of the town, and if new developments are helping a “proud town rediscover some of its old fizz?” together with the effect of Covid lockdowns.

It will feature a mix of photos by Julia Uttley and cartoons by Dave Burnham, showing Bolton as it is today, displaying contrasting images of ‘our’ town.

The exhibition will also showcase 12 winning photographs submitted by locals in a photography competition run last month focusing on ‘How Bolton is Changing’.

Judged by Ray Jefferson and Mike Williamson, of Bolton Documentary Photography, a wider selection of the 30 best entries will feature on the Live from Worktown website.

Dave said: “The breadth of ideas and quality of the photographs has been amazing. We’re so pleased this competition has captured the interest of so many people in the town”.

Winning entries include Knowsley Street by Adrian Drummond-Hill, David Smith’s 70s Clubland and Covid-19 in 2020 and 2021 and Stephen Best’s A Bridge too Far and the Town Hall Clock Ticks On.

The entries, along with Dave’s cartoons and Julia’s photographs, will be available to view on the Worktown website from July 1.

Julia said: “The Interchange is such a hub, it’s almost like a barometer of how the town is doing at any time, so it’s great that we’ve been asked by the Bolton & South Lancashire Community Rail Partnership to hold this exhibition in the Platform 5 Gallery.”

The exhibition will run every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from July 1 to 24 from 10am to 4pm.

The gallery is accessed from the main entrance to Bolton Railway Station.

Visitors just need to tell staff at the barriers that they are visiting the gallery to be let through. Current distancing restrictions apply.