BOLTON played host to a Welsh rock icon yesterday, when he visited the borough as part of his UK-wide anniversary tour.

The Alarm’s lead singer, Mike Peters, treated guests to an unforgettable afternoon of live music at the Star and Garter pub and record signing at X-Records in Bridge Street.

The band’s frontman sang some of his biggest hits from his 40th anniversary anthology, History Repeating 1981 – 2021, which was released in June.

Before his gig, Mike Peters said: “It’s great to be here in Bolton.

“We are celebrating the release of my anniversary anthology History Repeating!”

Mike started with a fan-favourite from the very beginning of The Alarm’s career, which had fans singing along. The gig took place in the Star and Garter near X-Records, due to the large turnout.

The owner of X-Records, Steve Meekings, said: “It’s fantastic to have Mike performing live here. Everybody’s enjoying the gig and there’s a really good feel at the pub.

“Mike is really talented and we’re glad he’s come to Bolton.

“It’s great to hear fans singing along to their all-time favourites.

“As things get back to normal, I’m glad we can hold live events again.

“We’re starting to do things a little bit differently now, by holding regular live events that people can enjoy.

“Entry is free of charge, which means that lots of fans can enjoy the music and it helps to promote the artist.

“We have several exciting events coming up in the future!”

The signing session was also a stand-out moment for fans, who were able to personally meet Mike.

For those who were unable to attend the event, X-Records has a limited number of signed records and CDs available to purchase on the shop’s website.

Bolton was the final stop on the singer’s UK tour, having previously visited Cardiff, Oxfordshire, Portsmouth, London, Liverpool and Bury.

Mike will embark on the official Alarm 40th Anniversary in March next year, visiting several UK cities, including Manchester, London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Birmingham, Newcastle and Leeds.

His 40-track anthology History Repeating 1981 – 2021 includes well-known songs including 68 Guns, In The Poppy Fields, Two Rivers and Equals.