The creation of a care home out of what was once an historic hotel is complete after an official opening attended by the mayor of Bolton.

Borough mayor Mohammed Ayub, attended an event to mark the end of the multi-million-pound redevelopment of Egerton House this week.

Built in the 1860s, the historic hotel on Blackburn Road was renowned for its weddings. Although it is not listed, it is a local landmark of interest for features such as its front facade and its windows, all of which are were restored to their original appearance and original style through the creation of a care home called Egerton Manor.

It closed in 2014, causing the loss of a number of roles and the rearrangement of a number of weddings, after which it became a target for vandalism and what one councillor for Bromley Cross described as a "wasteland".

Now New Care, a part of McGoff Group, want it to be renowned for the care it provides for it residents, including those with conditions such as dementia, with a focus on the activities and the events it provides for them.

There are 64 en-suite bedrooms, accessible bathrooms, dining rooms, living rooms, gardens and additions such as a hair salon and a nail salon, all of which were taken in by Cllr Ayub and the cabinet member for adult's services Linda Thomas on a tour of the care home this week.

Cllr Thomas said: "The mayor and I are delighted to officially open Egerton Manor and to meet the New Care team. This will become an asset for the people of Bolton.

"It is great to see how the New Care team retained the frontage of the hotel which is now protected for years to come. We wish the team the best of luck in the future."

Dawn Collett, commissioning director at New Care, said: "It was our pleasure to welcome the mayor and Cllr Thomas to Egerton Manor. 

"We were delighted they were able to perform the official opening for us and to spend time chatting with our staff team and first residents."

The care home is expected to create 100 jobs over the course of the next 12 months.

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