Bolton Lads and Girls Club is preparing to celebrate its 135th anniversary.

Founded as The Bolton Lads’ Club in 1889, the club began to allow girls in 1989, before changing its name in 1993 to the Bolton Lads’ and Girls’ Club.

It’s unclear on which date the club was officially founded, so the celebrations will be tied into the club's annual ‘yellow and blue week’.

Named after the club’s colours, the week aims to raise money for the club’s services.

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As part of the week, which runs from Monday, May 13, the club will be hosting a ‘Take Over Lunch’ for local businesses, where attendees can network and find out what young people get up to at BLGC.

Taking place from 1pm to 3pm, attendees will get to experience what it’s like to be a young person at the club, with boxing, basketball, wellbeing sessions, mood boards, yoga, HIIT and more on offer.

The Bolton News: Attendees will be able to try their hand at boxingAttendees will be able to try their hand at boxing

Tickets, available online, start from £10, and patrons go free, with lunch provided by Carrs Pasties.

Earlier this year, the club told The Bolton News how it was fighting to save its ‘vital’ youth counselling service amid funding cuts.

Later, the club was shortlisted for £9,936 of funding from the government as part of its £10 million Suicide Prevention Grant Fund.

The Bolton News: The club is celebrating 135 yearsThe club is celebrating 135 years

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BLGC finance director Jackie Robinson said: “Yellow and Blue week is a way of reminding the community we are here and how they can get involved in the valuable work we do at BLGC. 

“It’s a week full of joy as we celebrate the incredible services we offer to children and young people within the community.

“We see businesses across Bolton get involved in fundraising activities such as car washes, bake sales and even office fancy dress! 

“I have been celebrating Yellow & Blue week at BLGC since the very first one in 2016 – it’s a week we hope to continue to celebrate for many more years!”

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