AN innovative piece of public art was formally unveiled at a special ceremony in Bolton town centre on Tuesday night.

“Door to Door” features more than 100 Bolton residents opening their doors, fused together to create a 30-minute film.

It was projected on to the building which spans Le Mans Crescent, from the magistrates’ court at one end to the library at the other.

And the film’s stars were out in force, to see themselves in action, including olympic medallist Jason Kenny, who took part in the film at his parents’ house in Farnworth.

Jason, aged 20, said: “I was over the moon to be asked to take part in the project. I think it’s a great idea and it has been fun to be here tonight. Everyone’s very excited at seeing themselves.”

The film was commissioned to mark the 10th anniversary of Bolton at Home’s Housing Percent for Art — an innovative scheme set up to help regenerate communities across the borough.

It took months for artists Matt and Rob Vale to create what became Bolton’s biggest ever public artwork, with each participant filmed individually and the scenes woven together into a giant, animated patchwork.

Rob Vale said: “We’re really pleased it is up and running. I think the people here tonight, particularly those who were in the film, are enjoying it, which is the main thing for us.”

Cllr Noel Spencer, chairman of Bolton at Home, was delighted with the project.

He said: “Regenerating the estates of Bolton is not just about physical repairs, but about involving residents in their communities and celebrating and encouraging a pride in the local area.”

The film will run for a week, from 5.30pm to 10.30pm.