Bolton Station held its first-ever Christmas Market on Saturday 14 December, where visitors included a group of itinerant railway elves. A total of 18 community groups and businesses set out their stalls on Bolton Station’s Platform 4, offering a warm seasonal welcome to visitors arriving in the town. The event was organized by Bolton Station Community Development Partnership. They included social enterprise Justicia, Maisha African crafts, Live from Worktown, the Woodland Trust, Bolton Rail Users’ Group, local publishers Preeta Press, Halliwell Local History Society, Bolton City of Sanctuary, local artists and craft workers and the Salvation Army. Food was provided by Pretzel and Spelt offering delicious pretzels and stolen cake, with Indian food by Mistry’s Bakery.
Members of Bolton Model Railway Club had created a special Christmas-themed layout which delighted both adults and children. Some special visitors included three elves who arrived, by train of course, from Manchester. They entertained passengers with elf-like activities and gave out toffees to fascinated children. The Christmas Market was supported by Northern, Diamond Buses, Transport for Greater Manchester and Network Rail.
“It was a delightful event, with lots of interest from the public and great to see the different stallholders chatting to each other and networking,” said Julie Levy, chair of the station partnership.
“It’s another example of how, in partnership with the railway industry, Transport for Greater Manchester and Bolton Council, we’re helping transform Bolton station into a vibrant community hub. There are more exciting developments on the way,” said partnership vice-chair Paul Salveson. “The gallery at Platform 5 is going from strength to strength with more exhibitions planned for 2020.”