Cel­e­brat­ing 150 years of Boo­tle ‘town’

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AHOST of fa­mous faces are set to join res­i­dents across Sefton in wish­ing Boo­tle a very happy 150th birth­day.

From Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 22 to Sat­ur­day, Oc­to­ber 27 all eyes will be on Boo­tle as the town cel­e­brates its 150th year of in­cor­po­ra­tion with a week long se­ries of events, talks, cel­e­bra­tory party and the un­veil­ing of a spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion.

It’s part of a num­ber of spe­cial oc­ca­sions across South Sefton as both Boo­tle Strand Shop­ping Cen­tre and the Girobank build­ing mark their fifti­eth birth­days.

Boo­tle’s 150th cel­e­bra­tions will in­clude the un­veil­ing of the re­fur­bished Town Char­ter which was signed in 1868 and has not been seen by the pub­lic for decades.

The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robin­son, said: “I can’t wait for ev­ery­one to see the re­fur­bish Char­ter, which has been lov­ingly re­stored by the fan­tas­tic team at the Atkin­son, South­port.

“It is set to be a fan­tas­tic six days of cel­e­brat­ing Boo­tle turn­ing 150 years old with lots of dif­fer­ent events in­clud­ing a spe­cial his­tory talk, a themed tea dance by Sefton O.P.E.R.A. per­for­mances by the North West Char­ity Singers, and a huge 150th bash which in­cludes per­for­mances from Rachael Rus­sell & Ge­orge Gal­lagher,

“I’ve also called on a few fa­mous Bootleians to send spe­cial well wishes to their home­town on this land­mark oc­ca­sion so keep your eyes peeled!

“The fact that we are able to cel­e­brate 150 years of Boo­tle at the same time as the Strand and the Girobank build­ing turn­ing 50 makes this an ex­tra spe­cial oc­ca­sion for us all.”

An ex­hi­bi­tion dis­play­ing arte­facts from Boo­tle’s his­tory will be open from 10am5pm on Mon­day-Fri­day (Oc­to­ber 22-Fri­day 26).

There will also be scav­enger hunts for chil­dren and tours of Boo­tle Town Hall, con­ducted by the Mayor, on Mon­day 22 and Wednes­day 24 at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm will also be held.

The full list of tick­eted events at the Town Hall are:

● Mon­day 22: Sefton OPERA 150th Themed Tea Dance (1.30pm)

● Tues­day 23: North West Char­ity Singers (1pm)

● Wednes­day 24: From Boo­tle to Broad­way: It’s Com­ing Home – the­atri­cal per­for­mance by SPACE Project (4pm)

● Thurs­day 25: Boo­tle His­tory Talk with Hugh Hollinghurst (10.30am & 2pm)

● Fri­day 26: Water­loo & Crosby Theatre Group 150th Themed Bingo (7pm)

● Sat­ur­day 27: 150th Cel­e­bra­tion Party in­clud­ing buf­fet, bar & live mu­sic (6.30pm)

For more in­for­ma­tion or to book tick­ets please call 0151 934 2062 or email may­or­sof­fice@sefton.gov.uk

The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robin­son, with the re­fur­bished Boo­tle Town Char­ter drawn up in 1868

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