Historian and talented cartoonist Dave Burnham has captured the city in a series of 12 paintings celebrating Bolton’s legacy and humour.
And Bolton-based arts and heritage organization, Live From Worktown, has packed it into the 2022 calendar for everyone to enjoy.
Dave Burnham, known for organizing historical tours around bolt on, said: “We have added new buildings this year, such as the Octagon and Bolton Interchange and they match well with the terracotta extravaganza of the likes of Swan Lane Mill.
“There is also an image of a couple relaxing at home, a scathing commentary on what many of us went through during the deep lockdown.
The cover image shows boys playing football in an alley set in a long demolished section of Brownlow Fold Way, girl skipping and boys engaging in completely innocent behavior as they gaze at the car .
“However, the football players were liable to prosecution, as street football was illegal.
“They knew it and despite the boys watching for ‘tec’ on every corner – from detectives/cops – they were sometimes harassed and ended up in court.
“This ridiculous situation was the result of an ancient law, when street football was often a harbinger of rioting and looting.”
This is one of the interesting images in Live from Worktown’s 2022 calendar, available now.
It has the usual mix of quirky images of ancient and modern Bolton.
In some places people become instantly recognizable – for example at the interchange, or the Swan Lane Mill.
Others are a bit more obscure – eg where is the clock mill?
The Live Waterstones from Worktown’s 2022 Calendar, Available from the Booth music, A Small Good Thing and the Central Library Shop for £8.99. You can order it direct from livefromworktown.org for £10, including post and packing
Profit from the sale of the calendar will go toward the cost of live production from Worktown’s various art and heritage projects in Bolton.