105. Bolton Metro 2000
I can distinctly remember the run up to 01.01.2000. There was a palpable sense of expectation, of new dawns, new hopes and new beginnings.
So once 00.01am on 01.01.00 arrived and we knew the millennium bug was a crock, our computers and stuff still worked and planes never fell out of the sky. I went to bed. I awoke a few hours later to the same dreary world and dull weather as the day before. I then set about cleaning the oven out.
Bolton Metro must have been eagerly anticipating the next century and set about commissioning a commemorative mug to mark this epic milestone. They thought of a brave new slogan: INTO THE FUTURE TOGETHER. Their PR gurus even said, lets have a competition for local schoolkids to sum up this new era in a painting. Amy Masters’ (5) ‘Master’-piece wowed the judges sufficiently and her “Bolton 2000” adorns the svelte derriere of the Cambridge. The rest is not-so-kind history.
So riding shotgun in the Delorian, it’s now post-apocalyptic Bolton 2014AD. It’s not a pretty place. It’s ironic that Bolton Town Hall is on the mug logo, as along with the Crescent situated behind it, it’s the only place in the town centre not showing signs of decay or hasn’t been demolished ‘Dresden-style’ to make way for a new Bus station, which is utterly pointless as they already have a perfectly serviceable one in place at the moment. In the town centre much plywood hoarding abounds masking everests of rubble and aggregates.
Even Bolton Wanderers Football Club left their ‘local’ Burnden Park home some years ago and are now stinking out Middlebrook in Horwich with their awful displays at the Macron.
Clearly the nearby Bury (with it’s world-famous market & The Rock) and to a lesser extent the Tragic Centre, have pretty much wiped Bolton town centre off the map in so far as retail destinations go.
Anyway before I start turning all Granada Reports, in closing I wonder what Amy Masters (who must about 19/20 now) thinks about present-day Bolton?
Is it all she dreamed it would be?