To commemorate the Olympic torch procession passing through Bolton today, Thursday 31 May, Bolton College opened its doors to the local community and invited people to come along for an open afternoon, full of festivities and celebrations.
From 1pm to 6.27pm, when the Olympic Torch passed along Deane Road, the college’s atrium was brought to life, with students and staff dressed in fancy dress, hosting a range of activities in support of the nation’s athletes.
There was an Olympic Market, selling delicious homemade cakes and ice creams, as well as live dancing from performing arts students and an afternoon of sporting challenges in the sports hall. As part of a makeover marathon, the college’s hair and beauty students were on hand to give visitors a brand new look in Team GB colours, including nail art, hair stencils and face painting – perfect for anyone going to the Olympic concert in Queens Park.
Students from the construction, art and design departments have crafted an impressive 8ft by 12ft art installation, commemorating the Olympic Torch, which was also unveiled at the event.
And, as the Olympic Torch passed by the college on Deane Road just before 6.30pm, 50 students turned over placards in salute, spelling out the phrase ‘Bolton College Backs Team GB’. Spectators also had the opportunity to submit their own messages of support, which were displayed on a specially-created message wall in the college atrium.
Marie Gilluley, principal of Bolton College, said: “We were so honoured to hear that the Olympic Torch would be passing right by the college and that one of our community centre volunteers – Eddie Birchall – would also be a torchbearer. We felt inspired to do something extra special and the whole team of students and staff came together to create a spectacular day. We hope local people enjoyed everything we had planned.”
Student services were on hand throughout the day to offer guidance and advice on the range of courses. The team gave out the brand new Summer Course Guide 2012, including information on all 800 courses available. People were also be able to enrol for courses on the day itself.
In addition, all funds raised today will be donated to Bolton College’s chosen charity, MhIST – the Mental Health Independent Support Team – and will provide a real boost for the students’ fundraising efforts to raise £5,000 to provide a guide dog for The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.
The Olympic Torch convoy began passing the Deane Road campus at 5pm, with the torch arriving at 6.27pm.
For more information about Bolton College, please visit www.boltoncollege.ac.uk.
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