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Early 1960’s Bolton Great Moor Street Station closed completely.


1960s Herman's Hermits are an English beat rock band, formed in Manchester in 1964.                                                                      Originally called Herman & The Hermits, they were discovered by Harvey Lisberg, who signed them up to management. Lisberg sent a return plane ticket to Mickie Most so that he could come up from London to see the band play in Bolton. Most became the group's record producer, controlling the band's output. He emphasised a simple, non-threatening, clean-cut image, although the band originally played R&B numbers. This helped Herman's Hermits become hugely successful in the mid-1960s.


1960s St Joseph’s School: By the 1960s it was clear that the school building erected in the 1880’s was lacking some of the modern facilities needed in education. A larger plot of land was purchased on Shepherd Cross Street.


1960 Jeff and Joe Foster, who had founded Mercury Sports, renamed the company Reebok.


1960 (24 Jan) Christopher "Chris" Thompson (1960 – 2012), English footballer who played as a midfielder or a forward, born in Walsall, West Midlands.                                                                               Died 5 Jun 2012.


1960 (Jan) Nat Lofthouse officially retired from the game in January 1960 because of an ankle injury (>17 Dec)

1960 (Apr) The Bay Horse pub closed in April 1960.


1960 (26-30 Aug) The men's 200 metres breaststroke event at the 1960 Olympic Games took place between August 26 and August 30.This swimming event used the breaststroke. Because an Olympic size swimming pool is 50 metres long, this race consisted of four lengths of the pool.


1960 (10 Dec) Stuart Flinders, a journalist, reporter and occasional presenter for BBC North West Tonight, born in Bolton, Lancashire.


1960 (Dec) Nat Lofthouse played his final game - against Birmingham City – when he suffered a knee injury.


1960 Christopher Goudge (Bolton Harriers) in the 400m hurdles at the Olympics.


1960 Carlton Theatre/ Mount Picture Theatre, Mount Street/Merrick Street, closed

(<6 Jul 1914)


1960 Tivoli closed

(<28 Feb 1938)


1960 Farnworth-born Gerard Rowlinson, a former member of Bolton Swimming Club, swam breastroke in the Rome Olympics Games.

Third in heat one in 2 min 45 secs in men’s 200 metres breastroke.


1960 The Ritz Cinema was closed in 1960.


1960 The Tivoli Cinema was closed in 1960.


1960 By the time of their closure, in 1960, Ormrod and Hardcastle owned six large successful cotton mills in Bolton


1960 (Charles) Frank Byers (born 1915) contested, without success, a by-election in Bolton in 1960.

1960 Anthony Axford (1935-2016) started Anthony Axford timber merchants in Farnworth in 1960.

1960 Bolton Hebrew Congregation: Synagogue sold (and later demolished) in 1960.


c.1960 Chris Thompson, Bolton Wanderers, born in Walsall.

Died 2012.


1960–1974 Warwick Rimmer (Bolton Wanderers) scored 17 goals in  469 appearances.


1961 (6 Feb) Turton & Edgworth railway station closed to passengers.


1961 (1 May) 19 people lost their lives in a fire at the Top Storey Club on Crown Street in Bolton.

The worst peacetime fire tragedy to hit the borough.


1961 (5 May) John Egerton born


1961 (Jun) The Casino club on Crompton Way in Bolton opened in June 1961  


1961 (10 Jul) Nat Lofthouse became the assistant trainer at Burnden Park on 10 July 1961


1961 (1 Aug) Mike Watkinson, Lancashire and England cricketer, born in Westhoughton, near Bolton

Attended Westhoughton County Primary School and then Rivington and Blackrod Grammar School.


1961 (Dec) Dr Mohammad Jaberansari, Company Director from Bolton, born in December 1961.

1961 Bill Ridding also missed out on signing Alan Ball, who joined Bolton on a trial in 1961. Ridding rejected Ball on the grounds that, at 5 ft 6 ins, he was too small to make the grade as a footballer, advising him that "You'll make a good little jockey


1961 In 1961, Vernon & Co began to develop disposable hospital products.                                                                                 They were based at The Egyptian Mill in Bolton which originally dated back to 1851. All of their medical pulp moulding took place in The Egyptian Mill throughout the early 1960s. They made urine bottles, bedpans, and bedpan covers.


1961 The Victorian Gothic Gas Offices in Hotel Street closed in 1961 and the building was demolished in 1963 the site now being occupied by British Home Stores.  


1961 The Farnworth and Kearsley By-Pass was planned in 1961.


1961 Walkers merged with Tetley in 1961 to form Tetley Walker.


1961 Hippodrome closed


1961 Bass Charrington bought Cornbrook in 1961.

1961 Threlfalls Brewery took over Chesters Salford Brewery on Cook Street, Salford, England, in 1961.


1961 The Grand Theatre became a bingo hall in 1961 but that failed and it closed in 1963.


1962 (Mar) The Legs Of Man closed in March 1962.


1962 (12 Apr) The film A Kind of Loving, directed by John Schlesinger and starring Alan Bates and June Ritchie was released.


1962 (Aug) Capitol became ABC August 1962  


1962 (20 Oct) Freddie Hill (born 1940) made his England debut v Northern Ireland (HC).


1962 (21 Nov) Freddie Hill (born 1940 won his last England cap v Wales (HC).


1962 (Nov) The rebuilt Wheatsheaf on the corner of Great Moor Street and Newport Street was opened.


1962 (28 Dec) The last diesel built at Horwich works left.


1962 Booth’s Music moved from number 11 to number 17 Churchgate


1962 The Wheatsheaf is demolished


1962 Legs of Man, Churchgate closed


1962 The Theatre Royal closed


1962 King’s Arms, Deansgate closed, later headquarters of Operation Mobilisation, then their bookshop Chapter and Verse finally Sweeten’s Bookshop


1962 Freddie Hill (born 1940) earned two caps for the England national team in 1962


Bolton Wanderers, 1962

Back Row: Stanley, Farrimond, McAdams, Hill, Birch

Centre: Hartle, Dean, Hopkinson, Cunliffe, Wilkinson, Holden

Front: Deakin, Stevens, Edwards, Pilkinson, Rimmer


1962 The railway embankment of Burnden Park was seen in the film A Kind of Loving, starring Alan Bates and June Ritchie


1962 Bolton Evening News made newspaper history when, for the first time in a British newspaper, all editions contained a full-page printed in Hi-Fi colour

1962 St Bartholomew, St Bartholomew's Street, Great Lever Lancashire closed.                                                                                        It was founded in 1879.                                


1962 Robert Shaw’s novel, The Sun Doctor, won the Hawthornden Prize.


1962 Wayoh Reservoir: In 1962 in response to an increasing demand for drinking water in Bolton, a treatment plant was built and the reservoir enlarged to its present capacity of 501 million imperial gallons. Today the treatment plant can supply almost 10 million imperial gallons of drinking water per day.  


c.1962 PC John Egerton, born.                                                         He was stabbed to death in a factory yard in Farnworth on March 11, 1982, as he tried to arrest a man, he caught siphoning petrol from a van.


1962–1966 Wyn Davies (Bolton Wanderers) scored 66 goals in  155 appearances.


1963 (March) Great Moor Street / Mawdesley Street Congregational Church demolished


1963 (5 Jul) Yasmin Qureshi, British Labour Party politician, born in Jhelum, Pakistan

Moved to UK when she was nine.

MP for Bolton South East 2010-


1963 (Sep) Theatre Royal, Churchgate demolished


1963 (Sep) Grand Theatre demolished


1963 (10 Oct) “From Russia with Love” released

Robert Shaw played the part of Red Grant.


1963 (17 Oct) Gerry & The Pacemakers at Odeon Theatre, Bolton, England

Gerry & The Pacemakers

Del Shannon

Jet Harris & Tony Meehan

The Bachelors

Duffy Power

Cilla Black

Bryan Burdon

Blue Diamonds

Promoter : Arthur Howes


1963 (17 Oct) Del Shannon at Odeon Theatre, Bolton, England



Freddie & The Dreamers
Dusty Springfield
Brian Poole & The Tremeloes
The Searchers
Dave Berry & The Cruisers
Susan Singer
Tony Marsh (compere)

Promoters - Kennedy Street Enterprises and Tito Burns


1963 (9 Nov) Dusty Springfield played Bolton Odeon on her first solo tour


1963 (9 Nov) The Searchers at Odeon Theatre, Bolton, England.

Billy J. Kramer
The Dakotas
Johnny Kidd & The Pirates
The Caravelles 
The Fourmost
Houston Wells
Tommy Quickly
The Marauders
Ted King (compere)

"The Billy J. Kramer Pop Parade"

Promoter - Brian Epstein (NEMS Enterprises)

1963 (7 Dec) Billy J Kramer played Bolton Odeon


1963 (7 Dec) Tottenham beat Bolton 3-1 at Burnden Park in Division 1

Jimmy Greaves scores his 200th career goal.


1963 (19 Dec) Whittingham Asylum records show that Harold Baker was admitted in 1927 and died there on 19 Dec. 1963, at the age of 80.



1963 Churchgate – Grand Theatre, Legs of Man and the Derby Arms replaced by Churchgate House.


1963 In 1963, Harvey Lisberg was a trainee at accountants Binder Hamlyn (now known as BDO International) when he discovered Herman's Hermits at a church hall in Davyhulme.                                                By early 1964, he was their co-manager, and approached E.M.I.'s Derek Everett, who suggested producer Mickie Most, who in turn agreed to work with the band after seeing them perform in Bolton on a prepaid return air ticket from Lisberg. Soon signed to EMI, their first single was the Gerry Goffin and Carole King composition, I'm Into Something Good (with B-side Your Hand in Mine, co-written by Lisberg), which went to Number 1 in the UK charts in September/October 1964


1963 Gas Offices demolished


1963 Elim Chapel on Moor Lane demolished


1963 Bolton and Bury corporations introduce rear-engined buses for the first time.


1963 Merton Mill, Oriel Street/Adelaide Street: Bolton's tallest chimney demolished


1963 The Victorian Gothic Gas Offices in Hotel Street - the building was demolished in 1963 the site now being occupied by British Home Stores. 


c.1963 Geoff Warburton, 2019 BBC Masterchef finalist, born.

He grew up in Bolton. A former Farnworth Grammar School pupil. A Doctor of Psychology


1963-1964 The 1963–64 season proved to be the nadir of Ridding's times at the club as a twenty first-place finish condemned Bolton to relegation, their first time out of the top flight since 1935.



1964 (Jan) Farnworth mine shaft collapse Jan 1964, former Stonehill Colliery

The bungalow on Worsley Rd Farnworth had been built in 1926 on the site of the former Roscoe & Lord's Stonehill Colliery shaft. The pit closed in 1888. The cause was the dewatering of a new heading at Brackley Colliery to the west. As they dewatered the heading the level in the shaft dropped creating a vacuum above the water, pulling on the shaft top material made up of old sleepers & rails.

The owner and his wife ran out of the building seconds before the collapse. The resident by coincidence was 42-year-old miner William McIvor.


1964 (20 Feb) Manfred Mann at Odeon Theatre, Bolton, England.


1964 (20 Feb) Joe Brown & his Bruvvers played Bolton Odeon.

Joe Brown & his Bruvvers

The Crystals

Johnny Kidd and the Pirates

Heinz and the Saints

Daryl Quist

Mike Preston

Manfred Mann

Kevin Kirk

Al Paige (compere)

Promoter - Larry Parnes


1964 (9 Mar) The Searchers played Bolton Odeon

Searchers (not Worcester)
Freddie & The Dreamers (Worcester)
Bobby Vee
Dusty Springfield
Big Dee Irwin
The Echoes
Suzy Cope
Alan Davison
Tony Marsh (compere)

Promoter: Peter Walsh


1964 (8 Apr) John McGinlay, Scottish footballer, born

Scored 87 goals in 192 appearances for Bolton Wanderers between 1992 and 1997.


1964 (9 May) Freddie & The Dreamers at Odeon Theatre, Bolton, England


1964 (9 May) Roy Orbison at Odeon Theatre, Bolton, England


1964 (11 May) The section of railway line Plodder Lane (Highfield Siding) to Little Hulton Colliery (goods) closed.

1964 (18 Jul) 15 minute rainfall of 55.9mm at Bolton, Greater Manchester.                                                                              This is noteworthy, as the month overall was on the dry side, with only the northwest of Scotland and the western Isles having above average rainfall.

1964 (18 Jul) Saturday: A storm, said to be the most intense ever recorded in Bolton hit the area. Between 10.15am and 11am, 2.8 inches of rain fell, almost as much as the average for the month.


1964 (25 Aug) Clive Myrie, English television news journalist and presenter, who works for BBC News as London World Affairs Correspondent and as presenter of BBC Weekend News, born in Bolton, Lancashire, England, to Jamaican immigrant parents.                         His mother was a seamstress who later worked for Mary Quant, whilst his father was a factory worker making car batteries. His parents later divorced, and his father returned on retirement to Jamaica. Myrie was educated at Hayward Grammar School in his home-town of Bolton, followed by Bolton Sixth Form College, where he completed his A-levels.


1964 (14 Oct) The men's 10,000 metres was the longest of the seven men's track races in the Athletics at the 1964 Summer Olympics program in Tokyo. It was held on 14 October. 38 athletes from 23 nations entered, with 6 more not starting the event. The event was held as a single heat.                                                                                    Ron Hill finished 18th in 29min 53 seconds


1964 (14-16 Oct) The men's 800 metres was the middle of the seven men's track races in the Athletics at the 1964 Summer Olympics program in Tokyo. It was held on 14 October, 15 October, and 16 October 1964. 47 athletes from 32 nations entered, with 1 not starting the first round. The first round was held on 14 October, with the semifinals on 15 October and the final on 16 October.                                                Defending Olympic champion and world record holder Peter Snell won by half a second to take the gold medal and set the new Olympic record at 1:45.1.

John Peter Boulter was 4th in Semi-final 2 in 1:47.1.


1964 (15 Oct) General Election: Arthur Holt’s share of the vote was halved when the Conservative’s fielded a candidate, the Bolton West seat was won by Labour’s Gordon James Oakes


1964 (21 Oct) The men's marathon was part of the Athletics at the 1964 Summer Olympics program in Tokyo. It was held on 21 October 1964. 79 athletes from 41 nations entered, with 68 starting and 58 finishing.   Ron Hill was 19th in 2:25:34.4.


1964 (22 Nov) Sir Thomas Dalmahoy “Tommy” Barlow (born 1883), industrialist and banker, died at his London home, 49, Strand on the Green, Chiswick, from bronchial pneumonia.


1964 (28 Dec) Turton & Edgworth railway station closed to freight.

1964 Firwood Hall was demolished in 1964 to make way for a modern housing estate.


1964 John Boulter (Bolton Harriers) in the 800m at the Olympics


1964 Ron Hill (Bolton Harriers) in the 10,000m and marathon in 1964,


1964 Dutton’s became part of the national combine Whitbread in 1964.


1964 King’s Hall, Bradshawgate, demolished – closed 22 Jun 1958


1964 The Gladstone Hotel/pub which closed in 1964.


1964 Demolition in preparation for Arndale Centre.

1964 Bolton Union Mill, Bolton  passed to Tootalls and Dewhurst Dent in 1964.


1964 In 1964, Ron Hill set his first world record, clocking 1:15:22.6 for 25 kilometres (15.5 mi) eclipsing Emil Zátopek's previous mark by more than 1 minute; he also set another world record of 1:12:48.2 for 15 miles (24 km) along the way.  


1964 Demolition on corner of Hotel Street, Mealhouse Lane already done in preparation for M&S extension


1964 The Last Drop Village Hotel and Spa is steeped in history built in 1964 from a group of derelict 17th century farm buildings.


1964 In 1964 Bolton Technical College and Bolton Institute of Technology were divided into two separate organisations. A J Jenkinson was Principal of the Technical College, Bolton College of Education (Technical) and then the first Principal of Bolton Institute of Technology.


1964 Merlyn Nuttall, rape victim, born

Author of It could have been you / with Sharon Morrison.


1964 "Syncopating Sandy" Strickland's last public appearance was in Hampshire, in 1964, when he played non-stop for 132 hours.


1964 Kenneth Wolstenholme commentated on the first game ever featured on Match of the Day


1964 The Last Drop Village was created from derelict farm buildings


1964-1965 In the 1964–65 season Bolton narrowly missed out on promotion back to the top flight, finishing the season in third position.

1964-1965 The octagonal fountains in Victoria Square were built.

They were designed by Geoffrey H Brooks.


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