The Loco Works were instrumental to Horwich’s development as a town, and many local residents have friends and relatives who worked at the site, or worked there themselves. With that in mind, Bluemantle and J&M Demolition organised a community event to give Horwich residents the chance for a final tour of the Erecting and Repair Shop. The visit followed on from a site tour organised for local schoolchildren at the end of last year.

The event was an enormous success, drawing together over 200 attendees, including former Loco Works employees, local councillors, and businesspeople. The visitors were given a tour of the Erecting and Repair Shop’s interior, and speeches were given by Bluemantle Chief Executive Mark Caldwell, Fluent Money Chief Operating Officer Tim Wheeldon, and Bolton Council leader David Greenhalgh, who emphasised the economic opportunities that the Rivington Chase development will bring.

The atmosphere was an optimistic one, with a strong sense of community spirit. Anecdotes and memories of the Loco Works were shared throughout the days – it seemed everyone had their own personal connection to the site.

Read more about the visits in the Bolton News here: