Bolton Town Hall and Le Mans Crescent have appeared in countless TV and film productions, standing in for everything from Edwardian London to Russia and Romania.
"A Kind of Loving" (1962) starring Alan Bates featured a dance hall scene filmed in the original Albert Hall.
Bolton author Bill Naughton's stage play "All in Good Time" was filmed as "The Family Way" (1966) and shot for the most part in and around Bolton. A then traffic-filled Victoria Square (including the Town Hall) appeared several times and the lead characters, played by a young Hayley Mills and Hywel Bennett, shared a scene set at night on the romantic Town Hall steps!
For a few years a distant but unmistakable image of Bolton Town Hall clock tower appeared on television several times a week as part of the title sequence of "Coronation Street".
Bolton steeplejack Fred Dibnah's TV career began on the day he was filmed by a BBC regional news crew while carrying out repairs on the Town Hall clock tower.
The rest is history!
I never saw a horse reading...
The stars of The Family Way including Hayley Mills, Hywel Bennett, Avril Angers, Liz Fraser, John Comer and its director, Roy Boulting, attended the northern premiere of the film at the ABC cinema on Churchgate.
John Mills sent his apologies from Hollywood where he was working.
The guests were accompanied by the Mayor of Bolton, Mrs Nora Vickers, and greeted by a guard of honour made up of local nurses in uniform. The most expensive ticket was 50 shillings (£2.50) - the equivalent of around £40 in 2012. 75% of the money raised went towards the foundation of the Bolton Medical Institute which is now an integral part of Bolton Royal Hospital.