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July 2021 23 NEWS www.yourindependent.co.uk BOLTON’S over-50s lived through some of the most iconic times as teenagers and young adults. The swinging 60s and Beat- lemania, Mods, Rockers, Hip- pies, Glam rock, New Roman- tic and more. And now Age UK Wants to see your photos and hear your experiences. The charity has linked up with the Museum of Youth Culture in London as part of the ‘Grown Up Brit- ain’ project. It will be exhibiting pho- tos, stories and memories as part of a small exhibition at Bolton Library from July 19-30 and is asking people across the borough to submit their photos and memories for inclusion. The photos don’t have to be music or fashion relat- ed and can touch upon any aspects of those formative teenage and young adult years: your first jobs, your first cars and your favourite hangouts as well as memo- ries of watching and play- ing sport. James Bailey, communi- cations officer for Age UK Bolton, said: “It would be incredible to get photos of what Bolton’s over-50s were doing as teenagers and young adults. “To see the places, spac- es and venues as well as hear memories and stories of the pubs and clubs, the music scenes and festivals as well as the day-to-day life of work, education and things like learning to drive going to the match or mov ing out.” Lisa Der Weduwe from th Museum of Youth Cultur added: “We’re excited to be working with Age UK to col lect and celebrate stories o being young in Bolton, with an exhibition in Bolton Library. “What was it like being a teenager in Bolton? Wher did you buy your first record Where was your friends’ favou rite hangout spot? Or the firs film you saw in the cinema?” To get involved you ca send your photos and stories to jamesbailey@ageukbolton org.uk or call 01204 382411. You can find out more about the Museum of Youth Culture at www.museumofyouthcul ture.com or on social media a @museumofyouthculture THOUSANDS of people turned out to see the re- turn of Bolton’s iconic Iron- man event – the borough’s first major event in more than a year. Those that braved the sum- mer downpours to watch the action were treated to the spectacle of competitors bat- tling the gruelling course and each other. Athletes began the day at Pennington Flash for a 2.4- mile swim, followed by a 112- mile bike ride and, to follow, a 26.2-mile marathon. More than 1,000 people took part. Several measures were in place to make sure everyone could safely watch the popu- lar triathlon. New for this year was a big screen in Queens Park, erect- ed so spectators could watch a live stream of the finish line from a socially distanced open space. Street performers enter- tained the crowds and there was a live acoustic music stage in Queens Park. Those planning to watch the event live were urged to take a home Covid test before attending and council officers and community teams were on hand to provide advice and guidance on Covid safe- ty. Hand sanitising stations were also available. Joe Skipper, 33, won the men’s professional race in a time of eight hours, 42 min- utes and 59 seconds. He was a previous winner in 2018. Katrina Matthews, 30, won the women’s race, complet- ing the course in a time of nine hours, 40 minutes and one second. Work begins on new academy Class act: How the new £17m school will look The return of the Ironmen Looking back on youth culture CONSTRUCTION work has begun on a new £17million secondary school serv- ing Heywood, Middleton, Birch and Langley in Rochdale. The Edgar Wood Academy will be oper- ated by the Altus Education Partnership (Altus), a multi academy trust. Contractor Wates Construction has be- gun work on the 900-pupil school for 11 to 16-year-olds. It is being developed in re- sponse to increased demand for secondary places following the expansion of local pri- mary schools and will be ready for Septem- ber 2022. A three-storey teaching block will have 23 general classrooms and 34 specialist classrooms, and the school will also have a sports hall, sports pitches, soft and hard play areas, car parking and drop off areas. At the same time, Wates has worked closely to develop temporary accommoda- tion to house The Edgar Wood Academy’s first 120 Year 7 students when they arrive in September 2021. The accommodation will be located on a site about three miles away at Hopwood Hall College. Marcin Kojder, headteacher designate, said: “As the school has developed, time has been set aside for additional meetings, just so that we can get the school exactly how we want it. “I would like to thank everyone involved with the project for their enthusiasm and dedication towards creating a fantastic school for our children.”

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