October is Black History month and celebrations take place worldwide. The Bolton version of this month is funded by One Bolton, Bolton At Home and Bolton CVS. Around 120 people attended the opening ceremony yesterday in one of the lecture theatres in the Central Library. The event was organised by the African Community Association of Bolton.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton opened the event. The Mayor spoke well about the benefits of integration and diversity for Bolton. Nat Biney, the Chairman of ACAB, introduced a varied programme of events. One involved school children telling us about inventions by black people which few of us knew about: the potato chip was invented by a black chef; the fountain pen was invented by a black person. These are just two of a long list we were given by the children.
Further entertainment was provided by a group of children from Starting Point, Bolton's International Family Centre, introduced by Caroline Lynch, who performed an impressive set of African drumming. Then Bollywood music and dancing were provided by Monica, Anna and Sacha who got many of the schoolchildren present to join in with the moves which was great fun. A buffet lunch concluded the opening ceremony, the prelude to a month of planned activities to heighten awareness of Black History.