Bolton’s political leaders will today sign a community pledge promoting cohesion in the borough
Labour council leader Cllr Cliff Morris, Conservative leader Cllr John Walsh and Lib-Dem leader Cllr Roger Hayes will be joined by MPs David Crausby, Dr Brian Iddon and Ruth Kelly at the signing of the pledge. It is a commitment to celebrate community cohesion, while recognising diversity.
The pledge also offers people an alternative means to demonstrate their commitment to Bolton as a welcoming and tolerant town, in response to a planned demonstration in Bolton town centre by the English Defence League.
The launch follows the first ever One Bolton Festival, which was held last year to celebrate the good things about Bolton and to encourage people from different backgrounds to get together. The pledge reads: “We celebrate the diversity of Bolton and unite to create One Bolton, recognising the differences, celebrating communities and committing to encouraging harmony.”
The Bishop of Bolton, the Right Rev Chris Edmondson, who is also chairman of Bolton’s Faith Leaders Forum, said: “The One Bolton pledge celebrates the unity of Bolton’s family, recognising differences whilst celebrating faithfulness within communities and encouraging harmony. We’d like to encourage all members of all communities to sign it and confirm their commitment to One Bolton.”
The pledge is also directly linked to the Big Bolton Fund (BBF) and encourages supporters of One Bolton to pledge money to the fund, to back community work. The pledge can be signed online here, where there is more information. Money can also be donated to the BBF online.
Alternatively, people can pick up a postcard from libraries and community centres to sign the pledge and show their support by texting PLEDGE to 70007. Texts cost £3, plus the cost of a standard message, and £2.55 will be donated directly to the BBF.
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