September 21, 2015 3:05 PM
1954 January 8th Field Marshall Viscount Montgomery
visits Bolton next Thursday.
The Field-Marshall will also visit Walkers' Tannery and the Bolton Lads'
1973 July 20th
Gold watches were presented to 69 present and former employees of William
Walker and Sons, Ltd., the Bolton leather firm, at a ceremony at Bolton
Town Hall. The watches, in recognition of 35 years' service, were presented
at a lunch given to pensioners to celebrate the firm's 150th anniversary.
2003 November 5th A plaque commemorating employees
at the Tannery who fought in the world wars has been returned to its
The memorial, which is five feet high, remembers men from the Tannery
works of William Walker and Sons Ltd who lost their lives in both wars.
It is believed company owner John Walker served as the Colonel of the
Bolton Royal Artillery during the First World War, with many of the
company employees under his command. It is thought the memorial was
made after the First World War in 1919 and was added to at the end of
World War Two. The memorial was discovered during the renovation of
a former Walker's factory site, owned by insulation supplier Sound Reduction
Systems Ltd, in Adam Street on the outskirts of the town centre. The
memorial is now being housed at the Bolton Royal Artillery Territorial
Army barracks in Nelson Street, which is on the site of the main Walkers
tannery and which would have been the original workplace of many of
those named. The memorial was once housed in the foyer of the tannery,
but was moved to the Adam Street building when it became the last remaining
factory under Walkers' control. The tannery closed in the early 1980s
after 159 years in business in the town. The memorial remained on the
wall of the factory when it was taken over by Superior Pet Products
in 1980, until Sound Reduction Systems manager Julian Donnelly decided
it would be better appreciated elsewhere. He contacted Bolton United
Services Veterans Association and the Combined Ex-service Men and Women's
Association, who arranged for the memorial to be taken to the barracks.
It is in perfect condition and will be mounted in the drill hall. Mr
Donnelly said: "It was wasted where it had been. No-one would have
ever been able to see it and appreciate it where it was. We wanted it
to be put in a place where it would be looked after and seen."
Alan Rogerson, museum curator at the barracks, said: "This is part
of not only the town's history, but that of the Bolton Royal Artillery.
In the drill hall, the plaque will be preserved as well as the names
of those from Walkers who died. "It is very important that memorials
such as these are preserved as part of our history."