Trip down memory lane for Bolton's 80s graduates

Posted on Wednesday 6th November 2013



Do you remember Duran Duran? Or were you more of a Numanite? This weekend – Saturday 9 November – some of Bolton’s Eighties alumni will be back on campus for the first reunion organised by Bolton Alumni and Friends Association’s (BAFA).

The graduates will be dusting off those shoulder pads and pulling on their leg warmers for a stride down memory lane. The alumni are from the graduating years of 1985, 1986 and 1987 when the University was known as the Bolton Institute of Higher Education.    

The reunion will have an Eighties themed disco and buffet, but the guests will also have a guided tour around the University site. The campus has gone through some radical changes in 25 years since the alumni attended. As the Bolton Institute, the institution was based over three sites across the town. These were the main site in the town Deane Campus centre, a second called Chadwick and a third in Moor Street.

Bolton has been a university since 2005 and is based in one, modern town-centre campus with additions like the £31 million health, leisure and research complex, Bolton One, which opened in 2012. 

Along with Bolton Sixth Form College and Bolton College, the University is part of the Bolton Education Zone (BEZ). Bolton Education Zone has seen nearly £200 million invested in recent years, transforming it into a modern educational hub for the town.

The University’s alumni administrator, Lynn Ashworth, who has organised the reunion said: ‘This will be a great event. It will give our alumni the chance to relive their younger days and catch up with old friends who they may not have seen for years.

‘But they will also see how far the University has come in that time, it has totally transformed. It will be great to see their reaction.’

If you’re a graduate of the University of Bolton or Bolton Institute and want to be part of the next reunion, you can register for BAFA here – membership is free.