On the evening of Monday 12th December, Bolton Wanderers, in partnership with Bolton Council and the University of Bolton, are hoping to break the current Guinness World Record for the largest group of carol singers – and they want Bolton College staff and students to be part of it!
Taking place at the University of Bolton Stadium, the event will aim to surpass the current record - set in 2014 by Godswill Akpabio Unity Choir in Nigeria of 25,272 singers – by welcoming Bolton Wanderers supporters, Bolton residents and members of the wider region alike into the stands to make their voices heard, and to potentially make history.
With doors open from 5.30pm, the concert will take place between 7pm and 8pm and will be led by Club Chaplain Phil Mason, with the full Bolton Wanderers squad in attendance.
Entry will be free of charge but in order to help verify numbers, concert goers must register via the club’s e-ticketing site here.
With many facing a tough winter ahead, there will be bucket collections on the night for charities working on the ground in Bolton to support those most in need. Funds raised at The Big Bolton Carol Concert will be split equally between Bolton Wanderers in the Community, Urban Outreach Bolton, Backup North West, Age UK Bolton and 1point North West.
Sharon Brittan, Chairman of Bolton Wanderers, said: “Christmas is a special time when families and friends come together - and here at Bolton Wanderers the annual Christmas Carol Service provides a timely opportunity for the Bolton Family to gather as one and celebrate the true meaning of the festive period through the power of music and song.
“With the economic climate increasing worries for many families in our town, we wanted to do something a little bit different this year which will raise much-needed funds for those who need it the most in our community.
“We hope the exciting prospect of breaking a Guinness World Record will inspire both Wanderers supporters and members of our wider community to join us for what is set to be a memorable and magical evening. We will also be announcing a range of special guests over the coming weeks who will join us for this very special community carol concert.
“Please help us spread the word and make sure our whole town knows about The Big Bolton Carol Concert!”
Sue Johnson, Chief Executive of Bolton Council said: “The Big Bolton Carol Concert is a great way of bringing the community together to hopefully set a new world record, while also supporting local causes.
“Bolton is proud of its support for local charities, and I hope many of you will join us for the concert and to think of others at this time of the year.”
Professor George Holmes, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Bolton said, “The University of Bolton Group is delighted to be part of this amazing event especially being jointly hosted with our key strategic partners BWFC and BMBC in the University of Bolton Stadium. We hope that our 12,000 plus students and over 2000 staff will join in this enjoyable charity event.
“The University which is now recognised as one of the top 40 universities in the UK by the latest Guardian League Tables is always striving to put this great town of Bolton on the map and world record breaking attempt which is also for a good cause like this is a great way to celebrate the end of a very successful autumn term where the university itself has enjoyed record levels of student admissions. Let’s sing loud about students and their ongoing success”
Be part of something amazing and help us break a Guinness World Record this Christmas!
Join The Big Bolton Carol Concert and book your FREE tickets here.
Bolton Wanderers would like to extend its thanks to Ticketmaster, who have kindly agreed to waive their administration fees for this event.