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AS the Olympic torch made its way through the North West - Bolton Central Fire Station opened its doors to hundreds of school children as the relay passed by.
It was carried past the Moor Lane Fire Station on Thursday, May 31, as part of its 70-day journey around the UK for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Station Manager Steve Parkinson said: "We opened the stations doors to the community and around 100 children from local primary schools joined us to watch the Olympic torch pass.
"There was a real party atmosphere, we had an old fashioned vintage turntable ladder fire engine down from our museum, our hydraulic platform was up and there was lots going on.
"Watch Manager Karsten Boyle organised the open house event and it was a real occasion with our community fire station providing a fantastic vantage point for the people of Bolton to see part of the torch's journey, an important memory that will stay with anyone that saw it."
Watch Manager Karsten Boyle said: "It was a wonderful day and the torch relay change over happened right in front of the station.
"It was fantastic because we got the opportunity to get up close to the torch - when we thought it would just flash by.
"It's not something we will forget in a hurry because the children and the watch as well as everyone else from the community using the station to watch it got to have their photo taken much closer to the torch than they expected."