The club had already celebrated the Winter Hill trespass in 1982 as part of the fiftieth anniversary of the Kinder Scout Trespass. Although Kinder came much later it was far more succesful than the Bolton one.
In 1982, Paul Salveson, had commissioned a play about the Winter Hill trespass which toured the town with the final performance in Belmont following a walk from Halliwell which traced the footsteps of the original trespassers.
So in 1996 it was again decided to organise a celebration for the centenary of the Winter Hill trespass by holding another hike from Halliwell to Belmont.
The walk was a huge success with over a thousand people taking part led by a brass band. Alas, the play, written by Les Smith was not revived though the Octagon youth theatre did sing 'Will you come o' Sunday morning' in the car park of the Black Dog.
The fate of the refugees touched the hearts of many in the UK and particularly in the North West.
The members of the club rallied to the cause and in a very short time raised enough food and aid to fill a full lorry which joined a historic convoy of aid from Manchester and elsewhere.
Since the mid 1990's tens of thousands of pounds has been raised for refurbishment work.
The building has benefited from a restored frontage, new doors, and window and electrical work. New downstairs toilets, a new dining room, disabled access and a host of other improvements.
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