However, the meeting was called off after threats to disrupt the meeting by the National Front.
The only venue in the greater Manchester to host the meeting was Bolton Socialist Club.
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.