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by James Pilkington

We're nearly in to a new year, some of us are in a reflective mood of the year just gone and hopeful for the year to come.

Almost Christmas

by James Pilkington

It's almost Christmas! We've worked hard on the Christmas schedule and we can unwrap some of it in this column. My copy has scruffy notes scrawled all over it.

Christmas Festivities

by James Pilkington

I'm stuck. I've written and rewritten this sentence five times. I don't recall how many times I've hit the 'delete' key on my keyboard.

Do They Know it’s Christmas?

by James Pilkington

It’s official we’re playing Christmas music on Bolton FM! But some of the festive season's biggest hits don't mention so much as a snowflake, let alone a big jolly bloke in a red suit and some serious beard issues.

It's a Wonderful Life

by James Pilkington

It's December tomorrow, I have a confession. I've watched 'It's a Wonderful Life'. It's my favourite film.

Black Friday

by James Pilkington

There's excitement in the Bolton FM studios. There's talk of Black Friday deals Shoppers are expected to spend at least £10bn this week as we continue our infatuation with Black Friday, the US-inspired discount day.


by James Pilkington

I am at an age in life when I find myself advising younger people at Bolton FM, I'm answering questions daily from over a hundred volunteers.


by James Pilkington

"More often than not, this means early mornings and late nights, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. My passion for Bolton means that I have always been happy to make that commitment."

Guy Fawkes Night

by James Pilkington

This Sunday is Bonfire Night, and lots of you will be heading out to firework displays around Bolton, or hosting your own celebrations over the weekend.


by James Pilkington

I’ve two books in my desk drawer both written by Christopher Foyle, of Foyle’s bookshop fame, they’re called “Foyle’s Philavery” and “Foyle’s Further Philavery”. They’re collections of unusual and pleasing words.

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