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Grade II* listed All Souls Church in Bolton opens after 28 years

l-r All Souls Church in Bolton before the project and after work was completed
Image caption The All Souls Church regeneration project was completed over a decade

A derelict Grade II* listed church in Bolton has opened for the first time in 28 years after being redeveloped as a community centre in a £4.9m project.

All Souls Church in Astley Street was built in 1881 but fell into disrepair following the decline of the cotton industry and congregations in the town.

The Churches Conservation Trust has worked with the community to renovate the church for the last 10 years.

The project has won a Best Rescue award from English Heritage.

As part of the renovation, the altar area and the stain glass windows could not be obstructed.

Image caption The altar and stain glass windows at All Souls Church have been included in the redesign

Inayat Omarji, chairman of All Souls community regeneration project, said education programmes and health watch programmes will be among the activities at the centre.

The trust secured finance from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the project.

Television presenter Loyd Grossman, who is chairman of the Churches Conservation Trust, said: "My first reaction was 'wow' because it is so much more spectacular and exciting than I could have imagined."

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