Maxine's peak support

Published: 20 July 2021
Reporter: David Upton

Maxine Peake

Bolton’s Maxine Peake is supporting plans to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Britain’s biggest rights of way dispute in September.

Plans are underway to celebrate the Battle of Winter Hill in 1896.

In September that year, thousands of people from Halliwell and surrounding areas took part in protests in defiance of landowner Colonel Richard Ainsworth, after he blocked public access to the moors.

Years later, Bolton Council took ownership of much of the land, helping to ensure public rights of way.

A commemorative walk is planned from Halliwell to Winter Hill on September 5.