Bolton is a town in Greater Manchester (the distance to the city is approximately 16 kilometers). In the past, it was an important textile center. In the 14th century, first Flemish weavers appeared on this land, bringing traditions of cotton and wool-weaving with them. In the 19th century, the city was developing rapidly, reaching its boom at the first part of the 20th century. At that time, there were 216 cotton mills and 26 bleaching factories that made Bolton one of the biggest cotton spinning centers in the world. After the First World War, the British cotton industry was in sharp decline and that, unfortunately, concerned the town as well.
Still, local people are proud of their land and their glorious past. Many famous personalities are also from this part of the United Kingdom. Talk to locals and they will tell you that this is the place where the atom was split, appeared the first public library, and Rolls met Royce. At least 20 Nobel Prize winners have studied or lived in this part of the country. Numerous artists, talented musicians, and, of course, football teams are a true pride of locals. Tourists should listen to such stories with respect – many of them are, actually, very interesting.
Even travelers with fluent English may encounter certain problems when talking to Bolton locals. They often use peculiar slang that is quite hard to understand for unprepared people. Some even joke that the Mancunian dialect is a separate language. However, locals usually take pity on tourists and try to use the language the latter can understand.