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Now the protest is in song!

A SONGWRITER has penned a protest song against the closure of Moor Lane Bus Station toilets.

Lancashire Telegraph: From the Bolton Evening News on April 17, 2006 From the Bolton Evening News on April 17, 2006

Steve Parker, a police community support officer based in central Bolton, was moved to write the track Save Our Sanity (And Our Loos) by the Bolton Evening News campaign calling for the toilets to be reopened.

He hopes the track will help to rally public support against the closure of the public convenience and perhaps even get people whistling it as they spend a penny.

Steve, aged 36, who now lives in Todmorden, has a passion for music and dedicates much of his spare time to writing songs.

He said: "I thought, what can I do to help?

"So I wrote a song about it. I think it could become a good campaign tune."

The former Sharples schoolboy says he cannot understand why important public toilets are being closed in the town centre.

"It's absolute madness," he said. "I hope this will help the campaign to change things."

One of the verses in the song says: "You want visitors to come to Bolton, Come by bus and leave their cars behind, But when they arrive what do they find? The toilets closed to save money."

The Give Us Back Our Loos campaign was launched earlier this month after toilets at the Moor Lane bus station were closed and replaced by a single unisex toilet.

The campaign calls for them to be revamped or reopened and for new public toilets to be built elsewhere in the town centre.

Hundreds of coupons have been flooding into the Bolton Evening News offices, and people have been calling in to sign our petition.

The closure leaves just two public toilets in the town one off Nelson Square for men, and one in Old Hall Street, off Deansgate, for women.

And here are the words to Steve's song

You've taken away our toilets, You're putting our elephants out to graze, Someone in the council Is walking around in a daze.

You want visitors to come to Bolton, Come by bus and leave their cars behind, But when they arrive what do they find?

The toilets closed to save money.

Give us back our toilets, When nature calls and you can't hold on, Where to spend a penny?

Let's join the great Bolton loo run!

If I wanted a "tardis", I'd watch Doctor Who, What do you expect me to do?

Where do I go if I want a ***?

Let's join the great Bolton loo run.

Let's join the great Bolton loo run.

Let's join the great Bolton loo run.



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