Above the shield is a closed helm, with a wreath and mantling in red and gold. On the wreath stands an elephant upon a rocky moor within a 'tun', the red rose of Lancashire is seen on the trappings of the elephant.
The left hand supporter is a black lion from the former Bolton arms, with a red and gold wreath around its neck. The right hand supporter is a red lion from the original Farnworth coat of arms (which used to represent the Hulton family). There is a wreath of blue and gold, the original colours of the Farnworth arms.
Each supporter holds a golden staff with green pennons with gold emblems. The left pennon shows a spindle and shuttle representing the textile industry, and the right pennon a hornet for the paper industry.
The motto - Supera Moras - means "overcome delays".
The Armorial Bearings were designed by N Ellis Tomlinson, M.A., F.H.S. in consultation with Michael Cresswell, LL.B. Bolton's Assistant Council Solicitor for 1974. They replace earlier, similar bearings first designed in 1890 by Major Ottley Perry.
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