Bolton’s golden hero Jason Kenny will be giving the residents of Bolton a festive treat when he switches on the town’s Christmas lights on November 17.

The local lad who won three gold medals at the 2016 Olympics in Rio is the latest addition to a long line of celebrities who have switched on the Christmas lights in Victoria Square.

His return to Bolton for the switch-on will also be the first chance for proud residents and cycling fans to show their pride in the six times gold medal winner and congratulate him on his achievements.

Jason, who was born in Farnworth and attended Mount St Joseph’s school, now holds six Olympic gold medals, the most ever for a British Olympian, except for Sir Chris Hoy.

Whilst he now lives in Cheshire, he returns regularly to his roots in Bolton and recently married his fellow Olympian Laura Trott, the most decorated female British Olympian. Jason will be joined by Laura and his mum and dad for the lights switch on.

The Christmas lights switch on will start at 5pm on Thursday November 17, with Jason counting down to the big switch-on at 7pm.

The Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to welcome Jason, Laura and Jason’s mum and dad to Bolton’s Christmas Lights switch-on and thrilled that he has agreed to flick the switch for us this year.

Jason is a local lad who has really put Bolton on the map and we’re all incredibly proud of what he has achieved. We can’t wait to congratulate him on his success.

“Starting with the lights switch-on, we will have something for all the family in the run up to Christmas, including plenty of festive entertainment and attractions in the town centre.”

Nikki Wilson Cook, Centre Manager for the Market Place, who are sponsoring the switch-on said: “The Christmas lights switch-on marks the start of the countdown to Christmas and the also the beginning of the shopping season. We love being part of this fantastic family event.”

For all the build-up and action at Bolton’s Christmas light switch-on, follow the council on Twitter @Boltoncouncil and get involved using #BoltonXmasLights

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