Bolton’s favourite pop star, Danny Jones, will help “Shine a Light” on his hometown this Christmas when he flicks the famous switch on November 24.
The McFly frontman is the latest in a long line of Bolton celebrities to switch on the Christmas lights in Victoria Square.
The event, sponsored by Langley Interiors, of Bolton, starts at 5pm on Thursday, November 24, with Danny counting down to the big switch-on at 7pm.
Danny, who was born in Bolton and attended Thornleigh Salesian College and then Bury College, said: “I really can’t wait to return to Bolton and switch on the Christmas lights.
“I was born and brought up here and have some great memories of spending Christmas in the town with my family. It’s a real honour to be asked to attend the big switch-on as I know it’s a huge event in the festive calendar.
“I’m looking forward to seeing everyone on November 24!”
Danny will be joined on stage by the Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Noel Spencer, and Father Christmas following a full programme of entertainment lead by Real Radio’s Ditchy and Salty.
There will be music by local singer Gemma Louise Doyle and X-Factor contestants Kendro, a performance by the Gandini light juggling show, plus an appearance by the Albert Halls panto cast, Goldilocks and the Three Amazing Bears.
Players from Bolton Wanderers will also make an appearance, along with Lofty the Lion, and the traditional Bolton Christmas parade will weave its way through the town centre.
The Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to welcome Danny Jones to Bolton’s Christmas Lights switch-on and thrilled that he has agreed to flick the switch for us this year.
“We’ve pulled out all the stops again this year to make it a marvellous, magical Christmas in Bolton. Starting with the lights switch-on, we’ve got something for all the family in the run up to Christmas, including plenty of festive entertainment and attractions in the town centre.”
Peter Langley, of Langley Interiors, added: “As a company which prides itself on excellent quality and customer service, we are absolutely delighted to be associated with Bolton Council this festive season.
“We have worked with the council on numerous other projects and were quite honoured when they asked us if we would like to sponsor the Bolton Christmas Lights Switch on. We like to think that Langley’s is almost synonymous with Bolton, and this hopefully supports that. They work extremely hard to make Bolton the best it can be and we are very happy to be a part of that!”