The wheels are in motion for a bumper homecoming for Bolton’s double gold medallist Jason Kenny.
Bolton Council has lined up a programme of live entertainment in Victoria Square on Saturday, September 1 and everyone’s invited.
Singer Laura White will sing for the thousands that are expected to turn out to celebrate cyclist Kenny’s achievements.
A nine-piece Brazilian samba band will pay homage to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro with a mix of carnival and samba beats.
Street performers on cycles will entertain visitors around the town centre and a huge TV screen will show footage of Kenny’s successful races.
The entertainment in Victoria Square starts at 11am. At noon, Kenny will come out, with his medals, on to Bolton’s town hall steps, to greet his fans.
Children from his former high school, Mount St Josephs, will line the town hall steps along with civic dignitaries to welcome him.
Golden confetti will rain down on the crowd before Kenny attends a civic reception in the town hall with local dignitaries.
Kenny is Bolton’s most successful Olympian to date, after adding golds in the men’s team sprint and the individual sprint in London 2012, to the gold and silver medals he won in Beijing.
Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “We are all exceptionally proud of Jason and his magnificent achievements and it is only right that we celebrate his achievements in this way. The council has marked 2012 as its Year of Sport and Jason is a fantastic role model and sporting ambassador for our town.
“I’d urge everyone to come down to Victoria Square on Saturday and give Jason the kind of homecoming celebration he deserves.”
On Wednesday evening (Aug 29) councillors voted unanimously to name the town’s newest leisure centre and a cycle trail after him in homage to his success.
The centre, which is located at Bolton One, the town’s £30.6m leisure, health and research complex, will be named the Jason Kenny centre.