Frosty sets off to Southport 

17/11/11
Snowman
Snow Go - Bolton Council’s head snowman, Frosty, thinks it will be ‘ice to spend some time in Southport.

It may seem like an odd time to be taking a trip to the seaside but Bolton’s festive snowmen are on a mission.

The eight foot tall characters who lead Bolton Council’s Christmas parade at the annual lights switch-on are having a day trip to Southport to help out at their annual event.

Sefton Council’s Christmas lights switch-on and parade takes place on Sunday, November 20 and Bolton’s snowmen will take pride of place in the procession through the streets of Southport.

Bolton Council’s head snowman, Frosty, said: “The lads and I have been to Southport once before and had a great time and in return, the organisers loaned Bolton some real reindeer for our parade.

“We have a good relationship with other councils and often help each other out. Christmas is about giving, after all, so we were only too happy to offer our services.”

The six huge snowmen were created for a local lights switch-on event in 1993 and have been an integral part of the festive parade ever since.

Each one sports an orange hat, hessian scarf and carrot nose.

Over the years the snowmen have featured in Christmas parades at Southport and Rochdale, and also made an appearance at Sainsbury’s supermarket in Bolton.

While the snowmen are looking forward to their coastal mini-break, they will be back in Bolton in plenty of time for the big Christmas switch-on on Thursday, November 24.

Sponsored by Langley Interiors of Bolton, the event will feature Danny Jones from McFly and a host of entertainment from 5pm to 7pm, finishing with a fantastic firework display.

The snowmen-led parade will wend its way to Victoria Square from Churchgate, arriving at around 6.40pm.

Free parking is in operation from 4pm on the night and will continue until January 8 each Thursday evening from 4pm and Sundays all day at certain multi-storeys and surface level car parks in the town centre.

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