Bolton’s favourite boxer, Amir Khan has been confirmed as the mystery celebrity who will be appearing on The One Show and switching on the town’s Christmas lights on November 11.
The proud Boltonian is the latest addition to a long line of celebrities who have switched on the Christmas lights in Victoria Square.
The Christmas lights switch on will start at 5pm on Monday November 11, with a host of local talent performing on the steps of Bolton’s Town Hall. At 6pm, The One Show will begin rehearsals for their live show, to be broadcast at 7pm from a specially built stage in the heart of Victoria Square.
The One Show will be visiting the town as part of the Rickshaw Challenge for BBC Children in Need; an eight-day journey that will see a group of riders pedalling a rickshaw around the clock to cover approximately 700 miles. For the first time, riders will visit all four UK nations as part of the biggest Rickshaw Challenge to date.
From 7pm, The One Show presenters Matt Baker and Alex Jones will be broadcasting live from Bolton, with special guest Alfie Boe. During the show, the rickshaw will arrive in Bolton on the fourth evening of the challenge.
Amir will then join Matt and Alex for an interview on The One Show, before helping them and Alfie to switch on the Christmas lights live on TV.
Amir said: “I love Bolton, it’s my home town and really can’t wait to come back and switch on the Christmas lights.
“I’ve been away training in America, so it’s great to be back home and it was a real honour to be asked to do the big switch-on, as I know it’s a huge event in the festive calendar.”
The Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to welcome Amir 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 will have something for all the family in the run up to Christmas, including plenty of festive entertainment and attractions in the town centre.”
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.
Fans can also follow Team Rickshaw’s progress each day, and updates will also be available online at bbc.co.uk/pudsey and on Twitter via #TeamRickshaw.
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