Paralympian to light up town 

Ola Abidogun

Bolton’s bronze Paralympic winner Ola Abidogun will be racing to switch on the town’s lights on November 24.

The young sprinter, who won a bronze medal in the T46 Men’s 100m in the London Paralympic Games, will be joining the Hairy Bikers to ‘cook up’ a festive treat when they jointly switch on the town’s Christmas lights.

Ola, who is 19 was born in London but now lives in Bolton and trains with Horwich RMI Athletics Club.

The adopted 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 4pm on Saturday, November 24, with the Hairy Bikers and Ola counting down to the big switch-on at 6pm.

The bearded duo will also be in town to perform their show ‘Larger than Live’, a mixture of recipes, jokes and stories from their travels. The show will be on at the Albert Halls, also on Saturday November 24.

Ola said: “Although I’m not from Bolton originally, I have been living here for several years and it now feels like home. It’s a massive honour to be asked to switch on the lights and I’m looking forward to meeting the Hairy Bikers.”

The Hairy Bikers, Si and Dave said: “We love Bolton and really can’t wait to come back and switch on the Christmas lights. We’ve visited the town regularly over the last few years and love the food, the people and the sense of humour.”

The Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “Ola is an amazing young man who did Bolton proud when he won a medal at the Paralympic Games.

“We are delighted that he has agreed to switch on the lights and we hope that local people will come down and celebrate his achievements.”

“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


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