It will be a Whites Christmas in Bolton this year, as Bolton Wanderers stars Kevin Davies and Owen Coyle switch on the Christmas lights.
Kevin, who won his first England cap this year, and his manager will join the Mayor of Bolton, Councillor John Byrne, and Father Christmas to flick the giant switch at 7pm in Victoria Square, on Thursday, November 25.
The Wanderers join a long list of Bolton celebrities that have flicked the big switch, including Amir Khan, Vernon Kay, Laura White and Peter Kay.
Kevin Davies said: “It really is an honour to have been chosen to switch on the lights. I class myself as an honorary Boltonian and it’s a real privilege to follow in the footsteps of people like Vernon and Peter.
“Bolton’s very close to my heart - I have lived here for several years and I love the town and the people. I’ve had an amazing time with my first England call-up and switching on the lights in my adopted home town will be the end to a brilliant year!”
Owen Coyle said: “We are really pleased to have been asked to switch on the Christmas lights in Bolton. I have had a very warm welcome since I came back and I am very fond of the town and the community and it’s really nice to be able to give something back.”
The Wanderers will also be joined in switching on the lights by Bolton’s own Olympic mascots, Wenlock and Mandeville. The mascots, which were unveiled earlier this year, are born and bred in Bolton from drops of steel from Watson’s Steel, which is supplying the steel for the Olympic stadium.
The festive fun kicks off at 5pm in Victoria Square. And the grand, long established Christmas parade of colourful characters, featuring Santa with the Mayor in his sleigh, will once again wind its way through the town centre to Victoria Square for the switch on.
The Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris said: "We’re delighted that Kevin and Owen will be joining us for a very traditional Christmas lights switch-on this year. We’d like to congratulate Kevin on his England cap and hope that the team continues to do well for the rest of the season.
“Bolton town centre will be a stunning sight when the Wanderers have done the honour and flicked the switch, and we’re hoping to attract lots of shoppers into the town centre in the run-up to Christmas. Visitors of all ages can expect a magical experience in Bolton this year."