Matt Baker and Alex Jones, presenters of the BBC’s The One Show, will be pedalling into town to be part of Bolton’s Christmas lights switch on.
The One Show will broadcast live from the event on Monday 11th November.
The duo will be visiting as part of The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge for BBC Children in Need; an eight-day challenge 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.
‘Team Rickshaw’ will be made up of five young people, each supported by projects funded by BBC Children in Need, who’ll be riding with partners including The One Show’s Alex Jones. Four of the riders will be partnered with a parent. Rickshaw veteran Matt Baker will also support the ride, acting as a mentor and cycling alongside the riders on their eight-day relay journey across the UK. As those who have benefited from the charity’s work first hand, the young riders are undertaking the challenge to raise as much money as possible to help other young people across the country.
The Rickshaw Challenge team will be arriving in Bolton on the fourth evening of the challenge, when Matt and Alex will be present at the switch-flicking ceremony, along with a mystery celebrity guest who will be joining for The One Show episode.
The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge has raised in excess of £3.5 million for the charity to date. The team are hoping that with the increased distance, journey into all four nations, and around-the-clock pedalling, this year’s extraordinary efforts will help capture the public’s attention and raise more than ever before.
The Christmas lights switch on will start at 6pm on Monday November 11, with The One Show airing from 7 to 7.30pm.
Alex Jones said: “The Rickshaw Challenge is going to be one of the toughest things I’ve ever done, and we will all have our work cut out for us. Having supported the Rickshaw Challenge before, I know first-hand what a difference the public support can make, so we’re urging the people of Bolton to get behind us and come out to the streets to cheer us on! The Christmas lights are always a brilliant occasion, so it’s fantastic that we’re able to combine it with such a wonderful cause.”
The Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “We’re really excited to welcome Matt, Alex and all the young riders to Bolton.
The Rickshaw Challenge is an amazing challenge which raises millions of pounds for Children in Need and we are thrilled that the One Show is visiting our town and that they have agreed to flick the switch for us this year.
We’d like to urge as many people as possible to come to the switch on and be part of the amazing atmosphere of the live broadcast.
We will be pulling out all the stops to make it the most marvellous, magical Christmas lights switch on ever.”
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