Cycling hero Jason Kenny will be honoured in Bolton

The Bolton News: Cycling hero Jason Kenny will be honoured in Bolton Cycling hero Jason Kenny will be honoured in Bolton

Bolton golden boy Jason Kenny will be honoured with a huge public celebration.

The cyclist, Britain’s first double gold medallist of London 2012, will receive a champion’s welcome in Victoria Square on Saturday, September 1.

Kenny won the men’s team sprint and the individual sprint, adding to the gold and silver medal he won in Beijing.

Council chiefs have revealed some details of the celebration that is set to take place. From 11am street performers and dancers will provide entertainment in Victoria Square.

At noon, Kenny will come out, with his medals, on to Bolton’s town hall steps, to talk about his Olympic experiences and greet his fans.

A huge TV screen will also show footage of Kenny’s successful races for the thousands that are expected to attend.

Kenny said: "It has meant so much to me to win two Golds for Great Britain at the Games. I have been humbled by all the messages of support and congratulation from so many people across the country, particularly from my home town of Bolton, and this means a lot to me.”

The Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Guy Harkin, will later host a civic reception for the cyclist, his family and civic dignitaries.

Councillor Harkin added: “We are immensely proud of Jason and what he has achieved. We want to hold this public celebration because it is only right that we mark his achievements in some way and that local people get to pay homage to him.

“We had more than 130,000 people lining the streets for the torch relay, which shows the level of enthusiasm that’s out there for the Olympics. We are expecting thousands of people will come out to honour Jason and l’d encourage everyone to come down and celebrate with us.

“And to have this remarkable achievement in the year which the council has marked as its Year of Sport – well it can’t get better than that.”

Bolton Council has marked 2012 as its Year of Sport due to a whole host of sporting events and activities taking place in the town.

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12:21pm Thu 16 Aug 12

elimeleumas says...

Well done Bolton council. How about going a step further and organising a mass ride, which could even become an annual event ...
Well done Bolton council. How about going a step further and organising a mass ride, which could even become an annual event ... elimeleumas

1:22pm Thu 16 Aug 12

SteveWanderer1980 says...

Fantastic idea. I had a feeling that this may have already been in the pipeline, so I did a quick search, and it is... http://www.goskyride
.com/boltonSkyRide
Fantastic idea. I had a feeling that this may have already been in the pipeline, so I did a quick search, and it is... http://www.goskyride .com/boltonSkyRide SteveWanderer1980

1:43pm Thu 16 Aug 12

elimeleumas says...

SteveWanderer1980 wrote:
Fantastic idea. I had a feeling that this may have already been in the pipeline, so I did a quick search, and it is... http://www.goskyride

.com/boltonSkyRide
Thanks for the link! My son and I have just registered ...
[quote][p][bold]SteveWanderer1980[/bold] wrote: Fantastic idea. I had a feeling that this may have already been in the pipeline, so I did a quick search, and it is... http://www.goskyride .com/boltonSkyRide[/p][/quote]Thanks for the link! My son and I have just registered ... elimeleumas

2:56pm Thu 16 Aug 12

Rememberscarborough says...

Is the lovely Laura going to be there as well? I'm sure she'd get just as big a cheer as Jason and it would help improve the image of Bolton that has suffered a great deal recently.
Is the lovely Laura going to be there as well? I'm sure she'd get just as big a cheer as Jason and it would help improve the image of Bolton that has suffered a great deal recently. Rememberscarborough

3:48pm Thu 16 Aug 12

MsMooseGirl says...

Nice to see the council had a budget for this street event and party for those in the council, good to know my council tax is being well spent as usual!
Nice to see the council had a budget for this street event and party for those in the council, good to know my council tax is being well spent as usual! MsMooseGirl

10:50pm Thu 16 Aug 12

fisherman1959 says...

particularly from my home town of Bolton

So why are there so many people hung up about him being from Farnworth or does he not want to be associated with Farnworth??
particularly from my home town of Bolton So why are there so many people hung up about him being from Farnworth or does he not want to be associated with Farnworth?? fisherman1959

2:39am Fri 17 Aug 12

wild one says...

Bolton Council has marked 2012 as its Year of Sport due to a whole host of sporting events and activities taking place in the town.

4 Months to go? i'm baffled...have i missed something...
Bolton Council has marked 2012 as its Year of Sport due to a whole host of sporting events and activities taking place in the town. 4 Months to go? i'm baffled...have i missed something... wild one

9:29pm Sat 18 Aug 12

davroduk1 says...

Stop bl00dy falling out and just honer a great sporting lad from Bolton.
Well done, you have done us proud Jason.
Forget the sad b43tards who will find fault with anything and anyone.
I for one am proud that you have won the medals, and you should be proud to be from BOWTON.
Stop bl00dy falling out and just honer a great sporting lad from Bolton. Well done, you have done us proud Jason. Forget the sad b43tards who will find fault with anything and anyone. I for one am proud that you have won the medals, and you should be proud to be from BOWTON. davroduk1

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