AFTER three and half tumultuous years the United Kingdom will leave the European Union today.

And one Bolton bus driver and DJ is 'flying the flag' to mark the occasion.

Dressed in a Union flag bow tie and waistcoat and bowler hat, Alan Straughton proudly completed his school bus run this morning.

The 60-year-old Horwich resident said: "I have been a big supporter of Leave since the issue came about and today is a big day for celebrations.

"The kids were loving it and people driving past were pointing and waving ­— it was great."

Tonight, Mr Straughton will be extending his Brexit Day celebrations as he plays a DJ set at Horwich RMI with a packed patriotic playlist ­— sure to include a few renditions of God Save The Queen.

The event is one of a number taking place across the borough to mark the hour Britain will formally leave the European Union at 11pm tonight.

Mr Straughton, who is originally from Cumbria, added: "Bolton is doing well with its Brexit celebrations and the light show at the Town Hall."