TWO DJs from Bolton are getting a once in a lifetime opportunity to broadcast on the UK’s biggest youth radio station.

From Boxing Day until New Year’s Day, BBC Radio 1 is giving 33 new DJs and presenters the chance to take over the airwaves as big names like Nick Grimshaw and Greg James take a festive break.

One of the lucky DJs is 24-year-old Bolton resident Vicky Hawkesworth who has presented on Bolton FM and Durham OnAir, although her radio experience goes way back to childhood, when she created a fictional station called Radio Archie (“the only presenter on this station was my polar bear teddy aptly named Archie!”)

Vicky said: "Working in this industry means a lot of setbacks and rejection, so to get a yes from Radio 1 is just fantastic.

"It’s an incredible feeling to be making my debut on Radio 1 this month and I’m so excited to get stuck in.

“I love learning and trying new things,” she added, having taught herself keyboard and taxi-whistling while in lockdown, as well as going to dance classes in her spare time.

Vicky will be broadcasting on Monday, December 28 and Tuesday, December 29 between 10am-2pm.

Ellen Macleod, aged 20, started volunteering at Bolton FM in 2017, helping make jingles and editing shows, before heading to university.

Ellen, who was born with mobility difficulties and uses a wheelchair, is a current student at the University of Salford where she manages student station Utter Radio, as well as co-hosting a podcast with two friends.

Ellen said: “I don't think I've ever happy cried before, but when Aled [Hadyn Jones, head of Radio 1] called me to let me know I'm going to be on Radio 1 I certainly did!"

Hear Ellen present on Radio 1 this Boxing Day between 6-8am.