ONE of Bolton biggest stars will be flicking the switch on his hometown’s Christmas lights.

Danny Jones, frontman in pop band McFly, has been announced as this year’s switch on star on November 24.

The 25-year-old joins a long list of Bolton celebrities, including comedian Peter Kay, boxing sensation Amir Khan and television presenter Vernon Kay, to turn on Bolton’s festive lights.

Danny, who was born in Bolton and is a former Thornleigh Salesian College pupil, said: “I really can’t wait to return to Bolton and switch on the Christmas lights.

“I was born and brought up here and have some great memories of spending Christmas in the town with my family.

“It’s a real honour to be asked to attend the big switch-on as I know it’s a huge event in the festive calendar.

“I’m looking forward to seeing everyone on November 24.”

He will be joined on stage by Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Noel Spencer, and Father Christmas.

There will be entertainment led by Real Radio’s Ditchy and Salty and music from local singer Gemma Louise Doyle and X Factor contestants Kendro.

Gandini light juggling show will perform and there will be an appearance by the Albert Halls panto cast, Goldilocks and the Three Amazing Bears.

Players from Bolton Wanderers will also make an appearance, along with Lofty the Lion, and the traditional Bolton Christmas parade will weave its way through the town centre.

Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr Cliff Morris, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to welcome Danny Jones to Bolton’s Christmas Lights switchon and thrilled he has agreed to flick the switch for us this year.

“We’ve pulled out all the stops again this year to make it a marvellous, magical Christmas in Bolton.

Starting with the lights switch-on, we’ve got something for all the family in the run up to Christmas, including plenty of festive entertainment and attractions in the town centre.”

The switch on is sponsored by Langley Interiors, of Bolton.

Peter Langley said: “We have worked with the council on other projects and were honoured when they asked us if we would like to sponsor the Bolton Christmas Lights Switch on.”

McFly have had 18 top 20 singles, seven number ones and 15 consecutive top 10 hits.