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Thousands expected in Bolton to welcome home London 2012 Olympic cycling champion Jason Kenny

By Olivia Parry

Thousands of Boltonians are expected to turn out today to welcome home the town’s double Olympic gold medal winner Jason Kenny.

The cyclist, who took gold in n the men’s team sprint and the individual sprint at London 2012 to add to the gold and silver medals he won four years ago in Beijing.

And in honour of his achievement, town hall chiefs have lined up a full day of celebration.

Singer – and fellow Boltonian – Laura White will sing live and  a nine-piece Brazilian samba band will pay homage to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro with a mix of carnival and samba beats.
 
Street performers on cycles will entertain visitors around the town centre and a huge TV screen will show footage of Kenny’s successful races.
 
The entertainment in Victoria Square starts at 11am. At noon, Kenny will come out, with his medals, on to Bolton’s town hall steps, to greet his fans.
 
Children from his former high school, Mount St Josephs, will line the town hall steps along with civic dignitaries to welcome him.
 
Golden confetti will rain down on the crowd before Kenny attends a civic reception in the town hall with local dignitaries.

Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “We are all exceptionally proud of Jason and his magnificent achievements and it is only right that we celebrate his achievements in this way. The council has marked 2012 as its Year of Sport and Jason is a fantastic role model and sporting ambassador for our town.
 
“I’d urge everyone to come down to Victoria Square on Saturday and give Jason the kind of homecoming celebration he deserves.”

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.”

On Wednesday night councillors voted unanimously to name the town’s newest leisure centre and a cycle trail after him in homage to his success.
 
The centre, which is located at Bolton One, the town’s £30.6m leisure, health and research complex, will be named the Jason Kenny centre.

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