Flying start to a big weekend

Big Weekend

Bolton’s Big Weekend got off to a flying start with appearances from Hollyoaks actor Darren Langford and the girls from A-Jay’s Morris dancing troupe.

The four-day event at Leverhulme Park is set to attract thousands of visitors, with attractions including rides, a dog display, a mobile farm, a bird of prey show, stunt bikes, Titan the robot, a vintage vehicle show, a craft marquee, a talent show, entertainers and firework displays.

Darren, who played Spencer Gray in the soap, said: “It’s lovely to be here and I think it’s going to be a great event.”

Organiser Henry Hill added: “It’s in its third year and is getting bigger. We had 20,000 people last year and we’re expecting even more this year.

“It was great to have Darren here — a lot of the girls think he’s a bit of a heartthrob.”

It’s lovely to be here and I think it’s going to be a great event

Katie Nash, aged seven, from Darcy Lever, was one of the first people through the gates yesterday.

She said: “It’s really good, I like rides. I’m looking forward to going on the Snowstorm and the waltzers.”

Also taking a starring role over the weekend will be a young busker, who was invited to appear after show organisers spotted her talent while she was singing in Farnworth town centre.

Krisshan Jade Weedall has more than 400 followers on Facebook after she started busking in Market Street last September.

The 12-year-old, from Farnworth, said: “I’m excited about it, because it’s nice to be asked to open a show.

“My mum’s happy about it. She says she’s very proud.” Krisshan will start the show on Saturday and Sunday at noon.

She will be singing pop tunes by artists such as Whitney Houston, Bruno Mars and Adele.

Entrance to the event is by wristband, costing £2, which can be purchased on the gate. The show runs from 12pm until 9.3Opm today and tomorrow, then from noon until 7.3Opm on Sunday.

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