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Let’s make it a really good Christmas

THE countdown to Christmas starts here . . . thousands of people turned out for Bolton's spectacular Christmas lights switch-on last night.

The town's very own TV comedian Dave Spikey followed in the footsteps of boxer Amir Khan and Bolton Wanderers manager Sam Allardyce when he performed the switch-on outside the town hall.

It is important for the economy of Bolton that the crowds who attended last night's ceremony continue to patronise the town centre rather than buy their presents and festive food and drink elsewhere.

People often complain that Bolton town centre does not have the shopping "wow factor" of Manchester, but if people do not use the stores in Bolton, they will lose them.

While Bolton needs the feel-good factor of a successful Christmas, this relies on much more than having quality shops.

We have carried stories about the "Ring of Steel" that involves the targeting of robbers, thieves, pick- pockets, shoplifters and criminals stealing from cars.

Operation Sherry aims to make sure that everyone in Bolton has as safe a Christmas as possible.

There will also be the usual festive crackdown on drink-driving and police and truancy officers will be out on the streets making sure youngsters are attending school during the run-up to Christmas.

It is important that Bolton experiences a Christmas that safeguards its good name as a shopping experience and as a place that is safe to visit.

Christmas in the town has got off to a good start.

Let us hope it continues to be a success.

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