BATH WELCOMES MATT BAKER AND ALEX JONES
PUBLISHED: 10:38 18 October 2012 | UPDATED: 22:06 20 February 2013
TV presenters Matt Baker and Alex Jones will be switching on Bath's Christmas Lights live on the BBC
Bath's Christmas Lights will be swtiched on during The One Show, broadcast live from Bath on Tuesday 13 November as part of this years One Show Rickshaw Challenge in aid of BBC Children in Need. A team of young rickshaw riders, led by Matt Baker will be passing through the World Heritage City of Bath where he will be welcomed by 5000 enthusiastic supporters cheering him on.
In recent years the city of Bath has invited John Cleese, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and Nicolas Cage to switch on the lights from a purpose built stage at the bottom of Baths most famous shopping street, Milsom Street. Featured in Jane Austens novels as the place that her heroines would pick out their fashionable gowns, today Milsom Street is the artery to retail heaven.
The One Shows Rickshaw Challenge for Children in Need will chart a route from Llandudno to Londons BBC Television Centre - a total of 411miles in eight days.
The Christmas Lights Switch On Ceremony is co-ordinated by the Bath Business Improvement District (BID) with support from Bath and North East Somerset Council and The Bath Chronicle. Andrew Cooper, Manager of Bath BID said, We are thrilled to be working with The One Show and BBC Children in Need and are confident that the people of Bath will share the excitement and give generously to this important cause.
Switching on the lights marks the start of the Christmas shopping season which is very important to the citys economy. People come to Bath to shop because of the beautiful Christmas market as well as the great range of shops from all the major high street brands to small independent boutiques so you can find something for everyone and have a lovely day out in a World Heritage city in the process, he continued.
In 2011 Matt Baker raised a total of 1.9 millionthrough his arduous 8-day Rickshaw Challenge which was featured every night on The One Show and culminated during the programmes Children in Need Special.
The One Show today announced the return of the Rickshaw Challenge for BBC Children in Need, but this time theres one big difference. Last year nearly 7 million people watched One Show Presenter Matt Baker complete his gruelling rickshaw ride from Edinburgh to London. However, this year the challenge is turned on its head as six young people will take on the challenge to help raise vital funds for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.
Team Rickshaw' will be made up of six youngsters, all of whom have been either supported by or still are supported by BBC Children in Need funded projects. They will embark on the arduous journey on the morning of Friday 9 November from Llandudno and will attempt to complete the marathon 411 mile journey in eight days arriving at BBC's Television Centre for The One Show's Children in Need special on Friday 16 November on BBC One.
Team Rickshaw will be accompanied by Matt Baker who will cycle alongside the rickshaw offering vital mentoring advice and support after he successfully took on the Challenge in 2011 raising 1.9million for the Charity. His support will be invaluable in helping the youngsters, all of whom have faced their own challenges, complete the monumental journey. Alex Jones will also join the team rallying support along the way.
Matt Baker said "The Rickshaw Challenge is one of the toughest challenges Ive ever taken on. These youngsters are going to have their work cut out for them. Thats why the public needs to get behind Team Rickshaw and come out and cheer them on, I know from the challenge last year what a difference the publics support can make. We need to get behind them as they strive to raise as much money as possible for BBC Children in Need."
Alex Jones, who will be accompanying Team Rickshaw, said: Ive met all the team. They are a really inspiring bunch. It will be a real honour for Matt and I to be with them on their journey.
For further information and timetable please visit www.bathatchristmas.co.uk