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Ripon racing star Matt Stevenson is switching on the city's Christmas lights this year

Matt Stevenson. Picture: Ean Proctor.
Matt Stevenson. Picture: Ean Proctor.

Ripon racing star Matt Stevenson will switch on the city's Christmas lights this year.

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Matt, who won the prestigious Senior Manx Grand Prix motorcycle race in the Isle of Man, said: "I'm a bit nervous - it'll be more nerve-wracking than racing. Racing is the easy bit!"

The news comes after growing support for a campaign to recognise Matt's sporting achievements.

Residents have been calling for a 36 bus to be named after Matt, and have also suggested he should be the star of this year's big switch-on in the Market Square on November 24.

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Matt said: "I can't believe the support I've had, it's been absolutely amazing."

There is also more great news for Matt's fans - Ripon Spa Hotel is hosting a special event on December 6 for Matt to do a talk and a Q&A.