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Carrie Kabak (1951-)                                                            Author and Illustrator                                                             Born 7 December 1951 Bolton                                               Educated Cardiff University                                               Wrote novel 'Cover The Butter' and illustrated children's books including 'Tyrone. A Turtle Tale'. Settled in Kansas USA.

Elias Kachunga (1992-)                                            Professional footballer                                                        Born 22 Apr in Haan, Germany to a Congolese father and a German mother.                                                                    Plays for Bolton Wanderers as a striker.


Bernard Kay (1928-)                                                             Actor and writer                                                                   Born 23 February 1928 Bolton                                      Character actor with numerous TV and film appearances from 'Doctor Zhivago' to 'Coronation Street' and 'Doctor Who'. Sometime journalist on the Guardian and prize-winning writer.


Norman Forber Kay (1929-2001)                                            Musical Director and Composer of TV Music                             Born 5 January 1929 Bolton                                                  Died 12 May 2001 Surrey                                                     Educated Royal Manchester College of Music; Royal College of Music.                                                                                Prolific composer. Wrote over 500 scores for TV productions including 'Armchair Theatre', 'The Wednesday Play' and 'Doctor Who'. His television opera, 'A Christmas Carol', was awarded the Salzburg Opera Prize in 1980.                                         Studied under Thomas Baron Pitfield qv at Manchester. Awarded a fellowship of the Royal College of Organists at 18. Moved to London in 1950.                                                                  Music critic for the Manchester Guardian and later the Daily Telegraph.


Peter John Kay (1973-)                                                           Comedian, Comic Actor and Writer                                       Born 2 July 1973 Farnworth, Bolton                                         Educated Mount St Joseph School, Bolton; Thornleigh Salesian College; Salford College .                                                      Creator and star of 'Phoenix Nights', 'That Peter Kay Thing', 'Max & Paddy's Road To Nowhere' TV series.                                    Played Norman Gartside in 'Coronation Street'.


Vernon Charles Kay (1974-)                                                    Broadcaster                                                                        Born 28 April 1974 Bolton                                                     Educated St Joseph's RC High School and Sport College, Horwich                                                                       Prolific TV and Radio presenter, firmly focused on (very) light entertainment.                                                                      Married to TV presenter Tess Daly. Absolutely no relation to Peter Kay qv.                                                                            Received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Bolton for his outstanding contribution to the field of entertainment on 14 July 2009.

Patrick Kelly (c.1838-1883)


Ran the Bradford Arms on Foundry Street, Bolton.

Was fatally injured with an axe at Antelope Court, Bolton on 18 July, 1883, by his brother Peter, who had a serious mental condition.

Peter Kelly (c.1819-1883)

On 18 Jull 1883 Peter Kelly, aged 64, who had been diagnosed  with a serious mental condition , fatally injured his brother Patrick with an axe in Antelope Court, Bolton. Peter then hurled himself from a second floor window and died later in hospital. Patrick died in hospital the following week 


Ruth Maria Kelly (1968-)                                                        Born 9 May 1968 Limavady, Northern Ireland.               Educated Sutton High School; Millfield School; Westminster School; Queen's College, Oxford; London School of Economics    MP Bolton West 1997- 2010 (Labour)                           Deputy Head of Inflation Report Division, Bank of England 1994-1997 - Economics writer, The Guardian 1990 - 1994. 1998 - 2001 PPS to Nick Brown (Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food) 2001.                                                                     Economic Secretary to the Treasury - May 2002 - Financial Secretary to the Treasury, made Minister for Education 2004. Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 2006, Secretary of State for Transport - June 2007-September 2008.


Thomas Gilbert Kelly (1865-1934)                                           Politician                                                                          Born 1865 Bolton                                                              Died 6 August 1934 Douglas, Isle of Man.                               Mayor of Douglas, Isle of Man, 1920-22. Of Manx descent but grew up in Bolton and moved to the Isle of Man as a young man.  Publican - ran the Bridge Inn in Douglas and was Secretary of the Isle of Man Licensed Victuallers' Association. Also one of the founders and Secretary of the Isle of Man Football Association and Secretary of the Isle of Man Rugby Union.                           Trade Unionist - founder member of the Douglas branch of the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners.


Jason Francis Kenny (1988-)                                                   Track Cyclist                                                                        Born 23 March 1988 Farnworth, Bolton                                   Educated Mount St Joseph School.   

Britain's most successful Olympian with most  golds (7) and most medals  (9).                                                                  Team Sprint 1st 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2nd 2021.            Individual Sprint 1st 2012, 2016 and 2nd 2008.              Keirin 1st 2016, 2021.                                                       In September 2016, he married the track cyclist Laura Trott.  Taken together they have won 12 Olympic gold medals.                                  

Stephen ("Steve") Kenyon  (1951-)                                         Long distance runner                                                              Born 16 September 1951                                                      A retired male long-distance runner from England, who competed in the late 1970s and early 1980s in the men's marathon and half marathon.                                                                      He was raised in Bolton


Jason Ian Douglas Kerr (1974-)                                                Cricketer                                                                        Born 7 April 1974 Bolton                                                    Batsman and Bowler - played for Somerset and Derbyshire


Winifred Kettle (1901-1985)                                                 Politician                                                                            Born 10 August 1901 Burslem, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire    Died 14 February 1985                                                        42 Years as a Labour councillor on Westhoughton Urban District Council, Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council and Lancashire County Council. First woman to sit on Westhoughton UDC.         Awarded OBE in 1974. Made Honorary Alderman in 1980.       A community care centre in Westhoughton is named in her memory.


Joseph Henry Kevan (1855-1891)                                           Cricketer                                                                            Born 13 September 1855 Bolton                                            Died 9 December 1891 Bolton                                              Played for Bolton Cricket Club and Lancashire.


Amir Khan  (1986-)                                                            Lightweight Boxer                                                                  Born 8 December 1986 Bolton                                            Educated Brownlow Fold Primary School; Smithills School; Bolton Community College.                                                              Silver medallist in 2004 Athens Olympics at age 17. Turned professional 2005.

Haroon Iqbal "Harry" Khan (1991-)                                           Pakistan-British professional boxer                                            Born 10 May 1991 Bolton, England                                        Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist 2010 New Delhi.        Khan chose to represent Pakistan after being overlooked by the Team GB selectors in favour of Andrew Selby, who he went on to beat in the quarter finals, and was thus guaranteed a medal before losing out to the eventual gold medalist, Indian boxer Suranjoy Singh.                                                          Unbeaten as a professional 7 wins in seven fights.

Eddie Kidd (1959-)                                                               World champion motor-cycle stunt rider                                    He did a show in Queen's Park, Bolton in 1979.                       CCM Motorcycles once supplied stunt performer Eddie Kidd with a specially modified CCM 500cc  used to jump over 13 double decker buses in 1976.

Johnny Kidd (1935-1966)                                                      English singer-songwriter                                                    Born 23 December 1935   Frederick Albert Heath                      Died 8 October 1966.                                                          Best remembered as the lead vocalist for the rock and roll band Johnny Kidd & the Pirates. He was one of the few pre-Beatles British rockers to achieve worldwide fame, mainly for his 1960 hit, "Shakin' All Over".                                                            Kidd died at age 30, in a motor car collision on the A58, Bury and Bolton Road, Bury Bolton border, Radcliffe, Lancashire. The car in which he was travelling as a passenger had a head-on collision with one driven by Peter Metcalfe. Metcalfe's 17-year-old girlfriend, Helen Read, also died in the accident. Pirates' bassist Nick Simper, who later became an original member of Deep Purple, was also in the car with Kidd, but he suffered only some cuts and a broken arm.                                                


Alan Kirkman (1936-)                                                             Professional Footballer                                                            Born 21 June 1936 Bolton                                                 Forward - played for Manchester City, Rotherham United, Newcastle United, Scunthorpe and Torquay.


Benjamin Kirkman (1985-1953)                                              Politician                                                                            Born 11 February 1865 Halliwell Road, Bolton                          Died 21 April 1953 109 Lawn Street, Bolton                            Mayor of Bolton 1935 (Labour)                                            Worked in the cotton industry, as a dispenser for a doctor and finally as a newsagent.                                                          President of the Bolton Newsagents Association, the North-Western District Newsagents Federation, and the Amalgamated Association of Operative Cotton Spinners, Insurance Section. Played cricket for Heaton in the Bolton and District League.


Rev Thomas Penyngton Kirkman  (1806-1895)                           Mathematician                                                                     Born 31 March 1806 Darcy Lever, Bolton                                 Died 3 February 1895 Bowden, Cheshire                                 Educated Bolton Grammar School; Trinity College Dublin             Curate of Bury, 1835-6, Curate of Lymm, Cheshire 1836-40, and first Rector Southworth with Croft, Lancashire 1840. Fellow of the Royal Society 1857.


Percy Knott  (1865-1943)                                                      Politician                                                                            Born 1865 1 Blackburn Road, Bolton                                      Died 30 October 1943 276 Blackburn Road, Bolton            Mayor of Bolton 1925 (Conservative)                              Chemist and druggist. Also a sub-postmaster from 1888.


James Knowles (1812-1886)                                                  Politician                                                                        Born 1812 Bolton                                                                  Died 20 January 1886 Eagley Bank, Bolton                            Mayor of Bolton 1855, 1856.                                                 Colliery proprietor.


Tony Knowles (1955-)                                                            Professional Snooker Player                                                    Born 13 June 1955 Bolton       

Margaret Koppens ( c.1944 -2021)

Died 19 Sep 2021                                                              The long-time secretary of Halliwell Local History Society.


Brian Egbert Krikken (1946-)                                                   Cricketer                                                                            Born 26 August 1946 Horwich, Bolton                                  Batsman and wicket-keeper - played for Lancashire 1966-1967 and Worcestershire 1969.                                                    Father of Karl Krikken qv.


Karl Matthew Krikken (1969-)                                               Cricketer                                                                             Born 9 April 1969 Bolton                                                       Batsman and wicket-keeper - played for Derbyshire 1989-2003.   Son of Brian Krikken qv


Sir Harold  Kroto (1939-)                                                        Chemist                                                                              Born 7 October 1939 Wisbech, Cambridgeshire                    Educated Wolfenden Street Primary School; Bolton School; Sheffield University                                                                 Joint Winner of Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1996 for discovery of Fullerenes - previously unknown forms of carbon.                         Son of German-Jewish refugees from Hitler's persecution - Moved to Bolton when he was one year old. Father changed family name to Kroto from Krotoschiner in 1955.

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