Residents and groups in Cotgrave are busily organising activities to celebrate the Tour of Britain’s arrival in the community as it races through the town in September.
Cotgrave Town Council are working in partnership with Parkwood Leisure and Inspire Cotgrave Library on a host of cycle related opportunities, competitions and art sessions to help the event come to life as the event passes through Plumtree Road, Bingham Road and Colston Gate.
Parkwood Leisure are set to place spin bikes opposite the Post Office where residents eager to watch the cyclists can have a go at spin cycling and the yellow bikes will be placed at various points along the route through the village.
A kid’s competition run by the Town Council and the library will offer a prize for the best designed cycling jersey pennant and all the submitted designs will be transformed into colourful bunting displayed in the community on the day of the race.
The library have also organised a decorating bunting and bikes session for local children on Tuesday September 4 at their base and are hoping to set budding artists to work at designing flags and banners.
Opportunities for land art are also being explored with the Town Council hoping to display a cycling themed creation and the local Royal British Legion branch erecting a tribute to the Royal British Legion and World War One Centenary on a field between Cotgrave and Cropwell Bishop.
Town Council Chair Cllr Steve Gardner said: “We are so excited to watch the cyclists race through Cotgrave and are pleased that the community is coming together to celebrate.
“The leisure centre and library have been great in their support organising events to get residents involved and we encourage everyone to think of additional ways they can cheer the cyclists on.
Three bikes destined for the scrap heap were kindly donated to the Town Council by Chris Allsop Metal Recycling which have now been transformed into colourful creations to promote the Tour.
Deputy Leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council Cllr Debbie Mason praised the Town Council on their efforts and also encouraged residents to get involved with the celebrations.
She said: “I am delighted to see Cotgrave Town Council working closely with the local community to develop activities that celebrate this world class event in the village.
“Like so many of our towns and parishes, residents in Cotgrave are doing all they can to welcome the cyclists and their plans sound really exciting.
“I am sure that everyone will join together in welcoming the Tour to the town.”
Two of Cotgrave’s ward members Cllr Richard Butler and Cllr Hayley Chewings, also welcomed the news and greeted the Town Council and partners at Cotgrave Leisure Centre to further support their activities.
The Town Council are now appealing to local businesses and residents along the route to dress their garden or shop front in a cycling theme or in the colours of yellow and green to celebrate the Tour.
For more information on the Tour of Britain in Rushcliffe visit www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/tob
Alternatively all interested businesses, community groups and individuals in Rushcliffe can call 0115 914 8555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more how they can celebrate the sporting spectacular in their neighbourhoods.