A major brand has given its backing to a village’s celebrations of the Tour of Britain by providing free spray paint for residents to colourfully decorate old bicycles to celebrate the race’s arrival.
John Deere will be supplying villagers in Cropwell Bishop with dozens of yellow and green paint cans and gloves to spray bikes the community have collected that will be placed around the village as part of their community acknowledging the Tour on September 8.
Villagers can bring their old bikes to be sprayed at an event on August 20 from 10am to 3pm hosted by Cropwell Bishop Parish Council at the Old School in the village and there will also be the opportunity for children to make banners and posters from 10am to 1pm.
Cllr Gordon Moore, ward member for the village and Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Finance at Rushcliffe Borough Council welcomed the news and encouraged residents to get involved with the event.
He said: “I am delighted to see a local business playing such an active role in encouraging the celebrations in one of their local communities and it is very generous of John Deere to donate these materials to the village.
“It highlights our sense of community spirit and it is heartening to see the Parish Council, primary school, and great numbers of villagers in Cropwell Bishop embracing this national event.
“Everyone is really excited to watch the cyclists fly past and we can’t wait to give them a warm welcome with so many local groups set to be out in force on the day to cheer them on.”
Chris Wiltshire, Branch Tactical Marketing Manager at John Deere said: “When we heard about the village’s activities to welcome the Tour of Britain we were really eager to get involved and offer our support wherever possible.
“John Deere have been in the area since 1966 and are part of a really close knit community so it is great to be able to donate these items to the villagers so they can recycle their old bikes into decorations welcoming the Tour to the area.”
Residents in the village are also urged to decorate their houses and gardens that can be viewed from the route as the Parish Council is offering a prize for the best dressed house and business in the area.
They are encouraged to bring items to make as much noise as possible to cheer the cyclists on and to wear the theme colours of yellow and green as well as using face paints which will be available from the Old School on the day of the race from 8am to 10am.
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.