Cllr Sue Saddington, met with the local residents and parish council members of all five winning villages during her final week as Nottinghamshire County Council Chairman.
The ‘best dressed village’ signposts are a legacy to these villages’ roles in making the Tour of Britain a real spectacle when it came to the County last year.
Residents embraced the international sporting event by transforming their villages and towns for the day.
Miles of bunting, flags, yellow bikes and creative displays helped celebrate some of the world’s top cyclists racing 215kms through the county.
Woodborough resident Deborah Bliss originally entered her village for the competition. She said:
“We were very pleased to have jointly won and now have this signpost in place.
“Our displays, which took several meetings in the local pub to plan, were inspired by community spirit, pride in our village and wanting to give the cyclists a warm welcome as they sped through Woodborough. They included many yellow bikes, metres of bunting and a display of yellow hoops and wheels.
“Scarecrow figures falling into hedges and other fun features were added by homeowners and Woodborough Wood’s Foundation School pupils. On the day, yellow twirling umbrellas among the huge crowd completed the display. We were supported by local residents, the Parish Council , Woodborough Community Association and local businesses, in particular Timmermans Garden Centre and Woodborough Park Farm and their magnificent land art creations.”
Newstead businesswoman, Lorraine Horrocks, also entered the competition on behalf of her village. She said,
“Jointly winning this award was a very proud moment for this community and we hope it inspires others to join in with future community events and celebrations.
“Everyone got involved and dedicated many hours of their time; from the local sewing group, the local youth club, The Newstead Centre, The Pit Micropub, CAST Angling Project as well as other local residents and Gedling Borough Council. Newstead Parish Council provided hundreds of metres of bunting and balloons which adorned the length of the route through the village. We even have a permanent cycling-related installation created by live on the day by local artist Toz Flanders.”
Chairman of Plumtree Parish Council, Councillor Mike Bylina, said,
“We are delighted at the fact that the efforts of the council and local residents had been rewarded. It had been a wonderful initiative that saw lots of people in the village involved, showing a superb community feeling and making a great effort to ensure Plumtree played its part in expressing the thrill of having the race pass through.”
The signposts are located on the Governor’s Field (Woodborough) and next to The Pit micro pub in Newstead and on the Burnside Memorial Hall in Plumtree.
Bilsthorpe Parish Council’s Vice Chair, Councillor Mel Ward, said,
“The Parish Council, local residents, businesses and community groups all worked together to create a fantastic celebration of the Tour visiting Bilsthorpe. This involved 70 plus individually decorated bicycles on the route through the village along with flags and bunting and on a field by the route, a piece of land art that described the rich, local mining heritage with a giant wheel, decorated with cyclists and a miners lamp in the centre. The amazing community spirit in Bilsthorpe came together to achieve all this and everyone is delighted to have that acknowledged.”
Lynn Holland, formerly of Tuxford Town Council said,
“We were thrilled to bits to get this award!
“We were very proud of our yellow penny farthing as this was made from scratch by our handymen along with the yellow jerseys which were placed in planters plus Tour of Britain logos around the village .”