The race is on to find the best dressed town or village in each district when the Tour of Britain returns to the county on Saturday 8 September.
Nottinghamshire County Council has set the challenge to find the ‘best dressed’ champion in each district – with a special prize on offer.
The international cycle race will pass some of the county’s most impressive landmarks and countryside as well as dozens of towns and villages along the 215 km route – the longest stage this year.
Last year’s event attracted 210,000 supporters on the day – one of the biggest turn-outs across the eight-stage race, as well as boosting the Nottinghamshire economy by more than £3.4m.
Councillor Kay Cutts, County Council Leader said,
“With a global TV audience of millions, the eyes of the world will also be upon us so it’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase what our great county has to offer.
“We’ll be looking for flair, creativity and villages or towns which have gone that extra mile to embrace the spirit of the Tour of Britain.”
“Last year, the efforts of the 45 villages and towns along the route brought tremendous sparkle to the day. Hours of hard work and dedication went into creating the miles of bunting, countless flags, dozens and dozens of yellow bikes and all the impressive displays of land art.
“I can’t wait to see how this year’s route will be transformed by communities across the county.”
Up and down Nottinghamshire, plans are taking shape, these include;
• Staff dressed as monks at Worksop Priory Gatehouse
• Plans for a full day of fun with a ‘Bilsthorpe Bonanza’ including special cycle-themed songs performed by a local choir.
• A 50ft hay bale display at Tollerton by a local farm shop
• A giant inflatable bunny is set to take pride of place in Bunny village
• A special plumtree will be created in Plumtree
• Looking to match last year’s efforts, Newstead residents are making various knitted creations and will be decorating the village in a sea of yellow
• School children in Halam are gearing up to line the route with flags.
• Yellow bikes galore are again planned in Edingley
• Ruddington residents are busy knitting scarves in Tour jersey colours to welcome the riders.
• A bike challenge is being geared up for Wysall locals
Jane Johnson, Clerk for Newstead Parish Council said,
“Last year Newstead residents, including the local school, really got involved and showed true community spirit. We can promise lots of yellow again throughout the village when the race passes next month.”
To enter our competition, all you have to do is: send us your plans and photos via our online form or post your photos on social media using #NottsToB. or go to http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/culture-leisure/sport/ovo-energy-tour-of-britain/competitions
Each district is set to win a special best dressed town/village plaque.
Please make sure you have permission from the owners of any buildings or land you want to decorate. More advice is available at www.nottscc.gov.uk/tourofbritain, see ‘get involved’
In need of inspiration? Here are a few ideas:
• Decorate the route with flags and bunting
• Create colourful town/village/window displays
• Get your local community group involved – the more the merrier!
• Decorate old wheels or bikes to display
• Create land art in your local space – the bigger the better!
• The theme doesn’t need to be bicycle related, you can showcase your district heritage, landmarks, famous people or anything you are proud of.
• Celebration of industries are also encouraged but commercial advertising will not be counted.