Village gets set to welcome the Tour in style

Anna and her daughter Katie admire one of the cycle displays

At least 116 bikes have been painted and decorated and sited around Bilsthorpe to celebrate the Tour of Britain, which passes through the village tomorrow (Sept 6th).

The bikes are dotted along the roadside and in people’s gardens, some placed by individuals others by businesses and organisations.

The Revd Anna Alls, a Growing Disciples Priest based in the village, was on the team that helped to organise the displays and says it provided her with a great opportunity to meet new people.

“It started on Facebook and a group was formed from this. Radio Nottingham covered the story and then ITV news carried a piece and once it was on the telly more and more bikes started to appear.

“I have met people who I would otherwise never have met. I have been down to the tip and said ‘hello, I’m the vicar I have come to pick up a bike’.

“It has been a good opportunity to get involved in something positive  that has made the community feel proud.”

When the race has passed through the village a barbecue will be held at the sports centre.

More than 100 riders will set off at 11am on the 165km fourth stage tomorrow (Sept 6th) that starts in Mansfield and finishes in Newark.

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