East Suffolk: Communities prepare for Tour of Britain ride

COMMUNITIES in east Suffolk are gearing up for the Tour of Britain Cycle Race as they prepare to welcome the world’s best cyclists.

Crowds will be out in force to cheer on the riders as they race through the countryside in the first stage of the race.

The route takes the riders through Woodbridge and the villages of Melton - where there will be a sprint stage – Bromeswell and Eyke before heading to Tunstall and Snape.

Residents are preparing for the event and are looking forward to witnessing the most skilful riders go wheel to wheel.

In Woodbridge the community is organising a Family Fun Day Extravaganza on Kingston Field shortly after the riders pass through.

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The fun starts at 11am on Sunday, September 9 and organisers are promising stalls, games, music and competitions.

There are also sponsored cycle rides of 25km, 50km or 100km for people to raise money for their chosen charities.

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The event has been organised by the rotary clubs of Woodbridge and Woodbridge Deben, Lions Club of Woodbridge and the Inner Wheel Club of Woodbridge.

It was the idea of David Houchell, a member of the Rotary Club of Woodbridge.

“We have been very encouraged by the response,” he said. “It is a wonderful legacy from the Olympics and we are hoping for a great turnout.”

Sponsorship forms or further details are available from the town council on 01394 383599 - or people can sign up on the day.

Woodbridge mayor Charles Notcutt said there was a growing sense of excitement in the town.

“We are very privileged to be staging a leg on the first day of the race,” he said. “It has been quite a remarkable year what with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the arrival of the Olympic Torch. This event will build on that enthusiasm and we are very much looking forward to it.”

Brian Farquhar, clerk of Tunstall Parish Council, said there was a great deal of excitement in the village, which will be decorated with bunting and banners come race day.

Meanwhile, Robert Cutts, clerk for Bromeswell Parish Council, said: “People will be arriving early to ensure a good spot. We are looking forward to seeing lots of people supporting the cyclists, inspired by the achievements of British cycling this summer.”

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