Tour of Britain day plan for Berwick in gear

Activities and attractions relating to the upcoming Tour of Britain stage are being put together by Berwick organisations.

Wednesday, 7th August 2019, 15:02 pm
Updated Friday, 23rd August 2019, 22:15 pm
Special Northumberland bikes sprayed by local garage Semples of Berwick will be located around the town.

The town hosts the start of the third leg on Monday, September 9, which will go through parts of Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle.

Berwick Chamber of Trade, Berwick-upon-Tweed Town Council, Berwick Welcome Visitor Project, Berwick Rotary Club and Berwick Wheelers Cycling Club are all involved.

The television crew will be on the ground from 8.30am filming and interviewing before live coverage starts at 10.45am.

Competitors will be signing in before the race, so it is recommended that fans arrive early to enjoy the build-up.

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Stephen Scott, chairman of Berwick Chamber of Trade, said: “This is a great opportunity for Berwick to welcome all cycling fans and enthusiasts, give them a day to remember and also a chance to showcase Berwick to sporting fans throughout the world.”

The race will start on Marygate at 11am, ride down Hide Hill, along Bridge Street and out of town on the Longridge Road.

Local schoolchildren will be invited to watch the start of the race.

Enthusiasts and visitors will be able to watch the full race on a large screen located on the Quayside, where a special market organised by the rotary club and some fun cycle activities are also being held to keep people involved throughout the day.

Town Clerk Gareth Davies said: “Cycling is an increasingly popular sport and so we are aiming to attract many visitors to the town on the day to enjoy the event and the activities that we are planning.

“We hope to demonstrate that Berwick is capable of successfully hosting major events.”

The cycling fun will start on the afternoon of Sunday, September 8, as fans will be able to watch the end of stage two, which starts and finishes in Kelso.

A big screen will be located at the Parade car park, where there will also be a chance to join in with some fun cycling challenges and to enjoy the end of the Berwick Food and Beer Festival.