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Ruddington villagers save bike from the scrapheap for the Tour of Britain

6 July 2018

Villagers in Ruddington are getting into the Tour of Britain spirit by saving a bike from the scrapheap that will now be turned into a colourful creation to celebrate the event on September 8.

Ruddington Parish Councillor Sue Matthews found the bicycle earlier this week, left out on a street in the village, and it is now set to be transformed into a brightly designed bike to be displayed in a prominent location when the race speeds through.

She was joined by fellow Parish Councillors Paul Reedman, Jill Reedman and Annette Auckland to begin thinking through how it will be decorated and the group have appealed for more bikes to be donated to the cause.

Villagers and visitors can find out more about how to celebrate the Tour at the Ruddington Village Fayre on Saturday July 21 and a dedicated community meeting on Thursday July 26 at St Peter’s Rooms in the village or at www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/tob

Cllr Matthews said: “I walked past the bike and it had a sign on stating it was for scrap and anyone could take it. I thought how lucky, we can put it to good use when the Tour visits.

“We’re appealing now for anyone in and around Ruddington to donate their old bikes too and they should email office@ruddingtonparishcouncil.gov.uk  if they can do so.

“We’re also asking creative villagers to think of ideas for possible land art to put on Sellors Field for the event that the TV cameras might pick up on from the sky. Again, email us with any ideas.”

Communities across Rushcliffe are encouraged further to get involved with the Tour as it visits West Bridgford, Compton Acres, Ruddington, Bradmore, Bunny, East Leake, Costock, Wysall, Keyworth, Plumtree, Tollerton, Cotgrave, Radcliffe-on-Trent and Shelford by visiting the webpage.

Alternatively all interested businesses, community groups and individuals can call 0115 914 8555 or email media@rushcliffe.gov.uk to find out more how they can celebrate the sporting spectacular in their neighbourhoods.