Old bikes needed for Tour of Britain artwork

Chamber of Trade's Ian Sowerbutts, Daniel Williams and Cliff Cowburn get on their bikes
Chamber of Trade's Ian Sowerbutts, Daniel Williams and Cliff Cowburn get on their bikes
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Have you an old wreck of a bike that you can spare for the Tour of Britain? Not to ride, that is, but to go on display.

Stage Two of the Aviva Tour of Britain 2015 will begin at Castlegate, Clitheroe, on Monday September 7th, and pass through the town again later the same day.

As the event has a global television audience of millions we want Clitheroe to really stand out and be seen around the world

Daniel Williams

To help get the town in the mood for the race, Clitheroe Chamber of Trade and Commerce has been busy collecting old bicycles for several weeks to create a tableau of ornamented cycles in the Castle grounds.

Individual business will decorate the bikes with co-ordinated paintwork and themed presentations to create a spectacle for all the thousands of anticipated visitors, but more bikes are needed.

Daniel Williams, acting Chamber president, said: “We are hoping to create an exciting display to rival anything seen in Yorkshire when they hosted the Tour de France, but we need more bikes.

“As the event has a global television audience of millions we want Clitheroe to really stand out and be seen around the world.”

If you have an old bike, any size and condition complete with wheels, call 01200 422598 to find out how to donate. The bikes will be recycled later at local facilities.

Stage 2 starts in Castle Street at 11.15am on September 7th, and takes a clockwise route through the Ribble Valley to Barnoldswick, back through Clitheroe to Whalley and to Colne, 159.3km total.

The Chamber’s anniversary “Shop Clitheroe” loyalty scheme Superdraw, with £500 vouchers to be won, is this weekend to coincide with the Food Festival.