Ribble Valley gears up for the Tour of Britain

Downham's yellow phone box (s)
Downham's yellow phone box (s)

The Ribble Valley is gearing up in style to celebrate the Tour of Britain.

From old style phone boxes being painted bright yellow to meetings about the event, the Valley is ready for the race that will put the area in the international spotlight as it will be broadcast across Europe, Australia and America, attracting 200 million television viewers.

Downham has painted its old style phone box bright yellow to commemorate the event and volunteers in Newton-in-Bowland have been busy clearing grass verges in the village so that spectators have the best view possible of the cyclists as they power through.

Clitheroe cycling shop, Pedal Power, is celebrating by taking part in a display next month at Clitheroe Castle Museum about cycling and how it has changed over the past 35 years. The display will feature photographs, cycles and information from when the shop opened in 1980 up to the present day. Exhibits range from an early Triumph children’s cycle to a modern cutting-edge road bike, featuring all the latest in cycling technology.