Tour exhibition at council offices until end of the month

Charlie Birtwistle, 9, with his winning flag design for the Aviva Tour of Britain
Charlie Birtwistle, 9, with his winning flag design for the Aviva Tour of Britain

Entries to a competition to design a start flag for Stage 2 of the 2015 Aviva Tour of Britain are to be exhibited at the Ribble Valley Borough Council Offices until the end of September.

The competition was won by nine-year-old Whalley youngster Charlie Birtwistle, whose winning design was made into a flag to start the top race.

The world’s top cyclists, including Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, powered through Ribble Valley and Pendle on a tough 162km circular route from Clitheroe to Colne amid glorious sunshine and cheered on by tens of thousands of spectators on Monday September 7th.

The stage was won by Czech national champion Petr Vakoc, after the ride of his life in a thrilling finish in Colne, with Edvald Boasson Hagen of MTN Qhubeka winning the overall Tour of Britain following Sunday’s final stage in London.

A competition to design the start flag for Stage 2 attracted more than 100 entries from youngsters at primary schools throughout the borough.

Charlie’s winning design featured Clitheroe Castle, Pendle Hill, the River Ribble and a witch wearing the Tour of Britain colours of red, white and blue, while riding a bike with Union Jack wheels!

Ribble Valley Mayor Bridget Hilton said: “The Tour of Britain attracted a huge following, as well as an international television audience, so was the ideal showcase for Ribble Valley and Pendle’s many attractions.

“The standard of entries for the competition was exceptionally high, with some fantastic designs, many featuring bicycles, Pendle Hill, the River Ribble and of course witches.

“I would like to thank all the schools and their pupils that took part in the competition and lined the route to support the event.”

Charlie joined Coun. Hilton at the start of the race, where he waved off a People’s Peloton featuring Ribble Valley’s unsung heroes and heroines, and community champions, before starting the race proper.

Charlie’s winning design and other entries to the competition will be displayed in the main reception at the Ribble Valley Borough Council Offices in Church Walk, Clitheroe, until the end of September.