HUNDREDS of people packed into Pershore to welcome some of the world’s best cyclists in the Tour of Britain.
And town Mayor Coun Tony Rowley was left thrilled after the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, rode through the streets of a sunny Pershore on Wednesday (September 10) when Worcestershire hosted Stage Four of the nation’s
biggest cycling event.
To mark the special occasion, Pershore was filled with Great Britain themed bunting outside shops, the town hall and the Number 8 Community Arts Centre.
The High Street saw a flurry of activity with Chapman Court featuring a specially made cyclist out of willow to mark the occasion.
The streets started to fill up at 11am as the excitement gathered pace ahead of the cyclists arrival time of 11.55am.
In Broad Street youngsters from Abbey Park Middle School lined up the pavement waving flags and clappers to see their
cycling heroes just a few yards away.
There was also plenty of excitement at Pershore High School as many students lined up outside the school as the cyclists rode through Station Road before making their way through Pinvin Crossroads.
Students Claire Howson and Maisie Molineaux also had a day to remember when they were awarded prizes at the start in
Worcester as the winners of the Jersey and Helmet design competitions.
And Coun Rowley said Pershore had done a marvellous job in welcoming the riders.
“We’ve had the weather, we’ve had the crowds here and I think we have welcomed The Tour of Britain into Pershore and have shown what the town is all about.
“Pershore is a vibrant town and everybody’s come out and they are smiling which is testimony to what we’ve achieved in Pershore. We’ve all come together at the right time to celebrate this event.
“I think the youngsters who watched these fabulous scenes will go back thinking cycling is a brilliant thing. They are going to remember this for a very long time.”
Pershore’s Town Manager Steve Knight said: “Having The Tour of Britain come through Pershore is a real coup for the town.”
“The whole town has got behind the event and with the many activities going on we hope it will give something for the cyclists
“Hopefully this will give Pershore some good coverage.” he added.
Professor Crump filled the High Street with laughter as he entertained hundreds of exciting spectators. Picture by Nigel Slater
Cyclists ride past Pershore High School on Station Road. (s)
Even Prunella Plum made an appearance! Picture by Nigel Slater
Tracy Grubb and Pershore Town Manager Steve Knight stand either side of the specially made cyclist made out of willow. Picture by Nigel Slater
Coun Val Wood waves her flag ahead of the cyclists’ arrival. Picture by Nigel Slater
Pershore Town Crier was in fine voice throughout the event. Picture by Nigel Slater