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Residents urged to give The Tour a warm Northumbrian welcome

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With just over a week to go until the AJ Bell Tour of Britain races through Northumberland, businesses, community groups and local residents are being called upon to help decorate the route and help turn the county red and yellow - the colours of the Northumberland flag. 
Businesses can also get involved by dressing their streets and shop windows with red and yellow bunting, flags, flowers or cycling displays. 
Stage Six of the race is due to start in Carlisle, Cumbria before entering Northumberland at Allenheads, leaving the county with a Eisberg sprint at Prudhoe and finishing in Gateshead. While in the county world class cyclists will be passing through 10 communities along a challenging 64 km stint. 

In 2019 The Tour of Britain swept through the county creating a wave of excitement as some of the world’s top cyclists, sped through our communities. 
Thousands of spectators lined the route to cheer on the cyclists and give them a fantastic north east welcome and it’s hoped that this year local communities will be just as involved. 
Northumberland County Council Leader, Glen Sanderson said: “The Tour of Britain is the UK’s largest professional cycle race and is broadcast in 150 countries around the world, so it is a great chance to showcase Northumberland yet again as a great place to visit and cycle in. 
“We want to give these world-class cyclists a warm Northumbrian welcome and would really like local residents and businesses to help us by getting creative and getting involved.   

“We’ve already contacted the parish councils along the route and would really like local people to support them in decorating their communities.” 
The eight-stage race runs from 5- 12 September with the race coming through Northumberland on Friday 10 September – full route details can be found at:  

Download and decorate your own Tour of Britain flag to cheer on the riders here. 

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