Colne festooned with bicycles and bunting

Knitters at Wooley Bargains in Colne are weaving away to create red, white and blue bunting for the Tour of Britain next month. (S)
Knitters at Wooley Bargains in Colne are weaving away to create red, white and blue bunting for the Tour of Britain next month. (S)

Colne continues to gear up for the finish of Stage Two of the Aviva Tour of Britain in September with sponsorship and spangle.

Colne vehicle management company XLCR and Gouchy’s Metalwork in Nelson have sponsored a Colne in Bloom initiative of adorning the town with sprayed bikes in red, white and blue.

Colne in Bloom's Dorothy Lord with Michael Gouch from Gouchy's Metalworks in Nelson and Scott Moore, Dean Overson and Stephen Peace from XLCR Vehicle Management. (S)

Colne in Bloom's Dorothy Lord with Michael Gouch from Gouchy's Metalworks in Nelson and Scott Moore, Dean Overson and Stephen Peace from XLCR Vehicle Management. (S)

The eye-catching designs are proving popular with locals and are alongside the usual colourful hanging baskets ready for the peloton’s arrival into the town centre on Monday, September 7th.

Dorothy Lord said: “The bloomers are always happy to do their bit within the town and here is a great example of local businesses more than willing to support the cause.”

Meanwhile, a group of keen knitters have been weaving their magic to create Tour of Britain bunting at Wooley Bargains in Colne Indoor Market. This will go on display throughout the market and in the exhibition glass box at its front.

With no experience necessary, all are invited to help create the trail of tricolour flags and you can drop in Monday to Saturday from 9am until 4pm (closed Tuesday and Sunday).

Boundary Mill is celebrating its sponsorship of Stage Two with a charity bike race with a difference on Tuesday.

Staff will raise money for this year’s chosen charity, the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, by “racing” in the foyer of its flagship store in Colne.

Kirsten Jones, head of marketing, said: “We want to have a go at re-enacting the energy of the professional cyclists who take part in the Tour of Britain.

“Six teams of four staff will cycle for 15 minutes each, making up an hour. And the team which rides the most miles in the fastest time will be crowned the champions.”

Volunteers from the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association will be there on the day for customers to show their support by making donations.

Kirsten added: “The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association is our chosen charity this year and we hope that this event will mean we can give them a cash boost.”

The teams will be cycling from 11am until 12 noon and between 1pm and 2pm on static bikes loaned by Pendle Leisure Trust.