The Mayor of Hailsham is encouraging people to join in the festivities when the Tour of Britain arrives in the town on September 13.
The town is making its final preparations for the tour which is the UK’s biggest professional cycle race and the country’s largest free to view sporting event.
Stage Seven of the race will see some of the world’s top riders, including Sir Bradley Wiggins, cycle through Hailsham from around 1pm.
Cllr Bentley said: “There is an exciting buzz in the air as Hailsham edges ever closer to welcoming the world-famous cycle race, and it will be wonderful for the local community to get together to see the riders race through the town. The Tour is Britain’s biggest cycle race, but we must remember that it’s also a community event for the simple reason that it is such an incredible spectacle and a fantastic occasion. We want to hear from anyone who would like to get involved and make the most of the opportunities this major sporting event offers. We want to celebrate and benefit from this very important event and we can only do this with your help. There are plenty of ways in which local businesses can get involved and help us including displaying a Tour of Britain poster in your window, dressing your window with a nice cycling theme, offering Tour of Britain special deals, putting up bunting on your shop front - if needed the town council can supply it. If you have other great ideas for Hailsham businesses to get involved with this spectacular day please let us know.”
The penultimate leg of the tour will enter Hailsham at approximately 1pm via the A271 Upper Horsebridge Road, turning right onto London Road, continuing down the High Street and George Street, then on to South Road before turning left into Ersham Road.
Hailsham is hosting a number of events on the day to coincide with the tour including a display from penny farthing and other classic-style cycles in the town centre from 10am to 1pm and face painting in the Quintins Centre from 10am to 1pm. The Corn Exchange in the High Street will be projecting live TV coverage of the action indoors. There will also be a collection by the Mayor on the day to raise funds for the installation of lifesaving external defibrillator devices to be stationed in public places throughout the town.
Town clerk John Harrison said: “We are delighted this exciting race is coming to Hailsham and have already seen an amazing turn out from the people of Hailsham to support events such as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and this is another opportunity to create a festive atmosphere in the town. We are a relatively small community, but always offer a big welcome.”
Marshals are still needed for the event. Call: 01323 841702.