Tour of Britain attracts thousands to Newhaven and Seaford

Tour of Britain in Newhaven. Photo from SCDA
Tour of Britain in Newhaven. Photo from SCDA

Thousands of people lined the streets of Seaford and Newhaven as the Tour of Britain arrived.

Community events to celebrate the cycling race attracted huge crowds and aimed to interest more people in cycling on Saturday September 13.

Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA) and Newhaven Town Council, supported by Veolia Environmental Services, staged the annual Fete de Newhaven to coincide with the race and the Fete had a cycling theme.

Hundreds of people turned out to enjoy the race in Newhaven, trying to catch a glimpse of Bradley Wiggins, as well as the attractions of the Fete.

The Think Bike cycle display team was particularly popular with some eye popping cycling stunts which amazed the crowds.

Other bike displays also proved popular, including the puncture repair man who turned a bike into a percussion and drum kit, Ouse Valley Cycle Network which was promoting Egret’s Way cycle path and the Sustrans smoothie maker which was still in demand after the Fete had finished.

Visitors enjoying the many stalls and attractions were serenaded in the sunshine by Alex Banks.

There were also community stalls and the regular Newhaven Market which are a popular feature of the fete.

A spokesperson for SCDA said: “SCDA would like to thank all those who contributed to making the day such a success , the residents and visitors who turned out to enjoy and support the event and lastly the organisers and participants in the Tour of Britain who came through our town and made the event a special one this year.”

In Seaford organisers Seaford Town Council estimated around 2,000 people attended the cycling themed events at the Salts Recreation Ground throughout the day.

Apart from watching the road race, visitors could also enjoy a fun fair and Cycle Seahaven offered free bike tune ups and check-ups.

Plus there were bike orientated exercise classes and bike rides by Cycle Seahaven.

Cycle Train journeys will be organised by Sustrans and the Cycle Train team.

Seaford Community Cinema showed the race live on a big screen at the Salts Recreation Ground and afterwards showed The Lego Movie at 5pm.

Projects and facilities manager Ben King said the event went really well, with the fun fair and outdoor cinema proving extremely popular with residents.