When it comes to a warm welcome for the Tour of Britain cyclists on 17 September, Knowsley’s got it covered!
Hundreds of decorated umbrellas will line parts of the route through the borough, giving both the cyclists and the thousands of spectators watching on television a little taste of what makes the borough great.
Throughout the summer, Knowsley Council’s leisure and culture development team led a community project during which local children and community groups decorated umbrellas. There were three themes to choose from – each designed to celebrate the best of Knowsley. These are:
- Flowers - a reference to Huyton-based National Wildflower Centre and the wildflower displays across the borough
- Scenes from Shakespeare - recognising the borough’s links with the Bard – he was a regular visitor to Knowsley Hall in Prescot, and wrote Midsummer Night’s Dream to mark the wedding of the Sixth Earl of Derby, William
- Edward Lear’s poem The Owl and the Pussycat – which was written whilst the poet was staying at Knowsley Hall
Cllr Eddie Connor, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Community and Culture said: “After the success of last year there is a real buzz of excitement in our schools, cycling communities and residents to welcome back this impressive race.
“The umbrellas which have been created look really fantastic, very colourful and tell you about the rich history and heritage in the borough. It’s just a shame that the cyclists will probably be going a little too fast to appreciate them all individually!”
Over a hundred of the world’s top cyclists, which includes Sir Bradley Wiggins, will be competing in this year’s race. Stage 3 will include an individual time trial where cyclists will be competing against the clock along a 16km route around Knowsley.
Spectators with over a hundred of the decorated umbrellas will line the route in Knowsley Village to cheer on the cyclists.
Top photo: Knowsley’s colourful welcome for The Tour of Britain