Tour de Tendring

The time is nearly upon you to take part in the Tour de Tendring. This year it wil be extra special because it will happen at the same time as Sparks Will Fly.

Cyclists are beginning to sign up in their droves for this year’s Tour de Tendring which promises to be the most spectacular ever.  The annual cycle ride takes place around the District on May 20 and hundreds of people are already preparing for the challenge. This time the popular event will be staged on the same day as a major celebration in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games.

Harwich, which is where the Tour de Tendring starts and finishes, will play host to the Sparks Will Fly in Essex events on both May 18 and 20 as part of a cultural festival for everyone to celebrate the London 2012 Games in the county.

The tour will involve three routes of 6, 20 and 60 miles around picturesque countryside and coastal roads and you can take part as an individual, family or larger group.

And once the rigour of the ride is over there will be a chance to unwind and relax with family entertainment, attractions, music, fun, food and drink as part of the overall festival and procession going on that day over two sites.

Anyone wanting to sign up to take part in the Tour de Tendring should go to  HERE to book their place.

Sparks Will Fly in Essex, which is being organised by Essex County Council (ECC) and Chelmsford Borough Council (CBC), are two out of 15 journey stops which will culminate in the Olympic Torch Relay arriving at Hylands Park, Chelmsford on July 6.

Marina Mightier, one of two character champions played by a stilted performer and created under the Sparks Will Fly in Essex banner, will arrive at Harwich Quay by 56ft wooden schooner on May 18 and then join in the Harwich Children’s Carnival and parade to Harwich Green.

Then, just two days later, the same character champion will parade with an entourage of more than 500 performers from Cliff Park, along the seafront, and end up at Dovercourt Swimming Pool linking in with the cycle ride to be staged on the same day.  Neil Stock, Leader of Tendring District Council (TDC), said it will be a special celebration and a day to remember in Tendring. “This promises to be an exciting event for all residents in Tendring to get involved with and enjoy along with the many visitors we are sure it will attract to the District,” he said.  “While much of the action is taking place in Harwich I hope people from across the area will head for the town and make the very most of this one off opportunity.”

Cllr Stock added that Tendring will be the first place in Essex to sample The Sparks Will Fly events and that is bound to heighten the interest. “A great deal of effort is being put in to the two days events and there should be something for everyone,” he said. “We are confident it will be a major boost for the District and be a welcome addition to an already busy year of activities.”

TDC’s events team and Grand Theatre of Lemmings will be working alongside ECC to co-ordinate the events. For more information about Sparks will Fly in Essex visit www.sparkswillfly.org.uk or Clacton Tourist Information Centre on 01255 686633.

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