Village wants to capitalise on “cycling bug” as bumper crowds turn out for the Tour of Britain

The Tour of Britain rode through Old Buckenham on Saturday, September 12. ANL-150914-143957001
The Tour of Britain rode through Old Buckenham on Saturday, September 12. ANL-150914-143957001

The chairman of Old Buckenham Parish council wants the village to become “cycle friendly” and “capitalise on the bug” which has come with the Tour of Britain, which passed through the region on Saturday.

An organising committee put together the event, which featured games, food and craft stalls on the green, while the Ox and Plough pub held a beer festival and live entertainment.

The Tour of Britain rode through Old Buckenham on Saturday, September 12. ANL-150914-143946001

The Tour of Britain rode through Old Buckenham on Saturday, September 12. ANL-150914-143946001

Between one and two thousand people are expected to have visited the south Norfolk village on the day, which parish council chairman Steve Milner hailed as “fantastic”.

“It went brilliantly well,” he said. “All of the roads were lined with people.

“One of our older residents said he could not remember crowds like this in the village since VE day.

“The one thing we want to do is to get a legacy of cycling in Old Buckenham.

The Tour of Britain rode through Old Buckenham on Saturday, September 12. ANL-150914-143923001

The Tour of Britain rode through Old Buckenham on Saturday, September 12. ANL-150914-143923001

“We want to create a bike-friendly Old Buckenham. Lots of ideas are being thrown around the village as we have been caught up in the cycling bug and we want to capitalise on that.”

Placing on record his thanks to all of those who got involved, he added: “The biggest contributors are every man, woman and child who turned up on the day.”

Grant funding from Breckland Council, as well as money from the parish council, helped fund the event, while money raised is due to be donated to the Old Buckenham 2000 Trust charity, which helps organise community events.

The seventh stage of the tour the longest, at 141 miles running from Fakenham to Ipswich was won by Andre Greipel of the Lotto-Soudal team.

The Tour of Britain passes through Old Buckenham. ANL-150914-170741001

The Tour of Britain passes through Old Buckenham. ANL-150914-170741001

Visitors were also given the chance to ride on part of the Tour of Britain route, which was put together by Diss Cycling Club and Breckland Council.

It is thought to be the first and only time people anywhere in the country have been able to race on part of the Tour stage on the day of the race.

Elsewhere in the Diss Express area, a number of events marked the passage of the Tour of Britain through the region.

The Attleborough Town Council organised a fun day, which featured fun fair rides, wattbike racing, face painting, live music and more.

In East Harling, the East Harling Church, East Harling Old School Hall, and East Harling Sports and Social Club hosted a event in a bid to encourage everyone to watch the race together.

A number of games were held, with a league table for families marking their progress, while a number of displays and sporting activities were also on offer.