On your bike for the Tour of Britain

Painted bikes were put on display all over the town
Painted bikes were put on display all over the town

Residents and businesses along the Scottish Borders sections of the 2015 Aviva Tour of Britain route are being encouraged to decorate old bikes for display on Tuesday and Wednesday September 8 and 9.

VisitKelso, a community group promoting the town, which hosts the Stage 3 finish at Floors Castle on September 8, has organised a ‘Paint and Decorate your Bike’ competition.

On Saturday August 15 at 2pm Kelso Square will see the colourful and creative bikes being displayed in the Aviva Tour of Britain colours of red, white, blue and yellow. Prizes are being offered in three age categories – 11 and under, 16 and under and 17 and over.

Karen Hume from VisitKelso said: “We want the whole town to get behind the Aviva Tour of Britain when it comes to Kelso and make it a memorable occasion for cyclists, visitors and locals.

Councillor Stuart Bell, SBC’s Executive Member for Economic Development, said: “The Aviva Tour of Britain’s visit to the Scottish Borders on two days in September is a fantastic opportunity for us to attract tourists to the area, particularly to Kelso for the Stage 3 finish.

“In the past we have seen sheep adorned with Bradley Wiggins-style sideburns and wonderful shop window displays in Peebles and Jedburgh, and I’m sure that the residents and businesses in Kelso and in the towns and villages along both stage routes will rise to the occasion this year.”

The 2015 Aviva Tour of Britain will race through Newcastleton, Hawick, Selkirk, Tweedbank, Melrose and Maxton en-route to the stage finish at Floors Castle.

The following day the Lammermuir Hills, Duns and Coldstream feature on the route between Edinburgh and Blyth, Northumberland.