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Super fan collects Rushcliffe Tour of Britain artefact

9 October 2018

The Mayor of Rushcliffe has presented a cycling super fan with a piece of Tour of Britain memorabilia after he made a special trip of over 125 miles to collect the artefact.

Cllr Mrs Maureen Stockwood handed over a huge bright yellow ‘West Bridgford welcomes the Tour of Britain sign’ to cycling fanatic David Dighton from Cambridgeshire after he was so inspired by his visit to see the race in the Borough on September 8, he wanted to return to collect the item.

He contacted Rushcliffe Borough Council to see if he could request one of the colourful signs that adorned town and village entry points in the build up to and during the race day, and insisted on making a charitable donation in exchange for receiving the sign.

Local celebrations he felt made the occasion and he was keen to secure the piece of history from the day and delighted to make the donation to the Mayor’s chosen charity in her year of office, Nottinghamshire Hospice.                     

He said: “I am a huge cycling fan and try to watch as many races as work allows, so I was really excited to hear about the Tour of Britain in Rushcliffe.

“I had a fabulous day out watching the cyclists in West Bridgford and would like to thank the team at the Borough Council for putting on such a great start event.

“The sign they have very kindly donated to me will be a reminder of the brilliant day and add to my cycling memorabilia.”

Mayor Cllr Stockwood said: “It is wonderful to hear that Mr Dighton enjoyed the efforts that Rushcliffe made for the Tour of Britain and it is a wonderful commitment and gesture on his part to collect this sign and donate to my charity.

“Communities and residents joined together to give a really warm welcome to the cyclists and as highlighted here, also to others from outside the Borough who visited to watch the race.”

To watch a round up video of how Rushcliffe celebrated the Tour of Britain please visit www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/tob