The Day the Tour of Britain Sped Through
Saturday 12th September, 2015, will live long in the memory of all those who took to the streets of Hethersett to watch the national Tour of Britain cycle race pass through.
Hundreds of residents lined Queen's Road and Great Melton Road as the penultimate stage of the 2015 event made its way from Fakenham to Ipswich. The race entered Hethersett through Colney Lane, before going past the parish church and turning into the village at the Queen's Head. It then went the length of Queen's Road and Great Melton Road before turning left towards Wymondham.
Bunting and specially made banners welcomed the riders into the village with the race entourage of police motorbike outriders and team back-up cars also adding to the colour of the event.
Months of planning at a national level and weeks of organisation in the village culminated in the race which was through the village within minutes but which will have left a memory for young and old. Refreshments were served at Hethersett Queen's Head and Hethersett Methodist Church, there was a special sculpture on the playing field at Hethersett Junior School, the village sign was decorated and Hodge Podge shop in Oak Square organised games for children.
Early morning rain thankfully gave way to warm sunshine in time for the race to pass through. A breakaway of a handful of riders was followed by the peloton (or pack) of riders. For the record the stage was won by German Andre Greipel and the entire tour went to Edvald Boasson Hagen from Norway who was riding for the BTN Qhubeka team.
The gallery of photographs at the top of the page show the race and the day in general. Just click on the photographs to enlarge them. Photographs © Peter Steward, Richard Whall, Joe Lenton and Shane Hull. If anybody else took photos of the event that they would like added to this gallery please e-mail them by clicking here