Recycle your bicycle for Tour

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

VisitKelso, a community group promoting business and tourism in and around the Tweedside town, which will host the Stage Three 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.

VisitKelso’s Karen Hume said: “We really want the whole town to get behind the Aviva Tour of Britain when it comes to Kelso and make it a memorable occasion for all.

“In addition to the bike-decorating competition, we are also encouraging town centre businesses to take part in the council’s window dressing competition.

“We look forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to Kelso for what promises to be an amazing spectacle as the riders race over the cobbles.”

Councillor Stuart Bell, SBC’s executive member for economic development, said: “The tour’s visit to the Borders on two days in September is a fantastic opportunity for us to attract tourists to the area, particularly to Kelso for the Stage Three finish.

“In the past we have seen sheep adorned with Bradley Wiggins-style sideburns and some 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.