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Published on Wednesday, 25th April 2018 in Cycling news

With just over a week to go until Le Tour de Yorkshire passes through Rotherham, local residents and businesses are getting into the spirit of the event.

In Wentworth, the village’s Community Association has been rallying local people to join in with bunting making – and you can expect to see the main street start to look more and more festive as the big day approaches.
 
Janice Middleton, Chair of the Wentworth Village Community Association, said: “We asked local people and businesses how they would like to get involved and it was decided we would do some bunting making.
 
“In the first week a 90-year-old resident knitted 32 yellow triangles so she really set the standard for everyone else!"

The whole community has rallied round, with local businesses offering support and school children also making bunting to decorate the fences around the village primary school.

Janice added: "We'd also like to say a big thank you to the Wentworth Estate for all their help and support."
 
The community is also raising money for the Air Ambulance charity, and on race day, Friday 4 May, the Mechanics Institute will be serving tea, coffee and cakes with all proceeds going to the charity.
 
Meanwhile in Kilnhurst, the Parish Church will be welcoming in children from St Thomas’ School to view the race from the churchyard.
 
Amanda Brewerton, wife of vicar Andy, said: “We’ve invited the children to come along and watch as we have such a good vantage point here. 
 
“There will also be an all-day café from 9am – 5pm in the tent in front of the church for anyone who wants to come along, and we’ll be holding themed craft activities as well as decorating the church with bunting.”
 
In addition to these activities there will also be an exercise bike where residents can challenge themselves to clock up as many miles as the Tour riders!

Pictured with some of the bunting ready to decorate Wentworth village are (back row, from left) Janice Middleton, Sue Birley, Alison Wingrove, Susan Clayton and Brian Lawson, and (front) Louise Middleton.

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