Host town fun events for end of Tour stag

Ten thousand visitors are expected to descend on Exmouth for four days of events, activities and live music to mark the end of the Devon leg of the Tour of Britain this autumn.

Devon will host its first full stage of The Tour of Britain on September 15, when 16 world-class teams will race the long way round from Exeter – with Exmouth chosen as the end-of-stage host town.

The events, from Wednesday, September 14, until Saturday, September 16, were backed by town councillors last week and tomorrow, to promote the Tour, cyclists will mark the official opening of the latest section of the Exe Estuary Trail.

Riders from Rapha Condor Sharp, the newly crowned Tour Series winners, will be joined by pupils from Topsham Primary and Bassetts Farm Primary as they ride part of the trail to Exmouth.

The fun kicks off on Wednesday, September 14, with an Exmouth Rotary Last Night of the Proms.

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This will be followed on Thursday, from late morning until early afternoon, activities on the beach and in the Pavilion Gardens organised by Leisure East Devon.

Later that afternoon, from 4pm until 7pm, a host of stalls and events will be staged in the Strand Gardens, hosted by the Rotary Club.

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And, from 7.30pm, Show of Hands will play at the Exmouth Pavilion.

On Friday afternoon, a Salamanca band is set to entertain the crowds with the Jive Aces playing at the Pavilion in the evening and, on Saturday, another concert will be held, thanks to Exmouth businessman George Nightingale.

Town clerk John Wokersien said: “As host town, it is usual that there is a programme of events that is put together.

“The events will be going on right the way through to the weekend.

“Hopefully, there will be a profit from the Show of Hands concert and this will cover costs.”

Mayor Sandy Sutton said: “It will be a real boost to Exmouth’s economy.

“This will be the end of the stage five of the race which will finish on Exmouth seafront.

“It should be very lively!”

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