Honiton mayor: Tour of Britain’s presence in town ‘essential’ for local tourism

PUBLISHED: 10:20 04 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:21 06 September 2018

Cyclists competiting in the Tour of Britain cycle down New Street.

Cyclists competiting in the Tour of Britain cycle down New Street.

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Honiton’s mayor said national events like the Tour of Britain coming to town are ‘essential’ for local tourism.

Cyclists career into High Street as the Tour of Britain landed in Honiton.Cyclists career into High Street as the Tour of Britain landed in Honiton.

Councillor Henry Brown said towns and cities must ‘capitalise’ on the opportunity - after hundreds of people lined Honiton’s streets to cheer on the elite cyclists, who hurtled down New Street and High Street on Monday (September 3).

Cllr Brown said: “I’m really pleased that the Tour of Britain came through Honiton once more on this particular leg of the tour.

“I hope as many visitors came to the town to view the spectacle and spent some time enjoying our local shops and cafes, which were open as usual. Events like these are essential for local tourism. We must capitalise on them to maintain our withering high streets.”

County chiefs estimate this year’s Tour of Britain second stage generated £4million of extra spending in the county.

Cyclists career into High Street as the Tour of Britain landed in Honiton.Cyclists career into High Street as the Tour of Britain landed in Honiton.

Cameron Meyer took victory after sprinting to win in Barnstaple.

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