East Devon events: Tour of Britain pictures

PUBLISHED: 07:00 17 September 2016 | UPDATED: 09:05 20 September 2016

Tour of Britain 2016 stage six from Sidmouth. Ref exb 36-16SH 7422 Picture: Simon Horn.

Tour of Britain 2016 stage six from Sidmouth. Ref exb 36-16SH 7422 Picture: Simon Horn.

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Wet and windy weather conditions failed to dampen the crackle of excitement felt around Honiton as the sixth stage of the Tour of Britain passed through last week.

The pack of cyclists, featuring Olympians Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, was greeted with an almighty roar as spectators lined High Street to welcome them.

The Tour of Britain is a multi-stage cycling race, where riders race across Great Britain to complete the distance in the fastest time.

Earlier in the day, the competitors had started in Sidmouth before cycling through Ottery St Mary and on to Honiton, where residents were in fine voice as the cyclists rode along High Street and Dowell Street.

Honiton Town Council played host to the years five and six children of Honiton Primary School, who lined the route.

A town council spokesman said: “The children seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves and the place was buzzing with chanting of ‘beep your horn’ and lots of cheering.

“We hope the children will remember this day and be encouraged and motivated to achieve great things themselves in years to come.”

The spokesman added that the council would like to thank Honiton Tesco for providing the refreshments, and Devon Freewheelers for providing first aid skills, as well as town crier Dave Retter for his help.

A spokesman for Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce added: “We believe an event such as this is evidence of how Honiton is growing in stature and adds even more flavour to what is already a dynamic and thriving town.

“The economic benefits to local business are obvious and we look forward to welcoming more events like this to Honiton.”

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