Excitement builds as Fakenham Racecourse gets set to play its part in the Tour of Britain

Tour of Britain preview at Fakenham Racecourse. Pictured are (from left) David Hunter, Becky Palmer,

Tour of Britain preview at Fakenham Racecourse. Pictured are (from left) David Hunter, Becky Palmer, Karl Read and Duncan Ellis. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Excitement ahead of the Tour of Britain is building in Fakenham ahead of the seventh stage of this year's professional road race.

Officials from North Norfolk District Council and Fakenham Racecourse gathered yesterday in Fakenham, where the penultimate stage will set off from on September 12 at 10am.

The gates at the racecourse will be open from 7.30am on the day.

After leaving the racecourse, the riders will pass through Fakenham town centre and head towards Guist, Foxley, Bawdeswell and Reepham before reaching Cawston and Aylsham.

Tom FitzPatrick, leader of North Norfolk District Council, said: 'It's a fantastic opportunity for people to come out and support some of the best-known names and cycling teams. For north Norfolk it's also a great opportunity to showcase our fantastic district and encourage visitors to stay and find out more about the area.'

David Hunter, chief executive and clerk of the course from Fakenham Racecourse, said: 'We are delighted to be supporting this inspiring national cycling event.

'Hosting the start of The Tour of Britain (Norfolk) offers a great opportunity for the local community to get involved and we hope it will encourage tourists to visit the county again in the future.'

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Are you hosting a special event in the Fakenham area on the day of the tour? Email kate.scotter@archant.co.uk

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