Get voting for your favourite Tour of Britain flag and trophy designs

19 July 2018

Voting is now open for a competition set to give two creative Nottinghamshire youngsters a day that they will never forget.

Following a county-wide search, voting is now open to decide the two winners from ten shortlisted flag and trophy designs which will mark the start and finish of the Tour of Britain, when some of the world’s top cyclists return to Nottinghamshire on Saturday 8 September. 

The overall winners will have their designs custom-made and get the incredible opportunity to wave their flag to officially start the race in West Bridgford and present their trophy to the winner of the Stage seven in Mansfield, set to be seen by a world-wide TV audience of millions. 

After getting more than 100 entries from local youngsters aged between 4-11 years old, the shortlisted ten entries are now up for the public vote until Sunday 22 July.

Councillor Kay Cutts, Leader of Nottinghamshire Council County, said,

“Thanks to all the young people who took the time and effort to enter this exciting competition.  We’ve had some wonderful entries in, so it was very difficult to decide on a shortlist, but we now have our ten finalists. 

“We want the whole county to get involved to decide the winners of both competitions – so please get voting for your favourites before the closing date of this Sunday (22 July) – the two winners will have an experience which they will remember for the rest of their lives!”

Last year’s winners were Mansfield youngsters Saffron Keegan and Connor Chidlow from St Phillip Neri primary school.  Saffron waved off some of the world’s top cyclists with the flag she designed in her Mansfield home town. While sports-mad Connor presented his designed trophy to the stage winner, Fernando Gaviria in Newark in front of a live TV audience. 

Connor said,   “I loved every minute!”   Connor’s mum, Lisa Chidlow commented, “It’s a day Connor and the rest of his family will remember for the rest of our lives.”

Saffron added, “ I loved having the chance to wave my flag to start the whole race.”

Voting closed midnight Sunday 22 July. 

The Tour of Britain is UK’s biggest free-to-attend sporting event. It returns to Nottinghamshire, this time taking in 215 kilometres of the county’s top landmarks, countryside and dozens of towns and villages as well as being the race’s longest stage.

Check out details of the final route map and timings

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