MILLIONS of pounds will be put into the Suffolk economy this year after it was announced that the Tour of Britain will be returning.
Bury St Edmunds’ Angel Hill will again be the starting point for a stage of the prestigious cycle race which brought £2.5 million to the county last year.
Suffolk County Council has joined forces with Norfolk County Council to ensure the race returned to East Anglia.
Jane Storey, Suffolk County Council’s deputy leader, said: “The spectacle of the tour working its way through Suffolk’s wonderful landscapes will showcase our county to visitors from across the UK and around the world.
“Last year the tour added to Suffolk’s already thriving £1.75 billion tourism industry by bringing in millions of pounds of extra trade. We plan to build on that this year.”
Stage 8 of the race will begin on September 17 in Bury before snaking its way through the Suffolk countryside to a big finish on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.
David Bayliss, policy officer for St Edmundsbury Borough Council, said it would be looking to make the most of an event that is set to garner international interest.
“This year it will be on a Saturday which means we can work with the town centre on ways to get people to stick around after the race,” he said.
Hugh Roberts, chief executive of organisers SweetSpot Group, said: “Over the winter we have worked very closely with Suffolk County Council, Norfolk County Council and local businesses to ensure that we can once again bring the Tour of Britain to both counties.”
Last year saw 120,000 people turn out to watch the race in Suffolk.