Tour de France Cambridge auction fundraises for cycling project

Tour de France lamp post banners in Cambridge Image copyright Cambridge City Council
Image caption The city council had not decided what to do with the posters until members of the public suggested an auction

Cycling fans inspired by the Tour de France in Cambridge have raised by more than £3,000 for charity in an auction of official banners and posters.

The money from the sale of 69 lamp-post banners, 71 posters and even bunting, was donated to a cycling project.

The auction idea came from the public, said Neil Jones, marketing manager with Cambridge City Council.

Owners of the official posters, TDFHub Ltd, called it a "lovely idea", he said.

Tania Verdonk tweeted that her poster was now above her stairs, while Jenny Payne tweeted hers was in her garden.

Image caption The official Tour de France posters were hung alongside knitted bunting made by volunteers

Mr Jones said "we hadn't even thought about it" with regard to what might be done with the posters and other street decorations.

But he said the memorabilia, which included "hundreds of metres of bunting", sold out "incredibly fast".

The £3356.92 raised was given to the community cycling project You Can Bike Too, based at Milton Country Park, just north of Cambridge.

It helps people of all ages with disabilities, or after a stroke or hip replacement, to become more confident about cycling.

Image copyright Cambridge City Council
Image caption Neil Jones said putting money into a project to help people of all abilities enjoy cycling was part of legacy of the Tour de France in Cambridge

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