Alnwick businesses asked to pedal their wares for the Tour of Britain

The Tour of Britain cycle race will pass through Alnwick town centre on Monday 9th September.  This will be a massive event in the town and will attract a large number of spectators and national TV coverage.  The route into town will be up The Peth, along Narrowgate and Bondgate Within, then though The Hotspur Tower leaving the town down Alnmouth Road on their way to Warkworth.


To support the event Alnwick Town Council have decided to run a shop window competition for retailers in the town.


The competition is to dress shop windows in an appropriate way to reflect the Tour of Britain cycle race.  This could be using the Northumberland colours of red and yellow, Alnwick Town colours of blue and yellow or an alternative display of your choice.  The first prize for the best window display will be £100 and two tickets to the start line in Berwick-upon-Tweed on the 9th September. There will also be two other cash prizes of £50 and £25 for 2nd and 3rd place.


Windows will be judged by the Mayor on September 2nd 2019 and winners will notified on the same day.


We hope as many people as possible are able to join in the fun and make Alnwick a real highlight for the riders, visitors and TV cameras.


Tour of Britain other ideas:

  • Restaurants and cafes could do a special Tour of Britain menu
  • Bakeries could produce bicycle shaped cakes and biscuits
  • Shops could have special race day or race week offers
  • You could join in the festivities by displaying Tour of Britain posters, put up bunting and flags and generally helping to create a street party atmosphere
  • Get a bike and decorate it in all sorts of colours outside your shop / business
  • Create bike related floral displays along the route
  • Come up with another way of making your business stand out amongst the crowds and on the TV

A previous entry in the Tour of Britain window dressing competition


Town Council helping Alnmouth to a Clean Sweep

Alnwick Town Council have had their first request to loan some of their Town Clean-Up equipment from Alnmouth Parish Council for their town tidy-up on Friday 28th June.


The equipment was purchased using the £4,500 High Street Community Clean-Up Fund given to the Town Council by Northumberland County Council.  The Town Council have purchased a range of equipment: Litter Picking equipment including children’s litter picking kits; brooms, wheelbarrows & shovels and gardening tools including hoes, shears and racks.

Geoff Watson and Donald Blythe

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Geoff Watson handing over clean-up equipment to Donald Blythe on behalf of Alnmouth Parish Council.



Deputy Mayor Geoff Watson said “we are very grateful to Northumberland County Council for the funding which has enabled us to purchase the equipment.  It’s pleasing to see that other people are as interested in keeping their town clean and we are happy to loan the equipment to Alnmouth Parish Council”.


He continued “Alnwick Town Council itself will be holding its next town clean-up day on Sunday July 14th so the equipment will get plenty of use”.


The Town Council has agreed to loan the equipment to other local Parish Councils and organisations to help them with any clean-up events they hold and anyone interested in borrowing equipment should contact the Town Council on 01665 602574 or

Town Councillor dies

Councillors and staff at Alnwick Town Council were saddened to hear of the death last week of Councillor Charles Westendarp.  Charles died in Cramlington Hospital after a short illness.


Councillor Westendarp joined the Town Council in May 2017 and was a great supporter of Alnwick. He was heavily involved with a wide range of organisations and will be sadly missed by all.

Town Tidy Clean Sweep

Sunday 24th March was the tidy up day in Alnwick with over 80 people turning out to take part in this annual community event.


Representatives came from a wide range of organisations including Alnwick in Bloom, Alnwick Chamber of Trade, Alnwick Civic Society, Alnwick Area Friends of the Earth, Alnwick Cubs & Scouts, Alnwick Garden, Alnwick Town Junior Football Club, Alnwick Choral Society, Alnwick Dolphins, HospiceCare, Loving Alnwick, RAF Boulmer as well as Town Councillors, Officers and members of the public.


Members of Alnwick Football Club Juniors who turned out in force to help clean the south end of the town



Friends of the Earth

Members of Friends of the Earth




The main focus was on key areas in and around the town centre including Alnwick Bus Station, Greenwell Lane / Greenwell Road car parks, Sainsbury’s and Homebase car parks, Swansfield Park, Roxburgh Place Car Park, Taylor Drive, Willowburn Avenue, Upper Dodds Lane and Correction Lane, Stonewell Lane, Market Place and involved litter picking, sweeping, weeding and general tidying.

Alnwick Cubs and Scouts

Alnwick Scouts tidying the bus station




Mayor Alan Symmonds said “to see so many people taking pride in their town was fantastic to see. All their hard work certainly helps to get the town ready for the visitors who will come to Alnwick this year.  It’s clear to see that the town has certainly benefitted from its Spring clean.

The Town Council would like to say a big thank you all those who took part in the tidy up which is a great way to get the town ready for Easter and the season ahead”.

Representatives from RAF Boulmer


Following the clean-up homemade refreshments were served at the Alnwick Youth Hostel.