A NELSON company has created a limited edition bag to mark its sponsorship of the second stage of the Aviva Tour of Britain.

Carradice, of Nelson, which has been hand making bags for over 70 years, has altered its Barley saddlebag by adding a union flag to the front of the bag and removing its name badge.


David Chadwick, managing director, said the tour was a great way of getting the community together.

He said: “We are extremely proud and delighted that we are sponsoring the tour and that it will be coming past our door.

“The Tour de France came close to passing us last time but this is one step better.

“It’s not every day the tour comes through your town, it’s prestigious for everyone in Nelson and we can’t wait to see it.” He added.

In total 20 bags costing £70 each have been crafted in olive green and black and will be on sale at The Municipal Hall on Albert Road in Colne on Monday, the day the tour sweeps through the borough.

The second stage is set to pass through the Ribble Valley and Pendle and on a 95-mile route from Clitheroe to Colne where thousands of people are expected to watch the worlds best riders compete for the yellow jersey.

n Pendle is getting into the Tour of Britain mood with Cycle Saturday this weekend.

The Pendle Cycle festival are holding the event at Swinden Playing Fields in Nelson for all youth and senior riders.

The event will start from approximately 10am to 3pm, for more information contact 01282 617132.