Penzance organisations respond to postponement of 2020 Tour of Britain event

Responding to today’s news of the postponement of the 2020 Tour of Britain event, organisations in Penzance say that while disappointed at the decision, they welcome confirmation that the town will still host the opening stage of the race next year.

 “it is essential to protect the safety of everyone involved with the race, as well as those in the communities living along the route “ said Jim McKenna, Chair of the Penzance Steering Group set up to manage the town’s arrangements for hosting the start of the prestigious event in September. “Postponing the race is the right thing to do at these uncertain times and we completely support the decision of the organisers.

 “All members of the steering group had been working hard to ensure that Penzance was ready to host the start of the race and we were developing plans for some really exciting events both on the day itself and for whole weekend. These include the “festival of sports” event we have been working on with Penzance Pirates and local sports groups which was due to take place over the same weekend as the race.

 “This postponement gives us more time to build on this work and stage an even bigger and better programme both for next year’s Tour of Britain race start and the festival of sports weekend”.

 One of the schemes which is already underway in the town is the refurbishment of the promenade. This work has stopped but is due to recommence in the next two weeks and is expected to be completed by the Autumn.

 “We may not be able to celebrate the refurbishment of our prom by hosting the start of the 2020 Tour of Britain, but it can still be enjoyed by local residents “ said Councillor Nicole Broadhurst , the Mayor of Penzance. “We know that many local businesses are struggling to cope with the impact of the coronavirus. The completion of the scheme and the re opening of this jewel in Penzance’s crown will help provide a feel good factor”.

 “All organisations in Penzance are working together to support residents and local businesses during this global pandemic. This news, while disappointing, means we can focus on continuing to provide this support at the same time as drawing up plans to make next year’s event even better, enabling us to provide a much needed boost to our town. “

 Jessica Morris from Penzance BID added “We were all looking forward to the event this year but safety is paramount , now we can all focus on really showcasing Penzance and its businesses in 2021”