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The bunch leaves town
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

September 19, 2009: Yesterday was race day in Hatherleigh as the Tour of Britain start machine came to town for a few hours to see off the peloton en route for Yeovil. If you missed the excellent part Hatherleigh played in the eventual film broadcast last night at 7pm then don't worry because you can watch it again and again on ITV Player here for the next 28 days. The weather was perfect and a fine crowd turned up to watch the event. Estimates vary from 1000 up to 3000. The carnival procession and the big bike went down brilliantly, although the tar barrels came through 10 minutes early and at such a speed that there was no time to photograph them. The lads and lasses looked great in their blue tee-shirts so if you have any nice pix then please email them to us. The night before we were embarrassed to find that the barrels had shrunk in the sun and were too dangerous to be jumped by Andrei Burton. They had a good dosing of water overnight and were back to normal the following morning, but instead of barrel jumping in the street, we fixed Andrei up with a tractor and trailer with bales of hay to jump. This worked well and later, to cap the day off perfectly, Andrei finally did one barrel jump after his display in The Square. Pictures will be on line shortly. BTW: word has it that Hatherleigh is the best start in the Tour so far. 'Thanks' everyone who helped.

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