The end of term summer term is always a magical moment for school children and ToBi, the official mascot of the Aviva Tour of Britain, helped make it even more magical for two primary schools in Cumbria this week.

Yanwath School near Penrith and All Saints Primary School in Cockermouth are both on the route of the two Cumbrian stages of the big race, which will be just 50 days away from starting this weekend (Saturday 18 July)
 
ToBi visited the schools to encourage any last-minute entries in the ‘Design the starting flag’ and ‘Design the winner’s jersey’ school competitions, which closes for entrants on the last day of the school term.
 
""The two local sponsors of the competitions, Cockermouth-based automotive engineering business M-Sport and United Utilities were also at the schools to mark their backing of the big race. Both M-Sport (starting flag) and United Utilities (winner’s jersey) will be involved in the judging, with the winners announced at the end of the summer holidays. 
 
The two companies say backing the Cumbrian stages of the UK’s largest free sporting event is an important symbol of their support for the local community, as they recognise the economic and longer-term benefits the Aviva Tour of Britain brings to the county.
 
Malcolm Wilson, Former World Championship rally driver and owner of Cockermouth-based automotive engineering business M-Sport, said:
 
“Cockermouth will have never seen anything like the start of the Tour before and we’re excited to be getting behind the race.  For me, there is no bigger adrenaline rush than being behind the wheel of a world rally car, and I’m sure it’s something similar for the cyclists at the start line of the Tour of Britain. I’d like to see the flag competition entries come up with a design that captures all of the excitement, energy and glory that comes with competing at the top level of your chosen sport.”
 
John Hilton, Project Director from United Utilities, said:
 
“United Utilities has always had a close relationship with Cumbria and the Lake District and supports local communities here. We’re reliant on the Lakes for around a third of the water supply for the whole North West, and therefore it’s important to recognise that contribution by supporting great events such as the Tour of Britain. As we embark on our major seven-year project to connect West Cumbria to Thirlmere, it’s really important to us that local people feel that United Utilities is part of their community.”

ToBi also visited Cockermouth's Market Place, pictured below, which will host the start of Stage Three on Tuesday 8 September, the first of two day's spent in Cumbria by the Aviva Tour of Britain 2015.

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