Suffolk’s most famous landmarks have been lit up to celebrate the return of the Tour of Britain to the county for the first time since 2017.

Felixstowe Pier, Framlingham Castle, the Orwell Bridge, and an Apache helicopter at Wattisham Airfield were all illuminated in Tour of Britain colours and branding by Ipswich-based Motion Mapping, who are official partners to the Suffolk stage.

The projections celebrated stage five of Britain’s biggest professional cycle race, which comes to Suffolk on Thursday 7 September, the route of which was revealed on Friday night in Felixstowe.

Stage five will start and finish on Felixstowe seafront, will weaving through Kesgrave, Ipswich, Hadleigh, Needham Market, Stowmarket, Framlingham, Leiston, and Woodbridge along the route.

The Tour of Britain 2023 begins in Greater Manchester on Sunday 3 September and culminates eight stages later in South Wales (Sunday 10 September). Along the way the riders will race through Wrexham, East Riding of Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Suffolk and Essex, creating an unforgettable sporting spectacle that is free for all to watch.

More details of this year’s race, including full stage routes and competing teams, will be announced during July.

ITV4 will continue to broadcast live flag-to-flag coverage of every stage, as well as a daily highlights show, allowing fans in the UK to watch the action unfold wherever they are. International coverage will be available in over 150 countries courtesy of Eurosport and GCN+.