Bottling up new ideas for top Tour artwork

A village business is now gearing up for this year’s Tour de Yorkshire cycle race.

The Jug and Bottle at Bubwith is planning great things on Friday 29 April, when more than 140 professional riders, including Olympic champion and Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins, will once again pass through the village.

Louise and Doug Smith are the owners of the multi award-winning specialist delicatessen and off licence, which is based in a former Victorian school.

Louise and her staff said they were delighted that they will get to watch the first sprint point of stage 1 of the Tour and are busy planning a ‘carnival-esque’ atmosphere to help celebrate the event.

They’re also keen to involve different parts of the community again this year, including the children at Bubwith County Primary School for a second time in a row. On the day itself, there will be lots going on too.

The establishment will be offering various treats and drinks on the day, complete with a pop-up dessert bar.

There will also be live music from the local 13-piece swing band AllSortz.

The band will be live for two 45 minutes sessions from late morning onwards.

The establishment will also be entering the Tour de Yorkshire’s ‘Lining the Route’ land art competition.

Louise and her husband Doug were among the first to participate in this wonderful phenomenon last year when they transformed their circular lawn behind the shop into a perfect Yorkshire White Rose.

Louise said: “My staff, family and friends are all keeping everything crossed that with the whole race being televised this year The Jug and Bottle’s land art entry will get shared across the world.”