Tour of Britain cyclists ride through a packed Hale!
Locals lined the streets on Saturday in their hundreds to cheer on cyclists as they began the eighth and final stage of the Tour of Britain.
Hale businesses and residents joined in the celebrations by decorating shop fronts, attaching bunting and displaying bike themed decorations at intervals along the route.
The start of the 166km final leg had been on Market Street in Altrincham, and by 11am the road had been closed and supply vehicles, police and emergency services were starting to be seen gathering along Hale high street.
The bakery provided a constant supply of coffee, hot bacon barms, warm sausage rolls, as well as the usual variety of cakes and savouries for spectators to munch on while they waited. The cycle themed cakes were extremely popular as everyone entered into the spirit of the day.
The entourage appeared around the corner from Victoria Road into Ashley Road at around 11.04 am followed by the riders, support crew, TV and press coverage to a series of loud cheers and encouragement from the supporters . It was a fabulous atmosphere and one which will remain in our memories.