ONE of the highlights of the north Essex calendar has been given the green light this year, much to the delight of a town councillor.

The Tour de Tendring is usually held around May and has raised vital funds for charities over its 28-year history. It was cancelled last year due to covid.

But Tendring Council has now confirmed the event will go ahead this year but will be postponed until later due to covid restrictions.

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The race offers six, 20 or 60-mile distances and usually sets off from the swimming pool in Dovercourt before the routes set out across the Tendring countryside.

Hundreds take part each year.

Will Lodge, of Tendring Council, said: “We’re working with our partners, Bike Events, with a view to staging the Tour de Tendring in 2021.

“However, due to the usual timing of the event and where this sits on the roadmap of Covid-19 restrictions lifting, it is highly probable the date will be moved to later on in the year.”

Harwich town councillor Jo Henderson added: “It’s a great event for families and for everybody in the area. If it can go ahead this year it will be fantastic for everyone’s mental wellbeing.

“If it does go ahead it will be absolutely brilliant to see it back. Events like these are so big for the town and the whole of Tendring.”