MP COLUMN: Tour visit helped put town on the map by Pauline Latham

Pauline Latham MP
Pauline Latham MP
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This is the first column I have written since the end of Parliament’s summer recess and with the rain and cold weather that have been with us this week, summer is quickly becoming a distant memory.

I do hope that everyone in Belper was able to find time to enjoy their summer, whether here in Belper or further away.

That isn’t to say that the end of summer means an end to fun things to do in Belper.

Last Friday, I was able to join many others at Belper Market Place to watch the Tour of Britain cycle race go past.

Having Britain’s highest ranked cycle race go through our town is a real bonus, with people travelling from all over the country to see some of the best riders in the world ride past.

There was an excellent article revealing that the Tour of Britain actually started in the late 1950s, as the Milk Race, thanks to an idea of one of my constituents.

Events like this can help put Belper on the map even more and act as a draw to tourists, which will benefit not just our town but the wider region.

Increasing tourism to Derbyshire is one of my key goals. I met this week with Visit England to find what more we can be doing to get visitors.

One of the forth coming events that I am hosting in Belper is a Dementia Awareness session taking place on Friday, November 13.

As we all live longer many of us will have to deal with dementia in some capacity.

I held a Dementia Awareness session for carers and family members to learn more about this condition earlier this year. It is due to its success that I am holding another one.

The session will take place on Friday November 13 at Strutts Centre, in Derby Road, Belper, from 10am until 2pm.

If you are interested in attending please email Amanda Howitt, in my constituency office on howitta@parliament.uk or call 01332 676679.