Excitement builds for the big day.
Byline: James Cain Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
AS the anticipation of the Tour de Yorkshire gets into full swing, residents, schools and businesses in Marton and Nunthorpe have been busily putting up the bunting.
Throughout the south Middlesbrough suburbs of Marton and Nunthorpe, there's a mood of community spirit as people gear up for the arrival of the threeday cycling event.
Scores of bicycles, painted yellow and blue, adorn the streets and rest outside every school while bunting hangs from the lampposts and trees along the route of the pre-race.
Nunthorpe Railway Station has once again been blitzed by 'yarn-bombers' who have left dozens of knitted creations - everything from bikes to jerseys and bunting.
Individuals have been putting their own personal mark on proceedings.
Lollipop lady Pat Knowles, 70, has taken the trouble to decorate her school crossing on Marton Road close to Captain Cook Primary School.
And councillor Jon Rathmell, with the help of residents, has painted more than 30 bicycles which can be found dotted around the area and outside schools.
Racers will be heading to Teesside on Sunday, May 1, for the third and final day of the Tour de Yorkshire.
Cyclists will set off from Centre Square at 11.10am and then head out of town via Linthorpe Road, Marton Road and Stokesley Road into Marton and Nunthorpe, before heading into North Yorkshire at Great Ayton and Stokesley.
Poppy Cooper, two, of Marton has a rest from her own cycling exploits
Above and right, bunting and bikes are out in force
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Shops have brightened up the route
Above, and inset, Nunthorpe train station