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Tour de Tooting - A Grand Parade of Wheels

Tour de Tooting - A Grand Parade of Wheels

On Sunday July 3rd, bicycles, scooters, rickshaws and wheelbarrows, rolled through the streets of Tooting and into Fishponds Playing Fields for the first Tour de Tooting.

The fun began at Franciscan Primary School, where crowds gathered and those taking part made finishing touches to their bikes or barrows. Volunteers guided the parade down Franciscan Road and into the bus turning point on Longmead Road. Transition Town Tooting, the community group behind the event were granted permission from TFL to close this road for the duration of the parade. As the parade entered the meeting point they were greeted by a brightly coloured, hand made windmill and music from the Balham Ukulele Society.

Volunteers and crowds gathered at Franciscan Primary School for the start of the tour, contenders make final touches to their wheels.

Led by drums from Ancestral hands drummers and James Bond on his brightly coloured, feather bike and outfit to match, the streets were soon filled with an influx of wheeled mechanisms. It was fantastic to see hundreds of people had made it out in the sunshine to either take part or to show their support.

Children follow James Bond down through Longmead Road. by Luke Harris, TDP photographer

Rickshaws carried ladies and children, speakers played music, beeps, rings and drums soon took over from the normal buzz of Tooting’s busy roads. After a Jai Ho performance from the children of the Indian Dance Academy at Franciscan School and their teacher Ragini Rajagopal, the parade was led away down Totterdown Road, over Tooting High Street and up to Fishponds Playing Fields. The parade soon flooded the fields, decorated with flags and brightly coloured banners and food and drink was soon shared amongst a hungry crowd.

A lady in a rickshaw gives us the thumbs up, by Luke Harris, TDP photographer

With many thanks to Amir (Primark Tooting Manager), Brian Albuqerque (Tooting Town Centre Manager) and Lucy Neal (Transition Town Tooting) we we’re given permission to access Primark Tooting’s roof. We had perfect views of the parade heading down into Longmead Road, out towards Tottendown Street.

We were delighted to be a part of Tour de Tooting and we’re already looking forward to the next event from Transition Town Tooting.

Find out more about future events from Transition Town Tooting follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Flyer, art work, information and map for Tour de Tooting 2016
Sam Quinn and his unicycle, by Luke Harris, TDP photographer
Fiona and Carole representing the river and the trouts. by Luke Harris, TDP photographer

Spectacular views looking down onto Longmead Road from Primark’s roof.
Children from the  Indian Dance Academy from Franciscan School led by their teacher Ragini Rajagopal. By Luke Harris, TDP photographer
The handmade windmill, By Luke Harris, TDP photographer
Brightly decorated handmade rickshaws. By Luke Harris, TDP photographer
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