Residents made sure the village was at its best

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A village on the outskirts of Sheffield has been given a new lease of life after it was put on the map by the Grand Depart.

With one of the toughest climbs on the stage – Jawbone Hill – and a spectator hub in Coronation Park residents in Oughtibridge knew thousands of spectators would be descending on the sleepy village and they wanted to be prepared.

Spectators in Oughtibridge

Spectators in Oughtibridge

Meetings began back in October to discuss how they would ensure their village would be at its best when the eyes of the world were on it.

Claire Beetcroft, landlady of The Cock Inn, said: “As a village we have really come together. We have really gone to town. We started preparations last year.”

Claire saw her takings more than double on Saturday night – and she expected takings to be even better yesterday.

She opened her doors early, serving breakfast to the eager spectators and 22 staff, family and friends manned the bar, outside bottle bar and food stand during the day.

Claire added: “It is so exciting. We didn’t know what to expect. Sometimes it has been quite stressful planning it, but well worth it.”

A three-day music festival was organised by the committee at Oughtibridge War Memorial Recreation Ground, who also ran a campsite.

It started on Friday night and ended tonight – with around 2,000 people visiting on Saturday evening.

Committee member Steve Hill said: “It has been great. It has been quite a challenge to organise with all the health and safety.

“It is a lovely site and we have done it belt and braces.”

Committee chairman Ian Sanderson said the proceeds would help them claw back some of their £25,000 debt incurred during rebuilding when the area was flooded in 2007.

People had been camping in fields alongside the route from Friday and spectators started to get into position from 5.30am today.

Residents decorated their homes, with many erecting scaffolding in their gardens to ensure they got the best view.

Paul Barrow, aged 55, of Oughtibridge Lane, said: “There has been a buzz building up all week and now it’s actually here it’s incredible.”