Worshipers at St Peter's in the Forest have opened the church for the Tour de France today to celebrate thousands lining the streets of Waltham Forest

Tour de France riders to cycle through Waltham Forest today

Tour de France riders to cycle through Waltham Forest today

First published in News East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter - Waltham Forest

A church congregation will be out in force today to wish competitors in the Tour de France ‘God speed’ along their way.

Worshipers at the parish church of St Peter’s-in-the-Forest, Walthamstow, will celebrate the arrival of the tour this afternoon by opening an open cafe for spectators.

The church has constructed a lifesize sculpture of ‘Jesus on a bike’ made from flowers woven around a bicycle frame and mannequin which will sit on the church railings.

The Vicar, The Revd Paul Trathen, said: “It is such a fabulous treat to have this iconic bicycle race passing so close to our church door.

“We really want to help the neighbourhood celebrate and put on our own bit of the show. “Our church banner also wishes the racers God speed.”

The Vicar stressed that an equally warm welcome will always be offered to all at the church ‘whether on wheel or foot’.

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5:25pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Dan Hall says...

A lovely day spent drinking coffee and eating cake at St Peters, thank you to ALL
A lovely day spent drinking coffee and eating cake at St Peters, thank you to ALL Dan Hall
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