It is all happening on Monday at Millennium Park, Nailsea

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By Carol_Deacon | Friday, May 03, 2013, 16:24

Two town councillors are getting on their bikes to join the celebratory ride from Bristol and Nailsea on Monday to mark the official opening of a new cycle link.

Nailsea Town Council chairman Rod Lees and planning and environment chairman James Tonkin will be among the riders setting off at 11am from Queens Square, Bristol to follow the Festival Way route through Ashton Court and Flax Bourton on Monday, May 6.

The group will be stopping at Long Ashton where riders will be treated to a free lunch at the village hall.

The ride will mark the completion of the Festival Way which runs from the Cumberland Basin, Bristol to Millennium Park, Nailsea.

The cycle way, which has cost £1.5 million, has been developed by sustainable cycling charity Sustrans, funded by the Big Lottery and supported by North Somerset Council.

The ride will then continue into Millennium Park where people will be able to enjoy activities being put on as part of Nailsea's annual May fair.

To mark the opening, North Somerset Council chairman Terry Porter, will unveil a specially created Festival Way portrait bench in the park at 2.30pm.

The bench depicts figures who have played an important part in local history and includes Redvers Coate, who founded Coates Ciderworks in Nailsea in 1924.

Also featured on the bench is educational reformer Hannah More who founded a Sunday school in the town and Adge Cutler, the lead singer of the Wurzels whose first single release was 'Drink Up Thy Zider' in 1966 with 'Twice Daily' on the B side.

Wurzels tribute group the Twice Dailies and local band Bombshell will perform at the show.

As well as the unveiling there will be a fun fair, military vehicle and static engine displays as well as a barbecue and car boot sale.

Another highlight will be a display by new attraction Woodspring Falconry

The May bank holiday annual fair is organised by the 2nd Nailsea Scouts as its major fundraiser of the year from noon to 5pm.

The fairground rides opened on Thursday night and will be in the park until bank holiday Monday afternoon.

Nearly 200 youngsters belong to 2nd Nailsea Scouts which has its headquarters at Hannah More Road.

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