VIDEO: Pupils’ joy as village bike path reopens

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PUPILS put the wheels in motion for a celebration when a cycle path near their school was reopened after completion a repair scheme.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held after Sustrans, a national charity that helps create better walking and cycling links, repaired a large section of cycle path on the outskirts of Wingate which had been damaged by flooding last year.

Simon Wood of Sustrans pictured with Wingate junior school pupils on the repaired cycle track.

Simon Wood of Sustrans pictured with Wingate junior school pupils on the repaired cycle track.

But it is now back in use thanks to £120,000 of resurfacing, funded by the Department for Transport’s Links to Communities scheme, which is managed by Sustrans.

Simon Wood, from Sustrans led the youngsters on a mile-long bike ride along the path, which was followed by a picnic and ribbon-cutting.

Class teacher Emma Downing accompanied 10 Year 5 children, who have just completed their Bikeability training, on the ride with Simon.

She said: “This was money well-spent. The children love it and said they couldn’t wait to come to school via the path.”

The route is part of the National Cycle Network, spanning across the country.