As riders limber up for the 100th Tour de France, Matthew Linley, General Manager of East Anglian touring theatre company Eastern Angles, will be swapping his trademark flat cap for a cycling helmet and cycling 400 miles across East Anglia in order to raise money for the theatre company.
Setting off on the 22nd of June from High Beach, his route will cover 400 miles across East Anglia and he will eventually arrive in Peterborough on the 2nd of July.
The sponsored cycle has been in part inspired by the company winning an Arts Council Catalyst award back in May 2012. The award of £120,000 is dependent on Eastern Angles raising £100,000 themselves. With the Catalyst funding matching each donation and gift aid each £1 donated could be worth £2.20.
Last year saw Eastern Angles celebrate 30 years of rural touring and Matthew’s route will include visiting over 40 venues in towns and villages that have hosted one of the 100 Eastern Angles previous productions. He will be hoping to meet the village promoters and supporters of the company in order to capture their stories.
Matthew finds that link to the touring programme vital. “I’m looking forward to cycling through East Anglia – discovering the places that have inspired the company’s theatre-making for the last thirty years and meeting some of our audiences on route.”
The company are also keen to hear from anyone living in one of the villages on Matthew’s route who has an Eastern Angles tale to share – if that’s you contact the Eastern Angles office on 01473 218202.
You can find out more and sponsor ‘The Hairy Biker’ by visiting https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/thehairybiker