THE search is on to find two tandem bicycles to be ridden in the Tour de Tendring in May.

Mark Platt, Tendring Council’s cabinet member for tourism is taking part to raise money for two charities who support blind people.

He and his friend, Sean Dilley from Stevenage who is blind, will take on the 20-mile course on one of the tandems.

Mr Platt’s brother, Alex, and Sean’s fiancée, Siobhan, who lives in Great Yarmouth, and is also blind will be on the second tandem.

They aim to raise funds for Mr Platt’s Light into Europe charity – which is based in Frinton and supports Guide Dogs for the Blind in Romania - and a local charity which supports blind people.

The Tour de Tendring starts at 10.30am on May 11 at Low Road in Dovercourt following stage five of the Women’s Tour event at 10am..

Anyone who is able to help with providing the tandems for Mr Platt should contact him at