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Tour de France 2014: Llamas take in some of the Harrogate route

People heading to the finish line for the Tour de llama. Picture: Stuart Rhodes.

People heading to the finish line for the Tour de llama. Picture: Stuart Rhodes.

Taking in the sights of the Tour de France route when the great sporting event comes to Harrogate next weekend, a troop of llamas made their way through the town.

With all proceeds going to charity Dementia Forward, four llamas, led by paying members of the public, walked just over a mile from St Aidan’s School and down Knaresborough Road to the Belmont Field.

People paid to lead a llama but also to join the walk itself, while others passing by stopped in the cars and on the pavement to contribute spare change to the fundraisers’ buckets.

Owner of Nidderdale Llamas Suzanne Benson said: “It was an idea of mine from about March time with all the hype of the Tour. I always wanted to do something with Dementia Forward, who come to our venue quite a bit, and we also want to become dementia friendly here.

“We work quite a bit with people with dementia because they get so much out of the animals.

“The Tour de France is a key thing that everyone is excited about so I thought we should get involved with the llamas.”

There was also a sponsored race at the end of the walk and Harry the llama came first.

With 18 llamas at the farm, Ms Benson also has four alpacas, which were free for photos.

 

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