Tour de Yorkshire: Thousands in grants to celebrate arrival of tour

Harrogate Borough Council awarded 12 local groups up to 1,000to pay forfestivities
Harrogate Borough Council awarded 12 local groups up to 1,000to pay forfestivities

Banners, decorations, street performers and more will be part of the celebrations across Harrogate to mark the Tour de Yorkshire arrival after a cash boost of more than £9,000 in grants.

Harrogate Borough Council awarded 12 local groups up to £1,000 to pay for festivities associated with the Tour de Yorkshire or inspired by cycling to mark the historic day when it comes to the area on Saturday, April 29.

Stage two of the race's third edition will begin in Tadcaster and end in Harrogate while the borough will also this year host the finish of both the men's stage two race and the women's race.

Nigel Avison, Harrogate Borough Council’s Director of Economy and Culture, said: “The Tour de Yorkshire is a fantastic event for the district and we wanted to ensure that communities were able to bring to life their vision of how they would like to celebrate the occasion.

“The race passes through some of Yorkshire’s most beautiful landscapes, taking in historic market towns and picturesque villages along the way. This funding will be used to add to the visual spectacle, for both residents and visitors.

“We are pleased to be able to support local communities with their plans and look forward to the thrills and excitement that this fantastic sporting event will bring.”

Among the recipients is Ripon City Council who are now able to support the creation of a community hub being established to celebrate the tour, while Knaresborough Town Council will be putting up street decorations, hosting entertainers and more.

The full list of grant recipients:

£603.80 Birstwith Horticultural Society - Village bunting/street decoration. Entering Yorkshire in Bloom with judging being conducted at the same time as the Tour de Yorkshire. Community Land Art Project.

£961 Craft Aid International, Harrogate - 12 weekly craft workshops for people with disabilities. Creation of two large Tour de Yorkshire mosaics that can be displayed after the race.

£1000 Fountains Earth Primary School, Lofthouse – Visual arts project celebrating the Tour de Yorkshire.

£544.79 Hampsthwaite Parish Council - Land Art Project, Commemorative wall plaque, town dressing and presentation, and supporting community activities as the race passes through.

£1,000 Hartwith cum Winsley Parish Council - Village decoration, flags, bunting, and local celebrations.

£510 Kell Bank Primary School, Healey, near Masham - Land Art Competition entry produced by a local artist and school children. A mosaic will be made on the day of the race and the public who are present will have the opportunity to get involved.

£1,000 Knaresborough Town Council - Street decorations, interactive entertainment and street entertainers, and an artistic display in Knaresborough as the race passes through.

£615 Masham Parish Council – Creation of a celebration market, Local Tour de Yorkshire themed activities, town dressing as the route passes through the Market Place.

£469 Nidderdale Chamber of Trade - Street decorations and entertainment (street entertainers and live music band).

£1,000 Nidderdale High School - Working with local artist to create a mosaic to be displayed on the school grounds and leisure centre site.

£1,000 Ripon City Council - Grant to be used to support the community hub being created in Ripon city centre celebrating the Tour de Yorkshire as it passes through Ripon.£675 Open Country, Harrogate – The charity will be purchasing banners to celebrate the arrival of the Tour de Yorkshire and a laptop will be purchased as part of a touring roadshow encouraging disabled people to take up cycling.