UPDATED: Knaresborough welcomes Tour de France 2014 in style

NAKP 1406301AM13 Knaresborough TDF feature. The Mayor of Knaresborough Tony Hadley. Picture : Adrian Murray (1406301AM13)
NAKP 1406301AM13 Knaresborough TDF feature. The Mayor of Knaresborough Tony Hadley. Picture : Adrian Murray (1406301AM13)
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The streets of Knaresborough were packed out as the Tour de France rode through for its second stage on Sunday.

Tents and chairs could be seen as early as 6am as residents and visitors prepared to catch a glimpse of their heroes.

Mayor Tony Handley’s house was the focal point of much of the television coverage.

Tony said: “Of course I have tidied up a bit. I’m looking forward to seeing the caption on TV, ‘Chateaux de Knaresborough’ maybe.”

Mayoress Lori Handley said: “I’ve got used to the attention now, there must be hundreds of people taking photos.”

The house, decorated in the King of the Mountain spots has become a popular tourist attraction in recent weeks and Knaresborough was named the best dressed town in Yorkshire.

Tony added: “It’s fantastic to win especially when you see how much other towns have done.”

Elaine Grinter, from Art in the Mill gallery in Green Dragon Yard, said: “Knaresborough is a pretty town anyway. Watching it on TV, the cycling looks good but it is really the scenery that keeps you hooked. Yorkshire looked stunning.”

Early risers Frank and Gerri McKinny slept in their car last night after spending the day in Harrogate yesterday, and at 7.30am bagged the best spot outside the dotty house at Bond End.

Frank, from Derbyshire, said: “This will be the first time in have seen the race in person, Knaresborough seems like a lovely place.”

The crash barriers have been put on the tight corner at the end of the High Street.

Tour maker Peter Cairns from Glasgow said: “The speed they are going they need as much warning as possible, hopefully there won’t be a crash, but it’s a tough corner.”

After watching the peloton race through Harrogate during an exciting opening day of the Tour, residents were eager to show what Knaresborough could offer.

Mother and son, Ann and Anthony Chadwick had their tents ready by 6 this morning to enjoy as much of the atmosphere as possible.

Ann said: “There’s 18 of us coming down to watch the race today and, after yesterday, I’m really looking forward to it.

“The sea of people and colours in Harrogate looked incredible on TV so I can’t wait to see it for myself in Knaresborough.”

Crowds quicklu began to gather on Knaresborough’s High Street with Knaresborough house proving a popular destination.

Billed as “the best place to watch the tour” by council worker Jeff Coughlin, three children had their spots secured by 4.30 this morning.

Jacob and Olivia Cardani and Ruth Hall left their Knaresborough home before their parents, unable to control their excitement.

They said: “We saw the caravan parade yesterday and it was so big and amazing that we decided we wanted to come early.

“I think it’s going to be even better in Knaresborough today than Harrogate yesterday because there will be lots of people supporting it.”

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