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Tour de France fever grips Yorkshire

Tour de France fever grips Yorkshire

Published at 1:38pm 28th September 2013. (Updated at 8:32am 20th January 2014)


Tourism bosses are encouraging communities across Yorkshire to get right behind the Tour de France.

Places including Ripon and Skipton have already started planning their own events for next year's Grand Départ.

In Knaresborough, a public meeting was held at King James's School to discuss ideas and a new cycling club is going to be formed.

A local artist has been commissioned to produce 'window' paintings, including one featuring famous Yorkshire cyclist Beryl Burton.

David Shields, North Yorkshire Area Director for Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "Hotels and B&Bs on the route are already booked out, a lot of the campsites are booked out, that's why we're looking at temporary campsites across Yorkshire.

"We're expecting there could be two to three million people descending on Yorkshire that weekend next year, so lots of opportunities and let's make sure they have a great time."

Harrogate Borough Council has agreed a planning amnesty to make it easier for people to set up temporary campsites, caravan parks or car parks, as well as displaying Tour-related advertising material.

The authority will not require applications for permission and will take no enforcement action, as long as the temporary use of land is for not more than 28 days and does not harm public safety or residential amenities.

It has also produced guidance sheets for anyone who is planning an event.

Beryl Burton

Knaresborough's tribute to Beryl Burton