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Tour de Yorkshire to honour best dressed village

Tour de yorkshire best dressed village

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 12:52pm 3rd March 2018. (Updated at 4:20pm 18th April 2018)

A new competition that will honour towns, cities and villages who go all out with their decorations to welcome the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire has been launched.

The inaugural Best Dressed competition, in association with the Yorkshire Post, has four categories: Best Dressed Village, Best Dressed Town, Best Dressed Host Location and Spirit of Le Tour.

The Best Dressed awards will be given to locations with the most spectacular, eye-catching decorations.

The Spirit of Le Tour award will recognise an individual, community or business which has gone above and beyond to fully embrace the essence of the Tour de Yorkshire in a unique way.

Previous races have been celebrated with everything from spotty houses in Knaresborough (below), to dyed sheep, miles of handmade bunting, fantastic floral displays and incredible yarn bombing.

Spotty house knaresborough - tour de yorkshire

This year's Tour de Yorkshire passes through 169 cities, town and villages, more than any previous edition, with a stage finish in Ilkley.

Images of the county will be beamed to more than 180 countries across the world.

After the race, the top four entries in each category will be shortlisted, with the eventual winner being decided by a public vote on twitter, @letouryorkshire.

The winner of each category will be presented with an exclusive commemorative plaque to display in their community.

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said:

"Every year I'm blown away by the creativity of people who pull out all the stops to decorate their home towns and villages to celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire - which is so much more than a bike race, it's about bringing people together.

"I couldn't be prouder of the way our communities get together to make sure their towns and villages look their very best as we showcase our glorious county to the world. This competition is inspired by that passion and dedication which must be recognised and rewarded.

"We're encouraging people to get their village, town or city fully decorated by Easter, to make sure they benefit during this peak tourism period just ahead of the race. I can't wait to see all the wacky and wonderful ideas people will come up with this year."

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