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Skipton businesses urged to welcome Tour de Yorkshire

Skipton businesses urged to welcome Tour de Yorkshire

Published by Lisa Darvill at 11:26am 10th March 2020.

Craven District Council is launching a best-dressed window competition to celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire race start in Skipton.

  • The cycle race will start in the town on Friday 1st May 
  • The council wants to be in the running for the Best Dressed Host Location competition
  • Businesses are being encouraged to decorate their windows 
  • The council's also working with an award-winning artist to produce a piece of land art in Aireville Park

Businesses in the town are being invited to help put Skipton in the running for Welcome to Yorkshire’s Best Dressed Host Location competition. 

Skipton will host the start of Stage Two men’s race and Stage One of the women’s race on Friday, May 1.

Any business in Skipton is welcome to enter the competition; all they have to do is decorate their window and email comms@cravendc.gov.uk. The deadline for entries is Friday, April 17. 

Tour de Yorkshire 2017
The Tour de Yorkshire in Skipton in 2017

 

Councillor Richard Foster, Leader of Craven District Council, said:

“When the Tour de Yorkshire race sets off from Skipton on Friday May 1, the eyes of millions will be on the town. We want to make it as memorable as possible.  

“Craven District Council is working with Skipton BID to decorate the High Street and surrounding streets with flags and banners, and we will be producing some land art in Aireville Park. 

“We hope Skipton businesses will do the town proud and create some really eye-catching decorations to help us welcome the world’s best cyclists to the district.”

Geraldine Thompson, Skipton BID Manager said:

"So exciting that Skipton is hosting the start of the Tour de Yorkshire; we've enjoyed this high profile event passing through Skipton each May Bank Holiday, and welcome the enhanced exposure the start will bring to our town."

The council's also working with an award-winning artist to produce a piece of land art in Aireville Park in celebration of the Tour de Yorkshire. 

Tour de Yorkshire land art - Sutton Bank
A previous piece of Tour de Yorkshire land art

Fields of Vision, a Yorkshire-based land art company, will work with a young artist to be chosen by a panel of representatives from the council and Francis Knight, the public art consultancy. 

The giant land art in Aireville Park will be picked up by TV cameras. 

Fields of Vision won Welcome to Yorkshire’s land art competition at last year’s event, with a winking goose and turkey riding 70s Chopper bikes, which was painted onto a field near the Côte de Goose Eye climb.

For more information about the Tour de Yorkshire 2020 in Craven, go to www.cravendc.gov.uk/tdy2020