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Settle gearing up for Tour de Yorkshire

Settle gearing up for Tour de Yorkshire

Published at 5:29pm 6th April 2016. (Updated at 6:12pm 6th April 2016)

Thousands of people in and around Settle are being sent information about road closures for the Tour de Yorkshire later this month.

The town has been chosen to host the finish of the cycle race's first stage on 29 April.

To allow the finish area to be set up and for the race to take place safely, several roads will be closed, including the route through Settle and Giggleswick, but also the A65 between Gargrave and the B6480 (Buck Haw Brow).

Paul Shevlin, Chief Executive of Craven District Council, said: "This promises to be an unforgettable weekend and a great chance to showcase our beautiful county and district.

"We hope that this year's race will be a great weekend for visitors, residents and riders and that this information helps people to plan for the race and make the most of this great event."

County Councillor Carl Les, Leader of North Yorkshire County Council, added: "The race requires considerable planning and expertise to ensure that it can take place in the least disruptive way, while giving the thousands of people who will undoubtedly want to visit North Yorkshire to see it the access they need. As before, the County Council, Craven District Council and other partners are responding efficiently and effectively to this challenge.

"Given the significant amount of the route travelling on North Yorkshire's roads, there will undoubtedly be a degree of disruption associated with the race.

"However, just as with last year's Tour de Yorkshire, there will undoubtedly be considerable economic benefits for North Yorkshire from the influx of spectators and the television and media coverage, for which I think most people will recognise that a limited amount of disruption is a small price to pay."

Meanwhile, volunteers in Settle have been busy knitting hundreds of triangles to make bunting which will be draped around the town.

Debbie Hall, manager of Settle's Age UK shop, said: "We have lots of ladies who stitch and sew and knit for lots of different projects. Whenever they get behind anything, they get behind it in a big way.

"When we got to hear about the Tour de Yorkshire, I asked if they would be interested in doing something to support the event, and it's just gone mad! Our office has been floor to ceiling with knitting and they're still coming in now.

"Some ladies have knitted 10 triangles and some have done 50. One little girl knitted a triangle while she was on holiday visiting her granny. We've had contributions from the WI and different knitting circles.

"It's a massive community effort, so people can get involved in the Tour de Yorkshire and get Settle behind it. We'd like to thank everyone for all their hard work."

A volunteer with an industrial sewing machine is stitching all of the bunting together, and it will then be displayed around Town Hall Square and down Cheapside and the High Street towards Greenfoot Car Park, which will be transformed into a festival site and spectator hub on the day of the race.

Details of road closures and parking restrictions can be found at www.northyorks.gov.uk/tour

There is also up-to-date information about the Tour de Yorkshire in Craven at www.cravendc.gov.uk/tdy

Tour de Yorkshire bunting

Lucy Kay and Debbie Hall, from Settle's Age UK shop, with some of the knitted bunting