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Pool-in-Wharfedale Parish Council plans to celebrate Tour de France in style
Pool-in-Wharfedale is pulling out all the stops to ensure it celebrates the 2014 Tour de France in fitting style.
The world’s leading road cyclists will pass through the village on the first stage of the race, Le Grande Depart, on Saturday, July 5, next year.
The village is expected to be heaving with spectators as Le Tour, after having started in Leeds and made its way to Harewood, turns west and heads through Arthington and Pool.
Pool Parish Council chairman Councillor Hazel Lee said lots of work was taking place, led by Richard Parker, the chairman of Pool Recreation Ground Management Committee, to make sure visitors and residents thoroughly enjoy the historic event.
She said: “After Harewood, Pool will be the first village the cyclists go through and we have been having lots of meetings to make arrangements to make sure it is a very, very special day.
“We are expecting a lot of people to come to Pool and watch Le Tour and it’s going to be a really big event for us.
“There is an enthusiastic group of people working together on organising events to mark what will be a once in a lifetime experience in the village.
“We’ve booked the Village Hall, where we will have a big screen up showing the race and this will serve as a base for the weekend, and the camping, parking and toilet arrangements are also being sorted out.
“Work is taking place with the primary school, too, on an art project that will see cycling themed pictures going up on the lampposts around the village.
“It’s all about making sure we celebrate Le Tour in style because this is going to put Pool on the world map.”
After Pool the cyclists will continue on to Otley and then Ilkley and the Yorkshire Dales towns of Skipton, Kettlewell, Aysgarth, Hawes, Reeth, Leyburnm, before heading through Ripon and finishing in Harrogate.
- Otley Town Council has also been working with other groups, including the Town Partnership, to ensure the town can cope with the many thousands of visitors who are expected to assemble along its streets on July 5.