Wetherby to stage own Tour celebrations

Wetherby is to stage its own celebration to mark the arrival of the Tour de France.

The town’s High School will be the focus of a host of activities and will see the second stage from York to Sheffield broadcast live on a big screen on Sunday, July 6.

Chairman of organisers Welcome to Wetherby Cindy Bentley said: “The community day is going to be a feast of sport and will be open to the whole of Wetherby and visitors.

“The Tour stage will be broadcast on a big screen in the school hall and because it is the men’s final at Wimbledon on the same day this will be screened in another room and also the British Grand Prix on another TV.”

“The PTA will be doing a bar and the PE staff will be holding competitions.”

She added: “The language staff at Wetherby High will be putting on a French cafe and the drama department will put on a production.

“The young offenders are going to help out with cycle maintenance.”

Stalls and other entertainment for the event, from noon to 7pm, was yet to be established but Cindy added that there was a lot of interest.

Yorkshire is hosting the Grand Départ of the 2014 Tour de France.

Stage One will begin at Leeds Headrow on Saturday, July 5, passing Harewood, Otley and Ripon en route to the stage finish in Harrogate.

Stage Two on Sunday, July 6, begins in York, and travels through Knaresborough and Huddersfield before ending in Sheffield.

Major routes will be shut across North and West Yorkshire during the weekend, when hundreds of thousands of cycling fans are expected to line the route.

Wetherby Mayor Coun Alan Lamb told the News: “The Tour De France is going to be a huge event for the whole of Yorkshire and it’s quite right that in Wetherby we take the opportunity to celebrate, enjoy the experience and take the chance to show ourselves off to the world.

“As ever, our fantastic team of volunteers at Welcome to Wetherby have stepped up to the mark along with Wetherby High school and I’m sure the event will be a fantastic success.”