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Monday, 17 June 2013

Tour de France support for one-village route shows councillors are good sports

Hambleton councillors have added their financial weight to next year’s visit to Yorkshire by one of the world’s biggest sporting events – despite the route only taking in 1.7 miles within their district.

West Tanfield, the only Hambleton community to feature along the route.

They have agreed a one off cash injection of £40,000 into the 2014 Tour de France – and £5,000 of that will go directly to West Tanfield, the only community in the district to see the riders pass through it.

The village is already planning events to celebrate the race passing through. A 20 acre plot has been set aside for parking, a big screen will be pitched and entertainment staged.

“We may only get 1.7 miles of the Tour route in Hambleton district but we intend to make sure that it is celebrated,” said council leader, councillor Mark Robson.

“Five years after the first steps were taken to bring the Tour to Yorkshire, we are confirming our commitment to its reality!

“This an enormous coup for Yorkshire. It is going to bring massive benefits to the economy of the entire county, including Hambleton. Hundreds of thousands of people will flock to watch and many of them will want accommodation and food – or will simply browse in our shops and attractions.

The Grand Depart of the Tour de France visits Yorkshire on 5 and 6 July next year.

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