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£40,000 Spent in Hambleton for 1.7 Miles of Tour de France


11:54am 14th June 2013

Hambleton councillors have added their weight – and their cash – to next year’s visit to Yorkshire by one of the world’s biggest sporting events.

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.

“We thought the Olympic Torch was massive – but this is much bigger.  We will be on view to the world.”

He said that it was in June 2008 that the Hambleton led, North Yorkshire Sport, first brought Lord Seb Coe to the region to explore the possibility of North Yorkshire hosting the 2012 Olympic mountain biking event.   That bid failed but with Lord Coe’s support the county hosted two years of the Tour de Britain and the Mountain Bike World Cup.   And in the light of those successes the seeds were sown with Welcome to Yorkshire to secure the Tour.

Members of the District Council’s Cabinet gave  £20,000 to Welcome to Yorkshire and £10,000 to North Yorkshire County Council towards the cost of organising the event;  £5,000 to West Tanfield and £5000 to organise legacy initiatives across Hambleton.

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

Cabinet members also agreed to become a member of Welcome to Yorkshire at a cost of £10,000.

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