The visit of the Tour de Yorkshire will be a good excuse for a party, say those planning Richmond’s celebrations.
Preparations are well under way to ensure the town makes the most of next month’s event.
The world’s best riders will visit the district for the race which will start in Richmond on day three on May 5.
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The cyclists will gather in Richmond before riding to Catterick Garrison for the official start.
They will then make their way over the tops to Leyburn.
The riders will then return to the district the following day as they enter the final stages of the race, with the route taking in Coverdale and Middleham.
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As well as Richmondshire District Council and the town council, representatives from the town’s residents and business community are helping to prepare for the event.
Phil Upton, from Aske-based media company Purple Creative Studio, chairs a committee that was formed by Richmond Business and Tourism Association to coordinate Richmond’s festivities on the Saturday.
With Richmond hosting the start of the race, the riders, theirs teams and the entourage that comes with an event like the Tour de Yorkshire will take up large areas of the town centre.
The bottom of the market place, for example, will be VIP parking, while the team buses and their other vehicles will be parked on Newbiggin.
This means there is limited space for local celebrations.
However, Phil is confident they will be able to put on a good show.
The plan is to have a community area in the market place from the in front of the King’s Head and Green Howards Museum down to the Co-op and Mocha on the other side.
Phil said the aim was to provide something that would help to retain visitors in the town throughout the day, as well as stage a fun event for locals.
“Within the community area we will have a stage with Minster FM broadcasting live throughout the afternoon, playing games and providing general entertainment.
“The stage will have a full sound/PA system to support a range of entertainment and bands including local school groups and other local organisations.
“Things will ramp up during the evening to create a party type atmosphere similar to Richmond Live.”
Bands in the evening will include The Messengers, one of the longest running local groups
There will also be a range of food and drink available in the community area with stalls running down the side of the stage area.
The aim is to offer refreshments not already available in the town centre, with Indian street food from the Estate Cafe on the Gallowfields Estate, South African curries, German Bratwurst sausages and vegan dishes among the planned stalls.
A large screen is also being provided by race organisers in the town centre in front of Boots.
Other community activities will be held in the Friary Gardens, with small children’s fairground rides among the fun ideas proposed.
Land art in Richmond Castle is also a possibility while it is proposed to hang huge cycling shirts from Holy Trinity Church tower.