People in Hawes were gutted not to see the world’s best cyclists speed past Hawes Community Fields on Sunday, but a family fun day fundraiser still went ahead.
It was hoped that a big screen alongside food, drink, music and games would draw in crowds to watch the UCI men’s elite road race and raise money for the proposed Johnny Walker Community Pavilion.
But when the race was re-routed away from Hawes because of heavy rain, with the Ure flooding by Haylands Bridge, quality entertainment was instead provided by the big screen lorry getting stuck in the sodden events field – the screen itself then failed to work – as well as children head-to-toe in mud bopping to tunes played by the irrepressible DJ Wilko.
The much-hoped-for hordes of cycling fanatics didn’t arrive to eat all the cake baked by members of the community but it’s hoped several hundreds of pounds will still have been raised for the pavilion.
A planning application for the new facility on the community fields is expected to be made public soon.