Hawes to celebrate UCI World Championships with family fun day fundraiser

People are being invited to watch the biggest sporting event in the UK this year from Hawes Community Fields.

A family fun day will be held on the fields on Sunday, September 29, from 10am to 6pm, with riders in the UCI Elite Men’s Road Race expected to whizz past at around 11.10am.

The race will be screened on a 12-ft big screen to be sited on the fields, while there will be entertainment galore, with 15 stalls, a bar, the Burger Queen, DJ Wilko, bouncy castle, games, vintage tractors and much more.

Entrance will be £5 for adults, with under-16s free.

Proceeds will go towards the proposed Johnny Walker Community Pavilion, a building which will provide changing rooms and toilets for Hawes United Football Club and a recreational meeting space for all the community.

A planning application for the pavilion is expected to be submitted imminently.  The community has shaped the plans, which were boosted last year with the offer of a £50,000 donation from a local man.

The fun day is being organised by the Upper Wensleydale Sports and Recreational Association (UWSRA) charity, which runs and owns Hawes Community Fields, and Hawes United FC.

The football club received a £2,000 grant from Richmondshire District Council to help pay for the staging of the event.

Lindsey Whaley, one of nine new UWSRA trustees, said: “Everyone is rallying round to make sure the Family Fun Day will be a brilliant event.”

“It’s our first big fundraiser for the Johnny Walker Community Pavilion, which is going to provide much-needed facilities on the fields.  It’s not every day that world champion cyclists come to town – so please come along and join in the fun.”