Richmond businesses are working on plans to make the most of next year’s Tour de Yorkshire.
The town has been chosen as one of the hosts for the event which will take place from May 3 to 6 next year.
Members of Richmond Business and Tourism Association and other interested people met last night to discuss how best to make the most of the opportunity.
A committee was formed which will work with other organisations to prepare for the event.
Business owners said they would like to not only make preparations for the run up to the tour and the day itself, but to ensure it left a legacy afterwards.
The meeting heard how the district council would provide money for blue and yellow bunting for the town.
English Heritage is also willing for the castle to be used as part of the celebrations, business owners were told.
Other proposals include land art spelling out the town’s name which can be seen from the air, the involvement of the town’s school children and the distribution of flags to be waved b the crowd.
A street party and locally held cycle races have also been proposed.
Richmond will find out on December 5 whether it will host the start or the finish of a stage.
The route will also be unveiled on that day and the rest of Richmondshire will discover if the race passes through their communities.