Town gears up for its big day in the Tour spotlight

The Royal Hotel
The Royal Hotel

The final preparations are being made as Bridlington gets ready to host the start of the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire.

Leading names from the world of cycling will line up outside the Spa tomorrow, as the third Tour gets under way and the town will be shown to millions of TV viewers.

Yorkshire Trading Company

Yorkshire Trading Company

Bridlington was where it all began back in 2015, when it hosted the start of the first stage of the very first race.

Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “This weekend, some of the world’s greatest cyclists will once again descend on Yorkshire for what promises to be one of the most thrilling weekends of the year.

“Now in its third year, the Tour de Yorkshire has not only cemented itself on the professional racing calendar, but in the hearts and minds of people across Yorkshire and beyond.

“The buzz around this year’s race is incredible – the event has captured people’s imagination like never before and Yorkshire is looking fantastic for its moment in the spotlight.”

Blue and yellow ribbons on the hanging baskets in Cross Street

Blue and yellow ribbons on the hanging baskets in Cross Street

The forecasters are suggesting it should stay dry for the start of the race, but temperatures will only just get into double figures.

Decorations have already been put up around town but it is not too late to get involved and deck the town out in the race colours of blue and yellow.

Bridlington Tourism Association still has bunting available for sale and there will be a huge piece of sand art created on the south beach.

There will be a special guest joining the cyclists at the start, as the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu will be helping the crowds to wave them off.

Bretinton Guest House in Meadowfield Road

Bretinton Guest House in Meadowfield Road

And the town’s mayor will also be among the VIPs.

Cllr Liam Dealtry told the Free Press: “It will be absolutely fantastic for the town. To have ITV4 highlighting what is good about Bridlington and the East Riding is a great opportunity.

“I’m sure this will be one of the highlights of my year in office.”

l Murray Hill solicitors is holding a Tour De King Street charity event at its office in King Street between 11am and 3pm. Staff will be riding exercise bikes, holding a tombola and selling tasty treats to raise money for Bridlington RNLI and The Hinge Centre.

Time to dig those yellow and blue bikes out again

Time to dig those yellow and blue bikes out again

l Audrey’s fish and chip shop in Queen Street will again be selling its blue battered fish on Friday.

l A Bridlington-based travel company is hosting a ‘Cycling Holiday Show’ to boost the sport in the area on the day of the Tour de Yorkshire. The event, Ridings Travel, will take place at Ferns Farm Hotel in Carnaby between 10am and 4pm on Friday April 28. There will be a number of holiday suppliers hosting talks to boost cycling and luxury travel between noon and 2pm and a number of prizes to be won, ranging from numerous holiday vouchers to two places on a Bangkok Floating Market Day trip and a free ride anywhere in the world with local Ride Leader and Road Bike hire from Global Cycle 
Ride.