A huge TV screen is to be installed in Bridlington so members of the public will be able to watch the Tour de Yorkshire together as a community.
The location of the screen has not yet been confirmed though the Free Press understands Pembroke Gardens, only metres away from the start line opposite the Bridlington Spa, is being considered.
The screen is being organised by Welcome to Yorkshire and Amaury Sport Organisation with help from East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
Since the Tour de Yorkshire Roadshow event at the Bridlington Spa last month, a new Business Forum has been set up by business owners to discuss the Tour de Yorkshire in Bridlington. Chaired by David Dowson, the group have discussed the possibility of a big screen.
Forum member Tim Norman said: “We want to create a party atmosphere before, during and after the event. The screen will hopefully attract people to come out and watch the race instead of watching it in their homes.
“The screen, I would say, would be at least 6m by 7m so hundreds of people will be able to see the screen. The idea is that people want to stay in Bridlington for the entire event after the cyclists exit the town.
“People need to be outside together showing the community spirit of Bridlington in their blue and yellow shirts.
Discussions between East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Welcome to Yorkshire have taken place regarding the screen though details have yet to be finalised.
A spokesman for East Riding of Yorkshire Council said: “The council is currently finalising arrangements for the start of the Tour de Yorkshire, including the possibility of locating a large screen TV at the start of the race.”
Final details are expected to be confirmed in the coming weeks.
The Bridlington Business Forum have also created a logo for the Tour de Yorkshire in Bridlington. Tim said: “The logo has been made to avoid any copyright infringement with the race organisers. Everyone can use it in the town to make it an iconic emblem for Bridlington.”
You can download the Forum’s logo online at www.spabridlington.com.