CaptureFinal preparations for the visit of the Tour de Yorkshire to Hambleton district this weekend are underway.

And in Northallerton – which will also see the annual May Fair in town – that includes the installation of more blue and yellow bikes and bunting!

At the Town Hall the Romanby Knit and Stitch Group have delivered their knitted bike which is sitting proudly in flower tubs outside.

It is the latest community project the group have been involved in – including the Children’s Library trail which saw knitted creations pop up in shop windows; and the poppies on the Market Cross to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.

“The tour is getting very close now and the businesses are ready – they have all embraced the event and will be open throughout the visit,” said Hambleton District Council Leader, Councillor Mark Robson.

“The Romanby knitters are just one of the many groups that have taken part in decorating the route – Thirsk, Stokesley, Great Ayton, Sutton under Whitestonecliffe and Hutton Rudby have all gone to town for the occasion. The May Fair arrives in Northallerton too giving residents the chance to watch the Tour riders go through the town and then enjoy the thrills and spills of the historic fair.”

The Tour arrives in Hambleton on Sunday (May 1) travelling through Great Ayton, Stokesley, Hutton Rudby, Northallerton, Thirsk and Sutton under Whitestonecliffe before heading up Sutton Bank to the finish in Scarborough.

Many businesses will remain open throughout the event

Road closures affect all the route at some point in the day – although in Stokesley, Northallerton and Sutton under Whitestonecliffe / Sutton Bank they are in place for longer.

Check out northyorkshire.gov.uk for full details.

Details of where to park and what’s on during the day – as well as the route of the race -can be found on Yorkshire.com/tour and Hambleton.gov.uk/tour

The knitters meet every Tuesday from 7-9pm at the Golden Lion in Romanby.