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Northallerton town is gearing up to welcome the Tour de Yorkshire, which will be passing through the town on Sunday 1st May.

Local businesses, including Simon Bailes Peugeot, are getting behind efforts to maximise the benefits for the town and to ensure everyone has a day to remember.

The town is planning to stage various displays to support the Tour in the run up to the event and also on the day itself and there are lots of ideas in planning. Other entertainment on the day includes the May Fair and an exhibition of vintage bikes from 1855 – 1982, which will be displayed in the lower hall of the Town Hall. The upper hall of the Town Hall will be used by volunteers helping out on the day, and for lost children.

Simon Bailes Peugeot has commissioned a supply of wooden bikes to be made available to local businesses and individuals to enable bespoke displays to be placed around the town. The bicycles come at three different sizes and prices, from the large bicycle (about 6ft) at £30, medium size are about 5ft at £25, and a small bike at approximately 4ft at £20. The bicycles are available from the town hall or Simon Bailes Peugeot.

Simon Bailes said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Northallerton to showcase everything good that the town has to offer. Northallerton is the County Town of North Yorkshire and we feel proud and privileged to have the Tour visit and experience our historic town. We are sure our community will rise to the challenge, get involved and have fun on this special day!

“We are thrilled that the Tour de Yorkshire has chosen Northallerton because of its history, ambience and culture and I’m sure that visitors will be impressed by the town, and want to make a return visit.

“The town and its people and businesses must come together to make this a day to remember and make sure that everyone is talking about Northallerton and what a brilliant event the town organised.

“We are delighted to be able to offer the wooden bikes for people to paint or decorate themselves and use to welcome the Tour de Yorkshire to the town.”

Councillor John Forrest, Mayor of Northallerton commented: “We are delighted that the Tour de Yorkshire is coming through our County Town and are asking the community as a whole to get involved. Store holders, shopkeepers, restaurants and business can decorate their shop front. Families can also get involved and have fun if they live on the route. We are also encouraging all the local schools to do some form of land art on their playing fields that can be seen from the air by the Tour de Yorkshire helicopter TV crews passing overhead on the day.

“Of course, the bikes are available to all from the town hall and we are asking everyone to let us know what they are doing on the day by contacting the town hall so we can include their activities on the itinerary for the day.

“Let’s all make the most of the Tour de Yorkshire and put Northallerton on the map!’’

The town hall can be contacted on 01609 776718 or by using the contact us form on the website – http://northallertontowncouncil.gov.uk/contact-us/

Simon Bailes Peugeot can be contacted on 01609 780888 or enquiries@simonbailes.co.uk