Otley Carnival will kick off ‘town’s greatest show’ in run-up to Tour de France (From Wharfedale Observer)
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Otley Carnival will kick off ‘town’s greatest show’ in run-up to Tour de France
9:00am Friday 25th October 2013 in News
The 2014 Otley Carnival will mark the start of a two-week build-up to the town welcoming the Tour de France.
Organisers are expecting more schools, groups and businesses than usual to take part in the parade on Saturday, June 21, with cycling bound to figure large.
Carnival beneficiaries have been confirmed as Otley Action for Older People, Otley Children’s Centre and Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Publicity officer Geoff Wright said: “Carnival day next year will be the start of the 14-day run-up to the arrival of the Tour de France on Saturday July 5.
“We hope our carnival will be a fitting start to a fortnight packed with events leading up to the excitement of cyclists and their followers passing through town.
“The parade will follow the usual route but promises to be larger and more colourful as we anticipate most schools, organisations and businesses will join in to play their part in kicking off the greatest show the town has ever seen.”
The committee will start its fundraising for the 2014 event’s beneficiaries at the Victorian Fayre on Sunday December 8, when members will hold a children’s tombola.
Mr Wright added: “The tombola, coupled with other activities, raised more than £400 last year and made many children very happy.”
The 2013 Carnival Queen, Katelyn May, will continue to attend local functions, including switching on Otley’s Christmas lights, until the crowning of her successor next year.
She was recently invited to an anniversary celebration for Otley Waitrose’s Community Matters scheme, which provides £1,000 to local charities and community groups each month.
l Otley Children’s Centre, which provides services for families with young children in Otley, Pool-in-Wharfedale and Bramhope, will use funds raised from the carnival to help cover its running costs, including equipment, transport and annual parties.