Get involved: send your pictures, video, news and views by texting WONEWS to 80360, or email
2,000 expected in Burley for next year's Tour de France
Burley Parish Council is celebrating the official announcement that the world’s greatest cycle race – the Tour de France – will pass through the village on July 5 next year.
Welcome to Yorkshire has advised the parish council that Burley can expect 2,000 visitors in the village and along the roadside on the day to cheer on the cyclists who are expected at approximately 10.30am to 11.30am.
Burley Parish Council is now busy making plans for the event, which it hopes will be a wonderful advert for Burley and prompt people to visit.
“Le Tour will be a great opportunity for both residents and visitors to Burley to have a fun day,” said parish councillor Stuart Bottomley.
“We have lots of nice events planned for July 5. Watch our website for more details,” he said.
On the day of the race the A65 will be closed from the early morning until after lunch and the Ilkley-bound side of the carriageway will be cordoned off for the cyclists.
More detailed traffic plans will be announced closer to the time.
Within Burley, the aim is to attract people to the village to watch the race and then provide food and entertainment to keep people enjoying the delights of the village.
Detailed planning for the day has started and the following activities are being prepared:
- The Cricket Club will be offering camping facilities from Wednesday, July 2.
- Secure cycle storage will be available for visitors at the Red Lion car park and cricket club.
- Banners will be placed around the village from early next year promoting Le Tour.
- Food stalls will be up and running close to the main road from the early morning to keep visitors fed.
- Games will be held on the village green and Burley House Field.
- Scouts and guides have offered to take bacon butties to the roadside for waiting spectators.
- Parking will be arranged in the recreation ground and Greenholm Mills.
- A family picnic will be held in Grange Park over lunch (weather permitting).
- A family disco in the Queen’s Hall will be held that evening.
- TV viewing will be available in several village locations, either in case of rain on the day, or to follow the race after it has passed through the village.
To be involved in supporting Le Tour as it passes through Burley, contact Ian Orton on (01943) 864728 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.