East Riding towns and villages on the route of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire are being urged to dig out the bunting and turn the streets into a sea of blue and yellow as part of the best dressed competition.
The 2019 Tour de Yorkshire Best Dressed competition has four categories – best dressed village, best dressed town, best dressed host location and spirit of Le Tour.
Last year, Hornsea was crowned the best dressed town as residents pulled out all the stops as the race passed through for the very first time.
Groups including community groups, businesses and schools all came together to paint bikes which were hung out from various vantage points, while land art projects and other eye-catching installations such as decorated wheels, lobster pots and street signs were everywhere around the town.
This year will see riders go through parts of the East Riding on Thursday, 2 May, the first day of the race while Bridlington will be the host town for the stage three start on Saturday, 4 May.
On the first day, the race will take in some villages and towns for the first time and residents are being urged to follow Hornsea’s example with the decorations.
To help with the cost of activities such as street decorations, themed artwork or community events, town and parish councils on the route of this year’s race are able to apply for a slice of a £10,000 community grant fund.
Town or parish councils can apply for a grant of up to £500 and applications will be assessed on a rolling basis. Applications can be submitted up until 5pm on Wednesday, 3 April – funds permitting.
Ian Burnett, head of asset strategy at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Hornsea set the standard last year by winning the best dressed competition and we want the title to stay in the East Riding this year.
“We have the race going through parts of the East Riding for the very first time and hope residents will make the riders feel welcome by decking out their towns and villages with all things blue and yellow.
“Stage three starts in Bridlington on Saturday, 4 May and I hope the people of Bridlington will enter into the spirit and give other host towns a run for their money when it comes to decorations!”
Peter Dodd, commercial director at Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Every year we’re blown away by the creativity of people who pull out all the stops to decorate their home town and villages to celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire – which is so much more than a bike race, it’s about bringing people together.
“We couldn’t be prouder of the way our communities get together to make sure their towns and villages look their very best as we showcase our glorious county to the world.”
To get involved in the best dressed competition go to www.letouryorkshire.com/bestdressed
For more information or to enter the land art competition go to www.letouryorkshire.com/landart
Any town and parish council that would like more information about the grants available, eligibility criteria and the application process should go to www.eastriding.gov.uk/council/grants-and-funding/rural-funding/tour-de-yorkshire-community-fund
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