Glossop ready to welcome the Tour de France

With the world’s biggest cycle race due in the High Peak this weekend, Glossopdale is gearing up to celebrate in style.

Elite cyclists competing in the Tour de France will sweep into the area from Holme Moss summit down to Woodhead en route to Sheffield at around 3pm on Sunday 6 July.

And towns and villages are getting into the spirit with shops, businesses and high streets decked out in yellow banners and a free family fun event taking place in Glossop’s Manor Park where local people can join in the fun and watch the race on a big screen.

Councillor Caitlin Bisknell, leader of High Peak Borough Council, said: “This is a unique opportunity for residents and local businesses to enjoy hosting a world famous sporting event.

“There’s a programme of fun family activities taking place in Manor Park all weekend, organised in partnership with GALA, and we’ll be showing the race on a big screen on Sunday afternoon followed by live music from a couple of great local bands. A special market organized Totally Locally Glossop is also taking place on Norfolk Square on Sunday so there’s a lot going on and plenty of ways for local people to get involved.”

Events start at Manor Park at midday on Sunday and run through to about 8pm. The Tour de France cyclists are expected to arrive in Derbyshire at around 3pm with coverage of this stage of the race showing on the big screen followed by live music from bands Victorian Dad and Curragh Sons organised by Bankswood Music in partnership with the Manchester School of Sound Recording.

Councillor Anthony McKeown, deputy leader and executive member for community services, added: “We know the area will be very busy this weekend and, whilst people will be able to get out and about we’re asking people to bear in mind that journeys will take longer and you may have to travel by a slightly different route.

“Our message to everyone is give a little thought to your weekend and plan ahead to make the most of what promises to be a memorable weekend.”

Traffic and travel information is available at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/letour and information is being distributed to all households in the Glossopdale area this week.

Notes to Editors

High Peak Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council, the Peak District National Park and United Utilities have worked together to ensure the Derbyshire section of the race is successful.

Some road closures, parking restrictions and a one way system have been put in place in key locations to help manage traffic and limit congestion. Although this will mean some inconvenience, the restrictions will help local residents by stopping traffic from out of the county parking in residential streets and keeping local and spectator traffic flowing.

iENDS

HPBC Media Release Contact: Carolyn Sanders – Media Relations Manager

Press Office: 0345 129 7777 ext 4691 or 07595 270937

Email: carolyn.sanders@highpeak.gov.uk

Web:  www.highpeak.gov.uk

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