Preparing with Pride for the arrival of Le Tour 2014

Tour De Tod campaign logo
Tour De Tod campaign logo

Todmorden Pride is the first business organisation to step up and provide sponsorship for events planned to promote the town when the Tour de France comes to the upper Calder Valley next July.

Steering group Tour de Tod announced a number of ideas at its late September meeting but hopes businesses will help fund events through sponsorship.

Additionally, bids for funding are in the process of being submitted.

Plans are being drawn up for a number of events, including a themed Handmade Parade for Todmorden, which would include workshops beforehand and which would end at Centre Vale Park with an event for young children.

The Todmorden Carnival committee is urging entrants to work on a “Sur La Bicyclette - On Your Bike!” theme.

Todmorden Agricultural Show hopes to include a flavour of Le Tour in its handicrafts sections.

On the weekend itself, Saturday and Sunday, July 5 and 6, Todmorden Market will host an extravaganza.

This would include a large outdoor screen at Pollination Street, while another big screen, at Todmorden’s Hippodrome Theatre, will also be in use for people to watch the big race.

On Saturday, July 5, it is also hoped to encourage a family picnic event in the park and in the evening Todmorden Lions hope to organise a concert in the park which will include music from Todmorden Community Brass band and Todmorden Choral Society, with a firework display.

Award-winning Todmorden In Bloom is set to co-ordinate the town’s look up to and including the weekend while Incredible Edible Todmorden is proposing a “Tour de Plants” event.

Cynthia Murray, of the steering group, said: “These are our hopes, but they depend on funding and we need local businesses to support us too.

“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to become involved in something as big as this - people will be coming to our area from all over the world.

“We are extremely grateful to Todmorden Pride and hope other businesses and organisations will follow their lead to help to make Todmorden a wonderful place people will come back to and visit again.”

The group believes there will be benefits to Todmorden by the Tour, which comes as close as Hebden Bridge and Cragg Vale, both in terms of people looking for somewhere to visit and stay while the event is on, and also creating a good impression to encourage people to return.