Get Tod’s name around - send in quirky stories

You don’t have to be an established bed and breakfast, hotel business or camp site to benefit from the Grand Depart (although it is hoped local businesses like these will).

If you have a spare room to accommodate a visitor and a corridor or cellar for their bicycle, for example, or a field in which tents could be pitched, you can take part.

And you are urged to highlight to the county’s main tourism body, Welcome To Yorkshire, quirky little stories which could put Todmorden in the international spotlight.

Calderdale Council’s tourism officer Katie Kinsella said the Tour was high profile but low cost in terms of local communities in the Calder Valley being able to benefit.

For example, a campsite access scheme for the event was in progress whereby you did not need planning permission to use land you may have to allow people to camp for the event, though you would need to meet some requirements.

Liz Tattersley, of Welcome To Yorkshire, said around 2,000 media representatives as well as 3,000 spectators would be looking for somewhere to stay.

In the case of the media, Welcome To Yorkshire would be providing them with information about places on or near the route and commentators often used these while the race was in progress.

“We want people to send us these quirky facts and tales,” she said. These could be emailed to Pennine Prospects to forward or dropped into Todmorden Information Centre on Burnley Road and they would do the same.

The Information Centre has already produced a guide to what people, groups or businesses can do at this stage, available from the centre.

It covers issues such as getting online early, signing up to official newsletters for updates and emails, thinking of new ways to promote your product and adapting your accommodation.