Grants of £25,000 are already in place to ensure Todmorden has a time to remember when the Tour De France comes to Yorkshire on July 5 and 6.
Today the Tour De Tod steering committee, which with Todmorden Information Centre is co-ordinating events to mark the occasion, were celebrating news that cash has been made available to make the occasion a spectacle in the weeks leading up to the big race.
Todmorden Town Council has pledged £10,000 towards costs, and Todmorden has become the only town which is not actually on the route to receive a grant, of £15,000, from Welcome To Yorkshire, who are promoting the Tour’s first ever visit to the county.
Le Grand Depart will come through Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and up England’s longest continual climb up Cragg Vale, but surrounding towns are expected to benefit from a huge influx of visitors looking for places nearby to stay around the race days and Tour De Tod, which brings together people from business, the voluntary sector and community groups, can now start planning more events now funding is in place. It is also seeking sponsorship of around another £5,000, which would allow a full programme to run.
Cynthia Murray of Tour De Tod said the group was delighted with the news.
“There were more than 600 applications to be part of the Yorkshire Festival 2014, which Welcome To Yorkshire is promoting to celebrate the Tour, and only 47 were taken up. Todmorden is thrilled to be one of them,” she said.
Mayor of Todmorden Coun Jayne Booth said the council had backed Tour De Tod as its efforts could bring real benefits to the town. “The council has put £10,000 towards it because we recognise the economic benefits within the town that the Tour De France brings,” she said.
Todmorden Councillor Steve Sweeney said: “Todmorden is unique - it’s the only arts project for Tour De France that isn’t actually on the route. Nowhere else in this position that has applied has got it. The Tour De Tod bid was so good.”