Follow trails to our big screen

Button It on  Burnley Road, Todmorden - one of the entries for the Tour De Tod business window competition
Button It on Burnley Road, Todmorden - one of the entries for the Tour De Tod business window competition

Todmorden is trimming up in earnest for the Tour De France - and on race day July 6 a giant 16 metre screen will be in position next to Bramsche Square for people to enjoy the occasion.

Cynthia Murray of Tour De Tod said there were lots of activities going on before the weekend of July 5 and 6, as well as stacks to do on that weekend, when one of the world’s biggest sporting events comes to Yorkshire for the first time.

“We have two competitions now under way which both have a £100 prize, so as well as having fun getting into the spirit of things, you have a chance to win,” she said.

“We hope as many businesses and shops as possible enter our window display competition, and lots of you are already trimming up.

“And we also have a treasure hunt for children to take part in, involving looking round our shops and businesses spotting different bike-themed symbols.

“All you need to do for this is pick up a competition entry form from Todmorden Information Centre on Burnley Road. It’s easy and fun to do,” she said.

Sunday’s events follow the preceding evening’s Party In The Park at Centre Vale.

Cynthia said the 16 metre screen would be in place opposite Bramsche Square, where people could picnic, relax, have a good time, and watch the race come through the Calder Valley, including Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Cragg Vale, plus more.

“People will be able to sit on Pollination Street and Bramsche Square to view the screen, which will be in the compound facing the square.

“It will be on from 9am on Sunday, July 6, in time for ITV4’s programme showing highlights of stage one in Yorkshire on the Saturday, then coverage of stage two begins from 10.30am, with the peloton coming through Hebden Bridge at approximately 11.45am and the riders at around 1.40pm, reaching the Cragg Vale climb about five minutes later.

“The leg finishes in Sheffield around 4.30pm to 5pm and after that we are screening a family film, Walt Disney’s Frozen, on the big screen.

“The markey will be open all day and there will be lots of food available.

“Bring your chair and your rugs and have a fun day with us.

“There will also, from 10am to 3pm, be children’s activities taking place at Todmorden Town Hall,” she said.

Although Bramsche Square car park will be closed, others will be open and easy walking distance parking is also being made available courtesy of Todmorden High School, Ewood Lane, and Weir on Halifax Road.