If Todmorden is to maximise the potential of being on the spot when the Tour De France comes to Yorkshire next year, it needs to call on all its talents.
That’s the call from Todmorden Information Centre chairman Cynthia Murray as the centre gets ready to host a meeting to pool ideas, resources and organisation in the run-up to July 5 and 6, 2014, when part of the tour, called Le Depart, comes to Yorkshire and as close as Cragg Vale, where the world’s top riders will attempt the country’s longest continuous climb up Cragg Road and Turvin Road to Blackstone Edge.
The meeting takes place in the Court Room at Todmorden Town Hall next Wednesday, May 29, at 6pm.
Mrs Murray said: “We need to set up a committee to network and co-ordinate all the views and opportunities which will be all around in Todmorden on July 5 and 6 next year with regards to the Grand Depart, the only two stages of the Tour De France in England, in Yorkshire and one in the Calder Valley.
“We hope it will be a combination of local businesses, community groups, local organisations, schools and individuals working together to decide how to accommodate, entertain and manage the many, many people who will be visiting Todmorden that weekend.
“We think this is a great opportunity to work with others in Todmorden to help run a big project and see their work contribute to a huge event. We appeal to people to come along to the meeting.”
Mrs Murray said lots of skills are needed: “Can you organise events? Can you inspire people?
“Do you want to inspire visitors to Todmorden with your writing?
“Have you got a spare room you could let out to a visitor, or spare land where tents could be pitched?” she said.
At the meeting a new “Grand Départ for Todmorden” committee will be formed and anyone who would like to be a part of it is encouraged to come along, said Mrs Murray.