Pontefract wins Tour de Yorkshire award
TDY was welcomed in Pontefract
Pontefract has been crowned Best Dressed Town in the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire Best Dressed competition.
More than 7,000 people from around the world voted for their favourite, with Pontefract impressing the crowds.
Stage 2 of the men's race and Stage 1 of the women's race passed through parts of the district as the riders raced from Barnsley to Bedale.
Various community groups and businesses worked together to give the riders a warm welcome and make an outstanding impression.
More than 50 bikes were put up around the town along with a massive 3.5km of bunting. Handmade pom poms were also hung from trees along the route and three giant cycling jerseys were draped over central landmarks. Add to that a host of flags and specially decorated bike wheels, and it was no surprise that Pontefract proved so popular with the voters.
Cllr Jacquie Speight, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: "This is a fantastic reward for all the hard work put in by the local community, particularly the Pontefract Civic Society and the many volunteers who gave up many hours to dress the town and the race route through Pontefract, along with the local businesses who got involved and donated their time and resources.
"It was great to work with the Civic Society and as a result of this the Council agreed to put up bunting in the town centre and dress some of the route in Pontefract.
"We are always delighted to welcome the race to our district and Pontefract looked absolutely wonderful on the day. Congratulations to all involved."
Welcome to Yorkshire's Commercial Director, Peter Dodd, said: "The Best Dressed competition is our way of recognising all those places and people that helped make this year's Tour de Yorkshire one of the most eye-catching, colourful and vibrant editions yet.
"It was a really difficult task compiling the shortlists but thousands of people have cast their votes over the last week and picked some very worthy winners.
"We are truly grateful for the support the Tour de Yorkshire receives right across the county – from local authorities, community groups, schools, businesses and residents – and it's that support that makes the Tour such a special event, and Yorkshire such a brilliant county."
The 2019 edition of the Tour de Yorkshire saw Chris Lawless become the first British winner of the men's race while legendary cyclist Marianne Vos emerged triumphant in the Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women's Race.
There is still chance to vote for Pontefract in the Tour de Yorkshire Land Art competition. Voting for that is open until midnight on Friday 14 June and you can do so at letouryorkshire.com/landart