Grateful event organisers offer support to Tour

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, helped to promote last year's dazzling GoldWing Light Parade charity event in Scarborough.
Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, helped to promote last year's dazzling GoldWing Light Parade charity event in Scarborough.
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Volunteers behind Scarborough’s annual Goldwing Lights Parade have offered to help marshall the Tour de France when it comes to the region.

Welcome to Yorkshire is backing the sixth charity event in September and in return its organisers will lend their support at the Grand Depart in 2014.

It comes after the chief executive of the tourism body Gary Verity personally helped to promote last year’s event, which saw 230 Honda Goldwings parade along the seafront.

Event organiser John Bates said: “Mr Verity came to Scarborough and said what a fantastic event it was and how pleased he was that it was attracting people to the region.

“We have offered to do a bit of marshalling for Welcome to Yorkshire, so we are hoping to get involved with that.”

This year’s dazzling parade on Saturday, September 7 has been given an extra boost after the Co-op offered to sponsor the event.

The funds will be ploughed into making it bigger and better than ever in an effort to raise as much money as possible for the RNLI Scarborough Lifeboats.

Janet Deacon, area director for Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be supporting this event again. Last year’s event was a huge success with hundreds of people lining the street watching the fabulous light parade. It’s fantastic it has made its home in Scarborough and is attracting increased visitor numbers to the destination year on year.”