Huge crowds as Le Tour passes through Pickering

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Hundreds of spectators lined the streets in Pickering to cheer on riders in the Tour de Yorkshire.

With a sprint stage over there was no stopping for the leaders and the peloton which continued on to Rosedale in the North York Moors National Park, Whitby and the finish in Scarborough.

The visit by the Tour de Yorkshire was a welcome one for the town of Pickering which had been disappointed to miss out on last year’s Grand Depart.

But Pickering in Business and Pickering Town Council made sure to capitalise on today’s race by decorating the town with more than two kilometres of bunting and closing the Market Place for an afternoon and evening of entertainment.

Mayor of Pickering Joy Andrews, said: “It’s fabulous for Pickering. The people of Pickering have done a great job in welcoming the Tour de Yorkshire.

“Pickering is a tourism Mecca anyway and this is just putting us in the map yet again.”

Joy was dressed as a pirate for the day to help Pickering and District Rotary Club raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care and local charities.