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Clock counts down to Northallerton's big day

Published on Thursday, 8th August 2019

Councillor Robson (far right) is pictured with the clock with Graham Bell and Helen Crannage from the BID and Northallerton Mayor, Councillor John Forrest.
Councillor Robson (far right) is pictured with the clock with Graham Bell and Helen Crannage from the BID and Northallerton Mayor, Councillor John Forrest.

A giant clock was unveiled on Northallerton Town Hall today (August 8) to count down to the biggest sporting event in the town’s history.

It’s now just 48 days to the UCI Road World Championships when thousands of international visitors will visit the county town for the men’s elite individual time trial.

And the 3m-wide LCD clock will remind everyone to get ready for the arrival of cycling’s biggest stars on Wednesday September 25.

Northallerton Business Improvement District (BID) is partnering with Northallerton Town Council and Hambleton District Council to spread awareness about the event, which is expected to attract a worldwide TV audience of 250 million.

“There’s a real buzz of excitement around Northallerton about the event and our clock will encourage everyone to get ready to welcome the world,” said BID manager Graham Bell. “Everyone is working hard behind the scenes to make sure our lovely town is looking its very best for the big day.”

And Hambleton District Council Leader, Councillor Mark Robson added: “Welcoming the world’s top cyclists to Hambleton is going to put us well and truly on the map.

“Northallerton will be awash with the rainbow colours of the race and this clock adds to the excitement building up to September 25.”

More than 70 businesses have adopted countries for the championships and have been given large flags and window stickers by the BID. There will also be a best dressed shop and business competition to be judged by the Mayor of Northallerton, Cllr John Forrest, and the Chairman of Hambleton District Council, Cllr Kevin Hardisty.

There will be a large land art display at Northallerton School and Sixth Form College, where a panel of eight students have picked a selection of designs developed by pupils at local primary schools.

The World Championships will be shown live on BBC TV. Tour de France 2019 runner-up and BBC Sports Personality of the Year Geraint Thomas is just one of the major stars expected to take part.