Published On: Wed, Jan 29th, 2014 on 9:32 pm

Ilkley Carnival announces special theme for 2014

Ilkley Carnival

(l-r) Jackie Davison, Andrew Stacey, Colin Williams, Colin Watson, Suzanne Johns and Liz Tennant (front)

This year’s upcoming Ilkley Carnival has announced its special theme ahead of the day when the Grand Départ – the first two stages of the Tour de France – will travel through the Bradford district in summer.

With the cycle route going through Ilkley on 5 May, the carnival committee and Ikley parents have decided to celebrate Yorkshire through the “Yorkshire Tour” theme as cyclists will lead the carnival parade on the day.

Committee chairman, Andrew Stacey, said: “We felt “The Yorkshire Tour” allows schools and community groups to embrace all there is to celebrate in our region from seaside towns and landmarks to historic figures and inventions while giving businesses and retailers the chance to start their own “tour” support activity that will complement and support the carnival theme.”

The Ilkley Carnival is a volunteer-run event which invests profits made back into the community.

Last year’s event raised over £12,000 for local charities, sports clubs and community groups and this year, beneficiaries will include local schools.

Children under the age of 16 are also being invited to join in the fun by entering in the carnival cover design competition, in which the winning design will become the cover of event programmes.

Mr Stacey said: “This will be a year to remember for Ilkley with the Tour de France racing through our town. May sees Ilkley Carnival kick off a season of unique celebrations and we’re counting on our community to join in, make history and make a difference to our future.”

To find out more about the Ilkley Carnival, please visit www.ilkleycarnival.org.

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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