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Tour de Yorkshire 2016

Stage 1: Friday 29 April 2016: Beverley to Settletour de yorkshire

  • Total stage length: 185km
  • 2 x sprint points (Bubwith, Giggleswick)
  • 1 x King of the Mountain (Greenhow Hill)
  • Total ascent: 1,832m

The first stage will set off from Saturday Market in Beverley. The riders will parade around the town – which also played host to the race in 2015, then through North Bar before heading north west to the Official Start at Beverley Racecourse; Holme on the Wolds, Market Weighton (which also saw the race pass through in May 2015), and on westwards to a sprint point at Bubwith. From there, the peloton will race through North Duffield and west to Cawood – scene of Dick Turpin’s famous escape from York – and on to Tadcaster, famous for its breweries. After that, riders will visit Boston Spa, Wetherby, North Deighton and Knaresborough, home of the famous ‘spotty house’ from the Tour de France, decorated with the red spots of the King of the Mountains’ jersey. From there riders will travel to Ripley, home of the UK’s only Hotel du Ville rather than Town Hall, and on to Pateley Bridge where the first King of the Mountain will be won at Greenhow Hill.  After that, it’s on to Grassington, then Threshfield and a return to some of the Tour de France roads, through Cracoe then Gargrave, the riders will then cross the finish line in Settle for the first time before a sprint at Giggleswick. They will complete a 12km loop back to the A65 and round to Settle town centre for an expected bunch finish in the town.

Pantomime in Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough Theatre Pantomime 2015: Cinderella – Dec 4-Jan 3

Cheryl Fergison – best remembered as EastEnders’ Heather Trott – stars as Fairy Godmother, whilst Scott Gallagher returns for his fourth pantomime here, bringing his special brand of humour to the role of Buttons.

Cinderella herself is played by local professional actress Katie Lowe. A former member of Middlesbrough Youth Theatre, she was seen at the theatre earlier this year in the touring production of A Night of Dirty Dancing.

One of the highlights of Scott’s performance is the “song sheet” which he writes especially for the pantomime. We are all eagerly waiting to see what he comes up with this time round!

Cinderella's Shoe

Add a wicked stepmother, a handsome prince and two outrageous Ugly Sisters – not forgetting our two live Shetland ponies for that added “aah” factor – and you have all the ingredients for the ultimate traditional family pantomime.

Tickets are already out-selling last year’s panto, so don’t lose out. Call the Box Office now on 01642 81 51 81 – or book online at – to be sure of your place at the ball.

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