Castle is backdrop to first Tour de France Grand Depart cycling event

MORE than 200 riders are set to take part in the first cycling event of Yorkshire’s Tour de France Grand Départ year today (Wednesday, January 1). The Ripley Castle Cyclocross race, being run in the grounds of the historic country house near Ripon by Harrogate Nova Cycling Club, will feature both leading off-road riders and events for a range of ages and abilities. The grounds will be free to enter for spectators and racing will take place from 10.30am to 3pm.

FARM RAID: Burglars have stolen power washer, batteries and a Stihl saw, with a combined value of around £3,000, from a farm in Cawton, near Helmsley. Police said the raid happened between Saturday, December 14 and Monday, December 16. Anyone with information should call police on 101 or email

FILM SCREENING: The Ritz Cinema in Thirsk will screen Saving Mr Banks (PG) from Friday (January 3) to Thursday, January 9. For details, call 01845-524751 or visit

GROUP HIKE: Northallerton Ramblers will meet at Bolton Castle, near Leyburn on Thursday, January 16, for a walk through Wensleydale. For details, call 01969-625126 or visit

NOVEL SALE: Thirsk Library will hold a book sale from Thursday, January 16 to Saturday, January 25. For details, call 0845-034-9510.

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3:06pm Wed 1 Jan 14

spragger says...

good luck! Its wet!
good luck! Its wet! spragger

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