A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for Saturday 30th April

A free festival to celebrate the arrival of the Tour de Yorkshire in Stokesley will be taking place tomorrow - and organisers are hoping for a huge turnout.

Stokesley Tourfest will feature live music, rides, street entertainers, food stalls, a mobile bar, marquees on The Green, official merchandise stalls, a children’s Treasure Trail and parades along the High Street, as well as a large, outdoor screen showing the Tour de Yorkshire, in which the riders from Stage 3 will pass through the town just before Midday.

Stokesley is one of the locations that is hosting the publicity entourage featuring around 10 vehicles giving out goodie bags to spectators. It’s also hoped a number of well-known faces from the cycling world will pass through.

Parish Council volunteers and local businesses have spent months organising the market town’s free Tourfest festival which is being headlined by world-renowned saxophonist Snake Davis, who has played all over the world with the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, M People, James Brown and Ray Charles. 

The Tour de Yorkshire has quickly become the second most popular bike race in the world behind the Tour de France. Bradley Wiggins is racing this year along with last year’s winner, Team Sky’s Lars Petter Nordhaug, Pete Kennaugh, current British road champion and local lad Frazer Clacherty, a former pupil at Stokesley School. 

This year there are 18 teams of 8 riders with 144 cyclists in total.

Stokesley High Street will be closed to traffic for the whole day on Sunday for the TourFest, with plenty of car parking available on the Showfield next to the Co-op, which opens from 8am and costs £5 per vehicle.


Meanwhile, with thousands of spectators likely to be lining the route of the Tour De Yorkshire from Middlesbrough towards Stokesley and Northallerton, Teessides's biggest hospital is keen to remind patients that A & E doesn’t mean Absolutely Everything this Bank Holiday weekend – and minor illnesses or injuries can be treated more quickly elsewhere.

James Cook Hospital could be even busier than usual this Bank Holiday, as the Tour De Yorkshire event comes to Middlesbrough. With it primarily being a major trauma centre, hospital bosses are urging people to think about self care, using pharmacies, the NHS 111 service, GP Walk-in Centres and Redcar Primary Care Hospital Minor Injuries Unit first.

Those patients who do need access to emergency care will still be able to get to James Cook Hospital, however they and ward visitors are advised to bear in mind road closures for the Tour De Yorkshire that will affect access from Marton Road between approximately 10.30am and Noon tomorrow.


As another Bank Holiday weekend is upon us, a grieving young mum from Liverton Mines is backing a campaign by Road Safety GB North East, to raise awareness and help reduce the number of motorcycle casualties.

Faye Keeler who is 25, says that nine months on from the death of her partner Chris Earl, she feels so empty and angry that her perfect man is no longer around for his family, including toddler son Harley.

Chris, who was a taxi driver at the time, was just a mile from his home on July 23rd last year, when his motorbike collided with a lorry on Liverton Rd outside Liverton Lodge. Sadly, he died at the scene.

With the weekend drawing so many bikes onto the area's busy roads, Road Safety GB North East have launched the campaign after seeing a 13% rise in serious bike crashes in the North East. Chris's death brings the death toll to 15 in the last year.

Chairman of Road Safety GB North East, Paul Watson, said: "Bike accidents peaked between March and October, with the majority of motorcycle fatalities involving bikes over 500cc. A failure to look properly, by both drivers and bikers, was a major factor, along with motorcyclists simply losing control of their vehicles."

He appealed to all road-users to slow down and drive according to the conditions, adding that drivers of cars and heavy goods vehicles also need to take a second longer to look for bikes at junctions and before they overtake on major roads because they are easier to miss.


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