More than 10,000 attended Bishy Road's Grand Départ celebration

Tour de France in Bishopthorpe Road

Tour de France in Bishopthorpe Road

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MORE than 10,000 revellers attended a street party in York's Bishopthorpe Road to celebrate the Grand Depart.

The figures released by city of York Council exceeded expectation and showed the popularity of the event as people flocked there after the Tour de France cyclists had passed through the City of York.

The party was coordinated by the Bishy Road Traders Association and ran for several hours, with a wide range of stalls, local musicians and entertainment for children on offer.

Johnny Hayes, chairman of the Bishy Road Traders Association, said: “We are staggered to have learnt that so many people came to our Grand Depart street party. This was a real community event that clearly offered something for everyone, particularly those visiting our area for the first time.

“The event has really helped to put us on the map and showed to others what independent traders and the local community can do when they work together. The traders have reported an increase in visitors to Bishy Road in recent weeks, which is great news for sustaining local jobs, supporting the local economy and strengthening the local community.”

To mark the occasion, the traders also changed their slogan to “J’ Adore Bishy Rue” rather than the usual “I Love Bishy Road” for the day.

A raffle held during the street party, with a wide range of prizes donated by Bishy Road traders, raised £900 for The Brain Tumour Charity.

The traders will also fund and erect a new community noticeboard to be positioned alongside the car park at Bishopthrope Road that will be used to promote the latest news and developments taking place on Bishy Road.

The Bishy Road Street Traders Association represents over 60 small independent traders on and around Bishopthorpe Road in the City of York.

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12:46pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Minsterred says...

Really was a great day, absolutely superb. Top work by all involved.
Really was a great day, absolutely superb. Top work by all involved. Minsterred
  • Score: 6

1:32pm Wed 30 Jul 14

nearlyman says...

Get that bishy road committee running York.......they really could run the proverbial in a brewery !!
Get that bishy road committee running York.......they really could run the proverbial in a brewery !! nearlyman
  • Score: 5

1:34pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

It was great do.
Well done!
It was great do. Well done! Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: 6

3:55pm Wed 30 Jul 14

nottoooldtocare says...

Fantastic news for them all, and the traders seem to be hitting the right notes with customers and the locals. But tell me, how on earth do the Council know there were 10,000 people there? Not 7,000, or 12,000, but they know 10,000 attended, how? Sadly on previous performance and figures they have quoted and used I now don't believe a word of what they claim.
Fantastic news for them all, and the traders seem to be hitting the right notes with customers and the locals. But tell me, how on earth do the Council know there were 10,000 people there? Not 7,000, or 12,000, but they know 10,000 attended, how? Sadly on previous performance and figures they have quoted and used I now don't believe a word of what they claim. nottoooldtocare
  • Score: 4

4:15pm Wed 30 Jul 14

chunks says...

10,000 people there, alcohol being served (at The Swan), but not a hint of trouble and not a single arrest.

The racecourse could learn a lot...........
10,000 people there, alcohol being served (at The Swan), but not a hint of trouble and not a single arrest. The racecourse could learn a lot........... chunks
  • Score: 12

1:09am Thu 31 Jul 14

Magicman! says...

chunks wrote:
10,000 people there, alcohol being served (at The Swan), but not a hint of trouble and not a single arrest.

The racecourse could learn a lot...........
as could the rest of the city from the sounds of it
[quote][p][bold]chunks[/bold] wrote: 10,000 people there, alcohol being served (at The Swan), but not a hint of trouble and not a single arrest. The racecourse could learn a lot...........[/p][/quote]as could the rest of the city from the sounds of it Magicman!
  • Score: 4

9:02pm Thu 31 Jul 14

MouseHouse says...

We went for a couple of hours.

One thing to remember about using local traders is that there is more prospect of them paying their fair taxes, unlike the bog corporate giants whom you trust at your peril.

A wonderful event to mark what was an absolutely unforgettable day for York. I watched a fair bit of the race in France on the TV and to think that those cyclists had pedalled down Bishopthorpe Road made me very proud indeed.


Congrats to all the Bishy Rue traders,
We went for a couple of hours. One thing to remember about using local traders is that there is more prospect of them paying their fair taxes, unlike the bog corporate giants whom you trust at your peril. A wonderful event to mark what was an absolutely unforgettable day for York. I watched a fair bit of the race in France on the TV and to think that those cyclists had pedalled down Bishopthorpe Road made me very proud indeed. Congrats to all the Bishy Rue traders, MouseHouse
  • Score: 1

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