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.