Haworth's Bronte Radio plans PA system broadcast for Tour de France

Keighley News: Graham Smith, of Bronte Media, who is planning to provide a public address system in Haworth for the visit of the Tour de France Grand Depart Graham Smith, of Bronte Media, who is planning to provide a public address system in Haworth for the visit of the Tour de France Grand Depart

A Haworth community radio station intends to provide a village-wide public address system for the weekend when the Tour de France arrives in the district.

Bronte Radio, which is part of Bronte Media, also wants to provide a big screen in Haworth’s Central Park next July.

Haworth resident, Graham Smith, of Bronte Media, said: “This will give the many thousands of people present entertaining and informative coverage before, during and after the race passes through our village.

“The plan is to have the event covered by speakers and presenters, picking up the race as it turns from Keighley towards Cross Roads, with the first speaker positioned at Haworth Railway Station.

“Other speakers will be along Bridgehouse Lane, in the park itself, along Main Street, Change-gate and West Lane as the riders leave us to go towards Stanbury.

“The big screen will then pick them up on their journey away from the Worth Valley, so the crowds from Main Street and surrounding areas can converge in Central Park for the ongoing coverage and celebrations.”

Mr Smith added: “We’re only going to get one chance at this, so we need to maximise that chance for the spectators, traders, community and beyond to make sure Le Tour leaves a lasting legacy for Haworth and the Worth Valley.”

Mr Smith, who lives in Sun Street, said the local parish council had been extremely supportive and encouraging.

He added he is hoping for more involvement from village businesses – which would include sponsorship – and also wants to attract local musicians.

He said: “Our commentary team leaders are in place but we’re looking for volunteers to speak to us via radio microphones – probably about 12 people in all.

“Budding broadcasters now have a chance to shine!”

People can contact Mr Smith on 01535 959002, 07866 626090 or e-mail bronteradio@outlook.com if they would like to get involved.

 

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