Doncaster town is gearing as music and bikes hit the streets

Mark Cavendish winning Stage 5 of the 2013 Tour de France
Mark Cavendish winning Stage 5 of the 2013 Tour de France
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Yorkshire is getting the Tour de France - now Tickhill is getting its own answer to the massive cycle race.

The town is getting ready for a major festival revolving around a high profile cycle race which is set to take it over tomorrow.

Organisers of the Tickhill Velo Grand Prix, which kicks off a music and dance festival called T-Fest, are hoping it will bring hundreds of visitors in.

Around 100 riders are set to cycle through the streets at up to 40mph, with big names from the sport - currently on a wave of popularity following Olympic success - expected to take part.

The cycle race is from 11am to 12noon and starts at The Scarborough Arms pub.

Parking restrictions will be in force from 7.30am to 12.30pm.

Parts of Sunderland Street, York Road, Lancaster Crescent, and Lumley Drive will also be closed during the event.

The T-Fest which is running alongside the race will see over 250 local performers taking part in music events across Tickhill.

More than 60 acts will play across 11 venues in the town, starting from 1pm at places including St Marys Church, Tickhill Institute, The Scarborough Arms, The Oak and Tickhill Cricket Club.

“There has never been a more diverse collection of local musicians, dancers and performers in one place,” said organiser Jennifer Hall. “Tickhill will be hosting some of the town’s most successful and well loved artists over the 10 hours of the festival.”

Acts include The Torn, James Taplin, Alexandra Parker, Famous Villains and Stafford Galli. Stages open at 1pm and over 2,000 tickets have been sold.

Tickhill Velo Club member Richard Stoodley has reassured residents the event’s aim is to benefit Tickhill, and not cause any problems. Some residents are concerned how the village will cope with the visitors.

He said: “We are putting Tickhill on the map to people who have never been to Tickhill before and they may come back. If we can do something for Tickhill by bringing in extra people for a couple of hours, it’s good for the village.”

He has attended a public meeting to address concerns around the road closures and parking restrictions.

The grand prix was initially supported by community group Tickhill Together, but it pulled out. Chairman John Marsden said: “It’s a step into the unknown. We don’t know quite how many people are going to come.”

But he added: “We hope it’s going to be a great success for the village and attract a large group of people who will enjoy themselves. There are still a number of people from the Tickhill Together group who are individually supporting this event.”