Tour de Yorkshire - it was all a bit surreal and, erm Torchwood? In among the mayhem were two Welcome to Yorkshire sleek black tinted windowed Rangerovers zooming around the local countryside, towns and villages ... overhead were black helicoptors - were they eyes for Sky or Blackhawks? Torchwood, Torture or Touchwood ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGSapzgzkhc
It's one thing to close off all major routes in and out of Scarborough over a bank holiday weekend, was it Doomsday? Friday 1st May, Scarborough Town and Foreshore was dead. Zombie apocolypse. With the roads closed not many could get in or out or about. Various hi viz vehicles, police motorcyclists, ambulances, (where did they all come from) followed by vans, trucks, coaches, the media (cockroaches) assembly and finally the Welcome to Yorkshire Torchwood vehicles zooming by with absolutely no respect fot the highway code, speed limits, red lights, parking permit holders, barriers - where were the barriers? Were there any limits? To top that they lined many streets with school-kids, (who should have been at school) and allowed the general health & safety of the local population to go to pot. I kid you not. One local gal almost had her operation cancelled at the local hospital that morning as they tried to tip her out of bed to keep some beds 'free' ... just in case.
All of this to escort the hype over some 144 lycra clad cyclists from another place. (If I'm ever spotted in public in lycra - please shoot me - mebbe ;-) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1c2KzJbcGA , Amazingly, touchwood, no reports of injured pedestrians.
Other than my own Grump de Tour, tales of missed appointments, empty hopsital beds, empty schools of kids, empty streets of shoppers, empty roads. Note 'empty' not Humpty. Local businesses had the absolute worst day of trading. (selective). Indeed, if you were going to rob a bank, this would be the time to do it. (A jewellers in Whitby got robbed). So busy were the bizzies, (not buses) police, emergency services, even the bin-men were recruited an masse to keep the streets clean. Despite all that despicable bunting hanging from and littering over every other Grade II building along the way ... Where was everyone?
According to the Media - thousands of people lined the streets to Welcome the Tour de Yorkshire ... really? Who and where? Who designed this? More importantly who is paying?
Welcome to Yorkshire's big plan is to promote Tourism in North Yorkshire, erm, by closing all the main access roads and routes into Scarborough & Whitby over a Bank Holiday week-end.
Friday May 1st -a nice sunny day.... yesterday : The Yorkshire Post ask "Same again next year?" No !!! Thanks for asking. Erm, but they have allegedly signed a five year deal. (Could be nine years).
Indeed most of the Media were primed prepared and pumped up the hype ... but that is Welcome to Yorkshires main task. Pumping and pomping. Their Chief Executive is one Gary Verity. Who?
It would seem that some people have already questioned 'Welcome to Yorkshire' - what is their purpose and where do they get their funding (from us thats who) :
So with the major contributors to funding being 'not very transparent' is Welcome to Yorkshire a political organisation? (They are Twonks)
Cameron hints at Knighthood for Verity: http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/latest-news/top-stories/camer...
Sir Gary 'Abaddon' Verity?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/21888502 "Detailed plans for the two Yorkshire stages have been in the public domain since Welcome to Yorkshire was awarded the contract in December. But so far only the start and finish of the third stage have been revealed. One source close to the decision on government funding said Welcome to Yorkshire's original submission was "half-baked" and lacked "strategic direction".
The elite sport funding body UKS declined to comment on the request Welcome to Yorkshire made for £1.7m of "major events" cash, but it is believed its position is in line with DCMS's: the money is available, providing a more holistic plan emerges. Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity rejected criticism of his agency's plans for next July, telling the BBC the creation of an "overarching delivery group", chaired by him, was always part of the strategy." £10 mil.
Even their Auditors are Barons !!
Note that there are two Directors and an annual wage bill of £1.7mil over 43 staff ... nice little earner for some.
Now all this about empire building and Knights and Barrons and this being the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta ....
lighting a torch for ... and its nowt to do with democracy
Mebbe a Tour de Wales?