Newsreader Harry Gration to open Silsden event.

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BBC Look North's Harry Gration is due to open a Le Tour de France festival at Silsden Methodist Church.

Le Bike Festival will take place over two weekends and include a large screen in the church following the race as it makes its way through Yorkshire.

It will take place on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29, and on Grand Depart weekend itself - on Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6.

The festival will start at 9.30am on June 28 with an opening celebration worship, and an exhibition of work by the Silsden Art Club. On Sunday, June 28, the church will be open from 12 midday to 3pm, including at 4pm, Songs of Praise with Silsden Town Band.

On Grand Depart weekend, the festival will run from 9.30am to late afternoon with all the action as it happens on the large screen. On Sunday, when the race will head though South Craven, it will run from 8am to the late afternoon. There will also be an exhibition of decorated bikes and a 'spiritual walkway'. Free admission, but donations to charities.


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