Thursday, 1 May 2014

Family fun day to welcome back riders in Lord Mayor Charity Bike Ride


Caption: Temple Newsam Park will be holding a family fun day from 12 noon-4pm on Sunday May 4. Picture credit: Gerry Symes.

Participants in the Lord Mayor’s Charity Cycle Ride are to be welcomed back to the city in style by a special family fun day event at a popular Leeds park.

Riding from Hull City’s KC Stadium to Leeds on Sunday May 4 at 9am, around 50 cyclists are set to arrive at Temple Newsam Park from 3pm. Included in the group will be three members of cycling group Ultra6, Andy North, Ben Wood and Iain Harris who cycled to Leeds twin city Dortmund as part of an attempt to set a new record and complete the approximate 250 mile trip, excluding the ferry journey, in a time of under 20 hours. Joining them on the ride back to Leeds from Dortmund will also include three representatives from Leeds Trinity University and local businessman David Gale.

As a thank you for their support of the LOFFTY charity through the bike ride, each cyclist will be treated to a civic welcome at Temple Newsam by the Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Thomas Murray and the Lady Mayoress Edna Murray, where sandwiches and a well-deserved drink will also be provided.

On offer at the family fun day in the park which is set to begin at 12 noon until 4pm, will be Leeds City Council’s Breeze team offering a number of fun activities, while live music and selected fairground rides suitable for young children are also set to be provided. Giant garden games including Jenga, Connect Four, Snakes & Ladders and Space Hopper Racing will also be available on the day.

Families are also being encouraged to bring a picnic and explore some of the oldest woodlands on the estate as part of the Temple Newsam Trailway that features a beautiful bluebell display.

Places are still available for cyclists to join the ride from Hull to Leeds. To find out more, please contact Pennine Events on: (01772) 447 979 or via email: support@pennineevents.co.uk

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Thomas Murray said:
"We would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard to make our charity bike ride a reality in aide of our LOFFTY appeal, and I thought it was only right that after all their efforts, every rider should be given a big ovation when they return to the city on May 4.

"With that in mind, we have organised a family fun day at Temple Newsam Park providing a range of great events and activities to mark their return, and we hope a big crowd will be in attendance on what promises to be a really fantastic occasion."

Notes to editors:
The key aim of the LOFFTY project, which stands for ‘Leeds Offers Fun For The Young’, is to raise funds that will provide additional fun activities for kids in the city during and after school, at weekends and throughout the school holidays.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578
Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk