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Luchon Ladies Come to Town

23rd May 2014

Categories: News

Harrogate Tourist Information Centre has been making preparations for the Grand Depart with two senior members of the Bagneres-de-Luchon Tourist Office all set to join the Harrogate team for four days over the Tour de France period.

Amelie Rabasse and Caroline Grande will arrive on July 2nd in the immediate run-up to the Tour’s arrival in Harrogate. Luchon, Harrogate's longstanding twin town also forms part of the Tour route this year. The 16th stage will start in Carcassonne and finish in Luchon on the 22nd of July.

Commenting on the initiative, Helen Suckling, Harrogate Borough Council Visitor Services Manager, expressed her delight at the arrangement. 'This initiative may well form part of the lasting legacy of the Tour in Harrogate. Members of staff from our Information Centre hope to visit Luchon later in the year following the Tour.

'We are looking forward to welcoming the Luchon staff. We will be featuring Luchon in our Information Centre displays and of course the Luchon staff will be an invaluable additional resource in giving an authentically French welcome to visitors not just from France but from across the world'.

Harrogate Borough Council also announced that the Mayor of Luchon has accepted an invitation to Harrogate during the period of the Tour. The Mayor of the Borough Harrogate, Cllr. Mike Newby, who extended the official invitation to his French counterpart, has been a firm supporter of the twinning link during his year in office.

He visited Luchon’s famous Festival of Flowers in 2013 and describes it as one of the highlights of his year in office. Mr Dennis Richards, OBE, Chair of the newly resurrected Twinning Committee and former Head of. St. Aidan's also expressed his delight. 'This is a year like no other for Franco-British relations in the north of England. France is the number one tourist destination in the world. Thanks to the Tour, Yorkshire may well become its closest rival!'

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