Race has put village ‘on the map’

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In the shadow of David Hockney’s beloved Yorkshire Wolds, rapturous crowds greeted the Tour De Yorkshire’s riders as they thundered through Hunmanby.

Schools in Britain’s biggest village closed and the BBQ’s came out as a party atmosphere engulfed the village.

And despite the French tint to the inaugural race, Hunmanby’s leg was a remarkably Yorkshire affair.

Yellow and blue Bunting floated above the crowd, as spectators munched on bacon baps and supped local ales.

Dave Wells was the one serving them at his pub, The Cottage, which screened the rest of the race to punters this afternoon.

“This has put Hunmanby on the map,” said the landlord and parish councillor.

“Its been a perfect day, the children have made it and it’s something the village will remember for a long time.”

A rabid crowd erupted as the 100-plus pack bombed along Stonegate en-route to Bridlington.

Extra trains were put on to cope with extra visitors, in what had been dubbed the best spot to see the actions.

And in Hockney-country, special artwork - including a sheep riding a penny farthing - greeted those who made a pedalling pilgrimage to the village.

The crowds started arriving on the streets around noon, half an hour before the cyclists raced past.

And parish councillor Nina Sheeran said the whole day had been “spontaneous fun”.

“We had no idea just how many people would turn up, she said.

“It’s been a slow build - the bunting only went up this week.

“But what a day it’s been.”