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Tour is the 'beginning of great things' for Knaresborough

Knaresborough's Mayor, Tony Handley, says the town will be cheering every rider as today's Tour de France passes through.

Mayor of Knaresborough Tony Handley
Mayor of Knaresborough Tony Handley

Mr Handley told ITV Calendar that painting his house polka-dot was "the best forty quid I've ever spent" and says the tour is the 'beginning of great things' for Knaresborough.

When it isn't polka-dot, it's yellow, and one canny resident has painted some handy warnings for the cyclists:

Tournez a gauche!!
Tournez a gauche!!

Knaresborough bomb hoax pair in court

Two men from Leeds have appeared in court in connection with a bomb hoax in Knaresborough.

23 year old Shamsul Islam is accused of 3 counts of communicating a bomb hoax at a pizza takeaway in the town in October. He's been remanded in custody to appear at York Crown Court on the 16th of June.

22 year old Habibul Islam is charged with perverting the course of justice and making a false statement to obtain insurance. He's been bailed, and will also appear in court in York later this month.

Memorial bench for two-year-old cancer fighter

Sadie's mother Katie with son, Oscar.

The family of a little girl who lost her battle against a rare cancer, now have a fitting memorial dedicated to her memory.

Sadie Rose Clifford, who was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma in 2010, captured the hearts of thousands with her fight. Despite members of the public raising more than £400,000 for treatment in America, Sadie passed away in June 2012, aged 2.

To celebrate Sadie’s life, a specially-designed memorial bench has been placed in Bebra Gardens in Knaresborough.

The hand-carved redwood bench which features a butterfly and hearts motif, overlooks the children's paddling pool, and was created by tree sculptor Tommy Craggs.

The area surrounding the bench will now be landscaped with a scheme designed by Harrogate Borough Council and the Friends of Bebra Gardens to include flowering plants in Sadie's favourite colours.

Click here for more on Sadie's story.

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