Charity ride aiming to hit right note

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ONE of the largest annual charity events in the Yorkshire Dales is expanding this year to include a musical festival for the first time.

The Great Milk Stout Ride has raised almost £500,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support since it began in 1993 and attracts hundreds of cyclists and fundraisers from across the North of England.

This year’s ride will start as usual from the showground in Pateley Bridge on September 8, but will finish at Harefield Hall Hotel in the town, where a diverse line-up of bands will play during the afternoon and evening. Eight-piece ska, reggae and funk outfit New Groove Formation will top the 
bill.

The event’s chairwoman, Jackie Kerr, said: “We can’t quite match the scale of the Tour de France’s Yorkshire Grand Départ, but this year’s ride is going to be something unique. We’ve teamed up with Harefield Hall, who have a great track record in holding musical events. After the exertions of completing a 20 or 10–mile bike ride, and raising lots of money for Macmillan in the process, cyclists and supporters will be able to enjoy themselves with some great live music.”

More details are available at www.gmsr.co.uk