BEDALE has been crowned as the 'Best Dressed Host Town' for this year's Tour de Yorkshire.

More than 7,000 people voted in the competition organised by Welcome to Yorkshire to celebrate the effort made by towns and villages along the Tour de Yorkshire route.

Bedale was awash with colour as the men’s and women’s pelotons finished in the town on May 3.

Yellow and blue cardboard cyclists were displayed on every street with large Yorkshire flags and miles and miles of bunting.

Numerous shopkeepers also produced striking window displays and all the schools in town worked hard to create land art pieces. Even the church bells rang out to welcome the riders home as Bedale made a more-than memorable impression.

Darlington and Stockton Times:

Welcome to Yorkshire’s Commercial Director Peter Dodd said: “The Best Dressed competition is our way of recognising all those places and people that helped make this year’s Tour de Yorkshire one of the most eye-catching, colourful and vibrant editions yet.

“It was a really difficult task compiling the shortlists but thousands of people have cast their votes over the last week and picked some very worthy winners.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming those winners to the Welcome to Yorkshire office now to honour their remarkable efforts.

Darlington and Stockton Times:

“We are truly grateful for the support the Tour de Yorkshire receives right across the county – from local authorities, community groups, schools, businesses and residents – and it’s that support that makes the Tour such a special event, and Yorkshire such a brilliant county.”