Music and sport superstars put Yorkshire in the Spotlight at Y17
Welcome to Yorkshire has revealed exciting plans that will keep the county on the world stage at the UK’s biggest tourism conference Y17 – “Yorkshire on Show”.
There was a special appearance from the Kaiser Chiefs at York Theatre Royal who announced they are joining Welcome to Yorkshire in backing Leeds’ bid to become the 2023 European Capital of Culture, along with Corinne Bailey-Rae.
Welcome to Yorkshire also revealed a brand-new film that showcases our magnificent county in all its glory. This will hit cinema screens this summer. Everyman, City Screen Picturehouse, Cineworld, Vue and a selection of independents in London, the North East, the North West and Yorkshire are all in line to show this epic film.
A once in a lifetime event has been confirmed for Yorkshire next month. To celebrate the heritage of the East Coast Mainline FOUR trains will travel on FOUR tracks at the very same time, and in the same direction, including the Flying Scotsman. The iconic steam engine will run alongside Virgin Trains’ HST, Class 91 and the brand new electric train the Azuma which isn’t even on our tracks yet. They will travel together for several miles north of York on 23 April symbolising the progress seen on our railways over the last century.
The phenomenal success of Welcome to Yorkshire’s partnership with The Girls musical has continued this year, as the show opened in the West End to huge critical acclaim. The production, nominated for three Olivier awards, has helped us showcase Yorkshire to world theatre audiences. Now, a new theatrical partnership with Scarborough-based Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer, has also been revealed. Their panto ‘Cinderella’ at the London Palladium, also Olivier-nominated, was so well received they are returning to the iconic venue this Christmas with a brand-new production of ‘Dick Whittington’. Qdos produce shows in 35 towns and cities around the UK, including here at home in Yorkshire at Hull New Theatre and Bradford Alhambra. Yet another great example of Yorkshire on show to the world.
Sport stars including Britain’s most decorated Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey exclusively revealed details of the teams at this year’s Tour de Yorkshire at Y17. The 2017 race, in just over a month, will push boundaries and break records. There will be 36 men’s and women’s teams competing between 28 – 30 April and for the first time there will be the same number of women’s and men’s teams. Dame Sarah’s newly launched team Storey Racing will be among them.
The 2017 Tour de Yorkshire painting has been unveiled. Yorkshire artist Lucy Pittaway has created another masterpiece capturing the beauty and passion of Yorkshire and cycling.
Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said: “On stage here in York we’ve shown why Yorkshire is making such a big noise on the world stage right now. There has been standing ovations for the stars of sport, music and the arts who’ve come together to celebrate a record-breaking year for Yorkshire tourism. The buzz around the possibility of another record-breaking year is immense and I say encore!”