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Local radio station Your Harrogate partners the Lions for Bed Race

Knaresborough Lions, organisers of the Great Knaresborough Bed Race, have announced that the local radio station Your Harrogate has agreed to be the media partner for the 2022 event. The move will mean the fast communication of Bed Race safety messages, as well as ensuring that the afternoon at Conyngham Hall will be compered entertainingly for the expected huge crowds.

Kevin Lloyd, chairman of the Bed Race organising committee, said that welcoming Your Harrogate into the planning team was very important as Bed Race returns to the calendar of top events after a two-year hiatus caused by the pandemic.

“Formally, Stray FM partnered us in the event, a role considered vital by the Knaresborough Lions Club,” he said. “We relied on them to broadcast fast-moving changes and developments, such as the year when the park-and-ride parking areas had to remain closed over Bed Race weekend.

“Local radio helped us get the message out and explained alternative solutions visitors to Knaresborough could pursue.

“But with the folding of Stray FM into their current ownership in September 2020 we lost that resource.

“We are delighted that with the launch of Your Harrogate local radio is back, reporting on and playing a role in our community here in North Yorkshire.

“It helps even more that the core of Your Harrogate is comprised by folk previously with Stray FM. So, they know what is required and above all, understand the magic of the Great Knaresborough Bed Race,” added Kevin Lloyd.

Huge crowds are expected at the 2022 Bed Race, held again after a two-year hiatus caused by covid. Safety messages can be communicated quickly and simply by the Lions' media partner.