Following a public vote, Pontefract was announced by Welcome to Yorkshire as the Best Dressed Town in the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire, and is was made possible when Pontefract Civic Society brought the local community, schools & businesses together.

Fast forward two months, and a small representative group from #TeamPontefract were honoured to receive the award at Welcome to Yorkshire’s Leeds HQ on Fri 26 July.

On receiving the award on behalf of all those involved in Pontefract, Civic Society Vice Chair and project coordinator Phil Cook said “the Tour certainly brought people of all ages together, proving there are those who will go the extra mile volunteering to embed civic pride and community spirit”.

What local people did to dress Pontefract has delivered a legacy which was recently seen at the Liquorice Festival, and will also been on Yorkshire Day.

Andy Barker from Barkers Fencing recently said “my business success has been based on customers in and around Pontefract, and I was only too pleased to be able to put something back into the town”.

Phil went onto say “I’m proud to have had so many people just getting on with it, and we could not have done it without business support through materials and time from Barkers Fencing, Tracked Spider Solutions, and others.”

The Best Dressed Town award will be combined with other Tour de Yorkshire motifs and acknowledgement of those who made it all possible; this will then go on a tour of businesses ending up on permanent display thanks to Pontefract Library.

Further information on the civic society can be gained by emailing, checking our website at or by calling Phil on 07931 700 021 for further information.

The Civic Society accepting the Best Dressed Town Award.

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