Cycle tour for duo

TWO cyclists will retrace their footsteps with a gruelling 130-mile ride to boost church coffers.

Chris Barker and Stephen Butler are saddling up to raise funds for Mirfield Team Parish as they did 29 years ago.

Back then, Mr Barker completed the Abbey Run through North and West Yorkshire on foot.

He was joined along the way by Mirfield Scouts, including Mr Butler, who helped him raise £2,000.

On Saturday July 9, the pair will set off from Whitby Abbey at 5am with the aim of getting back to St Mary’s Church in time to enjoy a ceilidh that evening.

The pair will be joined along the way by various local cycling clubs and can expect a warm welcome on their return.

Family, friends and supporters are hosting a fun day in honour of the riders at St Mary’s Church from 1pm.

And as the cyclists approach Mirfield between 5pm and 6pm, the church bell ringers will swing into action. The celebrations will culminate with a ceildh in the parish centre from 7.30pm.

The family fun day will also be the final chance for people to win a painting by artist Nigel Cooke for just £1 in a special raffle.

Mr Cooke, whose work has been displayed at the Tate Britain, donated an original oil painting called Paris to the churches last month.

The artwork comes from his Cityscape range of work which sell for up to £2,500 each.

The painting is currently on display at Lenscape Gallery in Huddersfield Road, where raffle tickets are on sale.

Tickets can also be bought from Ruth Edwards on 01924 492129, any church member or at the fun day until the draw at 6pm.