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An Exhibition by Knaresborough Photographer, Charlotte Gale

(a press release by Knaresborough Library)

Stunning Exhibition by Knaresborough Photographer

North Yorkshire’s Knaresborough Library is to host an exhibition of photographs taken by local photographer Charlotte Gale during a recent trip to Nepal. She was there to take part in a literacy and regeneration project developed by the Rotary Club of Harrogate Brigantes.

Charlotte travelled to Nepal early in 2014 with six colleagues from several Yorkshire Rotary Clubs on their annual visit to work on a long-term project aimed at changing young lives in the remote Panchamul Valley. The project has brought the internet into the valley and installed IT suites in the valley’s schools. These developments are improving literacy, increasing educational opportunities and aiding economic regeneration.

Lake Fewa Pokhara

Nepalese Children























In addition a linked microloan scheme is also supporting local people and helping to increase the wealth of the inhabitants to a point where, eventually, they will be able to bear the cost of maintaining the educational improvements that the project is bringing. The micro-loan scheme was initially set up using £2000 raised by Yorkshire Rotary Clubs; enough for over 50 loans. Knaresborough Rotarians have recently committed a further £200 following a presentation by Charlotte on her return; helping six more families.

This year’s visit also initiated a twinning initiative between Panchamul and Rossett Schools. Year 8 students from the schools have been paired and will exchange handwritten letters which are scanned and sent via email, a modern twist on an old idea which will foster understanding between the two cultures.

The exhibition of stunning images of local people at work, study and play and the breath-taking landscapes of Nepal will be open in Knaresborough Library from Monday 1st September until Friday 3rd October during library opening hours.

Knaresborough Library and Customer Service Centre
Market Place

Telephone 0845 3005112

Email knaresborough.library@northyorks.gov.uk

Opening times:

Monday – Wednesday: 9.30am – 5pm
Thursday: 9.30am – 1.30pm
Friday: 9.30am – 7pm
Saturday: 9.30am – 1.30pm

For more information about the project visit: www.rotaryharrogatebrigantes.com/projects

An Exhibition by Knaresborough Photographer Charlotte Gale

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Yorkshire gives a warm welcome to the Tour de France

Yorkshire promised a Grand Départ to remember and we certainly delivered.

From the first time I saw the Welcome to Yorkshire bid video, I knew that the good folk of Yorkshire (and the French) could look forward to a weekend they would never forget:

As the Tour grew closer, locals thought of innovative ways they could get into the spirit of the event without contravening strict brand guidelines. Colour featured heavily – from Yorkshire Building Society’s 150 yellow sheep grazing the hillsides of Kettlewell to the 100’s of yellow bikes and coloured jerseys that sprung up around the county. Knaresborough alone had over 2km of tour themed bunting strung around the town centre and our Local Mayor Tony Handley had even painted his house with red polka dots in honour of the occasion!

Yorkshire Building Society yellow sheep kettlewell

Yorkshire Building Society Tour de France Yellow Sheep

Yorkshire Building Society Tour de France Yellow Sheep

Mayor Tony Handley's red spotty house Knaresborough

Sheer Bliss yellow bike

yellow umbrella sculpture, Knaresborough

Yellow bike Knaresborough

Suddenly, after months of preparation, the weekend of the 5/6 July 2014 was upon us all.  On Saturday morning I shoehorned my way onto the train at Knaresborough station, camera in hand, and set off with many other 1000’s of people to celebrate the World’s largest annual sporting event not just visiting Harrogate, but ending its first stage there. I was in good company – the Royals and Prime Minister David Cameron had turned out in force and there were even rumours that David Beckham was in town!

The day did not disappoint. The forecasted rain never emerged and instead the sun shone against a brilliant blue sky. Many chose to line the streets, whilst others watched the race on a big screen in the purpose built fan park on The Stray.

Tour de France Harrogate

Koen de Kort Tour de France 2014

Tour de France Harrogate

Tour de France Harrogate

Tour de France Harrogate

Later, as the riders and team entourage had left to prepare for day 2, 1000’s of friends and families enjoyed the evening sun on the Stray – eating, drinking and listening to the live music.

Tour de France Harrogate

Tour de France Harrogate

Sunday dawned and with it the opportunity to witness the Tour passing through my home town of Knaresborough. Voted the Tour’s ‘Best Dressed Town’, the townsfolk of Knaresborough had certainly got into the spirit of things and that included two famous former residents – Blind Jack and Mother Shipton.

Blind Jack Knaresborough Tour de France

Petrified yellow bike tour de france mother shiptons cave

We located our preferred viewpoint early, choosing to watch the riders as they came up the small incline past King James school and into Knaresborough.

The Tour de France comes to Knaresborough

The Tour de France comes to Knaresborough

The Tour de France comes to Knaresborough

The Tour de France comes to Knaresborough

The Tour de France comes to Knaresborough

The Tour de France comes to Knaresborough

After the race had passed, spectators thronged into the Market Place to enjoy food from around the world before making their way to the official spectator hub in Knaresborough Castle grounds to watch the rest of the race on the big screen (or enjoy a coffee courtesy of Harvey Nichols!)

The Tour de France comes to Knaresborough

The Tour de France comes to Knaresborough

The Tour de France comes to Knaresborough

Of course Le Tour Yorkshire would not have been the success it was without the 100’s of volunteers who worked tirelessly behind the scenes. Inspired by the success of the London 2012 ‘Game Makers’, these ‘Tour Makers’ provided help and guidance to the many 1000’s of people who had chosen to visit our region to watch the Tour. I therefore thought it fitting to end with a photo of four ‘Tour Makers’ taking a minute to enjoy the beautiful view from Knaresborough Castle towards the Viaduct and River Nidd below.

The Tour de France comes to Knaresborough

Related Links

In the days following Le Grand Départ, social media has been awash with blog posts and video clips extolling the greatness of the Tour in Yorkshire. Here is a selection of my personal favourites:

27 People who made Le Tour Yorkshire the Greatest Show on Earth (Buzz Feed)

The North – South Divide (Cambridge vs Yorkshire) (Buzz Feed)

31 Images of the Tour de France in Yorkshire (Buzz Feed)


The Grandest of Grand Departs (BBC News)

Tour de France Race Director Christian Prudhomme is lost for superlatives (ITV)

Knaresborough Crowned ‘Best Dressed Town’ of the Tour (ITV)

Speaking of Social Media and highlights, I couldn’t finish this post without including a screenshot of the retweet of my Yorkshire Building Society yellow sheep photos by none other than defending Tour de France champion Chris Froome of Team Sky!



Greetings cards featuring views of Knaresborough Viaduct throughout the seasons are available to buy via my online shop: www.pictur-esque.com.


Knaresborough Viaduct by Charlotte Gale Frozen River Nidd at Knaresborough Yorkshire Christmas Card by Charlotte Gale

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New 2019 Yorkshire Calendars by Charlotte Gale now available

Christmas cards and Yorkshire calendars delivered direct to your door

My 2019 Yorkshire Wall and Desk Calendars are now available to order online at pictur-esque.com. The calendars feature well known views from around the county, including Knaresborough Viaduct, Nidd Gorge, Whitby Harbour, Sutton Bank, Sandsend, the Yorkshire Dales, the North York Moors, Nidderdale, Goldsborough and The Stray in Harrogate.

Yorkshire Wall Calendar by Charlotte Gale

Knaresborough Wall CalendarYorkshire Desk Calendar 2019






















My Yorkshire calendars and Yorkshire & Knaresborough Christmas cards can be purchased online, by phoning 07745 538424 or emailing charlotte@pictur-esque.com. If you are local to the Knaresborough area, I offer free delivery to HG5 postcodes for all my greetings cards and photographic products.  Simply select the relevant postage option when completing your order.

Alternatively, if you prefer to browse before you buy, you can purchase my cards from ZigZag Cards & Gifts on the High Street in Knaresborough and Oatlands Mount Post Office and Fodder in Harrogate, as well as a range of seasonal events.

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