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Growing civic pride in Otley

Ilkley Road gateway opened

Posted by sstanwell on February 7, 2015

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A stunning looking stone cyclist has started greeting motorists as they enter Otley from the Ilkley direction.  It is the centrepiece of a new dry stone wall gateway that has been installed beside the A660, near the turn-off for Wharfebank Business Centre.  It was officially opened in February by Otley's Town Mayor, councillor Nigel Gill.

The feature is the latest in a series of gateways that Otley in Bloom have been positioning on routes into town.  Others are on Pool Road, Leeds Road and Bradford Road, near Ellar Ghyll.  More gateways are planned for the future.

It was made by dry stone waller Gordon Simpson, who said  “It’s a nod to the Tour de France, which came past this very spot, and Otley’s very long tradition of cycling.  And having the wheels made out of millstones was a way of referencing Yorkshire. It took about three weeks to make. We actually built the wall at home in two pieces and then transported it.”