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Harrogate Town FC announce open top bus parade plans

Newly promoted Harrogate Town have announced plans for an open top bus celebration this Saturday to celebrate winning promotion to League Two.

Harrogate Town players celebrating
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The club secured promotion to the English Football League for the first time in their history with a 3-1 win over Notts County on Sunday.

To mark the achievement players and staff will parade the trophy through the streets on an open top bus this weekend.

The bus will leave the club's CNG Stadium and go on a 35 minute tour of Harrogate before returning to the stadium.

A spokesman for the club said the bus would not be stopping in order to avoid crowds gathering.

He added: "We have worked with Harrogate Borough Council, North Yorkshire Highways, North Yorkshire County Council, Open Spaces Recovery Team and our own Covid officers and team to ensure all regulations are adhered to. All parties are satisfied with the arrangements made."

North Yorkshire County Council Councillor Don Mackenzie told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: "There are clearly concerns about the proximity of crowds of people to one another lining the street but it is to be hoped that supporters would show common sense and maintain social distancing.”