Published: 4th July 2014
Though the world’s largest annual sporting event doesn’t come through the town itself, people have been getting in the spirit for the cyclist’s visit to Leeds and Harrogate.
Wetherby High School is especially on board with the celebrations and is set to host a community day on Sunday, July 6, with three TV screens for the Tour, the Grand Prix, and Wimbledon, stalls, sporting events, and a visit from Elmet and Rothwell MP Alec Shelbrooke, all courtesy of Welcome to Wetherby.
He said: “As always, Welcome to Wetherby have done a first class job in decorating the town, from my constituency office window it’s evident Tour de France fever has definitely hit Wetherby.
“Having the Grand Depart in Yorkshire doesn’t just bring a feel good factor to the area, it also brings extra commerce and helps boost our local economy.
“I’m certain this weekend is going to be an exciting one for Yorkshire and I’m grateful to the team of volunteer Tour-makers at Welcome to Wetherby for helping the town cash-in on the event.”
Ambassadors for the event have been working their way through the town, wearing yellow sashes and handing out leaflets to passers-by.
Wetherby mayor Harry Chapman said: “There is an awful lot of work that has been done by the committee involved in this, and even though we are not part of the route this is the best way of being part of it.
“We are expecting lots of people in the town and the hotels to fill up, so we will make the most of that.”
Cindy Bentley, who is a town councillor and committee member for Welcome to Wetherby, said she was delighted with the response to the event, adding that the only thing that could make it better would be a bright, sunny day.
Wetherby Coun John Procter (Con) said: “What they have done for the Tour de France is incredible and the town looks great.”