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A road with a Le Tour view!

Margaret and Michael Elliott and cocker spaniel Charlie outside their home in West Vale, with a view of Hullen Edge Lane.

Margaret and Michael Elliott and cocker spaniel Charlie outside their home in West Vale, with a view of Hullen Edge Lane.

Residents along the Tour de France route in Elland and West Vale are delighted the world famous race is whizzing past their doorstep.

People living on Queen Street and Hullenedge Lane will have a roadside view of the race after organisers revised plans to send riders through Elland town centre.

It means Michael Elliott, who lives on Hullenedge Lane with his wife Margaret, will be ideally placed to watch the spectacle on Sunday, July 6.

He said: ”It’s coming right past our house so we’ll get a really good view.

“If it’s raining we can watch it from the conservatory but if not we’ve got the whole of theback garden.

Paul Davies, who also lives on Hullenedge Lane, said: “I think it’s great. I’ll definitely be here on the day watching it go past from my window.

“We’ve just had a baby and I think it’ll be once-in-a-lifetime for the baby never mind us.”

Darren Jenkinson, who lives on Queen Street, said: “We’re only a small village but it’s something we can be very proud of.

“They’ll have their banners out in the street - everyone I speak to here seems very excited about it.”

Matt Wild, from Le Tour Elland, said: “We think it is fantastic and will make the race a real spectacle.

“Instead of the riders flashing past at 30 mph the pelaton will really have to slow down due to the streets being so narrow and the number of bends.”

It was also revealed this week that Yorkshire Water will sponsor the 100-day Cultural Festival which will celebrate the best of arts and culture in the region in the build up to the Grand Depart.

 

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