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An Elland brass band welcome for Tour de France?

Last year's winner Bradley Wiggins

Last year's winner Bradley Wiggins

A brass band hopes to showcase its talents before millions of television viewers during next year’s Tour de France.

Elland Silver Band will explore the possibility of playing live music while the world’s top cyclists race through the town.

Secretary Kathleen Harrison said it would be a brilliant opportunity for the band.

“We will definitely look at it,” she said.

“We could be fitted in anywhere - perhaps the middle of a roundabout.

“The Tour de France can only bring good for the town.”

That view is echoed around the town with Kimberley Parry of BAC Outdoor Leisure saying she is already looking forward to the spectacle.

“If people get behind it like the Olympics it will be brilliant,” she said.

“After the Olympics there was an influx of interest and some of our clothing does cross over into cycling.”

Elland resident Geoff Wilson said the race will create interest in the town.

“Everybody will be looking forward to it,” he said.

“We have had cycle races through the town and they have always been well supported.”

And Nicki Longstaff, 41, barmaid at Elland WMC, said the race would be good for businesses and put the town on the map.

Stage two of the race hits Calderdale on July 6, 2014.

Cyclists will enter from Oxenhope Moor and descend through Pecket Well into Hebden Bridge and then Mytholmroyd.

The route then goes through Cragg Vale onto Blackstone Edge before reaching Ripponden, Barkisland, West Vale, Elland and Kirklees.

 

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