A spectacular fireworks display lit up the sky outside Leeds Town Hall to start the celebrations following the announcement of the route of next year’s Tour de France Grand Depart.
Calderdale will be part of the second stage of the race, with the cyclists riding for 200 kilometres and pedalling through Hebden Bridge and Elland en route to South Yorkshire and eventually London.
Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France, and Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, officially announced the route at a press conference at Leeds Town Hall.
The race is watched in 119 countries and could bring more than £100m into the Yorkshire economy.
See today’s Courier for local reaction to the route.