Hands up - who’s excited about Le Tour?

Tour de France celebrations at Ripponden J&I School.
Tour de France celebrations at Ripponden J&I School.

Children at Ripponden Junior and Infant School are already bursting with excitement about the Tour de France coming to Calderdale.

The world famous race will pedal past the school on July 6 next year and pupils will be getting in the spirit by taking part in various fun and games in the build-up to the event.

Lorraine Bamforth, head teacher at Ripponden School, said: “We’re looking forward to planning lots of exciting activities for the children to celebrate the race coming to Calderdale.

“They all know about the event and are really excited that it’s coming here.”

Students at Riverside Junior School in Hebden Bridge are also excited about one of the world’s biggest sporting events happening on their own doorstep.

Susan Bradshaw, business manager at Riverside School, said: “Everybody is very excited at the prospect of the Tour coming here. We have a lot of keen cyclists among the staff and children, some of whom went to the BMX Arena in Manchester earlier this year and met cyclists such as Ed Clancy and Phillip Hines.”

The Little Valley Brewery in Cragg Vale were also raising a glass to the Tour de France during a visit from Welcome to Yorkshire to discuss their plans for the event.

Sue Cooper, from the brewery, said: “We’re delighted that the Tour is coming to Cragg Vale next year. It’s such a great opportunity to put England’s longest continuous gradient in Cragg Vale on the world map. We’ll be planning a few things here at Little Valley to create some interest and we’ll certainly have all hands on the pumps on the day!”

The White Lion hotel in Hebden Bridge are already almost fully booked for when the Tour cycles through the town, but are hoping to transform its courtyard into a cinema in time for the event.

There is also one room left at the hotel with a view overlooking the route, offering a perfect spot to see the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish racing past, which will be auctioned off.

Michael Grimes, owner of the White Lion, said: “We’re thinking of putting up a big cinema screen in the courtyard of the pub so we can have an open air cinema. People could bring their own chairs and watch the race on a big 20ft projection screen, then all rush round to the front when the cyclists go past!

“We’re also working on something where people could cycle the route over a two or three day period and perhaps set something up with a hotel at the start and at the end of the route at ourselves and make it a package deal.”

Here at the Courier, we want to hear from you if you’re planning to celebrate the Tour de France coming to our region.

If you live or own a business on the route, let us know how you’ll be marking the once-in-a-lifetime occasion.

Are you planning on cycling the route yourself or stopping off for a pint at every pub along the way?

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