Le Tour: Party atmosphere continues in Ripponden

There was a French themed party atmosphere in Ripponden for Le Tour
There was a French themed party atmosphere in Ripponden for Le Tour

The crowds who had gathered in Ripponden to watch the Tour erupted as the Peloton passed through.

Many had secured their position early in the morning, but said that the day had been fantastic and well worth waiting for.

Ripponden drew a massive crowd and whilst many locals turned out to watch the once in a lifetime event hit their hometown, others had travelled from the other side of the world to take advantage of the beautiful Yorkshire landscape.

Diane Mallinson, 52, a Ripponden local, said: “It was absolutely fantastic and actually quite an emotional moment when the cyclists came through.

“It was truly, especially as I just didn’t know what to expect.”

Nicola Walton, 38, watched the spectacle from her parents’ shop, Toll House Jewellery, and said that the the shop had received orders from all over the world for Tour De France themed products.

“It’s been absolutely fantastic,” Nicola said.

“We’ve never seen anything like this before so it’s been a really fantastic day.

“People have come from far and wide and everyone who has spoken to us have said they have really enjoyed it and commented on what a warm Yorkshire welcome they have received.

“It’s really shown off how great the county is.”

Amanda Robinson, 47, came to watch the race in Ripponden from Queensbury.

“It was an absolute adrenaline rush when the cyclists came through. It was fantastic.”

Amanda’s husband Brian said that although he was sad that Bradley Wiggins didn’t make the Tour this year, it was still a day to remember.

“I think it’s really showcased Yorkshire in a positive light,” he said.

Many said that watching the Tour pass through Calderdale was a once in a lifetime opportunity and, although the race has left Ripponden, the party atmosphere is still going strong, with crowds enjoying the sunshine, listening to live music and celebrating the day the tour came to the town.