Tour Makers gear up for Grand Depart

Tour Makers
Tour Makers

Thousands of Tour Makers have been kitted out with special uniforms and taking part in training ahead of the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire next month.

An army of volunteers has been recruited to help the millions of visitors who will watch the biggest annual sporting event in the world when in starts in Yorkshire on July 5.

Tour Makers have been attending role training sessions in Leeds at Elland Road Stadium and collecting their uniforms, designed by Yorkshire-based supermarket Asda, who have backed the project by helping to recruit and clothe the volunteers.

The volunteers have been allocated roles such as Route Marshal, Flag Marshal, Wayfinders, Crossing Marshals and Supervisors.

The uniform includes a blue polo shirt, green jacket, black trousers, baseball cap, bag and water bottle.

Becky Clarke, Tour Maker, said: “Now we’ve got our uniforms it all seems so real, so roll on July 5 - I’m so excited! I can’t wait to just jump right in and actually get started, and to say I’ll be part of the Tour coming to Yorkshire is just incredible.”

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “We’ve been blown away by the passion and dedication the Tour Makers have shown already. Now, there’s a real sense of excitement building among them as they complete their training, get their uniforms and prepare for an experience they’ll never forget.”

The three stages will see Tour Makers welcoming visitors at key locations and transport hubs, and helping the millions of spectators along the routes enjoy the event.