Saturday, 5 July 2014

Leader of Leeds City Council proud of Leeds on this 'incredible day'




Caption: Tour de France Grand Départ celebrations in Leeds.

Statement from the leader of Leeds City Council about the celebrations in Leeds around the Grand Départ as the day draws to a close and the city reflects on what has been a momentous occasion.

Leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Keith Wakefield said:

“What an incredible day that has been for Leeds and Yorkshire. Crowds in their thousands lined the route in Leeds giving the riders and teams an amazing atmosphere as they made their way through the city, it made me very proud so I’d like to thank everyone in the city for making this the biggest event for Leeds in living memory.

“I have seen back some of the television footage and it looks spectacular, showcasing Leeds and Yorkshire to a massive global audience which we know will bring about major benefits in the short and longer term as people all over the world now know our city and region is a place they must come and visit and do business with. I’m sure it will also inspire people of all ages and especially young people to get on bikes and emulate the Tour de France heroes they have just seen come past.

“Thanks to our partners ASO, Welcome to Yorkshire, our fellow local authorities and TdFHUB2014 Ltd for making today such an incredible success and having set the tone for the Tour so perfectly. We will be watching with keen interest for more of the same on day two tomorrow and day three on Monday.”

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For further information contact
Cat Lindley, Leeds City Council communications team
Catherine.lindley@leeds.gov.uk
Mob: 07712214224

Leader of Leeds City Council comments on the 'amazing experience' of the Tour de France





Caption: Crowds in Leeds enjoying the atmosphere in the city centre and watching an unforgettable Grand Départ


Statement from the leader of Leeds City Council about the unforgettable Grand Départ.

Leader of Leeds City Council Council Councillor Keith Wakefield said:

“What an amazing experience that was. The atmosphere of the crowd, the excitement, the colour, the noise, it was all absolutely incredible and is something I will never forget. Hosting the Tour de France has been the biggest event in living memory in Leeds, so thank you to everyone in the city for making this such a historic and successful occasion. The Tour organisers, teams and riders have been absolutely blown away by the welcome they have received here so everyone involved and all those who cheered and clapped at the roadside on Thursday night and this morning should feel very proud. We wish all the riders well now as they head out to explore the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.”

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For further information contact
Cat Lindley, Leeds City Council communications team
Catherine.Lindley@leeds.gov.uk
Mob: 07712214224