In 2014, church bells took centre stage in the Tour de France Opening Ceremony and all along the race route. We now have the chance to do it all again in 2015.
The 2015 Yorkshire Festival runs from 1 April to 3 May, concluding with the Tour de Yorkshire pro-cycling race from Friday 1 May to Sunday 3 May.
Click above to listen to Rod Ismay talking to Paul Walker, live on the BBC Radio Sheffield Breakfast Show. Rod’s interview starts at 1:39:15, including a recording of Yorkshire Surprise Major. Rod’s interview is preceded by the Yorkshire Festival Director, Mark Fielding, discussing the broader festival from 1:37:50
West Tanfield has a most beautiful church and a very enthusiastic band who are at the heart of village preparations for Le Tour.
I met the band last August on a day scouting The Dales. We had a great time ringing and an equally fine pint next door. The village was already well into Tour plans a year ago. Check out their website below to see the huge range of events planned for the coming weekend. Bellringing will be one of many activities. Nice Post Office too 🙂