In the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Tour de France in the FD Arena at Leeds, bellringing received kind words from Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire.
“My greatest thanks for tonight is deserved for every man, woman and child who supported, encouraged and believed in our dream. As I speak, 600 bell ringers across 60 churches across the county are ringing hundreds of bells in celebration of this moment, in itself an inspirational example of what we can achieve together.
“I am certain that thousands of young people across the UK will be inspired by the champions of cycling this weekend.
“This is our destiny – you are part of history – vive la Yorkshire vive la Tour de France.”
The Tour de France riders were presented to the world’s media and to a crowd of over 10,000 in the Arena.
Bands played including Embrace, Alistair Griffin & Kimberley Walsh, Opera North and Hope & Social.
Every day folk across the county had their say on film “Bienvenue a Yorkshire”.
And the event reached a climax with an absolutely enormous standing ovation for Gary. Bigger even than the cheers for any of the cyclists. Well, we were in Yorkshire after all. A big warm welcome to everyone, but a rapturous cheer for the man whose idea and energy made this whole thing possible.
Massive thank you to ITV Calendar for filming with us – Simon, our cameraman, even started to learn bellringing. Brian never lets any into Cawthorne without a lesson on the bells.
Now, for the race. And, ahem, some bellringing. Look to…. Trebles going… #bepartofit @YFest2014 @LeTourYorkshire @LeTour