Many more people than initially predicted could descend on towns and villages for the Tour de France, a meeting in Silsden heard.

Several million visitors are set to arrive in the region when the world famous Grand Depart passes through Silsden, Keighley and the Worth Valley on July 6.

“Original figures were grossly underestimated,” said Coun Adrian Naylor, who is a member of a Silsden Tour group and chairs Le Tour Addingham.

“A lot of people from the UK are expected to travel to see the event.”

Coun Naylor said about 70 people attended the public meeting, at Silsden Methodist Church last Thursday.

Regional tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire gave a presentation, outlining how the bid to bring the race to the region was won, what people can expect and ways of maximising opportunities.

“Welcome to Yorkshire had a meeting in Leeds for parish and town councils but it clashed with a Bradford Council budget meeting, so I asked if they could do something over here for people from Burley to Haworth,” said Coun Naylor.

“It was a good meeting and some useful information came out of it.”