LiveSTAGE 1 LIVE BLOG: Tour de France riders race through the district as hundreds of thousands line Grand Depart route

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Summary

  • The sun shone as Tour de France riders thrilled thousands of cycling fans lining the route of Stage 1 of the Yorkshire Grand Depart.
  • 198 riders in 22 teams are raced from Leeds to Harrogate via Harewood, Pool-in-Wharfedale, Otley, Ilkley, Addingham, Skipton and the Dales
  • Marcel Kittel wins Stage 1 of the 101st Tour de France in Harrogate
  • Disappointment for British hope Mark Cavendish, who was injured in a crash close to the finish line

6:37pm

What a day! The spectators turned out in their thousands, the sun was shining, the eyes of the world were on our district's wonderful towns, villages and countryside, and there was a dramatic finish to Stage 1 of the Tour de France Yorkshire Grand Depart. 

Join us tomorrow as we do it all again for Stage 2!

The riders return to the district on their way from York to Sheffield, passing through Silsden, Keighley, Haworth, Stanbury and Oxenhope.

Will you be there to cheer them on?

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5:55pm

5:54pm

Team Giant Shimano's Marcel Kittel puts on the leaders yellow jersey with help from the Duchess of Cambridge after stage one of the Tour de France in Harrogate

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5:46pm

5:28pm Sat 5 Jul 14

JAtkinson says

Thoroughly enjoyed watching Yorkshire's beautiful countryside and its famous welcome. Well done all involved.

Ilkley and Addingham looked great. I'm excited about being there in person at Keighley tomorrow, though maybe Cote de Oxenhope Moor (one of the King of the Mountain stages) is the place to be in Bradford.

Looks like Leeds-Shipley trains increased in frequency but not BradfordFSQ-Shipley so, if you're going, get to Shipley and change.

5:44pm

Hundreds of people have streamed into Ilkley Tourist Information Centre in the past few days for advice on what to do beyond watching today’s tour.

Friday and Saturday saw huge numbers of visitors stream into the centre, based at Ilkley Town Hall.

Peter Bailey, visitor centre supervisor, said: “A lot of people are staying the weekend.

"There have been a lot of people come in who wanted to make a mini break out of the weekend. We’ve been really busy and have been selling a lot of merchandise.”

5:13pm

Police said a woman who fell through a roof near the Tour de France route in Skipton today was not believed to have suffered serious injuries.

The woman, who fell at High Corn Mill, Chapel Hill, was taken by air ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary.

Though initial reporters suggested she suffered head injuries, North Yorkshire Police said later her injuries were not believed to be serious and were described as cuts and bruises.

Officers were called at around 12.30pm to reports that a woman had fallen through a roof.

The woman, believed to be in her forties, was treated at the scene by ambulance staff before being airlifted to hospital.

It is believed the woman had climbed on the roof via a first-floor window.

The route of the Tour de France was not affected by the incident.

5:08pm

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4:50pm

Big disappointment for sprinter Mark Cavendish as he collides with another rider close to the finish line in Harrogate, missing a rare chance to claim the yellow jersey. 

There are fears the British hope may have broken his collar bone, putting his future in the race in doubt.

German Giant-Shimano rider Marcel Kittel takes the first stage win.

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4:46pm

Marcel Kittel wins Stage 1 of the 101st Tour de France!

Mark Cavendish crashes out at the last second.

4:31pm

Huge crowds await the riders' arrival in Harrogate

4:26pm

Just over 10 miles of the race left, and the riders are heading towards Ripon. 

Lotto Belisol and Mark Cavendish's Omega Pharma Quick-Step teams are setting the pace. 

Cavendish could still be on track to realise his dream of winning this first stage at the finish line in his mum's home town of Harrogate.

4:18pm

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Here's leading Otley businessman James Barber outside his famous tobacco and cigar shop with knitted bike made by his wife.

"We've never seen so many smiling faces in Otley - it's such a lovely atmosphere and nothing like this will happen in our lifetimes again. Tremendous," Mr Barber said.

4:17pm

One local business made the most of the massive crowds in Ilkley today by mixing bikes and Yorkshire staples. The Travelling Tea Ladies, a vintage tea company, took to antique bikes to travel around the town and supply spectators with traditional Yorkshire tea and cakes.

Becky Mears, from Guiseley helped found the company, and said: “There has been a lovely atmosphere today and we’ve had quite a few people gawping at us as we’ve gone past. The Yorkshire Tea has gone down very well.”
They will be in Keighley when the race passes through tomorrow.

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Becky Mears and Melvyn Newton of the Travelling Tea Ladies

4:02pm

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The race may have passed through Ilkley hours ago, but the town is still making the most of the momentous day.

The Ilkley Hub at Riverside Gardens is currently packed with families enjoying food, drink and a funfair, as well as a giant cinema screen, which will be showing The LEGO Movie at 5pm.

The Hub Festival, which began yesterday, is raising money for the town’s Outside The Box cafe, which supports people with learning disabilities.

3:42pm

Police have revealed that a boy was injured when he was hit by one of the Tour De France convoy vehicles in Ilkley this afternoon.

At 12.39pm police were called to reports of a teenage boy being injured after he was in collision with one of the team vehicles.

He was treated at the scene, and then airlifted to hospital with suspected leg injuries.

His condition has been described as stable, and police are currently investigating how the incident happened.

3:30pm

The peloton passes through the Dales village of Muker

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3:19pm

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have travelled by helicopter to meet spectators and see the Riders pass through the village of West Tanfield, near Ripon

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3:05pm

2:42pm

It's been a long wait for some...

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2:38pm

Riders on the B6265 between Cracoe and Threshfield

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1:18pm Sat 5 Jul 14

JAtkinson says

Brilliant to see world's biggest annual sporting event coming to Yorkshire and fab it's in Bradford District both days - helicopters and TV really showing off our finest assets.

2:06pm

A bird's-eye view of the riders weaving through Otley

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And a prime spot for these spectators...

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2:04pm

Spectators in Ilkley

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1:57pm

The peloton as it passed through Skipton

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1:51pm

Prime viewing spots were in demand as the Tour de France set off from Leeds earlier

1:42pm

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with Prince Harry, posed for a picture in front of the Peloton at Harewood House

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...before cutting the ribbon to officially start the 101st Tour de France's Yorkshire Grand Depart.

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1:40pm

The riders leaving Harewood House earlier

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  • The Tour de France is the world's largest annual sporting event, and lasts 3 weeks
  • The entire race covers approximately 3,500 kms
  • A worldwide television audience of 3.5billion people watch the Tour de France annually
  • Over 188 countries and 121 different television channels around the world broadcast the Tour de France
  • Bradley Wiggins became the first British rider to win the Tour de France in 2012, this was followed up by a second British winner, Chris Froome, last year.

1:23pm

Spectacular sights and support await the cyclists as they make their way through the Dales 

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This Yorkshire Dales National Park logo is made up of hundreds of fleeces laid out on a hillside above the route

1:16pm

Tour leaders as they passed through Skipton

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...followed by the peloton

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1:13pm

Helicopters arrived overhead to herald the arrival of the main body of riders in Skipton.

Sustained cheering greeted the riders as the Tour de France swept through the centre of Skipton, before heading north into Upper Wharfedale and the first climbing challenge at Kidstones – or Cote de Cray, as it is now known.

1:12pm

A roar went up as the crowds in Skipton heard the riders were on the outskirts of the town.

But it was nothing to the reaction when the three leaders headed up the High Street.

The leaders were three minutes and seven seconds ahead of the chasing pack, who are now on the outskirts of Skipton.

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12:55pm

As swiftly as the race came through a mass exodus occured in Otley.

"We're off to Harrogate to catch the end," said keen cyclist Sally Clarker of Gargrave as she hopped onto her bike and headed off at speed.

By 12.45pm the team of imported security men were removing crash barriers and the pavements were clear.

Hundreds gathered in the spectator hub to watch the race tear through the Dales on a giant screen.

12:54pm

The cyclists have reached Skipton

12:53pm

12:51pm

Tour riders as they passed through Ilkley

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12:49pm

12:42pm

Helicopters fly over the route filming the throngs of spectators

12:41pm

Tour riders as they passed through Otley

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12:36pm

The crowds in the centre of Skipton went a little quiet, maybe a sign of expectation, as the public address system told them the race was only 10 minutes away from the town....

12:35pm

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Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity and Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme during the ceremonial start of the race.

12:28pm

12:28pm

The riders are almost at Ilkley

12:25pm

After the flash of bikes through Otley, comes the convoy of 20 cars with hundreds of bikes on their roofs and a parade of French and British police including a van with the words Fin de Course on its doors.

"Encore, encore!" Cried the crowd.

Then came a lone cyclist in a mini-wheeled folding bike - the first sign of a fast returning normality.

12:23pm

The anticipation is building in Ilkley

12:18pm

At 12.16 a shockwave of cheering ripped through Otley as the Tour de France tore past the famous maypole and on through the town.

The shouts and whistles of delighted residents and visitors greeted and followed the elite riders on their way to Ilkley and the Dales.

12:17pm

12:11pm

Tour fans in Skipton raised a cheer as the race started from Harewood House.

They were watching on a big screen at the town’s main spectator hub in the town hall car park, while crowds on the nearby High Street were treated to the sight of the Tour “caravan” driving past.

12:10pm

Crowds in Otley

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12:09pm

Crowds in Otley

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12:09pm

Crowds in Otley

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12:08pm

12:06pm

The riders are just arriving at Pool-in-Wharfedale. Here are the crowds in Otley eagerly awaiting their arrival... 

12:04pm

In Otley the french love of fine wine being copied in Otley as boxes of Chardonnay emerging from back packs.

Meanwhile, the health benefits of Yorshire beers being enjoyed from hundreds of plastic cups.

11:55am

And they're off!! The Red Arrows fly overhead as the ribbon is cut! The cyclists ride through the grounds of Harewood House towards the official starting flag.

11:46am

The French and British national anthems are played in true Yorkshire style by a brass band at Harewood House as the riders wait for the ribbon to be cut to start the race.

11:42am

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British sprinter Mark Cavendish, left, talks to Team Sky favourite Chris Froome prior to the start of the race.

11:42am

The riders are now arriving at Harewood House

11:40am

Food stalls packed with Yorkshire fare are ready for the hungry hoards after the race in Otley

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11:38am

Skipton’s High Street was declared “full” of spectators just after 11.10am, shortly before the Tour de France “caravan” of sponsor vehicles starting coming through, the mounting excitement of the crowds. 

As the Tour cavalcade heads into the Dales, late arrivals in the centre of Skipton are being directed to the spectator hubs in the town hall car park and in the canal basin.

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11:34am

Coats are off and the suncream is going on as excitement and temperatures rise in Otley.

11:29am

Otley's Lizzie Armitstead is at Harewood House awaiting the teams' arrival

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Stuart Moore, from York, and Carolyn Richards, of Doncaster, arrived in Skipton at around 7am.

Stuart said: "This is a once in a lifetime thing. It's all about the atmosphere, and is not so much the cycling because the cyclists go past so quickly."

Carolyn said Skipton is "decked out" for the occasion, saying: "It's fabulous. I always watch it on TV, and now I can watch it in person. It's also good to see all the amateurs cycling the route so early in the morning."

Cyclists Tim, Helen and Michael Trew came from Bristol, Leeds and London, respectively, to watch the event.

Tim said it took him seven hours to drive up from Bristol and he admitted he saw a lot of cars carrying bikes on the way.

Speaking from outside Skipton Train Station, the trio were cycling into the Dales to see how they could get before the roads were shut to cyclists. Helen anticipated they would be stopping in Grassington.

She said the Tour was great for Yorkshire. "Leeds doesn't have much of an identity, so it gives them a sense owning something. It's good for tourism."

"It's amazingly well organised, I thought it was going to be chaos."
Cyclists Phil Knights and his son Ed came all the way from Devon to enjoy the world's largest cycling race.

Speaking on Skipton's High Street at 7.30am, Phil said: "It's brilliant and there's a great atmosphere, even at this time of the morning."

A member of Yogi Cycling Club in Plymouth, Phil added: "There are some decent climbs and the narrow roads of the Dales will present a big challenge to the cyclists."

11:19am

The anticipation builds for the crowds in Skipton...

Sean and Jayne Steele came from Preston with their four children, Grace, Frankie, Archie and Harvey, and the children's grandparents Margaret and Alan Steele. 

Staying in a caravan at Paythorne, near Gisburn, the family of eight, along with their Boxer dog Roxy, arrived on at 6am and set up chairs along the barriers on Skipton's High Street.

Alan said: "It's good for Yorkshire. Skipton has been terrific, and I can't praise the people and the shops enough. I'm looking forward to seeing the riders flying through."
After the parade starts coming through Skipton at around 10.50am, it is anticipated the first of the Tour riders will arrive on the High Street at 12.49pm.
Sean appreciated the hard work and early opening of Skipton's local businesses.

He said: "I'm glad the shops have made the effort to accommodate us."
Many local businesses, like Hettie's cafe on the High Street, opened early for Tour-goers.

Owner David Roberts said he has a thousand bacon baps and picnics to sell on the day.

Although he said trade had been slow to start with, he said: "It's a lovely atmosphere. We want people to have a good time and remember this event."
Chris and Susan James came from Longridge, near Preston, to see the riders pass through Skipton.

They arrived on the High Street at 5.30am and also said it was very quiet early on.

"We go on holiday to France a lot but never actually see the event itself ," said avid cyclist Chris. "So to get the chance to see it in England is fantastic."
The couple believe that Chris Froome could win the Tour de France, but they think Mark Cavendish is favourite to win the first stage.

11:13am

The caravan of around 180 promotional vehicles is on its way through the district, and the competitors are on their way to Harewood House to begin the 101st Tour de France race.

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11:11am

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will see the race start at Harewood House

Keighley News: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk from Buckingham Palace the day after their wedding

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The ceremonial procession has just from Leeds city centre, with Mark Cavendish leading the way. The ribbon was cut and the riders now head towards Harewood House, where the race proper will begin.

11:03am

The sun has come out as the crowds in Otley pack the pavement

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11:01am

11:00am

Young Tour fans in Skipton await the arrival of their favourite rider Chris Froome 

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10:44am

The caravan has just ended in Otley, so the excitement is building for the arrival of the bikes themselves.

Thousands of smiling faces of all ages now pack the pavements the whole length of the route through Otley.

10:40am

The Dales gears up for the Grand Depart's arrival

10:38am

10:37am

Fancy french floats are being greeted with cheers and laughter in Otley.

Motorbike gendarmes ride amongst glamorous fast floats advertising unknown french foods - but there goes one for the taste of home - oven chips!

A quick parade of pink Land Rovers from Sheffield Hallam university passed by. 

A broad band of blue sky now over Otley Chevin. More than enough to make a gendarme's trousers.

 

10:31am

10:30am

The sun has finally broken through to give Otley a yellow glow as anticipation. 

10:24am

The Tour promotional caravan has arrived in Otley with great shouts of "It's TODAY!" 

The vanguard is speeding through Otley with French cries of "'Allo Yorksheer! And the Haribo cars are hurling sweets at 40mph.

Souvenir boxes of Yorkshire Tea are flying out from passing vans.

French safety staff are asking people to stand well back - in the nicest gallic accents.

10:22am

Weather for today's stage looks more promising than for tomorrow. Showers should clear as the riders make their way towards the Bradford district, with even some sunny spells anticipated, with higns of 17C.

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10:10am

Scenes from Leeds city centre Grand Depart start line

10:08am

Four of the riders taking to the start line in Leeds this morning are British Chris Froome, Mark Cavendish, Geraint Thomas and Simon Yates will all begin the three-week event.

Cavendish is targeting a 26th Tour stage win of his career, but a first yellow jersey, in his mother Adele's home town at the end of Saturday's 190.5-kilometre route from Leeds, but defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) carries overall hopes.

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9:48am

Wayzgoose Morris dancers perform in Otley beside the Tour route. 

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Anita Simpson of Otley Wayzgoose morris dancers says "it's great!".

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9:29am

Rescued chihuaha Rosie stayed safe in the arms of RSPCA shop managers Ann Holey (Right) and Margaret Kay as numbers swelled on Boroughgate Otley.
"We spent the night here in sleeping bags - it's fantastic for the town and the county.
"Everyone around the world will see how lovely it is in Yorkshire," Ann said.

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9:26am

Thousands of cycling fans are now lining the streets of Leeds city centre in anticipation of the big event

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9:16am

Keighley News: All Saints Parish Church at Otley, where an outbreak of dry rot has been discovered.

The parish church bells in Otley rang out an early morning welcome to thousands of Tour de France fans gathering in the town as local butcher did brisk trade in bacon butties.

9:10am

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Zoe Lamming (left) husband James and beret-wearing baby Bobbie sported french style with friends visiting from London.
They were some of the hundreds already lining the route through Otley by 9am.
"We live in Otley and are having a great time with mes amies!" Zoe said.

9:08am

The centre of Skipton has an unfamiliar look to it this morning. With the Grand Depart of the Tour de France due to pass through at around 10.45am, final preparations are being put in place during the early morning rain.

Skipton's High Street's setts are bounded by steel barriers for the thousands of people expected to watch the world's top cyclists ride through the town before heading into the Dales.

Most of the barriers were put in place on Friday evening and some people had already claimed prime viewing spots by about 6am this morning.

Smaller communities have been making their own preparations, as villages take on a carnival appearance and fields are thrown open as temporary car parks and viewing points. Less welcoming was the morning rain.

It later stopped, though the skies remained grey. Forecasts suggest they may clear by the middle of the day.

9:00am

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Tourmakers Mary Cooper (left) and Ann Wellings have been greeting race fans in Otley from first light.

"Numbers are building now and the the sky is brightening," said Ann, from Leeds.

"People are well prepared and it's going to be a brilliant day!"

8:58am

With several hours to go, Ilkley is already filling up with spectators for the race.

The town has been counting down the days to the Grande Depart since it was first announced as being on the route way back in January 2013, so anticipation is high.

Each train arriving in Ilkley is packed with hundreds of cycle fans dressed in Yellow jerseys, berets and carrying Tricolours and Union Jacks.

The Bradford to Ilkley train was packed, so the Grande Depart has obviously captured the imaginations of people across the district.

8:57am

Welcome to our live Grand Depart blog. Follow us as we follow the Tour de France riders from Leeds through the Bradford district and out into the Dales. 

The caravan of around 180 promotional vehicles will set off from Leeds at 10am, and the competitors are expected to set off around two hours later.

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10:02am Sat 5 Jul 14

izzystillbreathing says...

Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council.
Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council. izzystillbreathing
  • Score: 58

10:05am Sat 5 Jul 14

Bikerbeardy says...

Good for the county, but seriously cant be bothered with it, sorry, bradford council budget cuts everywhere, even stopped getting a coffee on a council training course now, I know they had to shell out for the event but HOW MUCH has the council spent, eh !
Good for the county, but seriously cant be bothered with it, sorry, bradford council budget cuts everywhere, even stopped getting a coffee on a council training course now, I know they had to shell out for the event but HOW MUCH has the council spent, eh ! Bikerbeardy
  • Score: 31

10:09am Sat 5 Jul 14

FinlandStation says...

izzystillbreathing wrote:
Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council.
Agree entirely. Bradford failed again as it always does. The TDF is just another in a long list of major local events that have received minimum attention and lacklustre publicity. All this contributes to Bradford's status as a failed city.

Coun. Hinchcliffe and the people at Visit Bradford should be seriously considering their positions.
[quote][p][bold]izzystillbreathing[/bold] wrote: Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council.[/p][/quote]Agree entirely. Bradford failed again as it always does. The TDF is just another in a long list of major local events that have received minimum attention and lacklustre publicity. All this contributes to Bradford's status as a failed city. Coun. Hinchcliffe and the people at Visit Bradford should be seriously considering their positions. FinlandStation
  • Score: 47

10:51am Sat 5 Jul 14

tinytoonster says...

FinlandStation wrote:
izzystillbreathing wrote:
Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council.
Agree entirely. Bradford failed again as it always does. The TDF is just another in a long list of major local events that have received minimum attention and lacklustre publicity. All this contributes to Bradford's status as a failed city.

Coun. Hinchcliffe and the people at Visit Bradford should be seriously considering their positions.
but t&a still insist on mentioning bradford in the headline!
its not bradford only by postcode!
[quote][p][bold]FinlandStation[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]izzystillbreathing[/bold] wrote: Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council.[/p][/quote]Agree entirely. Bradford failed again as it always does. The TDF is just another in a long list of major local events that have received minimum attention and lacklustre publicity. All this contributes to Bradford's status as a failed city. Coun. Hinchcliffe and the people at Visit Bradford should be seriously considering their positions.[/p][/quote]but t&a still insist on mentioning bradford in the headline! its not bradford only by postcode! tinytoonster
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11:08am Sat 5 Jul 14

Grumpygirl says...

tinytoonster wrote:
FinlandStation wrote:
izzystillbreathing wrote:
Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council.
Agree entirely. Bradford failed again as it always does. The TDF is just another in a long list of major local events that have received minimum attention and lacklustre publicity. All this contributes to Bradford's status as a failed city.

Coun. Hinchcliffe and the people at Visit Bradford should be seriously considering their positions.
but t&a still insist on mentioning bradford in the headline!
its not bradford only by postcode!
The fact that the TDF and Visit Yorkshire people pointedly kept Bradford (the city not the postcode) well away from the race should have come as a wake up call to the complacent idlers at City Hall. Don't they notice the poverty and dereliction, or are they so used to it that they just don't care any more.
[quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FinlandStation[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]izzystillbreathing[/bold] wrote: Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council.[/p][/quote]Agree entirely. Bradford failed again as it always does. The TDF is just another in a long list of major local events that have received minimum attention and lacklustre publicity. All this contributes to Bradford's status as a failed city. Coun. Hinchcliffe and the people at Visit Bradford should be seriously considering their positions.[/p][/quote]but t&a still insist on mentioning bradford in the headline! its not bradford only by postcode![/p][/quote]The fact that the TDF and Visit Yorkshire people pointedly kept Bradford (the city not the postcode) well away from the race should have come as a wake up call to the complacent idlers at City Hall. Don't they notice the poverty and dereliction, or are they so used to it that they just don't care any more. Grumpygirl
  • Score: 45

1:18pm Sat 5 Jul 14

JAtkinson says...

Brilliant to see world's biggest annual sporting event coming to Yorkshire and fab it's in Bradford District both days - helicopters and TV really showing off our finest assets.
Brilliant to see world's biggest annual sporting event coming to Yorkshire and fab it's in Bradford District both days - helicopters and TV really showing off our finest assets. JAtkinson
  • Score: -17

4:15pm Sat 5 Jul 14

bluebluerobin says...

JAtkinson wrote:
Brilliant to see world's biggest annual sporting event coming to Yorkshire and fab it's in Bradford District both days - helicopters and TV really showing off our finest assets.
Yes, it's great to see Yorkshire looking so good on the TV, and as Yorkshire folk can all take great pride in that.

But as Bradfordians what is there to be proud about? Why is is 'fab' that an accident of geography means that the TDF briefly crosses the periphery of the Bradford District. It is not 'fab' that City Hall and the Labour group have completely failed to grasp this marketing opportunity to sell Bradford as a business destination.

Unlike some others in this thread I do not believe that this is due to idelness and incompetence, rather I believe that reality has dawned at City Hall and they now accept that Bradford is beyond redemption. We, like Detroit and other failed cities, are locked into a spiral of decline and poverty from which we cannot be expected to recover.
[quote][p][bold]JAtkinson[/bold] wrote: Brilliant to see world's biggest annual sporting event coming to Yorkshire and fab it's in Bradford District both days - helicopters and TV really showing off our finest assets.[/p][/quote]Yes, it's great to see Yorkshire looking so good on the TV, and as Yorkshire folk can all take great pride in that. But as Bradfordians what is there to be proud about? Why is is 'fab' that an accident of geography means that the TDF briefly crosses the periphery of the Bradford District. It is not 'fab' that City Hall and the Labour group have completely failed to grasp this marketing opportunity to sell Bradford as a business destination. Unlike some others in this thread I do not believe that this is due to idelness and incompetence, rather I believe that reality has dawned at City Hall and they now accept that Bradford is beyond redemption. We, like Detroit and other failed cities, are locked into a spiral of decline and poverty from which we cannot be expected to recover. bluebluerobin
  • Score: 40

4:34pm Sat 5 Jul 14

bachtothefuture says...

For once it didn't rain and God's County truly lived up to its name. What a wonderful advert for Yorkshire, unfortunately the same can't be said about Bradford. Where were we? Why wasn't City Hall banging the drum? As usual Leeds were streets ahead of us.
For once it didn't rain and God's County truly lived up to its name. What a wonderful advert for Yorkshire, unfortunately the same can't be said about Bradford. Where were we? Why wasn't City Hall banging the drum? As usual Leeds were streets ahead of us. bachtothefuture
  • Score: 35

4:43pm Sat 5 Jul 14

sunnysidedown says...

izzystillbreathing wrote:
Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council.
Yes I agree as far as Bradford's concerned the TDF has been a complete flop.

But is still isn't too late for Coun. Hinchcliffe and the Visit Bradford lot to drag themselves away from hospitality and get some pro-Bradford publicity organised for tomorrow. After all Bradford pays their wages, they should remember who they work for.
[quote][p][bold]izzystillbreathing[/bold] wrote: Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council.[/p][/quote]Yes I agree as far as Bradford's concerned the TDF has been a complete flop. But is still isn't too late for Coun. Hinchcliffe and the Visit Bradford lot to drag themselves away from hospitality and get some pro-Bradford publicity organised for tomorrow. After all Bradford pays their wages, they should remember who they work for. sunnysidedown
  • Score: 24

4:49pm Sat 5 Jul 14

linebacker2 says...

bachtothefuture wrote:
For once it didn't rain and God's County truly lived up to its name. What a wonderful advert for Yorkshire, unfortunately the same can't be said about Bradford. Where were we? Why wasn't City Hall banging the drum? As usual Leeds were streets ahead of us.
People in Leeds are quite rightly asking questions of the spend.

The local council has debts of well over a billion pounds, the cost to Leeds Council is in excess of £20m and the bill from the police isn't in yet. And to cap it all the race didn't even start there, just a "ceremonial procession".

Harrogate, Skipton, Ilkley etc seem to be the real winners here
[quote][p][bold]bachtothefuture[/bold] wrote: For once it didn't rain and God's County truly lived up to its name. What a wonderful advert for Yorkshire, unfortunately the same can't be said about Bradford. Where were we? Why wasn't City Hall banging the drum? As usual Leeds were streets ahead of us.[/p][/quote]People in Leeds are quite rightly asking questions of the spend. The local council has debts of well over a billion pounds, the cost to Leeds Council is in excess of £20m and the bill from the police isn't in yet. And to cap it all the race didn't even start there, just a "ceremonial procession". Harrogate, Skipton, Ilkley etc seem to be the real winners here linebacker2
  • Score: 25

4:55pm Sat 5 Jul 14

piltdownman says...

From today's international coverage coverage people will remember Yorkshire, and places like Leeds, Skipton Harrogate and some of them will want to holiday here. So possibly money well spent. They will not remember Bradford because we didn't make an effort. A once in a lifetime opportunity missed.

I agree with Sunnyside, whoever is responsible for publicising Bradford needs to get their act together and do something before tomorrow.
From today's international coverage coverage people will remember Yorkshire, and places like Leeds, Skipton Harrogate and some of them will want to holiday here. So possibly money well spent. They will not remember Bradford because we didn't make an effort. A once in a lifetime opportunity missed. I agree with Sunnyside, whoever is responsible for publicising Bradford needs to get their act together and do something before tomorrow. piltdownman
  • Score: 22

5:13pm Sat 5 Jul 14

linebacker2 says...

piltdownman wrote:
From today's international coverage coverage people will remember Yorkshire, and places like Leeds, Skipton Harrogate and some of them will want to holiday here. So possibly money well spent. They will not remember Bradford because we didn't make an effort. A once in a lifetime opportunity missed.

I agree with Sunnyside, whoever is responsible for publicising Bradford needs to get their act together and do something before tomorrow.
There may be a short term increase in the numbers of British visitors to the likes of Skipton and Harrogate but that'll be about it.

It's now July and most people have already booked holidays for this year if not already taken them and in a short period of time this story will be old news.

These events are more for the egos of politicians than any lasting benefits. Take the London Olympics - visitor numbers to London in 2012 were actually less than normal and Olympics are a distant memory and that was a much much bigger event and only two years ago. The only legacy is the bill and the TDF will be no different..
[quote][p][bold]piltdownman[/bold] wrote: From today's international coverage coverage people will remember Yorkshire, and places like Leeds, Skipton Harrogate and some of them will want to holiday here. So possibly money well spent. They will not remember Bradford because we didn't make an effort. A once in a lifetime opportunity missed. I agree with Sunnyside, whoever is responsible for publicising Bradford needs to get their act together and do something before tomorrow.[/p][/quote]There may be a short term increase in the numbers of British visitors to the likes of Skipton and Harrogate but that'll be about it. It's now July and most people have already booked holidays for this year if not already taken them and in a short period of time this story will be old news. These events are more for the egos of politicians than any lasting benefits. Take the London Olympics - visitor numbers to London in 2012 were actually less than normal and Olympics are a distant memory and that was a much much bigger event and only two years ago. The only legacy is the bill and the TDF will be no different.. linebacker2
  • Score: 8

5:28pm Sat 5 Jul 14

JAtkinson says...

Thoroughly enjoyed watching Yorkshire's beautiful countryside and its famous welcome. Well done all involved.

Ilkley and Addingham looked great. I'm excited about being there in person at Keighley tomorrow, though maybe Cote de Oxenhope Moor (one of the King of the Mountain stages) is the place to be in Bradford.

Looks like Leeds-Shipley trains increased in frequency but not BradfordFSQ-Shipley so, if you're going, get to Shipley and change.
Thoroughly enjoyed watching Yorkshire's beautiful countryside and its famous welcome. Well done all involved. Ilkley and Addingham looked great. I'm excited about being there in person at Keighley tomorrow, though maybe Cote de Oxenhope Moor (one of the King of the Mountain stages) is the place to be in Bradford. Looks like Leeds-Shipley trains increased in frequency but not BradfordFSQ-Shipley so, if you're going, get to Shipley and change. JAtkinson
  • Score: -7

6:39pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Skipton man says...

izzystillbreathing wrote:
Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council.
I guess that a large proportion of Bradford have no interest in anything western.............
.............If you get my drift?
[quote][p][bold]izzystillbreathing[/bold] wrote: Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council.[/p][/quote]I guess that a large proportion of Bradford have no interest in anything western............. .............If you get my drift? Skipton man
  • Score: 7

6:52pm Sat 5 Jul 14

baildongreen says...

I watched the whole wonderful stage on TV. The pictures were superb and they made Yorkshire look like heaven. Plenty of places got a name check as well, -- except of course Bradford.

I can understand if the Council decided not to spend money publicising Bradford. After all we're a bit of a dump and the Tour only went through some of our distant outlying districts. A cost-benefit analysis would probably show that publicity was just a waste of money.

However what I can't understand is why Visit Bradford whose sole function in life is communication didn't announce that Bradford would be taking a low key approach to the TDF. Such negligence is surely unforgivable. What happened to the oversight Cllr. Hinchcluiffe is supposed to provide.
I watched the whole wonderful stage on TV. The pictures were superb and they made Yorkshire look like heaven. Plenty of places got a name check as well, -- except of course Bradford. I can understand if the Council decided not to spend money publicising Bradford. After all we're a bit of a dump and the Tour only went through some of our distant outlying districts. A cost-benefit analysis would probably show that publicity was just a waste of money. However what I can't understand is why Visit Bradford whose sole function in life is communication didn't announce that Bradford would be taking a low key approach to the TDF. Such negligence is surely unforgivable. What happened to the oversight Cllr. Hinchcluiffe is supposed to provide. baildongreen
  • Score: 10

7:08pm Sat 5 Jul 14

pcmanners says...

Skipton man wrote:
izzystillbreathing wrote:
Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council.
I guess that a large proportion of Bradford have no interest in anything western.............

.............If you get my drift?
Not so long ago the conspiracy tendency amongst the regular contributors concluded that the reason Bradford was not enthusiastically participating in, and making the most of, the Tour was that the Community did not want anything happy upsetting the misery of Ramadan.

I do not think this is correct. It is simply that socialists do not understand the market and cannot identify a good business opportunity when they see it.
[quote][p][bold]Skipton man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]izzystillbreathing[/bold] wrote: Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council.[/p][/quote]I guess that a large proportion of Bradford have no interest in anything western............. .............If you get my drift?[/p][/quote]Not so long ago the conspiracy tendency amongst the regular contributors concluded that the reason Bradford was not enthusiastically participating in, and making the most of, the Tour was that the Community did not want anything happy upsetting the misery of Ramadan. I do not think this is correct. It is simply that socialists do not understand the market and cannot identify a good business opportunity when they see it. pcmanners
  • Score: -85

7:45pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Colin Allcars says...

Is Bradford still in Yorkshire, I've seen new Bradfordians in Bradistan tops.
Maybe Yorkshire does not think Bradford would make a good impression.
Is Bradford still in Yorkshire, I've seen new Bradfordians in Bradistan tops. Maybe Yorkshire does not think Bradford would make a good impression. Colin Allcars
  • Score: 3

7:48pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Colin Allcars says...

bluebluerobin wrote:
JAtkinson wrote:
Brilliant to see world's biggest annual sporting event coming to Yorkshire and fab it's in Bradford District both days - helicopters and TV really showing off our finest assets.
Yes, it's great to see Yorkshire looking so good on the TV, and as Yorkshire folk can all take great pride in that.

But as Bradfordians what is there to be proud about? Why is is 'fab' that an accident of geography means that the TDF briefly crosses the periphery of the Bradford District. It is not 'fab' that City Hall and the Labour group have completely failed to grasp this marketing opportunity to sell Bradford as a business destination.

Unlike some others in this thread I do not believe that this is due to idelness and incompetence, rather I believe that reality has dawned at City Hall and they now accept that Bradford is beyond redemption. We, like Detroit and other failed cities, are locked into a spiral of decline and poverty from which we cannot be expected to recover.
'Bradford twinned with Detroit' that's got a ring about it! But keep it quiet, the idiot council might think it's as good an idea as giving the discredited Pakistani cricket team an open top bus parade and civic reception!
[quote][p][bold]bluebluerobin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JAtkinson[/bold] wrote: Brilliant to see world's biggest annual sporting event coming to Yorkshire and fab it's in Bradford District both days - helicopters and TV really showing off our finest assets.[/p][/quote]Yes, it's great to see Yorkshire looking so good on the TV, and as Yorkshire folk can all take great pride in that. But as Bradfordians what is there to be proud about? Why is is 'fab' that an accident of geography means that the TDF briefly crosses the periphery of the Bradford District. It is not 'fab' that City Hall and the Labour group have completely failed to grasp this marketing opportunity to sell Bradford as a business destination. Unlike some others in this thread I do not believe that this is due to idelness and incompetence, rather I believe that reality has dawned at City Hall and they now accept that Bradford is beyond redemption. We, like Detroit and other failed cities, are locked into a spiral of decline and poverty from which we cannot be expected to recover.[/p][/quote]'Bradford twinned with Detroit' that's got a ring about it! But keep it quiet, the idiot council might think it's as good an idea as giving the discredited Pakistani cricket team an open top bus parade and civic reception! Colin Allcars
  • Score: 6

8:13pm Sat 5 Jul 14

micela22 says...

thoroughly enjoyed the TdF & didn`t expect to. Bradford is too volatile to risk such a high profile event being sabotaged which could be detrimental. Shame as many `salt of the earth` folks have missed out but there is an embarassing apathy with Bradford Council
thoroughly enjoyed the TdF & didn`t expect to. Bradford is too volatile to risk such a high profile event being sabotaged which could be detrimental. Shame as many `salt of the earth` folks have missed out but there is an embarassing apathy with Bradford Council micela22
  • Score: 3

8:16pm Sat 5 Jul 14

tinytoonster says...

JAtkinson wrote:
Thoroughly enjoyed watching Yorkshire's beautiful countryside and its famous welcome. Well done all involved.

Ilkley and Addingham looked great. I'm excited about being there in person at Keighley tomorrow, though maybe Cote de Oxenhope Moor (one of the King of the Mountain stages) is the place to be in Bradford.

Looks like Leeds-Shipley trains increased in frequency but not BradfordFSQ-Shipley so, if you're going, get to Shipley and change.
got to be a clown councillor!
[quote][p][bold]JAtkinson[/bold] wrote: Thoroughly enjoyed watching Yorkshire's beautiful countryside and its famous welcome. Well done all involved. Ilkley and Addingham looked great. I'm excited about being there in person at Keighley tomorrow, though maybe Cote de Oxenhope Moor (one of the King of the Mountain stages) is the place to be in Bradford. Looks like Leeds-Shipley trains increased in frequency but not BradfordFSQ-Shipley so, if you're going, get to Shipley and change.[/p][/quote]got to be a clown councillor! tinytoonster
  • Score: -2

11:15pm Sat 5 Jul 14

mrs walker says...

Colin Allcars wrote:
bluebluerobin wrote:
JAtkinson wrote:
Brilliant to see world's biggest annual sporting event coming to Yorkshire and fab it's in Bradford District both days - helicopters and TV really showing off our finest assets.
Yes, it's great to see Yorkshire looking so good on the TV, and as Yorkshire folk can all take great pride in that.

But as Bradfordians what is there to be proud about? Why is is 'fab' that an accident of geography means that the TDF briefly crosses the periphery of the Bradford District. It is not 'fab' that City Hall and the Labour group have completely failed to grasp this marketing opportunity to sell Bradford as a business destination.

Unlike some others in this thread I do not believe that this is due to idelness and incompetence, rather I believe that reality has dawned at City Hall and they now accept that Bradford is beyond redemption. We, like Detroit and other failed cities, are locked into a spiral of decline and poverty from which we cannot be expected to recover.
'Bradford twinned with Detroit' that's got a ring about it! But keep it quiet, the idiot council might think it's as good an idea as giving the discredited Pakistani cricket team an open top bus parade and civic reception!
Interestingly, after years and years of decline, Detroit's actually beginning to regenerate. I think Bradford can too - and is, albeit slowly.
[quote][p][bold]Colin Allcars[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bluebluerobin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JAtkinson[/bold] wrote: Brilliant to see world's biggest annual sporting event coming to Yorkshire and fab it's in Bradford District both days - helicopters and TV really showing off our finest assets.[/p][/quote]Yes, it's great to see Yorkshire looking so good on the TV, and as Yorkshire folk can all take great pride in that. But as Bradfordians what is there to be proud about? Why is is 'fab' that an accident of geography means that the TDF briefly crosses the periphery of the Bradford District. It is not 'fab' that City Hall and the Labour group have completely failed to grasp this marketing opportunity to sell Bradford as a business destination. Unlike some others in this thread I do not believe that this is due to idelness and incompetence, rather I believe that reality has dawned at City Hall and they now accept that Bradford is beyond redemption. We, like Detroit and other failed cities, are locked into a spiral of decline and poverty from which we cannot be expected to recover.[/p][/quote]'Bradford twinned with Detroit' that's got a ring about it! But keep it quiet, the idiot council might think it's as good an idea as giving the discredited Pakistani cricket team an open top bus parade and civic reception![/p][/quote]Interestingly, after years and years of decline, Detroit's actually beginning to regenerate. I think Bradford can too - and is, albeit slowly. mrs walker
  • Score: 0

11:29pm Sat 5 Jul 14

allinittogether says...

Skipton man wrote:
izzystillbreathing wrote:
Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council.
I guess that a large proportion of Bradford have no interest in anything western.............

.............If you get my drift?
Oh shut up with your snide racist undertones
[quote][p][bold]Skipton man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]izzystillbreathing[/bold] wrote: Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council.[/p][/quote]I guess that a large proportion of Bradford have no interest in anything western............. .............If you get my drift?[/p][/quote]Oh shut up with your snide racist undertones allinittogether
  • Score: -1

12:01am Sun 6 Jul 14

Homer@34 says...

It's a shame ITV televised it as some of the villages who had put a lot of time and effort into decorating their villages were missed when the ITV commercials came on for 6 minutes at a time. Surely it would have made sense to have had short commercials on stretches of road with no spectators on.. Please let's have the BBC for any future events. Finally as I was Born in Bradford I am pleased the tour didn't go through it. Where could you have taken the riders with out going through any area of boarded up shops , empty property's , rubbish pilled high and the most highly concentrated area of England of cars with no insurance. Do I need to go on.
It's a shame ITV televised it as some of the villages who had put a lot of time and effort into decorating their villages were missed when the ITV commercials came on for 6 minutes at a time. Surely it would have made sense to have had short commercials on stretches of road with no spectators on.. Please let's have the BBC for any future events. Finally as I was Born in Bradford I am pleased the tour didn't go through it. Where could you have taken the riders with out going through any area of boarded up shops , empty property's , rubbish pilled high and the most highly concentrated area of England of cars with no insurance. Do I need to go on. Homer@34
  • Score: 8

6:34am Sun 6 Jul 14

Steve Thompson says...

Agree with Homer@34. I was watching in Australia, and the same thing happened. The adds were at the most unfortunate moments and way to long.
Agree with Homer@34. I was watching in Australia, and the same thing happened. The adds were at the most unfortunate moments and way to long. Steve Thompson
  • Score: 4

8:04am Sun 6 Jul 14

edinhosdad says...

The problem was selling inner Bradford to the TDF committee would have been a very, very hard sell. None of the places visited by the tour in the BD postcode area consider themselves to be part of Bradford. Ask people in Burley an Wharfedale or Ilkley for those who are naive.

I was at Centenary Square for the Olympic torch relay and that was brilliant occasion. Never seen the city centre that busy. Had the TDF travelled through Bradford the occasion would of been 10x bigger.

The City is finally on the up but that's after decades of decline. The anology to Detriot is true and could be used as an example. I sense tribal politics on the horizon when what we really need are true visionaries in City Hall.
The problem was selling inner Bradford to the TDF committee would have been a very, very hard sell. None of the places visited by the tour in the BD postcode area consider themselves to be part of Bradford. Ask people in Burley an Wharfedale or Ilkley for those who are naive. I was at Centenary Square for the Olympic torch relay and that was brilliant occasion. Never seen the city centre that busy. Had the TDF travelled through Bradford the occasion would of been 10x bigger. The City is finally on the up but that's after decades of decline. The anology to Detriot is true and could be used as an example. I sense tribal politics on the horizon when what we really need are true visionaries in City Hall. edinhosdad
  • Score: 1

11:51am Sun 6 Jul 14

The opinion says...

tinytoonster wrote:
FinlandStation wrote:
izzystillbreathing wrote:
Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council.
Agree entirely. Bradford failed again as it always does. The TDF is just another in a long list of major local events that have received minimum attention and lacklustre publicity. All this contributes to Bradford's status as a failed city.

Coun. Hinchcliffe and the people at Visit Bradford should be seriously considering their positions.
but t&a still insist on mentioning bradford in the headline!
its not bradford only by postcode!
Think you will find they are Bradford by more than postcode mate haha and only like Leeds DISTRICT lol pudsey is in Leeds through the MDC as well, stop living prior to 1974 btw I'm a qualified town planner so I know what i am talking about onto Bradford it goes today haha just Greater Manc is a county not a city
[quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FinlandStation[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]izzystillbreathing[/bold] wrote: Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council.[/p][/quote]Agree entirely. Bradford failed again as it always does. The TDF is just another in a long list of major local events that have received minimum attention and lacklustre publicity. All this contributes to Bradford's status as a failed city. Coun. Hinchcliffe and the people at Visit Bradford should be seriously considering their positions.[/p][/quote]but t&a still insist on mentioning bradford in the headline! its not bradford only by postcode![/p][/quote]Think you will find they are Bradford by more than postcode mate haha and only like Leeds DISTRICT lol pudsey is in Leeds through the MDC as well, stop living prior to 1974 btw I'm a qualified town planner so I know what i am talking about onto Bradford it goes today haha just Greater Manc is a county not a city The opinion
  • Score: 1

10:40am Tue 8 Jul 14

furyganman says...

What about the behaviour of the Crowd Control thugs! Anyone else witness their incompetence and rudness?
What about the behaviour of the Crowd Control thugs! Anyone else witness their incompetence and rudness? furyganman
  • Score: 0

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