Tour De Yorkshire: why Addingham has done itself proud

Powerwalking though Addingham the other day in the sunshine I marvelled at the creativity the locals have put into making the town so special for the Tour De France, which whizzes through not once, but twice in two days time.  I knew then I wanted to mark the occasion with a post of some kind, but what…?  Coloured bikes amongst plants is hardly sexy or appealing to anyone who doesn’t give a rip about either.  This kind of event… the kind people go ‘nuts’ about… I’m normally the person who doesn’t… but this… it’s got a real momentum and though I care not for the bikes, the local spirit of ‘we will do this excellently’ IS what grabs my attention. I LOVE it!!

The Bunting!

This week was already stretched and any time taking photos was going to be with my daughter in tow possibly searching for any number of the 23 bikes hidden in the town for a local competition.  I captured what I could (most of them on a grey day too just like it!).  Uploading these I settled for a post simply showcasing one ‘very Yorkshire’ towns’ effort for one of the biggest sporting events in the world.

The Addingham Garden Friends, in particular, have done themselves proud (I didn’t know they existed till this week!), not to mention the local businesses.  So here, on the penultimate eve of The Tour De France, Grand Depart 2014, are a few little moments from a beautifully quaint town near Ilkley, called Addingham.  Enjoy!

P1040183 The Primary School Bunting Little Back Street Eye SpyCutest Knitted Bunting One of the 23 hidden bikes Town House No Bike is Immune!Ducks CrossingSweet PeasThe Olive Branch Tea-Towel Bunting!PYO bike and veg plot! Succulents P1040321An English RoseLuxury CottagesOur Cow Bells from The Fleece

So many Spotty Bikes!

Quite a spectacle don’t you think?!  Interesting to see how we all celebrate things in different ways; all wonderfully unique!  Here’s to a great Tour De Yorkshire!  Has your town hosted the Tour De France?  What kind of crazy went on there?



6 Comments on “Tour De Yorkshire: why Addingham has done itself proud

  1. I was born in Addingham, 19 North Street not there any more. Addingham and ” Bugdinners ” have always some how seemed different and attractive. God bless Addingham you are looking bluddy fantastic ! X

    • Ah wow, thanks for taking time to write. Bugdinners is not a term ‘m not familiar with. Three years here and we’re still pinching ourselves. Such a great town! Thanks Joseph.

  2. Wonderful memories of May when already bikes were already appearing.Was particularly pleased to see the dear little Post Office where I got great service.Will be doing a lot of overnight viewing particularly this weekend .All the very best from Jimboomba Australia.

    • Thank you. Have family in Aus who can’t believe there not in Yorkshire for this! I didn’t know that post office was here for at least a year after we first moved, tucked away.. such a quaint little back street. Enjoy!

  3. I too was born and live in Addingham and I’m so proud of our Village. My mother lives in Beacon Street, just behind North Street. Bugden is a name for Addingham that I remember well but not heard it for a long time! So thanks Joseph for the reminder.

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