Posted on July 3, 2014
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!!
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!
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?