Exclusive By Kacper Misiarz
The bunting is out in full force and the excitement is building across West Yorkshire as the Tour de Yorkshire is just days away.
Starting in Doncaster on Thursday May 2 and finishing in Leeds on May 5, two races are set to sweep through the leafy suburb of Bramhope in North Leeds next Friday, May 3.
And it’s all go. Local school children at Bramhope Primary School have been busy designing decorations to be proudly displayed in the village whilst local businesses are gearing up to be extra busy!
Wendy Hegarty is the owner of The Bramhope Deli and tells LTJournalism.com how the community can’t wait for the big event. “It’s exciting,” Wendy says.
“Events like these really pull the community together by getting everyone involved. We’ve got our blue & yellow bunting up already and we’re also sourcing locally made Tour de Yorkshire themed cakes. We’ve even had a customer knit blue & yellow tea cosies for our teapots!”
And with local residents due to flock out in droves to watch the action, there’ll be an extra special variety of food and drink on offer.
Wendy adds: “We’re planning on having all our hot & cold sandwiches, pastries and salads available as usual alongside our premium hot-dogs especially sourced for the event. Weather permitting, we’ll have serving tables set up outside so customers don’t miss any of the action.”
Pre-Cycling preparation is also underway in Leeds City centre. The Tour de Yorkshire Fan Village is returning to Millennium Square in Leeds as part of the celebrations in the build-up to the event.
The free spectator hub will allow spectators to celebrate the race by delivering live performances and family friendly activities. Organisers claim: “The Village will be an exciting place for cycling enthusiasts, food and drink lovers & families and friends”.
Other towns and villages are also gearing up for the big event as the excitement grows.