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Charity records Tour de France memories to mark anniversary of Yorkshire's Grand Départ

It is exactly a year since Yorkshire hosted Le Grand Départ of the Tour de France. The first anniversary is being marked with a celebration at Leeds Town Hall. Tour makers are recording stories of the event for The Sporting Memories network. The charity uses sporting memories to help improve the wellbeing of people with dementia. During the Tour de France, they ran dementia-friendly spectator hubs around the region.

Recording Tour de France memories in Leeds Town Hall

Grand Départ monument unveiled in Sheffield

A stone monument to commemorate Sheffield's part in last year's Grand Depart has been unveiled.

Day two of the race finished in the city and is thought to have generated around £10 million for the local economy.

Minister backs knighthood for Gary Verity

A knighthood should be considered for Gary Verity, the tourism chief who helped bring the Tour de France to Yorkshire, the Culture Secretary has suggested.

Yorkshire hosted the first two stages of the 2014 tour.

Tory Cabinet member Sajid Javid insisted the event has been a "great thing for Yorkshire", as he was pressed to back a campaign to give a knighthood to Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome To Yorkshire.

Speaking in the Commons, Tory backbencher Philip Davies (Shipley) told Mr Javid: "After the great success of the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire last year, which gave an estimated £100 million boost to the Yorkshire economy, are you as excited as everybody else in Yorkshire is about the route next week being declared for the Tour de Yorkshire - the new international cycling race which is being introduced?

"And would you like to join me in congratulating Gary Verity for the role he's played in organising this, as well as bringing the Tour de France to Yorkshire, and support my campaign for him to receive a knighthood in the next honour's list?"

The Culture Secretary replied: "I agree very much with you. I remember visiting the Tour myself and being hugely impressed by the turnout, participation by people of all ages in terms of spectator sport and it's been a great thing for Yorkshire. I think the new initiative is very welcome. The comments you've made about Gary Verity, I very much agree with you in terms of what he achieved for Yorkshire and it should be looked at."


Tour de France spending boost in Calderdale

Last summer's Tour de France brought an extra £12.5 million to Calderdale, according to figures released by the council. Hotels and B&Bs were among those to benefit, with visitors spending nearly £3 million on accommodation.

I'm delighted by these findings, which show the clear benefits that participation in the Tour de France brought to Calderdale. This can be measured both in terms of the immediate impact on our local economy and, in the longer term, the legacy.

We know there are keen cyclists who will want to tackle the challenges of the route themselves this summer. There are also spectators and viewers who will want to explore our beautiful landscapes and quirky towns, bringing lasting benefits for our tourism industry.

– Cllr Stephen Baines, Calderdale Council

Tour de France bunting to be auctioned for charity

The Holy Trinty Church in Skipton decorated with a large yellow jersey as part of the route on stage 1 of the Tour de France. Credit: Press Association

Bunting and banners were a key feature of this year's Tour de France in Yorkshire and now Craven District Council will auction off some of the items that were on display in Skipton. All the proceeds will go to charity.

Bunting in Skipton decorated as part of the route on stage 1 of the Tour de France. Credit: Press Association

Cavendish returns to track after Grand Départ crash

Mark Cavendish will return to the track next month to ride in the Ghent Six Day races.

Cavendish dislocated his shoulder on Stage One of Le Grand Départ

The 29-year-old Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider is bidding to recover peak condition after requiring shoulder surgery following a crash on stage one of the Tour de France in Harrogate.

The Ghent Six Day, which takes place from November 18 to 23, is a series of races taking place in front of a passionate Belgian crowd.

Cavendish will compete alongside Iljo Keisse, his Omega Pharma-QuickStep team-mate.

Tour de France eggs raise cash for air ambulance

An egg company has raised more than £2,000 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance by selling limited-edition boxes during the Tour de France.

Eggs have raised thousands for YAA Credit: File photo

James Potter Yorkshire Eggs donated 5p from the sale of each six-egg pack, raising £2,760 for the emergency response charity.

YAA had the busiest weekend in its history when the Tour de France passed through Yorkshire, attending 31 incidents between July 4 and 6.

Adrian Potter, director of James Potter Eggs, said:

"The pack was the biggest-selling product during July.

"The Tour de France was brilliant for the county and for us and we were delighted to be able to give more to the region's air ambulance service which does such a fantastic job all year round."

James Potter Eggs began fundraising for YAA two years ago by donating 1p to the charity for every dozen eggs sold.

The firm, based at Catton near the YAA base at RAF Topcliffe, has since donated more than £24,000 to the charity.

The Potter family are fantastic supporters of the charity. The donation of a penny per dozen eggs sold has created a hugely valuable regular income stream for the charity of on average £900 a month.

The special Tour de France pack generated more than £2,000 extra for us during July and we cannot thank this brilliant family and company enough."

– Tony Doveston, North Yorkshire fundraising manager at YAA
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