Filled with pride thanks to the Tour

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From: E Braithwaite (age 16), Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

NEVER before the Tour de Yorkshire have I been so proud to be a “Yorkshire lass”. Following the races within Yorkshire, I shall declare where I am from with pride for my county, our heritage and our stunning scenery.

The breathtaking arrival of the peloton was exhilarating.

To have been cheering at the side of the road in an ecstatic, welcoming crowd while an international cycling race whizzed along the roads of my region was one of the most memorable events I have ever seen. It is unforgettable and made for a thrilling weekend.

Indeed, to have the peloton ride past places that appear the complete contrast to such places such as the French Alps, to hear the French language spoken within Sheffield as well as to see such athletes ride past the iconic Harewood House was momentous.

Dare I say the Yorkshire Tour was the best Grand Départ in the race’s history?

Yorkshire was united by “Le Tour”; there are more cyclists than ever and it is refreshing to have our county celebrated by such a huge event.

We had our own slice of France, topped with Yorkshire fervour and celebrated by the world. Proudly, I am from Yorkshire and our county is simply superb.

From: Suzanne and Peter Bradshaw, Llangynidr, Powys.

AS avid fans of the TDF and Yorkshire, we would like to give a big thank you to everyone who was involved in the organisation of this marvellous event.

We had the most fantastic few days meeting visitors and locals while waiting for the Tour to pass through Mytholmroyd.

There was a real party atmosphere with everyone having a great time.

It was good to meet people who were Tour novices enter 
into the spirit of the day and being amazed at how big the spectacle was.

Well done Yorkshire, it was well worth the trip from Wales to be with you. We’ll be back!

From: Alvan D Linley, Yew Tree Lane, Slaithwaite.

IN response to the criticism of the ITV coverage of the Tour de France (The Yorkshire Post, July 8), I am a fan of Eurosport so I chose their coverage, which in my opinion was excellent.

Whenever the helicopter flew over an interesting building such as a castle, church or a derelict abbey, the commentator gave us a brief history of it.

Presumably this is the coverage which will have been transmitted to Europe and possibly the rest of the world, so I don’t think Yorkshire’s image will have been damaged.

From: Maureen Pearce, Skipton.

I WAS more than saddened, nay quite astounded, to read about the proposals to relocate Leeds Visitor Centre from the ideal location in the railway station to a virtually underground site at the Art Gallery (The Yorkshire Post, July 8).

Surely it is not too late to perhaps look at reviewing the partnerships involved or looking at new ones to share costs?

To lose this prestigious 
site for such an important service to the City of Leeds 
would be a huge retrograde 
step for a city noted for its forward thinking and innovation.

From: Mr G Marsden, Buxton Avenue, Heanor, Derby.

I WANT to answer the criticism by Mr Jeffrey, who wrote about Wetherby being closed on a Sunday (The Yorkshire Post, July 8). If he was asked to work weekends and miss out on all the activities such as the TDF, then his view might be different.

From: Terry Allinson, Bardsey.

I HAVE done a lot of cycle touring in my younger days so here is my suggestion for a “Tour de Yorkshire and Lincolnshire”. Of course, the first two days would be as this year’s fabulous event, with the third day running 
from Sheffield to Lincoln, 
the fourth from Lincoln 
across the stunning Humber Bridge to Hull and the 
fifth and final day passing through Scarborough to finish 
at Whitby.

Trolleybuses are thriving

From: Bruce Anderton, Church Green, Bridlington, East Riding.

THE negative comments from Stewart J Brown (The Yorkshire Post, July 3) regarding the proposed closure of the Wellington trolleybus system in New Zealand should be balanced by some positive facts concerning this mode of transport.

It includes the placing into service of new fleets of electric vehicles in progressive European cities such as Zurich, Lucerne and Salzburg, where in some cases trolleybuses are to be used to replace diesel buses and thus ensure a reduction in pollution levels.

In Salzburg, recent elections saw a pro-trolleybus candidate re-elected as mayor with 69 per cent of the vote: a sign that the electorate there is willing to turn out in such numbers to ensure that their wishes are enacted as regards progressive transport policies.

The new mayor has already proposed converting an existing bus route to trolleybus operation, and doubtless he will be able to undertake this task in a fraction of the time that it takes to even consider such an option in West Yorkshire.