Thousand upon thousand of people crammed into Mytholmroyd and Cragg Vale to watch the Tour De France as it sped through the Calder Valley from Hebden Bridge and saw riders tackle the longest continuous climb in England.
With a spectator hub at Mytholmroyd Gala, and some of the most picturesque vantage points around up through Cragg Vale, it’s no surprise Le Tour was a hit.
And they gathered early.
On the train, heading to Hebden Bridge, Russell Lawrance, originally from Halifax but now living in Cornwall, said he and daughter Hannah made over a seven hour journey to watch the opening of the Grand Depart in Leeds. Mr Lawrance said: “It’s fabulous for Yorkshire - the Tour has surpassed my expectations of what Yorkshire could achieve.”
Wendy Wade, was walking through the streets of Mytholmroyd before walking over two miles to view the cycle race at Cragg Vale.
Needless to say, the crowd went wild as the Tour de France cycled through Mytholmroyd.
Within minutes, the Tour was cycling up Cragg Vale, festooned with the record breaking bunting made by volunteers and spearheaded by Cragg Vale Community Association.
Late last Wednesday Guinness World Records confirmed that Cragg’s 12,115.84 metres of colourful bunting would see them in the record books.
One of the organisers, Sharon Le Corre, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have exceeded the current record of 10km.
“We are delighted with the way the whole community has got involved and even more thrilled to see it fluttering in the breeze the length of Cragg Road ready to welcome the cyclists.”
It was a great day for businesses and community groups.
The Mayor of Hebden Royd and members of St Michael’s church, Mytholmroyd, have spoken of the potential opportunities for the community after a record amount of visitors to the town.
Mayor Coun Jonathan Timbers said he hoped the mass of new visitors will encourage them to return to the area, after seeing the beautiful landscape and meeting friendly locals.
St Michael’s church community took advantage of the day to raise funds towards its Tower Appeal to re-point the top of the tower.
Mytholmroyd businesses had planned day for months and on Sunday it was full steam ahead to make it a successful day for them and their customers.