Pop stars to perform Tour de France song at official opening ceremony

Alistair Griffin gets ready to sing his official song of the Grand Départ, The Road, along with the Tour Maker Choir outside Betty’s Tea Rooms in St Helen’s Square

Alistair Griffin gets ready to sing his official song of the Grand Départ, The Road, along with the Tour Maker Choir outside Betty’s Tea Rooms in St Helen’s Square

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A PAIR of pop performers will launch the Tour de France this week with a show at the official opening ceremony.

Former Fame Academy contestant Alistair Griffin and Kimberley Walsh from Girls Aloud, recorded The Road, as the official anthem for the Grand Depart, with several of the 10,000 Tour Makers joining for part of the recording.

The single is released on Monday, and the pair will perform at the first direct arena in Leeds on Thursday, as well as at the Grand Departy in York on Friday.

Alistair said: "It’s going to be a very special weekend, and I would love for the whole of Yorkshire to hear the song being played as the world’s sporting eyes focus on the Grand Depart spectacle.”

"If the Tour Makers show as much energy and enthusiasm on the streets and the roads of Yorkshire as they did in the recording studio, then we are all going to be in very safe hands."

Tickets for the Grand Departy are still available at ticketline.co.uk, experiencetherace.com and at Visit York in Museum Street, York.

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10:50am Sat 28 Jun 14

maybejustmaybe says...

I thought it was going to be someone famous.
I thought it was going to be someone famous. maybejustmaybe
  • Score: -7

12:04pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Justin7 says...

No one cares about a French bike race. Stop force feeding us this crap.
No one cares about a French bike race. Stop force feeding us this crap. Justin7
  • Score: -10

6:17pm Sat 28 Jun 14

MouseHouse says...

Force feeding? Just don't read it you wally!

Who is this singer chap anyway?

Why not have "Je t'aime" by Jane Birkin et Serge Gainsbourg on a loop? That would be ace!
Force feeding? Just don't read it you wally! Who is this singer chap anyway? Why not have "Je t'aime" by Jane Birkin et Serge Gainsbourg on a loop? That would be ace! MouseHouse
  • Score: 6

9:15am Sun 29 Jun 14

gjh says...

Justin7 wrote:
No one cares about a French bike race. Stop force feeding us this crap.
In the picture you see people wearing green jackets. These are just a few of the Tour Makers, there are about 10000 in total, who have volunteered to help make the race successful. So no one cares?
[quote][p][bold]Justin7[/bold] wrote: No one cares about a French bike race. Stop force feeding us this crap.[/p][/quote]In the picture you see people wearing green jackets. These are just a few of the Tour Makers, there are about 10000 in total, who have volunteered to help make the race successful. So no one cares? gjh
  • Score: 6

5:46pm Sun 29 Jun 14

StarB74 says...

For those complaining about the spending of taxpayers money: Doesn't the world's stage bring economic benefit to the area?

You're lucky to live in a beautiful and historic area, despite yourselves.
For those complaining about the spending of taxpayers money: Doesn't the world's stage bring economic benefit to the area? You're lucky to live in a beautiful and historic area, despite yourselves. StarB74
  • Score: 5

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