Points on fly-past

York Press: Points on fly-past Points on fly-past

FOLLOWING the letter of July 8 with reference to the fly-past on Sunday during the cycle race, although not a supporter of this event, I believe the following points are worth comment.

1. The Lancaster bomber is woven into the fabric of this region. Many flew from airfields in this area with crews risking life and limb to free Europe, so cycle races and such like could be held in complete safety and security. Ladybower Reservoir, used by the Dambusters for training, was on the route.

2. I would guess that many of the competitors on Sunday from the home of this race and the Low Countries will have looked up at these great aircraft, which played such an important part in securing their freedom, and perhaps not realised the significance as they had other things on their minds. It was not lost on me.

3. I note that the winner of the first and last stage of the race in the UK, a German, was not put off by this spectacle, and good on him.

These two old ladies can fly over my house as low and as often as they wish.

Keith Isaac, Byron Drive, York.

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1:00pm Wed 9 Jul 14

SteveSCA says...

Whilst I agree with the general sentiments of this letter, the writer is incorrect when he says that Ladybower reservoir was on the route. The reservoir which the ITV commentators referred to as Ladybower was in fact Langsett reservoir, and this had no connection whatsover with the Dambusters.

This was just one of a catalogue of appalling errors made by the commentators in ITV's very poor coverage of the Tour. Another massive geographical gaffe was when they said at the beginning of Sunday's stage that the race would be going to Castle Howard, when obviously it was never going anywhere near there. A further huge annoyance was was the number of ad breaks at crucial times - as a York resident I wanted to see the riders going through the streets of York in full, but just after they'd passed the Minster they cut away to a long commercial break and didn't return until they were half way up Boroughbridge Road!!

The TDF in Yorkshire was a fantastic event, but it was badly let down by ITV's error-strewn, technically poor coverage.
Whilst I agree with the general sentiments of this letter, the writer is incorrect when he says that Ladybower reservoir was on the route. The reservoir which the ITV commentators referred to as Ladybower was in fact Langsett reservoir, and this had no connection whatsover with the Dambusters. This was just one of a catalogue of appalling errors made by the commentators in ITV's very poor coverage of the Tour. Another massive geographical gaffe was when they said at the beginning of Sunday's stage that the race would be going to Castle Howard, when obviously it was never going anywhere near there. A further huge annoyance was was the number of ad breaks at crucial times - as a York resident I wanted to see the riders going through the streets of York in full, but just after they'd passed the Minster they cut away to a long commercial break and didn't return until they were half way up Boroughbridge Road!! The TDF in Yorkshire was a fantastic event, but it was badly let down by ITV's error-strewn, technically poor coverage. SteveSCA
  • Score: 20

3:54pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Fat Harry says...

Have to agree completely with SteveSCA.

The commentators didn't have a clue; my personal favourite in addition to the blunders already mentioned was the confusion between Richmond Castle and Bolton Castle.

I'm ignorant about cycling so I don't know if their comments about the sport were any good or not. but even if they were brilliant they were hamstrung by only being allowed to comment for ten minutes out of every fifteen, the other five being solid adverts.

I've not tuned into any more ITV coverage of the tour, satellite/cable channel Eurosport seems a much better bet.
Have to agree completely with SteveSCA. The commentators didn't have a clue; my personal favourite in addition to the blunders already mentioned was the confusion between Richmond Castle and Bolton Castle. I'm ignorant about cycling so I don't know if their comments about the sport were any good or not. but even if they were brilliant they were hamstrung by only being allowed to comment for ten minutes out of every fifteen, the other five being solid adverts. I've not tuned into any more ITV coverage of the tour, satellite/cable channel Eurosport seems a much better bet. Fat Harry
  • Score: 10
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