Northern greetings like ‘love’ may prove lost on Le Tour visitors

York Press: Northern greetings like ‘love’ may prove lost on Le Tour visitors Northern greetings like ‘love’ may prove lost on Le Tour visitors

Organisers of the Tour de France's visit to Yorkshire have insisted they are not aiming to tone down the county's identity after it emerged volunteers were being asked to avoid traditional northern greetings like "love".

Thousands of "Tour Makers" have been recruited to help with the up to three million people expected to flock to watch the opening two stages of the world's most famous cycle race on July 5 and 6.

But an online training video provoked complaints from some of those who volunteered as it advised staying clear of "words such as 'mate', 'love' or 'darling'".

According to the reports, the tutorial said: "They may sound friendly to you, but they could offend some people."

Welcome to Yorkshire, the tourism agency which brought the opening stages of the Tour to Yorkshire, said it wanted to do everything it could to promote Yorkshire's identity.

But a spokesman added: "The Grand Depart of the Tour de France will celebrate everything Yorkshire, including our dialect but we want to be careful not to cause confusion for our overseas visitors."

Around 12,000 Tour Makers will be helping out with the first two stages of the Tour in Yorkshire and stage three, from Cambridge to London.

The role has been modelled on the highly successful Games Makers at the London 2012 Olympics and will involve guiding visitors and manning the route.

The Tour de France 2014 starts in the centre of Leeds on July 5 with stage one winding through the Yorkshire Dales to Harrogate.

Stage two, the day after, goes from York to Sheffield and the third stage starts in Cambridge and finishes on The Mall, in central London.

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12:00pm Tue 22 Apr 14

MrsHoney says...

I've lived in Yorkshire for almost 30 years but have to admit I don't like people calling me love and cringe when my husband says it. I know people are just being friendly but I find it over familiar. Sweetheart is another one, surely the only person who should be calling me that is my husband?! Why the need to call someone anything anyway?
I've lived in Yorkshire for almost 30 years but have to admit I don't like people calling me love and cringe when my husband says it. I know people are just being friendly but I find it over familiar. Sweetheart is another one, surely the only person who should be calling me that is my husband?! Why the need to call someone anything anyway? MrsHoney
  • Score: -8

12:23pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Platform9 says...

I seem to recall a photo in The Press when York won the staging of the The Grand Depart. It showed CYC councillors and the Chief Exec dressed in berets, striped jumpers and strings of garlic around their necks.

What did that image conjure up then?
I seem to recall a photo in The Press when York won the staging of the The Grand Depart. It showed CYC councillors and the Chief Exec dressed in berets, striped jumpers and strings of garlic around their necks. What did that image conjure up then? Platform9
  • Score: 13

1:06pm Tue 22 Apr 14

old_geezer says...

I was a bit surprised the first time a burly Yorkshireman called me "love", but somehow I survived without being offended or traumatised!
I was a bit surprised the first time a burly Yorkshireman called me "love", but somehow I survived without being offended or traumatised! old_geezer
  • Score: 9

1:58pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Hicarrumba says...

Ah'se, if tha gunna cumt't county and pull darn the way wi se stuff then thad better tek thisen someweer else.

If thathinks am gunner change mi roots just cos tha offended then tek thi hook.

Oh and by the way here is a translation

I say old chap,
If you are thinking of coming to the county and ridicule the way we speak, then you are better travelling to somewhere else.

If you think I am going to change my roots as not offend you then I think you better not come.
Ah'se, if tha gunna cumt't county and pull darn the way wi se stuff then thad better tek thisen someweer else. If thathinks am gunner change mi roots just cos tha offended then tek thi hook. Oh and by the way here is a translation I say old chap, If you are thinking of coming to the county and ridicule the way we speak, then you are better travelling to somewhere else. If you think I am going to change my roots as not offend you then I think you better not come. Hicarrumba
  • Score: 12

2:32pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

As the organisers still haven't managed to get the photo of York Minster the right way round on their website home-page two, months after it was pointed out, I wouldn't bother taking any advice from them. They get the photo of London the right way round, so I think we know where Yorkshire stands...
As the organisers still haven't managed to get the photo of York Minster the right way round on their website home-page two, months after it was pointed out, I wouldn't bother taking any advice from them. They get the photo of London the right way round, so I think we know where Yorkshire stands... Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 4

4:00pm Tue 22 Apr 14

SirBungle says...

'Ey up ****' it is then...
'Ey up ****' it is then... SirBungle
  • Score: 3

6:07pm Tue 22 Apr 14

BertieBrompton says...

Yeah but the list didn't include "duck", "lovie" or "****" so we're alright!
Yeah but the list didn't include "duck", "lovie" or "****" so we're alright! BertieBrompton
  • Score: 1

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