Bells to ring for start of Tour de France

Bells to ring for start of Tour de France

Bells to ring for start of Tour de France

First published in News

Yorkshire will resound to the sound of bells of all kinds at the start of the Tour de France.

Organisers are inviting the entire county to ring for two minutes just after 8.30pm on Thursday, July 3, at the beginning of the team presentation of the world-famous race.

That is the moment Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme and Gary Verity, chief executive officer of Welcome To Yorkshire will step on to the stage at Leeds Arena to mark the official start of the Grand Depart.

The show’s executive producer, Martin Green, said: “This is a groundbreaking event for the Tour de France - never before in the history of the race have they seen an opening ceremony like this and encouraging bells across our county to ring out together on the evening of July 3 truly will be the signal for the whole of the county to welcome the world.”

Dozens of churches have already agreed to take part in the mass bell ringing. Rod Ismay, of the Yorkshire Association of Change ringers said they plan to make the “loudest most joyful noise”. Everyone in the county is invited to join in with any bell to hand, including bicycle bells.

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9:57am Thu 19 Jun 14

nottoooldtocare says...

Yawnnnnnnnnnnnnn, ding bl**dy dong. Thankfully it will soon be over and we then just have to work out how much it has cost each household.
Now if we able to ring a few necks, that would be more interesting....!
Yawnnnnnnnnnnnnn, ding bl**dy dong. Thankfully it will soon be over and we then just have to work out how much it has cost each household. Now if we able to ring a few necks, that would be more interesting....! nottoooldtocare
  • Score: -5

10:07am Thu 19 Jun 14

poorlyduck says...

nottoooldtocare wrote:
Yawnnnnnnnnnnnnn, ding bl**dy dong. Thankfully it will soon be over and we then just have to work out how much it has cost each household.
Now if we able to ring a few necks, that would be more interesting....!
Sick and tired of the nay sayers. This is the greatest event ever to come to Yorkshire, it's a world coup for us to get it, 180+ countries will be broadcasting it live, and all we get is people whinging and moaning. It's a weekend of disruption out of a lifetime - a small price to pay to host a world-class event. If you don't like it get out of Yorkshire for the weekend and leave it to the vast amount of people who actually want the TdF here.
[quote][p][bold]nottoooldtocare[/bold] wrote: Yawnnnnnnnnnnnnn, ding bl**dy dong. Thankfully it will soon be over and we then just have to work out how much it has cost each household. Now if we able to ring a few necks, that would be more interesting....![/p][/quote]Sick and tired of the nay sayers. This is the greatest event ever to come to Yorkshire, it's a world coup for us to get it, 180+ countries will be broadcasting it live, and all we get is people whinging and moaning. It's a weekend of disruption out of a lifetime - a small price to pay to host a world-class event. If you don't like it get out of Yorkshire for the weekend and leave it to the vast amount of people who actually want the TdF here. poorlyduck
  • Score: 3

10:08am Thu 19 Jun 14

pedalling paul says...

nottoooldtocare wrote:
Yawnnnnnnnnnnnnn, ding bl**dy dong. Thankfully it will soon be over and we then just have to work out how much it has cost each household.
Now if we able to ring a few necks, that would be more interesting....!
You don't ring necks you silly billy...you wring them!!
[quote][p][bold]nottoooldtocare[/bold] wrote: Yawnnnnnnnnnnnnn, ding bl**dy dong. Thankfully it will soon be over and we then just have to work out how much it has cost each household. Now if we able to ring a few necks, that would be more interesting....![/p][/quote]You don't ring necks you silly billy...you wring them!! pedalling paul
  • Score: -3

10:26am Thu 19 Jun 14

RingoStarr says...

poorlyduck wrote:
nottoooldtocare wrote:
Yawnnnnnnnnnnnnn, ding bl**dy dong. Thankfully it will soon be over and we then just have to work out how much it has cost each household.
Now if we able to ring a few necks, that would be more interesting....!
Sick and tired of the nay sayers. This is the greatest event ever to come to Yorkshire, it's a world coup for us to get it, 180+ countries will be broadcasting it live, and all we get is people whinging and moaning. It's a weekend of disruption out of a lifetime - a small price to pay to host a world-class event. If you don't like it get out of Yorkshire for the weekend and leave it to the vast amount of people who actually want the TdF here.
'greatest event ever to come to Yorkshire'? What a load of bells!
[quote][p][bold]poorlyduck[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nottoooldtocare[/bold] wrote: Yawnnnnnnnnnnnnn, ding bl**dy dong. Thankfully it will soon be over and we then just have to work out how much it has cost each household. Now if we able to ring a few necks, that would be more interesting....![/p][/quote]Sick and tired of the nay sayers. This is the greatest event ever to come to Yorkshire, it's a world coup for us to get it, 180+ countries will be broadcasting it live, and all we get is people whinging and moaning. It's a weekend of disruption out of a lifetime - a small price to pay to host a world-class event. If you don't like it get out of Yorkshire for the weekend and leave it to the vast amount of people who actually want the TdF here.[/p][/quote]'greatest event ever to come to Yorkshire'? What a load of bells! RingoStarr
  • Score: 1

10:28am Thu 19 Jun 14

Dave Ruddock says...

just check some of the route through York, hope they have off road bikes or very firm city bikes, There are speed bumps on Boroughbridge Road, and the road restrictions, in some real odd places, are well one day of Race and 2 days of disruption. Hope the police and organizers can find enough Towing Removal vehicles.

I am not against the Race, just thoughts on city movements. Hope all goes well for the Race .
just check some of the route through York, hope they have off road bikes or very firm city bikes, There are speed bumps on Boroughbridge Road, and the road restrictions, in some real odd places, are well one day of Race and 2 days of disruption. Hope the police and organizers can find enough Towing Removal vehicles. I am not against the Race, just thoughts on city movements. Hope all goes well for the Race . Dave Ruddock
  • Score: -2

10:39am Thu 19 Jun 14

nottoooldtocare says...

poorlyduck wrote:
nottoooldtocare wrote:
Yawnnnnnnnnnnnnn, ding bl**dy dong. Thankfully it will soon be over and we then just have to work out how much it has cost each household.
Now if we able to ring a few necks, that would be more interesting....!
Sick and tired of the nay sayers. This is the greatest event ever to come to Yorkshire, it's a world coup for us to get it, 180+ countries will be broadcasting it live, and all we get is people whinging and moaning. It's a weekend of disruption out of a lifetime - a small price to pay to host a world-class event. If you don't like it get out of Yorkshire for the weekend and leave it to the vast amount of people who actually want the TdF here.
In your opinion. Sorry to say this, but I don't agree with you and I suspect a significant number of others don't either. Many people will be grid locked as a result of this event, myself included, but that is of little interest to you or others involved in promoting the event. What should be of interest though is the cost of hosting this, as that inevitably fall to those of who pay rates etc. remind me, what is in it for us?
I hope you (and others) get plenty of enjoyment from the event and get to ring your bell, no doubt quite loudly and quicker for the 30 seconds when they go peddling by. :)
[quote][p][bold]poorlyduck[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nottoooldtocare[/bold] wrote: Yawnnnnnnnnnnnnn, ding bl**dy dong. Thankfully it will soon be over and we then just have to work out how much it has cost each household. Now if we able to ring a few necks, that would be more interesting....![/p][/quote]Sick and tired of the nay sayers. This is the greatest event ever to come to Yorkshire, it's a world coup for us to get it, 180+ countries will be broadcasting it live, and all we get is people whinging and moaning. It's a weekend of disruption out of a lifetime - a small price to pay to host a world-class event. If you don't like it get out of Yorkshire for the weekend and leave it to the vast amount of people who actually want the TdF here.[/p][/quote]In your opinion. Sorry to say this, but I don't agree with you and I suspect a significant number of others don't either. Many people will be grid locked as a result of this event, myself included, but that is of little interest to you or others involved in promoting the event. What should be of interest though is the cost of hosting this, as that inevitably fall to those of who pay rates etc. remind me, what is in it for us? I hope you (and others) get plenty of enjoyment from the event and get to ring your bell, no doubt quite loudly and quicker for the 30 seconds when they go peddling by. :) nottoooldtocare
  • Score: 2

12:16pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Jim says...

I've been a sporting cyclist for many years and like to watch cycle racing. I've seen the Tour and the Giro in the past. If I want to see the TdF again I'll go to France.
I think that a fair number of potential spectators are going to be disappointed - I doubt the riders will be racing through York as usually during the first few kilometers of each stage the race is neutrailsed and the riders just roll by. I suspect that the stage proper won't start until somewhere along the A59.
I've been a sporting cyclist for many years and like to watch cycle racing. I've seen the Tour and the Giro in the past. If I want to see the TdF again I'll go to France. I think that a fair number of potential spectators are going to be disappointed - I doubt the riders will be racing through York as usually during the first few kilometers of each stage the race is neutrailsed and the riders just roll by. I suspect that the stage proper won't start until somewhere along the A59. Jim
  • Score: 12

1:04pm Thu 19 Jun 14

mitch2nd says...

Oh whoopie Do

Cant wait for this waste of space event to be over and gone
Oh whoopie Do Cant wait for this waste of space event to be over and gone mitch2nd
  • Score: 1

1:33pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Happytoliveinyork says...

Groupon voucher advertised today - discount tickets for Cllr Crisps Grand Departy concert - wonder how many tickets have been sold??
Groupon voucher advertised today - discount tickets for Cllr Crisps Grand Departy concert - wonder how many tickets have been sold?? Happytoliveinyork
  • Score: 5

1:33pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Kiwi2 says...

Well, I'm looking forward to hearing the bells being rung. Should be a spectacular sound. Thank you, York Press, for giving advance notice of this!
Well, I'm looking forward to hearing the bells being rung. Should be a spectacular sound. Thank you, York Press, for giving advance notice of this! Kiwi2
  • Score: 6

2:07pm Thu 19 Jun 14

MorkofYork says...

I'm reluctant to enjoy any of this. It feels like the cycling fundies are using it to push their agenda and are reveling in the idea of bikes taking over. I'll be glad when it's gone and they've failed. This is the last big thing they have to try and warp the public with.
If we had normal people in charge i'd be much happier about it.
I'm reluctant to enjoy any of this. It feels like the cycling fundies are using it to push their agenda and are reveling in the idea of bikes taking over. I'll be glad when it's gone and they've failed. This is the last big thing they have to try and warp the public with. If we had normal people in charge i'd be much happier about it. MorkofYork
  • Score: 4

2:24pm Thu 19 Jun 14

keepitshut says...

Dave Ruddock wrote:
just check some of the route through York, hope they have off road bikes or very firm city bikes, There are speed bumps on Boroughbridge Road, and the road restrictions, in some real odd places, are well one day of Race and 2 days of disruption. Hope the police and organizers can find enough Towing Removal vehicles. I am not against the Race, just thoughts on city movements. Hope all goes well for the Race .
Exactly what i thought regarding humps etc...........
However, i spoke to a cyclist the other day who does this kind of thing and he asked me how did i think they trained?
They train on worse roads than what we have by all accounts!
[quote][p][bold]Dave Ruddock[/bold] wrote: just check some of the route through York, hope they have off road bikes or very firm city bikes, There are speed bumps on Boroughbridge Road, and the road restrictions, in some real odd places, are well one day of Race and 2 days of disruption. Hope the police and organizers can find enough Towing Removal vehicles. I am not against the Race, just thoughts on city movements. Hope all goes well for the Race .[/p][/quote]Exactly what i thought regarding humps etc........... However, i spoke to a cyclist the other day who does this kind of thing and he asked me how did i think they trained? They train on worse roads than what we have by all accounts! keepitshut
  • Score: 6

5:54pm Thu 19 Jun 14

bloodaxe says...

MorkofYork wrote:
I'm reluctant to enjoy any of this. It feels like the cycling fundies are using it to push their agenda and are reveling in the idea of bikes taking over. I'll be glad when it's gone and they've failed. This is the last big thing they have to try and warp the public with.
If we had normal people in charge i'd be much happier about it.
Why don't you run for office ? Under your pseudonymous cover of course, so that we'll know how to vote.
[quote][p][bold]MorkofYork[/bold] wrote: I'm reluctant to enjoy any of this. It feels like the cycling fundies are using it to push their agenda and are reveling in the idea of bikes taking over. I'll be glad when it's gone and they've failed. This is the last big thing they have to try and warp the public with. If we had normal people in charge i'd be much happier about it.[/p][/quote]Why don't you run for office ? Under your pseudonymous cover of course, so that we'll know how to vote. bloodaxe
  • Score: -6

7:48pm Thu 19 Jun 14

HeidTheBa' says...

MorkofYork wrote:
I'm reluctant to enjoy any of this. It feels like the cycling fundies are using it to push their agenda and are reveling in the idea of bikes taking over. I'll be glad when it's gone and they've failed. This is the last big thing they have to try and warp the public with.
If we had normal people in charge i'd be much happier about it.
Ah - "cycling fundies" eh. So, despite your nickname I would guess that your origins actually lie on the opposite side of the Zambezi from York.
[quote][p][bold]MorkofYork[/bold] wrote: I'm reluctant to enjoy any of this. It feels like the cycling fundies are using it to push their agenda and are reveling in the idea of bikes taking over. I'll be glad when it's gone and they've failed. This is the last big thing they have to try and warp the public with. If we had normal people in charge i'd be much happier about it.[/p][/quote]Ah - "cycling fundies" eh. So, despite your nickname I would guess that your origins actually lie on the opposite side of the Zambezi from York. HeidTheBa'
  • Score: -4

1:57am Fri 20 Jun 14

Magicman! says...

Jim wrote:
I've been a sporting cyclist for many years and like to watch cycle racing. I've seen the Tour and the Giro in the past. If I want to see the TdF again I'll go to France.
I think that a fair number of potential spectators are going to be disappointed - I doubt the riders will be racing through York as usually during the first few kilometers of each stage the race is neutrailsed and the riders just roll by. I suspect that the stage proper won't start until somewhere along the A59.
I just can't believe how there seems to be more focus on stage 1, which starts in Leeds... whoever organised it seems to have forgotten this county is called YORKshire, there's a clue in the name!
And why does Harrogate get the tour twice?? The route seems to have been ill-thought out... For stage 1 it might have been better to start in Skipton, then into the Dales, then across to the North York Moors - either climb up Clay Bank or the hills to the west of Bilsdale, then through Helmsley, past Castle Howard (the "up and down and up and down" road from Slingsby, as well as going through the two arches), and dropping into York with a sprint along Malton Road to finish the first stage either on Heworth Green, Monk Bar, or in front of The Minster.
[quote][p][bold]Jim[/bold] wrote: I've been a sporting cyclist for many years and like to watch cycle racing. I've seen the Tour and the Giro in the past. If I want to see the TdF again I'll go to France. I think that a fair number of potential spectators are going to be disappointed - I doubt the riders will be racing through York as usually during the first few kilometers of each stage the race is neutrailsed and the riders just roll by. I suspect that the stage proper won't start until somewhere along the A59.[/p][/quote]I just can't believe how there seems to be more focus on stage 1, which starts in Leeds... whoever organised it seems to have forgotten this county is called YORKshire, there's a clue in the name! And why does Harrogate get the tour twice?? The route seems to have been ill-thought out... For stage 1 it might have been better to start in Skipton, then into the Dales, then across to the North York Moors - either climb up Clay Bank or the hills to the west of Bilsdale, then through Helmsley, past Castle Howard (the "up and down and up and down" road from Slingsby, as well as going through the two arches), and dropping into York with a sprint along Malton Road to finish the first stage either on Heworth Green, Monk Bar, or in front of The Minster. Magicman!
  • Score: 1

10:12pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Bells and Bikes says...

Bells now 8.20pm on Thursday 3 July. With a fantastic Opening Ceremony line up, including a rich depth of Yorkshire talent, there has been a slight change in timing. Now 8.20pm. If you are a church with 1 bell or 12 bells etc please join us to ring to welcome Le Tour and the world to Yorkshire. If you have a bell at home please ring it. And lets give them a joyful welcome on the road on Saturday and Sunday too. The Yorkshire Festival has shown Le Tour just what we can do. Next up, the race itself. #enjoy. Bienvenue Le Tour.
Bells now 8.20pm on Thursday 3 July. With a fantastic Opening Ceremony line up, including a rich depth of Yorkshire talent, there has been a slight change in timing. Now 8.20pm. If you are a church with 1 bell or 12 bells etc please join us to ring to welcome Le Tour and the world to Yorkshire. If you have a bell at home please ring it. And lets give them a joyful welcome on the road on Saturday and Sunday too. The Yorkshire Festival has shown Le Tour just what we can do. Next up, the race itself. #enjoy. Bienvenue Le Tour. Bells and Bikes
  • Score: 0

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