TWO PROPERTY professionals from Dacre, Son & Hartley have been selected to join the first ever army of ‘Tour Makers’ for the Tour de France and the company is supporting the world’s biggest cycle race by incorporating yellow window displays across all 20 of its offices.
Dacre, Son & Hartley’s financial director John Skinner and Mark Kane, who heads up the firm’s Baildon office, will both help welcome millions of visitors to Yorkshire for the Grand Départ.
Approximately 12,000 Tour Makers have been selected, from tens of thousands of applicants, to accompany the Tour de France and take on a wide range of roles including way-finding, flag marshalling, route marshalling, crossing marshalling and looking after the teams, delegates and VIPs.
It is the first time in the race’s 111 year history that a team of volunteers has been recruited to help with its organisation.
Rt Hon Nick Clegg helped launch the partnership with supermarket giant ASDA which has recruited, trained and provided bespoke uniforms for all the volunteers.
The Deputy Prime Minister said: “You can already sense the buzz and excitement right across the country as we get ever closer to Yorkshire’s Grand Départ – and the launch of the Tour Makers and the public’s response to it already is evidence of that.”
John Skinner said: “The Tour de France coming to Yorkshire is a spectacular, once in a lifetime event and is undoubtedly something I’ll remember for a long time to come.
“Being one of the first ever Tour Makers is also an opportunity to make history because it could become a regular feature in future races so it is great to be part of it for the first time here in Yorkshire.
“As a company we’re also showing our support for the event with yellow window displays that have been rolled out across all 20 of our offices.
“They are very eye catching and we are receiving fantastic feedback about them in every town that we operate in.”
Mark Kane added: “Welcoming people from outside the region to Yorkshire, and highlighting everything that the county has to offer, is something that I actually do a lot as an estate agent so becoming a Tour Maker is an ideal role for me and it’s fantastic to be selected from so many applicants.”
Dacre, Son & Hartley also works closely with Welcome to Yorkshire, which led the bid to bring the Tour to Yorkshire, and is a member of the tourism agency’s exclusive Y-30 Club, which consists of just 30 regional organisations that all combine an innovative approach to business with a passion for Yorkshire.
Le Tour’s media headquarters have been created on Whitehall Road in Leeds - they will become the base for hundreds of journalists from across the world.
The race, the biggest sporting event in the world, begins tomorrow.