The stately backdrop to the grandest Grand Depart in the Tour de France’s 111-year history has been nominated to win the Landmark of the Year award.
The Grade-1 listed Harewood House, situated north of Leeds, was a fixture on TV screens worldwide when nearly 200 elite cyclists, thousands of spectators and non other than the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry visited for the start of Le Tour’s first stage on Saturday July 5 last year.
Six months on BBC Countryfile has announced the landmark will go up against Shakespeare’s Birth Place Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon, Llanddwyn Island Lighthouse on Anglesey, The Kepies in Falkirk and Dark Hedges in Armoy for its prize.
Members of the public are being invited to vote for their Landmark of the Year 2014-15 by post, email or online by January 31.
Gary Verity, chief executive of tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “The Tour de France was an amazing showcase for Yorkshire. Harewood House was a magnificent backdrop and helped raise Yorkshire’s profile around the world.”
Harewood House’s place on the shortlist, which was drawn up by tourism body Visit Britain, comes after Le Tour rolled into action on the estate. A Red Arrows flypast marked the occasion, which was watched by a global TV audience in the millions.
Lord Harewood said: “The Grand Depart was a great occasion for Yorkshire and I’m really proud that Harewood was able to play its part in it.”
To vote email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.countryfile.com/article/landmark-year-201415 for online and postal voting options.