With just weeks to go until the Tour de France rolls into action from Yorkshire, we’re looking to champion the communities that have transformed their areas to welcome the Grand Depart.
The Yorkshire Evening Post and Yorkshire Post have teamed up with Tour bid-winning tourism firm Welcome to Yorkshire to reward people in the region that have gone that extra mile to dress their area for Le Tour’s visit on July 5 and 6.
We’ve seen communities embrace the Tour’s iconic yellow, green, white and polka-dot jerseys as well as its cycling message through everything from knitted bunting and shop window displays to art installations and flowerbeds as the region gears up for the world’s most watched annual sporting event.
Winners of the Best Dressed for the Yorkshire Grand Depart competition will bag their communities a commemorative plaque and six tickets to the Team Presentation ceremony at Leeds First Direct Arena on Thursday July 3.
Jeremy Clifford, managing editor at Yorkshire Post Newspapers, said: “We’ve been seeing communities across Yorkshire really embrace the spirit and themes of what is surely going to be a landmark event for our county next month.
“Whether it be through yellow bike trails, Tour de France shop window displays or knitted bunting, Yorkshire is looking on top form for the Grand Depart.
“Those communities deserve credit, so why not get in touch and give your area the chance of being named the best dressed in the region.”
If you think your community is deserved of the Best Dressed crown email a supporting statement of no more than 500 words and up to three photographs that illustrate how your area has embraced the Grand Depart to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The three categories are best town, best village and best city/ community.
All entries must be submitted by Thursday June 26 at 5pm.
A panel of judges will study the entries before category winners are notified on Monday June 30.
Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “I have been amazed by the creativity, ingenuity and dedication people and communities have put into making the Grand Depart a celebration of not only cycling, but also where they live.
“We are all proud of being from Yorkshire and proud of where we live and we want to celebrate that by rewarding those places that are helping to make this the grandest Grand Depart in the history of the Tour de France and are putting Yorkshire on the map.”
For further information visit letour.yorkshire.com/bestdressed.