Video: Leeds pupils join Tour de France singer in performing ‘The Road’

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The man behind the Yorkshire Grand Depart anthem has visited pupils to bring memories flooding back of an unforgettable cycling summer.

Singer Alistair Griffin performed ‘The Road’ with the help of around 360 pupils at Ireland Wood Primary School, in Leeds, during a special visit to the cycle-friendly school on Wednesday.

Pupils at Ireland Wood Primary School, in Leeds, join Alistair Griffin in performing his song 'The Road'. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Pupils at Ireland Wood Primary School, in Leeds, join Alistair Griffin in performing his song 'The Road'. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

The song, released as a duet with Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh, was played to millions of TV viewers worldwide during the July 5 to 7 Grand Depart.

He agreed to visit after staff tweeted him about when pupils learned the words to and sang ‘The Road’ as part of the opening of the school’s cycle track in July.

Jen Lansdowne, assistant head at Ireland Wood, said: “The children were really excited, it was fantastic.”

She said the children joined in and even taught Griffin the song translated into Makaton signs at the event.

After his visit, Griffin tweeted: “An uplifting morning singing and signing The Road with Ireland Wood Primary School children. Thank you for such a heart warming rendition.”

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