YEP Says, June 7: Recognising the places gearing up for Tour’s historic visit

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Communities are creating a colourful welcome for world’s biggest race.

It is wonderful to see the lengths that people are going to in order to make the Tour De France’s visit to Yorkshire such a memorable one.

Communities across the region are embracing this historic occasion, with many going the extra mile to welcome the world’s greatest cycle race with a riot of colour.

They grasp the fact that this is truly a once in a lifetime event – and it’s important that we treat it as such.

The eyes of the world will be on Leeds and Yorkshire next month, making it a golden opportunity to showcase the warmth, creativity and passion of our region.

Everything from yellow bike trails to bunting and eye-catching window displays are set to play their part in showing Yorkshire at its very best.

We want to reward those who are putting their all into celebrating the Tour’s visit and creating such a colourful welcome to the White Rose county.

We have teamed up with Welcome to Yorkshire to offer a commemorative plaque and six tickets to the Team Presentation Ceremony at the First Direct Arena for the best dressed community.

Many places have made a real effort to not just celebrate cycling but also where they live.

See pages six and seven for details on how to send in your nominations.

‘Pram ban’ cafe right to put safety first

Parents are understandably upset over a ban on prams in a north Leeds cafe bar.

Seven Arts, in Chapel Allerton, asks for pushchairs to be left in the venue’s foyer rather than being taken inside, posing problems when children are asleep.

It’s certainly a policy that seems to run counter to Leeds’s ambition to become a child-friendly city.

But it’s important to see this from the cafe’s point of view too. On one occasion staff counted no fewer than 13 prams inside the premises.

With space limited and hot drinks being carried, that poses an injury risk. And surely parents would prioritise the safety of their children over convenience.

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