YEP Says, July 4: Now is the city’s time to truly shine on the biggest stage of all

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...and Asda’s shake-up is a sign of the times.

LE moment est arrivé!

After 18 months of meticulous preparation and planning, the planet’s biggest annual sporting event is under starter’s orders.

The eyes of the world will be on Leeds tomorrow as the 101st Tour de France gets under way in the shadow of the Town Hall.

But the city is already in the grip of yellow fever following last night’s parade to the First Direct Arena for the official presentation of the teams.

In the morning, thousands will cheer the riders on their way to Harewood House for the official start, then scores more will line the route all the way up into the Dales and then on to the finish line in Harrogate.

It promises to be a magnificent spectacle as the Leeds and wider Yorkshire public embrace the magic of the occasion.

But this is more than just a cycle race – however presigious it may be. This is an opportunity for Leeds to showcase itself to the world.

Throughout the day, helicopters will buzz overhead, relaying pictures from the city to millions of viewers both in the UK and around the world.

The message will be that Leeds can make things happen, that it’s a fitting stage for an event of this scale.

As adverts go, tomorrow looks set to be a humdinger. Now it’s time for everyone to get on board and show Leeds for the great city it is. Allez!

Asda’s shake-up is a sign of the times

TALK about clouds and silver linings.

Leeds-based supermarket chain Asda has announced it is to cut over 1,300 jobs. At the same time, however, it says its rejig of the company’s structure will create nearly 6,000 new ones.

Supermarket bosses insist they have to adapt to the fact that more of us are buying our shopping online.

For those staff whose jobs stand to be affected this will be a worrying time. On the upside, it seems there will be opportunities in the expanding online business.

It’s still ironic, though, that Aldi and Lidl, who don’t offer any online shopping, can’t seem to build enough stores.

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