YEP Says, May 2: Let’s all make it another Grand weekend for city

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HUMONGOUS. That was the word Tour de France boss Christian Prudhomme used to describe last summer’s Grand Depart in Leeds.

HUMONGOUS. That was the word Tour de France boss Christian Prudhomme used to describe last summer’s Grand Depart in Leeds.

When organisers of the world’s biggest bike race arrived in the city their eyes lit up at the yellow bikes, the bunting, the banners and the infectious enthusiasm of everyone they met.

That event didn’t just put Leeds front and centre on the international stage, it also brought huge financial benefits.

A total of £102m poured into the Yorkshire economy as a result of those two days last July – a riposte to the few naysayers who claimed the ambition to bring it here was an expensive folly.

This weekend, we get the chance to do it all all again. Ok, so the Tour de Yorkshire isn’t quite the Tour de France, but it’s still a massive event that the world will be watching.

Some of the greatest cyclists on the planet will be pedalling our streets, finishing up in Roundhay Park on Sunday. It’s a chance to once again enjoy seeing competitors who are at the very peak of sporting talent.

But it’s also another opportunity to show the world just what a great place Leeds is, with the race being beamed to hundreds of countries.

And it’s also a chance to be a part of something truly special, as all those who were there for the Grand Depart will know.

For those who you weren’t, this is your chance to see what you missed.

Playing with fire just isn’t worth it

IT’S baffling to most of us why anyone would want to start a fire deliberately.

Boredom and sheer wickedness are undoubtedly factors, but the idiots responsible cause far more than a few hours’ mischief.

Deliberate fires take firefighters away from genuine blazes, putting lives at risk.

And incidents of arson are killers in their own right, one person died and 19 were injured as a result of the 1,871 fires started deliberately in Leeds last year.

Jail terms lie in wait for arsonists and they could end up with blood on their hands. Let’s hope they get the message that playing with fire isn’t worth the risk.

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