Sheffield to learn how to roar for Tour

Louise Gibson, vocal coach, is to lead a Cheer Sing session in Sheffield
Louise Gibson, vocal coach, is to lead a Cheer Sing session in Sheffield
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Budding singers can discover how to create a ‘wave of sound’ to spur elite Tour de France cyclists through Sheffield.

The CheerSing workshop is one of a trio of exciting events this weekend – which marks just one month until the cycle race arrives on July 6.

Singers will be taught chants, clapping raps and songs, even giving some a local theme, to encourage the peloton up the toughest hills.

The workshops are part of the 100-day Yorkshire Festival, a cultural celebration counting down to the Tour.

Vocal coach Louise Gibbs has devised the programme and will lead the group at The Gallery at the Montgomery Theatre, Surrey Street, from 2pm on Saturday.

Louise said: “The workshops are fun and free, open to all ages and require no special expertise or experience.

“All you need is your cheering and chanting voice and enthusiasm.

“Singers and non-singers are very welcome.”

A popular pub in Langsett will also be transformed into a cycling hub called ‘The Pedalers Inn’ this weekend.

Cycle clothing brand Polaris Bikewear is working with staff at the Waggon & Horses to create the venture, which will see the pub refitted in a vintage Tour theme, on Saturday.

Polaris director Roger Dillon said the company, based in Dronfield, was organising several events to celebrate the Tour.

He added: “With The Grand Départ coming so close to our base we couldn’t let the event pass without celebrating.”

And shoppers can also get into the spirit of the Tour by joining in cycling challenges on Fargate on Saturday, from 10am to 4pm.

The event will raise money for Marie Curie, the official charity partner of the Grand Depart, which is encouraging people to fundraise as part of the event.

Kate Holdsworth, community fundraiser for South Yorkshire, said: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for people to be part of history.

“There are so many ways people can get involved; you don’t have to be a cyclist to join the fun.”

n To register for a Grand Départy fundraising pack for Marie Curie, visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/tourdefrance.