Tour de France on song in Sheffield

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“It’s one of those things you put on your bucket list,” says Tour Maker Dave Gawthorpe.

The former IT worker is one of eight volunteers from South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire who created a version of the official Tour anthem The Road – which is released today.

South Yorkshire and north Derbyshire Tour Makers record a version of the Tour anthem

South Yorkshire and north Derbyshire Tour Makers record a version of the Tour anthem

VIDEO: Press the play button to watch the music video.

YOUTUBE: You can also watch the Tour Makers Choir version of The Road on YouTube - CLICK HERE.

See more Yorkshire Grand Depart Tour de France song video links below.

Some were members of choirs and, for others, including Dave, it was their first experience of singing.

The first major Tour Maker event at the Leeds First Direct Arena. The event is an orientation day where over 5,000 Tour Makers attended. Pictured singer Alistair Griffin performs 'The Road' the offical Grand Depart song.
24th May 2014. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe JG100306/11.

The first major Tour Maker event at the Leeds First Direct Arena. The event is an orientation day where over 5,000 Tour Makers attended. Pictured singer Alistair Griffin performs 'The Road' the offical Grand Depart song. 24th May 2014. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe JG100306/11.

The 60-year-old, from Greenhill, said: “It was an interesting experience – we had to keep doing the same bit over and over again!

“We’ve heard a snippet of it but I don’t think we will hear the entire thing until it comes out.

“This isn’t something I ever expected that I would do, be on a professional song.

“It is one of those things you put on your bucket list!”

The Road will be performed at the Grand Départ opening ceremony on Thursday – headlined by band Embrace.

It has been written by singer and songwriter Alistair Griffin, and also stars Girls Aloud singer Kimberly Walsh.

The local choir members who recorded a version of the track also included Lynda Martin, Kathryn Betts, Hannah Trigg, Rachel Pye, Geraldine Thompson, David Bradley, Donna Whitaker and Nicky Pollard.

All are Tour Makers who will make sure the event runs smoothly on Sunday.

Alistair Griffin also attended the Foundry recording studios for the event last month.

David added: “I’ve always loved cycling so I was really interested in the Tour de France coming to Sheffield, it was too good a chance not to get involved.

“We are never going to see it this close to us again in our lifetimes.”

YOUTUBE: Alistair Griffin and Kimberley Walsh, of Girls Aloud, have released a version of The Road, with its own music video. Watch it on YouTube - CLICK HERE.

VIDEO: South Yorkshire’s singing plumber, Paul Ballington, has written and released his own unofficial song for the Grand Depart, called Get On Yer Bike. Full story and watch video - CLICK HERE.

YOUTUBE: You can also watch Paul Ballington’s Get On Yer Bike video on The Star’s YouTube Channel - CLICK HERE.

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