Yorkshire festival hailed after welcoming 750,000 visitors

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Organisers have hailed the cultural countdown to the Tour de France after more than 750,000 people attended events.

The Yorkshire Festival was the first programme of events in film, art, music, sculpture and more to precede the world’s biggest cycle race.

In Sheffield, events included a festival of colour, space and light at Sheffield Cathedral, a production of Kes at the Crucible theatre and an exhibition of yellow T-shirts at the Millenium Galleries.

There were more than 1,400 performances in total.

Gary Verity, Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive, said: “Yorkshire Festival 2014 truly fired the county with excitement for one hundred days ahead of the Grand Départ. We have been overwhelmed by the way the people of Yorkshire have taken the festival to their hearts.”