VIDEO BLOG: Bradfield did the Tour proud

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It will go down in history as the biggest carnival Bradfield has ever seen, writes Ellen Beardmore.

The Tour de France, so long anticipated, arrived in Sheffield today - and with it brought tens of thousands of people to the usually peaceful rural village, the first stop on the 24-mile route.

NSST 6-7-14 Bradfield 33

NSST 6-7-14 Bradfield 33

It was a lively crowd - flags were waved, pints drunk and cheers aplenty. There were locals from just up the road in Stannington, and others from London, Edinburgh, Wales.

But it was a typically Yorkshire crowd too.

People said ‘bonjour’ as they passed on the lanes, chalked messages on the roads encouraged cyclists. Even a bunch of half naked men spurring the straggling riders on was taken in good spirits.

The word on everybody’s lips was Yorkshire - they chanted it, they spoke of how our county could only be boosted by global exposure. Cards with ‘we love Yorkshire’ were held by staff in the publicity caravan.

Everyone seemed surprised by the strength of turnout and electric atmosphere when the peloton arrived.

‘I’m absolutely flabbergasted by the crowds’, said Nina Peppit. So were the other 30,000 revellers.

Cyclists, many from clubs around the region, also spoke of their awe at seeing the normally deserted roads full with riders.

Doctor Vinnie Thomson, who was with the Hathersage Farboys fell running club, said: ‘We’ve got children here today who will be inspired to cycle - that’s amazing.’

Mum Jan Garung, who camped over as part of four families on a joint trip, said: ‘ If you rode 20 years ago you were seen as a bit of a weirdo. ‘Now there are so many people cycling.

‘If my dad, who was a massive cycling fan, was still here he would think it was wonderful.’

Another thing that was wonderful was the community spirit.

The Star’s news team was a direct recipient of this, and many thanks go to everyone at Cotton Star Camping for trying to push our camper van through the mud, residents who kindly let us use their home wi-fi, and The Schoolrooms cafe for providing our own area to send copy and photographs.
Well done Bradfield - you did the Tour proud today.