LiveSTAGE 1 LIVE BLOG: Tour de France riders race through the district as hundreds of thousands line Grand Depart route

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Summary

  • The sun shone as Tour de France riders thrilled thousands of cycling fans lining the route of Stage 1 of the Yorkshire Grand Depart.
  • 198 riders in 22 teams are raced from Leeds to Harrogate via Harewood, Pool-in-Wharfedale, Otley, Ilkley, Addingham, Skipton and the Dales
  • Marcel Kittel wins Stage 1 of the 101st Tour de France in Harrogate
  • Disappointment for British hope Mark Cavendish, who was injured in a crash close to the finish line

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10:02am Sat 5 Jul 14

izzystillbreathing says...

Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council.
Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council. izzystillbreathing
  • Score: 58

10:05am Sat 5 Jul 14

Bikerbeardy says...

Good for the county, but seriously cant be bothered with it, sorry, bradford council budget cuts everywhere, even stopped getting a coffee on a council training course now, I know they had to shell out for the event but HOW MUCH has the council spent, eh !
Good for the county, but seriously cant be bothered with it, sorry, bradford council budget cuts everywhere, even stopped getting a coffee on a council training course now, I know they had to shell out for the event but HOW MUCH has the council spent, eh ! Bikerbeardy
  • Score: 31

10:09am Sat 5 Jul 14

FinlandStation says...

izzystillbreathing wrote:
Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council.
Agree entirely. Bradford failed again as it always does. The TDF is just another in a long list of major local events that have received minimum attention and lacklustre publicity. All this contributes to Bradford's status as a failed city.

Coun. Hinchcliffe and the people at Visit Bradford should be seriously considering their positions.
[quote][p][bold]izzystillbreathing[/bold] wrote: Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council.[/p][/quote]Agree entirely. Bradford failed again as it always does. The TDF is just another in a long list of major local events that have received minimum attention and lacklustre publicity. All this contributes to Bradford's status as a failed city. Coun. Hinchcliffe and the people at Visit Bradford should be seriously considering their positions. FinlandStation
  • Score: 47

10:51am Sat 5 Jul 14

tinytoonster says...

FinlandStation wrote:
izzystillbreathing wrote:
Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council.
Agree entirely. Bradford failed again as it always does. The TDF is just another in a long list of major local events that have received minimum attention and lacklustre publicity. All this contributes to Bradford's status as a failed city.

Coun. Hinchcliffe and the people at Visit Bradford should be seriously considering their positions.
but t&a still insist on mentioning bradford in the headline!
its not bradford only by postcode!
[quote][p][bold]FinlandStation[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]izzystillbreathing[/bold] wrote: Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council.[/p][/quote]Agree entirely. Bradford failed again as it always does. The TDF is just another in a long list of major local events that have received minimum attention and lacklustre publicity. All this contributes to Bradford's status as a failed city. Coun. Hinchcliffe and the people at Visit Bradford should be seriously considering their positions.[/p][/quote]but t&a still insist on mentioning bradford in the headline! its not bradford only by postcode! tinytoonster
  • Score: 34

11:08am Sat 5 Jul 14

Grumpygirl says...

tinytoonster wrote:
FinlandStation wrote:
izzystillbreathing wrote:
Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council.
Agree entirely. Bradford failed again as it always does. The TDF is just another in a long list of major local events that have received minimum attention and lacklustre publicity. All this contributes to Bradford's status as a failed city.

Coun. Hinchcliffe and the people at Visit Bradford should be seriously considering their positions.
but t&a still insist on mentioning bradford in the headline!
its not bradford only by postcode!
The fact that the TDF and Visit Yorkshire people pointedly kept Bradford (the city not the postcode) well away from the race should have come as a wake up call to the complacent idlers at City Hall. Don't they notice the poverty and dereliction, or are they so used to it that they just don't care any more.
[quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FinlandStation[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]izzystillbreathing[/bold] wrote: Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council.[/p][/quote]Agree entirely. Bradford failed again as it always does. The TDF is just another in a long list of major local events that have received minimum attention and lacklustre publicity. All this contributes to Bradford's status as a failed city. Coun. Hinchcliffe and the people at Visit Bradford should be seriously considering their positions.[/p][/quote]but t&a still insist on mentioning bradford in the headline! its not bradford only by postcode![/p][/quote]The fact that the TDF and Visit Yorkshire people pointedly kept Bradford (the city not the postcode) well away from the race should have come as a wake up call to the complacent idlers at City Hall. Don't they notice the poverty and dereliction, or are they so used to it that they just don't care any more. Grumpygirl
  • Score: 45

1:18pm Sat 5 Jul 14

JAtkinson says...

Brilliant to see world's biggest annual sporting event coming to Yorkshire and fab it's in Bradford District both days - helicopters and TV really showing off our finest assets.
Brilliant to see world's biggest annual sporting event coming to Yorkshire and fab it's in Bradford District both days - helicopters and TV really showing off our finest assets. JAtkinson
  • Score: -17

4:15pm Sat 5 Jul 14

bluebluerobin says...

JAtkinson wrote:
Brilliant to see world's biggest annual sporting event coming to Yorkshire and fab it's in Bradford District both days - helicopters and TV really showing off our finest assets.
Yes, it's great to see Yorkshire looking so good on the TV, and as Yorkshire folk can all take great pride in that.

But as Bradfordians what is there to be proud about? Why is is 'fab' that an accident of geography means that the TDF briefly crosses the periphery of the Bradford District. It is not 'fab' that City Hall and the Labour group have completely failed to grasp this marketing opportunity to sell Bradford as a business destination.

Unlike some others in this thread I do not believe that this is due to idelness and incompetence, rather I believe that reality has dawned at City Hall and they now accept that Bradford is beyond redemption. We, like Detroit and other failed cities, are locked into a spiral of decline and poverty from which we cannot be expected to recover.
[quote][p][bold]JAtkinson[/bold] wrote: Brilliant to see world's biggest annual sporting event coming to Yorkshire and fab it's in Bradford District both days - helicopters and TV really showing off our finest assets.[/p][/quote]Yes, it's great to see Yorkshire looking so good on the TV, and as Yorkshire folk can all take great pride in that. But as Bradfordians what is there to be proud about? Why is is 'fab' that an accident of geography means that the TDF briefly crosses the periphery of the Bradford District. It is not 'fab' that City Hall and the Labour group have completely failed to grasp this marketing opportunity to sell Bradford as a business destination. Unlike some others in this thread I do not believe that this is due to idelness and incompetence, rather I believe that reality has dawned at City Hall and they now accept that Bradford is beyond redemption. We, like Detroit and other failed cities, are locked into a spiral of decline and poverty from which we cannot be expected to recover. bluebluerobin
  • Score: 40

4:34pm Sat 5 Jul 14

bachtothefuture says...

For once it didn't rain and God's County truly lived up to its name. What a wonderful advert for Yorkshire, unfortunately the same can't be said about Bradford. Where were we? Why wasn't City Hall banging the drum? As usual Leeds were streets ahead of us.
For once it didn't rain and God's County truly lived up to its name. What a wonderful advert for Yorkshire, unfortunately the same can't be said about Bradford. Where were we? Why wasn't City Hall banging the drum? As usual Leeds were streets ahead of us. bachtothefuture
  • Score: 35

4:43pm Sat 5 Jul 14

sunnysidedown says...

izzystillbreathing wrote:
Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council.
Yes I agree as far as Bradford's concerned the TDF has been a complete flop.

But is still isn't too late for Coun. Hinchcliffe and the Visit Bradford lot to drag themselves away from hospitality and get some pro-Bradford publicity organised for tomorrow. After all Bradford pays their wages, they should remember who they work for.
[quote][p][bold]izzystillbreathing[/bold] wrote: Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council.[/p][/quote]Yes I agree as far as Bradford's concerned the TDF has been a complete flop. But is still isn't too late for Coun. Hinchcliffe and the Visit Bradford lot to drag themselves away from hospitality and get some pro-Bradford publicity organised for tomorrow. After all Bradford pays their wages, they should remember who they work for. sunnysidedown
  • Score: 24

4:49pm Sat 5 Jul 14

linebacker2 says...

bachtothefuture wrote:
For once it didn't rain and God's County truly lived up to its name. What a wonderful advert for Yorkshire, unfortunately the same can't be said about Bradford. Where were we? Why wasn't City Hall banging the drum? As usual Leeds were streets ahead of us.
People in Leeds are quite rightly asking questions of the spend.

The local council has debts of well over a billion pounds, the cost to Leeds Council is in excess of £20m and the bill from the police isn't in yet. And to cap it all the race didn't even start there, just a "ceremonial procession".

Harrogate, Skipton, Ilkley etc seem to be the real winners here
[quote][p][bold]bachtothefuture[/bold] wrote: For once it didn't rain and God's County truly lived up to its name. What a wonderful advert for Yorkshire, unfortunately the same can't be said about Bradford. Where were we? Why wasn't City Hall banging the drum? As usual Leeds were streets ahead of us.[/p][/quote]People in Leeds are quite rightly asking questions of the spend. The local council has debts of well over a billion pounds, the cost to Leeds Council is in excess of £20m and the bill from the police isn't in yet. And to cap it all the race didn't even start there, just a "ceremonial procession". Harrogate, Skipton, Ilkley etc seem to be the real winners here linebacker2
  • Score: 25

4:55pm Sat 5 Jul 14

piltdownman says...

From today's international coverage coverage people will remember Yorkshire, and places like Leeds, Skipton Harrogate and some of them will want to holiday here. So possibly money well spent. They will not remember Bradford because we didn't make an effort. A once in a lifetime opportunity missed.

I agree with Sunnyside, whoever is responsible for publicising Bradford needs to get their act together and do something before tomorrow.
From today's international coverage coverage people will remember Yorkshire, and places like Leeds, Skipton Harrogate and some of them will want to holiday here. So possibly money well spent. They will not remember Bradford because we didn't make an effort. A once in a lifetime opportunity missed. I agree with Sunnyside, whoever is responsible for publicising Bradford needs to get their act together and do something before tomorrow. piltdownman
  • Score: 22

5:13pm Sat 5 Jul 14

linebacker2 says...

piltdownman wrote:
From today's international coverage coverage people will remember Yorkshire, and places like Leeds, Skipton Harrogate and some of them will want to holiday here. So possibly money well spent. They will not remember Bradford because we didn't make an effort. A once in a lifetime opportunity missed.

I agree with Sunnyside, whoever is responsible for publicising Bradford needs to get their act together and do something before tomorrow.
There may be a short term increase in the numbers of British visitors to the likes of Skipton and Harrogate but that'll be about it.

It's now July and most people have already booked holidays for this year if not already taken them and in a short period of time this story will be old news.

These events are more for the egos of politicians than any lasting benefits. Take the London Olympics - visitor numbers to London in 2012 were actually less than normal and Olympics are a distant memory and that was a much much bigger event and only two years ago. The only legacy is the bill and the TDF will be no different..
[quote][p][bold]piltdownman[/bold] wrote: From today's international coverage coverage people will remember Yorkshire, and places like Leeds, Skipton Harrogate and some of them will want to holiday here. So possibly money well spent. They will not remember Bradford because we didn't make an effort. A once in a lifetime opportunity missed. I agree with Sunnyside, whoever is responsible for publicising Bradford needs to get their act together and do something before tomorrow.[/p][/quote]There may be a short term increase in the numbers of British visitors to the likes of Skipton and Harrogate but that'll be about it. It's now July and most people have already booked holidays for this year if not already taken them and in a short period of time this story will be old news. These events are more for the egos of politicians than any lasting benefits. Take the London Olympics - visitor numbers to London in 2012 were actually less than normal and Olympics are a distant memory and that was a much much bigger event and only two years ago. The only legacy is the bill and the TDF will be no different.. linebacker2
  • Score: 8

5:28pm Sat 5 Jul 14

JAtkinson says...

Thoroughly enjoyed watching Yorkshire's beautiful countryside and its famous welcome. Well done all involved.

Ilkley and Addingham looked great. I'm excited about being there in person at Keighley tomorrow, though maybe Cote de Oxenhope Moor (one of the King of the Mountain stages) is the place to be in Bradford.

Looks like Leeds-Shipley trains increased in frequency but not BradfordFSQ-Shipley so, if you're going, get to Shipley and change.
Thoroughly enjoyed watching Yorkshire's beautiful countryside and its famous welcome. Well done all involved. Ilkley and Addingham looked great. I'm excited about being there in person at Keighley tomorrow, though maybe Cote de Oxenhope Moor (one of the King of the Mountain stages) is the place to be in Bradford. Looks like Leeds-Shipley trains increased in frequency but not BradfordFSQ-Shipley so, if you're going, get to Shipley and change. JAtkinson
  • Score: -7

6:39pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Skipton man says...

izzystillbreathing wrote:
Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council.
I guess that a large proportion of Bradford have no interest in anything western.............
.............If you get my drift?
[quote][p][bold]izzystillbreathing[/bold] wrote: Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council.[/p][/quote]I guess that a large proportion of Bradford have no interest in anything western............. .............If you get my drift? Skipton man
  • Score: 7

6:52pm Sat 5 Jul 14

baildongreen says...

I watched the whole wonderful stage on TV. The pictures were superb and they made Yorkshire look like heaven. Plenty of places got a name check as well, -- except of course Bradford.

I can understand if the Council decided not to spend money publicising Bradford. After all we're a bit of a dump and the Tour only went through some of our distant outlying districts. A cost-benefit analysis would probably show that publicity was just a waste of money.

However what I can't understand is why Visit Bradford whose sole function in life is communication didn't announce that Bradford would be taking a low key approach to the TDF. Such negligence is surely unforgivable. What happened to the oversight Cllr. Hinchcluiffe is supposed to provide.
I watched the whole wonderful stage on TV. The pictures were superb and they made Yorkshire look like heaven. Plenty of places got a name check as well, -- except of course Bradford. I can understand if the Council decided not to spend money publicising Bradford. After all we're a bit of a dump and the Tour only went through some of our distant outlying districts. A cost-benefit analysis would probably show that publicity was just a waste of money. However what I can't understand is why Visit Bradford whose sole function in life is communication didn't announce that Bradford would be taking a low key approach to the TDF. Such negligence is surely unforgivable. What happened to the oversight Cllr. Hinchcluiffe is supposed to provide. baildongreen
  • Score: 10

7:08pm Sat 5 Jul 14

pcmanners says...

Skipton man wrote:
izzystillbreathing wrote:
Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council.
I guess that a large proportion of Bradford have no interest in anything western.............

.............If you get my drift?
Not so long ago the conspiracy tendency amongst the regular contributors concluded that the reason Bradford was not enthusiastically participating in, and making the most of, the Tour was that the Community did not want anything happy upsetting the misery of Ramadan.

I do not think this is correct. It is simply that socialists do not understand the market and cannot identify a good business opportunity when they see it.
[quote][p][bold]Skipton man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]izzystillbreathing[/bold] wrote: Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council.[/p][/quote]I guess that a large proportion of Bradford have no interest in anything western............. .............If you get my drift?[/p][/quote]Not so long ago the conspiracy tendency amongst the regular contributors concluded that the reason Bradford was not enthusiastically participating in, and making the most of, the Tour was that the Community did not want anything happy upsetting the misery of Ramadan. I do not think this is correct. It is simply that socialists do not understand the market and cannot identify a good business opportunity when they see it. pcmanners
  • Score: -85

7:45pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Colin Allcars says...

Is Bradford still in Yorkshire, I've seen new Bradfordians in Bradistan tops.
Maybe Yorkshire does not think Bradford would make a good impression.
Is Bradford still in Yorkshire, I've seen new Bradfordians in Bradistan tops. Maybe Yorkshire does not think Bradford would make a good impression. Colin Allcars
  • Score: 3

7:48pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Colin Allcars says...

bluebluerobin wrote:
JAtkinson wrote:
Brilliant to see world's biggest annual sporting event coming to Yorkshire and fab it's in Bradford District both days - helicopters and TV really showing off our finest assets.
Yes, it's great to see Yorkshire looking so good on the TV, and as Yorkshire folk can all take great pride in that.

But as Bradfordians what is there to be proud about? Why is is 'fab' that an accident of geography means that the TDF briefly crosses the periphery of the Bradford District. It is not 'fab' that City Hall and the Labour group have completely failed to grasp this marketing opportunity to sell Bradford as a business destination.

Unlike some others in this thread I do not believe that this is due to idelness and incompetence, rather I believe that reality has dawned at City Hall and they now accept that Bradford is beyond redemption. We, like Detroit and other failed cities, are locked into a spiral of decline and poverty from which we cannot be expected to recover.
'Bradford twinned with Detroit' that's got a ring about it! But keep it quiet, the idiot council might think it's as good an idea as giving the discredited Pakistani cricket team an open top bus parade and civic reception!
[quote][p][bold]bluebluerobin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JAtkinson[/bold] wrote: Brilliant to see world's biggest annual sporting event coming to Yorkshire and fab it's in Bradford District both days - helicopters and TV really showing off our finest assets.[/p][/quote]Yes, it's great to see Yorkshire looking so good on the TV, and as Yorkshire folk can all take great pride in that. But as Bradfordians what is there to be proud about? Why is is 'fab' that an accident of geography means that the TDF briefly crosses the periphery of the Bradford District. It is not 'fab' that City Hall and the Labour group have completely failed to grasp this marketing opportunity to sell Bradford as a business destination. Unlike some others in this thread I do not believe that this is due to idelness and incompetence, rather I believe that reality has dawned at City Hall and they now accept that Bradford is beyond redemption. We, like Detroit and other failed cities, are locked into a spiral of decline and poverty from which we cannot be expected to recover.[/p][/quote]'Bradford twinned with Detroit' that's got a ring about it! But keep it quiet, the idiot council might think it's as good an idea as giving the discredited Pakistani cricket team an open top bus parade and civic reception! Colin Allcars
  • Score: 6

8:13pm Sat 5 Jul 14

micela22 says...

thoroughly enjoyed the TdF & didn`t expect to. Bradford is too volatile to risk such a high profile event being sabotaged which could be detrimental. Shame as many `salt of the earth` folks have missed out but there is an embarassing apathy with Bradford Council
thoroughly enjoyed the TdF & didn`t expect to. Bradford is too volatile to risk such a high profile event being sabotaged which could be detrimental. Shame as many `salt of the earth` folks have missed out but there is an embarassing apathy with Bradford Council micela22
  • Score: 3

8:16pm Sat 5 Jul 14

tinytoonster says...

JAtkinson wrote:
Thoroughly enjoyed watching Yorkshire's beautiful countryside and its famous welcome. Well done all involved.

Ilkley and Addingham looked great. I'm excited about being there in person at Keighley tomorrow, though maybe Cote de Oxenhope Moor (one of the King of the Mountain stages) is the place to be in Bradford.

Looks like Leeds-Shipley trains increased in frequency but not BradfordFSQ-Shipley so, if you're going, get to Shipley and change.
got to be a clown councillor!
[quote][p][bold]JAtkinson[/bold] wrote: Thoroughly enjoyed watching Yorkshire's beautiful countryside and its famous welcome. Well done all involved. Ilkley and Addingham looked great. I'm excited about being there in person at Keighley tomorrow, though maybe Cote de Oxenhope Moor (one of the King of the Mountain stages) is the place to be in Bradford. Looks like Leeds-Shipley trains increased in frequency but not BradfordFSQ-Shipley so, if you're going, get to Shipley and change.[/p][/quote]got to be a clown councillor! tinytoonster
  • Score: -2

11:15pm Sat 5 Jul 14

mrs walker says...

Colin Allcars wrote:
bluebluerobin wrote:
JAtkinson wrote:
Brilliant to see world's biggest annual sporting event coming to Yorkshire and fab it's in Bradford District both days - helicopters and TV really showing off our finest assets.
Yes, it's great to see Yorkshire looking so good on the TV, and as Yorkshire folk can all take great pride in that.

But as Bradfordians what is there to be proud about? Why is is 'fab' that an accident of geography means that the TDF briefly crosses the periphery of the Bradford District. It is not 'fab' that City Hall and the Labour group have completely failed to grasp this marketing opportunity to sell Bradford as a business destination.

Unlike some others in this thread I do not believe that this is due to idelness and incompetence, rather I believe that reality has dawned at City Hall and they now accept that Bradford is beyond redemption. We, like Detroit and other failed cities, are locked into a spiral of decline and poverty from which we cannot be expected to recover.
'Bradford twinned with Detroit' that's got a ring about it! But keep it quiet, the idiot council might think it's as good an idea as giving the discredited Pakistani cricket team an open top bus parade and civic reception!
Interestingly, after years and years of decline, Detroit's actually beginning to regenerate. I think Bradford can too - and is, albeit slowly.
[quote][p][bold]Colin Allcars[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bluebluerobin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JAtkinson[/bold] wrote: Brilliant to see world's biggest annual sporting event coming to Yorkshire and fab it's in Bradford District both days - helicopters and TV really showing off our finest assets.[/p][/quote]Yes, it's great to see Yorkshire looking so good on the TV, and as Yorkshire folk can all take great pride in that. But as Bradfordians what is there to be proud about? Why is is 'fab' that an accident of geography means that the TDF briefly crosses the periphery of the Bradford District. It is not 'fab' that City Hall and the Labour group have completely failed to grasp this marketing opportunity to sell Bradford as a business destination. Unlike some others in this thread I do not believe that this is due to idelness and incompetence, rather I believe that reality has dawned at City Hall and they now accept that Bradford is beyond redemption. We, like Detroit and other failed cities, are locked into a spiral of decline and poverty from which we cannot be expected to recover.[/p][/quote]'Bradford twinned with Detroit' that's got a ring about it! But keep it quiet, the idiot council might think it's as good an idea as giving the discredited Pakistani cricket team an open top bus parade and civic reception![/p][/quote]Interestingly, after years and years of decline, Detroit's actually beginning to regenerate. I think Bradford can too - and is, albeit slowly. mrs walker
  • Score: 0

11:29pm Sat 5 Jul 14

allinittogether says...

Skipton man wrote:
izzystillbreathing wrote:
Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council.
I guess that a large proportion of Bradford have no interest in anything western.............

.............If you get my drift?
Oh shut up with your snide racist undertones
[quote][p][bold]Skipton man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]izzystillbreathing[/bold] wrote: Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council.[/p][/quote]I guess that a large proportion of Bradford have no interest in anything western............. .............If you get my drift?[/p][/quote]Oh shut up with your snide racist undertones allinittogether
  • Score: -1

12:01am Sun 6 Jul 14

Homer@34 says...

It's a shame ITV televised it as some of the villages who had put a lot of time and effort into decorating their villages were missed when the ITV commercials came on for 6 minutes at a time. Surely it would have made sense to have had short commercials on stretches of road with no spectators on.. Please let's have the BBC for any future events. Finally as I was Born in Bradford I am pleased the tour didn't go through it. Where could you have taken the riders with out going through any area of boarded up shops , empty property's , rubbish pilled high and the most highly concentrated area of England of cars with no insurance. Do I need to go on.
It's a shame ITV televised it as some of the villages who had put a lot of time and effort into decorating their villages were missed when the ITV commercials came on for 6 minutes at a time. Surely it would have made sense to have had short commercials on stretches of road with no spectators on.. Please let's have the BBC for any future events. Finally as I was Born in Bradford I am pleased the tour didn't go through it. Where could you have taken the riders with out going through any area of boarded up shops , empty property's , rubbish pilled high and the most highly concentrated area of England of cars with no insurance. Do I need to go on. Homer@34
  • Score: 8

6:34am Sun 6 Jul 14

Steve Thompson says...

Agree with Homer@34. I was watching in Australia, and the same thing happened. The adds were at the most unfortunate moments and way to long.
Agree with Homer@34. I was watching in Australia, and the same thing happened. The adds were at the most unfortunate moments and way to long. Steve Thompson
  • Score: 4

8:04am Sun 6 Jul 14

edinhosdad says...

The problem was selling inner Bradford to the TDF committee would have been a very, very hard sell. None of the places visited by the tour in the BD postcode area consider themselves to be part of Bradford. Ask people in Burley an Wharfedale or Ilkley for those who are naive.

I was at Centenary Square for the Olympic torch relay and that was brilliant occasion. Never seen the city centre that busy. Had the TDF travelled through Bradford the occasion would of been 10x bigger.

The City is finally on the up but that's after decades of decline. The anology to Detriot is true and could be used as an example. I sense tribal politics on the horizon when what we really need are true visionaries in City Hall.
The problem was selling inner Bradford to the TDF committee would have been a very, very hard sell. None of the places visited by the tour in the BD postcode area consider themselves to be part of Bradford. Ask people in Burley an Wharfedale or Ilkley for those who are naive. I was at Centenary Square for the Olympic torch relay and that was brilliant occasion. Never seen the city centre that busy. Had the TDF travelled through Bradford the occasion would of been 10x bigger. The City is finally on the up but that's after decades of decline. The anology to Detriot is true and could be used as an example. I sense tribal politics on the horizon when what we really need are true visionaries in City Hall. edinhosdad
  • Score: 1

11:51am Sun 6 Jul 14

The opinion says...

tinytoonster wrote:
FinlandStation wrote:
izzystillbreathing wrote:
Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council.
Agree entirely. Bradford failed again as it always does. The TDF is just another in a long list of major local events that have received minimum attention and lacklustre publicity. All this contributes to Bradford's status as a failed city.

Coun. Hinchcliffe and the people at Visit Bradford should be seriously considering their positions.
but t&a still insist on mentioning bradford in the headline!
its not bradford only by postcode!
Think you will find they are Bradford by more than postcode mate haha and only like Leeds DISTRICT lol pudsey is in Leeds through the MDC as well, stop living prior to 1974 btw I'm a qualified town planner so I know what i am talking about onto Bradford it goes today haha just Greater Manc is a county not a city
[quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FinlandStation[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]izzystillbreathing[/bold] wrote: Leeds and Visit Yorkshire have done a superb job and deserve all the praise that's due to them. What a shame Bradford didn't rise to the occasion. A woefully missed opportunity that illustrates the lack of vision and enterprise at the heart of our Council.[/p][/quote]Agree entirely. Bradford failed again as it always does. The TDF is just another in a long list of major local events that have received minimum attention and lacklustre publicity. All this contributes to Bradford's status as a failed city. Coun. Hinchcliffe and the people at Visit Bradford should be seriously considering their positions.[/p][/quote]but t&a still insist on mentioning bradford in the headline! its not bradford only by postcode![/p][/quote]Think you will find they are Bradford by more than postcode mate haha and only like Leeds DISTRICT lol pudsey is in Leeds through the MDC as well, stop living prior to 1974 btw I'm a qualified town planner so I know what i am talking about onto Bradford it goes today haha just Greater Manc is a county not a city The opinion
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10:40am Tue 8 Jul 14

furyganman says...

What about the behaviour of the Crowd Control thugs! Anyone else witness their incompetence and rudness?
What about the behaviour of the Crowd Control thugs! Anyone else witness their incompetence and rudness? furyganman
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