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David Laycock
Melbourne Australia
Saturday, July 26, 2014 07:10
Tour de Yorkshire
Hi All,
About a couple of weeks ago my Dalesman arrived and it was the tour special.
I don't seem to recollect much excitement on the Website regarding this event.
When I found out where the course was going through, mentioned it to many of my friends telling them it would be a good chance to have a look at the beautiful country where my origins were from etc. By the way God must have had some Yorkshire relatives to put on the beautiful days that we were looking at!
I also mailed my cousin Ann, (nee Conyers) in Ikley, who said that they were off down to see it on both occaisions it passed through Addingham. Also I sent a mail to an Aussie chap (who used to live in Balwyn, near where we live) who has a B&B (Wenslydale House) in Hawes and he responded with some photos. We stayed there the last visit in 2012 and would recommend it to anyone up that way. My cousin in her mail to me mentioned they had met up with a couple from NZ on a cruise.The wife said that her mother Muriel Pye lived in Sutton and her Grandparents were Tom and Annie Pye, and knew of me through Sutton Web.
Small world!
Howard Barrett
Saturday, July 26, 2014 10:14
David (and others in the antipodes and various parts of the world),

The Tour de France generated significant interest to those habitations on the route but much less (as a general statement) to those off-route, so to speak. Part of the reason might be that the tour route (main roads through towns and villages) were closed for periods of up to 12 hours, denying access to many who couldn't walk a mile or two). Trains, being the obvious alternative, were full to busting and left hundreds stranded on platforms down the line. Being a Sunday and roads closed, the alternatives then became less.

Accordingly, if you look at you will see a yellow banner (at the time of writing) and links within it to local photos etc. Our house happened to be on the route and we had about 40 guests on the day. Everyone agreed that other than events special to each individual, it was one of the most memorable and enjoyable days of their lives (so far!). The route between Addingham and the Silsden roundabout was lined with people, several deep, on both sides of the road, as was the case on most of the route, both days. Yell if you can't find the information.

It's hard to believe that a DVD won't appear this side of Xmas. For sure, it will be the best sales material that Yorkshire has ever had. As Yorkshire missionaries, you might secure a few copies!!
David Laycock
Melbourne Australia
Sunday, July 27, 2014 06:39
Hi Howard,
I watched all of the first day, and I can understand your reply re trying to watch it locally. Being a Yorkshire Man, you wouldn't have charged them too much. Would you? How the bikes got through some of those Dales roads amazed me. I don't remember them having to stop and dismount, and start again. God help them up there if Leeds were ever to win the European Cup and took it round the Dales. There we go dreaming again. Seriously as you say, it would have done wonders for Yorkshire. Hoping to get over in the next week or so and bring my Brother Allan back up again. We visited in 2012 but were pushed for time and didn't even get a pint in the Black Bull!
Just to clarify Howard, I knew Frank from Church and cricket and of course Michael and David? Where do you fit in there?
Howard Barrett
Sunday, July 27, 2014 09:12
My late dad was George and he was Frank's cousin. George was the youngest of 5 children. His dad, Fred, founded F Barrett, Decorators, now in in its 4th generation. The decorators shop, workshop and the family home was in Main St, Xhills, the property that Bella Napoli has occupied for many years. George, Leonard and Edith were Sutton Baptist stalwarts, with Edith Barrett being the name that you might recall. Woe betide any Barrett within striking distance of Edith if they failed to appear at the chapel anniversary and the bun-fight at her house that preceded it!

However, we are probably closer to you than you are aware. My wife, Christine (nee Hardaker) is the sister of Jean, JonCon's wife, JonCon being Ann's brother.

Small world eh?
David Laycock
Melbourne Australia
Monday, July 28, 2014 01:45
Hello Howard,
That's it I knew we tied in some where and as soon as you mentioned painters and
then the two Hardaker sisters etc. Haven't seen John since phew, it might be 91. when they came across to visit us at Ann's.
Get the odd card from them in Scarborough. Thanks for that.

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