Last chance to volunteer for cycle spectacle

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Calderdale residents have one last chance to sign up to volunteer at the Tour de France when it comes to England next July, as part of the first ever Tour Maker programme.

The deadline is December 31, 2013 with up to 10,000 volunteering roles up for grabs during the three days the race is in England. The roles include everything from welcoming visitors at major transport hubs, to supporting National Park rangers and stewards.

So far, over 540 residents have registered in Calderdale, making the area one of the top ten local authorities for volunteer registrations.

Calderdale Council’s Leader, Councillor Tim Swift, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for local people to get involved in the Tour de France. It’s a chance to showcase our wonderful community spirit internationally, and it’s great to see that so many residents have already offered to volunteer their time and expertise.

Anyone interested in volunteering can register at

Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, Gary Verity, said: “Two to three million people are expected to line the routes of the three stages in England and the Tour Makers will play a hugely important role in welcoming the world to our proud county.”