Volunteers urged to get involved with the Tour de France when it comes to Yorkshire (30 Dec 2013)

Thousands of volunteers are being urged by the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire to get involved in one of the biggest events ever to be staged in the region.

Mark Burns-Williamson has been invited to sit on the governing board of the Tour de France that comes to Yorkshire on July 5 and 6 with millions of spectators expected to gather along the route.

That will mean Mr Burns-Williamson will be representing communities at the point where strategic decisions are being made.

And he is now urging locals to get involved with the volunteering opportunities after Asda and Welcome to Yorkshire announced their partnership to recruit 10,000 volunteers in their first ever Tour Maker programme.

The Tour Makers will be the volunteer force of the Grand Depart and Tour de France in theUKand the project was officially announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg this month.

Volunteers will do everything from welcoming international visitors to supporting National Park rangers and the emergency services.

Now Mr Burns-Williamson is urging people to sign up and get involved before the deadline of tomorrow (December 31) and to contact his office with their views on the TdF so he can help pass them on when meeting with the governing board.

"This is a great opportunity for people to engage with one of the most popular sporting events in the world which will be coming toWest Yorkshirenext year," he said.

"While there are obviously some key security and safety issues to be addressed, the main focus should be on celebrating and supporting this historic sporting moment forWest Yorkshire.

"I want to help make a real difference to people's lives across West Yorkshire and urging you to get involved in volunteering for such an incredible event will help bring the communities across the region together."

Tour de France comes to Yorkshire on July 5 and 6.

To sign up register at http://letour.yorkshire.com/tour-makers.


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