Tour de France: Business is booming along the route

Tour de France fans all ready to watch the race on the big screen
Tour de France fans all ready to watch the race on the big screen

Business is booming across Sheffield as the city prepares to welcome the Tour de France.

Crowds are gathering along the route and in the city centre with the race expected to arrive at the finish in Attercliffe around 4.30pm.

Claire Beecroft, landlady of The Cock Inn in Oughtibridge, said: “It’s so exciting. We didn’t know what to expect.

“We had hundreds in last night and our takings doubled.”

A three day festival is being held at Oughtibridge War Memorial and Recreation Ground. Around 2,000 people, mostly residents, were there last night to watch bands perform.

The festival ends tonight with entertainment after the race.

Jordan Bray, manager of the Arena Square pub opposite the finish line, said: “We have had a lot of people through the doors already today supporting the Tour and it’s only going to get busier.

“I think we can match the crowd numbers from yesterday here.

“It’s going to do the reputation of the area proud and it’s great to see the boost it is bringing to so many great businesses in the area.”

Jim and Mal Cork, originally from Sheffield from Nottingham, are in Bradfield. They said: “We just managed to get our slot at the top of the hill. We’ll stop here now because we’re near the pub.

“It’s fantastic to have this in Sheffield and such a boost to the local economy.

“Yesterday on the television it looked amazing and now everyone will see how great Sheffield is.

“Everyone at the Old Horns pub last night said it is the busiest it had ever been.”

Alan Devonport, an exhibitor with the South Yorkshire branch of the dry stone wall association at the Don Valley Bowl, said: “I think it’s a lovely, lovely family orientated event. There must have been about 4,000 or 5,000 people here in Don Valley Bowl today.

“We’re here to show off dry walling - there are about 1,500 miles of dry stone wall in South Yorkshire alone and this has been a great place to show it off.

“There’s loads for kids to do and we’ve set up our own miniature dry wall so they can have a go.

“It’s absolutely brilliant and the organisers of this part of the event have done a great job.”

Jasper Sharpe, aged 40, from Woodseats, said: “The Tour De France is the third biggest sporting event in the world after the Olympics and the World Cup and the fact it is in Sheffield is just brilliant.”