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Churches capture Tour de France mood

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11 July 2014

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From the Revd Simon Davis

Sir, - What an amazing weekend for Yorkshire and the surrounding area as the Tour de France passed through!

The atmosphere for those of us able to line the route was terrific. The churches in particular deserve a big congratulatory jersey for theway they entered into the spirit of the occasion and affirmed the joy of life.

The TV coverage often paused on the churches, festooned with large yellow jerseys and other cycling art. For those of us who watch the coverage of the big cycling races all over Europe, this witness by the churches stood out as something quite unique in its scale and engagement. The race may have now been and gone, but something of the liveliness and engagement of the Church in our national life will have left an encouraging impression on hundreds of millions of viewers around the world.

Many may well visit our churches, having been enticed to visit the UK through the landscape and warm human welcome given to the riders.

As the big yellow jersey on the top of York Minister proclaimed, "Allez Alleluia!"

SIMON DAVIS
The Vicarage, Market Place
Abbots Bromley
Staffordshire WS15 3BP

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