Pictures: Saffron Walden reacts to Tour de France visit –‘I’ve been here 25 years and I’ve never seen anything like it’

10:56 10 July 2014

Excited young fans cheer the Tour's arrival.

Excited young fans cheer the Tour's arrival.


People came from far and wide to savour the magic of the Tour de France on the streets of Saffron Walden.

People came from all over to watch the Tour in Saffron Walden. Some as far as Wales, the USA and even France!People came from all over to watch the Tour in Saffron Walden. Some as far as Wales, the USA and even France!

Packed crowds erupted as the best cyclists in the world sped by them within 120 seconds.

It was a day to remember for young and old as the town took centre stage for one of the biggest sporting events on the planet.

Tracy Saunders, from Long Sutton in Lincolnshire, came down to Saffron Walden to watch the event with family.

She said: “It was fantastic, it really was. The atmosphere was brilliant, the tour makers so helpful and everybody really got into the spirit of the day. To see the riders come through was a real adrenaline rush.”

Not long to wait: The crowds waved flags in anticipation.Not long to wait: The crowds waved flags in anticipation.

Her 18-year-old son, Michael Cole, added: “It was brilliant. I’ve been looking forward to it for over a year. I’m a big Team Sky fan - Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas, Richie Porte, all of them!”

Richard Herd and his wife Pauline, both 67, of Stephen Neville Court, have now had experience of the Tour at home and abroad. The couple spend six months of the year in Saffron Walden and the rest of the time in France.

Mr Herd said: “It was terrific. People in France are a little bit more laid back than they have been here because it’s new, it’s exciting.

“It’s so good to see such enthusiasm.

“We’ve lived here 25 years and I’ve never seen anything like this before. It’s been an absolutely brilliant atmosphere that built up gradually throughout the day.”

Friends’ School pupil Frank Dudley, 13, was delighted to have the opportunity to see the world’s top riders in action.

He said: “We thought it was incredible, amazing and mind-blowing. I think those three words sum it up. The Caravan was good at entertaining people beforehand, too.

“I’m supporting Team Sky and we brought a homemade flag with us today!”

His sister Georgia, 10, added: “I found the day really interesting and inspiring because I like cycling.

“I really enjoyed how fast they came through and the crowds were incredible. There was a long wait but it was definitely worth it.”

Here are two galleries of photos of the crowds.

For more, check out this Thursday’s Saffron Walden Reporter.

Anyone who has their own photos, please e-mail them to us at and we will publish as many as we can.

• See the rest of our galleries, including pictures of Chris Froome and Team Sky, via the Tour de France section of our website.

Related articles


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hunts Post visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hunts Post staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hunts Post account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Huntingdon Market Square

Huntingdon’s market is poised to be transformed to compete with the likes of St Ives as part of a long-promised overhaul.

19 minutes ago
Pupils at St Anne's in Godmanchester have been given high-visibility clips.

Pupils from St Anne’s Primary School in Godmanchester are celebrating International Walk to School Month in style thanks to a donation of high visibility clips.

Yesterday, 14:00
Robert Stacey farmer from Freshfiels farm near Ramsey Cambridgeshire harvesting a bumper crop of pumpkins for Lidl UK

Saturday is expected to be a bumper day for sales of pumpkins across the UK and Huntingdonshire farmer Robert Stacey is prepared for anyone who wants to come and pick their own.

Yesterday, 13:24
Flash mob in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness Month took to the streets of Huntingdon

A splash of pink popped up in Huntingdon at the weekend as dozens of dancers took part in a flash mob for Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Join Vindis Volkswagen at their As Good As New Event between 6th – 24th October 2016

If you’re looking to buy a used Volkswagen, now’s the time to do it.

Read more

Most read stories

Local business directory

Cambridgeshire's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Read the Hunts Post e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up