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Tour de France fever takes over Montpellier Court

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Published by Adele Potter for The Guinness Partnership in Care and Support and also in Housing

Shirley Roche does her bit for the Tour de France celebrations in Harrogate Shirley Roche does her bit for the Tour de France celebrations in Harrogate

Proud residents of Montpellier Court sheltered housing scheme, run by Guinness Care and Support donned their yellow t-shirts for the Tour de France Stage 1 finish in Harrogate on Saturday – just 200 yards from their front garden on Cold Bath Road!

Residents, including 101-year-old Etta Tattersdill, the scheme’s longest residing occupant and Shirley Roche, 84, mother of Nicky Roche OBE, have spent weeks creating a Tour de France display in the front gardens and decorating the scheme inside and out with red, white and blue bunting.

The resident’s homage to the Tour de France is a bike which has been painstakingly wrapped by 89-year-old Sylvia Archer in yellow pvc before it was mounted and fixed to a bench by Paul Smailes,68, for passersby to see.

Other residents have been busy planting flower baskets and pots and hanging bunting, as well as organising colour-coordinated food and drinks for the celebrations on Saturday.

Shirley, whose daughter Nicky is the chief executive of the Tour de France Hub and responsible for coordinating the event in Yorkshire, said: “I’m very proud of Nicky and thought I would do my bit here too. We’ve all been caught up in Tour de France fever here in Harrogate and it’s a lovely atmosphere, our display has attracted so much attention, it’s been very exciting!”

Guinness Care and Support scheme manager Lesley Walton, said: “The Tour is such a huge event and to be in this location, so close to the finishing line is so exciting for us, we are lucky to live in this great place.”

Guinness Care and Support provides care and support staff at Montpellier Court and several other sheltered housing schemes in the region.

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