HUDDERSFIELD and Yorkshire have millions of reasons to celebrate London's Olympics triumph.
That was the message today as business leaders and sports figures welcomed news of the victory.
All agreed that the decision by the International Olympic Committee to award the Games to London rather than Paris could see tremendous spin-offs for the region.
Huddersfield's Galpharm Stadium has already been earmarked as a possible venue for training facilities for athletes, if not for competitive action.
And other sports facilities in the town could be used by the huge number of athletes who will descend on the UK.
But there are also enormous benefits from an increased interest in sport, from the expected huge rise in the number of tourists and the massive boost to the economy, particularly in the run-up to the Games.
Peter Box, chairman of the Yorkshire and Humber Assembly, said of London's success in winning the 2012 Olympics: "This is tremendous news, not only for London, but for the country as a whole.
"Hosting the world's biggest event will focus the eyes of billions of people on the UK. We in this region will do all we can to welcome the Games and those taking part.
"The benefits to Yorkshire and Humber will be far-reaching and long-lasting.
"We must all work together to ensure some of the major events surrounding the Games are brought to our region, as well as offering teams taking part some of the country's outstanding training facilities."
Huddersfield health official James Williams knows more than most just how big the Olympics are.
The former fencing champion competed in Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney - and narrowly missed a fourth Olympics, in Athens, through injury.
He said: "It is the pinnacle of a sporting career. I'm thinking of coming out of retirement.
"It offers the opportunity to compete on the biggest stage - bar none - in world sport.
"The profile for all sports, including minority ones, is raised enormously.
"I hope the 60m people living in the UK will come out and support the 200 or 300 athletes we have in the Games".
He said the North of England had done its bit to support the London bid and could now reap the benefits.
Mr Williams added: "We will see athletes using facilities in the region for training and I also hope this will encourage many more young people in the Huddersfield areas to get involved in physical health and fitness.
"We cannot all aspire to be Olympians, but we can strive to succeed."