The Examiner pulled out all the stops to provide coverage of the spectacular Tour de France.

And the hard work by reporters, photographers and production staff paid off when the newspaper’s special edition covering the event in Huddersfield attracted praise - from No 10.

Prime Minister David Cameron was an avid reader of Monday’s edition when it was presented to him in the Cabinet room in Downing Street by Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney.

“He was delighted to see what an impact the Tour had on Yorkshire and how it had been covered in Huddersfield by the Examiner”, said Mr McCartney, who was in Downing Street for a meeting.

Our souvenir wraparound front page from Monday's Examiner
Our souvenir wraparound front page from Monday's Examiner
 

“He was in Yorkshire for the Tour at Harrogate and Harewood House and was thrilled to be here. He was buzzing and he told me he wished he could have caught up with more of the event in Yorkshire but it was impossible because of security measures.

“When I arrived at Downing Street for a meeting, it was one of the topics of conversation. I had called in at the newsagent’s shop on my way down to Westminster and picked up a copy of the Examiner and the Prime Minister was delighted to read it and see the coverage.

David Cameron enjoys his copy of the Examiner while Jason McCartney looks on
David Cameron enjoys his copy of the Examiner while Jason McCartney looks on
 

“He knows just how big an event it was for the region and for the country.

 

“I watched the race in Holmbridge with my family and it was a fabulous day.

“But what I remember most was going along to the shop in Hinchliffe Mill at 8am on Sunday to get a newspaper and seeing an exodus of people heading the other way, bound for Holme Moss. They were on bikes and on foot and because the roads were closed, they were able to walk down the road chatting away.

“Perhaps we ought to have a regular Car-Free Day to let people experience the beauty of the area”.

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