Excitement is mounting ahead of Day Two of the Tour de France with people staying around Holme Moss ready to make an early start.

Thousands of people camped out on t'Moss and the brilliant spectacle that was the Leeds-Harrogate leg of the Grand Depart have left visitors clamouring for more.

There was a party atmosphere on one of the pop-up camps in Holme.

While some partied in the village late into the night, others were soon tucked up in their sleeping bags ready for the big day ahead.

"It's just brilliant," said Greg Turner, 61, from Horton, Staffs.

"The Tour has been a brilliant advert for Yorkshire. You won't be able to move next year for tourists!

"The weather has been fantastic and the scenery is great and when people see that they will want to come.

"The scenes on Day One of the Grand Depart showed God's Own county at its best and Calderdale and Kirklees are ready to put on a show too.

"People down south wouldn't do it like this," said Greg. "Here nearly every house is decorated. Down south there would probably be just a bit of bunting."

People looking at the race on TV will think: 'What is going on in that country?' It's brilliant."

Chris Middleton, 18, brother Oliver, 15, and friend Tom Shorrock, were also soaking up the atmosphere."

It's a mini holiday," said Chris. We probably won't see this in Yorkshire for at least another 20 years."

Greg Dixon, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, camping with wife Susan and son Freddie, two, watched the start in Leeds and then came to Holme Moss for the night.

"The start was really good. It was busy so we went round the back of the Town Hall near the tour buses and saw all the riders that we wanted to see."

Greg booked the campsite online and added: "How often can you get to see the Tour de France for £200?"

Londoners Alan and Ruth Lynch were camping with son Chris, who works in Sheffield.

Alan, 57, said: "We had always followed the Tour from the comfort of our armchair in London but this was an opportunity too good to miss. Everyone has entered into the spirit and is so friendly.

"There's a real buzz about the place."

Meanwhile, the Saxton family, who have lived in Woodhead Road, Holme, for 29 years, had secured their prime positions - 17 hours early!

Led by Paul, 26, and sister Ruth, 23, family and friends lined the end of their driveway.

"It's quite surreal," said Paul.

"You would never have thought the Tour de France would come past your gate."

As if on cue, a man on a unicycle passed by, furiously pedalling uphill."It's just mad," said Paul.

Next past was Peter Hyam, from Cheshire, staying the night at the church hall in Holmebridge.

"I've brought two French visitors," he said, introducing teenage sisters Camilla and Melanie Mathis over from Lyon.

"They are family friends and have come to learn English."

There then followed a bizarre incantation of "ee-by gum" as part of the English lesson.

Peter, brought up in Saddleworth, said: "It's a unique event. Usually people in England are so reserved but not this weekend."

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