Holbeck Elderly Aid crafters celebrate their yellow jersey


The Queen’s Hotel wouldn’t take their booking, so Holbeck Elderly Aid‘s craft group had their Tour de France tea party, al fresco, in City Square today (Thursday 3 July 2014).

They were there to celebrate the Yellow Jersey they had made for one of the statues in City Square, as part of the celebrations around the Grand Depart of the Tour de France on Saturday. Pat Clapham explained:

“We were given a challenge to knit a jersey in two weeks. I thought it wasn’t enough time, so we decided to crochet instead, it’s quicker.

“I think the buzz it’s caused is good” she added “It’s good for the north, especially Leeds. We didn’t get a look in with the Olympics, but I think Yorkshire people have really got into the swing of the Tour.”


Elissa Newman, Chief Executive at Holbeck Elderly Aid said it meant a lot to the organisation.

“This was such a great opportunity to participate. It’s great for Holbeck and amazing for our service users to be part of it and here in City Square today. I can’t define it in words.”

They certainly caused a stir with Councillors dropping in to wish them well and a TV interview for Sky Sports News.

The craft group meets every Thursday and is a social event as well as an opportunity to make items. For more information ring (0113) 245 553, or email: info@holbeckelderlyaid.org.uk.