WHAT a coup for Redcar & Cleveland, getting the 2020 Tour de Yorkshire (Echo, Oct 6).

But, with the cat in the bag, we find leader, Sue Jeffrey, and cabinet member for tourism, Carl Quartermain, competing with each other for the credit.

Yet, previous Labour administrations even refused to put the word Yorkshire in our council’s postal address. At that time, only a small group of opposition councillors, led by, now sadly deceased, Chris Abbott flew the flag for Yorkshire.

I must say, however, I am delighted Labour has seen the light and now understands that the Yorkshire brand can bring a much needed fillip to our formerly mighty borough.

Like, Middlesbrough, which hosted the event in 2016, Redcar & Cleveland is still, officially, within the bounds of the North Riding of Yorkshire. Isn’t it time we went the whole way and re-branded our borough Redcar in Yorkshire, thus making the most of a heritage that’s rightly ours?

To hijack Land of Hope and Glory: “Yorkshire who made Redcar mighty, make thee mightier yet.”

Steve Kay, Redcar & Cleveland councillor