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Tour trophy to ... go on tour!
A prestigious Tour de France trophy is to go on display in Keighley and Haworth.
The ornate Grand Depart piece – awarded to the city or area that hosts the opening stage of the Tour – will be in the district next week.
People will be able to have their photo taken with the trophy, which was first presented last year to the island of Corsica when it hosted the Grand Depart.
The trophy – which measures 40cm by 25cm – was commissioned by Tour de France organiser the Amaury Sport Organisation, and designed by award-winning French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand.
It will be at Haworth Visitor Information Centre on April 12, from 11am to 2pm, and then at Keighley Leisure Centre the following day, from 11am to 3pm.
Three other public stops are planned in the Bradford district – at the King's Hall in Ilkley on April 10, from 11am to 3pm; at Bradford’s City Hall between 11am and 4pm on April 11, and then at the Richard Dunn Sports Centre the following morning, from 9am to 10am, before it heads to Haworth.
It will also be taken to two schools.
Coun Andrew Thornton, Bradford Council’s executive member for environment, sport and sustainability, said: “We are very proud to be hosting such an historic and prestigious event, and this is a great symbol of the Tour coming to our area.
“It will be an excellent chance for people to come and see this iconic trophy, which is an amazing piece of artwork in its own right, and feel inspired by the whole event.
“The trophy tour will certainly build up excitement and anticipation for the event as we prepare for the eyes of the world to be fixed on our district. It is sure to live long in the memories of all who experience it.”
The Grand Depart makes its way through Burley-in-Wharfedale, Ilkley and Addingham on July 5, followed by Silsden, Keighley and the Worth Valley the following day.
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