Tour de France trophy in Haworth and Keighley

The trophy is admired at Haworth Visitor Information Centre

The trophy is admired at Haworth Visitor Information Centre

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A prestigious Tour de France trophy has made tracks for Keighley and the Worth Valley this weekend.

The ornate Grand Depart piece, awarded to the city or area that hosts the opening stage of the world-famous cycle race, has spent several days in the district.

It was on display at Haworth Visitor Information Centre yesterday, and in Keighley Leisure Centre today.

People were 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.

A spokesman said: “The trophy has been very well received – we had probably about 250 people to see it at Haworth.

“The feedback has been excellent. A lot of people have commented on the historic nature of the occasion.”

The trophy was also displayed at City Hall in Bradford, where the Lord Mayor – Keighley councillor Khadim Hussain – was among those who called to view it, and visited Ilkley.

Coun Andrew Thornton, Bradford Council’s executive member for environment, sport and sustainability, said: "This was 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.”

* Tour de France latest, see Thursday's Keighley News

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