Yellow balls greet Tour de France riders in Silsden

Adrian Naylor

Adrian Naylor

First published in Keighley by

The Tour de France is coming round in Silsden!

Large balls installed to stop drivers parking at the roadside have been painted in the colours of race winners' jerseys.

Bradford Council painted the balls as part of its efforts to brighten up the route of next month’s Grand Depart.

The acrylic paint is expected to remain for around two years on the two sets of balls, opposite Belton Road and on the clog bridge.

The coloured balls have been welcomed by district councillor Adrian Naylor, who chairs Silsden’s Tour de France committee.

He said the balls were installed several years ago to stop vehicles being parked on the pavement and damaging the cables underneath.

Coun Naylor said: “The balls were originally a beige colour. Now they are in the colour of the primary riders' jerseys, like yellow, green, and white with red spots.

“It certainly improves the state of the balls. In future years it will be a reminder of the Tour.”

Coun Naylor said Silsden traders were also getting into the spirit of the Tour de France, with almost every shop displaying knitted yellow jumpers.

Welcome To Yorkshire has given the Silsden Tour de France committee several hundred metres of bunting in the shape of jerseys.

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