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Tour de Yorkshire trophy arrives in Settle

Schoolchildren, residents and volunteers got the chance to see the iconic Tour de Yorkshire trophy when it came to Settle.

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The Y-shaped trophy was brought to the town ahead of the Stage One finish in the town on April 29.

Children at Settle Church of England Primary School and Settle College had their photographs taken with the trophy and it was also on display for members of the public at Settle Railway Station and Settle Tourist Information Centre.

Sharon Hudson, Communications and Partnerships Manager at Craven District Council, said: "This was a great opportunity for the people of Settle to see this eye-catching trophy and join in the excitement as the Tour de Yorkshire approaches.

"It was brilliant to see how excited the children were to see the trophy. Settle is really geared up for the Tour de Yorkshire - residents have been hard at work decorating the town for this fantastic event."

North Yorkshire County Councillor Carl Les, Leader of North Yorkshire County Council, said: "We're delighted the Tour de Yorkshire trophy received such a warm welcome in Settle as anticipation builds towards the town hosting a stage finish for the race, which will be a wonderful event for the area.

"It's particularly pleasing to see children excited and inspired by the trophy and the prospect of the race. We hope people of all ages will not only love watching this world-class race, but will be inspired to enjoy cycling for themselves."

The trophy, designed and made by hand at world leading trophy makers Thomas Fattorini Ltd, was won by Team Sky's Lars Petter Nordhaug in 2015. A new addition for 2016 is a women's race trophy, also being made by Fattorini's.

A special Stage One trophy is also being made by female blacksmith Annabelle Bradley, of Malham Smithy, who designs and hand forges sculptural and functional wrought ironwork.

There will be rolling road closures in place before, during and immediately after the race has passed and these are expected to last for around an hour. Some areas, including the stage starts and finishes, will have longer closures. Full details of the roads affected will soon be on the County Council's website www.northyorks.gov.uk/tour

The Tour passes near many towns and villages so anyone going to see the race should plan ahead and choose where they want to watch. Full details of the routes and timings of all three stages can be found at http://letour.yorkshire.com/

For more information about the Tour de Yorkshire, go to www.cravendc.gov.uk/tdy