School children in Bridlington will get the chance to see the Tour de Yorkshire trophies as they visit schools in the town ahead of this year’s race.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s road safety team, working alongside race organisers Welcome to Yorkshire, has arranged for both the men’s and women’s Y-shaped trophies to visit Bridlington schools on Monday, 11 March.
Special assemblies will take place and children will be able to see the trophies up close, find out more about this year’s race and ask any questions.
This year’s Tour de Yorkshire starts on Thursday, 2 May and stage one will see the race go through large parts of the East Riding while on Saturday, 4 May, the stage three start will be held in Bridlington.
The gold-plated trophies have been designed and made by hand at world-leading trophy makers Thomas Fattorini Ltd, which was founded in 1827 by Antonio Fattorini, an Italian-speaking immigrant who settled in Yorkshire.
The trophies will be transported to each school in a Welcome to Yorkshire branded BMW with the iconic yellow Y attached to the roof.
Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The trophy tour has become something of an annual tradition and, by taking the prize into schools, the council aims to engage with school children and encourage them to participate in the event and take up cycling.”
Sir Gary Verity DL, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “The Tour de Yorkshire trophy tour is always a popular event and a great opportunity for communities to start to build the excitement ahead of the upcoming race.
“There are plans for the trophies to visit various schools as part of the tour which will give a lot of children the chance to see them with their own eyes – it might even inspire the next generation of cycling stars!”
The trophies will visit the following schools on Monday, 11 March:
9am-9.25am -Flamborough Primary School
9.40am-10am – Martongate Primary School
1010am -10.30am – Headlands School
10.40am-11am – Burlington Junior School
11.20am-12noon – Bay Primary School
12.10-12.30pm – New Pasture Lane Primary School
1.10pm-1.30pm – Bridlington School
1.40pm -2pm – Hilderthorpe Primary School
* For more information about the Tour de Yorkshire go to www.letouryorkshire.com
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