Sheffield Tour unites ‘local and global’

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The Tour de France brings the ‘local and the global together’ according to Sheffield MP and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

The Sheffield Hallam MP spoke after officially unveiling a new sculpture in Worrall as part of the community’s celebrations.

Mr Clegg said: “ I love this idea that bunting in Worrall will be seen by cycling fanatics in New Delhi because of the Tour.

“They estimate 3.5 billion people will watch it in more than 200 countries.

“It really is the local and the global coming together.”

Mr Clegg – who was involved in securing the Grand Depart opening stages of the race for Yorkshire – said he was looking forward to watching the race in Sheffield on Sunday and how it could build on the city’s reputation as a sporting city.

He said: “It will put Sheffield and Yorkshire on the map to 3.5 billion people who wouldn’t be able to place us before.

“We hope it will attract business to invest in the area.

“It’s estimated the Grand Depart will bring £100 million to Yorkshire’s economy in the long term and £20 million of trade investment.”

The Worrall sculpture is made out of 60 dumped bikes found in Sheffield Council’s household waste recycling centres.

They were provided by Veolia and The Green Company, while residents who will see the race pass their doorsteps helped to make the artwork.

Resident Claire Bull said: “I am new to the area and it was lovely to see people of all ages and abilities get involved.

“A lot of commitment and hard work went on behind the scenes so a big ‘thank you’ to all those that enabled us to commemorate the race in such a unique way.”

Artists Robin and Sara Widdowson led the project and the sculpture will be on display until Sunday, July 20.

It will then be dismantled and returned to a recycling centre, where the bike parts will be recycled.

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