‘By eck lad’ - Tour street art to become permanent Sheffield feature

Allez Wincobank sprayed on Jenkin Road in Sheffielda year after the Grand Depart road up the hill as the Tour de France came to Sheffield
Allez Wincobank sprayed on Jenkin Road in Sheffielda year after the Grand Depart road up the hill as the Tour de France came to Sheffield
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Graffiti painted on Sheffield streets for the Tour de France is to become a permanent tourist attraction.

Consultation on the plan – which aims to celebrate the legacy of the Tour in 2014 and encourage people to ride the 22-mile race route – was carried out in July.

Now a report has been agreed by Sheffield Council chief Terry Fox so that typically Sheffield slogans like ‘By ’eck lad, it’s steep’ and ‘Get them knees up’ can be painted permanently on four hills.

Slogans will be painted on the ‘King of the Mountain’ climbs which featured in the Tour route, at Bradfield, Midhopestones, Oughtibridge and Wincobank.

The council report showed most of the 31 people who responded to the consultation welcomed the proposal, with one saying: “I think it is a lovely way to permanently mark one of the best events to happen to Sheffield and Yorkshire in living memory.”

Another said: “A very good idea, the slogans have made me smile every time I’ve travelled between Oughtibridge and Grenoside since the Tour de France.”

Another seven people raised concerns about the £15,000 cost of the scheme and road safety.

The council says designs have been adjusted to minimise the effect on road safety, while contractor Amey is to cover the cost of the street art and it will boost the city’s bid to be recognised as an outdoor city.

Markers have already been installed at the start and end of the Tour route.