Colourful launch for exciting countdown

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Sheffield’s famous fountains turned a vivid shade of yellow – the colour of the Tour winner’s jersey – to kickstart 100 days of celebration.

Visitors to the Peace Gardens yesterday were also entertained by a comic unicycle display team, while giant flowers were installed.

Peace garden water changing colour- Terry Wragg John McMillan and Rule Mowis

Peace garden water changing colour- Terry Wragg John McMillan and Rule Mowis

It was the start of a packed three months in the first ever arts festival to precede Le Grand Depart, which arrives in Sheffield on July 6.

Visual artist Terry Wragg worked on the fountain project, called Painting the City Yellow, with scientist John Macmillan and engineer Matthew Hill, using a dye called fluorescein. The fountains will be yellow for two weeks.

Terry said: “It is amazing to see it come to life, the fountains are really bringing a smile to people’s faces.

“We wanted to do it in Sheffield because it has the best fountains, we reckon, and an imaginative council that have been supportive.”

The Yorkshire Festival will include dozens of events in the build-up to the Tour in July.

This weekend they include a bicycle-powered printing press creating commemorative posters.

Sheffield choir Albion also lead a free performance at the Millennium Galleries on Sunday from 6.30pm.

Visit www.sheffieldchoralcelebration.eventbrite.co.uk.