Sheffield pupils are VIPs at Tour reception

Nick Clegg hosts a Tour de France reception at Whitehall.
Nick Clegg hosts a Tour de France reception at Whitehall.
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School pupils from a Sheffield school were among VIPs invited to a Tour de France reception in London.

Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg spoke to pupils from Bradfield School as well as to Harry Harrison - the founder of bespoke bike shop Field Cycles in Meersbrook.

The event in Whitehall aimed to celebrate Yorkshire ahead of the Tour arriving in 13 days time.

Carole Pipes, citizenship co-ordinator at the school, said: “The pupils were thrilled to be invited in the first place - it was an honour.

“The Tour goes right past our school and we are doing a lot of projects on it so it was a great link to have.”

The pupils were already in London for a tour of the House of Commons.

Harry said: “Up to that point I had just been so busy with all the stuff that’s going on with the Tour I hadn’t had the chance to get excited about it - but now it’s brought it home to me a little bit that it is happening.

“I met the chap who has planned the route of the Tour for the last 32 years which was fascinating.”

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “After years of planning, we’re now just three weeks away from the Tour De France riding into Britain.

“And from Leeds to Harrogate, York to Sheffield, and Cambridge to London, people are getting ready to make the most of this once-in-a lifetime opportunity.

“With the eyes of the world on Yorkshire for the Grand Départ, it is a great opportunity to showcase why Britain is a world-class destination for sport, culture, tourism and business.”