Bunting, beer and giant banners: Sheffielders ready for Tour de Yorkshire party

Youngsters in Penistone greet their special visitors ahead of the Tour de Yorkshire
Youngsters in Penistone greet their special visitors ahead of the Tour de Yorkshire
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Sheffielders gearing up for this weekend’s Tour de Yorkshire showed their preparations are well on track during a special visit.

The three-day race is due to culminate in Sheffield this Sunday, when cyclists will pedal from Bradford to Fox Valley, in Stocksbridge.

Sir Gary Verity and Christian Prudhomme meet children at St John's Church

Sir Gary Verity and Christian Prudhomme meet children at St John's Church

Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity and Christian Prudhomme, director of race organiser ASO, yesterday visited some of the destinations the contest will take in.

Their first stop was St John The Baptist Church, in Penistone, where they were welcomed by school children and led on a walking tour of the village by Nicholas Holt who has overseen race celebrations in the area.

They also took a look at the specially made ‘In Gear’ artwork, including a giant cycling jersey on St John’s Church, and sampled cycling-themed food which was washed down with a pint of TDY Bradfield Brewery Beer at the Old Crown Inn.

They then dropped in to St Leonard’s Wortley Church, in Wortley, where a giant banner has been put up by the local mountain rescue crew, and a bevy of blue and yellow balloons were released to greet them.

A giant artwork adorns the tower of St Leonards Wortley Church, in Wortley

A giant artwork adorns the tower of St Leonards Wortley Church, in Wortley

Sir Gary said: “It’s brilliant the way the communities have really embraced the Tour, and it was lovely to see the amazing artwork and all the bunting and flags. I'm sure there will be a great party when the Tour arrives."

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Villagers baked themed cakes at St John's Church in Penistone

Villagers baked themed cakes at St John's Church in Penistone

Pupils from Thurgoland Primary School release balloons in Wortley to mark the Tour de Yorkshire's impending arrival

Pupils from Thurgoland Primary School release balloons in Wortley to mark the Tour de Yorkshire's impending arrival