Cyclists go dotty for Sheffield cafe’s Tour de France look

Pete Sparks who has painted Bank View Cafe at Langsett, near Sheffield, white with pink spots
Pete Sparks who has painted Bank View Cafe at Langsett, near Sheffield, white with pink spots
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Elite cyclists zooming into Sheffield for the Tour de France won’t find it hard to spot this colourful cafe...

Bank View Cafe in Langsett, a well-known biking stop, is standing out from the hills after owner Pete Sparks painted it white with pink spots - the colour of the jersey claimed by the King of the Mountains during the Tour.

The eatery is a popular stop with cyclists at weekends and is right in the heart of the action on July 6.

Pete said: “It took me the best part of a week of evening work to paint it.

“It got easier to do the spots by the end!

“Everybody loves it, I don’t think I will be able to get away with keeping it after the Tour though.”

Tomorrow marks 50 days until the Tour - the most watched sporting event in the world - arrives in Yorkshire.

Bank View will join workplaces, venues and schools across the county holding their own events to celebrate the mammoth occasion with hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Cyclists will pass the cafe as they complete Woodhead Pass and ride towards Midhopestones.

Keen cyclist Pete said: “I am getting really excited now, it feels like Tour fever is really starting to take over.

“We will be having a big party here as the Tour goes past and a barbecue outside for all the community to come along to.”

Elsewhere in Sheffield decorations which will be on display as part of the Tour are being created at workshops at Pitsmoor Adventure Playground.

Sessions are held every Wednesday from 3.15pm to 6.15pm at the playground on Melrose Road.

In Broomhall, two yellow flower verges are being planted on Havelock Street and a ‘yellow wheel’ of African Marigolds will be on display at Broomspring Lane.

A special flower mix called ‘golden girl’, which was used in the London 2012 Olympics, will mimic the colour of the winning yellow jersey.

Helping Environmental Regeneration in Broomhall, HERB, is leading the project with Sheffield Hallam University.

Stannington Brass Band is also gearing up for a special concert in the Library theatre on June 14, which will form part of the 100-day Yorkshire Festival cultural celebration.

Musical director Kevin Wadsworth said it would ‘showcase musical heritage’.