Students dream up Tour de France displays

University of York students Stian Jamessen, Claire Chivers and Gareth Tagger (s).

University of York students Stian Jamessen, Claire Chivers and Gareth Tagger (s).

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University students have been invited to dream up ideas for displays to line the Tour de France route in Yorkshire next year.

The University of York students are working with Harrogate Borough Council’s Parks and Open Spaces team to develop art and floral displays which could feature on the route.

Students will incorporate Tour-related themes, and pitch their ideas to the council in July.

First year student Verity Washington said: “It’s such a privilege to have the opportunity to get involved with an event of this magnitude.

“We are currently working on a theme for our designs and we are keen to involve the community in decisions about what form our displays might take. Our ideas include recycled bikes, or perhaps a community knitting event to produce colourful jerseys to line the route.”

Patricia McLaughlin, Parks Development Manager, Harrogate Borough Council said: “We are looking for creative ideas that will capture the imagination and provide a real wow factor. We’re hoping the students will be able to identify some key features of the Tour de France that might link with the landscape or culture of Harrogate district

“It’s a great opportunity to get creative, but at the same time, the ideas have to be deliverable and appropriate for the setting.”

The Tour de France will hit Harrogate on July 5, 2014. With just over a year to go, and the 2013 event due to set off this weekend, excitement is builkding across the district.

See this week’s Harrogate Advertiser for a full Tour de France countdown page.