Artist’s Tour de France posters to go on sale

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A Harrogate artist has been so inspired by the upcoming Tour de France he has based a series of poster artwork on the plans.

Marcus Hammond’s posters depicting the race at landmarks in the Harrogate district are now set to be sold in tourist information centres across in Harrogate, Knaresborough and Pateley Bridge.

Mr Hammond said: “I wanted to do something that was simple yet also striking.

“It is such an exciting time for the area,

“It is bringing people to Yorkshire and showing off what we have to offer.”

Mr Hammond works as both a painter and sculptor from his home in Oatlands.

In September last year he gave up his job at the traffic management firm he worked at for ten years to concentrate on building a full time career as an artist.

“I wanted to get back to art work and needed more time to do that,” he said. “It is something completely different to my old job but it is something I really wanted to do.”

The images show cyclists speeding past landmarks including the Royal Hall in Harrogate, Harewood House and through the Yorkshire Countryside.

His work will come to life on July 5 and 6 this year when the Tour de France Grand Depart is in the district.

A 100 day arts festival is being planned for the lead up to the big event which is the largest cycling event in the world.

See pages 16 to 17 for more on Harrogate’s plans for the Tour de France.

The posters will be on sale at tourist information centres from next week. For more information or to buy a poster directly email the artist on marcus-@hotmail.co.uk.