Stained glass window celebrates Le Tour

Caryl Hallett's stained glass window. (S)
Caryl Hallett's stained glass window. (S)

A stained glass artist has created a window commemorating the arrival of the 2014 Tour de France this summer.

The window, designed and crafted by Caryl Hallett in her Harrogate studio, will be permanently located at the top of Montpellier Hill at its junction with Parliament Street.

From here it will be visible from the finish line on West Park when stage one of the Tour finishes in the town centre on July 5.

Ms Hallett said: “I’m delighted to be able to showcase my work in this superb location and to support one of the greatest sporting events in the world.

“I watched a stage of the race in the south of France last year and the scale of the event is astonishing.

“It’s exciting to think that my work will identify that Le Tour visited our town long after it has passed through.”

The window, which will be encased and fitted within a purpose built stone wall, depicts a cyclist in the iconic yellow jersey and riding through the Yorkshire countryside.

The inscription surrounding the image draws upon words by John Ruskin.

The window will be installed in early summer and will form part of the programme of local events and activities supporting the arrival of the Tour.

Cabinet member for cultural services Coun Pat Jones (Con) said: “This is such a huge and historic event and it is thanks to artists such as Caryl that the Tour will be marked and remembered long after the Peloton has gone.

“I have seen Caryl’s work and it is truly beautiful. I know residents and visitors will enjoy this for many years to come.”