Children to get a flavour of the Tour de France

Children at West Vale Primary School gearing for the Tour de France.'Back, from the left, Ben Kelly, nine, Georgia O'Shea, nine, Laura Taylor, 10 and Reece Hand, nine.'Front, Alex Burns, nine, Isabelle Eccles, 10, Max Gravenor, ten and Evie Wood-Ives, 10.
Children at West Vale Primary School gearing for the Tour de France.'Back, from the left, Ben Kelly, nine, Georgia O'Shea, nine, Laura Taylor, 10 and Reece Hand, nine.'Front, Alex Burns, nine, Isabelle Eccles, 10, Max Gravenor, ten and Evie Wood-Ives, 10.
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Students across Calderdale will be getting a taste for the Tour de France with lessons in cultural cuisine as the area continues to prepare for the world famous event.

The race will pedal through the district on Sunday, July 6 next year, bringing tourists and world class cyclists to Calderdale from across the globe.

Scout Road Academy will be cooking up some of France’s finest foods to help their pupils learn more about the country where the race will climax.

The Mytholmyroyd school is planning a series of projects to teach their students about the event, including a Yellow Jersey day and making a range of French food.

Students will also produce maths and art work based on the event, while children and staff will be encouraged to cycle to school.

There will also be a cycling themed week and local cyclists and cycling clubs will be invited into the school to teach the pupils more about the sport.

Anne Stamp, Principal at the Academy, said: “All the children are really excited about such a world famous event happening right in front of the academy and they’re all looking forward to the work about the Tour that we have planned.”

Pupils at West Vale Primary School were also getting in the mood for next year’s race by celebrating all things French.

The Old Bridge Inn at Ripponden could be taking a different approach though, by promoting the best of British.

Owner Tim Walker said: “One of the things we’re considering is having a mini pork pie festival, to give all the visitors a taste of good old English food. It’s great for the area that the Tour is coming here and hopefully, after all the snow hitting our business recently, we can see a bit of a kick in our takings from it. I’m sure we’ll be doing plenty of stuff to celebrate it. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event so we should be making the most if it and hopefully bring people in for more than the two days it’s in Yorkshire.”

Linda Laprell, co-owner of the Hinchliffe Arms in Cragg Vale, said: “We are delighted to have one of the biggest sporting events in the world running through Cragg Vale.

“Being on the longest single incline in England, we thought we had a great chance of the race coming past, but when it was announced we couldn’t believe it.

“After the floods and the economic downturn over the last few years, this is a big boost for the whole area and we will welcome it with open arms.”

Here at the Courier, we’d love to hear from you about your plans to celebrate this huge worldwide event coming to Calderdale.

If you live or own a business along the route, get in touch with us and let us know how you’ll be marking the occasion.

Send you plans and pictures to us by email at newsdesk@halifaxcourier.co.uk or via Twitter or Facebook.