Tour de France is a work of art

Michelle Campbell with her 'Tour de France' art exhibition at the Robin Hood pub, Cragg Vale.
Michelle Campbell with her 'Tour de France' art exhibition at the Robin Hood pub, Cragg Vale.

An art exhibition has helped put people in the picture about next year’s Tour de France.

The Tour de Yorkshire exhibition has been running for a month at the Robin Hood pub in Cragg Vale, showcasing Liverpool-born artist Michelle Campbell’s work on the world famous race.

Michelle’s Tour de France prints are available at the Harrison Lord Gallery in Brighouse and the Acorn Gallery in Pocklington, as well as cycle shops throughout Calderdale.

She said: “A lot of my inspiration comes from where I live in Hawksclough.

“The feedback has been really positive and they’ve been selling well.

“We’re planning on having more exhibitions in the build-up to the Tour.”

Meanwhile, local Tour de France groups are continuing to gear up for next year’s event with plans to help promote Calderdale to a worldwide audience.

A new organisation, Le Tour Elland, has been formed to raise awareness of the Tour in the town.

Matt Wild from the group said: “With the success of the Cragg Vale and Ripponden groups we want to organise a similar one fro Elland.

“We’re putting together a website at the moment and we have a Facebook and Twitter page.

“We want the people of Elland to understand we’ve got a brilliant thing about to happen here which is a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence.

“We want businesses and local residents involved and help get something done for the community.

“We’ve already spoken to Elland Probus and Elland Round Table but I’d like to have the Rex cinema involved too.

“The community needs to be leading this to bring more people into the area and attract tourists in the build-up to the event.

“Visitors will need to know where the cycle-friendly pubs are and where they can get something decent to eat.

“Let’s do something exciting for this town and sell Elland on a global scale.”

For more details or to submit any ideas to the group, email info@letourelland.co.uk.

Le Tour Ripponden are hoping to line the route with 41 scarecrows on bikes dressed in Tour t-shirts.

Nicole Sutcliffe from Le Tour Ripponden said: “We’re hoping to get 41 scarecrows lining the route on bikes wearing Tour t-shirts.

“They will line the route from the top of Cragg Vale through to Ripponden bank and onto Elland, and hopefully they will then continue on to where the route moves to Huddersfield.

“We want local businesses to sponsor the scarecrows and would welcome any help from people volunteering to make the scarecrows.

“We’re planning to set up a stage on the Friday before the race and hold an X-Factor-style competition as well as a tug-of-war contest, a home-grown produce competition and local bands playing on the day.”

Anyone interested in making or sponsoring a scarecrow can email tourdefranceripponden@gmail.com.

Meanwhile, a trial run of bunting will be put up along the longest continuous incline in England at Cragg Vale tomorrow ahead of a planned celebration in the build-up to next year’s Tour.