Tour banners go up in Pool-in-Wharfedale

Wharfedale Observer: Pool-in-Wharfedale Parish Councillor Richard Parker watches one of the village's Welcome to Pool Tour de France banners go up. Pool-in-Wharfedale Parish Councillor Richard Parker watches one of the village's Welcome to Pool Tour de France banners go up.

Specially made Tour de France welcoming banners have gone up in Pool-in-Wharfedale.

The installation of the colourful giant signs, each bearing a message from and photograph of a different local child, represents the successful conclusion of a major community arts project.

Twenty double-sided banners, attached to roadside lampposts, now line the Tour's route through the village.

Funded by a £10,000 grant from Leeds Inspired, the initiative has been led by local professional artists Karen and Tony van de Bospoort and Pool Parish Councillor Richard Parker.

Mrs van de Bospoort said seeing the results of their efforts becoming a reality had delighted all the Pool C of E Primary School pupils who had contributed.

She said: "The banners look fantastic and stand out wonderfully against the tree-lined roads of Pool, as well as the stone built buildings that Yorkshire is so famous for.

"Every child has been around the village, parents in tow, to find their own banners and one child’s response brought a tear to my eye as I watched the TV report about the project that teatime, at home.

"When asked 'how does it feel to see your banner displayed in your own village?' they replied 'I feel famous!'."

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