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Tour de France: Creating decor to welcome the world

Youngsters at Pitsmoor Adventure Playground have been making decorations in preparation for Tour de France.

Youngsters at Pitsmoor Adventure Playground have been making decorations in preparation for Tour de France.

  • by Ellen Beardmore
 

Street art celebrating the diversity of a Sheffield community has been created by youngsters for the Tour de France.

Children have helped to create the artworks – as well as metres of bunting – to be displayed when the world’s biggest cycling event arrives in their area.

They worked with artists on the project at Pitsmoor Adventure Playground, which has been set up to bridge a gap in facilities following a reduction in Sheffield Council resouces.

Patrick Meleady, project manager, said it was hoped the artwork would even be seen by the helicopter following elite cyclists on when the famous race arrives in Pitsmoor on Sunday, July 6.

He said: “The artworks are great, because they are so colourful the helicopter will be able to see them.

“It is a chance for the community to come together and celebrate the benefits that the Tour will bring.

“It is something we have never had in Sheffield and it is also educational because it is teaching the youngsters about healthy living as well.

“The children wanted to express what the area represents to them and they say they love it because they can play with people from all over the world. It is a really diverse area, we have people here from all kinds of different countries, and they all play together and their families have a cup of tea together.

“That is how it should be really.”

Riders in the Tour will pass the playground, on Melrose Road, as they make their way to Burngreave and on to the stage’s finish line.

The race is also helping some local children to learn to ride.

Patrick said: “Some of the children’s families can’t afford to buy them a bike, so as part of the project we are working with recycling schemes to try and get that sorted. We will also be having a massive street party on Saturday, July 5, to mark the occasion properly.”

 

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