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Yorkshire cycling greats to peer over Tour de France route

Charlie Burton, Denise Burton-Cole and Brian Robinson with two new artistic Trompe-l'Sil windows unveiled on Knaresborough, in High Street. The murals depict Brian winning the Dauphine in 1959 and Beryl Burton and form part of the town's window trail. Picture by Tony Johnson

Charlie Burton, Denise Burton-Cole and Brian Robinson with two new artistic Trompe-l'Sil windows unveiled on Knaresborough, in High Street. The murals depict Brian winning the Dauphine in 1959 and Beryl Burton and form part of the town's window trail. Picture by Tony Johnson

The eyes of Yorkshire’s cycling greats are certain to be on the world class riders that roll through the region during Yorkshire’s two Grand Depart stages on July 5 and 6.

The likes of late Morley cycling great Beryl Burton and Brian Robinson, the first Briton to win a Tour stage in 1958, will oversee the route for certain, after two Trompe l’oeil window murals were unveiled at Knaresborough House, in High Street, Knaresborough, on Sunday.

The creations, produced by local artist Julie Cope, were given the seal of approval by Burton’s daughter Denise Burton-Cole and the late cyclist’s husband Charlie, while Huddersfield’s Brian Robinson was also on hand.

Both Burton and her daughter Denise cycled competitively for Knaresborough Cycling Club during their careers.

Tony Handley, deputy mayor of Knaresborough, said: “The tour is coming down our High Street. Knaresborough just loves holding events and it’s going to be an amazing spectacle.

“I don’t suppose for a moment that the TV cameras will pick the windows up on the day but in terms of visitors to the town it leaves a great legacy.”

The window murals, organised by Renaissance Knaresborough, are two of 14 Trompe l’oeils in the town.

Knaresborough has already set its stall out in marking Le Tour with a trail of yellow bikes dotted around the town to help visitors explore the area.

Visit www.letourknaresborough.org.uk for details.

 

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