Generations wire into Le Tour during Leeds family event

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More than 1,000 children, parents and grandparents have gone cycling-mad at Leeds City Museum.

The We Love Tour de France family fun day, organised by the Millennium Square attraction in conjunction with The Grammar School at Leeds, saw Tour de France mapping games, wire bike workshops, medal design and Le Tour chocolate making sessions takeover the landmark city centre museum yesterday.

Youngsters were invited to celebrate the upcoming arrival of the iconic race by getting creative and exploring the museum’s many exhibits with a new appreciation for the mechanics behind bicycles.

Sue Davies, head of learning at Leeds Museums and Galleries, said: “It was aimed at everybody, we had under fives to their parents and their grandparents coming along – one visitor was in his late 60s.

“It’s really been about inspiring people with that sense of awe about what is in the world around them.”

The event also saw visitors test their pedal power by taking the Kidney Research UK charity’s challenge on static bicycles.

Ms Davies said: “It’s a real profile raising event.

“Obviously it’s only February and the Tour doesn’t happen until July, so it will add to the anticipation and place it on people’s agendas even more.”

Coun Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills, added: “The arrival of the Grand Depart in our city later this year has really captured the imagination.”

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