Knitting up a storm as Tour appeal goes global

Ellie Wilkinson and Val Sinclair stringing together some of the 18,000 knitted Tour de France leaders' jerseys. Picture: Bruce Rollinson
Ellie Wilkinson and Val Sinclair stringing together some of the 18,000 knitted Tour de France leaders' jerseys. Picture: Bruce Rollinson
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More than 18,000 miniature knitted jerseys are being woven together to create Tour de France bunting with a difference.

Harrogate Borough Council has been overwhelmed by support after it received nearly seven times more jerseys than they appealed for last year.

The cycling-themed creations are being painstakingly attached to cords to create knitted bunting that will decorate prominent parts of Harrogate District from the end of May up until September.

Sue Wood, a member of the council’s parks team who is working on the bunting, said: “Everybody’s been getting involved. Lots of Yorkshire expats have seen the knitting patterns online and just wanted to do their bit for Yorkshire.”

Jerseys have been sent in from as far afield as Bermuda, Canada and China. Visit www.harrogate.gov.uk/letourdebunting.

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Early Morning Light on Harold Park with Swans in the foreground

The park is named after Harold Gathorn Hardy who died in 1881 at the age of 32. Harold helped establish the family run Low Moor Ironworks.In 1899 a recreation ground was added to the park, while in the early 20th century Low Moor Gala was held raising money for local hospitals. In 1931 Horsfall playing fields were added to the park, in 2014 these became a Queen Elizabeth II Playing fields and also contains Horsfall Stadium.

Harold Park is a small urban park in Low Moor, Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. The park is open all day all year round. To the immediate north of Harold Park is Horsfall Stadium home to Bradford Park Avenue A.F.C. and Albion Sports A.F.C. Park Dam is a short walking distance to the south.

The park has been given a Green Flag Award and the Platinum award from The Royal Horticultural Society Yorkshire in Bloom for open spaces.

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