The Tour de Yorkshire Trophies received a great welcome on their second stop while visiting start and finish locations.

The Tour de Yorkshire Trophies received a great welcome on their second stop while visiting start and finish locations.

Both the Y-shaped male and female trophies were VIP visitors when they went to Tadcaster, meeting fans of all ages on the second leg of a tour around the county. First up was Tadcaster Riverside CP School, where the trophies formed the focal point in morning assembly before the children - and trophies - went on to the newly rebuilt Tadcaster Bridge.

They were joined by children from Tadcaster East Community Primary School to make up a 'T-A-D-C-A-S-T-E-R' t-shirt trophy line up, supported North Yorkshire County Council's Road Safety and Bikeability team and members of Tadcaster's informal, fun cycling group.

Also there was Amy Smith, Dementia Support Worker from The Alzheimer's Society.  The Alzheimer's Society is the official charity partner of the Tour de Yorkshire 2017 and money raised over the weekend will go directly towards supporting the 67,000 people across Yorkshire currently living with the condition.

The Society is recruiting volunteers to take part in bucket collections at key locations along the race route. To sign up, go to www.alzheimers.org.uk/tourdeyorkshire or telephone Julie Lee on 07872 676326.

The trophies then went on to a great reception at Popplewell Springs Extra Care Housing scheme, where centenarian resident Betty Fleetwood - who will be 101 in June - proudly held one of them. Residents and guests enjoyed tea and cake while the trophies were on display and listened to a talk by Alan Rowley of Welcome to Yorkshire.

Richard Flinton, Chief Executive of North Yorkshire County Council, said: "It's been great to see the trophies out and about with schoolchildren as we really want the Tour to inspire our young people to enjoy cycling.

"We've also really bridged the generations with the visit to Popplewell Springs - as well as enjoying a great opportunity to have another celebration of the rebuilding of Tadcaster Bridge itself."

Selby District Council's Director of Economic Regeneration and Place, Dave Caulfield, said, "The Tour de Yorkshire trophy received a great welcome in Tadcaster, which shows how the town is gearing up to welcome the race next month. With the start of both the women's race and the second stage of the men's race, Tadcaster will play a starring role in this year's event. 

"We've invested in bringing the race to the town as part of our commitment to supporting businesses and residents following the flooding of 2015. This will bring a massive boost to our very special market town."

The Tour de Yorkshire starts in Bridlington on Friday, April 28 and finishes on Sunday, April 30 in Fox Valley, Sheffield, where the winners will be crowned.

This story was published 30 March 2017