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Le Tour de Bunting

2nd December 2013

Categories: News

The students of York University were asked by Patrick Kilburn, Head of Parks and Open Spaces at the Harrogate Borough Council, if they could come up with an idea of how to dress the district for the prestigious Le Tour event.

The result was Le Tour de Bunting, with the pattern of the knit shaped to mimic the coveted coloured Tour de France jerseys in bright yellow, lime green, white and white with red polka dots. The idea was specifically favoured for its ability to get the whole community involved, with the council hoping to get as many as 3,000 jerseys made.

Knitting is also closely linked to the Yorkshire tradition of sheep farming and its thriving wool trade, with the Le Tour de Bunting officially launched at the Knitting & Stitching Show in Harrogate, which took place earlier this month on the 24th of November.

As well as wanting the local community to participate, the council are welcoming knitters from the district and beyond to get involved. Kilburn said “we know our European counterparts really have fun in setting the scene for the Tour and we want it to be just as exciting in our district.”

The tour, which is set to wind through the Yorkshire countryside and cobbled streets on 5th and 6th July, will be welcomed by the jersey bunting, which will form part of the pre-race celebrations. The district is very excited to be hosting the beginning of the huge sporting event – Harrogate will be hosting the first stage of the tour, which will also make its way through Masham, Ripon, Killinghall, York, Knaresborough and Starbeck.

Baa Ram Ewe, Cygnet Yarns Limited and Thomas B Ramsden have put together a pack which includes the pattern and enough wool for one person to knit four little jerseys. Alternatively, knitters can use their own wool and download the pattern and other details by visiting the official page on the Harrogate Borough Council website.

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