Getting ready to decorate the city for the Tour de Yorkshire

Wool n Stuff will be yarnbombing - covering lamposts in wool - for the Tour de Yorkshire. Picture of owner Vickie
Wool n Stuff will be yarnbombing - covering lamposts in wool - for the Tour de Yorkshire. Picture of owner Vickie

The streets will be decorated in blue and yellow wool as the world’s top cyclists ride through the city.

Lampposts, benches and trees along the route of the third stage of the Tour de Yorkshire will be yarn bombed in May.

Yarn bombing, or guerilla knitting, is a type of street art which uses colourful knitted displays in public places rather than paint or chalk.

Wool n Stuff manager Vickie Cole has been busy making knitted and crocheted bunting to hang around the city.

She said: “We’re excited about doing it as it isn’t often we get something like the race that puts Wakefield on the map.

“Yarn bombing is something that is becoming more popular and it will make the route look a lot nicer.”

The Tour de Yorkshire takes place from Friday, May 1 to Sunday, May 3. Sir Bradley Wiggins and sprinter Marcel Kittel, who won the first stage of last year’s Tour de France, will be among the riders on the starting line.

The cyclists will take part in a ceremonial start in Northgate and outside Wakefield Cathedral before the official start at 12.30pm at the junction of Agbrigg Road and Barnsley Road (A61). They will then ride through Sandal, Newmillerdam and Denby Dale before finishing in Leeds.

Staff at Wool n Stuff, on Cross Square, now need help to decorate the rest of the route. They need pieces of knitting either 40cm or 70cm wide to wrap around bollards and lampposts.

The shop also wants french knitting that can be turned into wheels and all designs must be in the Tour de Yorkshire colours of blue and yellow.

After the race the designs will be turned into blankets and scarves for the Community Awareness Programme.

Anyone interested in helping should visit the shop or call 01924 565740.

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