Artistic youngsters will play a starring role in the Tour of Britain after designing the finish flag, winner’s trophy and winner’s jersey for Stage Three of the prestigious cycling event.
The tour begins in Glasgow on September 4 and concludes in London on September 11, heading to Cheshire East on Tuesday, September 6.
Over recent weeks, children from across the area – including many who attended the Cheshire and Nantwich shows – were tasked with putting pen to paper and designing eye-catching designs which could be transferred on to a flag, jersey and trophy.
The designs will play an important role in celebrating the end of Stage Three, which will see riders cycle 111 miles between Congleton and Tatton Park in Knutsford.
Nantwich Primary Academy pupil Vanessa(NOTE: no surname available), eight, was chosen as the lucky winner of the flag competition and will have the honour of her design being used to wave the cyclists over the finish line. Jack Williams, 13, of Congleton, and eight-year-old Felicity Bridget Funnell, of Bollington, were joint runners up.
Meanwhile, seven-year-old Ava Chaplin, of Wilmslow, will have her colourful design printed on to the jersey given to the winner of Stage Three. Alice Beech, 11, of Astbury, and seven-year-old Elizabeth Jepson, of Park Royal Community School, were runners-up.
The third competition, won by 10-year-old Charlotte Ward of Astbury, was to design the trophy handed to the winner of the Cheshire leg. The runners-up were Alex Williams, eight, of Talke in Staffordshire, and five-year-old Madison Williams, from Congleton.
All three winning designs will be seen by the millions of people worldwide, who will be tuning in to watch the race, as well as thousands of spectators. All winners and runners-up will also receive a family pass to Tatton Park.
Councillor David Brown, Deputy Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “We received many fantastic entries for the competitions and I’d like to pass on my congratulations to the youngsters whose designs were chosen and all who took part.
“The high standard of the entries received further highlights just how much young talent we have here in the Borough and, with the spotlight on Cheshire East on September 6, it’s a great opportunity to show that off to a worldwide audience.”
For more details about Stage Three of the Tour of Britain – including an interactive map detailing the route, information about events going on in your local area and road closures – visit: cheshiretourofbritain.co.uk