THE CREATIVE work of a Vale youngster will be displayed throughout the area when Britain’s biggest cycling race arrives next month.
Nine-year-old Henrietta Wood will see her competition winning banner design brought to life when this year’s Tour of Britain comes to the Vale on Wednesday, September 10.
After it was announced the event would be coming to Worcestershire, council chiefs at Wychavon District Council asked youngsters to come up with a design for a banner which would play a big part on the big day.
There will be three large banners on the big day – one for Broadway, Evesham and Pershore – and the winning design will appear on all three, as well as on flags which will be handed out to hundreds of spectators expected to line the streets to see the country’s best cyclists in action.
Henrietta, who moves to St Nicholas Middle School in Pinvin next month, said she was thrilled to have won the competition.
“When I heard about winning it was the best thing ever – I was screaming with excitement,” she said.
“I’ve watched the Tour de France on TV but I haven’t seen a bike race as a spectator, I’m hoping I’ll be allowed to come down and see it when it comes to Pershore.”
Coun Lynne Duffy, chairman of Wychavon District Council was given the task of picking the winning entry.
“I picked Henrietta’s design because I thought it was so appealing and really captured the spirit of the Tour of Britain,” she said.
“I loved her use of colour, especially the union jack sun and of course Prunella Plum applauding on the side-lines. That really gave it the edge.”