IT HAS been a summer Yorkshire will not forget as the world embraced God’s Own county for the Grand Départ of the Tour de France.
The call went out to paint the region yellow and was answered with momentous zeal which will be etched into memories for generations to come.
So it is little surprise that people are keen to prolong the joy and get their hands on a memento.
It is a sentiment that Mike Wild, a Burley in Wharfedale parish councillor hopes will work to the advantage of his village’s Scout and Guide Hut.
Burley in Wharfedale was catapulted to new heights when images of the a timber 7.5m tall model of the Eiffel Tower in a garden were captured by media covering the Tour as it passed through the West Yorkshire village.
The handiwork of local guides, scouts, brownies, cubs and beavers groups, the model which took around three weeks to build, is now being sold on an internet auction site, to raise money for a new hut for the 300 children who are part of the organisation.
“It is a thriving unit there,” said Mr Wild. “The trouble is they have a really old hut in the village. The hut itself is in need of repair. We have 150 children on the waiting list for Scouts and guides. With 300 already on the books it’s not big enough. It need sa better heating system, better toilets, kitchen and we need to be able to divide the room up so multiple groups can run at the same time.
“What we need is to raise the visibility of the need and attract a generous sponsor. We have the ground space, we have the leaders. What we don’t have is the funding.”
Mr Wild hopes selling the model, which attracted a bid of £100 inn the first 24 hours will give the fund-raising campaign a boost.
“It’s a real icon. People pass by it and it causes people to stop and stare and take off their hats.”
Banners which were also used to welcome cyclists and spectators to the village have also helped to support the campaign.
“A lot of those were liberated as souvenirs,” said Mr Wild. “We then sold off the remaining banners and that has gone into the funds.”
In Leeds the yellow jerseys which adorned the iconic figure of Edward The Black Prince on horseback and one of the nymph statues on City Square, which were knitted by older people attending Holbeck Elderly Aid and Holt Park Active, are to be cleaned, farmed and placed in the reception of Holbeck Elderly Aid.
The Bank View Cafe in Langsett, South Yorkshire, became an instant landmark when its owner Pete Sparks painted its exterior in the vain of the King of The Mountains jersey.
More than a month after the peloton swept through the region’s roads, Mr Sparks said he has no plans to change the colourful building.
“It’s instantly become part of my brand,” he said. “We have had so much exposure from it and positive joy from people who have seen it, we have grown rather fond of it. I feel it has done this area the power of good in terms of tourists. Our business is 50 per cent up. Hopefully its becoming part of the local heritage.”
The Waggon and Horses in Langsett, next to the route, which was transformed into the Peddlers Inn for the Tour has just this week reverted back to its original name but still contains some of the features which students from Leeds Met helped to create for its makeover.
The Mayor of Knaresborough’s house which was decorated with red discs is still causing people to stop in their tracks and take pictures.
The mayor, who is joint chair of Le Tour Knaresborough, says he wants to keep the house like that as long as possible.
“There will be a tear when we take it down. It’s one of those wonderful, huge, accidental things that have really taken off.”
The 75 yellow bikes which were used to decorate the town, 45 of which still on the Knaresborough Bike Trail, are to be shipped to Africa through a Knaresborough-based charity called Physionet, once they have been made roadworthy at a British open prison. They will be used by children and adults in villages.
A spokesman for Sheffield City Council said: “Tomorrow, we’ll be offering the chance to purchase a permanent reminder of one of the most spectacular weekends ever to happen in Sheffield.
“For one day only, Marketing Sheffield will be offering goods including souvenir T-shirts, as well as a very limited number of official banners and curved flags, from Visitor Services in Surrey Street, opposite the Central Library.
“The proceeds from the sale, which runs on Saturday 9 August from 9.30am to 4pm, will be donated equally to the Lord Mayor’s Charity Fund and the Women of Steel Project.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to pick up a permanent memento of what was a once-in-a-lifetime event for the people of Sheffield and Yorkshire.”