Striking title awaits for tour victor
As the countdown to the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire race gets ever lower, the official trophy of the event was unveiled last week as a group of enthusiastic children got their hands on the striking accolade.
On Thursday 2nd April, youngsters from Brudenell Primary School in Hyde Park, Leeds, witnessed the official unveiling of the fitting Y-shaped trophy.
Designed and manufactured by Yorkshire-based world renowned trophy makers, Thomas Fattorini Ltd, the iconic title will be presented to the winner in Roundhay Park on Sunday 3rd May.
Thomas Fattorini Ltd was originally founded in Yorkshire in 1827 by Antonio Fattorini, a European immigrant who settled in the county where he then established a number of retail outlets.
It was decided that the trophy would be unveiled in the city where Fattorini first began his life and local school children got a sneak peak last week.
Amongst the first pupils to get their hands on the prize were Othmane Lamouri and Zahra Afzal who were excited to be part of the historic occasion.
Tom Fattorini, Director of Sales and Marketing at the trophy makers, said: “We do business internationally, supplying trophies to the likes of FIFA, and when we were invited to support the production of the Tour de Yorkshire trophy and medals we felt it was a perfect fit given our Yorkshire history.
“We look forward to the winner proudly showing off the new trophy to the world on 3rd May.”
Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, added: “The company’s history and Yorkshire roots make them the perfect partner for providing the inaugural race trophy and medals.
“We were thrilled when we saw the design and even more excited when we saw the trophy for the first time. The excitement is really building now right across the county as we move towards race weekend, when Yorkshire will once again go global.”
The trophy will now embark on a mini-tour around the county during the next few weeks before returning to Leeds for the race next month.