Silsden church puts petals to the pedal for Tour displays

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: William Jowitt with some of the Tour de France shapes that will form the base for decorations William Jowitt with some of the Tour de France shapes that will form the base for decorations

Petal power will inspire the Tour de France cyclists as they race through Silsden next summer.

Village churchgoers are making dozens of living tributes to the riders as part of a flower festival with a difference.

The members of Silsden Methodist Church will use wooden cut-outs of a cyclist as bases to craft imaginative floral displays.

The cut-outs are being given to individuals, families and groups from the church as well as other groups which meet at the premises.

William Jowitt has made the cut-outs using equipment at Keighley Fab Lab, where he is a volunteer.

Mr Jowitt said he had produced about 20 bases – each showing a bike and cyclist – in several sizes.

He said: “They will be displayed around the church like a flower festival. There will be a Christian theme to the displays.

“The display will probably be set up two weeks before the race.

“The church is already open four days a week for coffee and we’re looking to extend the opening times.”

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