The iconic ‘Grand Depart’ trophy for Le Tour sparked a real chain reaction when it went on show in Bradford.

More than 150 people turned up at City Hall to see the trophy awarded to the host area of the start of the big race yesterday when Bradford Council hosted it as part of preparations for the Grand Depart in July.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Khadim Hussain was among visitors as members of the public waited in line to have pictures taken with the famous prize.

Visitors included schoolchildren touring City Hall and representatives of the Lord Mayor’s appeal.

The trophy was on show as it emerged that it will no longer be taken round schools.

Phil Barker, the Council's assistant director for sport and leisure, said: “Safety and security guidelines, which apply to all local authorities hosting the trophy, have been tightened, meaning this is no longer appropriate.”

Tomorrow, the trophy will be at Haworth visitor information centre, and on Sunday it will be at Keighley Leisure Centre.