National Park logo lights the way… with a little help from acdc

Written by acdc on June 30, 2014>

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Fleeces from local sheep are decorating the side of a hill near Grassington as the Yorkshire Dales National Park welcomes the Tour de France Grand Départ.

About 1,000 fleeces have been laid out by Dales Volunteers on the side of Elbolton Hill in the shape of the National Park’s famous ram’s head logo.

And on Thursday (July 3) – two days before the world’s top cyclists start their journey through the National Park – the display, which was designed by Julian McCready from Linton, will be lit up.

Karen Griffiths, the National Park Authority’s Interpretation Officer, said: “We wanted to do something on a grand scale to celebrate the staging of a significant part of the Grand Départ in this beautiful landscape.  “The Swaledale ram’s head is well known nationally as the identifying mark for the National Park and we have a fantastic chance to show it off to a worldwide audience of billions as the race passes Grassington with the TV helicopters following it.  We hope when they see the logo anywhere in future they will make the link with this wonderful scenery.

“The logo is 50m wide and is visible from the Grassington National Park Centre car park, which is an official Tour de France Grand Départ spectator hub – but we wanted to make sure it was big enough for the TV cameras to pick up as they passed overhead.  We are very grateful to Julian and the Dales Volunteers for their hard work and to Lancashire-based architectural lighting specialists acdc LED Ltd, who are lending us free of charge 750 coloured LED cubes so we can light up the logo every night from Thursday.

“We are also hoping to ‘animate’ the face as the peloton goes by in the valley below on Saturday.”

Gareth Frankland, added: “We are delighted to be involved in this project. We have worked on some of the most prestigious buildings and projects in the world so it’s great to be working closer to home. We are always looking to support local projects, and as a number of us are keen cyclists, this was a fantastic opportunity. We can’t wait to see the finished result.“

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