In early July we discovered that the most prominent road cycling event in the UK would pass close to school and plans were made to join our wider community in celebrating and supporting stage 5 of the Tour of Britain 2019.
The children were excited to find out about the race and eager to enter the Wirral wide competition to design the winners’ cup and winners jersey! With almost 200 completed entry forms, we held our own competition before sending them on to the Council judges. On our return to school in September the children were enthusiastic to create bunting flags to welcome the tour and spent time designing and decorating their flags with individuality and artistic flair! The bunting looked fantastic in the village and at the Upton Cricket Club, where we would watch the event with the year 2 classes.
On the gloriously sunny afternoon of Wednesday 11th September, we left school with smiles and excitement and walked with many parents and grandparents to our viewpoint. The atmosphere was electric and the children and adults were amazed as the rolling roadblock and support vehicles came through Upton; we had never seen so many police motorcycles! We were immersed in the euphoric mood as the race came past and we cheered the race leaders and the peloton of riders. The children waved their flags with gusto and shouted encouragement to the riders, they behaved impeccably and were a credit to our school.
As a school, we are so proud that one of our pupils’ entries won the trophy design competition and she had the great honour of presenting the winner’s trophy (her design!) on the podium at Birkenhead Park. I know all of us will remember the excitement of this thrilling day.