Tour of Britain honour for Charlie (9)

Charlie Birtwistle, 9, with his winning flag design for the Aviva Tour of Britain
Charlie Birtwistle, 9, with his winning flag design for the Aviva Tour of Britain

An eye-catching flag designed by a nine-year-old pupil from Whalley CE Primary School was officially unveiled prior to the start of the Tour of Britain.

Young Charlie Birtwistle won a competition to design the start flag for Stage 2 of the 2015 Aviva Tour of Britain.

Photo Neil Cross' The Tour of Britain heads through Chatburn' as Primary School pupils turn out to cheer it on

Photo Neil Cross' The Tour of Britain heads through Chatburn' as Primary School pupils turn out to cheer it on

The flag was unveiled by Charlie and Ribble Valley Mayor Bridget Hilton in the foyer of Ribble Valley Borough Council, which is hosting an exhibition of the competition’s entries.

The world’s top cyclists, tens of thousands of spectators and the world’s media descended on the Ribble Valley and Pendle yesterday as Stage 2 of the Aviva Tour of Britain raced through both boroughs from Clitheroe to Colne. A competition to design the start flag attracted more than 100 entries from youngsters throughout the borough.

Charlie’s winning design features Clitheroe Castle, Pendle Hill, the River Ribble and a witch in the Tour colours of red, white and blue riding a bike!

When designing the flag Charlie made a list of all the famous things the Ribble Valley is known for and spent three days working on the picture.

Charlie’s design was particularly fabulous, with some great humour, including a witch wearing red, white and blue, and riding a bike with Union Jack wheels

Ribble Valley Mayor Bridget Hilton

Charlie, who likes cycling and art, was thrilled to win the competition.

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Coun. Hilton commented: “The standard of entries for the competition was exceptionally high, with some fantastic designs, many featuring bicycles, Pendle Hill, the River Ribble and of course witches.

“Charlie’s design was particularly fabulous, with some great humour, including a witch wearing red, white and blue, and riding a bike with Union Jack wheels.”

She went on to thank all the schools and their pupils that took part in the competition.

Charlie joined Coun. Hilton at the start of Stage Two of the Tour of Britain in Clitheroe town centre at 11 am.