Heavens above! Stunning pix show York Minster tribute to Tour de France

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Here’s a towering tribute to the Tour de France – a giant winner’s jersey atop York Minster.

Installed on the central tower of the great cathedral, it is thought to be the highest yellow jersey in Yorkshire.

“We’ll have the cyclists travelling across the new piazza by the South Door on Sunday morning,” said the Dean of York, the Very Reverend Vivienne Faull.

“But knowing how many helicopters and aircraft will be filming and broadcasting to the global audience from the skies above the city, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to put a clear Tour De France stamp on top of the Minster.”

Magnifique Minster
Magnifique Minster

The banner, bearing the legend “Allez, Alleluia!” with the York Minster symbol of crossed keys, will remain on top of the gothic cathedral throughout the weekend. Produced by Harrisons Signs of Clifton, York, the banner is 15 square metres in size, or 160 square feet.

Those visiting York Minster on Saturday evening (July 5) for one of the early evening Tower Tours will be able to see the banner up close.

But the best view will be from the heavens.