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Whitby school pupils play part in great start to cycling baton relay

At the Whitby handover are (back, from left) Mayor of Whitby Cllr Rebecca Pearson;  Alex  McGovern, Eskdale school;  John Kiddle, Marie Brown, Jackie Speakman, Ashley King, road safety team; Oakley Richardson and Dan Marsh, YH Military Trainees from Scarborough; (front) Spike the road safety hedgehog; Cllr David  Jeffels, children from  Eskdale School, Katie Mills, YH Military Trainee; and Mandy Lees, road safety team.
At the Whitby handover are (back, from left) Mayor of Whitby Cllr Rebecca Pearson; Alex McGovern, Eskdale school; John Kiddle, Marie Brown, Jackie Speakman, Ashley King, road safety team; Oakley Richardson and Dan Marsh, YH Military Trainees from Scarborough; (front) Spike the road safety hedgehog; Cllr David Jeffels, children from Eskdale School, Katie Mills, YH Military Trainee; and Mandy Lees, road safety team.

School pupils from Whitby gave a great start to a regional cycling baton relay that aims to encourage more young people to take up cycling.

The Schools’ Yorkshire Tour began in Pickering on Tuesday morning with pupils carrying the baton to the railway station, where it was taken by steam train to Whitby.

There, YH Military Trainees marched the baton through the town to Whitby Abbey before handing it to pupils from Eskdale School, who began the relay. This visited several schools before the baton finished the day at East Whitby Academy School.

The baton continued its journey the following day with the help of Scarborough schools before being taken out of the county to Flamborough Primary School by local cycling group Breeze Ladies Cycle Club. The baton will travelling 400 miles before finishing in Millennium Square, Leeds, on July 3.

The aim is to encourage more young people to take up cycling as a mode of transport. County Cllr Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Transport, said: “As this year’s Tour de Yorkshire cycle race recently highlighted, the huge interest in cycling continues to grow, so this is an opportunity to show our young people how they can make cycling a safe, regular part of their everyday life.”