A GIANT yellow duck - sporting a cycling vest - has appeared in Addingham.

An image of the unusual creature was applied to Main Street this week as part of the preparations for the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire cycling race.

The removable road marking, using a preformed thermoplastic material made by Hitex International, is a humorous nod to the village's long association with ducks and its 'duck crossing' signs.

The race, featuring some of the world's top riders, will come through Addingham on Sunday, April 30 when the cyclists are expected to arrive at about 12.55pm.

They will then proceed on through Bolton Abbey, Barden and beyond to Skipton, Farnhill and Kildwick before moving into West Yorkshire via Silsden.

This year's Tour de Yorkshire, organised by Amaury Sport Organisation and Welcome to Yorkshire, runs from Friday, April 28 to Sunday, April 30.

Its three stages are Bridlington to Scarborough on Day 1, Tadcaster to Harrogate on Day 2, and Bradford to Fox Valley, Sheffield on Day 3.