Churwell’s Frank Sinatra does Tour de France for MS Society

Phil Fryer, aka Frank Sinatra, took to the saddle for charity.
Phil Fryer, aka Frank Sinatra, took to the saddle for charity.

A familiar face from Churwell completed the first stage of the Tour de France route to raise money for the MS Society.

Calling it the ‘Tour De Frank’ Phil Fryer, a former barber who now impersonates Frank Sinatra all over the world, decided to take on the challenge for the MS Society.

Along with two friends, Keith Harris and Neil Thackwray, Phil, 54, did the initial stage in two parts covering 120 miles in total.

He said: “It was my friend’s wife that prompted me to do it because she suffers from MS and I wanted to raise as much money as possible.

“I only started asking people three weeks before we set off, I just sent a group email round to all the people I have sang for over the last few years and I’ve raised up to £1,000 at the moment.”

The trio rode from Leeds to Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales on April 22 and then rode over Buttertubs Pass and the Grinton Moor climb over to Leyburn and back through the Dales to finish in Leeds.

Phil said the highlight was getting passed by four-time 2013 Tour de France stage winner Marcel Kittel: “It was a massive bonus, they were over here just practising for the race in July. I managed to push on and keep up with their last rider all the way to the top and got a nice comment from their team coach.”

Phil, an avid cyclist said: “I also want to thank all family and friends who donated.” Continue to help at

The yellow jersey is an iconic image of the Tour De France and as it edges closer people from all over Yorkshire will be taking part in Wear it Yellow Day in support of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) on July 3.

We’re encouraging as many people as possible to wear something yellow on the day and asking them to donate £1 each to the charity. Let us know if you are going to support Wear it Yellow Day or if you are planning any yellow-themed events in the run up to the Tour.

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