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Bob’s memory continues to live on in valley home

School children from Stubbings Infant School name retirement complex in memory of Bob Leedham.

School children from Stubbings Infant School name retirement complex in memory of Bob Leedham.

A Hebden Bridge retirement complex has been named after a much-loved Halifax man.

Pupils at Stubbings Infant School in Hebden Bridge were asked to name the new complex and settled on Leedham Court, in memory of Bob Leedham.

Bob, who was chairman of the Halifax Sunday Football League and ran the “Something Sweet” sweetshop in Hebden Bridge was killed in a tragic motorcycle crash on the Thai island of Koh Samui in January.

The complex is still in its building stage, but will act as a lasting tribute to the popular shop owner,

Bob’s wife Gemma was guest of honour at the naming ceremony, along with pupils from Stubbings Infant School who chose the name.

Gemma said: “It’s a brilliant tribute and it’s lovely to see how he touched so many lives.

“Bob must have made such an impression on the kids and it’s so nice that he hasn’t been forgotten.He was a larger than life character and there will always be a part of Bob in Hebden Bridge now.”

Class teacher Louisa Bright said the children had come up with the idea of honouring Mr Leedham without any prompting from staff.

“There were several names suggested, such as Lollipop Lane, and Bob’s Place, but they settled on Leedham Court and we think it’s a very fitting choice.

“Bob - and his shop - were very popular with the children.”

 

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