Calderdale war memorials will undergo a borough wide restoration project ahead of the First World War centenary.
In collaboration with the War Memorials Trust, Calderdale council memorials will be cleaned and restored to a high standard in honour of soldiers who lost their lives through World War One, 1914-18.
Work has started on some of the smaller memorials across the borough ahead of restoration of larger memorials through assistance of grants from the War Memorials Trust - a charity that works for the protection and conservation of war memorials across the UK.
Restoration work has already begun on Centre Vale Park, Todmorden, war memorial, pictured, after a successful grant award of £1,000 from the Yorkshire Gardens Trust. Restoration will be completed ready for the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War in 2014.
Paul Clarke, project leader for war memorials and former chairman of the civic society said: “This money doesn’t seem a lot but it was a catalyst for Calderdale council to help towards wider restoration work which needed to be done.”
Calderdale council’s cabinet member for communities coun Steve Sweeney (Lab, Todmorden) said: “It’s really important that war memorials are kept in a good state of repair and are a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives fighting for their country.
“This work will be completed to a high standard, ensuring that we can be proud of these monuments for many years to come.”
Projects are due to be fully completed in time for centenary of the end of the First World War in 2018.
Memorials to be cleaned and restored:
Brighouse Rydings Park
Clay House West Vale
Copley St Stephens Church
Crow Wood Park, Sowerby Bridge
Halifax Borough Market
Halifax Cenotaph, Duffy Park
Hebden Bridge Park Setting
Hullen Edge, Elland
Luddenden Village St Mary’s Church
Rastrick library garden
Shelf memorial garden
The Stray, Lightcliffe
Triangle public house
Todmorden Centre Vale park