Council to commemorate our fallen heroes ahead of WW1 centenary

Working on the Remembrance Gardens at Centre Vale Park, Todmorden.

Working on the Remembrance Gardens at Centre Vale Park, Todmorden.

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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:

Bailiff Bridge

Barkisland

Bradshaw

Brighouse Rydings Park

Clay House West Vale

Clifton Towngate

Copley St Stephens Church

Cornholme churchyard

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

Mytholmroyd

Norland

Norwood Green

Pecket Well

Rastrick library garden

Ripponden

Rishworth

Shelf memorial garden

Southowram

Stoodley Pike

The Stray, Lightcliffe

Triangle public house

Todmorden Centre Vale park