Stone me! New head for soldier

John Swift, Jade Smith, Coun Christine Bampton-Smith and  Andrew Bramley at War Memorial in Mytholmroyd.
John Swift, Jade Smith, Coun Christine Bampton-Smith and Andrew Bramley at War Memorial in Mytholmroyd.
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THE old soldier on the war memorial in Burnley Road, Mytholmroyd, is getting a new head and rifle.

The original head was stolen at some stage and a replacement was quickly carved in time for Remembrance Day.

A maquette of the replacement has been on view in a nearby shop window for several weeks and according to locals it will be a vast improvement.

Jade Smith, who has been working to restore the monument, is organising a rededication ceremony for Sunday, October 16, at 2.30pm.

It will be followed by a 1940s dance and refreshments based on WW1 rations.

She is also producing a booklet which describes the history of the monument and includes stories and photos of the men from the area who gave their lives in two world wars and other conflicts.