War memorial refurbishment under way

War memorial at the Stray, Leeds Road, Hipperholme and Lightcliffe
War memorial at the Stray, Leeds Road, Hipperholme and Lightcliffe

Repairs are taking place on the Lightcliffe war memorial.

Work on the landmark, which stands in the Stray, began in mid-March and is expected to be finished before the end of the month – depending on the weather.

Work is being done to remove loose paint from the railings at either side of the memorial, as well as to replace any missing fascia plates.

Missing railings are also being renewed and all exposed railings are being repainted.

The memorial was originally built for the men of the Hipperholme Urban District who lost their lives in World War I.

It was unveiled on 9 September 1923.

A Calderdale Council spokesperson said: “The work is part of the Council’s commitment to keeping our parks, recreation grounds and memorial sites well maintained.

“The next phase of work is due to start after Easter.

“This will include improvements to the paths around the memorial.

“The final phase of work will be to repair the walls behind the memorial, and to remove and replace the overgrown shrubbery.”

The improvements to the memorial come just weeks before work begins on a new play area in the Stray.

Residents and parents group Friends of the Stray have confirmed that a new play area costing £45,000 will be finished by the middle of April.

The Friends of the Stray will be holding a fete at an opening ceremony in May.