Search begins for a Royal jubilee monument site in Calderdale

The Woolshops, Halifax
The Woolshops, Halifax

AN official monument to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee seems certain to be erected in Calderdale - if councillors can agree on the location.

There was overwhelming support for the idea when Calderdale Council discussed the proposal at its monthly meeting.

Councillor Geraldine Carter said there was nothing to mark the Queen’s visit to Halifax in 2004 and it would be appropriate to do something to coincide with this summer’s celebrations.

She said Marshalls, of Southowram, had offered to provide a suitable stone which she suggested could be put at the top of Woolshops, in Halifax. “I would like to see it in pace by June,” said Coun Carter (Con, Ryburn).

But other councillors said they would not be rushed in to making a decision and voted 26 - 18 in favour of it being discussed in detail by the council’s civic advisory group.

Colin Stout (Ind, Brighouse) said there were places other than Woolshops where it could be erected and even other towns.

Council leader Janet Battye (Lib-Dem, Calder) said having more than one monument might be better.