Monuments to war dead cleaned for centenary

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Work is underway to restore Calderdale’s war memorials to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Calderdale Council is working with the War Memorials Trust, a charity that helps protect and conserve war memorials in the UK, to maintain all 28 memorials across the borough – 15 of which commemorate the First World War.

This week, work is taking place on one of the main memorials in the area – the Halifax cenotaph at Duffy’s Park by Halifax Minster. The cenotaph is a listed monument, and the Council has been granted Listed Building Consent to repaint the rail around the monument and its plaque.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet member for Communities, Coun Steve Sweeney, said: “We know how important it is to local people to mark the centenary of the First World War in Calderdale.

“We’re working hard to get all our memorials up to scratch by August. But the anniversary isn’t just this year – it lasts for the next four years, so we’re working throughout that time to make sure all our memorials are at their very best by 2018.

“After that, we’ll look at each memorial every two years to see if they need further restoring. We’ll continue to apply for grants from the War Memorials Trust to help with the works, and we’re very grateful for its support so far.”