VIDEO: War memorials unveiled in Todmorden

The sun was shining on the Garden of Remembrance as crowds gathered to watch the unveiling of two new statues.

They were carved to replace the Gilbert Bayes originals which were stolen also two decades ago.

Military Parade through Todmorden before the unveiling of new statues in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Military Parade through Todmorden before the unveiling of new statues in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

The statues, named “The Lamp of Memory” and “The Shield of Honour” were rededicated following a full military parade led by the Lancashire Fusiliers Fife and Drum band.

The parade, including representatives from the Royal Lancashire Fusiliers, the Fusiliers Association, local Royal British Legion branches, cadets from the army, navy and air force service branches, former service personnel and the Todmorden Pals group, wove its way through the centre of town, before reaching Centre Vale Park.

The project to replace the Grade II listed statues was undertaken by the Todmorden Civic Society, under the direction of Paul Clarke - a former soldier in the Royal Artillery.

Speaking after the rededication service, Paul said: “It’s quite emotional as we’ve waited four years for this project to come to fruition.

“They have brought some context back in to the Garden of Remembrance and they will be there for this year’s Remembrance service.

“War memorials aren’t for glorifying the dead, they remember those who lost their lives- whether they volunteered or were forced to fight through conscription.”

Watch the video for a glimpse of today’s parade and the unveiling of the new statues

See Thursday’s Todmorden News for a full report and more pictures.