Work underway at war memorial site

Working on the Remembrance Gardens at Centre Vale Park, Todmorden.
Working on the Remembrance Gardens at Centre Vale Park, Todmorden.

Work is underway on a project to restore an upper Calder Valley war memorial to its former glory in time for a major milestone next year.

Contractors are carrying out the restoration work at the war memorial in Centre Vale Park, Todmorden, so it is ready for the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War in 2014.

The project was able to go-ahead after Todmorden Civic Society was awarded a grant of £1,000 from the Yorkshire Gardens Trust.

Paul Clarke, project leader for war memorials and former chairman of the civic society, said: “This money doesn’t seem a lot but it was a catalyst for Calderdale Council to help towards wider restoration work which needed to be done.

“It’s the final stage of repairs to the war memorial in time for the centenary of the First World War.”

Coun Steve Sweeney, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for communities, said: “We’re delighted that the memorial is being given the restoration it deserves – it’s much loved and respected by local residents and is an important part of our heritage.

“We want to make sure it remains in our community forever as a way of commemorating those who sacrificed their lives in war or conflict.

“Once all the work is completed in about five to six weeks’ time – provided that the weather is kind to us – the memorial will be back looking its best, in time to mark the 100-year anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War next year.

“People will be able to pay their respects on this year’s Remembrance Sunday, as the scaffolding will be temporarily removed from the memorial to make it a focal point for remembrance.”

The work on the war memorial is the third of three projects carried out by the civic society over the last couple of years.

Others include the relocation of the historic sluice structure as a gateway feature to Todmorden, and refurbishment of interpretation boards on the routes into the town.

Todmorden Civic Society welcomes new members. For more details, visit www.todmordencivicsociety.org.uk.