Volunteers give cemetery a clean

Clean-up at Brighouse Cemetery.'The strimming crew, from the left, Nathan Sykes, Richard Lumb, Steven Clegg, Nigel Eccles and James Fairburn.
Clean-up at Brighouse Cemetery.'The strimming crew, from the left, Nathan Sykes, Richard Lumb, Steven Clegg, Nigel Eccles and James Fairburn.

BRIGHOUSE cemetery has been given a spring clean thanks to a group of volunteers and council staff.

Claire Connor was the driving force behind the two-day clean-up at the graveyard in Lightcliffe Road which removed five van loads of garden waste.

Clean-up at Brighouse Cemetery.

Clean-up at Brighouse Cemetery.

Volunteers tidied up some of the graves which appeared to have been neglected and the servicemen and women who had graves in the yard.

Claire had tied the clean up into the three year anniversary of the death of her dad, Edward David Connor, who is buried at the cemetery.

She said: “I would like to thank Richard Lunn and his staff from Calderdale Council who were absolutely fantastic over the weekend. They never stopped and it couldn’t have been done without them.

“It looks so different now thanks to the group of about 30 volunteers who helped. Everyone got personal thank you cards which I gave out on the day and those that helped and did their own graves. “It really was fantastic and everybody was there grafting but also having fun. Since we got the council behind us they have been fantastic I cannot fault them.”

Councillor Colin Stout (Ind, Brighouse) said a woman aged about 75 travelled on the bus from Southowram after seeing the article in the Brighouse Echo.

“It was a very successful weekend. I echo what Claire said about the lads from the funeral services with Calderdale Council they went above and beyond. The lady from Southowram came down with her scissors to cut the grass around her parents’ graves. That was the sort of spirit we had.

“The cemetery now looks an absolute picture. I would also like to thank the local businesses who helped. Everybody was overwhelmed from the response of the businesses.

“I just hope people will appreciate the work and effort people have gone to. It is nice to see the council and the community working together on something as important as this.”