Restored to former glory

Bailiff Bridge Memorial Park warded a Green Flag.
Bailiff Bridge Memorial Park warded a Green Flag.

War memorials across Calderdale have been restored to their former respectful glory, thanks to Calderdale Council.

Since February 2014, 11 memorials have been restored, and a further two will be brought up to standard by November – in time for Remembrance Day.

As part of the council’s work to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War, the council is working with the War Memorials Trust to maintain all 28 of the borough’s war memorials.

Southowram and Bailiff Bridge are among the war memorials to be restored.

Specialist stonemasons are carrying out the restorations, which can take up to three days per memorial. As they are so delicate they each need to be cleaned using bristle brushes, water and good old-fashioned elbow grease.

One of the masons helping on the project has kindly volunteered to do this year’s last two restorations – Rastrick and Clifton – at no cost to the council. Calderdale Council’s Cabinet member for communities, Coun Marcus Thompson, said: “We want to make sure Calderdale’s war memorials are part of our communities for years to come.”