Age of the train!

ROYAL TRAIN: The train carrying King George V to Cleckheaton on July 10, 1912.
ROYAL TRAIN: The train carrying King George V to Cleckheaton on July 10, 1912.

LAST week’s Looking Back celebrated a century of Green Park in Heckmondwike.

It was on June 16, 1911, that the Heckmondwike District Co-operative Society set the ball rolling to transform an area of barren open land into a formal park to commemorate the coronation of King George V. The Society gave £150 towards the beautifying of the park, and the rest of the money was raised through public subscription.

The park itself was opened the following year and we asked readers if they knew when it took place.

We were contacted by John Appleyard and Barry Broadhead who both knew of a visit to the Spen Valley by King George V on July 10, 1912.

Although they did not have any information as to whether the King officially opened Green Park during this visit, Barry did have a copy of a photograph taken of the royal train arriving at Cleckheaton.

The picture appears in a book called The Cleckheaton Branch commemorating the L&YR branch line written by local author John Dilnot which was published in 1986.

The photograph shows the train at the station - where Tesco is situated now. The road to the bottom right is Serpentine Road.

n If anyone can confirm that the King did open Green Park, or has photographs of the ceremony we’d love to hear from you. Email margaret.heward@ywng.co.uk or call 01274 874635.