Cleckheaton in the purple

PURPLE PATCH: Pupils from Howard Park Community School helped plant over 1,000 crocuses.
PURPLE PATCH: Pupils from Howard Park Community School helped plant over 1,000 crocuses.

Spen is looking forward to a purple patch in the coming months thanks to the Cleckheaton District Rotary Club.

With the help of pupils at Howard Park Community School, the club planted 1,000 purple crocus bulbs in the grounds of Memorial Park.

The purple crocus represents the efforts of Rotary clubs to help eliminate polio in developing countries, as each child who receives immunisation dips a finger in a purple dye to prevent them being given a potentially lethal second dose.

Club president Bill Stevenson spoke of his delight at the helping hand the Rotary Club received from the children of Howard Park.

He said: “We want to give a big thanks to the children of Howard Park Community School for helping plant the crocuses and making the park much more colourful for next spring.”