Garden of Remembrance for fallen soldiers

garden of remembrance in Cleckheaton. Malolm Wilkinson with the wooden crosses and David Lamb with the Royal British Legion Standard.
garden of remembrance in Cleckheaton. Malolm Wilkinson with the wooden crosses and David Lamb with the Royal British Legion Standard.

A GARDEN of Remembrance will be unveiled by the town hall next month dedicated to fallen soldiers.

The Spenborough Branch of the Royal British Legion has created the garden in front of the town hall in Cleckheaton, with help from Kirklees Council.

It is the first time such a garden has been created in the town.

The Royal British Legion is celebrating its 90th anniversary, and the Spenborough branch has teamed up with the council to organise a service to commemorate those who paid with their lives in conflicts.

People are asked to attend the service, where they can obtain wooden crosses from the Legion for a donation, to place in the garden for those who have died.

The memorial garden will open with the dedication on November 7 with the first cross being laid by Deputy Lieutenant (ret) of West Yorkshire Steve Hardy.

The service will be conducted by the Rev Brunel Jones of St John’s Church.

Chairman of the Spenborough branch Royal British Legion Eddie Morton said that the garden was an important symbol.

“The crosses are wooden so that anyone who wants to pay tribute to a particular member of their family who has died can write their own message,” he said.

The crosses will be removed later in the month but it is hoped the garden will become an annual feature of Remembrance occasions.

The service will take place at 10.30am for 11am on Monday November 7 at Cleckheaton Town Hall.

The Royal British Legion is always on the lookout for new members and Mr Morton said that it was not just a society for ex-servicemen.

“People need not have served in the armed forces to join the Legion, just support its principles,” he said.

l To find out more about the service, or for information on how to donate to the British Legion, visit www.britishlegion.org.uk/branches/spenborough.