In the footsteps of the Luddites

Spen Valley Civic Society members help hoist the statue into place at the Liversedge Sparrow Park

Spen Valley Civic Society members help hoist the statue into place at the Liversedge Sparrow Park

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THE Luddites are back on the streets of Spen, 200 years after the uprising.

A sculpture of a cropper, which will be the centre-piece of the new Liversedge Sparrow Park created by Spen Valley Civic Society, has now been installed.

However the public will have to wait another week to see it in all its glory, as it has been covered over in preparation for an official unveiling.

Civic Society president John Holroyd said: “The statue arrived on Saturday, along with Pete Rogers and Alex Hallowes, who have created it.

“It’s been bolted down securely and looks absolutely magnificent. Lots of people stopped as they were passing and took pictures on their phones, but everyone else will have to wait until Saturday April 14 when the cover comes off at the unveiling ceremony.”

The statue is of a cropper with his small child tugging at his apron, showing him in defiant mode while trying to protect his family from the hardships faced because of increased mechanisation in factories.

The cropper faces up Halifax Road towards the Shears pub, where the Luddites met to plot their attacks on the mills.

The unveiling ceremony is at 11.30am and afterwards invited guests will enjoy a reception at The Shears.