Remembering lost loved ones

WAR HEROES Barry Scott salutes those who have died in the service of their country. (d614d346)

WAR HEROES Barry Scott salutes those who have died in the service of their country. (d614d346)

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Young and old paid their respoects to those who made the ultimate secrifi ce for their country at a special garden of remembrance.

This is the third year the temporary garden has been set up outside the town hall in Cleckheaton.

Unveiling of the Garden of remembrance outside Cleckheaton town hall, headteacher Karen Vickers with pupils Millie Marsden and Joshua Garforth from Howard Park School. (d614e346)

Unveiling of the Garden of remembrance outside Cleckheaton town hall, headteacher Karen Vickers with pupils Millie Marsden and Joshua Garforth from Howard Park School. (d614e346)

On Monday, dignitaries, children and members of the public remembered those who have died in conflicts.

The Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Gordon Tollefson, laid the first cross on behalf of the Queen.

There was also a wreath from Barry Scott, representing the Spenborough Branch of the Royal British Legion, and a cross from the women’s section, placed by Pauline Mills.

Spen MP Mike Wood also laid a cross. He said: “This is the third year of the Garden Remembrance. I think it is a very meaningful event to help us remember the courage and the commitment, particularly those who lost their lives for our freedom.”

Other dignitaries included Lord and Lady Shaw of Northstead and Couns Kath and Andrew Pinnock.

Children from Howard Park Community School attended with their head teacher Karen Vickers. Two year one pupils, Joshua Garforth and Millie Marsden, laid a cross on behalf of all the schools in the area.

Members of the public were then invited to put crosses into the garden and some wrote on names of people they wished to remember.

Derek Wynn, 83, from Batley came with a photograph of a friend who was killed in action more than 60 years ago.

He said: “I came to put a cross down for my friend, Andrew Newlands, who died in 1952 in Malaysia. I was there with him when it happened.”

After the ceremony Eddie Morton, chairman of the Spenborough branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “It has been a wonderful turnout. We were blessed by glorious weather and there were more crosses laid today than any of the other openings to this event, which is a good sign.”

Around 50 people attended and afterwards were invited to tea and scones, made by the women’s section of the Royal British Legion.

l Remembrance Day special feature – pages 12-13.