Rotarians remember past and look to future

New benches at Cleckheaton Library, with libraries' area manager Janet Pearson, Couns Kath and Andrew Pinnock, Rotarians Bill Stevenson and Pam Scales. (d615a229)
New benches at Cleckheaton Library, with libraries' area manager Janet Pearson, Couns Kath and Andrew Pinnock, Rotarians Bill Stevenson and Pam Scales. (d615a229)

NEARLY 60 years ago, Rotarians decided to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II by donating three benches to Spenborough Public Library.

However with the passage of time the benches deteriorated until only the accompanying engraved flagstone remained.

Now though, Cleckheaton Rotarians are marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, by reinstating three new benches in the library grounds in Whitcliffe Road.

This week Rotarians presented the benches in a ceremony also attended by ward councillors Kath and Andrew Pinnock. The initiative had attracted match funding from the Spen Valley Area Committee.

Bill Stevenson, immediate past president of the Cleckheaton and District Rotary Club, said: “The club felt the Jubilee should not be allowed to pass without there being some memorial of the occasion left in the district, and these replacement seats seemed to be the perfect solution.

“I would also like to offer my thanks to the area committee for supporting the club’s initiative.”

Accepting the club’s gift on behalf of Kirklees Council, Coun Kath Pinnock said: “I would like to thank the Rotary Club for its initiative and hope people once again take the opportunity to sit and enjoy the pleasant surroundings. I would also like to thank the Rotary Club for its work in the community, particularly in its support for voluntary organisations and young people.”