‘We’d like to throw horse manure at them...’

The children from High Bank School in Sparrow Park where they helped create an information board.
The children from High Bank School in Sparrow Park where they helped create an information board.

A stone spout which was salvaged from the old Hightown National School to become a feature of nearby Sparrow Park has been stolen.

The spout was donated to the park by Michael Ives, who converted the school into flats a few years ago.

It now forms one of the main features of the park, created by Spen Valley Civic Society opposite the school in Halifax Road. The spout was encased in metal and disappeared some time last week.

Civic Society member John Appleyard said the theft was despicable.

“The spout was placed by the notice board which the children of High Bank School helped to design,” he said.

“What kind of message does that send to those children who put in all that hard work? Whoever has done this has no respect for history.”

Civic Society chairman Max Rathmell said: “The stone spout was originally on the rear of the National School.

“The spout was removed during conversion of the school into apartments.

“There are two spouts remaining on the front of the building but they are now plumbed in and do not shoot rainwater from the roof out into the car park – the playground as was.

“We refer to the school and the spout on the children’s information board where we include a photograph of the

scho ol and the children from 1912.

“We have an idea to repair the stocks outside the nearby newsagents and if the thieves are found would like them to be locked into the stocks so we can throw horse manure at them – a scene also depicted on the information board!”