Civic pride for square

Savoy Square after the refurbishment
Savoy Square after the refurbishment

Savoy Square looks very different from how it did a decade ago, and celebrations will take place this weekend to mark 10 years since the Cleckheaton beauty spot’s miraculous facelift.

Spen Valley Civic Society has organised a family fun day to celebrate the transformation of Savoy Square from overgrown wasteland to picturesque town square.

The event, 10 Years of Savoy Square, will feature bands, a tombola and a family film trail.

The site, which is owned by Tesco, was left derelict after the old Savoy cinema was demolished. But in 2002, the Civic Society was given permission to landscape the site and create a town square, which was opened a decade ago this week.

The celebrations are also part-organised by the Spenborough Chamber of Trade and traders’ group Totally Locally Cleckheaton.

Totally Locally member Matthew Crowther believes the celebrations are a reminder of work that still needs to be done.

He said: “It is hard to believe such an eyesore once stood so prominent in our town centre – unfortunately the derelict sites up Horncastle Street have now taken the place of the former Savoy eyesore – but this shows what we can do as a community.”

The event takes place in Savoy Square tomorrow from 10am-1pm.