A PLAQUE has been unveiled commemorating the life and work of a dad who died in a motorbike accident last year – at his favourite spot on the Spen Valley Greenway.
Transport charity Sustrans has placed a permanent tribute to Phil Jackson, of Morley, to honour the pivotal role he played in improving walking and cycle routes in Yorkshire.
It was unveiled by Batley and Spen MP Mike Wood on the Greenway in Cleckheaton last Thursday, during a service attended by Mr Jackson’s family.
Mr Jackson played an instrumental role in making the Greenway – which links Bradford to Dewsbury – one of the most used greenways in Europe through his work at Sustrans.
Colleagues paid tribute to the father-of-two.
David Hall, from Sustrans, said: “When Phil died last year we decided we were going to remember him by placing his name in the most happy place that he helped to maintain.
“This is an important location because it is the spot where he came with his son Liam to see the sheep in the fields around the Greenway.”
Mr Jackson’s widow Ann and children Liam, six, and Sadie, three, were joined by his parents David and Sue, as well as his brother and other family members who travelled from York for the ceremony.
Ann, from Magpie Lane, Morley, said: “It would mean a lot to Phil. This is where he came with the children and where I still bring them on their bikes.
“It’s another anniversary to mark and it’s somewhere I can come and visit to tell them what their daddy did.”
Brother Andrew Jackson added: “I’m full of admiration for what he achieved and it is good that people have come from all over to see the plaque unveiled.”
After the ceremony, family and friends enjoyed a reception at the Marsh pub to share their memories of Mr Jackson.
MP Mike Wood added: “For Phil to be so centrally involved in this is very important to recognise and we need to recognise his sad death in an appropriate fashion.