Stairway To Infinity unveiling at cemetery

Issue 596

A RENOVATED flight of steps at Batley Cemetery is be unveiled at an open day next month.

The Stairway To Infinity will be opened at 12.30pm in an event at the Twin Chapels on Cemetery Road on Sunday September 1.

Built in 1866, the steps used to link the chapels to burial areas but were removed for safety reasons in the 1970s.

The Batley Cemetery Support Group secured grants and fundraised in the community for their restoration.

Coun Martyn Bolt, then deputy mayor of Kirklees, and Coun Gwen Lowe attended a sod cutting ceremony last year.

Now the Stairway To Infinity is finished and is set to be unveiled at the support group’s annual open day.

Vice chairman Roger Jenkinson said: “The stairway has not been seen in its entirety for nearly 50 years.

“We want to thank all who contributed, so we would like to invite everyone along to be a part of this historic occasion.”

The open day features various attractions, from the Spen Valley Flower Club to the Huddersfield & District Family History Society.

Kirklees Council Bereavement Services and support group volunteers will give advice about finding ancestors’ graves.

There is also to be a War Graves Walk from 1pm backed by a new booklet. Refreshments will be served all day at the Twin Chapels Tea Room.

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