A METAL soldier statue damaged by vandals has been repaired and reinstalled at Mirfield Memorial Park – thanks to a local tradesman.
The community rallied round after it was revealed that on Saturday teenagers had damaged one of a pair of ‘Tommy’ remembrance figures which stand at the entrance to the memorial park, and thrown it onto Huddersfield Road.
A number of local people came forward via social media and offered to repair the statue free of charge, but it was Simon Oldroyd, of Mirfield, who completed the work.
Mirfield town councillor Sean Guy said: “The response from the community has been overwhelming.
“The public outcry at the mindless damage was matched by many offers from individuals and local companies to repair or pay for Tommy to be fixed. Simon Oldroyd removed the figure, and repaired and re-installed it within 24 hours.
“Mirfield Town Council and the Royal British Legion are grateful to Simon for his time and expertise – and the strength of feeling in the community just reinforces the commitment that Mirfield has to remembering the sacrifices of our armed forces.”
The two soldier figures will be moved to the cenotaph in Ings Grove Park when a new entrance to Mirfield Memorial Park is completed in time for Armistice Day.