Restoring Hightown Road's old fingerpost – and some civic pride

Restoring Hightown Road's old fingerpost – and some civic pride

CLECKHEATON residents will soon be able to enjoy a local landmark in its original glory. 

The 80-year-old fingerpost sign outside Cleckheaton Fire Station was erected when Hightown Road was built, directing travellers towards Leeds, Huddersfield, Elland and Brighouse. But in recent years the landmark has been neglected and has become little more than a rusty relic.

Spen Valley Civic Society restored its ‘sister’ sign at the top of Hightown Road in 2003, and last year the society decided to tackle the one at the junction of Hightown Road and Westgate.

Thanks to a grant from Kirklees Council’s ‘You and Your Community’ funding programme, civic society volunteers have been able to get to work on the project over the winter.

New metal letters were made to match the originals, brackets were manufactured using the one remaining original as a pattern, wooden finger boards were created, and the metal post has been stripped of rust and repainted with several coats.

The restored signpost will be unveiled at 10.30am on Monday, April 10 by Jan Scrine BEM, treasurer of the Milestone Society, who raise awareness of stone and iron milestones.

Chairman of Spen Valley Civic Society Max Rathmell said: “We’re delighted Jan Scrine has agreed to unveil the fingerpost sign. It’s a piece of Cleckheaton’s heritage which deserves a new life, so that local people can appreciate it for many years to come. Fingerpost bottom Hightown Road

“These fingerpost signs are an ‘endangered species’ and we’re lucky to have more than one in Spen Valley.

“The timing of our project means that the restored fingerpost will be on show to the world when the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race passes right by it along Westgate, on Sunday April 30.”

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