Town council to commemorate war heroes

Town council to commemorate war heroes

A NEW gateway feature is to be erected at the entrance to Mirfield Memorial Park – and the town council wants the public to design it.

Councillors allocated £20,000 of their budget to fund memorial events marking the centenary of the end of the First World War earlier this year.

Part of the cash will go towards a gateway feature to be situated at the entrance of the park on Huddersfield Road, which commemorates those from Mirfield who lost their lives in the two World Wars.

Coun Martyn Bolt (pictured) said: “To anybody driving past, there is nothing that says why it (the Memorial Park) is there or what it’s there for.

“The centenary of the Great War is the time when we should be pushing ahead and I thought we ought to look at some kind of an entrance feature.

“It can be as much or as little as people want. It could be that you see a big stone with the village name chiselled in, or it could be that someone comes up with a concept – one idea is that there could be an image of soldiers.”

Coun Bolt and the town council are working with the Mirfield branch of the British Legion to create the landmark, which could need planning permission if the design is big enough.

Local graphic designer Ben Renshaw and architect Jake Hinchcliffe from Orange Design Studios are both on board to help make the memorial concept come to life.

Coun Bolt said: “If you’re a user of the memorial ground, if you’re a resident, a former resident or have any connections to Mirfield and you can think of an entrance feature then we’re open. 

“Everybody put their thinking caps on and have something that honours the sacrifice of the people from Mirfield.”

The only design rule is that the gateway feature shouldn’t be an archway, because the park is home to two cricket clubs and a tennis club who need access.

Entries should be emailed to MirfieldRBL@hotmail.co.uk by Saturday June 30 and should include a diagram, description and scale.

Mirfield Town Council is also planning to buy special benches incorporating World War One images to place around Ings Grove Park.

Mirfield members of the British Legion are heading to Belgium for an event commemorating the Battle of the Somme in August, and the town council is footing half the cost of the trip.

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