AFTER more than two years of tireless fundraising, a band of volunteers have secured the money to restore a Batley landmark.
Batley Cemetery Support Group has gone beyond its target of £13,470 to rebuild the Stairway to Infinity.
The stone staircase, designed by Walter Hanstock in 1866, was originally installed to create a route from the lower to the upper slopes of the cemetery and to create a spiritually uplifting experience for visitors.
Kirklees Council removed the steps in 1979 but now the iconic steps will be rebuilt for a new generation.
Batley Cemetery Support Group co-ordinator Judith Greenwood said the group’s achievement took a while to sink in.
“It’s been such a long time raising the money.
“It’s such a big boost. Something new is happening that we can all be proud of and will last for the next 100 years.”
The group has managed to raise £999 more than their target, which will be spent on lighting for the stairway.
The group was pushed over its total by a generous donation from the community of the Snowden Street Mosque and member Akooji Badat.
Recently it also received a boost from a government-funded Community First Panel, who provided a grant of £2,040 with the condition that the rebuilding project take on a NEET apprentice – a young person not in employment, education or training – who will work with builder Paul Frain.
At 2pm on Sunday September 9 the deputy mayor of Kirklees, Coun Martyn Bolt (Con, Mirfield), will join Mr Frain in breaking first ground at the cemetery.
Work will begin soon afterwards.
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