Photo shows the committee (photo by John Murray)
The plan was to reinstate the bridge as closely as possible to how it would have been when it was built in the late 18th or early 19th century, with a low parapet wall and cobble stone surface. Local builder Chris Langford carried out the majority of the work with some help from Ian Blagborough, chairman of the Trust.
Mr Blagborough said: “I am exceptionally pleased with how it has turned out and I would like to thank everybody who attended the official opening.”
The bridge is named after James Whitby Pearson, a founder member of the Trust, whose Honley Car Parts shop on Westgate was the unofficial meeting place of the Trust for many years. The middle name ‘Whitby’ was given in honour of his grandfather who was a Whitby lifeboatman and was lost at sea. Tony Watson, secretary of the RNLI Honley & Brockholes attended the opening.
At the opening of rebuilt Whitby Bridge in Magdale Fields is 99 year old Tom Jordan with Honley Village Community Trust Chairman Ian Blagborough and members of the Trust.
99 year old Tom Jordan who was a friend of Jim Pearson’s and a long time Trust volunteer walked down to do the official tape cutting at the opening ceremony of the ‘Whitby’ bridge, watched by Chairman of the Trust Ian Blagborough and Pauline House (rt) the Community Champion at Tesco in Huddersfield whose ‘Bags of Help’ grant helped to pay for the work along with a generous grant from Jim Pearson’s estate. . Tony Watson, secretary of the RNLI Honley & Brockholes Branch is on the left.
Along with the improved access and a wild flower area it will enhance the look and usefulness of this area. It’s easy to find, and a pleasant short walk. If you haven’t done it before; just follow the track starting alongside the Balooshai restaurant.