East Leeds: Garforth memorial plan is gaining pace

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NEW details were revealed today about plans for a war memorial in Garforth.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reported last summer that discussions were under way about the possibility of putting a memorial in place in the town.

I’m keen now to hear from as many people as possible who are in favour of the project.

Now Coun Mark Dobson (Lab, Garforth & Swillington) has outlined the significant progress that has been made on the project since then.

He said backing for the plan had been secured from local churches – an important step, as there is an existing military roll of honour at St Mary’s Church in Garforth.

It has also been decided that the memorial will be stone in form and will occupy one of two as-yet-unnamed sites in Garforth.

Garforth Community Association will head up bids for funding for the project, which is expected to cost in the region of £30,000.

It is hoped a design will be ready by the end of this summer, with a view to the finished memorial being unveiled 12 months further down the line.

Coun Dobson told the YEP: “We’re pleased with how things have been moving forward with the much-appreciated help of a group of local volunteers. I’m also delighted that Garforth Community Association are involved, as they are an extremely well respected ‘brand’ in the town.

“I’m keen now to hear from as many people as possible who are in favour of the project. Demonstrating a wide cross-section of support is important when it comes to making funding bids.”

The war memorial would pay tribute to service personnel, munitions workers, farmers, miners and everyone else from Garforth who has helped the country during times of conflict. Feedback can be sent to Coun Dobson at mark.dobson@leeds.gov.uk.

The idea of giving Garforth a war memorial was handed early impetus last year by the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.