Celebrating return of statue return

NEAABE110626a2, Jacksdale war memorial celebration day. Lowering of the flag at the memorial.
NEAABE110626a2, Jacksdale war memorial celebration day. Lowering of the flag at the memorial.

JACKSDALE celebrated the second anniversary of the return of its war memorial statue this weekend.

After years of hard work by two local community groups, the statue of a soldier was placed on top of the village war memorial to replace the original blown off in a storm more than 50 years ago.

NEAABE110626a4, Jacksdale war memorial celebration day. Flag sellers Andrea Stamp and Hannah Johnson.

NEAABE110626a4, Jacksdale war memorial celebration day. Flag sellers Andrea Stamp and Hannah Johnson.

Amid the fun and games on Sunday, patriotic songs were sung around the memorial, led by the Pye Hill Male Voice Choir, and pupils from Jacksdale Primary School launched a book about the village a century ago, with proceeds from sales going to the school.

There were boxing displays, live singers, stalls, games, maypole dancing, a fun dog show, arts and crafts and a bouncy castle – all in the Miners’ Welfare field.

Two giant canvasses depicting the original memorial in 1921 and the new one were also unveiled and are to be used as way markers for the old tramway which ran from Selston to Jacksdale.

Carol Taylor-Cockayne of the Jacksdale Heritage Group said: “It is so great to see community spirit is alive and well in the village

NEAABE110626a5, Jacksdale war memorial celebration day. Tim Jones and Father Anthony  from JACHS amature dramatics.

NEAABE110626a5, Jacksdale war memorial celebration day. Tim Jones and Father Anthony from JACHS amature dramatics.

“It is reminiscent of the May Day processions at the turn of the last century and the Jacksdale Jamborees of the 1980s.”

All proceeds from the day will go to Jacksdale and Westwood community funds and John Eastwood Hospice.

Tina Moult, chair of village community group BADJER, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the amazing support from local businesses who have financed the printing of our souvenir programme and are pledging their support in so many other ways.”