Veterans and well-wishers braved autumn winds and rain to pay their respects at a newly restored hilltop war memorial.

Ex-servicemen, including 84-year-old Barrie Biltcliffe, ascended Pule Hill on foot to pay their respects to the casualties of World War One and other conflicts.

The cross above Marsden was cleaned up by craftsman and ex-Territorial Army soldier Nick Horn last month in time for Remembrance weekend.

The original cross was installed by Walter Horne, who served in the Duke of Wellington Regiment in the 1950s and each year a hardy few would climb up Pule Hill to honour the war dead.

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Ten years ago, the original cross was vandalised but Nick built a replacement and planted the new memorial in the original’s place.

On Saturday, Nick and Mr Biltcliffe were joined by vicar of Marsden, Rev Geoff Garside, other ex-service personnel, Holme Valley Mountain Rescue, Marsden scouts and Marsden funeral director Clive Pearson.

Rev Garside consecrated the site before Marsden musician and owner of Hanson musical instruments, Alastair Hanson played The Last Post.

A minute’s silence followed.

 

Nick, who now lives in Holmfirth, said: “We used to like coming up here and looking at the cross but it’s got progressively worse over the years so we decided to do it up.

“It was absolutely superb today. The location is fantastic with amazing views and it’s a great place to remember those who lost their lives.”

Mr Biltcliffe, who served with the Royal Artillery in Germany from 1951 to 1953, said: “It was a very proud moment. It’s a really lovely place to have the memorial. I really hope these services will carry on forever.”

Despite being offered a lift up Pule Hill in a 4x4, Mr Biltcliffe insisted on walking up.

“I’ve always walked up and I will continue to do so for as long as I can,” he said.