STONE quarried in Huddersfield is being used to provide name signs for six villages in South Yorkshire.

Johnsons Wellfield Quarries, based at Crosland Hill, provided six enormous stones – each weighing about three tons – for Barnsley Council.

They will be used as “community markers” for villages in the Barnsley area.

Clr Harry Spence, an independent councillor representing Darton East ward, visited the Crosland Hill quarry to see the York stone slabs before they are sandblasted and lettered.

There will be two community markers at Mapplewell with one each for Woolley Colliery, Staincross, Darton and Windhill.

A spokeswoman for the firm said: “We have done a number of sign stones – but not usually ones this big – because they are difficult to transport and move into position. In this case, they will be transported on our own heavy-duty loaders.”

Previous contracts won by Johnsons include providing stone for pedestrian areas in Leeds, Sheffield, Nottingham and London as well as projects for Huddersfield University, Harrogate’s Royal Hall and Stanbrook Abbey in North Yorkshire.