NEW signs which will welcome drivers to Huddersfield rather than Kirklees have been unveiled.
The first sign was displayed outside the Cedar Court Hotel at Ainley Top on Saturday.
Kirklees Council plans to put six signs saying “Welcome to Huddersfield” on main routes into the town. They will replace the old “Welcome to Kirklees” signs which angered many residents.
Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman was pleased to see the sign unveiled at Cedar Court.
He said: “I’m delighted with this because I think Huddersfield is the premiere town in Yorkshire.
“I’ve always thought that we should promote the historic name of Huddersfield – and indeed of Dewsbury and Batley too.
“I’ve never been a great fan of the word ‘Kirklees’ because it’s an artificial name.”
Mr Sheerman was joined at Cedar Court by Huddersfield Giants chairman Ken Davy, council leader Clr Mehboob Khan and Prof Bob Cryan, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield.
Kirklees Green leader Clr Andrew Cooper was also at the unveiling.
The Newsome councillor has been lobbying for “Welcome to Huddersfield” signs for months.
Clr Cooper said: “I’m happy that we now have the signs but I think we need something with a bit more punch.
“It would be good to have something that says a bit about the town and its history – maybe saying that Huddersfield is the birthplace of rugby league.”
The signs are to go up on the A629 Halifax Road, Ainley Top; A643 Lindley Moor Road, Ainley Top; A643 New Hey Road, Fixby; A6107 Clough Lane, Fixby; A62 Cooper Bridge, Bradley; and Outlane Roundabout (from M62 Junction 23).