A WOOD carving is being created to celebrate 50 years of Anglo-French relations.

This year is the 50th anniversary of Huddersfield - and latterly Kirklees - being twinned with Besancon in eastern France.

Twenty-four panels are being carved to depict famous Kirklees landmarks, including Castle Hill, Huddersfield railway station and the town's Kingsgate shopping centre.

All the panels, bound for France, will be fixed together to create a 6ft x 5ft monument.

People taking the wood- carving course at Huddersfield Technical College and members of the Yorkshire Wood Carvers, Association have teamed up to capture the scenes.

Neil Simpson, 70, from Birchencliffe, has been learning the age-old skill for three years and has carved the entrance to the old Cloth Hall.

"A lot of work goes into making these wonderful carvings," he said. "We use lime, which is a brilliant wood to carve with."

The carvings will be presented to representatives of Besancon at a ceremony in Huddersfield in October.