A couple have launched a campaign -to save a memorable Huddersfield climbing wall.
Carl and Ruth Dawson, of New Mill, bought the former climbing wall from the Huddersfield Sports Centre which is now being demolished.
The couple bought the pieces which made up the wall - used by thousands of amateur and professional climbers over the years - and it’s being stored at their Huddersfield home.
Now they have launched a campaign to fund a new home for it in the Holme Valley.
They have set up a crowdfunding appeal and want to launch a community not-for-profit bouldering or climbing wall in the area.
Ruth said: “Many people enjoyed the ‘old’ bouldering wall in Huddersfield. So when the Sports Centre closed down last year, we couldn’t pass by the opportunity of purchasing those fabulous featured panels as well as the mats and other equipment.
“Now we’d like to resurrect this characterful bouldering wall, perhaps in the Holme Valley so serving the communities of Holmfirth, Honley, Meltham, the Colne Valley as well as south Huddersfield, all places where climbers have traditionally lived.
“We’re looking for a space to rent, something with between 50 and 150 sqm and with a minimum of 4m height.
“We would welcome additional funding to set the facility up so we have set up a crowd-funding site and would also welcome anyone willing to make a membership commitment. This would help secure the first year’s rent, basic structural framework, new covers for the matting etc.
“After it has been set up, we would then run the gym as a non-profit making community venture; only charging a minimum to cover expenses such as rent, rates, utilities and insurance.”
The group can be contacted via Facebook: https:// www.facebook.com/holmevalleybouldering/
Twitter @hvbouldering and their crowdfunding appeal is : www.crowdfunder.co.uk/holme-valley-bouldering