COMPO could get a permanent new home in his beloved Holmfirth.

A statue of the lovable rogue made famous by late actor Bill Owen could be the centrepiece of a new Holmfirth Heritage Garden.

And it will be just a few yards from the home of Compo’s lady love, Nora Batty.

Plans for the £174,000 garden project have just been submitted to Kirklees Council by the Holme Valley Business Association.

They have been drawn up by artist Brendan Hesmondhalgh and not only feature Compo – star of the hit TV series Last Of the Summer Wine – but other aspects of Holmfirth’s history.

And it’s that feature which has delighted Business Association boss Greg Christofi.

He believes it is vital to retain the history and heritage of the area and feels it can be a valuable resource for generations to come.

“It is very exciting that we have reached this stage.

“We are very pleased with the plans which have now gone in and we are optimistic that we can get the funding in place.

“We already have about £90,000 pledged for this project and have tabled a bid for £50,000 from the Heritage Lottery fund.

“When we first took on this project it was all about Compo, and the idea of a statue to commemorate him.

“But it’s about much, much more and I want us to be able to ask the children of the Holme Valley to immerse themselves in the history of the place in the years to come”.

The plans would see the Heritage Garden created in the existing Victoria Gardens in Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth.

There would be five main themes captured in the new design:

Last Of The Summer Wine, with the Compo statue

Industrial heritage of the textile mills

The history of the infamous Holmfirth floods


Bamforths, famed for its films and saucy postcards

Displays would include the lifesize Compo statue, a seating shelter made of materials from old mills, a landscaped water feature, a drystone wall and possibly a mosaic capturing the success of Bamforths.

Hesmondhalgh said: “The focus of the project is to transform the existing garden into a unique design, welcoming and accessible to all community groups. We want to create a visual journey of Holmfirth’s heritage”.